13th UIC Sustainability Conference held from 12 – 14 October 2016 in Vienna

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by UIC and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) with the title “Railways: efficient power towards Sustainability” was successfully held in Vienna at the Hofburg International Congress from 12 to14 October 2016.
This conference follows a successful edition held in October 2012 in Venice.

The Conference featured speakers from leading international organisations and European institutions, such as United Nations’ UNFCCC and UNECE, International Energy Agency IEA, European Commission, European Investment Bank EIB, the Austrian Energy Agency and representatives from the rail sector including Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President of VIA Rail Canada, Chairman of UIC North American Region, Mr Michael Stahlhut, the CEO of SBB Cargo, Switzerland, etc.

330 delegates from 25 countries attended and participated in the debate focused on a sustainable future for the railway sector. The conference aimed to examine the key issues of how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage, attract investment whilst reducing costs and risks.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, opened the conference giving a message from Mr Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations: “I am pleased to convey my greetings to all those gathered for the 13th Railway Sustainability Conference.
Sustainable transport is an important part of our common efforts to tackle climate change and build a cleaner, greener world.”

“…. The transport sector can play a vital role in achieving the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. I count on the commitment of the global railway community to make transport more sustainable – and your gathering is especially timely coming within weeks of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

He also delivered a message on behalf of Mr Oleg Belozerov, UIC Chairman & Russian Railways RZD President, addressing the participants:
“Sustainability is among the priorities of UIC. Its members consistently put measures in place that are aimed at improving the mobility of the population and the experience that passengers have with railway services.”

The UIC Environment, Energy and Sustainability Platform (…) set priorities for UIC activities aimed at environmental protection and sharing of best practices.”

Mr Johann Pluy, Division Manager of “Railway Systems”, ÖBB Infra, declared that climate change is a reality. Natural disasters influence the reliability of railways and are costly. As Austria is an industrial country, powerful freight corridors are important. There are opportunities to improve the efficiency of the rail sector.

ÖBB is investing a significant amount in advertising to inform customers about sustainability. The company supports the climate strategy of the government and encourages innovative solutions.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlighted that: “Sustainability is embedded in the core functions of UIC. Our mission statement is to develop rail transport to meet the needs of sustainable mobility.”

Rail is the backbone of sustainable transport, which in turn is an enabler of sustainable development. Our contribution to society has impacts that reach far beyond the transport of people and goods…”

“…We have now published our first report on progress against these targets, ready for the United Nations Climate Change conference COP 22 to be held in Marrakesh next month. These data and analysis have been collected, analyzed and published in partnership with the International Energy Agency.”

Mr Rajesh Sethi, Manager Sustainable Development and Mechanisms Programme, UNFCCC, gave a quote from the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Mrs Patricia Espinosa:

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna provides a forum for the rail sector to identify the key actions that railways can take to deliver action that increases global ambition to meet the climate change challenge.“

To go more in depth, this event covered three main sessions: The Global 2030 Agenda & COP21 Paris Agreement, Rail and Sustainable development in Europe, and Railway delivering sustainable developments goals.

  • The first session introduced the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the COP21 Paris Agreement, considering both the global and national perspectives before focusing on the role that rail transport can play. It also presented key messages for COP22.
  • The 2nd session organised by CER, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, focused on the key issues at European level for achieving low-emission mobility. Decarbonising the transport sector thus remains both a challenge and an opportunity for European policymakers, and low-carbon transport modes such as rail can play a big role in effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The 3rd session considered the strategic issues concerning the contribution of railway companies to key Sustainable Development Goals and how this can secure a competitive advantage. It examined innovative business models, technology and finance and technology transfer, amongst other issues.

UIC Sustainability champion

During the event, the UIC Sustainability champion selected nine short presentations by UIC members and showing the sustainability initiatives of their companies.

