Bane NOR is the IM on the Norwegian rail network and has prepared and published Network Statement 2022, which is its 19th edition.
Bane NOR is organised into four divisions, each of which is responsible for its own business areas, as well as four group staff teams with specialist intra-divisional responsibilities:
The group staff teams bear overall responsibility for targets and strategies, frameworks and steering documents within their specialist fields across the divisions.
The objective of the Network Statement is to provide the RU and other applicants with the necessary information concerning access to and use of the Norwegian rail network, as well as other railway-related services provided to the RU.
The Network Statement consists of a main document, which describes the infrastructure in addition to the general conditions for operating services on the rail network. The Network Statement also includes annexes containing further detailed information.
The Network Statement also includes links to publications and other relevant websites.
The requirement to prepare and publish a Network Statement is stipulated in Section 5-1 of the Norwegian Railway Regulations. More detailed requirements for the contents of the Network Statement are stipulated in the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Section 5-2.
Requirements concerning access to and use of the Norwegian railway network, including other railway-related services, are specified in the Norwegian Railway Regulations.
Norwegian laws and regulations applicable to the railways are available on the Norwegian Railway Authority (NRA) website at www.sjt.no. Some of these laws and regulations have been translated into English. These translations are not official. Other Norwegian laws and regulations are available at www.lovdata.no
As far as Norwegian legislation is concerned, the Network Statement is purely for informational purposes. This means that information in the Network Statement does not constitute legally binding obligations for Bane NOR.
When the ATS refers to specific sections in the Network Statement, this is not a legally binding obligation for Bane NOR, unless the ATS specifically stipulates that it is a legally binding obligation for Bane NOR.
The Network Statement is issued in two languages – Norwegian and English. Document content is the same in both languages. If there is any conflict between the Norwegian version and the English version, the Norwegian text takes precedence.
Reference is made in a number of sections to Norwegian legislation and traffic rules issued by Bane NOR. Parts of the legislation, as well as the traffic rules, are only available in Norwegian.
The information provided by Bane NOR in the Network Statement must be correct. Nevertheless, Bane NOR assumes no liability as a consequence of errors.
Any errors that may be detected during the period of validity of the Network Statement will be corrected and announced on the Bane NOR website, as described in Chapter 1.5.2.
Bane NOR’s objective is to provide services in compliance with the service description provided in the Network Statement.
The Network Statement may include information on planned changes during the period following the expiry of the document’s validity period, see Chapter 1.5 below. Such information is not binding for Bane NOR.
The Network Statement refers to a certain extent to descriptions provided in other documents issued by Bane NOR. If Bane NOR is to make changes to documents which affect the rights or obligations of the RU, such changes must be sent to the RU for consultation before these changes are implemented.
The RU and any other applicants that feel they have been treated unfairly, subjected to discrimination or have otherwise had their interests violated in any other way, may submit an appeal to the NRA in accordance with the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Section 11-2. This is particularly applicable to decisions made by the IM, the RU or the party running service facilities with regard to:
a) the draft and final version of the Network Statement
b) criteria established in the Network Statement
c) the allocation process and the results of this
d) the charging scheme
e) the level or structure of infrastructure charges which the applicant must or may have to pay
f) schemes for access in accordance with the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Sections 2-1, 2-5 and 2-6
g) access to services, collection of charges and payment for services in accordance with the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Section 12-2 and the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Chapter 4
h) framework agreements concluded
Pursuant to the Norwegian Railway Regulations, Section 11-2 (2), the NRA must notify relevant parties of its decision on the matter within six weeks of having received all relevant information.
RNE has compiled a common framework for the structure and content of the Network Statement (the Network Statement Common Structure). This Network Statement has been prepared in accordance with RNE’s Network Statement Common Structure.
Network Statement 2022 is applicable to:
The Network Statement is published 12 months prior to the timetable period to which it applies and is valid for one timetable period.
Timetable R22 commences on Sunday, 12 December 2021 and ends on Saturday, 10 December 2022.
These dates have been established in accordance with the provisions of EU Directive 2012/34/EU
Bane NOR will use a supplement to Network Statement 2022 to announce any amendments or additions occurring after the publication of this Network Statement. See Change log
Amendment of a public regulation referred to in the Network Statement will only be announced by means of a supplement to the Network Statement if:
Network Statement 2022 and annexes will be available in both hard copy format and electronically on the Bane NOR website, where it can be downloaded for free. The Network Statement will always be available in two languages, Norwegian and English. Document content is the same in both languages. If the two versions do not match, the Norwegian version will take precedence.
The Network Statement will be sent free of charge to RUs that have concluded ATSs with Bane NOR.
The annual publication of the Network Statement is announced in Norsk Lysningsblad and EU official journals.
Bane NOR can provide RUs with more detailed information on topics referred to in Network Statement 2022 upon request.
Bane NOR’s contact address:
|Bane NOR SF|
|Postal address||Postbox 4350, NO-2308 Hamar, Norway|
|Office address||Schweigaards gate 33, NO-0191 Oslo, Norway|
Infrastructure managers and supervisory authorities in the EU have jointly created an OSS function that acts as a network of contacts within RNE. An RU can get in touch with an OSS with a view to applying for infrastructure capacity in an international rail network, and the OSS will then start the entire international coordination process.
