New TTR Documentation Published

Throughout 2021, the project teams of TTR as well as the RNE Working Groups were working on updates of TTR documents and created several new handbooks for capacity management. It encompasses the updated complete TTR description, including “Fact Sheets” as management summary, the TTR Backbone Implementation Plan and a number of new or updated Capacity Management Handbooks, which describe the new as-is process.

After the approval by the RNE General Assembly in December 2021, these documents were published, with an index providing an overview of all existing and future TTR and Capacity Management documents. The portal to the complete TTR and Capacity Management documentation can be found under: https://ttr.rne.eu/downloads/

During the final event of the Translate4Rail (T4R) project, UIC and RNE presented a language tool prototype solution to help overcome language barriers in international train operation

Judit Sandor, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking Project Officer for T4R, opened the event by highlighting that rail plays an important role, particularly when it comes to the modal shift. “We know that multiple languages present a key challenge and that this requires attention. We must make sure that trains running between countries can be operated safely and efficiently.

Sandra Gehenot, UIC Project Coordinator, added: “The Rail Freight Forward coalition of railway undertakings is committed to driving forward the modal shift to help Europe become the first carbon-neutral continent. Seamless international operations are key, as they are at the heart of freight. We need to remove complexity; driving a train should be as easy as driving a truck. T4R contributes to this. Railway undertakings and infrastructure managers have worked on this solution to overcome these barriers.

Peter Šišolák, from project partner RailNetEurope (RNE), explained: “The project opened a completely new area for the railway sector. Foundations were laid in the Language Programme sector by the RNE and UIC Xborder project. I consider the T4R project to be a key milestone in operational communication for international train running. The project also contributes to the EU strategy in support of opening the market for international train operation.”

At the final event, various elements were presented, including the tool development, safety aspects, preparations and pilots.

The development of the tool proceeded via an iterative process from objectives and benchmarks to functional and technical specifications and the tender procedure. The laboratory and field phases were also conducted via an iterative development process between testers and developers, which started with the prepared prototype (version of the LT), continued through laboratory and field phases according to the defined methodology, summarising outputs and recommendations from testing and concluded with the next LT enhancement performed by the tool developer, as explained by Juraj Maliaček (RNE).

Regarding the Common Safety Method (CSM), Karen Davies, Project Officer from ERA, presented the risk assessment principles. She explained the responsibilities involved in carrying out risk assessment, process and safety justification. The CSM needs to start early in the project and continue throughout, and CSM activities should be integrated into routine project engineering activities.

Parinaz Bazeghi, Project Manager at UIC, explained how the Translate4Rail project dealt with safety. Safety is paramount and was considered carefully during the whole process, from the design phase up to the pilots. Three safety workshops were held as part of the project and these ensured that the project’s safety remained at the same level as today.

The basic requirements, organisational challenges, staff training and technical aspects of the pilots were elaborated by pilot managers from different partners on both sides of the Austrian and Italian border. “Challenges were addressed with enthusiasm, good teamwork and an open mindset for new ideas,” explained Simona Garbuglia, Pilot Manager at RFI.

Simona Garbuglia further explained that the list of Predefined Messages (PDM) was enhanced by bilingual experts and translations in full compliance with national rules. The technical assistance provided and the preparation of the tool for field testing regarding its connection to the GSM-R network were presented by Andrea Politanò, the GSM-R expert at RFI.

In a video message, Andrea Marco Penso, Pilot Manager from DBC, presented aspects of the organisation between RUs and IMs regarding the field test preparations, as well as the measures considered to ensure safe communication and train running on the Italian and Austrian network sections.

Albert Kaltenbrunner, Pilot Manager from ÖBB Infra, summarised the improvements achieved on the language tool and database by comparing the results of both pilots organised as part of the T4R project.

Diego Andreazza, driver at LOKOMOTION, and Ivan Collovizza and Francesco Gasparini, traffic controllers from RFI, agreed that PDMs can help drivers and signallers. These PDMs provide confidence, precision and reduced stress for signallers.

Regarding ergonomics, Dieter Pongratz, Pilot Manager from Rail Cargo Group, explained which tests were performed and the outcomes. As part of the ergonomic tests, several positions in the cab of the interoperable locomotive in which the train driver tested the language tool were assessed.

