May 10, 2017

GA Agreement on TTR Implementation

On 4 May 2017 the RNE General Assembly agreed to start with the implementation of the Redesigned international Timetabling Process (TTR)
TTR is a new and market-oriented timetabling process which will define international capacity planning for the next decades. With this important statement from the Infrastructure Managers the sector sends out a strong signal, emphasising the need and strong will for change in the area of planning rail capacity at the international level. Additionally, RNE agreed to conduct pilots in order to test the innovative TTR components, starting in December 2017.

Some time ago, RNE and FTE jointly started an ambitious project to re-shape the current, outdated timetabling process and to replace it with a redesigned, market-oriented process which allows for more flexibility while also providing higher reliability: The ‘Redesign of the international Timetabling Process’ (TTR) project. After months of planning, input from the market and considerable efforts by the sector, the TTR project team succeeded in creating a process fulfilling all requirements. The redesigned timetabling process consists of the following components:
– Capacity strategy
– Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs)
– Capacity Model with Capacity Partitioning
– Request Methods ‘Annual Request’ and ‘Rolling Planning Request’
– General process components, e.g. leading entities
More information can be found here.

With RNE’s agreement, preparations for the implementation phase have started: Following the anticipated agreement by FTE’s Plenary Assembly on 1 June 2017, the first task forces will commence their work by creating an action plan for the implementation of all TTR components in a step-by-step approach. Additionally, Infrastructure Managers and Rail Freight Corridors have already been asked to define lines on which the pilots can be conducted. The first pilot will start in December 2017 and will include all stakeholders on the pilot line.