Some European countries in which urban public transport and/or rail transport has been deregulated have noted better quality of service and a broader offering. In others, the market has not really changed at all. This session reviews the effects observed in a number of European markets. The time will be split into two parts covering two different topics: deregulation in Île-de-France, followed by deregulation of rail transport in France.
Deregulation in Île-de-France
France’s “New Rail Agreement” and Mobility Orientation Acts define the framework and timetable for deregulation of public road and rail services in Île-de-France. Île-de-France Mobilités has committed to deregulating OPTILE road networks in Paris grande couronne outer suburbs from January 1, 2021. Ultimately, this will apply to all road and rail transport in Île-de-France covered by public-service obligations. Informed by examples from other countries, this roundtable discussion will present the issues, risks, and benefits of deregulation for the market and for passengers.
Deregulation of rail transport in France
France’s “New Rail Agreement” Act has set out the timetable for deregulation: this will take place from December 2019 for rail services under contract, and from December 2020 for commercial services. How can healthy competition between candidates be ensured? How can competition for commercial services be organised? What are the benefits for passengers? Avenues to address these key issues will be informed by feedback from several of our European neighbours.