Transport Infrastructure: Adding Value

New report argues that ‘economy class’ carriages would cost around 20% less than the standard class fare

Summary:

• The public sector should learn from the continual experimentation of the private sector and address the quality issue by exploring the different preferences that travellers have for different attributes of the transport service. Consequently, when adding capacity, it should offer travellers a choice of different price-quality bundles, in the manner of the de-regulated aviation sector.
• Segmentation of the transport market and the introduction of priced options provide an opportunity to add smaller and less expensive tranches of capacity while achieving equal if not higher levels of overall benefit.
• Rail commuters, for example, could be given more choice regarding the quality of service and th