March 7, 2022
TTR Day 2022 Bringing Stakeholders Together
The TTR Day 2022 held online on 2 March brought together stakeholders from the whole sector. Some 250 participants gathered online for an exchange on different aspects of the TTR Programme.
The scene was set by three keynote speeches from Stephan Pfuhl (President Forum Train Europe), Guus de Mol (Vice President for TTR, RailNetEurope) and Thorsten Dieter (Member Management Board, DB Cargo).
Subsequently, six breakout sessions formed the core of the event and allowed for the possibility to ask question to the experts coming from a variety of stakeholders (presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the title):
Banedanmark reported on an international pilot on Advance Planning, which they conduct together with Trafikverket and Bane NOR. While the scope of Advance Planning in Scandinavia is on the main line for TT 2025, it will gradually expand to the whole network for TT 2028. The participants expressed curiosity among other topics on how freight Railway Undertakings would be informed about the Capacity Strategy and whether there were intentions to expand the consultation with Germany as neighbour south of the border Padborg. While not all participating Infrastructure Managers have equally established communication channels with stakeholders from the market, Railway Undertakings will be informed on the Capacity Strategy by all Infrastructure Managers, once it is published. Moreover, DB Netz will be contacted on how to further coordinate the Capacity Strategy (however, this will not take place for TT2025).
In a discussion with the participants of this breakout sessions, the following points have been emphasized: While the national optimisations are algorithmic optimisation, the MVP focuses on the optimisation of the cross-border workflow – mathematical optimization might follow in later increments. Particularly interesting for the participants were the questions on whether of a digitally constructed path is higher compared to the path constructed by an expert: In a mathematical sense the algorithms produce optimal results. If a digitally constructed path leads to worse results, the data, processes, and constraints provided as input need to be evaluated and improved. Upon request from representatives of Regulatory Bodies, it was explained that both, the algorithms as well as individually allocated train paths can be scrutinised.
This presentation given by a representative from a passenger Railway Undertaking aimed to trigger questions regarding how to set business steps in early planning phases – from capacity model to capacity supply. The participants discussed procedures between the priorities of early problem-solving and not being too rigid to allow for traffic needs to be fed into the planning. Many participants voiced that a challenge in early planning might be to recognise future traffic needs as early as possible. It will be crucial to find a balance between providing stable capacity for PSI traffics and at the same time leaving enough flexibility for long-distance traffic adapting to market requirements.
This breakout session was dedicated to how digitisation will support the capacity management processes in TTR. Different tools such as ECMT, PCS-CB, TCR Tool will interact with each other. Upon request from the audience it was explained, that in the first step the capacity of the main lines will be included, while capacity in terminals, ports and railway facilities might be included in a later stage. The results of polling questions showed that a majority of participants from Infrastructure Managers expect to use import templates to access the TCR Tool and ECMT for TT2025.
Experts from Infrabel and ProRail shared some conclusions which could be derived from the TTR pilot on the stretch from Amsterdam to Brussels. They suggested the various elements of the TTR Process should not be evaluated in isolation but only together can unfold the expected potential. It was stressed how important is it to include all relevant stakeholders in this pilot, particularly as some elements enter new grounds with limited legal basis. Questions around a variety of topics were raised by the audience from Commercial Conditions to the differentiation from Ad-Hoc and Rolling Planning. Some participants expressed interest in conducting similar pilots.
This breakout session was co-hosted by the Swedish Infrastructure Manager Trafikverket and Forum Train Europe. While Forum Train Europe presented the RU needs for involvement in TTR implementation, the new concept of RU Ambassadors and three elements they would like to pilot, Trafikverket presented its approach on how various stakeholders are being involved and consulted in Sweden. It was commonly recognised that change management is crucial for the successful implementation of TTR. Particularly, to include also stakeholders who are initially not in favour of TTR was seen as an interesting approach. The need to make information and documentation on TTR easily accessible was acknowledged.
Please find further information on the TTR Programme below