SAVE THE DATE – 5th Edition of the International Seminar on Railway Safety and Security

The 5th International Seminar on Railway Safety and Security jointly organised between ONCF and UIC will take place from 10 – 12 April 2013 in Tangier, following on from similar seminars held in Marrakech in March 2009 and in Ifrane in April 2011.

Focusing on the concept that managing safety and security is vital to maximising the advantages of rail transport, the seminar will serve as an opportunity to review the status of research in the fields of railway safety and security, to develop issues related to the management of these two themes and to integrate aspects of civil defence and collisions. Running alongside the seminar will be a technology exhibition featuring suppliers working in these areas.

The seminar will conclude with a technical visit to the site of the future Moroccan Tangier-Casablanca high speed rail line currently under construction, and which is due to open at the end of 2015.

For further information please contact:
M’hamed Azelmad, ONCF:, Ignacio Barron de Angoiti, UIC: and Jacques Colliard, UIC:

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Arriva launches second phase of largest Swedish regional transport contract

On 7 January DB Arriva rolled out further rail and road transport services in the Greater Stockholm area. This marks the start of the second phase of the largest multimodal transport contract in the history of Sweden. Over the next 12 years, DB Arriva will carry approximately 94 million passengers per annum in this region.

In the north of the Swedish capital, DB Arriva now also operates roughly 100 vehicles in the “Roslagsbanan” light rail system as well as 229 local buses.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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UIC Director General participates in a series of meetings in Washington DC

Participation in the Mineta Transport Institute Board of Trustees

On 12 January Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, as a new Board Member, had the pleasure to participate in the Board of Trustees of the Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies. The Institute, established by the Congress and funded by it through the United States Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, the California Legislature through the Department of Transportation and by private grants and donations, receives oversight from an internationally respected Board of Trustees whose members represent all major surface transportation modes. The Board provides policy direction, assists with needs assessment, and connects the Institute and its programs with the international transportation community. MTI’s transportation policy work is centred on three primary responsibilities: Research, Education and Information and Technology Transfer.

During this meeting, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux had the opportunity to introduce UIC’s activities and in particular to see whether there was any possible complementarity with some of Mineta Transport Institute’s own activities in the fields of development, research and training, and also any possible synergy with security projects studied by UIC at world level.

Invitation as honoured guest to the Council of University Transportation Centers’ Meeting and Banquet

During his Washington trip, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was also invited as honoured guest to the Council of University Transportation Centers’ (CUTC) annual meeting, to which CUTC members’ students-of-the-year are invited, as well as those who have won awards for their research papers.

During this annual event and banquet, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux had the opportunity to exchange with Mortimer Downey, former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Michael Melaniphy, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, Rod Diridon, Executive Director of Mineta Transportation Institute as well as with Flora M. Castillo, 2012-2013 Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Stephanie Pinson, President of Gilbert Tweed Associates and Vice-Chair of the Mineta Transportation Institute Board of Trustees.

The Mineta Transport Institute works to provide policy-oriented research for all levels of government and the private sector to foster the development of optimum surface transportation systems, with research areas including transportation security, planning and policy development, interrelationships among transportation or land use.

Presentation of the high speed rail worldwide overview in the context of annual TRB Conference

A day-long workshop on the future of high-speed and intercity passenger rail at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting was held on Sunday 13 January, with a keynote delivered by U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, followed by six panel sessions featuring the world’s top experts. The program covered the current status of high-speed and intercity rail nationally and internationally, the variety of possible public and private funding sources, design and operational integration, a discussion of the benefits and the status of international programs given by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, who underlined that the new development in terms of high speed projects focuses more on the complementarity of high speed interfacing with other modes of transportation rather than isolated projects per se. In this respect the various experiences of France, Spain, Brazil, and the studies in Canada show all these new approaches in terms of sustainable development and connectivity within a transportation scheme of passenger logistics.

