Multi-corridor view as a new functionality in the Customer Information Platform

The takeover of the Customer Information Platform (CIP) by RailNetEurope (RNE) and its rollout to six participating Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) made it possible for the CIP to become a multi-corridor tool providing harmonised information processes. This included the possibility for users to navigate easily between the information for individual RFCs displayed on the CIP.

To enable the users to access all the information available on the platform in an even more user-friendly manner, a full multi-corridor view was developed and is now available in the CIP. Based on users’ preferences, this new functionality makes it possible to display information for several RFCs at the same time. The multi-corridor view has been implemented for both main elements of the CIP, the Interactive Map and the Information Documents. As for the Information Documents, a joint structure for the provided information was created. All essential RFC-related information, such as the Corridor Information Documents (CIDs), Capacity Offer and Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs) is now accessible in the same order for all participating RFCs.

At the moment, the CIP displays information on railway infrastructure in 18 European countries covering the network of 6 out of 9 RFCs: Rhine-Alpine (RFC 1), North Sea – Mediterranean (RFC 2), Scandinavian – Mediterranean (RFC 3), Atlantic (RFC 4), Baltic – Adriatic (RFC 5) and North Sea – Baltic (RFC 8). The remaining RFCs have been invited to join the CIP at later point of time, whereby joining of the RFC Mediterranean is expected by 2018.

EU Rail Freight Day 2016

The third Rail Freight Day was held on 9 December 2016 in the historic setting of Palais Ferstel in Vienna. Jointly organised by the European Commission and RailNetEurope, 250 high profile participants discussed the future of the European rail freight sector.

 

We hereby would like to thank everybody involved in this year’s event. Over 40 speakers offered stimulating insights into the sector during panel discussions, keynote speeches and presentations. The topics ranged from ERTMS and last mile infrastructure, to the redesign of the international timetabling process. The new conference format – with strategic lunch sessions, bringing together European key rail freight stakeholders – was highly successful and will be the basis for further collaboration in this field.

TTR at the Third Rail Freight Day

The presentation of the RailNetEurope and Forum Train Europe joint project “Redesign of the International Timetabling Process – TTR” was one of the main topics of the Rail Freight Day 2016 in Palais Ferstel, Vienna, which took place on 9 December 2016.

After a short introductory presentation by Philipp Koiser, TTR Project Manager, a high profile panel of industry experts discussed further developments and the challenges faced by European timetabling. To explain the complexities of the TTR project to a broader audience, an animated film about the project was shown prior to the discussion.

Panel Participants:

Bettina Wunsch-Semmler, Management Board Member, RailNetEurope
Joachim Kroll, Secretary General, RailNetEurope

o Michael Beck, Head of Capacity Management, DB Netz
o Peter Graham, Rail Strategy Manager, Freightliner
o Harald Hotz, RailNetEurope, President
o Paul Mazataud, Europe Director, SNCF Réseau
o Stephan Pfuhl, Forum Train Europe, President
o Roberto Piazza, Head of Unit, Italian Transport Regulation Authority
o Michail Stahlhut, CEO, SBB Cargo International

After the panel discussion, a lively Q&A session started. The general consensus was that TTR was one of the most important projects if we wished to increase the sector’s competiveness against other transport modes. Nevertheless, it is important for the project to start to deliver soon. Technical challenges were debated as well as the next steps in the coming year.

Successful roll-out of Customer Information Platform (CIP) to six Rail Freight Corridors

Cooperation between RNE and the Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) is proving fruitful once again. The Customer Information Platform (CIP) of RFC Rhine-Alpine has been migrated, thus successfully completing the roll-out of CIP to all participating RFCs.As of now, the CIP of six RFCs (Rhine-Alpine, North Sea-Med, ScanMed, Atlantic, Baltic-Adriatic & North Sea-Baltic) is available in the production environment powered by RNE under https://cip.rne.eu.

Furthermore, the recent upgrade of GeoServer considerably increased the performance and stability of the CIP system.

PCS NG Follow Up Survey results now online

The overall results of a PCS NG Follow Up Survey have been published.

In order to improve the user experience and usability of its tools, RNE regularly carries out User Satisfaction Surveys. After the successful launch of the PCS Next Generation in January 2016 and its usage for several months by the PCS users, RNE conducted a Follow Up Survey during the month of June 2016. The survey was designed to obtain a better knowledge about the users’ needs and their satisfaction with the new services provided for PCS NG, including its support and documentation.

RNE’s goal is to provide an excellent experience that supports the business needs of its members.

New edition of RNE Network Statement Glossary now available

The eighth edition of the RNE Glossary of Terms Related to Railway Network Statements has been published.

The Glossary harmonises the terminology used in the English-language versions of network statements. This facilitates the production of English-language network statements by RNE Members, and improves communication between Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Allocation Bodies (ABs), as well as between IMs, ABs and their international customers.

It also increases the comparability of the network statements’ contents — simplifying the use of these documents within the One-Stop-Shop and Corridor One-Stop-Shop networks.

The Glossary has now grown to some 600 definitions. It is updated and published every year.