Railway operators must submit an application or order for specific passenger and freight paths to Swiss capacity allocation body. Deadlines are listed in the conditions for ordering paths published by Swiss capacity allocation bodyLink opens in new window. for each annual timetable.
Railway operators can order train paths and feasibility studies using the ordering tools available for this purpose. Regardless of the type of service requested, the orders are processed on a first come, first served basis, i.e. based on the order in which requests are submitted to Infrastructure.
For freight services on the heavily used north-south axes, a train path catalogue is issued annually. The train path offers listed in the catalogue are designed to assist the railway companies when placing their orders. They are based on the transport companies' service concepts but also reflect the current capacity situation Gotthard/Lötschberg remaining capacity.
The railway companies can also order train paths during the current timetable period in order to introduce new or modified services. In this case, however, they can only request the remaining capacities available. These are published periodically for freight services on the transit routes.
Border factsheets are information documents that depict each border point geographically and in terms of the systems involved. The factsheets also list the operating points that need to be recorded when submitting requests to NeTS-AVIS. They are of a purely informative nature and are intended to facilitate the train path application process in cross-border traffic. They therefore have no legal effect.