Countdown starts for the digital edition of the Track Access Charges Summit
The allocation of track access charges is an area of intense debate in the rail sector, especially now that COVID-19 is affecting rail transportation. Tomorrow, on 14 and 15 October during the Track Access Charges Summit, the discussion about a more transparent and fair system will continue. This 5th edition is an online event due to the corona virus.
This years conference focusses on both the regulative and political aspects of track access charging and the implementation of the minimum access package and different additional aspects. Presenting already implemented models, discussing ideas and approaches to improve the schemes especially in relation to a fair intermodal competition, and learning from each other are central during the conference.
Waiving of TAC
Off course the new European regulation that allows member states to waive or reduce track access charges to support railway undertakings during the pandemic will be an important subject during the conference. But questions like: how can infrastructure managers and rail operators work together to ensure a more transparent and fair system, will be discussed.
More than 150 attendees are already registered to listen to expert speakers from around the globe. Besides presentations there are digital networking meetings to allow attendees to stay in touch with other international professionals in times of corona.
Amongst the speakers are Stefan Marschnig from the Graz University of Technology, Andy Billington of Rail Baltica, CER-director Libor Lochman, Andrew Smith of the University of Leeds, Matthias Fett of DB Netz and Borna Abramovic of the University of Zagreb to name a few. Check the event website for the complete program and the list of presenters.