RAILWAY INDUSTRY TRAIN PLANNING LEVEL 2 TRAINING Module 2 - Who, What Why? Train Planning Five things to think about Do WE know WHAT we do ? Do WE understand WHY we do it ? Do WE know WHO we do it for ? Do our CUSTOMERS know WHAT we do ? Do our CUSTOMERS understand WHY we do it ? Putting the Railway into perspective Vital statistics - • 20,000 miles of track • 34,000 train movements per day – 92% passenger 8% freight • 2,500 stations • Currently 20 (Franchised), 9 (Open Access) TOCs, and 5 principal FOCs Network Rail • Manages development and delivery of the timetabling process • Maintains and renews the network • Manages signalling • Prohibited from being a train operator Train Operating Companies • Currently 20 franchised passenger operators • 9 “Open Access” operators not operating under “franchise” conditions • That is without any Tax-payer support • All services shown in the National Rail Timetable (last ‘officially’ printed edition May 2007, now free on Network Rail web site). • Generic term includes 5 principal Freight Operators Train Operating Companies • Three broad categories of train services • Long distance ‘Inter City’ • Regional • Commuter and suburban (Some TOCs cover all categories) • Lease Rolling Stock from ROSCOs • Operate over Network Rail infrastructure What is NR Operational Planning ? • The activity concerned with planning and documenting the allocation of network capacity to all Railway Undertakings. • Specifically within Network Rail it is the department dealing with – Timetable Planning • Track Access – Engineering Planning • Engineering Access Operational Planning • Works to processes set down in legislation and overseen by the ORR, DfT, etc • Impacts on Network Rail’s revenue stream –225,000 train paths every week –Selling un-used or ‘white space’, is a key activity • Has a major impact on TOCs income and costs • Plans access to the infrastructure for maintenance and renewal of the network Network Rail Planning Inputs • Network Code – Part D • Track Access Agreements • Geographic/diagrammatic maps of the network e.g. Sectional Appendix • Requests for Access • (Bids) • Maintenance and renewal strategies • i.e what we need to do the job Network Rail Planning Outputs • Responses to access requests • Published Train Service Schedules (TSDB) • Working Timetables (WTT) • Public Timetables (NRT) • Weekly/Daily Amended Train Notices (WATN/DATN) • Weekly Operating Notice (WON) • i.e what we produce Network Rail Planning ‘Tools’ • Rules of the Route • Rules of the Plan • TrainPlan/ITPS • Bplan • Capacity Management system - Railsys • Possession Planning System - PPS • i.e what we use to produce a plan TOCs • Inputs • Network Code • Access Agreements • Franchise requirements (SLCs/PSRs) • Outputs • Timetable specification • Supporting pocket timetables, etc • Meeting customers’ needs • Tools • Rules of the Route/Plan • Voyagerplan/TrainPlan • Bplan • Therefore very much the same ……………………. W here does Operational Planning sit within N etwork Rail? Ops & Customer Services Other Train Planning Centres Major Projects & Investment Operational Planning PCAT Train Planning Centre OPSU Route Directors General Managers NAU Customer Relations Executives Engineering National Delivery Service Territory Maintenance Directors TPC Organisation Train Planning Centre Manager Capacity Allocation Manager Network Trains Manager Informed Traveller Manager Schedule Integrity Manager SNFC (Leeds only) Sample TOC Organisation Chart Head of Planning & Access Timetable Production Manager Amended Access Manager Timetable Planning Manager Timetable Production Assistant Timetable Planning Assistant Timing Managers (STP) Planning Assistants (STP) Service Planning Assistant Module 2 Syndicate Questions Q1. With which external bodies/customers does NR Operational Planning work and in what way ? Q2. Who are the customers of a Train Operator’s train plans ? Q3. (a) Why is pleasing the customer so important (b) What does a customer want from a supplier ?