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Franchising of Melbourne’s rail services: assessment after six years


  • Stanley, John


This article reviews the recent experience of franchising metropolitan public transport services in Melbourne, Australia, to assess the extent to which the declared objectives of the franchising have been achieved. The failure of the initial franchise process is argued to be attributable, in significant part, to shortcomings in the Government’s understanding of what was achievable from a public-private initiative of this nature, given the Melbourne context. Developments associated with the re-franchising process are summarised, the emphasis shifting towards a strong partnership relationship between purchaser and provider, with a more realistic risk allocation between the two.

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  • Stanley, John, 2006. "Franchising of Melbourne’s rail services: assessment after six years," European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, ISTIEE, Institute for the Study of Transport within the European Economic Integration, issue 33, pages 54-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:sot:journl:y:2006:i:33:p:54-68

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    1. John Stanley & David A. Hensher, 2004. "Melbourne's Public Transport Franchising: Lessons for PPPs," Australian Accounting Review, CPA Australia, vol. 14(33), pages 42-50, July.
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    1. White, Peter, 2006. "Competition in public transport in Great Britain," European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, ISTIEE, Institute for the Study of Transport within the European Economic Integration, issue 33, pages 69-82.


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