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Policies Towards Suburban Rail Services in Britain and West Germany – A Comparison.

Nash, C.A. (1984) Policies Towards Suburban Rail Services in Britain and West Germany – A Comparison. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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In 1981, the eight S-Bahn systems of the Federal Republic of Germany carried around 7,000m passenger kilometres of traffic. By contrast, the local rail services operated by British Rail on behalf of the British Passenger Transport Executives were expected to carry around 2,000m passenger kilometres. (Table 1). The aim of this paper is to explore some of the reasons for this enormous difference is the role played by suburban rail systems between the two countries. As illustration, the particular cases of Munich and Greater Manchester will be discussed in somewhat more detail.

In the first section, some issues of background information and history will be discussed. Following this, the organisational and financial arrangements regarding the provision of urban rail services in the two countries are explained. Public transport policies and the procedures for the evaluation of rail investments are then considered, and the interaction of all the various elements illustrated in case studies of Munich and Manchester. Finally, some comments on likely future developments are put forward.

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: 14 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 14:59
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 174
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2366

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