Optimal Coordination of Timetable and Infrastructure Development in a Liberalised Railway Market

Martin Smoliner, Stefan Walter, Stefan Marschnig

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The gradual liberalisation of the European railway market has so far mainly been assessed regarding its effect on the grade of competition and market access. However, one major impact has not received much attention yet: the effects of liberalisation on the joint development of timetables and infrastructure. This is especially crucial for countries that align their railway network according to the requirements of an Integrated Timetable (ITF). The implementation of an ITF requires a long-term planning process and network wide cost-intensive infrastructure measures. Contrary, open access traffic can neither be planned on the long-term, nor is it coherent with an ITF. Recent conflicts show that the assignment of train paths for open access traffic considerably affects the system of the ITF, calling for significant timetable and/or infrastructure adaptions. For an efficient and sustainable railway system, a holistic approach is needed allowing for a combination of open access and the requirements of the ITF.
To derive a suitable methodology the status quo of ITF-implementation and open access traffic is analysed in Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Based on these findings, three options are identified on how open access can be integrated in an ITF-system according to the EU-legislation. Advantages and disadvantages are discussed and finally the optimal procedure in terms of a sustainable network development is recommended.
Seiten (von - bis)97-115
FachzeitschriftJournal of Management and Financial Sciences
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Sep. 2018
VeranstaltungEurotrans 2018: Mobility and European Transport Space - SGH Warschau, Warschau, Polen
Dauer: 24 Sep. 201825 Sep. 2018


  • Eisenbahnbetrieb
  • Fahrplanerstellung
  • Liberalisierung

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tief- und Ingenieurbau

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems
  • Eurotrans 2018

    Martin Smoliner (Teilnehmer/-in)

    24 Sep. 201825 Sep. 2018

    Aktivität: Teilnahme an / Organisation vonKonferenz oder Fachtagung (Teilnahme an/Organisation von)

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