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ACM: re-allocation of tracks at marshalling yard Kijfhoek not necessary

05-02-2019

Dutch network infrastructure manager ProRail made the right decision when allocating the rail tracks at marshalling yard Kijfhoek between rail freight operators. However, ProRail did not follow the procedure in the correct manner. This is one of the conclusions of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) after an investigation following a complaint filed by rail freight undertaking DB Cargo.

Complaint

ACM conducted an investigation following a complaint filed by DB Cargo about ProRail’s allocation of tracks at marshalling yard Kijfhoek for the 2019 train timetable. DB Cargo wished to have control of all tracks at the marshalling yard, but ProRail assigned some of those tracks to other operators. According to ACM, ProRail was allowed to do so.

Procedure

ACM comes to the conclusion that ProRail did not follow the procedure in the correct manner. However, ProRail’s allocation of available tracks does not need to be adjusted, because ACM’s investigation showed that ProRail’s final allocation decision was correct. ACM will make sure that, in the future, ProRail will follow the procedure correctly. ProRail has indicated it will do so from now on.

Background

ProRail is responsible for allocating capacity of marshalling yards that are used by rail freight operators for parking and shunting of freight trains. ProRail also provides access to services offered at marshalling yards. Kijfhoek is the only yard in the Netherlands that has an automated train car sorting system. The Dutch Railway Act mandates ProRail to follow a certain procedure if conflicts arise between requests of different rail freight operators for access to marshalling yards. ACM enforces compliance with the Dutch Railway Act.