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Growing appetite, limited opportunities

20 September 2017

The last decade has been difficult for transport infrastructure providers. After years of reliable growth, motorway traffic fell or remained static, after the 2008  financial crisis. Traffic through airports, railways and even ferries also suffered.

However, it seems that across Europe the market has stabilised, and we are again seeing progressive traffic recovery and growth. In response, there is a growing appetite for investment in the sector through new PPP schemes, and specially through secondary sales/acquisitions and refinancing.

Changing tides for the maritime industry

25 July 2014

A recent article by Lloyds Loading List asked ‘Was 2013 a turning point for container shipping?’ Against a background of ongoing overcapacity and plummeting box rates on many routes2, some surprising developments took place.

First, Maersk introduced the first of its 18,000+ twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) ships into service – and China Shipping placed orders for five more.

Traffic forecasting in troubled times

03 February 2014

What’s happening on Europe’s roads? We have always been able to say that ‘whatever the economic climate, road traffic never falls’, and indeed, from the early 70s through until the middle of the last decade that might have held - but no longer!

Yes, there were hiccups – in the early 70s when OPEC cut the flow of fuel and in 1991 when the last big recession hit Europe – but the picture then was clearer. Now, however, it is anything but!

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Falling toll revenues?

27 December 2012

The impact of the widespread recession has certainly been observed on the traffic carried (and revenues generated) on road concessions across Europe.

Tags: Roads

Greece: Re-setting the concessions

11 December 2012

Steer Davies Gleave is working as part of the roads advisory team supporting the HRDF – the body set up to lead the privatisation of Greece’s important infrastructure assets. In the road transport sector, the concessions for the development of much of the national network were initially let some ten years ago. With each of these projects now facing severe financial difficulty – the first challenge for the Fund is to re-set the concessions to allow the final delivery and ongoing operation of the schemes.

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Charles Russell
Charles is a director with Steer Davies Gleave who has overall responsibility for our work in the area of infrastructure finance and has led many of our major projects in the US.

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