Three awards were given to:

  • Mr Ueli Kramer, Project Leader Energy Management at Swiss Federal Railways SBB, received the 1st award thanks to his project on “sleep well, my train”.
  • Mrs Milena Oschmann, Expert Environmental Affairs, DB, received the 2nd award with the DB project on the application developed on ‘DB Train Simulator’, which shows how train drivers are climate friendly.
  • Mr Sanjay Kumar, DFCCIL, Ministry of Railway, Government of India, received the 3rd award, with the project “Saksham”, marching ahead on the sustainability path.

During the second day, a series of 14 technical workshops looked in detail at key issues for railway sustainability.

Parallel Workshops

Some parallel workshops were held discussed on:

  • The Carbon footprint in railways where solutions are on the table today to save carbon and save money simultaneously when building new rail infrastructure.
  • The Sustainable procurement: where the use of lifecycle perspectives and in particular life cycle costing in procurement decisions can have a significant impact on sustainability outcomes and should be encouraged. The UNEP-led 10YFP SPP programme (Sustainable Public Procurement Programme from the United Nations Environment Programme) aims at accelerating the shift to sustainable procurement through the establishment of a global collaborative platform. The strengthening of sector based initiatives such as Railsponsible should be encouraged. The legal framework that controls public procurement makes it complicated for public entities to make use of common rating standards of suppliers.
  • Noise & the common assessment method: We have a common noise prediction method, but an un-common process to deal with the data produced.
  • Rail roughness is a dominant parameter for rolling noise. But this parameter is dynamic. It may change by about 1 dB per month. How that should be taken into account in a noise map that is produced once every five years.
  • For implementation of the common noise assessment method, a lot of work still has to be done. A better link with the Inspire Directive shall be sought.
  • Digital communication and energy efficiency: which requires standardisation / harmonisation for cross border operation. It also deals with ’Increased data transfer and cyber security risks’.
  • Sustainability reporting: UIC sits in a ’perfect storm’ for green investing: decarbonising mobility, steady cash flow, long term track record and negative interest rates.
    Reporting with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and the UIC Guidelines is critical to establish credibility to substantiate the degree of decarbonisation and provide further confidence in purposeful management.
    Environment and social profit loss accounting presents a new and exciting possibility for the UIC Guidelines.

Other workshops addressed climate change adaptation, sustainable tourism, energy efficiency projects, recyclability of rolling stock, emissions and air quality, door-to-door solutions, environmental management for maintenance, sustainable and smart stations and biodiversity.

Mr Willy Bontinck, Environmental and Energy Management SNCB and Chair of UIC Environment Energy and Sustainability Platform (EES) and Mr Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit, concluded this two-day conference. They were satisfied by the evolution of the conference and the growing success, with ten times more participants than 20 years ago when the conference began for the first time. Mr Bontinck saw the changes and a shift for pure environment and sustainable issues and also a shift to railway business management.

With these 100 speakers, the purpose was to exchange information because “we are a part of one railway world” he said.

They thanked the sponsors, the ÖBB team and all the speakers for their involvement.

The third day was dedicated to a technical visit which took place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna.

For further information please contact:

Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable development Unit:

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development:

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Switzerland/France: Completion of new underground rail link connecting Switzerland and France

A new underground rail link connecting Switzerland and France was completed on 23 September 2016. The Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse (CEVA) rail cross-border project teams of France and Switzerland met at Foron, between Geneva and Annemasse. Although at ground level the border is marked by the River Foron, a wall used to separate the two countries underground. This barrier was knocked down by the French and Swiss contracting authorities.

The cross-border railway network is starting to take shape

This event is not purely symbolic: it represents a real milestone by giving the CEVA project a bi-national dimension. The meeting of the two sides is the result of the work coordinated between the French and Swiss project teams. This event provides a glimpse of the possible cross-border connections that will be offered to travellers when the Léman Express service is launched in December 2019.
The project is estimated to cost 1.5 billion Swiss francs. The Swiss Federal Government is providing approximately 56% of the funds necessary for the execution of the CEVA project, with the balance of 44% provided by the Canton of Geneva.

