Rail disruption: Passenger focused recovery

N. Boland, I. Evans, C. Mears, T. Niven, M. Pattison, M. Wallace, H. Waterer

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    In a suburban passenger railway network, a delay of a single train is likely to affect not only the passengers aboard or waiting for that train, but those on subsequent trains as well. These knock-on effects are caused by the delayed train blocking sections of track and lead to congestion and slower boarding rate on overcrowded trains. When a delay has occurred, the delayed trains and other nearby trains can be re-scheduled to minimise the detrimental effect of the delay. This paper shows how to re-schedule to minimize negative impact on passengers. A simple double track train network with a single delay is considered. The model takes into account the travel times of passengers, boarding times at stations which are lengthened when the train is crowded, and the ability of trains to bypass stations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputers in Railways XIII: Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems
    Subtitle of host publication[Thirteenth International Conference on Design and Operation in Railway Engineering] [proceedings]
    EditorsC. A. Brebbia, N. Tomii, J. M. Mera, B. Ning, P. Tzieropoulos
    Place of PublicationSouthampton, UK
    PublisherWIT Press
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781845646172
    ISBN (Print)9781845646165
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Conference on Design and Operation of Railway Engineering - New Forest, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Sep 201213 Sep 2012

    Publication series

    NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
    PublisherW I T Press
    ISSN (Print)1746-4498
    ISSN (Electronic)1743-3509


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Design and Operation of Railway Engineering
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityNew Forest


    • Disruption
    • Passenger delay
    • Rail
    • Recovery

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