Latvia Hosts 5th Track Access Charges Summit

ProMedia Group is organising the 5th edition of the Track Access Charges Summit (TAC Summit). This time the event will take place in Riga, the capital of Latvia. It will be hosted by Latvian Railways, the country’s national railway group, and LatRailNet, the allocation and charging body of Latvian Railways. Graz University of Technology (TU Graz, Austria) is the knowledge partner of the conference.

The TAC Summit 2020 will start with a visit to The Railway Museum in Riga the morning of 21 April. Following lunch, the main part of the event will kick off. Stefan Marschnig, a professor of Graz Technical University, will lead the discussions. Under his guidance, over 20 rail professionals will deliver their insights and presentations on various issues and aspects of the charging systems being applied by European railways. The event will attract over 150 delegates from Austria, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Riga, Latvia to host Track Access Charges Summit 2020
Riga, Latvia

Key Topics

The programme of the TAC Summit 2020 is divided into five sessions; each of them is devoted to a specific aspect of railway charging systems. The first two sessions will take place on 21 April. They are dedicated to the competition of railways and other modes of transportation as well as to the development of rail freight corridors.

Within these two sessions, Andrew Smith, professor at the University of Leeds, will outline the peculiarities and similarities of the different methodologies for track access charging. Libor Lochman, Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), will explain the interrelationship between the track access charges and the European Green Deal. Dean Gannaway from Aurizon Network will specify the role of the charging systems on the Australian rail freight sector.

Three other sessions will be held on 22 April. At the 3rd session, the speakers will talk about implementing the Directive 34/2012 and Implementing Act 2015/919. Several speakers from Central Eastern European countries will share their experiences in this area. Kornél Nagy of Register of Infrastructure (RINF) will explain the features and prospects of the RINF database in digitalising the rail sector. Péter Rónai from the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) will deliver a presentation on the correlation between the track access changes and infrastructure investments.

The next panel will be dedicated to the gap between the track access charges and total costs. To this end, Matthias Fett from DB Netz will talk about the implementation of a performance scheme on the German railway network. The TAC Summit will end with discussions focused on the minimum access package. Justina Hudenko, CEO of LatRailNet, will talk about benchmarking and specific knowledge required for understanding the track access charges.

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