Visual identity of the Leman Express

The visual identity and livery of the 40 Leman Express trainsets were also presented on this occasion. The Franco-Swiss fleet will connect 45 stations across 230 km of lines between Coppet, Geneva, Annemasse, Evian-les-Bains, St-Gervais, Annecy and Bellegarde. The fleet of 23 Flirt France multiple units from Swiss manufacturer Stadler will be rounded off with 17 Régiolis CEVA models from French firm Alstom.

(Source: SBB)

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Russia: Oleg Belozerov pays working visit to Indonesia

Oleg Belozerov, President of Open Joint Stock Company Russian Railways, paid a working visit to the Republic of Indonesia on 5 and 6 October 2016.

During the visit, the Company head held a series of meetings with representatives from Indonesia government bodies involved in rail and transport and Edi Sukmoro, President of the national state railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia.

During their talks, the two sides discussed prospects for cooperation between Russia and Indonesia in the field of railway transport. According to Oleg Belozerov, in its international activities the Company accords particular importance to cooperation with Indonesian partners.

During his meeting with Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia’s Minister of Transport, the head of Russian Railways praised bilateral cooperation in the field of training. According to Belozerov, since 2014, 50 places have been allocated every year to train Indonesian students at Russian universities. One hundred students from the island of Kalimantan are currently training in Russia, with another 50 due to arrive in early October 2016.

For his part, Budi Karya Sumadi expressed his intention to invite Russian lecturers to Indonesian universities, not only to teach students, but also to conduct scientific research.

Belozerov, who also currently heads the International Union of Railways (UIC), said that the UIC appreciates the participation of Indonesia’s Ministry of Transport and PT Kereta Api Indonesia in the UIC’s activities.

“I believe that many of the initiatives arising within the UIC may be of interest to Indonesia’s railways and transport administration and would like to invite you to cooperate actively on the international platform,” said Oleg Belozerov.

The President of Russian Railways met with Rini Soemarno, Minister of State-Owned Businesses of the Republic of Indonesia, and Edi Sukmoro, President of the state railway corporation PT Kereta Api Indonesia. During their meeting, they discussed various areas of cooperation. Rini Soemarno expressed confidence that the “high level of competence at Russian Railways in organising management systems will significantly improve the performance of Indonesia’s existing railways.”

During the discussion with Susi Pudjiastuti, Indonesia’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, special attention was paid to environmental issues. Oleg Belozerov noted that Russian Railways pays close attention to environmental questions. He said that Russian Railways had adopted an “Environmental Strategy” and taken on serious commitments to reduce the Company’s negative impact on nature.

“In all our projects, we try not to disturb the balance of nature. That is a key factor for us,” said Oleg Belozerov.

During the talks, the sides also discussed various aspects of the project approach to the implementation of transport infrastructure projects on the island of Kalimantan to transport coal and other goods.

(Source: RZD)

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Hungary: Balkan Conference held from 12 – 13 September 2016 in Sopron, Hungary

From 12 – 13 September 2016, Gysev Cargo hosted the Balkan Conference at the Hotel Sopron. Freight forwarding in project trains guarantees customers first-class quality service in terms of delivery time, safety of goods and information about the current status of consignments. Concerning transport in project trains towards the Balkan countries, the aim of the conference was to further increase the service level, to eliminate eventual problems and to find a common solution to them.

The conference is usually held annually – last year was an exception though as it was omitted. The event targeted all stakeholders of the Balkan block trains, namely the railway companies of the countries concerned, the operators and the production companies as customers. This year, 20 people attended the two-day conference.

Among others, the main topics of the conference were the elimination of problems triggered by the refugee crisis, the re-opening of the Halkali terminal, track refurbishment and the composition of mixed trains. The participants found the joint meeting to be successful and urged that it should be organised the following year as well.

