Liberalisation has helped to spur innovation and investment in the Czech passenger rail sector, driving sustained growth in ridership. With plans for competitive tendering of PSO contracts, newcomers are preparing for the next phase of market opening, as Keith Barrow and Quintus Vosman report from Prague.
THE steering committee of Italian open-access high-speed operator NTV met at its headquarters in Rome on October 1 to deliberate on the next steps and future goals for the company, including an order for new trains and an increase in the company's capital.
Despite the recent launch of a new premium express service intended to draw traffic back to rail, these are turbulent times for Poland's national long-distance passenger operator. Andrew Goltz considers the reasons behind declining traffic and looks at potential solutions to the problem.