2013 NETWORK STATEMENT UPDATE
By means of the Resolution of the General Secretariat for Infrastructures, dated 3 April 2013, the ADIF Board of Directors' Agreement approving the 2013 update to the Network Statement has been published. (Official State Gazette, No. 92, of 17 April 2013)
The “Network Statement” (hereinafter NS) is a document that describes the features of the infrastructure available to Railway Companies, and provides information about its access conditions. It also outlines general rules, deadlines, procedures and governing principles concerning capacity allocation and charges, and the information needed to process an infrastructure capacity request.
It has been updated for the 2013 financial year, including the 2013/2014 Service Timetable, pursuant to the provisions of Order FOM/897/2005 of 7 April, regarding the network statement and the railway capacity allocation process. This regulation transposes Directive 2001/14/EC, in accordance with which all necessary information must be provided for the use of access rights, in order to ensure transparent and non-discriminatory access to the railway infrastructure for all Applicants requesting Capacity to provide railway transport services.
2013 NETWORK STATEMENT UPDATE
Information has been updated and extended in the following sections:
- INDEX AND STRUCTURE
The Network Statement index is updated in accordance with the common structure and Implementation Guidelines adopted by the Rail Net Europe General Assembly on 9 May 2012.
- MAIN AGENTS IN THE RAILWAY SECTOR
Information on the Spanish Railway Sector has been updated with the main agents, their functions and competencies, and the Railway Companies and Authorised Applicants included in the Special Railway Registry.
- ADIF’S IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Data in all sections has been updated
- INCLUSION OF NEW ASSETS IN THE ADIF-MANAGED NETWORK
Detailed information has been included about changes to assets (additions, withdrawals and modifications) in the Adif-managed network due to High-Speed development, network modernisation and commissioning of new sections.
- FREIGHT TECHNICAL FACILITIES AND LOGISTICS
Information about Main Freight Logistics Facilities has been updated, as well as information about facilities managed in accordance with the new model for the allocation and use of spaces, under the system of self-provision of supplementary and ancillary services, to railway companies and authorised applicants owning rolling stock.
- UPDATES TO THE ECONOMIC AND TAX FRAMEWORK FOR USE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE
Fees and Tariffs: Order FOM/2336/2012, dated 31 October, was published, amending Order FOM/898/2005, dated 8 April, which sets the amount of railway fees established in articles 74 and 75 of the Railway Sector Act 39/2003, dated 17 November. (Official State Gazette dated 1 November 2012).
Railway fees for passenger transport have been updated, in accordance with the guidelines in art. 73.1 of Law 17/2012, dated 27 December, on National Budgets for 2013 (Official State Gazette, 28 December 2012), which sets an increase of 1% for these updates, applicable from 1 January 2013.
Provisional Fees for Provision of Supplementary and Ancillary Services in 2013: Contents are included from the document, “Provisional Fees for Provision of Supplementary and Ancillary Services in 2013”, in accordance with the Resolution of 26 February 2013, issued by the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, which published approval of the Provisional Fees for Provision of Supplementary and Ancillary Services in 2013 proposed by Adif (the State-Owned Railway Infrastructure Management Company), applicable from the date of publication of this Resolution until 31 December 2013, or until new provisional fees are published (Official State Gazette, 15 March 2013).
- SERVICE TIMETABLE 2012/2013 AND 2013/2014
The 2013/2014 Service Timetable’s Capacity Allocation Calendar has been updated in accordance with Rail Net Europe (RNE) guidelines for Applicants making capacity requests.
The 2013 Service Timetable will be valid to 14 December 2013, and the 2014 Service Timetable to 13 December 2014 (the second Saturday in December, as established in article 7.2 of Order FOM/897/2005). Both of them include fixed deadlines for carrying out the corresponding Agreed Adjustments and Monthly Adjustments. The updated International Tracks Catalogue is also included.
- UPDATED RAILWAY REGULATIONS
Appendix F, “Reference documentation”, has been updated with the most significant current legal information about the Railway Sector as at 15 March 2013, both nationally and at European level, and additionally contains references to the main current technical standards.
Maps of the ADIF-managed network been updated and upgraded, including, in accordance with Royal Decree-Law 22/2012 of 20 July, the metric gauge lines of the defunct state-owned narrow gauge railway company, FEVE, which Adif has managed since 01/01/2013 pursuant to the above-mentioned Royal Decree-Law.
- OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
The connection between the Madrid-Levante and Madrid-Andalusia high-speed lines was inaugurated in Torrejón de Velasco on 17 June 2012. This allows direct high-speed AVE trains to go into service between Andalusia and the Levante region in Eastern Spain, achieving a significant reduction journey times.
On 9 January 2013, the Barcelona Sants – Girona – Figueres Vilafant section went into commercial service, on the Madrid - Barcelona - French border high speed line, adding a further 131 kilometres to the Spanish high-speed network.
Ancillary Services are included in Appendix D.