Will the Train Ever Leave the Station? The Private Provision of Freight Railway Service in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe

EAG Discussion Paper No. 07-5

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2007

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Russell W. Pittman

U.S. Department of Justice - Economic Analysis Group; Kyiv School of Economics; New Economic School (NES)

Oana Diaconu

Polytechnic University of Bucharest

Emanuel Sip

Independent Consultant

Anna Tomova

University of Zilina - Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications

Jerzy Wronka

University of Szczecin

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

The railways of Russia and the CEE countries - generally much more freight oriented, and much more important to their countries' economies, than those of Western Europe - are in the process of restructuring. In most cases the "vertical separation" reform model is being pursued, and reformers are seeking to introduce competition among freight train operators through the provision of "open access" to the monopoly infrastructure. This paper examines the degree to which competition has in fact been introduced, the terms under which it is taking place, and the characteristics of those private firms which have had some success in entering. As always, Russia is different.

Keywords: railways, restructuring, competition, vertical separation, access charges, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia

JEL Classification: L22, L92, L98, O17, P25, R48

Suggested Citation

Pittman, Russell and Diaconu, Oana and Sip, Emanuel and Tomova, Anna and Wronka, Jerzy, Will the Train Ever Leave the Station? The Private Provision of Freight Railway Service in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe (January 2007). EAG Discussion Paper No. 07-5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956894 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.956894

Russell Pittman

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Oana Diaconu (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Bucharest ( email )

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Bucharest, Bucharest 060042
Romania

Emanuel Sip

Independent Consultant ( email )

Anna Tomova

University of Zilina - Faculty of Operation and Economics of Transport and Communications ( email )

01026 Zilina
Slovakia

Jerzy Wronka

University of Szczecin ( email )

Al. Jednosci Narodowej 22a
Szczecin, PL-70-453
Poland

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