European Performance Regime Project

The European Performance Regime (EPR) project was launched by the UIC in 2005 and became an RNE/UIC joint project in 2009.
The EPR’s objective was to design a Performance Regime (PR) that could be used both for international and national traffic – thus allowing a Network, if so desired, to apply a single type of PR on its territory.

The immense amount of work done during this long project produced a package of results:
  • ‘EPR Handbook 2013’, whose main body describes the entire 4-step process of the Performance Regime (from data collection to billing/invoicing) and legal aspects; it helps potential users of the system to understand quickly what they should put in place to implement it, and what they should expect in terms of both needed resources and possible results. It includes 8 Annexes and a Glossary.
  • Referenced documents:
    • Templates/documents to be used during the implementation phase (such as IT tools guidelines, contract specimen, checklists ...).
    • Reports of the results of the Pilot Application (conducted in 2009-2012).
  • EPR tool – special functionalities developed within the TIS to support the EPR process as described in the handbook, make all necessary calculations and deliver any reports needed.

EPR 4-step process


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Stakeholder feedback has overall been very consistent: although Step 4 of the process (application of financial penalties) is not a priority and is not likely to be applied in the short/medium term, the rules, processes and tools that are part of the first three steps are considered to bring great added value.

In this regard, the EPR tools are currently used to support TIS data quality management.

More details can be found in the relevant EPR Handbook’s section.

Download: EPR Handbook and Annexes (ZIP)