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Optimisation of competition regulatory framework in freight and passenger railway transport in the Czech Republic

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Geo-spatial type
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport



The aim of the project is to formulate a complex methodology for administrative procedures in the field of competition policy in the railways industry. The project should end up in the detailed analysis of competition in railways.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Research agency
Institution Name
The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


  • Revenues in passenger railway transport - comparison of European experiences: summary of European experiences with revenue determination in railway passenger transport in markets where both competition in and for the market is present
  • Competition in the rail - modern transport organisation or network destruction?: historical overview of models of competition in rail transport; applications on the liberalisation of rail transport and derivation of possible alternatives and their impacts.
  • Methodology for the optimisation of the institutional environment in rail transport in the Czech Republic: The content of this methodology is the recommended procedure for resolving the question of the absence of a regulatory authority of rail industry according to European legislation; further the process of liberalisation of rail transport through minimising barriers to free enterprise with a clear definition of the activity of an infrastructure and its role in relation to the incumbent. Related to this is the recommended procedure for transparent and non-discriminatory infrastructure pricing, including sampling traction and energy recovery, to achieve economic balance between the use of the infrastructure and operation costs. The methodology proposes the allocation of capacity on the basis of economic incentives (costs in relation to quality, auctions) together with framework agreements. For passenger transport methodology proposes the basic variant of mutual recognition of travel documents between carriers.
  • Methodology for defining the relevant market in the rail industry: the methodology is the recommended procedure for defining the relevant market when it designed the case requirements, especially when dealing with abuse of a dominant position in the market for passenger or cargo rail transport services. The methodology is also applicable to conduct supplementary investigations in the area of mergers in the transport sector or to build complex sectoral analysis in the field of railway transport services. The methodology is based on an innovative use of a consumer survey.
  • Using consumer survey for defining the relevant market in rail transport - possibilities and challenges: The competition policy in practice is based on the definition of the relevant market; this definition is based on several basic methods, including in particular the SSNIP test (Small but Significant Non-Transitory Increase in Price). This method is characterised by high data demands on the one hand and well usable results for authority to regulate the market, on the other. Due to the specifics of the rail passenger transport, it is not easy to apply the SSNIP test; in practice, therefore, various modifications are used. The article analyses usability of the SSNIP test for defining the relevant market in the rail passenger transport based on a pilot consumer survey on the Brno-Prague line.
  • Rail transport - institutional status, economic policy and economic theory: Website summaries outputs of the interdisciplinary project supported by the Czech Technology Agency grant, focused on the application of competition policy in the railway industry.



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