Course Syllabus for

Railway Capacity and Punctuality for PhD Students
Järnvägskapacitet och punktlighet för doktorander

VTV030F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2023
Decided by: Gudbjörg Erlingsdóttir
Date of establishment: 2023-09-21

General Information

Division: Traffic and Roads
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Students go from the basics of railway transportation (such as running time calculation, graphical timetables, delays and punctuality), through more advanced concepts (such as capacity allocation and utilisation, timetable quality and robustness, etc.), up to the research frontier. The overall aim is to prepare students to write academic papers in the railway transportation domain.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Capacity and timetable planning, including: • Run, dwell, headway, and buffer times. • Stopping patterns, meetings, passes and associations between trains. • Cyclical and noncyclical timetables, homogenous and heterogenous operations, maintenance works. • The capacity allocation process, prioritisation criteria. • Timetable quality, robustness, and how to achieve them. Analysis of delays and punctuality, including: • Arrival, departure, dwell, and run time delays. • The distribution of delays in size, space, and time. • Valuation of delay time, quality/delay fees, and recourse. • Punctuality, regularity, and influencing factors. • Measurement and evaluation systems, quality assessment and improvement.

Course Literature

A course document further specifies which pages and chapters to read, as well as containing links and DOI:s to papers.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises, project, self-study literature review

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: MSc or comparable in relevant subject
Selection criteria: To be prioritised for admission to the course, applicants have to be part of a doctoral programme. PhD students from LTH will be prioritised.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Carl-William Palmqvist <>

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