The TTR Pilots in detail
As a first step, three pilot lines along Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) were launched in 2017:
- Mannheim – Miranda de Ebro (on RFC Atlantic)
- Antwerp – Rotterdam (on RFC North Sea – Mediterranean)
- Munich – Verona (on RFC ScanMed)
The goal of conducting these pilots is to introduce capacity models and test the innovative Rolling Planning Request based on safeguarded capacity.
To ensure that all market requirements are taken into account in the capacity model, all known applicants on the pilot lines have been invited to participate in the project. Although the pilot lines have been organised as individual projects, the common approach is maintained by a central TTR Pilot Board. This course of action respects the individual needs of the lines while still applying the TTR principles across all pilots. It also ensures the involvement of the regulatory bodies, via representatives of IRG-Rail.
In early January 2019, the pilot lines Antwerp – Rotterdam and Munich – Verona published their pre-planned capacity products for timetable 2020 along with a document containing further details on the respective pilot line’s approach – the Pilot Information Documents (PIDs). All material can be found on the common content management platform CMS, under https://cms.rne.eu/ttr-communication-platform.
To complement the test results, a network pilot will be conducted by ÖBB INFRA. Preparations are underway and rollout expected for timetable 2021. In addition, other infrastructure managers have started to include various TTR process components into their national processes (e.g. introduction of capacity models) and some of them are checking the possibility to connect international lines to the ÖBB pilot.