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IGC decisions

In applying the texts in force, and in particular the binational safety regulation of 24 January 2007 amended 6 February 2013 the IGC has taken the following decisions.

Safety authorisation of the infrastructure manager

The IGC renewed the safety authorisation of the infrastructure manager, Eurotunnel, on 31 March 2014 for a period of 5 years and was completed on 5 April 2014.

Part B certification of railway undertakings

By a decision taken on 19 March 2012, the following railway undertakings holds Part B certification valid until 19 March 2017 for freight transport services :

  • EWSI (English, Welsh and Scottish Railway International)
  • DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd

By a decision taken on 29 June 2010, the following railway undertaking holds Part B certification for freight transport services :

  • Europorte (valid until 28 October 2012)

By a decision taken on 16 April 2012, the following railway undertaking holds Part B certification for passenger transport services

  • Eurostar (UK) Ltd (valid until 18 April 2017)

By a decision taken on 31 March 2011, the following railway undertaking holds Part B certification for freight transport services :

  • Europorte Channel (valid until 29 October 2015)

By decision taken on 14 June 2013, the following the railway company has Part B certification for passenger transport services.

  • DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd (valid until 19 March 2017)

By decision taken on 31 July 2014 the following railway company has Part B certification for freight transport services :

  • GB Railfreight (valid until 2 August 2018)

By a decision taken on 16 March 2017, the following railway undertaking holds Part B certification valid until 16 March 2018 for freight transport services :

  • DB Cargo Rail (UK) Ltd

Authorisation to place commercial rolling stock into service.

  • Modalohr NA (by decision of 14 November 2011)
  • Wagons Sdggmrs(s), Sggmrs(s) and Sgns(s) (by decision of 4 October 2012)
  • Touax container wagons (by decision of 3 July 2015)
  • Wagons Astra Rail (by decision of 13 November 2015)
  • Siemens Velaro e320 trains for Eurostar (by decision of 19 November 2015)

Requirement for second train driver on passenger trains

On 3 June 2014, the IGC wrote to Eurotunnel and Eurostar to inform them that it had decided to modify the current rule relating to the driving competence of the second train manager (TM2) on board high speed passenger trains.

The existing rule requiring that a second train crew member is competent to drive the train in the event of an emergency has been removed, and new rules related to the procedure for swiftly reversing passenger trains created. Eurotunnel has been invited to make the consequential amendments to the relevant documents.

Further to Eurotunnel’s response the IGC wrote on the 1st July 2014 to clarify the situation with regards to the change of procedure and the need for Eurotunnel to make the necessary changes to its documents.

In addition, the IGC has made further recommendations relating to operational procedures and invited Eurotunnel and Eurostar to inform it at the earliest opportunity of the measures that will be put in place to ensure compliance with the new requirements.