A train rescheduling model integrating speed management during disruptions of high-speed traffic under a quasi-moving block system

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Journal Article

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place - asia, mode - rail, operations - scheduling, operations - performance, operations - reliability, planning - safety/accidents, planning - service improvement


Disruptions, Job shop model, Rescheduling, Quasi-moving block, Speed management, Railway traffic


Chinese high-speed railways faced a fast development in recent years. Their performances are still confronted with disruptions unavoidably, which impact on the reliability of the traffic and passenger satisfaction. This paper presents a rescheduling model which is able to solve the critical problem of effective disruption management (namely, fast and dynamic train speed adaptation, supervision of braking and changing train sequence due to incidents, warnings or alarms), and consider in detail the signalling and safety systems based on a quasi-moving block system with variable headways. We integrate the modelling of efficient traffic management measures and the supervision of speed, braking and headway in one general job-shop model. We use a commercial solver with a custom-designed two-step method to speed up the procedure in order to solve instances from real-world high-speed networks in China quickly. Overall, the approach guarantees the resolution of the traffic control and speed management within few minutes of computation time. The output demonstrates that the proposed approach can achieve a reduction of train delays by 70% compared to the solution determined by keeping the order of the original timetable, and get the optimality for more than 90% of instances with a realistic case.


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