This supplement covers trends in railway spending in different parts of the world. It includes tables on size and scale indicators and productivity indicators for many different countries in the world, which are taken from the World Bank railway performance database. This database provides a valuable picture of the world's railways, from which it is possible to identify significant trends. In addition, the supplement has seven articles. The Chief Executive of the International Union of Railways (UIC) emphasises the benefits of investing in rail. The Secretary-General of the International Union of Public Transport (UITP) reviews the latest thinking on transport financing, which emphasises the role of the private sector. The Railways Adviser to the World Bank suggests that private-sector managers handle investment projects better than their public-sector counterparts do. Spending by US and Canadian railways, to complete their plans to raise capacity, continues to have high levels, although it may have passed its peak. Australia has extensive plans for railway spending plans and projects, with prospects of total expenditure doubling. Indian Railways has ambitious plans to increase rail freight and improve passenger safety. In several European and other countries, high-speed rail development is increasing again.

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  • Publication Date: 2000


  • English

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  • Pagination: 30 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00798076
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-617-01281-4
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2000 12:00AM