RFC North Sea - Med fully supports the Redesign of the International Timetabling Process: "TTR for Smart Capacity Management". Please find below some basic information on the project and our involvement.
Timetable Redesign Basics
Incomplete harmonisation of timetabling procedures between European countries makes it difficult to cooperate at international level. To remedy this unsatisfactory situation, both RailNetEurope (RNE) and Forum Train Europe (FTE) agreed that changes to these procedures are needed. These two organisations are united in their goal to improve the timetable planning process. Thus, FTE and RNE launched the TTR project. They are being supported by the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA).
The TTR project team – consisting of experts from the fields of market, timetabling, construction works, IT and legal matters, recruited from all parties concerned (RUs, IMs, supporting companies)- took up the challenge by asking the market to spell out its needs, which are:
- Flexibility, especially in the freight sector
- Possibility for earlier commercial use of paths, e.g. earlier ticket sales
- Reduction of peak loads and redundant work
- Higher stability and quality of timetables
Based on this input, IMs and RUs then started to define the possible approaches for a new process. After several years of planning in the TTR project, the redesigned timetabling process finally took shape as an innovative and market-oriented process. For more information, click here.
Timetable Redesign Pilot Amsterdam-Brussels
Infrabel and Prorail have jointly started a TTR Pilot Project, which from 2022 consists of the lines between Amsterdam and Brussels in cooperation with RNE, FTE, Rail Freight Corridor North Sea - Mediterranean and the concerned RUs.
The goal of this project is to gradually implement elements of the TTR process, including the publication of a Capacity Model for the concerned lines, and an offer for “Rolling Planning”.
All pilot specificities can be found via the following portal: https://cms.rne.eu/ttr-communication-platform.
- The Pilot Information Document : it describes all specificities concerning the request process, deadlines, allocation priority rules, etc.;
- A folder containing an overview of the Temporary Capacity Restrictions;
- Info on the Capacity Model for the concerned lines.
The Capacity Model describes in detail the capacity available for passenger and freight traffic to be placed for the annual timetable, and the one safeguarded for “Rolling Planning” freight requests, managed via the RFC NSM.
Please find below the most important impact for applicants:
- International capacity requests for the annual timetable follow the existing process and deadlines and have to be requested via PCS:
- Via the RFC North Sea – Mediterranean (RFC2) or RFC North Sea – Baltic (RFC8) for the available PaPs;
- For tailor made paths.
- The applicants have to take into account the capacity partitioning as indicated via the Capacity Model:
- Capacity published for the annual timetable: to be requested via the annual process;
- Capacity safeguarded for Rolling Planning: to be requested in the Rolling Planning process;
- The Rolling Planning process is aimed at freight requests from Belgium to the Netherlands and , vice versa via the border point Essen grens/Roosendaal grens.
In case requests for Rolling planning contain feeder or outflow sections outside of the pilot lines (or even pilot networks), they will provide an integrated offer from origin to destination based on the available capacity on the non-pilot sections. Applicants are asked to mention their wish for feeder and/or outflow in PCS when placing their request.he Rolling Planning process is limited to capacity requests on the axis Rotterdam/Antwerp. Hybrid combinations (paths within the geographical scope of the pilot in combination with a feeder/outflow outside of the ProRail and/or Infrabel networks) can ;
- Rolling planning can be requested from half of August in PCS following the principal of “first come, first served”, via the published RFC North Sea – Mediterranean (RFC2) Rolling Planning PaPs; the IMs are safeguarding the published Rolling Planning capacity from requests placed at an earlier stage.
- In the current phase, “Rolling Planning” can only be requested for one timetable year, and not for multiple years (as foreseen within the theoretical concept of TTR). A How to video for PCS has been made for placing RP path requests.
The C-OSS of the RFC is deeply involved in the project. Please do not hesitate to contact him, or the Pilot Manager Thomas Vanbeveren (see contact details below) for any additional info.
In December 2018, the RNE General Assembly approved the launch of the project ‘TTR Implementation’. This project covers the endorsement of national TTR projects and the establishment of a TTR Core Team. In addition to the national implementation projects, RNE is permanently investigating possibilities to accelerate TTR implementation for example with pilots and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs).
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the national implementation managers of the RFC:
Infrabel: Thomas Vanbeveren ; +32 492 91 49 76 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
ProRail: Floris Visser; + 31 (0) 6 27 88 35 54; email@example.com
ACF: Kathleen Pelte; (+352) 26 19 12 44; Kathleen.Pelte@acf.etat.lu
Joint Swiss project: Roger Beutler; +41 79 227 77 70; firstname.lastname@example.org