As National Railway Infrastructure Manager, every year we publish the updated edition of the Network Statement (NS) to inform our clients - Railway Undertakings (RUs) and other authorised entities - the criteria, procedures, methods and deadlines for allocating infrastructure capacity and the provision of related services, together with all information on the characteristics of the network and access conditions.

The development process and contents

The NS is issued by Directive of the MD of RFI after a complex preparation process including the involvement of all RFI’s divisions, consultation of all parties concerned (RUs, Regions, Autonomous Provinces and Framework Agreement holders) and supervision of the Italian Transport Authority (ART).

In particular, the NS is the result of:

● the analysis and finalisation of “experience feedback” in the continuous relationship between RIMs and RUs

● the analysis and finalisation of the development of infrastructure scenarios and the opportunities arising as a result,

● the analysis and finalisation of the RIM's organisational developments in relation to economic and industrial dynamics,

● consultation with the partners concerned (Regions, Autonomous Provinces, Railway Undertakings that are licensed and Applicants which have shown interest in signing a Framework Agreement), subject to sending a first draft of the document,

the acquisition of any prescriptions from the Italian Transport Authority (ART).

Following formalisation, the NS is published via the RFI website. For full information at international level the document is also published in English.
The NS consists of 6 chapters:  

Chapter 1 - General information  
Chapter 2 - Conditions of access to the infrastructure  
Chapter 2 special section - Conditions of access to the HS/HC infrastructure
Chapter 3 - Infrastructure characteristics

Chapter 4 - Capacity allocation
Chapter 5 - Services
Chapter 6 - Tariffs


The NS is usually updated every year in December and governs the scheduling, negotiation and management of the railway timetable which will be implemented 12 months after. The publication in December is brought forward by 4 months from the date (the following April) of starting work on allocating train paths, so as to enable Railway Undertakings to know the rules and the infrastructure scenario well in advance, thus enabling them to effectively plan their activities and formulate train path and service requests to the Infrastructure Manager accordingly.

On line the 1st draft of “Network Statement 2023" - start-up phase of consultation

Any comments by the interested parties must be received no later than 31th of July 2021 to the following e-mail: rfi-dce-dco@pec.rfi.it

documents download - only Italian version

By Directive No. 13/AD of 24 June 2021, the Managing Director of RFI issued the 2022 Network Statement - June 2021 edition.

In the NS, the National Railway Infrastructure Manager sets out:

  • the rules and procedures governing the requirements for requesting capacity and those relating to the process of allocating capacity, which are valid from 12 March 2021 as regards the service timetable applicable from 12 December 2021 to 10 December 2022,
  • the rules and information applicable to the working timetable in force from 12 December 2022 to 10 December 2022, such as the rules governing the obligations and responsibilities of RFI and RUs/Requesters with regard to the signing and execution of the transactions (Framework Agreement and Usage Agreement).

documents download - only Italian version

By Directive No. 1/AD of 29 January 2021, the Managing Director of RFI issued the 2021 Network Statement - January 2021 edition.

In the NS, the National Railway Infrastructure Manager sets out:

  • the rules and procedures governing the requirements for requesting capacity and those relating to the process of allocating capacity, which are valid from 14 March 2020 as regards the service timetable applicable from 13 December 2020 to 11 December 2021,
  • the rules and information applicable to the working timetable in force from 13 December 2020 to 11 December 2021, such as the rules governing the obligations and responsibilities of RFI and RUs/Requesters with regard to the signing and execution of the transactions (Framework Agreement and Usage Agreement).

documents download - only Italian version

For accredited users, the new RFI e-NS information system is now available online. The system is based on GIS technology for interactive and dynamic consultation of the characteristics of the infrastructure and plants published in the Network Information Prospectus. Instead of the previous NS WEB, the portal provides applicants with thematic maps and documents containing technical and commercial information on the services offered on the lines and plants managed by RFI.

In order to consult eNS, users simply need to access the portal and register by clicking on the 'Create account' button, or use their authentication credentials for the RFI Applications Portal (credentials used to access the previous portal, which is no longer updated, NS WEB).

ePIR is optimised for Google Chrome and MS-Internet Explorer 9 or later.

 


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