FTE A Passenger Traffic, 14.01.-17.01.2020

At the coordination conference FTE A Passenger Traffic which was held from 14 to 17 January 2020 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) 115 production and timetabling experts from 24 European countries participated.

The main objectives of this first conference in 2020 were on the one hand to finalize the harmonization of the international offering concepts for the timetable 2021 between the railway undertakings (RU) and on the other hand to prepare the requests for feasibility studies of the international passenger trains, which were submitted on Monday 20 January 2020 to the Infrastructure Managers (IM) by the Path Coordination System (PCS). The RUs created 1409 PCS dossiers in total, 156 more than for tt2020. The IMs will now carry out the path feasibility studies from 21 January till 16 March. Following the outcomes of these path feasibility studies will serve as the basis for the coordination conference FTE B from 31 March to 03 April 2020.

The IMs acted at the FTE A coordination conference as advisors and thus they gained an overview of the capacity requirements to be expected of the RU for the timetable 2021.

For the very first time the participants worked according to the newly established working programme and used the new version of the system PCS called “Envelope concept”.

A moment of silence was held during the plenary meeting for our dear colleague, friend and great railway man Matthias Lück (DB Fernverkehr), who tragically passed away on 3 October after a very short illness. He played and assumed an essential role in the development of our association, since the beginning, he contributed by his know-how and especially by his social and professional skills recognized by all, to forge what the FTE is today. Matthias worked really assiduously in many working groups for the benefit of all FTE members, in the interest of the whole railway sector.


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