Track Access Charges Summit


Richard Schneider, Vice President R&D – Bombardier Transportation

The paper analyses the potential cost savings of the wear dependant component in the new track access charge model in Switzerland for different technical solutions. The areas of vehicle development with a positive effect onto the track access costs are identified as:

A closer look at the results of the different systems allows for the following conclusions:

New solutions are expensive due to its development status and form a high challenge for an economic market introduction. In addition, the evaluation process could further prevent from a final selection, if an adequate differentiation between the systems is not supported by the criteria’s defined.

The highest challenge though is with the vehicle producer’s, to develop cost effective solutions to the customers.

Finally, the new track access charging model in Switzerland is considered as the only valid tool, to change the negative trend in the costs for track maintenance and for the re-initiation of the development of track friendly rolling stock.

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