In order to achieve the ambitious goal of providing a harmonised timetabling process, RNE is carrying out several projects and provides expert input for other endeavours of the sector. Here are some of the highlights:
Based on an initiative by the European Commission, Annex VII of Directive 2012/34 has been recast in 2017 and came into force in December 2017. RNE and FTE via CER and EIM gave technical input to the European Commission to include results from the TTR project in the elaboration of the Directive’s recast. This recast Annex VII obliged IMs to coordinate TCRs between themselves, while also considering the needs of the Applicants. Consequently, RNE issued several versions of TCR Guidelines to promote harmonised interpretation and compliance with the recast. The latest version 3.0 was approved by the RNE GA in December 2019.
Harmonised Approach towards Non-RU-Applicants
RNE has been addressed by existing and potential Non-RU Applicants regarding the need for a higher level of harmonisation of the rules applicable to Non-RU Applicants when requesting international train paths. A task force established by RNE prepared an enhanced version of the ‘Guidelines Concerning a Harmonised Way of Handling Non-RU Applicants’, which was approved by the RNE General Assembly in May 2020. The goal of the new version of these Guidelines is to facilitate the participation of Non-RU Applicants in the requesting of international railway capacity and to simplify the process for them. Currently, RNE is preparing the implementation of the process in PCS for timetable 2022.
TTQ – TT Quality Programme
Having identified several weak points in the quality of path offers, RNE has established a high level task force consisting of RNE and RFC representatives in order to determine measures for improving the quality of path offers. A list of measures was prepared, the long-term measures becoming part of the TTR Programme, while the short- and medium-term measures are currently already being implemented. The RNE Capacity Management Advisory Group took over the role of the task force in 2019 and is continuously proposing new measures to increase the quality of path offers at European level. Furthermore, the RNE Sales & Timetabling Working Group executes some of the proposed measures, for instance introducing monitoring of path elaboration.
The Electronic Capacity Model Tool (ECMT) was developed by RNE to support TTR pilots in the visualisation of capacity models. The ECMT allows to see in a single visualisation a complete overview of the available capacity on a line, including TCRs and pre-constructed products (system paths and bandwidths). Moreover, the tool is being developed further to become a candidate for the centralised capacity hub in the TTR IT landscape.
Simple Communication Tool for TT
The project ‘Simple communication tool for timetabling’ was requested by several IMs/ABs, as they had identified a need to increase efficiency in the coordination of paths requested after X-8 and changes in paths after allocation. The tool should serve as a continuously updated address book and generate a pre-defined messages in various languages.
Support to the European Commission
RNE has contributed to the discussion and monitoring of the single European railway area through various analyses and technical input. RNE’s Sales & Timetabling WG, TCR WG, TTR Legal Framework Task Force and Capacity Management Advisory Group (joint WG with Forum Train Europe) conducted several surveys, expert consultations, and workshops to provide reports on particular issues, shortcomings and/or best practices, all with aim to support the EC in its goals to increase the share of railways in the transport market.