Book review.


Published by UITP, this third edition revises and updates the previous handbook to reflect national developments which have occurred since the entry into force on December 3 2009 of EC Public Service Obligation Regulation 1370/2007. This affects the provision of public passenger transport services by rail and road in Europe.

The 95-page report describes the public transport sector in 23 EU member states and Switzerland, providing details of the institutional organisation, legal framework and market structure together with key statistics. It also highlights recent changes attributable to the PSO Regulation. The intention is to provide sufficient information to allow readers to understand the direction in which public transport is moving in the different countries.

The final section examines the impact of increasing liberalisation on public transport operations in Europe, notably the consolidation of private or publicly-owned operators competing for concessions and the emergence of a number of European and international players. A useful map shows where the transport groups are active in Europe.

Full price €200, UITP Members €100, from UITP Euro Team, Rue Sainte-Marie 6, B-1080 Brussels, Belgium