Translate4Rail is responding to a business need. The objectives were met. The project delivered key learnings and insights, which provide an indication as to the next steps and constitute the final conclusions by Judit Sandor and Sandra Gehenot.

We would like to thank all those who supported the T4R project and significantly contributed to meet the project goals.

For further information please contact:
UIC: Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director
gehenot@uic.org
Parinaz Bazeghi, Digital Project Manager
bazeghi@uic.org
Philip Van Den Bosch, Senior Freight Advisor
vandenbosch@uic.org
RNE: Peter Šišolák, Head of TM and TPM
peter.sisolak@rne.eu
Juraj Maliaček, Traffic Management Manager
juraj.maliacek@rne.eu

 

For more information, please follow: https://translate4rail.eu/

NEW TTR VIDEO LAUNCHED

On the occasion of the PRIME RU Dialogue on 18 November 2021, a new TTR image video has been launched. RailNetEurope (RNE) and Forum Train Europe (FTE) jointly produced this video to increase awareness of the European programme “TTR for Smart Capacity Management”.

 

To allow for a significant modal shift to rail as postulated by the European Green Deal, it is important to put the rail infrastructure to its best possible use. Therefore, an improved capacity management process supported by Digital Capacity Management (DCM) is needed. “With this video, we would like to explain TTR and its contribution to the Green Deal and highlight benefits for Infrastructure Managers and Passenger and Freight RUs”, states TTR Programme Leader Philipp Koiser. His colleague Sebastian Naundorf from FTE adds: “To raise awareness amongst as many stakeholders as possible across the 20 national TTR implementation projects and beyond, we are working on translations of this video in the near future.”

Workshop on “Enhancing Data Interoperability in the Railway Sector”

On 26 October more than 120 experts gathered virtually at the invitation from the European Union Agency for Railways and RailNetEurope. Reference data and the collaboration in this regard was at the core of this first of two workshops.

 

Twelve distinguished guests followed the call from ERA’s Christopher Carr and RNE CIO Harald Reisinger discussing in three panels. The first one focussed on the legal environment regulating the accessibility of data. In the second panel already existing solutions were presented while the third panel explored the usage of reference data. However, not only the panelists were engaged in this meeting, but the numerous attendees exchanged interesting points of view in the chat and were asked to state their preferences in polling questions throughout the meeting. The organisers were glad to see, that more than 90% of the participants indicated, that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the workshop.

The second workshop, which was originally planned for December, has been postponed to 16 February 2022 to allow to duly take into consideration all the valuable output of the meeting. An invitation with more information will be sent in the course of December.

Please find all material and a recording of the panels of the first workshop below. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to address them to RNE (Lukas Del Giudice, lukas.delgiudice@rne.eu).

Recordings of the panel 1, 2 & 3


Slides Panel 1 – 3
Polling Results
Copy of the Chat 

Announcing: Webinar on the Legal Framework for Data Exchange Between Stakeholders in the Railway Business

Smooth data exchange between all parties concerned in cross-border freight services is key for making rail a more attractive and thus competitive mode of transport. The EU legal framework on data exchange in railways has recently been under extensive development by the law makers (e.g. new TAF TSI Regulation, the 2022 revision of TAF TSI). On behalf of the sector, RailNetEurope (RNE) is contributing to the field with its own set of legal templates for data exchange of real-time train information, estimated time of arrival (ETA) and delivery of reports on train punctuality and performance.
We would like to inform the stakeholders concerned, inter alia, on the relevant documents they can sign and get an instant access to, and make the best use of, the real-time and ‘historical’ train information available on the market. This webinar would be of particular interest for railway undertakings, wagon keepers, combined transport operators, terminal operators, maritime and inland ports, freight forwarders, shippers.
In this online event, following a general introduction of the RNE Train Information System (RNE TIS) provided by RNE, speakers from various rail stakeholders will discuss their experience and expectations for data exchange in freight rail services. Join us online and get insides on the latest changes!

Please register by 1 November here.

