IVU says the platform will be based on the IVU.rail system, which is already used by numerous railway operators worldwide. IVU says one major advantage of the new system, which will replace a host of IT applications currently in use, is that the impacts of unexpected disruptions to operations can be identified and rectified more quickly.

“The new platform marks a big step forwards for us in terms of standardisation and digitalisation of processes,” says Dr Philipp Nagel, head of production at DB Long Distance. “This allows us to speed up and improve our decision-making. Our customers rightly expect stable rail services, and we are laying the foundation for this with this platform.”

The first parts of the new platform will be tested from the end of 2019, while journeys planned with the new production platform will then start when the timetable changes in December 2020.