(Source: Gysev Cargo)

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Czech Republic: SŽDC improved parameters of the line from Moravian Wallachia to Slovakia

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration) improved parameters of the railway line from Hranice na Moravě to Střelná in the sections Valašské Meziříčí (outside) – Jablůnka (outside) and Vsetín (outside) – Horní Lideč (outside). The main objective of the project was to achieve a technical state corresponding to EU parameters and standards.

The construction included adaptations of the railway superstructure and substructure, platforms, railway crossings, bridges and parts of the catenary. In connection to the railway superstructure exchange, electrical heating of switches was dealt with as well to assure higher safety and operation functionality especially in winter. Safety and signalling equipment and local cables were also renewed.

“The main asset of adaptations carried out on the line 280 is to achieve greater travel comfort and operation safety. Thanks to a reduction in speed, journey times could be shortened which will be appreciated by passengers”, said Mr Pavel Surý, Director General of SŽDC.

In accordance with the global objective of Operational Programme Transport Priority Axis 1 which is an improvement of railway transport on the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T, higher transport availability was achieved, infrastructure capacity and railway operation quality for extending transport was secured. Another positive impact of this project is increasing safety at railway crossings.

The total estimated costs of the construction designated as Line 280 Hranice na Moravě – Střelná, section Valašské Meziříčí (outside) – Jablůnka (outside) and Vsetín (outside) – Horní Lideč (outside) amounted to CZK 645,742,300 (VAT excluded). The project is co-financed by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport to a maximum amount of CZK 477,422,726. National financing is provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The companies TSS Grade, a.s., Železničné stavby, a.s. Košice, Porr a.s. and Doprastav a.s. organizační složka Praha acted as suppliers.

(Source: SŽDC)

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Belgium: On its 20th anniversary, Thalys is looking to the future and launching a major project to update and improve its trains

Although Thalys celebrates a very symbolic anniversary this year, 2016 also marks the start of a large-scale project for the thorough maintenance of all its trains, which will continue until 2021. This project is extremely technically demanding and will include the restyling of both the inside and the outside of the trains. To explain:

“Our 26 trains are the mainstay of our service. They embody the very best aspects of European railway technology. With completely updated technology and brand new red livery, they will ensure that we can offer our customers the best possible comfort and look to the future of Thalys with ambition” explained Agnès Ogier, CEO of Thalys, when the first refurbished train was put into service on Friday, 7 October.

Suitable for the four traction supply systems and the nine safety systems in effect on the different lines on which they run, the trains enable Thalys to cross three borders every day, between France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In 2008-2009, the interior of each train was completely refurbished at the same time as the brand new European signalling system “ERTMS” (European Railway Transport Management System) was installed on board.

This new refurbishment programme mainly concentrates on the trains’ metal structure. One by one, each train will be totally dismantled so that all the inspection and improvement measures can be implemented. These range from cleaning to repairs, including anti-corrosion treatment. The scope of the work can be measured in kilometres of cables or even in thousands of working hours (45 000 working hours per train). With one train being refurbished every two months, this “mid-life” project, a term used by the railway industry, will continue until 2021, so as to ensure that it does not affect the Thalys timetable.
This programme is being run by the teams at the SNCF Technicentre Hellemmes, located in the north of France, while ongoing maintenance is mainly carried out at the Forest SNCB centre in Brussels.

Inside and outside
While the work is predominantly technical, Thalys is also aiming to maintain its trains’ extremely high level of comfort, thanks to the refurbishment of the carpeting and seat covers. The fuchsia pink colour of some Comfort 2 seats is now disappearing, replaced instead by burgundy and red. On the outside, the completely repainted trains are getting a real facelift: with freshly painted red doors and the addition of a red stripe along the lower part of the train, in an effort to reinforce the brand identity.

Thalys: 1996 - 2016

In 20 years Thalys has become more than a brand – it is a European symbol. As a symbol of Europe, Thalys and its red trains represent a vibrant Europe of intermingled Dutch, French, German and English, where travellers from all over the world come together.

