Accredited/Recognised by: The Chartered Institution of Railway Operators


Operational Planning Masterclass is not eligible for Apprentice levy funding.

Who is it for:

This course is ideal for those who are reasonably new to the subject, as well as those who wish to further their career development and expertise in this field by setting their knowledge in a wider context.

Requirements for Study:

No specific requirements.

How does it work?

This course is currently delivered bi-annually and is run over a full weekend, commencing on a Friday evening and finishing late Sunday afternoon. (Weekends have been chosen to ensure availability of expert tutors and for ease of releasing staff).

For more information or to register your interest, please email

Course contents include:

Introducing the specific tasks of operational planning, this course illustrates how the timetable is fundamental to a railway business, generating revenue and influencing costs. The programme will cover the following principles of Operational Planning in the business context:

  • The railway as a system, and the consequent need for planning
  • How the timetable underpins the business – generating revenue, minimising costs
  • Tools and techniques for compiling and implementing the operational plan
  • The processes that take the timetable from specification to successful implementation
  • Capacity – what is it, where it comes from and where it goes
  • The Operator’s role in business case development and project appraisal

Full details can be found in our 2023 CIRO Course Brochure: