Optimal Networks for Train Integration Management across Europe

23 May 2013  •  Author(s): Clive Roberts, Director for Railway Research, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and Professor of Railway Systems at the University of Birmingham & Lei Chen, Research Fellow, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham

Throughout Europe, many of the existing mainline railways are heavily congested, resulting in services being very susceptible to minor delays and disturbances. There is therefore a need to find new methods to make better use of the existing capability of the system through improved management of train delays and other incidents, which will also have the benefit of increased customer satisfaction and the potential to reduce energy utilisation.

It is possible to increase capacity and reduce energy utilisation on existing mainline railway systems through further development of traffic management systems. In order to realise such benefits, it is necessary to systematically integrate a number of railway disciplines into railway traffic management systems, e.g. timetabling, operational management, advanced driver advisory and data management.

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