Railway infrastructure - tracks

Special rules govern the setting of the charges levied by infrastructure managers. This applies both to the structure of the pricing system and the level of the track access charges. The General Railway Act (AEG) and Rail Infrastructure Usage Regulations (EIBV) constitute the legal framework providing the rules for the structure of the pricing system, for setting the level of the charges, specifying the deadlines and for other formal requirements that must be adhered to.

The Bundesnetzagentur verifies adherence to the legal provisions governing the charging principles and the level of the charges in the railway sector. The agency is also entitled to review infrastructure managers' cost calculations and inspect all relevant records and other documentation. This procedure may take the form of a preliminary examination (ex ante) and a subsequent review (ex post). Should the parties not be able to come to an agreement on the use of tracks, the level and structure of the charges may also be reviewed at an applicants´ request (Section 14f(2) of the General Railway Act).

In regulatory practice, infrastructure managers´ regular notification of their projected charges is an important pillar of price regulation.

Further details on the mandatory content of calculating track access charges may be found under calculating charges. The Bundesnetzagentur will provide information about the formal requirements.

The charging scheme's period of validity corresponds to the EU-wide harmonised working timetable period. In the run-up to the annual change of working timetable in December there are certain deadlines that need to be adhered to. Further requirements of a formal nature are set forth in railway legislation. Adherence to the deadlines and requirements is often underestimated but is crucial to the entry into force on time of the charges set by the infrastructure managers. For additional information please see formal requirements.

Date of modification: 2013.11.12