Efficient rail transport can be an important catalyst for economic growth and development. Rail transport can stimulate trade, link production sites to regional and international markets, promote the national and cross-border integration of regions and facilitate access to the labor market, education and health services.
Rail transport is generally more energy efficient than road or air transport. Investment in rail transport is therefore an important element of a low carbon transport strategy. High-speed lines can substitute long-distance road or air transport. Rail transport is also an energy efficient means to move high volumes of bulk commodities from the centers of production, such as mining and agricultural areas, to ports and airports.
PPPs in railways can bring opportunities for investment, operating efficiency and modern and clean technology. PPP railway projects providing for shared use of rail tracks may lead to efficiency gains and an increased revenue basis for states and private investors and make investment in PPP schemes more attractive.
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