RFC Corridor One-Stop-Shop
According to Article 13 (1) of Regulation 913/2010/EU, the Management Board for a freight corridor shall designate or set up a joint body for applicants to request and to receive answers, in a single place and in a single operation, regarding infrastructure capacity for freight trains crossing at least one border along the freight corridor (hereinafter referred to as a ‘one-stop shop’).
The MB of RFC OEM decided on 1 October 2012 that one employee of VPE Co. (Hungarian capacity allocation body) will carry out the tasks of C-OSS of RFC7, as VPE undertakes the role of being ‘representative C-OSS’ (i.e. one MB member company in the Corridor acting on behalf of all members, supported by IT tool) of RFC OEM until a period of 2 years.
The working language of the RFC OEM C-OSS is English, so daily operation, preparation of documents and possible meetings are held in English in the framework of RFC7 C-OSS activity.
The supervisor and the responsible for establishment of C-OSS is the Management Board of RFC OEM, while the management of the C-OSS’s daily professional tasks shall be handled by VPE.
VPE shall carry out all the tasks and duties related to the C-OSS mentioned in Regulation 913/2010/EU, in particular:
- Single contact point for applicants to request and to receive answers regarding rail infrastructure capacity of pre-arranged train paths and reserve capacity of the corridor.
- As a coordination point, provides basic information concerning the allocation of the infrastructure capacity. It shall display infrastructure capacity available at the time of request and its characteristics in accordance to pre-defined parameters for trains running in the freight corridor.
- Decides regarding applications for pre-arranged paths both for the yearly timetable and for the running timetable. It allocates in line with Directive 2012/34/EU and informs the concerned IMs and ABs of these applications and decisions taken without delay.
- Forwards any request/application of infrastructure capacity which cannot be met by the Corridor OSS to the competent IM/IMs and AB/ABs and communicates their decisions to applicants.
- Keeps reserve capacity available within final working timetables (30 days before the train running) to allow for a quick and appropriate response to ad hoc requests for capacity.
- Provides information for customers on the content of the Corridor Information Document and coordinates the preparation and updating process of Book 1 (Generalities), Book 2 (Network Statement Excerpts) and Book 4 (Procedures for Capacity and Traffic Management).
- Keeps an online path request register available to all interested parties.
- Has connection with all national OSS along the corridor and the other RFC C-OSSs.
- Has connection with RFC OEM Secretariat and OSS WG when it is needed.