Comparison of Rail Commuting Between London and Five Other West European Cities



Comparison of Rail Commuting Between London and Five Other West European Cities

Authors

Ben Condry, Imperial College London, Tony Magee, ATOC

Description

The objective of this research was to compare the rail services on commuter routes into London with those in a sample of other West European countries, focussing on the customers’ perspective.

Abstract

The rail services provided by TOCs in the London commuter market are often compared by the public, media, politicians and others to those in elsewhere in Europe.

The objective of this research was to compare the rail services on commuter routes into London with those in a sample of other West European countries, focussing on the customers’ perspective, and to understand the how the relative scale and characteristics of the London commuter market compares to that in other cities. The selected comparator cities were Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris.

The commuting routes into each of these cities were assessed against three London examples: Romford, Guildford and Milton Keynes. The selected flows for the other cities were: Haarlem, Leiden and 's-Hertogenbosch for Amsterdam; Høje Taastrup, Helsingør and Naestved for Copenhagen; Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Mannheim for Frankfurt; Fuenlabrada, Alcala de Henares and Toledo for Madrid; and Argenteuil, Melun and Chartres for Paris.

The research, primarily based on public data taken from a wide range of sources, involved a comparison of multiple factors including service frequency, journey time, reliability, passenger volumes, fares and competitiveness with car travel.

The rail services provided by TOCs in the London commuter market are often compared by the public, media, politicians and others to those in elsewhere in Europe.

The objective of this research was to compare the rail services on commuter routes into London with those in a sample of other West European countries, focussing on the customers’ perspective, and to understand the how the relative scale and characteristics of the London commuter market compares to that in other cities. The selected comparator cities were Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris.

The commuting routes into each of these cities were assessed against three London examples: Romford, Guildford and Milton Keynes. The selected flows for the other cities were: Haarlem,
Leiden and 's-Hertogenbosch for Amsterdam; Høje Taastrup, Helsingør and Naestved for Copenhagen; Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Mannheim for Frankfurt; Fuenlabrada, Alcala de Henares and Toledo for Madrid; and Argenteuil, Melun and Chartres for Paris.

The research, primarily based on public data taken from a wide range of sources, involved a comparison of multiple factors including service frequency, journey time, reliability, passenger volumes, fares and competitiveness with car travel.

Publisher

Association for European Transport