HaCon says TPS will enable Colas to respond to customer demands and plan its train services using up-to-date infrastructure and timetable data from NR, allowing the operator to automate access requests with NR, and model, create and adapt schedules across Britain's 32,000km network.

TPS Operator is designed for operators which cooperate with major infrastructure managers and respects common standards to create timetables.

"Colas' railfreight business has grown significantly over the past few years and we require a state-of-the-art planning solution to support this growth and meet our customers' supply chain needs," says Mr Simon Ball, freight director at Colas Rail.