Among the many complex challenges facing the rail and public transport sectors, we work with clients in two sectors:
Market liberalization demands new solutions from rail freight companies. Customers require flexibility, speed, and punctuality. Competition from other modes of transport—both road and sea—are capturing a share of the market that rail traditionally had to itself. National railways have yet to capture the potential of longer, cross-border routes.
Customers often find they have no contractual partner capable of bearing genuine responsibility for the cross-border transportation process. Punctuality is an issue, as is the ability to pinpoint the location of goods. The transition to modern tracking systems is still in its early stages.
These are just some of the challenges facing rail companies today. We support our rail clients in meeting these challenges and in optimally positioning themselves along the value chain. We devise improvement programs to eliminate competitive disadvantages and seek out new solutions for ailing sections of their networks.
Public transport is a large part of daily life and generates substantial revenues. Yet the industry also faces significant challenges. Growing competition is encouraging new solutions in this arena to which established companies must adapt. Public transport companies must learn to operate more efficiently. The vision for the public transport players of the future is a significant decrease in operating costs and improvement in customer satisfaction.
Our practice supports companies and municipalities in transforming themselves to meet these demands. We work systematically to achieve best-practice solutions through efforts such as cost restructuring, pricing, and distribution optimization. By leveraging economies of scale, horizontal integration, and specialization, we can support our clients in achieving even greater efficiency gains.