This presentation discusses the dramatic effects on the railway sector of Sweden's 1988 Transport Act. Swedish State Railways was divided into a traffic transport company ('Business SJ') and the Swedish National Rail Administration (BV). SJ uses commercial principles to operate railway services, and BV is responsible for infrastructure. The Act also aimed to create equal conditions between the rail and road sectors. A major problem is that BV is a new state-owned monopoly, and not a business-oriented infrastructure management. Unlike SJ, it has no competition, and its efficiency is not improving. The Swedish rail network has about 6200km of main lines, 2200km of regional lines (under 25 regional authorities), and 1300km of freight lines. A dramatic rail investment programme is needed, suitable for modern European requirements. The author considers that the national state railway should be given time to complete its reorganisation programme, and that the railways should not be privatised until they are profitable. He advocates creating small companies for feeder traffic or freight to the main lines, and establishing a very strong national railway in cooperation with industry. Integration with European railways is also important. For the covering abstract see IRRD 855443.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
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  • Publication Date: 1992


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  • Accession Number: 00668274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-19149
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM