Positions 02 Feb 2023

Reducing the negative impact of Temporary Capacity Restrictions

Successfully reaching the ambitious goals of the European Green Deal and its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy (SSMS) requires a substantial shift of traffic onto the railways. To cope with this additional traffic, a robust rail infrastructure and sufficient rail capacity is needed. Existing rail infrastructure must be maintained and upgraded, while missing links must be built. A proper rail infrastructure, in turn, requires works and construction sites. Consequently, Temporary Capacity Restrictions (TCRs) on the rail network are unavoidable, but need to be managed in a way so that their negative impact on rail services is minimised.

Three main points are needed to reduce the negative impact of TCRs: a full implementation of existing rules, a better international coordination of TCRs by implementing Timetabling and Capacity Redesign (TTR) and Digital Capacity Management (DCM), as well as multi-annual financing of infrastructure managers.

Read more in our full paper below.