Audit of the financial potential gained through partial or total closures for rail maintenance

Federal Office of Transport, BLS Netz AG, Schweizerische Südostbahn AG, Swiss Federal Railways

Key facts

With the 2017-2020 service level agreements, the Confederation makes about CHF 13.2 billion available to infrastructure operators (IO) for financing operations and maintaining the asset value of rail infrastructure. The IOs are responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of the infrastructure. Based on the Subsidies Act among other legislation, the Confederation expects the operators to use the resources made available to them economically. Tied in with these expectations, the IOs should lower costs with adjusted investment strategies (such as closure of sections instead of maintenance “during normal operations”).