Other speakers and moderators included Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Hedlund, former Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mort Downey, TRB Intercity Passenger Rail Committee Chair David Simpson, APTA CEO Michael Melaniphy, MTI Executive Director Rod Diridon, Sr, California High-Speed Rail Authority Board Chair Dan Richard and its CEO Jeff Morales, Capitol Corridor JPA Managing Director David Kutrosky, Midwest HSR Association Chair Rick Harnish and Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation Paula Hammond.

This Washington trip also gave Jean-Pierre Loubinoux the opportunity to meet Michael Melaniphy, CEO of APTA and J. Szabo, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

They explored several possibilities to jointly organise some events in 2013, such as

  • the idea for APTA to be a relay in the context of the preparation of the UIC Awards 2013
  • the possibility to organise several workshops in the Midwest and in California
  • the possibility to work together in the security field in the framework of the Mineta Transport Institute
  • the possibility to actively participate in the Transport Seminar organised every two years at worldwide level by the World Bank

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Spain: high speed line opens between Barcelona and Figueres

Spain’s Development Minister Ana Pastor was joined on 8 January by the Prince Felipe of Asturias, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and President of the Catalonia Regional Government Artur Mas to officially open the high speed line between Barcelona Sants and Figueres Vilafant.

Nine high speed services will operate daily in each direction on the new line, eight of which continue to and from Madrid. The promotional train fare between Barcelona and Figueres is available at € 20.20 (€16.15 for each return journey).

The European Commission representation office in Barcelona has released a communiqué in which it states that the high speed line has been implemented thanks to “firm support” from EU cohesion funds.

The cost of the Madrid-Barcelona-French border line (804 km, that is 673 from Madrid to Barcelona and 131 from Barcelona to Figueres) has amounted to 12.5 billion euros, 3.5 billion of which has been provided by EU cohesion funds.

On 9 January, the day that the Spanish high speed trains entered revenue service between Barcelona and Figueres, a total of 2,400 passengers were reported to have taken the rail services that followed the inaugural AVE high speed train.

Please click on this Photo Gallery to access the official pictures of the launch:

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Thierry Bera succeeds Marie-Eve Lim as UIC Finance Director

Following the departure in late 2012 of Marie-Eve Lim, Director of Finance and Controlling, Mr Thierry Bera has been appointed the new UIC Finance Director.

Mr Thierry Bera, 50, a graduate of the ESG Management School (Ecole Supérieure de Gestion), has held various positions of responsibility, specifically as Project Lead (Organisation) at JP Morgan from May 1989 to January 1991, and as Financial Manager at Mercedes-Benz Finance from 1994 to 2000. Having joined SNCF in January 2000, he was notably Head of the Cash-flow and Payment Systems Department within the Financial Operations Branch from May 2004 to November 2009, before becoming Deputy Director of the Department for Information Systems, Strategy and Finance in November 2009.

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Mélanie Gonzalez appointed Deputy Director for HR and Social Relations, Emmanuelle Nedjar Coordinator for Legal Affairs at UIC HQ

Following the retirement of Jean-Pierre Lehman, Director for Human Resources and Social Relations as well as for Legal Affairs at UIC Headquarters at the end of 2012, Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux has decided to split these two fields of responsibility and to appoint respectively:

- Mrs Mélanie Gonzalez, Lawyer, who joined the UIC HR Department in December 2008, as new Deputy Director in charge of Human Resources and (Social) Labour Relations at UIC Headquarters. Mélanie Gonzalez will join the UIC Board of Directors (Codir) and contribute to further improvement and consolidation of UIC management through increased professionalism and effectiveness at work,

- Mrs Emmanuelle Nedjar, Lawyer, as Senior Advisor for Legal Affairs. She joined the UIC Legal Department in 2003. She will be in charge of all issues relating to Business Law (contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding signed between UIC and a large number of institutions and partners etc.) and International Rail Transport Law. She will work in close cooperation with international organisations and will be supported by the UIC Legal Group chaired by Mrs Marie-Ghislaine Hénuset, Chief Legal Advisor at Belgian Railways SNCB.

