This presentation considers the private sector's interests in railways, in relation to the opportunities and threats of privatisation. It consists of: (1) industry as an actual or potential user of railways; (2) rail, road, container, sea, air and other transport companies; (3) operators of rail transport services; and (4) suppliers of rail infrastructure and equipment. Whatever changes are made to rail ownership and operation, there must be a comprehensive safety policy, and one body to legislate and monitor safety. Suppliers and users need appropriate access to the rail system. This will be complex to arrange. Would rail efficiency and operating profitability provide better transport for private industry? There is a need for constructive competition between suppliers. The requirements of users and providers of passenger and freight transport need to be adequately met. Privatisation opportunities include: (1) the removal of cross subsidisation of traffic; (2) access to some profitable traffic; (3) new opportunities for national and international business, using intermodal and bimodal technology. However, the current partnership between national railway and the private sector has generally worked well, to their mutual benefit. For the covering abstract see IRRD 855443.

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • GOTCH, J
  • Publication Date: 1992


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00668275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7277-19149
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM