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An analysis of vertical separation of railways


2008 2008

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A number of state railways over the world have experienced railway reform, and vertical separation has been frequently utilized during its process. This thesis investigated a variety of models of vertical separation, which the railway sector has experienced over the twenty years. The main aims of the research are clarifying the key issues on vertical separation: aims of the reform; forms and implementation; advantages; disadvantageous effects.

The author chose the case study technique, and made the investigation mainly through interviews/questionnaires to the railway managers. Based on the examination into the selected cases, this study comparatively analyzed them in terms of: (1) separation of operational factors; and (2) separation of financial responsibilities. The study also tried to examine an appropriate form of railways depending on the market structure.

There are a number of different forms of vertical separation, and the study clarified the characteristics of each type of it. It also disclosed that whether it intends to introduce within-rail competition or not largely outlines the form of railways. In case it is intended to introduce within-rail competition promoting new entry into the market, it leads to separate operational (at least slot-allocation) and financial responsibilities between infrastructure and operation, whereas without an intention to introduce it, coordination problems through vertical separation are endeavoured to be lessened through certain measures such as integrated operation, share-holding relationship, and confining the separation into the smaller market.

The study showed that vertical separation has a number of advantages, and that the unique exclusive advantage of complete separation, such as the case in UK and Sweden, is introducing within-rail competition fostering neutrality even between the passenger and the freight. It also revealed that this form raises coordination problems even in the prime market especially on condition infrastructure capacity is limited. The result of the study leads to the conclusion that full costs and benefits should be considered upon introducing a form of vertical separation, and that the appropriate form of it depends on the circumstances as well as its objectives.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Management;
Economics;
Transportation planning;
Studies;
Railway networks;
Vertical integration
Classification
0454: Management
0501: Economics
0543: Civil engineering
0709: Transportation planning
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Applied sciences; Private participation; Railway restructuring; Railways; Regulation; Transaction cost; Vertical separation
Title
An analysis of vertical separation of railways
Author
Kurosaki, Fumio
Number of pages
311
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0529
Source
DAI-A 70/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109397390
Advisor
Nash, Chris
University/institution
University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
University location
England
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3377781
ProQuest document ID
304385217
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304385217
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