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News from UIC members

Russian Railways Logistics Starts Transportation of Synthez-Kauchuk Products to India, Indonesia and South-East Asia

Russian Railways Logistics has started transporting finished goods produced by JSC Synthez-Kauchuk for export. The first 30 containers with the company cargo were shipped at the end of De-cember 2012 to India, Indonesia and South-East Asia. The Russian Railways Logistics branch in St. Petersburg provided the service including sending trucks to the plant, transportation of the cargo to the logistics terminal in St. Petersburg, Russia, cargo containerisation at the terminal, delivery of loaded containers to the port, port forwarding and sea freight. Starting from January 2013 the cur-rent scheme involving trucks will be supplemented by the option of having empty containers avail-able at the plant and returning the loaded containers by rail to the port.

JSC Synthez-Kauchuk is one of the largest Russian producers of propylene, cis-isoprene, epichlorohydrin and other types of synthetic rubber. In 2009 the company became the second com-pany in Russia to start commercial production of new environmentally-friendly styrene butadiene rubber. Currently the company exports its products to countries like Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Finland, Poland, Hungary, China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea.

About Russian Railways Logistics

JSC Russian Railways Logistics was founded in 2010 for the purpose of logistics business devel-opment within “Russian Railways” Holding. In cooperation with Russian Railways Holding sub-sidiaries and leading global transportation companies RZD Logistics offers high-quality delivery solutions for its customers all over the world.
In 2011 RZD Logistics organised more than 1.5 m tonnes of cargo delivery. The company’s net profit amounted to RUB97.2 m in 2011.
Russian Railways Logistics offers rail, road and sea-freight, storage and terminal handling, customs and insurance services and supply chain management.
For further information please visit

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SIAFInternational 2013: Interactive Sessions on International Railway Business

Register now!

Railway companies are developing at a very fast rate and the environment in which they operate today has become increasingly complex and competitive.

This development, imposed by new market regulations and strongly supported by national and international authorities, calls for specific adaptation on the part of railway companies.
Railway companies need competent, internationally-minded young managers who have a sharp awareness of the new context of the railway transport sector and its environment, extending beyond their areas of expertise, and who are able to identify the stakeholders involved.

Attending SIAFInternational is an opportunity to obtain a comprehensive overview of strategic issues for railways, develop intercultural skills, learn good practice in the field of international cooperation through the team project learning experience, and forge a strong international network.
Both the important benchmarking opportunity within the railway industry that the programme offers and the active networking that fosters a truly global learning experience give us confidence in the value that this programme can bring to your organisation.

For further information about the programme and online registration, please consult the link:

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit-Expertise Development:

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China: the world’s longest high speed line starts through operation

The Beijing-Zhengzhou section of the Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Railway (HSR hereafter) started operation on 26 December 2012. The section connects with the Zhengzhou-Wuhan and Wuhan-Guangzhou sections which are in service already, thus making the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR the longest operational HSR in the world.

The Beijing-Guangzhou HSR is one of the “four north-south corridors and four west-east corridors” specified in the Medium and Long-term Railway Network Plan. It starts from Beijing and extends southward to Guangzhou via Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Changsha, with a total length of 2,298km, a design speed of 350km/h and an operational speed of 300km/h in the initial stage. The Beijing-Zhengzhou section is an important part of the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR, with an operational length of 693 km and passing through 14 stations including Beijing West, Zhuozhou East, Gaobeidian East, Baoding East, Dingzhou East, Zhengding Airport, Shijiazhuang, Gaoyi West, Xingtai East, Handan East, Anyang East, Hebi East, Xinxiang East and Zhengzhou East.

