The UK’s railway infrastructure operator Network Rail will continue to use HaCon’s train planning system (TPS), after extending its contract with the software solutions provider.
The newly signed agreement allows HaCon to provide TPS for the control period five (CP5), which runs from 2014 to 2019.
With HaCon’s TPS Enterprise software, Network Rail will have up to 300 train planners to support more than 21,000 train services a day throughout the UK.
HaCon UK head David Faithful said: "Our collaborative partnership with Network Rail enables us to use our technology to support the realisation of tangible, sustainable benefits for train planning across the UK, and the integration of Network Rail’s TPS Enterprise and our latest TPS Operator solutions will drive out significant benefits for the UK rail industry as a whole, across CP5 and beyond."
The TPS Enterprise software offers seamless integration of data and orchestration of access requests between infrastructure managers and passenger and freight operators with the TPS operator edition.
The system allows Network Rail’s train planners to develop better schedules throughout the network to improve passenger and freight services.
HaCon’s UK office in Milton Keynes provides a space for HaCon and Network Rail teams to work together to improve the rail network.
The UK’s 32,000km-long railway network serves approximately 1.3 billion passengers every year and transports more than 100 million tonnes of freight.
The ratio of passenger service has increased by 40% over the last ten years, with the freight service rising by 60%.
Image: HaCon’s TPS helps Network Rail to develop optimal train schedules. Photo: courtesy of HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH.