Rail Access Charges: How to reconcile conflicting objectives?

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Date: 
09/05/2018 - 14:00 to 17:30
Venue: 
The University Foundation, Rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

This CERRE Executive Seminar will present and debate the policy recommendations of a new CERRE report on approaches to track access charges around Europe. Join operators, infrastructure managers, policymakers, regulators and rail industry experts for an afternoon of frank discussion and debate on a key topic for the sector.

 

Background

EU legislation requires that Member States have non-discriminatory track access charges for rail operators. The recast of the first Railway Package clarified how these should be derived, based on factors including the cost of maintenance and renewals resulting from wear and tear; congestion, scarcity and environmental charges; and mark-ups.

However, with notable differences in access charges for passenger and freight trains, and with significantly divergent approaches between Member States, the question arises: do the levels of track access charges in Europe really reflect the costs?

Against this background, a new CERRE research project, led by CERRE Research Fellow Prof. Chris Nash (University of Leeds) will deliver a general overview of rail track access charging principles and issues in Europe. It will draw on a number of national case studies, reviewing the charging systems in place and the principles and evidence on which they are based.

From this, the report will deliver recommendations for European and national policymakers, regulators, and infrastructure managers on the most appropriate approaches to track access charges.

This CERRE Executive Seminar will present and debate these policy recommendations with stakeholders from all corners of the industry: incumbent and new operators, infrastructure managers, regulators, policymakers and rail industry experts.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a limited number of non-members.

14:00

Registration

14:30

Welcome & Introduction 
 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,
CERRE

 

 

14:35

Keynote Speech
15:00
Session 1: Wear & tear and mark-ups: are there best practices?
 

Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report:

Professor Andrew Smith

Professor,
Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

 

 

Professor Yves Crozet

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, LAET, Université de Lyon 

 

 

Followed by a panel discussion - See confirmed discussants below

16:05

Networking Coffee Break
16:25
Session 2: Findings & policy recommendations
 

Presentation of the findings of the CERRE report:

Professor Chris Nash

Research Fellow, CERRE
Professor, University of Leeds
 

 

Followed by a panel discussion - See confirmed discussants below

17:25
Conclusions

17:30

Networking Reception
   

 Confirmed panellists

 

Julien Brunel

Chief Economist, 
SNCF Réseau

 

 

Dr Alexander Ernert

Director, Regulation, 
Euro Cargo Rail, Deutsche Bahn

 

 

Dr Wolfram Merzyn

Senior Project Manager, Train Path Pricing System, 
DB Netz

 

 

Prof. Dr Karsten Otte

Head, Railway Regulation Department, 
Bundesnetzagentur

 

 

John Thomas

Director, Policy,
Rail Delivery Group

 

 

Stefan Tobias

Head of Economics and Tax Policy, 
CER

 

 

Anne Yvrande-Billon

Vice President, 
Arafer

 

 

 Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks

 

 

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 14.00-17.30,
The University Foundation, Rue d'Egmont 11, 1000 Brussels

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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