Market-adapted planning of capacity (MPK) - approaches and tools for the future

Market-adapted planning of capacity (MPK) is about creating new approaches and tools for our planning of capacity.

We are creating an attractive market by fulfilling new needs in a deregulated market. It will be simple to manage services and request space on the tracks.

Capacity Portal – a way in and a way out

We are leaving behind the old tools with long processing times and making the shift to self-service with modern approaches and tools. The Capacity Portal will be the shared platform for communication between the Transport Administration and the rest of the industry regarding matters such as use of the railway. A forum for rail companies, contractors and the Transport Administration.

The Capacity Portal will simplify and improve matters for customer wishing to request time on the tracks and manage services. It will offer a simpler, quicker and more transparent means of planning traffic. It will provide a way in and a way out.

All capacity is visible

It will be easy to manage our services, for example gaining an understanding of the available capacity on each given occasion and site. Rail companies and contractors can plan, search for available times, compare alternative formats and services, receive price quotes and request capacity on their own.

The Network Statement (JNB) will also be integrated in the Capacity Portal. The portal will adapt to changes in JNB, and requests made in the portal will automatically match JNB in matters of e.g., accessibility, capacity, regulations, restrictions and prices.

The customer makes their own decisions in the process

In practice, the process of change entails a new outlook. The point of departure is the customer's conditions and needs, where one of the goals is a more flexible and resilient train plan. All of this is intended to enable optimal use of the railway network's capacity. The fact that the industry is invited to the process in this way is entirely unique from an EU perspective.

Incremental planning

The market needs both fixed, long-term planning and incremental planning which provides greater flexibility than what is possible today. The point of this is to create space on the tracks for other trains or track works. This also decreases the risk of any disruptions spreading and the train plan becomes more resilient. It can be said that incremental planning makes use of the "air" in the system when detailed planning takes place in line with the conditions changing and being established.