The Impact of Reform and Opportunities to Boost Railway Development in the South East Europe Region

In the European transportation network the South East Europe (SEE) region is a significant crossroads with connections to north, south, east and west Europe. The region has a key strategic position connecting distant parts of the European continent including several routes on the TEN-T network, major cities and industries, multiple ports, as well as routes through to the Middle East and Asia. The countries comprising the SEE region for the purpose of this paper are considered to be: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovenia. Each of these countries have multiple transport roles in connecting different parts of the continent (sea ports, major junctions, flows of people and goods) meaning that their transport networks should be strongly aligned with European transport policy. In recent years one of the main objectives for EU transport policy has been railway revitalisation. Efficient and reliable railway systems are considered vital to the health and wealth of societies. This is due to numerous advantages including capacity and emissions (in comparison with road transport for example). However, that superiority has not been effectively exploited in the SEE region especially by comparison to other parts of Europe. An ongoing lack of both investment and significant modal share for rail transport is clearly visible in the SEE region, and especially in the Balkan countries. The authors hypothesis is that reform in the railway sector has not brought the expected growth in number of transported passengers or goods due to a number of key factors that the authors will explore. For the authors hypothesis in this paper, the authors ask 2 critical questions: • What are the railways in SEE region lacking in comparison to other European countries? • How can the authors introduce a change in the railway sector and boost development for the SEE region? The authors will address these questions in the context of the recent launch of the South East Europe Rail Research and Innovation Network (SEERRIN). The SEE region has a particular context that has seen domestic industries declined with a resulting decline in skills and domestic supply industry capability and capacity. SEERRIN is a link between universities and research institutes with the rail industry, infrastructure managers, rail operators, government organisations and funding bodies that should enable better collaboration between stakeholders. The main SEERRIN purpose is to strengthen: • development and adoption of modern technologies on the railway network in SEE region • research, development and innovation activities in SEE railway sector • knowledge transfer to support SEE railway sector • development of skills and capabilities in the railway sector of SEE. The authors paper will be structured to: 1. Provide an overview of the railway network and the rail supply industry in the SEE region 2. Undertake an analysis of the particular context and circumstances that shape the SEE region by comparison to other regions 3. Undertake a review of reforms undertaken in the SEE region and achievements to date 4. Analyse the purpose and objectives of SEERRIN and the opportunity to drive reform and change in the SEE region

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  • Authors:
    • Petrovic, Marjana
    • Macura, Dragana
    • Rajic, Dragoljub
    • Radovic, Marko
    • Markovic, Jovan
    • Burrows, Alex
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  • Publication Date: 2020


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  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference 2020

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