Implemented wagonload concept
Continuous monitoring a rail service is vital when it comes to making timely decisions regarding its operation. These decisions can relate to, and affect, the route choices, commodities, and the geographical area served.
They further keep the operator informed of the level of service that is being offered to clients while allowing them the potential opportunity to head off potential problems before they occur.
In this report the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that are commonly utilised within the rail sector are described. These are divided generally through the five areas which Smart-Rail aims to achieve improvements – namely Reliability, Lead Time, Costs, Flexibility, and Visibility. This is in addition to the standard KPIs that RailNetEurope (RNE) employ on the Rail Freight Corridors are detailed as these provide a standardised basis from which to start. While these relate more to infrastructure management, they do offer insights into the punctuality and reliability of trains.
In developing a method to monitor the progress of this service; the RETRACK project offers an already pre-prepared starting point. Using RETRACK ensures that a welldeveloped monitoring process can be utilised. Smart-Rail further allows that the monitoring processes that evolved under RETRACK can be further developed and refined while taking into account the best practices that were put in place.