The liberalisation of the railway market in Europe implies major organisational changes in order to ensure non-discriminatory processes and equal opportunities for all market participants. Most importantly state railways have to be restructured, particularly with regards to separation of operations and infrastructure. Additionally national law has to be adjusted accordingly. Moreover strong regulatory bodies like licensing authorities or rail regulators have to be implemented. Based on our experiences in many countries with a varying degree of liberalisation it can be said, that a successful and non-discriminatory market liberalisation can only be achieved if strong supervisory and decision making institutions are established.

Selected references:

EU, Turkey

Elaboration of an action plan for a gradual market liberalisation of the Turkish rail sector.

EU, Croatia

Consulting the Croatian Railways in adapting to the new requirements in a liberalised and competitive market environment.

EU, Romania

Support of ministries and the former state railways during the entire process of the market liberalisation.

Railway Undertakings, Europe (multiple projects)

Assessment of opportunities and risks in multiple, unequally liberalised railway markets for passenger and freight railways.