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Cost optimising railway allocation in the Netherlands

Oude Veldhuis, S.B. (2021) Cost optimising railway allocation in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The Nederlandse Spoorwegen exploits a lot of railway and transports more than a million passengers every day. It has a very high customer satisfaction rate that is possibly due to the low amount of transfers needed on average because of the long lines throughout the Netherlands. This is however not the least expensive way to allocate trains. In this article, a mathematical program is implemented to minimise the operational costs by deciding on the lines to use, with which frequency and with which amount of cars. First, a general model is constructed by making use of an example system. This model is then made into a linear model and subsequently expanded to decide the allocation for a part of the south-east of the Netherlands. For this part of the Netherlands, the model shows a large reduction of the costs and amount of empty seats in trains. It thus seems worthwhile for the NS to look into cost optimising their railway allocation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:31 mathematics
Programme:Applied Mathematics BSc (56965)
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