January was an eventful month, starting with the FTE A Passenger Traffic Coordination Conference which was held 14th – 17th January in Ljubljana. At the conference participants harmonised their trains for timetable 2021. Applicants prepared their feasibility study requests for the international passenger trains, and these were submitted on 20th January to the Infrasturture Managers (IMs) to conduct feasibility studies.

On 29th – 30th January in Brussels, the PCS Team started the training sessions with RFCs North-Sea-Med, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and North Sea-Baltic. The goal of the training was for PCS users to learn about the new PCS structure with the new GUI elements, calendar consistency (avoiding overlapping days), border harmonisation (warning in case of non-harmonised borders), using multiple PaPs even in the territory for different days and using local times and time zones. The training sessions continued in February.

PCS development still continues as some features and functions are not available yet. It is planned to introduce a new copying function, ‘Sub-path with PaP copy’ for copying the whole sub-path with PaPs together to reduce time spent and frustration when creating a dossier with PaPs. A simplified PDF export was also added to the tool, which shows the dossier content in a much nicer and shorter view than before.

The Rail Freight Corridors finalised and published their Pre-Arrenged Paths and Catalogue Paths by 13th January.

ECMT development continues and public access has been available in production from 31st January. This means that customers, applicants or any other users can check the application freely as an anonymus user. Charts, search for object and object details will be available if they are in a published state.

The PCS maintenance release notes include features and enhancements for each release, as well as bug fixes. To get an update and read more about PCS development steps and sprints, please click on this link.

In terms of ongoing user support, the PCS team has assisted 111 times in various issues in January, mainly with user access requests password resets, PaP publication issues and carry forward questions.