The OSS will work on the basis of contact with an RU and after a meeting with the managers involved:
1. Coordinate the handling of capacity-intensive applications for each requested international track line within RNE in such a manner as to ensure that the applications are included correctly in the annual capacity allocation process.
2. Safeguard the customer’s optimum infrastructure capacity for the entire international route. Coordination of this process will mainly be carried out by means of simulation with RNE’s PCS system.
Bane NOR’s OSS:
|Bane NOR SF|
|Postal address||Postbox 4350, NO-2308 Hamar, Norway|
|Office address||Schweigaards gate 33, NO-0191 Oslo, Norway|
|Telephone||05280/+47 22 45 50 00|
Link to international OSS: http://www.rne.eu/organisation/oss-c-oss/
Regulation 913/2010/EU concerning establishment of a European rail network for competitive freight came into force on 9 November 2010. This regulation requires the member states to establish international, market-oriented rail freight corridors in order to meet the following targets:
- To strengthen cooperation between infrastructure managers in important areas such as allocation of train paths, interoperability, interoperable systems and infrastructure development
- To find the right balance between freight and passenger services along the freight corridors, provide sufficient capacity for freight in compliance with market needs, and ensure that common punctuality targets for freight trains are met
- To promote intermodality between railways and other forms of transport by integrating terminals in the corridor management process
Bane NOR is participating in freight corridor 3 ScanMed RFC; Scandinavian-Mediterranean Rail Freight Corridor together with Banedanmark, DB Netz, RFI, the Swedish Transport Administration, ÖBB Infrastruktur and the Øresund Bridge.
Eleven international rail freight corridors (RFCs) have been established in the EU’s rail network, see http://rne.eu/rail-freight-corridors/
RailNetEurope (RNE) was created in January 2004 at the initiative of a number of European railway infrastructure managers that wished to establish a common European organisation in order to facilitate international services. To achieve this objective, RNE offers its members, railway companies, applicants and other stakeholders solutions and support with regard to compliance with the European legal framework. This involves developing and harmonising international railway processes, templates, handbooks and guidelines. It also involves developing the necessary IT tools that are streamlined and harmonised.
More information on RNE can be found at http://www.rne.eu/organisation/rne-approach-structure/
PCS is an international coordination system for applying for train paths for RUs and other applicants, IMs, allocation bodies and rail freight corridors (RFCs). The internet-based application optimises coordination of international train paths by ensuring that queries and tenders are harmonised with all parties involved. PCS is the only tool for publishing allocated train paths and residual capacity, and for administering international track queries for the rail freight corridors (RFCs).
PCS can be accessed for free. If you would like a user account, please send your enquiry to RNE PCS Support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at http://pcs.rne.eu.
CIS is an infrastructure charges information system for applicants, supplied by IMs and allocation bodies (ABs). This internet-based application provides quick information and indications of costs related to the use of European railway infrastructure, as well as estimating the charges for using international train paths.
CIS can be accessed for free and users do not need to register.
More information can be found at http://cis.rne.eu, or contact RNE CIS Support: email@example.com.
One Stop Shop (OSS) is a network of contact points representing IMs operating international services. They constitute a single point of contact for railway services for the entire international route, from the first queries linked with access to the infrastructure to international queries and performance assessment following the running of a train.
Bane NOR’s OSS firstname.lastname@example.org
A list of OSS contacts in Europe is available at: http://www.rne.eu/organisation/oss-c-oss/
In addition to what is mentioned in the above mentioned Chapters 1.7.1 and 1.7.2, Bane NOR also participates in the following international organisations and forums:
EIM (European Rail Infrastructure Managers) is an organisation for independent infrastructure managers, established in 2002. EIM’s work focuses on two principal areas: transport policy lobbying aimed at EU legislative bodies and technical work aimed at the ERA. EIM is one of the organisations that are entitled to appoint specialists to the ERA working groups and the organisation has a number of technical “shadow working groups” reflecting the ERA groups.
EIM currently has 16 members, of which 11 are national infrastructure managers. The organisation is headquartered in Brussels.
Further information can be found at http://eimrail.org
PRIME (Platform for Rail Infrastructure Managers in Europe) is a coordination forum for collaboration between the European Commission and the two lobbying organisations for infrastructure managers (EIM and CER). The forum holds two plenary meetings each year at senior management level and has a number of working groups relating to issues within technology, safety and finance. PRIME is led by the Commission c/o DG MOVE.
Further information can be found at https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/multisite/primeinfrastructure/
UIC (Union internationale des chemins de fer, or the International Union of Railways) is a global organisation headquartered in Paris, established in 1922.
UIC possesses considerable expertise and today the organisation predominantly works on research projects in order to contribute to the development of standards and technical solutions for the railway sector.
Further information can be found at http://uic.org
NIM (Nordic Infrastructure Managers) is a loosely organised collaboration between infrastructure managers and railway authorities in the Nordic countries. The organisation holds an annual meeting at senior management level and has a number of technical collaboration groups linked to various specific issues.
The organisation does not have a fixed secretariat or head office but the presidency rotates between the members for one year at a time.
NIM does not have its own website but you can obtain further information by contacting Bane NOR on email@example.com