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Are railways really that bad? An evaluation of rail systems performance in Europe with a focus on passenger rail


  • Fraszczyk, Anna
  • Lamb, Thomas
  • Marinov, Marin


With a large number of railway development projects in Europe and worldwide, which once completed will be serving rail passengers of the future, this paper aims to take a step back and evaluate current railway systems performance. The objectives are to compare statistical data on various passenger-related parameters of the railway system in a number of selected European countries and draw conclusions on the level of their performance when compared to the European average.

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  • Fraszczyk, Anna & Lamb, Thomas & Marinov, Marin, 2016. "Are railways really that bad? An evaluation of rail systems performance in Europe with a focus on passenger rail," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 94(C), pages 573-591.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:94:y:2016:i:c:p:573-591
    DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2016.10.018

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