Monitoring and benchmarking rail infrastructure’s performance, sharing best practices and developing cooperation between the infrastructure managers in Europe are the key objects of the Platform of Rail Infrastructure Managers in Europe (PRIME). For the third time in a row the benchmarking report of the PRIME KPI & Benchmarking Subgroup has now been published, covering the years 2012-2018. In order to become a true alternative to other transport modes rail has to be safe, punctual, reliable, affordable and inclusive. The report gives a relevant insight on indicators covering these dimensions of rail infrastructure management.
What’s new in this year`s report?
18 infrastructure managers have jointly agreed on the key performance indicators that are relevant for their business and provided data creating an impressive database. Compared to the first two reports, this edition includes a number of new indicators, a more complete dataset and four new participants. Taking into account its wider reach, this year’s report offers, for the first time, more detailed explanations and contextual information to make the wealth of data more accessible.
Significance extends beyond the benchmarking subgroup
We believe that PRIME data and definitions can serve the needs of a large range of rail experts and policy makers. By measuring and sharing the results, we aim to demonstrate to the wider public that the rail sector is committed to improving its service provision.
In this report, the key indicators will each be shown in a time series and a benchmarking chart, presenting key trends and a cross-comparison of infrastructure managers. However, the quantitative results can only be interpreted meaningfully if the main influencing factors are taken into account: infrastructure managers are operating in different countries under different geographic and political circumstances. Without considering the different characteristics of the infrastructure managers and their structural peculiarities, meaningful comparisons cannot be achieved. For this reason, background information on the specific contexts of the infrastructure managers and rail infrastructure is provided for each indicator. Influencing factors cover climate, socio-demographic, historical and political, economic, technical factors and services provided by the infrastructure manager.