Function / Activity
In Europe, a railway infrastructure operator, as defined by European directives, is a company, often public, or even a State agency, distinct from the companies charged with the exploitation of railway transportation services. It has to manage a rail network, generally of its own, by ensuring:
- the maintenance of lines and stations or terminal facilities needed for the exploitation of services, including power supply, fuel supply and telecommunication systems;
- the construction of new facilities;
- the management of railway traffic (trains) so as to secure the safety and regularity of the exploitation ensured by railway companies.