Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 65, Issue 8, pp 1143–1154

On the generalized directed rural postman problem

General Paper

DOI: 10.1057/jors.2013.60

Cite this article as:
Drexl, M. J Oper Res Soc (2014) 65: 1143. doi:10.1057/jors.2013.60


The generalized directed rural postman problem (GDRPP) is a generic type of arc routing problem. In the present paper, it is described how many types of practically relevant single-vehicle routing problems can be modelled as GDRPPs. This demonstrates the versatility of the GDRPP and its importance as a unified model for postman problems. In addition, an exact and a heuristic solution method are presented. Computational experiments using two large sets of benchmark instances are performed. The results show high solution quality and thus demonstrate the practical usefulness of the approach.


arc routing rural postman problems graph transformations branch-and-cut heuristics 

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© Operational Research Society Ltd. 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Johannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services SCSNurembergGermany

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