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The Migration of Railway Freight Transport from Command Economy to Market Economy: The Case of China.

Xie, R., Chen, H. and Nash, C. (2000) The Migration of Railway Freight Transport from Command Economy to Market Economy: The Case of China. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

In recent years, the Chinese railways freight transport has been facing great challenges from the transport market and economic expansion. The total freight volume has been increasing. But the market share of railway freight has decreased greatly, especially since the beginning of migration from command economy to market economy. In this paper, we make some insight into five aspects. Firstly, the historical and current situation of freight transport in China and the relationship between economic development and freight transport is analysed. Secondly, the market structure of freight. Thirdly, the causes resulting in the loss of market share of Chinese Railways are discussed in detail. Fourthly, the current measures taken by the railway to restore its capability of competition and their effects are introduced. Finally, the future prospect of Chinese Railways is put forward. It is concluded that Chinese Railways has not yet adapted sufficiently to new economic conditions; although in recent years progress has been made, further change will be needed.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the Institute of Transport Studies, University Of Leeds
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 03 May 2007
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 09:17
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 554
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2071

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