Introducing competition to the rail market in Europe: current situation and prospects

Thursday 9th June

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Conference area


Most countries within the European Union have deregulated their rail transport market. Today, the results appear to be very positive in terms of supply, demand, quality of service, and cost reductions. France’s ‘New Railway Pact’ Act of June 2018 established a timetable for the deregulation of rail transport for commercial and contract-based services.

Four years on, what’s the state of play in France with respect to deregulation? In the light of different experiences across Europe, what can passengers, rail companies, and the sector as a whole expect as a result of deregulation? What determines whether it is a success?