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Executive Rail Radar

2013

In 2013, European railway companies will be focusing on improving their profitability and financial situation. This is because railways are experiencing major changes across Europe: Rising complexity of the railway market with new players and changing rules is leading to increasingly complex planning processes.

This means railway operators must be able to develop flexible planning systems and quickly deal with changes in the market. A special challenge are the changes introduced by the first European railway packages for liberalizing the market. 40% of those surveyed fear that the planned reforms will actually lead to market overregulation. Furthermore, 80% of the railway companies expressed criticisms of the time-consuming approval processes for railway technology.

Financing railway operations plays a key role: 81% of railways want to finance infrastructure and trains using their own resources – through improved efficiency and higher earnings. In contrast, at the municipal level, 60% of those surveyed are in favor of financing through public private partnerships.

These are the key findings of this study entitled "Executive Rail Radar". The study surveyed more than 280 railway companies, infrastructure operators and municipal transit companies.

"Railways want to further improve their profitability and efficiency. To do so, they must improve their planning processes," explains Martin Streichfuss, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "But this is exactly where the major challenge lies. Increasing railway traffic, the plethora of players and changing rules in Europe are making the environment increasingly complex and unpredictable."

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