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The liberalization of railway passenger transport in Sweden – Outstanding regulatory challenges


  • Alexandersson , Gunnar

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Hultén, Staffan

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Nilsson, Jan-Eric


  • Pyddoke, Roger



The purpose of this paper is to describe Sweden’s recent reforms to open the railway passenger markets to entry, and to addresses four critical issues for the success of the reforms; the allocation of infrastructure capacity, the provision of maintenance and terminal facilities, the access to rolling stock and the provision of information and ticketing to travelers. The analysis shows that the legislation and regulatory tools that are needed to handle these challenges to a large extent remain to be developed.

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  • Alexandersson , Gunnar & Hultén, Staffan & Nilsson, Jan-Eric & Pyddoke, Roger, 2012. "The liberalization of railway passenger transport in Sweden – Outstanding regulatory challenges," Working papers in Transport Economics 2012:5, CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI).
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ctswps:2012_005

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    1. Hultkrantz, Lars & Karlström, Urban & Nilsson, Jan-Eric, 2005. "The Arlanda Airport Rail Link – Lessons Learned From A Swedish Ppp Construction Project," Working Papers 2005:11, Örebro University, School of Business.
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    Railway; regulation; infrastructure capacity; rolling stock; terminal facility; ticketing;
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    JEL classification:

    • L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation

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