Capacity management tools

The growing resurgence of rail as a transport mode coupled with new operators taking advantage of the current open access regime has placed increased demands on existing rail infrastructure. There has been limited funds available for investment in railway infrastructure over the past decades and there is every indication that funds will continue to be extremely limited as we start the 21st century. Hence there is increased pressure on access providers to obtain the maximum capacity from the existing infrastructure and furthermore ensure maximum benefits from the limited funds available for infrastructure improvements. Software tools are now available to assist in the better management of infrastructure capacity. These tools include planning and scheduling tools, resource management tools, crew optimising tools and detailed network simulation tools which take into account grades, curves, traction characteristics and the operation of the signalling system. This paper will discuss the elements to be considered in assessing capacity, give details on the operation of two capacity management tools, give examples of benefits achieved in operating rail systems, illustrate the potential benefits for the current rail industry and explore how the concepts might be expanded into the 21st century.

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  • Pagination: 12p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Railway technology for the 21st century: CORE 2000: conference on railway engineering, May 21-23 2000, Glenelg, South Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:55AM