Following the opening, the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR now connects with existing HSRs in Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Guangzhou, i.e. Beijing-Tainjin Intercity HSR, Beijing-Qinhuangdao PDL, Qinhuangdao-Shenyang PDL, Harbin-Dalian HSR, Shijiazhuang-Taiuyan HSR, Zhengzhou-Xi’an HSR, Wuhan-Hefei-Nanjing HSR, Nanjing-Shanghai-Hangzhou HSR, Wuhan-Yichang HSR, Guangzhou-Shenzhen HSR, Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity HSR, Ningbo-Wenzhou-Fuzhou-Xiamen HSR. It can be said that the through operation of Beijing-Guangzhou HSR is a reflection of China’s high speed railway network beginning to take shape.

Based on regular travel patterns, three different operation schedules for the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR have been developed, namely daily, weekend and peak season, to meet the travelling needs at different times. The daily schedule covers Monday to Thursday while the weekend schedule covers Friday to Saturday. The peak season schedule includes the Spring Festival period, summer holidays, golden holiday weeks and other three-day holidays.

155 pairs of trains operating on Beijing-Guangzhou High Speed Line

155 pairs of EMUs operate on the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR, including 97 pairs dedicated to this line and 58 pairs operating on this line as well as other lines. Meanwhile, the railway authorities have accordingly adjusted the train operation schedules of the Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan HSR and Zhengzhou-Xi’an HSR, where EMUs running between Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan will increase from 11 to 18 pairs and those between Zhengzhou and Xi’an will increase from 18 to 28 pairs.

Following the opening of the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR, the railway authorities have arranged the transport capacity of the high speed line and the existing Beijing-Guangzhou railway line. 183 pairs of trains remain in operation on the existing line to offer more options for passengers. It is estimated preliminarily that 20 million tonnes of freight transport capacity will be increased between Fengtai West and Wuhan North each year.

The opening of the Beijing-Zhengzhou section and the through operation of the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR represent China’s significant progress in high speed railway construction. The railway plays an important role in reducing time-space distance among cities along the line, facilitating passenger travel, easing tension of transport capacity on the Beijing-Guangzhou railway line – in particular the pressure during the Spring Festival – strengthening exchanges between people, material resources and information between the East and the West, and promoting balanced social and economic development along the line. It will provide stronger support to transport capacity to build a better-off society in every way.

(Source: Ministry of Railways, China)

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UIC and its Combined Transport Group present “2012 Report on Combined Transport in Europe”

The “2012 Report on Combined Transport in Europe” is the fourth in this series. Previous editions published in 2006, 2008 and 2010 concerned the years 2005, 2007 and 2009 respectively.
The 2012 Report was researched and prepared on behalf of the International Union of Railways (UIC) by KombiConsult and provides a snapshot of the combined transport industry in 2011.

This periodic publication stems directly from the UIC DIOMIS ( project (Developing Infrastructure use and Operating Models for Intermodal Shift), which analysed the prospects, constraints and development conditions of Combined Transport in Europe by 2015-2020.

The final report of DIOMIS, called “Agenda 2015 for Combined Transport in Europe” (see, proposed a toolbox of measures and best practices in the different fields of Combined Transport, with a view to cope operationally with a strong growth of CT in anticipation of expected infrastructure capacity constraints.

It was decided, in the aftermath of the interest raised by the findings and prospects of DIOMIS and the success of the first situation report, published in 2006, to deliver an update report every two years.

With this series of Reports, the UIC wants to:

  • deliver evidence of the importance of the intermodal industry in Europe to stakeholders
  • provide market data for the intermodal industry
  • establish a time series on the evolution of the intermodal industry
  • put intermodal / combined transport at the heart of the discussion on modal shift
  • underline the importance of close cooperation between stakeholders of the combined transport chain
  • encourage modal shift towards rail and show the pertinence of the various combined transport techniques in achieving this.

The present report is based on extensive surveys of intermodal service providers (Railway Undertakings, Combined Transport Operators,…).

As in previous editions, the Report focuses on:

  • domestic and international intermodal transport data for 30 European countries
  • growth forecasts for domestic and international combined transport
  • market structures
  • business models
  • market shares per traffic segment
  • combined transport’s contribution to the overall economy.

