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Railway line capacity utilisation and its impact on maintenance costs
Swedish Natl Rd & Transport Res Inst VTI, Dept Transport Econ, Box 55685, SE-10215 Stockholm, Sweden..
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE).
2019 (English)In: Journal of Rail Transport Planning & Management, ISSN 2210-9706, E-ISSN 2210-9714, Vol. 9, p. 22-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we analyse how railway maintenance costs are affected by different levels of railway line capacity utilisation. Previous studies have focused on the wear and tear of the infrastructure, while this paper shows that it is important to also acknowledge the heterogeneity of the maintenance production environment. Specifically, we estimate marginal maintenance costs for traffic using econometric methods on a panel dataset from Sweden and show that these costs increase with line capacity utilisation. The results are significant considering that current EU regulation (2015/909) states that track access charges can be based on marginal costs, with the aim of achieving an efficient use of available infrastructure capacity.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2019. Vol. 9, p. 22-33
Keywords [en]
Maintenance, Marginal cost, Rail infrastructure, Capacity, Track access charges
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-252386DOI: 10.1016/j.jrtpm.2018.12.001ISI: 000467306500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85058193099OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-252386DiVA, id: diva2:1337881
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Available from: 2019-07-18 Created: 2019-07-18 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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