What is the best way to handle the conflicts that can appear in allocation of railway capacity after market deregulation? This is a question that Abderrahman Ait Ali has sought out to answer in his dissertation Methods for Capacity Allocation in Deregulated Railway Markets.
By deregulating their railways, governments aim to reduce public expenditures, increase service quality, and improve system efficiency. For this to succeed, there is still need for instruments to intervene. An important element in this context is the allocation of railway capacity.
–The previously closed internal capacity allocation, within monopolistic national railway companies, needs to be replaced with a more transparent allocation of available capacity to the different (often competing) companies in the market.. This has to be done without decreasing efficiency. This task is the main problem that I attempt to address in my thesis, says Abderrahman Ait Ali (or Abdou, as he is called).
Abdou is a PhD student in Infra Informatics within the Division of Communications and Transport Systems (KTS), Department of Science and Technology (ITN). He is also a research assistant at The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). The public disputation will be held online on Monday November 16:th at 13:15.