Journal of the Operational Research Society

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 384–391 | Cite as

Train Plan Model for British Rail Freight Services Through the Channel Tunnel

  • Zhuo Fu
  • Mike Wright
Case-Oriented Paper


British Rail will operate direct high-speed freight train services between Britain and the Continent when the Channel Tunnel opens in 1994. The production of a train plan for these services can be formulated as a multi-objective combinatorial optimization problem. This paper describes the problem and gives details of the heuristic algorithm used for its solution.


railways freight train planning heuristics combinatorial optimization Channel Tunnel 


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Copyright information

© Operational Research Society 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhuo Fu
    • 1
  • Mike Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of TransportChangsha Railway UniversityPeople's Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Management ScienceLancaster UniversityUK

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