Delayed trains cost time and money not just for passengers but also for railway operators and national economies. Enhancing the performance of rail networks and improving the exploitation of existing infrastructure is the COMBINE 2 project.
Since the IST programme-funded project ended early last year, the COMBINE 2 algorithms have gone on to be used commercially in the Milan metro and its system has undergone extensive field trials with real trains in The Netherlands, proving its potential to optimise the use of existing infrastructure by allowing real time rescheduling and rerouting of trains.
“COMBINE 2 answers a growing demand for optimisation from railway operators which are under pressure from passengers demanding better services and from the need to reduce costs,” explains Alessandro Mascis, the project’s scientific coordinator at Bombardier Transportation Italy. “In Europe big investments in new infrastructures are not foreseen in the short to mid-term for several reasons, making it essential for railway operators to be able to exploit existing railway networks to the maximum.”
Tara Morris | alfa
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