Introduction

Planning within the TTR process is being done well in advance to facilitate efficient and quick allocation of rail infrastructure capacity. However, experience with the current process shows that more steering is needed to prevent the waste of rail capacity as well as unnecessary / redundant efforts, namely due to:

  • Constant changes made to planning parameters
  • Capacity blocked but not used by stakeholders

To encourage stakeholders to use the process and capacity products as efficiently as possible, certain commercial conditions have to be applied to avoid misuse of capacity.

Although commercial conditions are already in use throughout Europe, they are not harmonised. Applicants requesting international train paths must therefore deal with widely varying ways of handling different steps and varying consequences for the different national sections of one and the same international train path. TTR aims to develop a harmonised set of commercial conditions to provide applicants with the same commercial planning parameters for international transport across Europe.