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Impact of the railway freight transport market liberalisation on the social transport costs

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Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
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Transport sectors
Freight transport



The goal of the project is basic research oriented on enquiry into conditions of the liberalisation of the railway freight market in the context of a sustainable transport system. Following this research, measures for creation of free and undisturbed competition in freight transport to reduce the use of public resources will be designed, the quality of service even as reducing the social costs of transport will be improved. The measures will be proposed with emphasis on the use of opportunities on competitive freight market even as eliminating the risks of a dominant position of the national railway freight carrier.


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Research agency
Institution Name
Scientific Grant Agency
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


An article has been published in the framework of the project:

The conclusion in the article is as follows:

The process of rail market liberalization has not yet been fully realized in all EU Member States. In particular, liberalization has contributed to fair competition and has led to a customer approach and a more efficient acquisition of railway undertakings. Transport services started to be provided based on demand and market requirements. Better and cheaper rail services have become more competitive with other modes of transport. The liberalization process needs to be further expanded and appropriate conditions for the provision of quality rail transport services.


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