Estimated time of arrival

Estimated Time of Arrival

Although real-time train monitoring is currently at a very good level, further improvements are needed in the area of monitoring the entire journey of goods (including First and Last Miles) and in the area of forecasting further movement, especially in case of big disturbances.

As the quality of forecast data depends on the quality of input data, RNE manages several projects focusing on the improvement of estimated time of arrival (ETA) / estimated time of hand-over (ETH).

Disclosure of train tracking information to Terminals and Applicants

The current legal framework, according to the TAF TSI regulation, requires the regular exchange of forecast data concerning trains only between IMs and RUs.

As shown in the picture below, market needs are not sufficiently covered by definitions in the current legal framework. First and Last Miles need to be included, as final customers need to calculate the estimated time of arrival of their goods. However, Terminals and other partners do not have guaranteed access to this information as it is legally required to maintain data confidentiality and also due to the fact that the interfaces needed in order to receive this data are not yet available to all partners along the logistical chain.

RNE aims to make forecast calculations as precise as possible. It is therefore necessary to develop interfaces for additional input (manual as well as automatic) by IMs, RUs and Terminal operators. Extended functionality is also needed to cover the First and Last Mile areas (e.g. from final destination of train via terminal to final customer).