Among the suggestions encouraged are improvements that will increase capacity on a section of line, reduce journey times between two stations or enable the introduction of 740m-long freight trains on a route.

DB Network says it will examine the ideas to establish their feasibility, and whether they fit in with existing projects or need to be new schemes. Users will then be able check the status of their proposal at any time via the portal.

DB says more than 1200 traffic requirements from train operators, local public transport authorities and association resulting from customer discussions, e-mails or Excel lists have already been uploaded into iTrace.

Access to the iTrace customer front end will be integrated into the existing NeCo platform and will be available from August 1 at