Traffic Management In Moving Block Railway Systems: The Results Of The EU Project COMBINE
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M Giannettoni & S Savio
In this paper the authors present the results of verification and evaluation activities carried out for the final assessment of the project called COMBINE, acronym of enhanced COntrol center for a Moving Block sIgNalling systEm. The project, concluded in mid 2001, was co-funded by the European Union (EU) within the Telematics Application Programme in the Fourth Framework Research and Development (R&D) Programme, and represents a successful pioneer research which provides the technical basis for the implementation of innovative optimisation tools in moving block Traffic Management Systems (TMS). Besides the valuable contribution to the current knowledge as far as TMS operation in moving block is concerned, the Demonstrator developed within the project provides a powerful tool for purposes ranging from feasibility studies to costsibenefit analysis, which is strategic when the adoption of and/or the migration to moving block signalling system for new or existing railway infrastructures is to be considered.