Maximising Efficiency & Minimising Resource


Your Challenge

Do you ever find yourself struggling to plan sufficiently far ahead with the confidence that you have produced a valid plan that considers not only trips, but the equipment and staff needed to operate the timetable?
We sometimes hear Heads of Planning voice concerns that they have constraints on the ability to calendar their long-term plans, and forecast resource needs and associated costs. In our experience this usually occurs due to a lack of transparency when working with multiple planning windows and an inability to validate equipment and crewing diagrams against these windows relying instead on inefficient manual processes and procedures: the result is that the Head of Operations is unable to focus on the kind of strategic planning that would really deliver efficiency to their organisation and quality of service to their passengers.


The Solution

One of the major causes of this situation is actually disparate technology (or for some processes, absence of technology at all). Utilising multiple technology solutions for different elements of planning creates needless data entry workload (and introduces risk of data entry), and denies planners the kind of instant visibility of data required to identify issues and understand how to improve.
Consolidating your technology into a single, fully integrated solution offers the ability to manage timetables, resources (vehicles and crew) and optimisation via one application utilising a shared database. In this way you can be completely sure that any changes are available instantly, with validations in place to ensure a change in one area (say, rolling stock) is flagged and resolved wherever else it impacts (for example, on crew allocations).
Signature Rail solutions enable you to:
  • Create efficient plans that maximise capacity and effectively meet customer expectations
  • Minimise resource requirements to deliver against franchise requirements
  • Understand the true cost of running your service
  • Utilise automation wherever possible
  • Respond quickly – and with all necessary information – to changing demands
  • Improve day-to-day efficiency


Signature Rail Technology

Signature Rail’s suite of integrated rail solutions help Heads of Planning to create robust, strategic plans that deliver maximum efficiency with minimal resource:
1) Timetable Planner
2) Resource Planner
3) Optimisation


Disruptions, Deviations and Dealing with Crises

We all understand that plans rarely reflect on-the-day reality. So when something goes awry, do you have the information you need to make an immediate analysis of the cause, and determining the best course of action with regards to crew and rolling stock? And once you have made a decision, are your team as effective as they could be in enacting it?

Technology Integration and Customer-Focused IT Partnership

As the individual responsible for your organisation’s technology provision, your concerns relate to both day-to-day uptime and performance, but also development of present and future technologies in-line with your strategic objectives.


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