Under European Commission regulations, railway infrastructure must either be run as a separate company independent of train operations, or have separate accounts prepared. In either case, however, formal access rights are required in order that it is clearly understood which trains are permitted to operate, where and when. In Britain, there are over 30 operators with access rights onto Railtrack's network. Their legal rights are enshrined in Track Access Contracts; but there are a number of problems with these, which makes it difficult for Railtrack to manage the network and to make investment decisions. Railtrack, therefore, conceived the idea of an Access Rights Database (ARDB), containing operators' rights in a standardized numerical form. Results from this are presented. Validating these access rights against existing timetables and against operators' bids for future timetables is a more complex task, for which a database solution was proposed and is being implemented. Railtrack's timetable Train Service Database is being compared with the ARDB, but there are considerable difficulties in identifying trains in both databases. This paper sets out the logic used to overcome these problems, presents results from the practical solution being implemented, and sets out future developments for subsequent stages of the project, which include an automatic link to the timetabling system, development of a more standardized template track access contract, and reporting rights by location as an aid to capacity management.


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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 203-210
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  • Accession Number: 00800704
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1853128260
  • Contract Numbers: BRPR-CT97-D558, DG 12 HINS, KBN No. 9 T12C 045 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2000 12:00AM