Founded in 1996, Thalys is also the only truly multicultural rail service to have successfully risen to the challenge of international high speed railway transport across four countries. Although travel times are still varied (1 hour 22 minutes to travel to Brussels, 3 hours 14 minutes to reach Cologne and 3 hours 17 minutes for Amsterdam), Thalys helps to bring the cultures and economies of four European countries closer.

Thalys also serves the three German cities of Düsseldorf, Duisburg and Essen, and opened a new connection to Dortmund in March 2016. Since April 2014, Thalys has also provided a link between Lille and Amsterdam. On 3 April 2016, Thalys launched the first IZY trains on the new alternative low-cost service between Paris and Brussels.

Upholding its motto “Welcome to our World”, Thalys is a constant innovator and has created an outstanding offer which is used as a point of reference by companies around the world, including ergonomic comfort, a warm and multi-lingual welcome, a quality catering service and an outstanding range of services in Comfort 1. Customers can also take advantage of the Thalys TheCard loyalty programme to accumulate “Miles”and benefit from a range of services. It is available to all passengers on the website ( Pioneering the use of WiFi on board high speed trains since 2008, Thalys now offers free WiFi to all passengers in both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2.

In order to increase efficiency and fluidity, and to further improve service and customer satisfaction, Thalys became a fully fledged railway undertaking on 1 April 2015.

(Source: Thalys)

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Germany/Austria: Deutsche Bahn and Austrian Federal Railways plans secure attractive range of night trains for Germany

DB and ÖBB deal will keep open key overnight connections • Overnight IC/ICE services to double

At a joint event on 7 October 2016, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced their plans for night trains in Germany. ÖBB are to extend their night train network significantly as of the timetable change on 11 December, whilst DB will concentrate in future on overnight IC and ICE services, the number of which is set to increase.

“Overnight travel will remain an attractive option in Germany”, said Berthold Huber, DB Board Member for Traffic and Transport. “Together, our two companies’ overnight trains will ensure a wide range of services to meet various travel needs: comfortable seating in the overnight ICs and ICEs on the one hand, and ÖBB’s classic couchette and sleepers on the other. We look forward to working with ÖBB as an experienced service provider and sales & distribution partner, and will support them energetically.”

DB’s IC/ICE overnight trains
DB will henceforth run eight IC or ICE overnight services every night, plus additional ones at weekends and during the summer holidays. Three new early-morning/late-night intercity services add to the number of night-time connections, boosting the number of seats available on key commuter routes.

The service concept onboard is tailored to the needs of overnight travellers: the light will be dimmable on most of the coaches, tannoy announcements will be much shorter to avoid disturbing sleeping passengers, and much of the train will be classed as a “quiet” area. All intercity ticket classes and products will be recognised on such services, e.g. saver tickets, BahnCards and monthly passes, making the overnight trains as easy to use as their daytime equivalents.

IC/ICE overnight services at a glance
Four existing overnight connections:

  • ICE Dortmund–Frankfurt–Munich
  • IC Hamburg–Cologne–Frankfurt
  • IC Hamburg–Copenhagen
  • ICE Basel/Munich–Frankfurt–Hamburg (weekends only)

Four new overnight connections:

  • IC Cologne–Berlin–Binz
  • IC Basel–Cologne–Hamburg
  • IC Berlin–Leipzig–Stuttgart–Munich
  • IC Basel–Frankfurt–Hamburg (weekends only)

Three new early-morning/late-night services:

  • ICE Frankfurt–Amsterdam
  • EC Leipzig–Prague
  • IC Ulm–Munich

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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Russia/China: New regular freight route opens between Yekaterinburg and Shenyang

The first train on a new regular freight route between China and Yekaterinburg arrived in the Urals capital on 12 October 2016. Its 50 and 40-tonne containers brought to the city telecommunications and construction equipment, IT tools, consumer goods and other cargo. On this new route the freight trains will leave Shenyang every week and make regular deliveries to the Russian region’s capital.

