Rail Economics, Policy and Regulation in Europe

Rail Economics, Policy and Regulation in Europe

Edited by Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

The European railway sector has undergone profound and predominantly institutional changes over the past 20 years, due to the initiatives of the European Commission. This book constitutes a first systematic assessment and account of the recent transformations of the industry along a series of critical yet contentious issues such as competition, unbundling, regulation, access charging, standards and interoperability, and public–private partnerships. It also covers the main railways sectors including passenger transport, high speed and freight.

Chapter 13: Non-discriminatory access beyond the tracks

Andrew Meaney

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, politics and public policy, regulation and governance, urban and regional studies, transport


This chapter concerns access to parts of the railway system – other than the tracks – without which it is not possible to provide a competitive rail service. In thinking through what this means in real-life terms, we can imagine the journey of a passenger (or freight) train into service: _ The train is cleaned, fuelled, maintained and prepared for the day’s work in a depot or at a stabling point. This means that the operator needs daily access to the train, and that facility, and must be able to employ cleaners and maintenance staff and ensure their security clearance. A fuel-supply agreement is needed, and the operator and the train itself will need a valid safety certificate. _ Depending on the type of train, the operator may want to load catering trolleys at the depot, or the first station, and will need to ensure access for its catering teams to load the necessary equipment onto the train. _ The driver and any support staff (revenue protection, catering, etc.) take the train from the depot to the first point of call. The operator needs to be able to employ licensed train drivers and support staff. _ When the train calls at the first station, it will pick up paying passengers.

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