March 31, 2017

Competition erodes DB’s share of German regional rail market

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Competition erodes DB’s share of German regional rail market Keith Fender

DB Regio remained the clear leader in the German regional rail market in 2016 according to annual figures released by the German Federation of Regional Passenger Rail Authorities (BAG-SPNV), but the incumbent operator’s market share continues to decline as competitors strengthen their position.

Regional transport authorities purchased a total of 673 million train-km from more than 60 train operating companies last year.

DB Regio’s share of the market fell by 4% to 67% and Transdev Germany was the incumbent’s largest competitor with a market share of 7%, followed by Netinera (5%) and Benex (3%). Eleven of DB’s competitors now control 27% of the overall market, with the remaining 6% distributed between 35 companies.

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