WIT Press


The Role Of Railway Stations In Increasing Transport Demand

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT100231

Volume

111

Pages

12

Page Range

249 - 260

Published

2010

Size

319 kb

Author(s)

M. Petrović, V. Jenić & D. Kaužljar

Abstract

The monopoly of the railway companies and rigid railway regulations and carrier tariffs at the majority of the European railways have significantly contributed to the drastic reduction in the share of railway traffic in surface transport across all of Europe. Many years of stagnation and the absence of investment into railway transport, particularly regarding railway stations as well as other useful structures along the railway lines of a similar or same function, have led to the neglect and uselessness of these facilities in the railway system. High maintenance prices affect additional neglect, even destruction of railway stations and other buildings on the railway grounds, and construction of functional roofed platforms for passenger handling. Regardless of the fact that in their past, the construction of railway lines was the stimulator of the development of various regions and towns, today railway stations have become unattractive places where people stay just for a short time and only in transit, which is much the case in the Republic of Croatia, but it should be pointed out that even the developed countries have similar problems. The approaching and opening of railway companies to the passengers, as well as the local government, is the priority for serious market competition with competitive road transport. In order to achieve this, a crosssection of the current condition of the basic function of railway companies in the transport of passengers should be made. The introduction and development of integrated transport of passengers is the next step in the creation of competitive supply of the railway companies. The separation of railway carriers from railway infrastructure means also recognition of the important role of infrastructure management in transforming the railway stations from neglected and unattractive places to places with multifunctional facilities. In the first step it is necessary to make a cross-section of the current additional facilities at railway stations, and

Keywords

railway station, market competition, passenger transport, additional facilities, increasing demand