Dynamic train planning

‘Very Short Term Planning’ (VSTP) covers the need to change one or more train services at very short notice, perhaps on the day in question or over the next 48 hours. Making improvements to VSTP systems and processes now will move us closer to a future in which more flexible and dynamic timetabling is used to make optimal use of the capacity on the network.

We are making £3.1m available to fund innovative demonstration projects (TRLs 4 to 7) that help the rail industry implement more VSTP schedules in a robust and validated way, ensuring there is an allocated and de-conflicted path for each train service.

Benefits of this approach include:

  • • a more reliable and consistent service for passengers
  • • the ability for freight to plan and deliver a more reactive service
  • • a reduced workload for operators and controllers
  • • a step towards adaptable and dynamic on-demand contingency plans and mechanisms for improving and testing timetables

A launch event for the competition was held on 1 October. Presentations from the event can be found by clicking on 'Resources' (on the right).

The deadline for completed application forms is 3 January 2020.

If you have any questions please email researchcompetitions@rssb.co.uk


Information and Networking Day

1 October 2019

Level39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

12:00

Registration and networking lunch

13:30

Welcome and introduction

Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director, RSSB

13:40

The challenge explained: an overview

Kris Alexander, Network Rail and Andrew Pennington, South Western Railway

13:55

VSTP: an operator's perspective

Kris Tucknott, Abellio

14:10

The implications of VSTP on Traffic Management Systems

Jack Rumbold, c2c

14:25

How will freight benefit from robust VSTP?

Kate Turner and Jordan Lynn, Deutsche Bahn

14:40

Q&A Panel

All the morning’s speakers

15:10

Coffee break

15:30

The future of Dynamic Train Planning

Clive Burrows, First Group

15:50

Competition guidance

Michelle Holley, RSSB

16:05

Q&A, next steps and close

Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director, RSSB

16:30

Networking with canapes and drinks (until 6pm)

Call for research



Download the following documents:

Competition Brief

Guidance Notes

Standard Grant Agreement

Application Form


Resources

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