Your SlideShare is downloading. ×
Peter Koning - A New Age of European Rail
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Thanks for flagging this SlideShare!

Oops! An error has occurred.

Saving this for later? Get the SlideShare app to save on your phone or tablet. Read anywhere, anytime – even offline.
Text the download link to your phone
Standard text messaging rates apply

Peter Koning - A New Age of European Rail


Published on

Peter Koning - Director Transportation Planning, Faber Maunsell/AECOM, UK …

Peter Koning - Director Transportation Planning, Faber Maunsell/AECOM, UK
Since their inception, the railways have served the economies of Europe in numerous guises. They
have contributed to the prosperity we see today and they fulfill a vital role in the efficient
transportation of freight and passengers. Rail, as a mode of transport is perceived as offering real
solutions to the challenges posed by the increasing demand for transport and the need to urgently
address the impact on global warming caused by transport.
Despite the inherent natural advantages of the rail, the car and lorry continue to dominate the transport
market as the mode of choice in the short to medium distance journey sector. To maintain its position
within the economies of Europe, the rail mode has had to evolve ensuring that it remains capable of
meeting the changing needs of its users. Changing market requirements, the need for higher standards
of quality and the emergence of new technologies have made railway reform complex and difficult.
The need for high capital investment has prevented the railways from undertaking rapid reform but
experience demonstrates that real change has to take place within this critical industry.
The presentation will argue Bulgaria has a huge opportunity with its railway network to capitalise on
its current and emerging market opportunities and utilize the experiences of its fellow member states
in Europe. By applying successfully employed within Europe, Bulgaria can avoid making many of the
errors which have effected other railway administrations. Bulgaria has embarked on a radical and far
sighted programme to revitalise its railways. The continued success of these and future reforms
depends in part on adopting structural reforms to the businesses which will allow innovation and
entrepreneurship to flourish and customer aspirations to be met.

Published in: Technology
1 Comment
1 Like
No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

Report content
Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

No notes for slide


  • 1. A New Age of European Rail The opportunities and challenges facing Bulgaria Peter Koning, Director Rail Faber Maunsell/AECOM
  • 2. Agenda
    • Discuss the factors behind the ongoing growth in European rail
    • Assess the opportunities for Bulgaria
    • Define the challenges
    • Introduce some winning themes
    • …… .and stimulate the debate on the future shape of the industry
    Today we will:
  • 3. Bulgaria – a partner in growth
    • A modern and efficient transport system is a pre- requisite to achieve sustained economic growth and rising prosperity
    • Increasingly rail is playing an important role within all major European economies in the transportation of freight and people
    • This reflects both the growing demand for transport and the improved competitive position of rail
    • Railway reform is continuously taking place throughout Europe – driven by national demands and an emerging EU framework
  • 4. An emerging EU rail transport policy: A force for change
    • The demand for transport is broadly in line with economic growth
    • To date, much of the growth has been taken up by low cost air and road transport but…
      • Sustainability is now a dominant issue
      • Congestion particularly in urban areas and airports has a high economic and social cost
      • Transport safety remains a concern
    • Rail is addressing these issues throughout the EU
  • 5. Growing the rail market: High-speed rail
    • Linking regions economically and socially
      • New employment and business opportunities
      • Defines social mobility
    • A driving force for growth – consumers want to use and pay for the services
    • Increasingly fuel efficient and safe – moving towards a zero emissions culture
    • A growing network throughout Europe utilising new and existing infrastructure
  • 6. Growing the rail market
    • New operators entering the rail sector in both passenger and freight markets
    • New infrastructure being brought into service offering new destinations and market opportunities
    • Rail mode increasingly seen as a key component in the ‘seamless journey concept’
    • Rail freight being integrated into the logistics supply chain
    New service introduction
  • 7. Growing the rail market
    • Utilising intelligent transport solutions – improving customer service and refining resource requirements
    • Step change in consumer information utilising new communications technology allowing full journey planning
    • Advanced ticketing systems – maximising revenue yields and delivering best value to users
    • Combining systems to remove the barriers between modes
    Harnessing new technology
  • 8. European rail reform Foundations of growth:
    • The single market: Interoperability is harmonising the supply market
    • Separation of infrastructure and train operations makes industry costs more transparent and challenges efficiency
    • Market reforms make on rail competition acceptable and acts as a driving force for change
    • New rail systems and information technology will drive down costs and raise quality
    • The risks associated with the long-term provision of the rail transport is understood
    • These reforms are in place. The challenge now is to grasp the opportunity
  • 9. The Bulgarian railway system: Foundations of the railway
    • A growing economy with Government commitment
    • An intensive railway network with significant electrification
    • A professional management with a committed workforce
    • A relatively stable passenger market and a growing presence in the freight sector
    • A strong geographical position within Europe and beyond
    • Full transposition of EU reforms into Bulgarian law
  • 10. ‘ Using European and national rail reforms to deliver a rail transport system which will meet Bulgaria’s future transport needs’
  • 11. The Bulgarian railway system:
    • Defining the future vision for Bulgarian railways.
      • What is the function of the railways now and in 10, 20 and 50 years time?
      • Engaging all stakeholders to buy into the vision
      • Developing and aligning plans
    • Managing in today's market
      • Changing travel patterns
      • New and emerging freight markets
      • Growing competition
    Some high level challenges
  • 12. The Bulgarian railway system
    • Railway infrastructure
    • Defining what is required to meet current and future demand – rationalising where possible and modernising where necessary
    • Introducing new technology to drive down costs and improve control
    • Understanding the assets, their condition and replacement strategy
    • Encouraging people to join the enterprise
    The challenge facing the network Image 1 Image 2
  • 13. The Bulgarian railway system
    • Passenger services
    • Defining current and future demand in a rapidly evolving market
    • Embracing the benefits of competition carefully!
    • Understand consumer needs and the competition
    • Freight services
    • The role of BDZ in relation to new entrants
    • Expanding operations into the wider supply chain
    • Capitalising on international flows
    The challenge facing the operators (3)
  • 14. The Bulgarian railway system
    • Defining the role of the economic regulator – providing the framework for the efficient provision of rail services and implementation of system enhancements
    • Delivering stable financing to the rail sector
    • Refining what society wants from its railways now and in the future and what it is prepared to pay for
    • Establishing common industry processes and systems supporting system financing and increased network utilisation
    Challenges to system regulation
  • 15. Some concluding remarks
    • The rail network has a long and proud history of service to the people and economy of Bulgaria
    • Bulgaria is in a unique position to capitalise on the growth of rail in the EU and use the extensive market reforms introduced since 1992
    • Success will depend on the extent to which all organisations in the industry win support for the rail vision of the future
    • Extensive international support for the railways in Bulgaria exists and is available!