FREIGHT AND PASSENGER DEREGULATION: THE NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS REACT TO A NEW OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

The New Zealand freight and passenger transport markets have been deregulated for almost two years. One of the principal objectives the New Zealand government had in deregulating transport was to force performance improvements upon the New Zealand railways through free-market competition. The New Zealand railways have taken a pro-active approach to dealing with this very new operating environment for their inter-city rail passenger services, rail freight passenger services, inter-city bus services and express parcel services. A range of actions implemented by the New Zealand railways includes both strategic investments and tactical changes to their cost structure and service profile. The report explores the ways that deregulation placed pressure on the management of the New Zealand railways. The resulting changes in approach are summarised through both evaluations of their revised business plans and their performance to date. The authors conclude that the lessons learnt from this situation are likely to be very similar to the experiences in the deregulated UK bus industry. The report draws these parallels and forecasts the strategies most likely to succeed in the UK's future deregulated bus industry. This report is presented in an abridged form. For the covering abstract of the seminar see TRIS 456300.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Public Transport Planning and Operation. Proceedings of Seminar J held at PTRC Summer Annual Meeting, University of Sussex, England, 15-18 July 1985, V P266.
  • Corporate Authors:

    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Steinmetz, W R
    • Savage, I P
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Pagination: p. 27

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00456306
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1986 12:00AM