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Rail sector agrees on a common vision on Digital Capacity Management

Europe’s major Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings endorsed a Joint Vision for the Sector on Digital Capacity Management. RailNetEurope, Forum Train Europe, UIC, the Rail Freight Forward initiative, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, European Rail Infrastructure Managers and the European Rail Freight Association have published the cornerstones of the future of Digital Capacity Management (DCM). DCM will contribute to freeing up capacity on congested lines and boosting modal shift to rail for both passenger and freight traffic. A strong call for investments in Digital Capacity Management stresses its role as a major game changer in order to reach the Green Deal targets for the transport sector. DCM is the integral IT-part of the European programme “TimeTable Redesign (TTR) for Smart Capacity Management”.

 

The European Commission has put forward the Green Deal with the objective to transform Europe into the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050 and enhance Europe’s CO₂-reduction targets from 40% to 50% by 2030. Key to achieving this goal is to transport at least 30% of all goods in Europe by train. Hence, more trains need to run on the European rail network in the future. This calls for investment to increase the infrastructure capacity, particularly in parts of the network which are already saturated today. To mitigate this situation, two means are needed: building additional infrastructure as well as using the existing infrastructure more efficiently. This can be achieved through digitalising, automising and therefore optimising capacity management. The European programme “TTR for Smart Capacity Management” holds exactly this solution in hand: a digitised view on the full European network so Infrastructure Managers can reduce bottlenecks through smart data management, put more trains on the existing infrastructure, make them run fluidly, better plan their maintenance works, and harmonise interoperable freight and passenger trains.

But there is more to Digital Capacity Management than additional capacity. Railway Undertakings require easy access to long- and short-term high-quality train paths in order to design and market attractive products to their customers. In order to compete with road, a train needs to be run across Europe as easily as a truck. DCM will connect the systems of IMs and RUs to facilitate the complete capacity management process – from advance planning to the actual train run. This benefits customers who receive better rail products, with more capacity for flexible connections throughout Europe, and with higher reliability and ease of use.

Read here: Joint Vision for the Sector on DCM

At the stop of the Connecting Europe Express in Antwerp, Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas, made a case for DCM: “Digital Capacity Management is a game-changer. It will help infrastructure managers to make driving a train through Europe as easy as driving a truck.” DCM is one of the five enabling technologies identified by the Rail Freight Forward (RFF) initiative to make rail leap forward into the 21st century and become the backbone of Europe’s mobility.

A short video was published, dedicated to DCM and part of the larger “Future of Mobility Campaign”.

ERA and RNE jointly organise workshops on data sharing

The current European Railway Regulatory framework requires that authorities (national and European) and the sector create, manage and maintain a handful of legacy registers (railway infrastructure, location code, organisation code, rolling stock) as well as B2B data exchange between railway actors to facilitate rail operation, interoperability and safety. These information assets (reference data) are crucial enablers to facilitate data interoperability in the sector. 

In the last few years, different initiatives and projects to enhance data exchange, improve data quality and avoid overlap have taken place (ERA RCC linked data project, Rail Facility Portal, RNE Big Data, ELETA, Digital Train projects as some examples). 

Based on this experience, ERA and RNE have taken the initiative to organise two workshops to explore – together with the sector – the lessons learnt, the challenges and the opportunities for enhancing the efficiency in the management of reference data -registers- and rail data spaces. 

In particular these two workshops should lead to: 

  • harmonisation of the rail reference data (companies, infrastructure, rolling stock, operations), their governance, usefulness, uniqueness and maintenance;
  • identification of the necessary steps and actions by ERA, RNE, and stakeholders to promote the information flow between data consumers and data providers, to enhance data interoperability and to facilitate the development of new data services interoperable by design. 