In addition, the 2012 version of the Report features:

  • an Origin-Destination matrix for the main routes served in accompanied and unaccompanied transport
  • traffic data for the main European ports
  • an analysis of the carbon footprint of the industry
  • an analysis of the most striking developments in the combined transport industry for the period under review.

Unaccompanied Combined Transport volumes exceed pre-crisis levels

In the year 2011, the stakeholders of European unaccompanied Combined Transport achieved a new all-time high in terms of volumes transported. Altogether they carried a total of 18,116,920 TEU on domestic and international CT services. This is an increase of 16.3% compared to the year 2009 when volumes dropped to 15,575,150 TEU. It shows that CT in Europe has not only recovered from the decline of demand, impacted by the global economic and financial crisis, but even exceeded the previous record, achieved in 2007.

Domestic CT accounted for 10,928,140 TEU in 2011 corresponding to a market share of 60.4% of the total CT volume. Maritime transport continues to clearly dominate domestic CT accounting for 64.6% of this sector, leaving 35.4% for continental services.
The ratio between these two market segments is almost reversed in international CT: Continental shipments have a share of 65.1%, the maritime CT 34.9%.

CT service providers in Europe shipped 9,575,760 TEU in maritime CT in the reporting period. This market segment continues to keep its leading position with a share of 53.9% but lost three percentage-points compared to 2009. This also reflects the less than average growth rate of this sector.
In contrast to that, continental CT services soared and reached a growth rate of 27.1% between 2009 and 2011.

The 2012 survey on European CT has identified the following six companies supplying accompanied CT services in Europe in 2011: Adria Kombi, Alpe Adria, Hungarokombi, Ökombi, RAlpin, VIIA Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine.

The six providers of accompanied CT services conveyed 433,550 road vehicles in the year 2011 or, after conversion, volumes equivalent to 1,010,180 TEU.
Compared to the 2009 volume of 1,021,930 TEU this means a minor decrease of 1.1%.
Whilst the total of international accompanied CT services performed extremely well and raised the number of trucks carried by about 13%, the domestic market segment lost 20% compared to 2009. As a result, its share of the total accompanied CT volume dropped from 42.6% (2009) to 34.4% (2011).

Overall Combined Transport witnesses 15% volume growth compared to 2009

In 2011, total combined transport volumes tipped the 19 million TEU mark, thus setting a new record figure and demonstrating a 15% growth compared to the previous period reviewed (2009) and 29% growth compared to 2005.

UIC Combined Transport Group opens up to stakeholders

The results presented herewith are a clear indication of how buoyant the combined transport industry is.
The steady growth demonstrated year after year shows how important it is for the combined transport stakeholders to have adequate conditions to ensure modal shift towards rail is further realised.
This is further illustrated by the concrete implementation of EU Regulation 913/2010 on rail freight corridors, a debate in which the interests of the combined transport industry need to be voiced.

In order to support this, the UIC Combined Transport Group chaired by Eric Lambert, CFL MM, feels it important for the key stakeholders to join forces and therefore invites terminal operators, logistics platforms and combined transport operators to join its working structures under the UIC roof.

Note: The “2012 Report on Combined Transport in Europe” is available at:

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Senior Freight Advisor:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-21 September 2017 UIC PoSE Meeting Rome
  • 19 September 2017 EMCA Paris
  • 19-20 September 2017 UIC Legal Group meeting Rome - Italy
  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 203
  • 21-22 September 2017 Capacity4Rail final conference Madrid
  • 26 September 2017 Workshop on electronic rule books UIC HQ PARIS
  • 27-30 September 2017 UIMC scientific congress & General Assembly York - UK
  • 28 September 2017 First SAFER-LC Workshop on rail and road users requirements regarding safety of Level crossing Paris, UIC HQ
  • 28 September 2017 CDF Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee UIC Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Fourm Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Paris
  • 4-7 October 2017 UIC Asset Management Global Conference Paris UIC
  • 4 October 2017 APRA Web Conference Paris UIC HQ
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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