Results tagged “ECML” from Passenger Transport Networks

PTN Document

An integrated timetable for the East Coast

13 June 2014

 

What matters most for the East Coast Main Line is a good timetable - one that is attractive for passengers and that makes the best use of valuable capacity.  That should be the starting point for judging the franchise bids and the case for open access - and it is also very relevant if the franchise stays in public hands with the present East Coast company.  The proposals in this report start from a clean sheet and develop an integrated, regular-interval timetable on the model of the Swiss Taktfahrplan.  They are intended to provoke discussion, and comments are welcome.  They will provide the basis for similar plans for related services and maybe in due course for the national network.

Read the report:  SPIRIT--ECML.pdf

 

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PTN Document

ECML - the saga reviewed, and a comparison with France

6 April 2012

In August 2010 the Office of Rail Regulation published a 'lessons learned' report on the ECML timetabling process.  Jonathan Tyler reviewed this document in the November 2010 issue of Modern Railways.  He noted that the preoccupation with process meant that larger issues were overlooked.  Perhaps the way to end drawn out arguments and mediocre outcomes in timetable planning lies in a fundamental reappraisal of railway organisation.

The ORR report is at :

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/upload/pdf/ecml-lessons-learned-report-200810.pdf.

Accompanying the critique was a timely account of the decision by RFF, the French infrastructure manager, to initiate a comprehensive overhaul of its national timetable in order to create extra capacity, introduce greater regularity and enhance network-wide connectivity.  RFF employed the Swiss integrated-timetabling consultancy SMA to undertake this task.  If France can justify the approach (and do the work remarkably quickly) why cannot Britain at least mount a study of the potential benefits ?

The articles were "How not to write a timetable" and "France adopts integrated timetabling".

They can be found here : Lessons_learned_Commentary.doc.

 

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PTN Document

The ECML timetabling saga - descent into farce

6 April 2012

When East Coast finally recast its timetable in May 2011 the spin was that it had taken ten years to achieve and must, by implication, be a good timetable.  It was, and remains, poor in many respects, and the long trek to create it was a sorry commentary on the industry processes (against which many individual specialists battled valiantly).

This article in the December 2008 issue of Modern Railways spotlighted an area of railway planning that raises many questions of policy but yet is largeley hidden behind an arcane system.  In particular, it described the bizarre situations that are caused by the endemic problem of 'sequential franchising' - that is, the replanning of one route timetable, even one as important as ECML, being overly-constrained by prior agreements on paths for other franchises.

Read the article here : ModRlys_final.doc.

 

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PTN Document

A Taktfahrplan for the East Coast Main Line

23 September 2009

In October 2008 PTN submitted proposals for an integrated timetable for the East Coast Main Line [ECML] to the Office of Rail Regulation [ORR]. This built on earlier work sponsored by the Department for Transport [DfT] and formed part of a project for the Association of Train Operating Companies [ATOC].

The timetable is built around seven inter-city passenger trains per hour, including open-access services.  With certain defined exceptions it complies with the Rules of the Plan.  MOIRA, the standard railway tool for evaluating timetable changes, estimates that revenue would increase by about £15 million annually.  A bold recast on the ECML could also initiate moves toward a more coherent national network, in line with the statutory duties of ORR and the objectives of DfT and Network Rail.

The proposals were ignored by both ORR and Network Rail.

The paper summarises PTN's methodology and judgments. A zip file contains the timetable graphs, netgraphs and analytical spreadsheets.

 

 
PTN Document

A franchise free-for-all ?

23 September 2009

In 2006 Jonathan Tyler was invited to contribute an article to The Guardian on the legal and political battle between franchise and open-access companies over paths in the timetable of a congested railway.

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PTN Document

Perfect Timing

22 September 2009

This article appeared in Rail Professional in July 2008.  It sets out the rationale and essential features of a Taktfahrplan for the East Coast Main Line.

Perfect Timing

 

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