Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs)
In order to provide high quality path offers, it is essential that Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs) be well planned and coordinated. RNE has set up a Working Group with the goal to improve the coordination and information processes regarding TCRs.
The Temporary Capacity Restrictions Working Group (TCR WG) was set up and held its first regular meeting on 12 September 2017 in Vienna.
The working group consists of business experts from all Infrastructure Managers/Allocation Bodies and is supported by Railway Undertakings.
In its role as decision-making group and Change Control Board (CCB) for the web-based TCR-tool, an application which is currently being developed and planned to be rolled out in January 2018 as a first prototype, it will hold at least two meetings per year. These meetings will function as an information platform and TCR WG members are regularly invited to participate in several taskforces and projects for further elaborations and developments of subprojects. The Working Group’s strategic decisions are based on the Rail Freight Corridor Guidelines for Temporary Capacity Restrictions and the legal framework set up by the European Commission.
Functionalities and impact of the TCR Tool
The web-based TCR Tool will cover three fundamental functionalities:
- Firstly, the tool will give a graphical overview of all TCRs planned, Europe-wide, on the national and international main axes. Within the graphical overview the consequences of TCRs for traffic will be displayed in a customised way. It is important to note that the provided graphical overview will not be exclusively available to IMs but to Applicants as well, so as to enable them to adapt their traffic plans in accordance with TCRs and their impact.
- Secondly, the TCR Tool will foster the exchange of crucial information between IMs as it will also provide information about TCRs on the network of neighbouring IMs and these TCRs’ impact on traffic. To this end, a notification system will be implemented to ensure that the data basis is kept up to date and that users are continuously informed about potential changes.
- Thirdly, the application shall support the harmonisation of TCRs between IMs through a feature which requires mutual approval of new or modified TCRs. Affected IMs thus need to give their consent as regards the impact on the availability of capacity for traffic on the one hand, and agree on a timeframe for developing and offering alternative timetables on the other hand.
Given these major functionalities, the TCR Tool will not only be useful for the coordination and publication of TCRs among IMs but will also generate great value for RUs and Applicants, as it provides them with one single platform on which each Applicant can find harmonised information (in contrast to the current situation where Applicants have to review different Excel lists of various RFCs in order to assess the impact of TCRs on their traffic plans). In addition, the TCR Tool could even be applied at national level, in particular by smaller IMs who have no national tool available to plan TCRs.
For further information regarding TCRs and the TCR tool please contact:
Timetabling & TCR Manager
Senior Timetable IT Manager