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.

A launch event for the competition is being held on Tuesday 1 October register here.

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

The deadline for completed application forms is 3 January 2020.

Information and Networking Day

1 October 2019

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


Registration and networking lunch


Welcome and introduction

Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director, RSSB


The challenge explained: an overview

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


VSTP: an operator's perspective

Kris Tucknott, Abellio


The implications of VSTP on Traffic Management Systems

Tommy Puncheon, c2c


How will freight benefit from robust VSTP?

Kate Turner, Deutsche Bahn


Q&A Panel

All the morning’s speakers


Coffee break


The future of Dynamic Train Planning

Clive Burrows, First Group


Competition guidance and Q&A


Close and next steps

Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director, RSSB


Networking with canapes and drinks (until 6pm)

Call for research

The competition brief will be available soon.


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