FRENCH road and rail regulator Arafer announced on February 8 that it has rejected SNCF Network’s proposed tariff structure for track access charges from 2018, arguing the new arrangements fail to meet regulatory requirements and ignore commitments to pricing reform given by the infrastructure manager two years ago.
FRENCH rail regulator Araf and its British counterpart, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), took over responsibility for regulating conditions of access and infrastructure charges for the Channel Tunnel on June 16, when a bi-national committee of the two organisations held its first meeting in London.
FRENCH rail regulator Araf and Britain's Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) are set to take over responsibility for monitoring conditions of access and infrastructure charges for the Channel Tunnel from the Intergovernmental Commission (IGC), under an agreement which will be signed later this month.
January 1 sees the start of a major restructuring of French railways with a return to integration of train operations and infrastructure albeit within a holding company organisation. In an exclusive interview with IRJ, Jacques Rapoport, who heads the new infrastructure subsidiary, explains the benefits of the new setup to David Briginshaw.
FRENCH Rail Regulator Araf has rejected plans for a rolling road service between Pas-de-Calais and the Spanish border because it believes the concession structure adopted for the project could harm competition and risks impacting the performance of passenger services.
FRENCH rail regulator Araf has instructed French Rail Network (RFF) to improve the process for allocating freight train paths after it upheld a complaint brought against the infrastructure manager by operators Euro Cargo Rail, Europorte France, and VFLI.