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Anforme UK Transport: Increasing concentration and its effects on transport markets

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Professor Colin Bamford, University of Huddersfield, and a former Chief Examiner, examines the process of structural change in various markets for transport.

Summary of contents:

  • Structural change has come about over the past 25 years due to deregulation and removal of barriers to entry and privatisation. But transport infrastructure remains largely in the public sector.
  • Local bus services: Deregulation and privatisation was meant to lead to monopolistic competition by there is now considerable evidence of monopoly.
  • Rail passenger services and freight: looking at the privatisation of the industry and franchising.
  • Airlines: Examines consolidation and airline alliances acting as oligopolies.
  • Road goods/logistics: Movement from monopolistic competition to oligopoly.
  • Conclusions: The degree of concentration in transport markets is variable.


This article is featured in ET volume 19 issue 3

Professor Colin Bamford, University of Huddersfield, and a former Chief Examiner, examines the process of structural change in various markets for transport.

Summary of contents:

  • Structural change has come about over the past 25 years due to deregulation and removal of barriers to entry and privatisation. But transport infrastructure remains largely in the public sector.
  • Local bus services: Deregulation and privatisation was meant to lead to monopolistic competition by there is now considerable evidence of monopoly.
  • Rail passenger services and freight: looking at the privatisation of the industry and franchising.
  • Airlines: Examines consolidation and airline alliances acting as oligopolies.
  • Road goods/logistics: Movement from monopolistic competition to oligopoly.
  • Conclusions: The degree of concentration in transport markets is variable.


This article is featured in ET volume 19 issue 3

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