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What is under review?

IPART is reviewing the arrangements governing third-party access to rail tracks in NSW. The NSW Rail Access Undertaking sets minimum terms and conditions and pricing guidelines for rail owners to negotiate access to their rail tracks with businesses, such as train operators. The existing rail access framework has been in place for 20 years. With the freight movements in metropolitan NSW set to double over the next 30 years, it is important that NSW has the right rail access framework for allowing third-party train operators to use the rail network.

We have considered range of issues, including:

  • The negotiation framework for determining access fees and conditions for use of the network
  • The arbitration framework when parties cannot agree
  • The information that access providers need to provide third-party rail users
  • The rules for the level of the access fees that access providers can charge
  • The compliance and enforcement regime for ensuring the rules are followed.

Who does this review affect?

Businesses such as train owners, freight companies, and coal and grain companies enter into agreements with the rail owners to access the rail tracks. NSW rail tracks are owned by either the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) (formerly RailCorp) or the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).