As a trans-European association of railway Infrastructure Managers, RNE:
- co-ordinates the harmonisation, simplification and development of international rail infrastructure products, services, tools and processes
- improves the quality and transparency of existing products, services, tools and processes
- provides legal, technical and commercial information on the European railway infrastructure.
Our function as coordinator of the international railway timetable entails setting the detailed timetabling calendar for each annual timetable period – one year in advance. It also means organising and supervising the annual ‘Technical Meeting’ in the third week of June, during which representatives of RNE Members discuss open questions concerning international path requests for the next timetable period.
Our function as coordinator of the One-Stop Shop (OSS) system involves setting the framework for the functions of Corridor OSSs. This is done by leading working groups to write guidelines that describe required functions and specify the conditions for the work to be done. We also manage sales-related projects and task forces, as well as assist RNE Members, RFC Corridor OSSs and company OSSs with international train path management and customer care.
A corridor-related function was added to our portfolio following the publication of Regulation 913/2010 for a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight. RNE became 'service provider of choice' and expert support provider for Rail Freight Corridor (RFC) Organisations in the areas of developing methods and processes, and developing and operating tools — putting its existing services at the disposal of the IMs involved in RFCs to assist them with fulfilling Regulation requirements and seeking to foster a more customer-oriented approach.
In 2014, RNE`s mandate was further extended in order to achieve a stronger harmonisation of the different RFCs’ implementation approaches. Now RNE also provides a coordination platform for the RFCs. This enables them to jointly develop harmonised processes and tools to be applied on various corridors to the benefit of both Railway Undertakings (RUs) and non-RU Applicants, as well as of IMs and ABs that are part of several RFCs.
In our function as European umbrella organisation for railway Infrastructure Managers and Allocation Bodies, we liaise with other international bodies in the railway sector:
- together with the CIT (and also CER and EIM) a common structure and common principles on which to base General Terms and Conditions of use of the railway infrastructure (‘European GTC’) were defined and agreed in 2010 and updated in 2014
- jointly with the UIC, RNE experts contributed to the creation of a European Performance Regime (EPR)
- RNE has played the role of IM coordinator within the TAF and TAP TSI frameworks; this includes taking part in, or leading, the four Telematics Groups.
Finally, as the coordinator of European-Union funded projects, we help our Members to apply for EU funding. In the period 2013-2015, some RNE Members participated in an EU-funded project led by RNE. This mainly dealt with the implementation of requirements connected with the Rail Freight Regulation but carried out at the national level..