WIT Press


Increase Of Capacity Through Optimised Timetabling

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR040541

Volume

74

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

248 kb

Author(s)

I.A. Hansen

Abstract

The throughput of track infrastructure and the quality of railway services can be enhanced by a set of intelligent scheduling measures provided that the timetable design takes the variations of real operations sufficiently into account. Small variations of the train running and dwell times are currently compensated for by standard time supplements and margins between train paths, which, so far, are mainly based on rules of thumb, sometimes checked by simulation. The paper discusses the current methods to estimate characteristic timetable variables as minimal time headway, slack and waiting time. A new stochastic approach is presented for the estimation of blocking times and buffer times at bottlenecks based on the distributions of the start and of blocking time ‘waves’ of trains, which aims at reflecting the interaction between trains following each other on saturated routes

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