Other Activities

RFC-related Other Activities

Several other RFC-related activities and projects have been undertaken jointly by RNE and the RFCs, aiming to develop and bring into practice joint processes applicable to the entire RFC Network.

Pre-arranged Path product definition

In early 2016, RNE started to streamline the Pre-arranged Path product offered by the RFCs. A task force consisting of C-OSS managers and timetabling experts revised the existing guidelines. This resulted in the merging of the standing Guidelines for Corridor OSS and the Guidelines for Pre-arranged Paths into the Guidelines for C-OSS concerning PaP and RC Management.

During this process, all obsolete/redundant contents were eliminated. The descriptions provided by the two previous guidelines were reviewed and updated, the aim being to close all gaps in the standing process descriptions and provide for an adequate level of detail. The newly described process reflects market requirements more accurately and will enable C-OSSs to fulfill their coordinating role in a more efficient way.

To assist those working with the guidelines, the aforementioned task force also created an Explanation of changes made in the former two documents, leading to a single combined guideline.

As the new guideline necessitated several developments within the Path Coordination System (PCS), it could be activated gradually pursuant to the actual deployment of the required PCS development. In the meantime, portions of the previous guidelines remained valid and applicable.

RFC Traffic Management Information

Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) and IMs are requested to provide the same information to all recipients; but sometimes they have to do it more than once and in different ways. Therefore RNE has started a project focussed on Traffic Management information. The project team, consisting of representatives of IMs and RFCs, has developed a ‘Common structure for providing Traffic Management information‘ in a harmonised way in different documents (e.g. Corridor Information Documents), collected the relevant ‘Traffic Management Information’ and drafted a proposal for its use and publication.

The Traffic Management Information (TMI) document provides a detailed overview of the Traffic Management information content and structure; its annexes provide specific Traffic Management information regarding the border sections relevant for RFCs.

The complete Traffic Management Information document can be downloaded here. The annexes in Excel format can be downloaded here.

TPM on RFCs

The Train Performance Management (TPM) project, carried out in 2009, was a first attempt to put in place a complete process for monitoring, analysing and improving performance of international trains, namely in terms of punctuality. ‘TPM Guidelines’ were developed to describe the overall train performance quality management process.

Further information can be found here.

International Contingency Management

On 16th May 2018, the RNE General Assembly in Sopron unanimously approved the International Contingency Management Handbook and its implementation from Timetable period 2019. RailNetEurope (RNE) with the support of the RFCs has taken the responsibility of keeping this document up-to-date.

Further information can be found here.