Track access charges in the Netherlands go up 12%
The annually indexed user fee in the Netherlands will increase by 12 per cent next year. ProRail made this announcement on Tuesday 17 May. The exact effect on the costs for specific carriers depends on the use of the services on the railway network.
Why a user fee
All users of rail pay a usage fee for the use of the track. This concerns, among other things, the use of the rails, overhead lines, stations and shunting facilities for trains. They partly contribute to the total costs of managing and maintaining the rail infrastructure.
The announcement of the (indexed) usage fee for 2023 is part of the supplement to the Network Statement for 2023 that was published in December. Entitled parties have four weeks to let ProRail know how they view the changes to the network statement. ProRail says it will take the reactions into account when finalising the supplement.
This article was originally published by Kenneth Steffers on Spoorpro, our sister publication.