The new freight route was organised by TransContainer (a subsidiary of Russian Railways) in cooperation with the Chinese-Russian joint venture Swift Multimodal Rus (part of the international group Swift Transport International Logistics Co. Ltd.). Under the cooperation agreement Russian Railways is responsible for cargo transport on Russian territory and contributes its transport logistics infrastructure and rolling stock (loading platforms).

Freight containers from different Chinese cities (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Tianjin and Qingdao) travel via the port of Yingkao to Shengyang where the train is loaded with containers. Cargo is processed at the container site of Gipsovaya Park at the Yekaterinburg-Tovarny loading platform.

The express freight trains are expected to leave China every week on Wednesdays.
The main advantages of this service are high speed (three times faster than by sea) and guaranteed transit time (around 10 days).

Shipments via the Manchuria-Zabaikalsk checkpoint makes it possible to reduce the delivery by two or three times compared to the operating routes via Far Eastern ports with further transport of cargo along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

(Source: RZD)

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The 7th International Conference on Railway History organised by IRHA with the support of UIC, TCDD and SNCF, to be held from 2 – 5 November in Istanbul

Main theme is “Rail Routes from the Baghdad Railway to the New Silk Road – 19th to 21st Centuries – Utopian Dreams, Past Achievements, Future Prospects”

The 7th International Conference on Railway History organised by the International Railway History Association (IRHA-AIHC) with the support of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), UIC and SNCF, will be held from 2 – 5 November 2016 in the historic railway station of Istanbul-Sirkeci, the former terminus station of the Orient-Express and nowadays a railway museum on the European bank of the Bosphorus.

The conference opening will take place on Wednesday 2 November from 17:00 to 20:00 hours.

The conference will be attended by high level representatives of railways and railway organisations, historic associations, academics representing European, Asian and Turkish universities, historians, researchers…

Presentations by academics, historians and senior executives from Middle-Eastern railway companies will focus on the following topics:

Past – 19th and first half of the 20th century:

  • First suggestions and connections
  • The Balkans and the Ottoman Empire
  • Transport corridors Europe-Asia in a wider perspective

Present – Second half of the 20th century

  • The modern debate after World War II

Future – from the 21st century onwards

  • What the future might bring
  • The future of railway networks between Asia, Middle-East and Europe

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The conference is open free of charge to UIC members. Members are simply requested to register at the following email address: Paul Véron, Director of Communications, UIC Coordinator for the Middle-East, IRHA Vice Chairman: or

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ITK Industry Expert Meeting on Modern Software Engineering at InnoTrans Berlin

Just before opening the world’s greatest trade fair for railway transport InnoTrans in Berlin ITK Engineering, a fast growing and innovative technology enterprise, launched its second Industry Expert Meeting for software engineering addressing rail transport.

How to benefit from other industries, like aerospace or automotive was the inspiring theme. This attracted high-ranking experts and managers from railway industry and operators and bodies.

Renowned speakers from automotive and aerospace as well as railways together with ITK’s own experts explained effective methodologies for software engineering to highlight this industry crossover.

The convention started with concise requirements engineering, effectively resulting in model-based software development e.g. demonstrated by autonomous vehicles. The second part focussed on safety and security design, its growing importance as well as its challenging verification and validation.

UIC director Dr Marc Antoni emphasised the mutual relationship between safety and security in railways and provided the outcome of the UIC leaded ARGUS project concerning cyber-attacks. Interdisciplinary based, a security management system will provide a set of mitigation measures and data base on threats and security weakness, supported by establishing a specific standard.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department:

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Successful kick-off meeting of the CYRAIL project “Cybersecurity in the RAILway sector” held on 14 October 2016 in Porto

CYRAIL is a collaborative project selected by the European Commission as part of the call for proposals under the Shift2rail programme for Rail research and Innovation (R&I), addressing the topic “Threat detection and profile protection definition for cybersecurity assessment."

