Track Access Charges in Freight Transportation

Given that there are still many unclear concepts, mutual contradictions and imperfections in methodologies used in the field of track access charging, this book acts as a communication tool for researchers, and discusses these charges with regard to rail freight competitiveness. It addresses four main topics: namely, the technical features of freight transportation and the costs incurred; the impact of incoherence and volatility of freight traffic volume; the market response to the track access charge level; and the influence of transport policy and state subsidies.

The text will appeal to infrastructure managers around the world, especially those in networks where there is an intention either to facilitate the shift of freight to railways or to develop rail freight corridors. It illustrates that there are significant differences in the causation of costs on passenger and freight railways, and raises important questions that must be considered when communicating with consumers and the state.

Date of publiction 01.08.2019.


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Some reviews:

Péter Rónai, PhD, RailNetEurope, Manager of the Board:

Having a sense to track access charging means also having an in-depth view to railway infrastructure economics, and at the same time: railway technology.  How could othervise somebody identify direct train running costs, fixed costs or marginal costs? Dr. Hudenko gives an appreciative explanation of cost items on a detailled level for railways, while always keeping an eye on the modern economic science, not forgetting how the same processes work at other types of companies.

Stefan Marschnig, Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn., TU Graz

It is a great overview on all aspects linked with TACs and covers so many topics that should be and are not considered in policy decision making on TACs. I don’t know any book or work that covers the TAC-topic in such a deepness and with so many different aspects.

Russel Pittman, PhD, Director of Economic Research and Director of International Technical Assistance in the Economic Analysis Group, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

You cover so many topics and have read more of the literature than anyone I know. For that reason you are able to raise and discuss a large number of very important and interesting questions. I think it will be a very valuable resource for people in the rail community, and for policy makers and analysts who deal with these issues.