The role of TasRail (as the Below Rail operator) is to manage the requirements of all Above rail operators in a way that maximises the utility of the railway network for its users, which includes giving priority to freight, works and other users (in that order).
The following principles apply to the network infrastructure:
- Management of railway infrastructure assets is to be done in accordance with relevant Standards including national and international Standards.
- Wherever possible, there should be a clear separation between the Below Rail operations and the Above Rail commercial service to allow differentiation between costs (including insurance).
- Infrastructure should be fit-for-the-purpose, identified by the Government priorities in its Statement of Expectations with upgrades targeted to support commercial activities.
- Third party access seekers are required to fund any upgrades necessary to operate on the existing network.