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Co-chairs: Keir Fitch, European Commission and Harald Reisinger, Rail Net Europe

Created: Decision of PRIME 15, 18 November 2019

The objective of this subgroup is to identify gaps in the IT landscape, focusing on ongoing national and international IT activities and how these interact with existing RNE tools. From an operational perspective, the fragmentation in data and IT adds complexity and inefficiency in the rail sector. This subgroup therefore aims to:

1) Contribute to optimising European digital solutions for rail capacity management across borders:

  • To increase capacity utilisation and efficiency of Infrastructure Managers in allocating and managing that capacity.
  • To better respond to customer needs (flexibility, reliability and predictability), both in the planning and operational phases of rail traffic.

2) Contribute to optimising European digital solutions for traffic management across borders:

  • To improve traffic management between Infrastructure Managers.
  • To increase the quality of real-time information on train running, ETA and train composition in a trusted and secure environment and in close cooperation with Railway Undertakings, in compliance with the TAF/TAP framework.

3) Contribute to optimising European digital solutions for Infrastructure Data:

  • To provide a regular and quantitative monitoring of the performance of cross-border rail traffic in order to assess the IT landscape supporting capacity and traffic management.


Co-Chairs: Vincenzo Carpinelli, European Commission and María Álvarez, ADIF

Created: Decision of PRIME 10, 12 June 2017

The objective of the subgroup is to ensure compliance between infrastructure managers’ charging systems and EU legislation, in order to guarantee optimal competitiveness of international rail services and to ensure the efficient use of the railway networks.

The Subgroup will aim to enhance the cross-border cooperation between infrastructures managers and share best practices in terms of charging policies within the legal framework as referred in Directive 2012/34/EU (Art. 29 to 36) and to discuss the application of cooperation in relation to charging systems on more than one network as foreseen in Article 37.

The issues treated in this subgroup include for instance the calculation of direct costs, choice of charging parameters, definition of market segments and mark-ups, performance schemes.

There is no intention to harmonise track access charges across Europe.



  • Jude CAREY, Iarnród Éireann – Irish Rail
  • Raymond GEURTS, ProRail

Created: Decision of PRIME 1, 28 January 2014

Purpose of the subgroup is to agree on key performance indicators to be used as a foundation for performance benchmarking and for best practice exchange. The ultimate goal is to improve the performance of rail infrastructure managers and render their services more customer friendly. The exercise is not to perform a ranking of IMs by individual KPIs, but rather to develop a comprehensive overview of how different IMs function and where there is scope for mutual learning.

The general objective for the project is developing a sustainable, competitive infrastructure management business which provides high quality services, as expected by operators.

The group has a work plan and regular meetings.

Key principles of work are:

  • focus on business development for the infrastructure managers.
  • keep it simple.
  • clear definitions.
  • avoid duplication of existing work.

The subgroup is preparing yearly benchmarking reports:

The indicators agreed by the group are presented in the PRIME KPI Catalogue 3.5:

Given that the group continues discussing and testing the indicators, the content of the catalogue is currently 'work in progress'.

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