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Cover Story: Issue Issue 24 5 Oct 2011

New breed of domestic open access businesses set to begin operation

The introduction of competition within individual national rail markets has been so far quite limited- even in the UK, where the concept was pioneered. James Dark considers if this could be about to change.

James Dark

The announcement of plans for new international services has coincided with a series of private  schemes for new open access domestic routes unveiled this year. Several of the companies are backed by businessmen of international standing, and rival international operators, and reflect the pioneering approach to ‘open access’ followed in the UK. 

In Italy, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is a shareholder in NTV which is expected to challenge Trenitalia on core routes...

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