General Introduction

Some time ago, RailNetEurope and Forum Train Europe joined forces to start an ambitious project – the Redesign of the International Timetabling Process: “TTR for Smart Capacity Management”. But what is TTR?

Simply put, TTR is the project to simplify, unify, and solidify improvements to the European rail timetabling system to significantly increase the competitiveness of railways. A systematic redesign of timetabling processes is needed as they differ considerably across European countries, which makes international cooperation difficult. Cross-border traffic is as important as ever for the rail sector, but the current system is leading to unnecessary delays due to poorly coordinated construction works and timetable clashes. In addition, the capacity products currently provided by the infrastructure managers do not serve all market needs.

To remedy this unsatisfactory situation, both RailNetEurope (RNE) and Forum Train Europe (FTE) agreed that changes to these procedures are needed and launched the TTR project. They are being supported by the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA).