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Liberalisation - Articles and news items

Lessons of liberalisation: How do Britain’s railways really compare with others in Europe?

Issue 2 2017 / 19 March 2017 /

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), shares the realities of the UK’s railway performance – and it’s better than you’d think. In Europe the narrative of liberalisation of the railways is often that it increases costs and reduces levels of performance. However, this narrative is not reflected in the […]

Liberalising the European rail passenger market – the British experience

Issue 6 2015 / 9 December 2015 /

Chris Nash and Andrew Smith from the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds take a look at how Britain has coped with rail passenger liberalisation, what has happened to rail demand and costs, plus what possible solutions there might be to the problems experienced…

Progress made on EC Fourth Railway Package

Rail industry news / 10 June 2015 /

The EU Transport Council will meet on the 11 June to discuss progress made on the European Commission’s Fourth Railway Package.

European railways and liberalised markets

Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /

The Spanish railway market is currently going through gradual liberalisation, and as a first step, the country will make part of its railway infrastructure open to competition. New private train operator ECO Rail is ready to enter this sector and has already carried out a European rail liberalisation study. Summarising some of the conclusions of the study for European Railway Review is Manager for ECO Rail, Juan Antonio Cuesta Cañas…

Introduction: Is the 4th Railway Package in trouble?

Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /

Railway liberalisation in the European Union took a big step backwards in February when the European Parliament threw out the Governance Section of the 4th Railway Package – built on earlier EU legislation requiring state railways to be split into infrastructure and operating units. The new section looked for total separation of an infrastructure manager […]

Rail Forum Europe supports the Commission’s proposals on the 4th Railway Package

Rail industry news / 12 April 2013 /

Support for the European Commission’s proposal on the 4th Railway Package…

Building on success: the liberalised and competitive Italian railway market

Issue 4 2012 / 1 August 2012 /

The European railway industry has radically changed over recent years following the introduction of high speed networks which have revolutionised society. Italy was the first country in Europe to launch the railway market liberalisation process by opening up to competitors. In just a few years, the economy of the sector was transformed, offering new economic and competitive opportunities to key operators. More recently, Italy opened up high-speed services to private competitors, despite the current economic crisis.

This was a historical change, one which Trenitalia prepared for with great care, working hard to address the situation and to offer its customers the best solutions.

The Freccia system (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianco): The current competitive situation presents a strong challenge for improvement. Competition for Trenitalia is a positive factor for both customers and the market in general. In the high-speed sector, for example, the Frecciarossa fleet has recently been renewed with the introduction of four new service levels (L4) which have completely revolutionised the traditional two-class system. Comfort and customised services are now part of the winning formula. Travel safety, frequency and an articulated range of constant flexible and affordable prices must certainly not be underestimated.

High-speed in Italy and liberalisation

Issue 4 2010 / 3 August 2010 /

The FS Group (Italian State Railways) is the largest company in Italy, which has helped boost the Country’s growth, thanks also to the recent launch of the high-speed service. The Group has successfully completed a process of internal reorganisation that has turned it into a modern and efficient reality, up-to-date and ready for the challenge of rail transport liberalisation. A radical transformation was completed in less than three years through a financial turnaround combined with the start up of the high-speed service and fleet renewal. Let’s analyse the facts point-by-point.