Network effects in railways

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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Railway operation is often affected by network effects as a change in one part of the network can influence other parts of the network. Network effects occur because the train runs may be quite long and since the railway system has a high degree of interdependencies as trains cannot cross/overtake each other everywhere in the network. First this paper describes network effects in general (section 1). In section 2 the network effects for trains and how they can be measured by scheduled waiting time is described. When the trains are affected by network effects the passengers are also affected. Therefore, sections 3 and 4 describe the network effects for passengers and how they can be measured using passenger delay models. Before the concluding remarks in section 6, section 5 discusses how the operation can be improved by examining network effects in the planning process. © 2012 WIT Press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers in Railways XIII : Computer System Design and Operation in the Railway and Other Transit Systems
EditorsC.A. Brabbia, N. Tomii, J.M. Mera, B. Ning, P. Tzieropoulos
Place of PublicationAshurst
PublisherWIT Press
Publication date2012
ISBN (print)978-1-84564-616-5
ISBN (electronic)978-1-84564-617-2
StatePublished - 2012
Event13th International Conference on Design and Operation in Railway Enginering - New Forest, United Kingdom


Conference13th International Conference on Design and Operation in Railway Enginering
LocationWessex Institute of Technology
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNew Forest
SeriesW I T Transactions on the Built Environment
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI


  • Network effect, Train delay, Passenger delay, Scheduled waiting time
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