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Code of Conduct for Operations Management

SNCF Réseau and the railway undertakings, both members of the UTP (Union of Public Railway Transport), have adopted a code of conduct for operations management in order to optimise the use of the French railway network. This jointly prepared document is intended to serve as the basis for the work to be conducted by the future Network Operators Committee (instituted by the railway reform law), which will create a Network Charter.

Since 2013 SNCF Réseau and UTP (Union of Public Railway Transport) have collaborated to jointly develop a code of conduct for operations management, following the example of certain foreign railway networks.

These rules, which have been defined in a collaborative manner between SNCF Réseau, UTP and the railway undertakings, are the formalisation of a proactive and committed approach whose commitments and legal scope are different from those of the National Railway Network Statement (DRR).

Co-development of reciprocal commitments

The purpose of this initiative, through the definition of reciprocal commitments and formalised procedures, is to improve the relations between all of the stakeholders, thereby benefiting the operation of the railway system and the direct and final customers (passengers, loading operators, etc.).

This action has adopted a pragmatic and progressive approach to the joint definition of a code related to issues considered as relevant. The initial topics of discussion are:

  • compatibility of rolling stock
  • managing situations of disruption for freight operators
  • advance consultation and collaboration in relation to capacity allocation

Preparations for a Network Charter by the future Network Operators Committee

Without prejudging the content of the future Network Charter, which will be created by the Network Operators Committee instituted by the Law of 4 August 2014, the work conducted since 2013 bears witness to the ability of the railway stakeholders to have a common working approach dedicated to the optimised use of the French railway network.

Pending the launch of the Network Operators Committee, which should take place during the second half of 2015, work is continuing on the Code of Conduct for Operations Management.

Network Operators Committee (COR)


The Network Operators Committee was created by virtue of the law of 4 August 2014. It is the permanent body of consultation and dialogue between SNCF Réseau and railway network stakeholders.

It is composed of representatives from the many railway network stakeholders: railway undertakings, authorised applicants, transport organising authorities (AOT), railway network infrastructure service operators and infrastructure managers (SNCF Réseau and also concessionaires such as Liséa, which is operating the new Tours-Bordeaux high-speed line).

As stipulated by the Law, the mission of the Network Operators Committee is to adopt a Network Charter which will improve relations between SNCF Réseau and the members of the Committee, and which will encourage the optimisation of the French railway network through work on concrete issues. The Network Charter and any future changes to it will be submitted to the Railway Regulation Authority (ARAF) for its opinion.