Optimal Networks for Train Integration Management across Europe

The aim of this project was a step-change in railway capacity by reducing delays and improving traffic fluidity. This was achieved by a partnership between railway industry experts, system integrators, small dynamic knowledge led companies and academic researchers.

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Call: FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1

Funded: FP7 -TRANSPORT – SST- 2011 A system approach for railway operations management to increase capacity and decrease delays for railway customers’ satisfaction. 


11/2011 – 11/2014


Previously, railways have improved their own networks to remove bottlenecks and increase fluidity. Such changes have generally been done “ad hoc” so results and best practices have not been shared. Previous relevant academic research has, in general, been based on algorithm development. To apply the results of such research, an understanding of the practical operating principles and the nature of delay initiation and propagation is necessary. This project addressed both issues and deliver research-based results that can be freely applied to commercial traffic management and traffic planning tools.


The ICOOR roles in this project concerned:

  • optimization and development of models and algorithms for determining robust and resilient timetables;
  • creation of real-time algorithms for conflict detection and resolution;
  • evaluation of the state-of-the-art in optimization and recovery algorithms;
  • development of real-time asset management algorithms to recover from unplanned major disruptions. 

ICOOR Members: University of Bologna.

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