Tendering of train services

In the Danish debate, several parties, including the Productivity Commission and the Competition and Consumer Authority, have argued that there is potential for savings by allowing train services to be sent out for tender in Denmark. But tendering remains a controversial topic.

Some stakeholders argue that economies of scale make it more effective to have only one provider, namely Danish State Railways (DSB), that the cost of preparing and executing tenders would be very high and that tendering might harm quality, e.g. lead to more delays.