NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has recently deployed OpenTimeTable planning software which provides an interactive way of accessing operational data to help identify weaknesses in timetabling that can lead to delays.

OTT was originally developed in-house by SBB, which has used it across its timetabling department since 2007. OTT is now distributed and supported by VIA Consulting & Development, and has been adopted by Austria’s ÖBB Infrastruktur, Germany’s DB Netz, Israel Railways and ProRail.

As well as further main line applications, SBB and VIA-Con are promoting OTT to the operators of local and urban transport systems such as tramways, where they believe it can also help improve performance. The supplier says it requires little data preparation, and the intuitive approach means results can be achieved quickly.