RFC North Sea - Med fully supports the timetable redesign project. 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 Antwerp-Rotterdam
Infrabel and Prorail have jointly started a Timetable Redesign (TTR) Pilot Project between Antwerp and Rotterdam, in cooperation with RNE, FTE, Rail Freight Corridor North Sea - Mediterranean and the concerned RUs.
The goal of this project is to test part of the TTR concept from timetable 2020, 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 for timetable 2020;
- A folder containing the Capacity Model for the concerned lines.
The Capacity Model describes in detail the capacity available for freight traffic to be placed for the annual timetable, and the one safeguarded for “Rolling Planning” requests.
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 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) are still to be placed via the existing and unused annual timetable process;
- 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 testing phase, “Rolling Planning” can only be requested for one timetable year (TT2020), and not for multiple years (as foreseen within the theoretical concept of TTR). A brand new How to video for PCS EC has been made for placing RP path requests.
Timetable Redesign Workshop RFC NSM
On the 22nd of January 2019, the corridor organised a workshop on the future role of the corridor in a TTR landscape. All presentations used and the report on the outcome of the workshop can be downloaded here.