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Table of contents

Table of Contents

1. Project purpose

1.1. The purpose of the project is to develop a UNECE Standard on best practice for the management of Public Private Partnership (PPP) programmes in the rail sector, whereby private sector participation, both technical and financial, can be made more readily available to assist in the creation and enhancement of railway infrastructure. The aim of the project will be to provide standards for a) a policy document on PPP for the development of rail schemes and b) a recommended common approach to risk allocation;

1.2. The project will also seek to encourage the use of alternative funding sources such as real estate development to assist with the general affordability of rail schemes under consideration.


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2. Project scope

2.1. Transport Ministries everywhere were giving rail a new emphasis in their multi-model transport policies. Transport Ministries in EU member states are being encouraged to bring forward rail schemes with financial support provided by the Connecting Europe Facility. The World Bank and Asian Development Bank are also active in promoting rail schemes in other countries where there is an appetite and need for the creation and enhancement of railway infrastructure. The project will provide complementary support for the development of rail schemes pursuant to these initiatives.

2.2. There have already been a number of rail schemes that have been successfully developed using a PPP programme. This project will seek to take the benefit of lessons learned and apply it with a view to creating guidance for the management of PPP programmes in the rail sector.

2.3. The categories of rail schemes to be considered will include high speed rail, railway station development and rolling stock procurement.


3. Project deliverables

The project deliverables are:

3.1. Programme analysis: An analysis of existing PPP programmes in the rail sector, the rationale for their structure and an objective assessment of their advantages and disadvantages.

3.2. Programme standards: Standards for a structural template for the development of rail schemes, a common approach to risk allocation, and model forms of contract documentation.


4. Geographical focus

4.1. The UN standard is a world standard, but the demand for rail infrastructure is the highest at developing and transitional countries. The focus on applicability will be on will be Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, South America and the MENA Region.

5. Project team membership and required functional expertise

5.1. Membership is open to experts with specialist knowledge in the area of management of PPP programmes in the rail sector


6. Project leadership

Project leaderJonathan BECKITT


7. Resource requirements

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Participants in the project shall provide resources for their own participation. The existence and functioning of the project shall not require any additional resources from the UNECE secretariat.

8. Timetable

ODP Step

ODP Name

Estimated Completion Date



Project initiation

2015 February



Stakeholder mobilization

2015 April



Developing the initial draft

2015 April-May



Public review

2015 June




2015 October




2015 November