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Assessing the cost impact of competitive tendering in rail infrastructure maintenance services: evidence from the Swedish reforms (1999-2011)
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Transport economics, TEK.
ITS Leeds.
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Abstract [en]

This is the first paper in the literature to formally study the cost impact of competitive tendering in rail maintenance. Sweden progressively opened up the market for rail maintenance services, starting in 2002. We study the cost impacts based on an unbalanced panel of contract areas between 1999 and 2011, using econometric techniques. We conclude that competitive tendering reduced costs by around 12%. This cost reduction was not associated with falling quality as measured by track quality class, track geometry or train derailments. We conclude that the gradual exposure of rail maintenance to competitive tendering in Sweden has been beneficial.

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Stockholm: Centre for Transport Studies , 2014. , 36 p.
CTS Working Paper, 2014:17
Keyword [en]
Maintenance, Deregulation, Competition, Procurement, Cost
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J00 Railway: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, J13 Railway: Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-7283OAI: diva2:755930
Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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