If you look at the landscape of our tracks, you can see freight trains of different operators for years. Since this year, they can also be used in the field of travelers, which makes a greater offer available to users.
In April 2019, the draft Modification of the Declaration on the 2019 Network was sent for its defence to the National Commission of Markets and Compensation (CNMC) and to the railway operators, which contained the aspects that will govern the liberalization of commercial passenger services in the RFIG.
The Network Declaration detailed the characteristics of the capacity allocation system of both entities, with the aim that interested railway companies could provide national passenger services as of December 14, 2020, as established by European regulations.
The mode of access is preferably through framework agreements, in an orderly and gradual way. This figure, which will guarantee access to the network for periods of ten years, provides greater legal certainty for railway companies so that they can make the significant investments associated with the start of commercial operations.
Likewise, Adif and Adif Alta Velocidad have established objective criteria for awarding capacity, based on promoting greater use of the available infrastructures, in an objective, transparent and non-discriminatory manner.
The framework agreements have presented three options or packages (A, B and C) depending on the number of paths or circulations per day, and will have a duration of ten years. In this way, at least, three railway companies can operate optimally and, thus, implement the liberalization process that promotes the fourth railway package of the European Union.
- Madrid-Barcelona-French border and Valencia-Barcelona
- Madrid-Levante (Valencia and Alicante)
To achieve this offer, Adif and Adif-AV have been preparing a more effective and efficient railway operating system than the current one, which will produce an improvement both in the operation of the infrastructure manager itself and of the railway companies, thus achieving a greater and more competitive offer of railway services to society.
On May 11, 2020, the Framework Agreements were signed with the different operators, following the mandatory report from the CNMC, which has ensured the cleanliness and objectivity of the process at all times. .