Train-path prices for 2022 and 2023
In its decision of March 5, 2021, the BNetzA approved the fees for the train-path prices for 2022. Train-path usage fees will increase by 3.8% for long-distance transport, 0.5% for freight transport and 1.8% for local transport. In the fee application, a fee increase of 4.6% for long-distance transport compared to the 2021 schedule and a reduction in fees of 0.6% for freight transport was planned. Deviating from the application, the BNetzA assumed a higher economic viability for freight transport, thereby adjusting a significant input parameter. As a result, the changes made to the fees are at the expense of freight transport and in favor of long-distance transport. DB Netz AG submitted the fee approval application for train-path usage fees for the 2022/2023 network schedule period at the beginning of October 2021. The BNetzA’s ruling on this is still pending.
Arbitration processes for the Rastatt Tunnel
Following the damage in the east tunnel of the Rastatt Tunnel, preparations to renovate have been underway since 2018. At the same time, the evidence collection and mediation proceedings agreed between DB Group and the Rastatt Tunnel consortium have been ongoing since 2017 to clarify the cause of the damage during tunnel boring and thus who is responsible. The procedure is still ongoing due to numerous potential causes of damage that need to be determined. It was agreed that the construction work could resume without the mediation procedures being resolved. The breakthrough of the western tunnel was completed in December 2021.