Digital Capacity Management
To reach full TTR Implementation, the IT will be rolled out in two steps. First, the minimum requirements will be ready for timetable 2025. In a second step, additional requirements for full IT implementation will be developed for subsequent timetables. The implementation schedule for IT is an integral part of the full TTR implementation plan.
All IT developments must be done on two levels:
- European level (creation of central IT framework), steered by RNE and FTE
- National implementation (inclusion of functions to support and communicate with the central IT framework), steered through national TTR projects
RNE and FTE are scheduling a road show to present TTR and the need for national implementation to stakeholders across Europe. For more details, please visit the section ‘TTR Implementation’.
Taking into account the complexity of introducing common Commercial Conditions, TTR is aiming for a step-wise approach. The first step foresees an alignment of lead times for path cancellation by Applicant for the IMs implementing TTR in a first wave. This challenge is tackled in a dedicated project which started its activities in September 2021.
As a first result of this work, new harmonised lead times for path cancellation will be introduced in the Network Statements of the First Wave Implementing IMs for timetable 2025. In addition to this, major path modifications will also be subject of the commercial conditions project, as these are similar in nature to path cancellations. Regarding the next timetable years, the commercial conditions project will look into the cases of non-usage/non-cancellation (so-called ‘no-show’) and aims to establish a steering system for these cases as well.
Furthermore, the project will also examine ways, how capacity-friendly behaviour by Infrastructure Managers can be encouraged through incentives (monetary and non-monetary), thereby optimising the planning of Temporary Capacity Restrictions (track works) and freeing up as much capacity as possible.
After the completion of a detailed analysis of compatibility of TTR process elements with the current legal framework (EU and national law) in 2021, the legal experts are now awaiting the publication of a legislative proposal on measures to better manage capacity, which is expected to be presented by the European Commission during the first half of 2023.
Once this proposal is available, an evaluation of its contents in comparison to the envisaged TTR process will be undertaken by the TTR legal task force. This evaluation will then be the basis for any next steps to be decided depending on the content of the proposal.
TTR elements for which no legal adjustments are needed, will be gradually implemented from timetable 2025. This includes e.g. advance planning elements of the Capacity Strategy (the first Capacity Strategies, for TT 2025, have already been published), and Capacity Model, which is currently in preparation for TT 2025 as well. Since overall TTR implementation has been agreed to happen stepwise, an extension of the geographical scope for TT 2026 might be anticipated.