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CBPT study update: Timetable coordination to enhance demand for CBPT

We recently discussed the frequency of unilateral management and service delivery of CBPT. Service delivery requires many operational arrangements, among them are the frequency of the service and its coordination with domestic public transport timetables on either side of the border. Case studies illustrate different degrees of coordination with other services of the same mode and across transport modes, and show how coordination can increase accessibility of CBPT services and thus increase demand, while lack of such coordination undermines the objectives and usefulness of a CBPT:

  • The rail service timetable between Oradea (Romania) and Debrecen (Hungary) is not adequate to address and stimulate demand for the service in the border area. Instead, it targets passengers travelling from Budapest towards different cities in Romania.
  • The hourly bus service 350 between Aachen (German) and Maastricht (Netherlands) recognises German tickets and adapted the timetable to connect to train services in Aachen. This is suitable to serve students and cross-border commuters.
  • The railway link between Maribor (Slovenia) and Bleiburg (Austria) is insufficiently coordinated with other trains at the Bleiburg train station, which hampers the use of the service for the cross-border segment. With too long waiting times for connecting services in Bleiburg most cross-border travellers use cars rather than the train.
  • The shared travel centre in Haparanda-Tornio on the Swedish-Finnish border allows for the coordination of timetables of the cross-border ring lines with the local city line and regional buses. Embedding the cross-border bus service in the wider public transport system has helped to smooth changes between local and regional buses on both sides of the border.
  • The ferry service between Puttgarden (Germany) and Rødbyhavn (Denmark) is well established and popular. To achieve this, extensive expansion of hinterland connections took place which included a coordination of domestic infrastructure planning with an intermodal perspective. This in turn was a catalyst for tourism development in the region creating new income possibilities for residents.

The study has developed a toolbox, including illustrations on approaches related to timetable coordination. This shows that one-sided integration can be an important step forward that can initiate further integration steps in the long-run.

Four tools of the toolbox are displayed that are linked to timetable coordination. These are two planning tools, one tool on the knowledge base and a tool on the stimulation of demand.