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Impacts and incentives of differentiated rail infrastructure charges in Europe - focus on freight


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  • Matthews, Bryan
  • Evangelinos, Christos
  • Johnson, Daniel
  • Meunier, David
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    One of the key objectives of rail infrastructure charges has been stated as being to promote the efficient use of the infrastructure. Much effort has been put into the derivation of charging regimes by infrastructure managers and regulators throughout Europe, and a mix of differing regimes have been put in place. However, relatively little work has been undertaken to examine the impacts and incentivisation effects that these charging regimes produce. This paper gives consideration to relevant theory in this area, what one might expect - from first principles - and then reports on a number of interviews and case studies undertaken to explore these impacts and incentives. Finally, it discusses a number of methodological issues surrounding this area of research, and proposes further lines of enquiry that might reasonably be pursued.

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    Article provided by ISTIEE, Institute for the Study of Transport within the European Economic Integration in its journal European Transport / Trasporti Europei.

    Volume (Year): (2009)
    Issue (Month): 43 ()
    Pages: 83-112

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    Handle: RePEc:sot:journl:y:2009:i:43:p:83-112

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    Keywords: Railways; Infrastructure charging; European Policy; Competitiveness; Impacts; Freight; Differentiated;


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    1. Jansson, Kjell & Lang, Harald, 2013. "Rail infrastructure charging EU-directive, Swedish concerns and theory," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 285-293.
    2. Ljungberg, Anders, 2013. "Impacts of increased rail infrastructure charges in Sweden," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 90-103.


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