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.
NSW rail tracks are owned by either the Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE) (formerly RailCorp) or the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
We have released an Issues Paper and we want your feedback on our proposed approach to the review and the issues we have identified. Among other things, we’re seeking feedback on whether:
- the current negotiation and arbitration processes are still the best way to ensure reasonable access prices and conditions
- the minimum conditions should be updated, and the pricing guidelines remain appropriate
- changes should be made to improve rail owners’ compliance with the Undertaking.
Submissions are due by 17 December.