Since 2018 TRENOlab has been supporting the Norwegian Railway Directorate and Bane NOR (Railway Infrastructure Manager) for the long-term planning of the railway services in the field of new timetables and infrastructure on the Trønderbanen.
The Norwegian Railway Directorate aims at increasing the number of services to meet growing transport demand. The service increase is constrained by the numerous single-track sections and by the long-distance passenger and freight trains sharing the line with the Trønderbanen trains.
Between 2018 and 2021 TRENOlab supported the Directorate in the preparation of the Trønderbanen R 2027-2033 - a plan for timetable and infrastructure improvements designed to significantly increase service. The planning process consisted of developing a microscopic simulation model and using it to create and evaluate future timetables meeting the Directorate’s service goals. The study included identifying, evaluating and revising the infrastructure improvements needed to operate the proposed timetables with the objective of minimising investment costs.
A second study, which is a follow-up of the previous study carried out in 2018, updated the analysis based on the outcomes of a cost-benefit analysis including new assumptions for rolling stock.
A third study is in progress with Bane NOR for testing the impact of the planned infrastructure improvements and the introduction of the ERTMS.
In 2021 TRENOlab assisted Bane NOR testing two major releases of the new timetable of the Trønderbanen R2025 with a predetermined set of infrastructure improvements. The testing process consisted of developing a microscopic simulation model and using it to evaluate future timetables that met the Bane NOR infrastructure improvements.
- Timetable design
- Infrastructure planning