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)
- Paris – Amsterdam
- Munich – Verona (on RFC ScanMed)
To complement the test results, a network pilot was launched later on by ÖBB INFRA. Contrary to initial considerations, this pilot will be introduced gradually, starting with the Baltic-Adriatic RFC line between the Czech-Austrian border and the border stations with Slovenia and Italy. Another pilot on the Rhine Valley line will become operational for timetable 2022 and the Antwerp-Rotterdam pilot will be extended to Paris and Amsterdam, to also test TTR elements relevant for passenger traffic.
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 January 2020, all four pilots have published their available capacity for timetable 2021 and a document with 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.