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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-115
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Management and Financial Sciences
VolumeXI
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
EventEurotrans 2018: Mobility and European Transport Space - SGH Warschau, Warschau, Poland
Duration: 24 Sep 201825 Sep 2018
http://kolegia.sgh.waw.pl/en/KZiF/structure/KTr/conferences/Pages/default.aspx

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    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering

    Fields of Expertise

    • Sustainable Systems

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    Optimal Coordination of Timetable and Infrastructure Development in a Liberalised Railway Market. / Smoliner, Martin; Walter, Stefan; Marschnig, Stefan.

    In: Journal of Management and Financial Sciences, Vol. XI, No. 33, 09.2018, p. 97-115.

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