Liberalized European Rail Market Will Mean More Choices, And For Corporate Travel Aggregation, More Challenges

The Europe Union next year is set to complete the transition to a single market for rail services. The result should be more choice for consumers and pressure on incumbent operators to up their games. 

Providers of business travel management will have to deal with an influx of new services challenging the state monopolies. According to updated European regulations, any railway established in one member state has the right to "operate all types of passenger services everywhere in the EU." The legislation mandates that national rail networks open to competitors "in time for the railway timetables starting . . .

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Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.

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