Railway Capacity Enhancement with Modern Signalling Systems – A Literature Review

  • Matea Mikulčić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5181-1490
  • Tomislav Josip Mlinarić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia
Keywords: signalling systems, railway capacity, capacity determination methodologies, capacity enhancement


In times of ever stronger awareness of environmental protection and potentiation of a beneficial modal split, the railway sector with efficient asset utilization and proper investment planning has the highest chance of meeting customer expectations and attracting new users more effectively. Continuous increase in railway demand leads to an increase in the utilization of railway infrastructure, and the inevitable lack of capacity, a burning problem that many national railways are continually facing. To address it more effectively, this paper reviews available methodologies for railway capacity determination and techniques for its enhancement in the recent scientific literature. Particular focus is given to the possibility of increasing railway capacity through signalling systems and installing the European Train Control System (ETCS). The most important relationships with segments of existing research have been identified, and in line with this, the directions for a potential continuation of research are suggested.


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Mikulčić M, Mlinarić TJ. Railway Capacity Enhancement with Modern Signalling Systems – A Literature Review. Promet [Internet]. 2021Feb.5 [cited 2023Sep.30];33(1):141-52. Available from: https://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/3664