The Privatisation and Nationalisation of European Roads

The Privatisation and Nationalisation of European Roads

Success and Failure in Public–Private Partnerships

Daniel Albalate

This distinctive and timely book examines the current state and trends in the ownership, management and financing of European high capacity roads. Offering an analysis of three pioneer countries in road privatization, Spain, France and Italy, from their origins to their recent developments, it evaluates how the design of privatisation policies may lead to their success or failure.

Chapter 2: Motorway privatisation in Europe

Daniel Albalate

Subjects: environment, transport, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, transport


In recent years European motorways have experienced three trends towards major involvement by the private sector: (1) due to the privatisation of motorways managed by governments through the sale of publicly owned concessionaires; (2) because of the extension of the motorway network in countries that have established a model of concession awards to private initiatives; and (3) given the broad extension of private financing, through the user payment model - strongly encouraged by the European Union - as a means of financing motorway projects managed by either the private or the public sector. These three trends favour a larger participation of the private sector and a more limited role for the state.

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