Managing rail traffic
Coordinating rail traffic in relation to precise criteria
To allocate line capacities as best as possible and coordinate their use, SNCF Réseau simultaneously accounts for:
- the need to set aside works-intervals (periods reserved for maintenance work),
- meeting the various requests for transport,
- optimising train paths (time slots for trains to travel from one point to another).
A wide variety of tools to balance network uses
To effectively manage rail traffic, SNCF Réseau must remain closely attuned to its customers’ needs. For this reason, opportunities have been created to discuss train path allocation. Consultative conferences are set up every year to identify the challenges tied to regional, national and European rail traffic.
The SNCF Réseau teams deploy various means to allocate rail capacities as best as possible. They propose, for instance, a catalogue of pre-constructed train paths, i.e., slots that have been defined in advance. They can also free up new paths as a result of the frequency of service, i.e., trains circulating at fixed times and at regular intervals, improving the coordination of traffic. These tools contribute to producing, in as far as possible, the definite allocation of time slots.
- more than 6 million train paths requested each year
- 15 000 passenger and freight trains circulate every day
- 30 000 km of lines open to commercial traffic