The pressure to meet the demands of passengers and other stakeholders and to deliver operational excellence and profitability means that rail network managers and train operators must make optimum use of their networks. In practice, this means a constant need to improve services and infrastructure whilst at the same time managing operational and capital costs.

Royal HaskoningDHV has a wealth of experience in the optimisation of the combination of rail transport demand, traffic (trains, train schedules) and infrastructure. Our services include:

  • Research and assessment of future traffic demand
  • Planning of transport networks and timetables
  • Capacity assessment using simulation models to determine whether networks can take on proposed changes
  • Developing the smartest rail solution to accommodate proposed timetables

We are a world leader in rail traffic simulation, conducting detailed analysis for a variety of network types. In the Netherlands, we have built a micro simulation model of the entire Dutch rail network, which is one of the most complex and intensely used systems in the world. We are able to assess on a national and local scale which time tables are feasible and how rail infrastructure can be developed most effectively.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s clients include a wide range of stakeholders, from train operators and infrastructure managers to provincial and municipal governments. Some common issues we are asked to address are:

  • Is it feasible for a particular rail link to accommodate extra trains or an additional station?
  • What is the most efficient way to handle trains at a particular railway yard or depot?
  • Can we avoid major infrastructure investments by adjusting timetables or track utilization?
  • What are the weaknesses in existing timetables and how can we make them more robust?
  • How will the introduction of energy efficient driving affect punctuality?
  • How will a new train management system affect future timetable requirements and create new opportunities?