RNE Path Coordination System

Further Development of PCS

Further development of PCS

It is planned to include some new features in the Path Coordination System (PCS) in order to improve the usability of the system and to cover all types of capacity and path products, especially for trains at short notice.

PCS Next Generation

Since 2010 the main activities regarding the development of PCS have aimed to fulfil TAF/TAP TSI requirements and requirements based on European Regulation 913/2010 (Rail Freight Regulation). The PCS core system was improved accordingly.

The PCS user interface has also been updated stepwise. But this step-by-step approach does not allow the usability of PCS to be further improved according to the requirements of the PCS user community. A basic re-structuring of the PCS user interface is necessary.

Continuous development of pre-constructed products

RNE is continuously developing products for Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) and their Pre-Arranged Paths. Thanks to fixed and flexible Pre-Arranged Paths (PaPs) RFCs, Infrastructure Managers (IMs) and Allocation Bodies (ABs) are able to supply and sell instant capacity products whose response times closely fit market needs for capacity at short notice.

RNE is also working to assist Railway Undertakings (RUs) that would like to request PaPs for certain days when a PaP is originally not available. In order to save time and avoid work duplication at the RU, PCS provides a ‘Combined PaP/Tailor-made’ solution with automatic generation of subsidiary timetables for the unavailable days.

Standard format of main and subsidiary timetables

In order to improve the current situation, where each involved party can create subsidiary timetables according to their own wishes, several rules will be introduced in PCS for the main and subsidiary structure; this will make it possible to reach a TAF/TAP-TSI compliant format. The aim is to introduce constraints and functions to support the ‘envelope’ concept for the main and subsidiary timetables. Under an umbrella that should be fulfilled by the main timetable and its calendar, the subsidiaries will be valid for the RU – IM pair on a basis similar to TAF/TAP-TSI communication.

For further developments and change requests in the system you can consult PCS Service Desk or you can visit cms.rne.eu.

Testing in separate systems

Before inclusion in PCS these new approaches will be tested in separate test systems. For further information, please consult the PCS Service Desk at support.pcs@rne.eu.