INVITATION LETTER 

26 October 2021, 13:30-17:00, Online 

1st Workshop: Enhancing Data Interoperability – Reference Data 

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REGISTRATION LINK

(Please register until 8 October 2021)

 

13 December 2021, 13:30-17:00, Brussels 

2nd Workshop: Enhancing Data Interoperability – Connected Data 

European Standard contract of use of infrastructure available on RNE website

Improving business relations between Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings by harmonising contractual documents has been a long-standing objective of RNE.
Over the past two years, RNE and CIT have worked on a proposal for a “European Standard contract of use of the infrastructure” (E-SCU-I), which was endorsed by both organisations in May 2021.
Similar to the “European General Terms and Conditions” (E-GTC-I) previously negotiated by RNE and CIT, the E-SCU-I, which is composed of a common structure and wording proposals, constitutes a toolbox for the design of contracts of use, representing a standard of best practices. It shall support Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers in designing their contractual relations in an increasingly harmonised way without being binding.
A separate “implementation guide” explains the nature and proposed content of the E-SCU-I in more detail and provides guidance on how to use the document.
The E-SCU-I and the accompanying implementation guide are available at https://rne.eu/legal-matters/harmonisation-of-contractual-framework/

Translate4Rail field tested on Villach-Tarvisio-Pontebba route

The Translate4Rail project, funded by Shift2Rail and managed by UIC and RNE, has reached a significant milestone by field testing its Language Tool prototype.

The Translate4Rail research project is developing a Language Tool prototype to meet the communication needs between train drivers and traffic controllers on cross border services (in normal, degraded and emergency situations).

Translate4Rail offers train drivers and traffic controllers a fully comprehensive set of ready-to-use predefined messages (PDM) covering their communication needs in all operational situations. These specific messages will be channeled through the Language Tool prototype being developed by Translate4Rail, enabling drivers and the traffic controllers to understand each other while each speaking in their native languages. After testing the Translate4Rail Language Tool prototype in the laboratory, the Translate4Rail team went to the field to test the prototype in real operational conditions, using two scenarios by testing in “standstill” and “running” modes on the Austrian-Italian border.

The tests were performed with significant involvement of the experts from two Infrastructure Managers, RFI and ÖBB Infra, and four Railway Undertakings: DB Cargo Italy, Lokomotion, Rail Cargo Austria and Rail Traction Company.

The tests commenced on 30 June in Tarvisio-Pontebba/Pontebba-Tarvisio and continued on the Austrian side on 1 July in Arnoldstein-Villach/Villach-Arnoldstein, where several defined testing modules were tested.

To ensure safety during the tests, bilingual drivers and traffic controllers were involved in the field tests.

During the tests, train drivers and traffic controllers used the Translate4Rail Language Tool prototype to communicate with each other, proving the concept of predefined messages in a safe environment.

Example of PDMs to illustrate the concept:

Thanks to the outstanding enthusiasm of colleagues involved in the field tests, together with strong support from third parties, especially ÖBB TS, Frequentis and the Translate4Rail Language Tool prototype developer Synvance, the work on the Translate4Rail Language Tool prototype using the database of Predefined Messages can continue to the next phase of the field tests.
Based on their experience during the tests, drivers and traffic controllers will provide their feedback on language tool evaluation, ergonomics (tablet usage), and tool adaptation for daily operations. On this basis, the Translate4Rail research project will provide recommendations for the adaptation and enhancement of the Language Tool to be used in daily operations.

Customer Information Platform (CIP) is rolled out to the entire RFC Network

The Customer Information Platform (CIP), an internet-based application operated by RailNetEurope (RNE) on behalf of the Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs), has been successfully rolled out to RFC Rhine-Danube. The information concerning this newest RFC is now available in the CIP productive environment under https://cip-online.rne.eu. With this, the CIP now provides customer-relevant information on railway infrastructure in 26 European countries covering the entire RFC Network.

The cornerstone of CIP is an interactive map, which is supplemented by a joint document share point used by all RFCs. The CIP interactive map provides a wide range of information on the rail infrastructure along the routes of RFCs, such as the rail freight-relevant line properties, length of the line sections, ETCS deployment plans and further investment projects. The CIP interactive map also features information about the re-routing options in case of international contingencies appearing along the routes of the RFCs as well as an advanced functionality for route-planning.
In addition to the above, the geographical coverage of CIP is gradually being extended beyond the routing of RFCs, thus covering also the feeder and outflow paths of RFCs’ customers. Moreover, to further improve the experience of CIP users, in early 2021 the graphical user interface of CIP has been upgraded to match the state of the art.