FOLLOWING an investigation by the Bundeskartellamt, Germany's federal competition authority, German Rail (DB) has agreed to make what the Bundeskartellamt describes as "far-reaching changes to the sale of passenger tickets," with the aim of curbing discrimination against DB's competitors.
GREATER on-rail competition between passenger operators could deliver lower fares, ridership growth, improved efficiency, and more effective use of capacity, according to a report published on March 8 by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
EUROPEAN Union transport ministers agreed on October 8 to allow open-access passenger operators to compete with incumbent national railways from 2020 as well as reforms to the way subsidised services are provided.
THE German government is preventing effective competition on the country's railway network to the benefit of German Rail (DB) and to the detriment of existing and potential competitors, according to the findings of a report by the German Monopolies Commission published on July 22.
The liberalisation of Europe's long-distance passenger rail markets has seen intense competition emerging between new and established operators, but while this has helped to increase the size of the rail market, falling average fare prices have posed serious financial challenges.
European railfreight is an industry undergoing rapid structural change as liberalisation opens the market to new players and larger operators expand their international activities. Keith Barrow looks at a new report from the Centre on Regulation in Europe, which considers how regulators might respond to changes in the railfreight business.
Low-price long-distance buses are proving stern competition to rail operations across Germany to the extent that Veolia's InterConnex service was withdrawn in December. Christian Schreyer, Veolia Verkehr's CEO, outlined his views on the situation to Kevin Smith.