Railway infrastructures are moving towards more intelligent, connected, user-centric and collaborative systems. While it brings many advantages for the industry and users, it also poses new opportunities for cyber-criminals and terrorists.

An analysis of threats targeting railway infrastructures will be developed as well as innovative, attack detection and alerting techniques. Adapted mitigation plans and countermeasures will be defined, taking into account their potential impact on operations. Protection profiles for railway control and signalling applications will be delivered to ensure security by design of new rail infrastructures.

The project, led by EVOLEO will last 24 months at a total cost of nearly €1.5 million.

The Consortium is comprised of a well-balanced group of six partners from five European countries with complementary skills: EVOLEO (Portugal), EUSKOIDER (Spain), FORTISS (Germany), Cassidian Cybersecurity (France) ATSEC (Sweden) and UIC (France). An Advisory Board is foreseen, to bring on board the expertise from stakeholders within the railway value chain.

The CYRail consortium intends to take advantage of developments in other industries (aeronautics, automotive and information technologies) and bring them into the railway sector, taking similarities and specificities into account.

During the kick-off of the project held on 14 October in Porto, UIC was represented by Marc Antoni, Director of the Rail System department and Marie-Hélène Bonneau from the Security Division. The role of UIC in the project is to contribute to the deliverable on safety and security requirements of rail transport system in multi-stakeholder environments as well as participating in the definition of an operational scenario description. UIC is also leader for dissemination and exploitation of the results.

A first end-users’ workshop will be organised on 19 December jointly with the UIC ARGUS project meeting.

All information will be soon available at

For further information please contact Marc Antoni:

Or Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

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Only 2 weeks to go before the Capacity4Rail Second Dissemination Workshop and NeTIRail-INFRA Mid-Term Conference, 3 and 4 November 2016 in Brussels!

The topics of both projects are closely linked therefore you are warmly invited to attend both events!

If you want to attend both events please register online for BOTH events by clicking on the links below:

For the Capacity4Rail 2nd Dissemination Workshop, Brussels, 3 November 2016:

For the NeTIRail-INFRA Mid-Term conference, Brussels, 4 November 2016:


Towards an affordable, resilient, innovative and high-capacity European Railway System for 2030/2050

2nd dissemination Workshop:

To be held on 3 November 2016, this second dissemination workshop will be an opportunity to promote the achievements of the project after 36 months.

By this stage, most of the work on innovation development will be completed and the project will be entering the demonstration and assessment phase.

Workshop highlights:

  • New concepts for high speed
  • Materials and monitoring for innovative Switches and Crossings
  • Innovative wagons for freight
  • Optimisation of terminal operations
  • Ubiquitous data for railway operations
  • Innovative sensors and monitoring strategies
  • Multi-criteria assessment strategy

Ample time will be reserved for discussions and exchanges with the project partners.

Online registration and useful information

Register online in order to secure your place at this event and find more information on how to access the venue by clicking here:

The draft programme will soon published be on the online registration page

For further information about Capacity4Rail please contact Laurent Schmitt, Project Coordinator: or Isabelle De Keyzer, WP Leader dissemination:


Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway Infrastructure

Mid-term conference:

The conference will update partners on the progress made during the first 18 months of the project, presenting some of the early results and the plans for the remainder of the project, as well as holding discussions regarding future developments and collaboration.

Highlights of the conference will include:

  • Sensing and measurement technology – on-vehicle, track side and overhead line monitoring systems in Romania, Turkey and Slovenia
  • The results of the GIS mapping of track and overhead line failures and costs
  • Track models to minimise corrugation development and transition zone maintenance
  • Lean improvement of S&C maintenance operations and installation
  • Overhead line models to minimise life cycle costs applied to different railway systems
  • SATLOC use for data transmission from on-vehicle monitoring systems
  • An update on the decision support tool
  • Commonalities with the Shift2Rail programme
  • Areas for further collaboration

Online registration and useful information:

Register online in order to secure your place at this event and find more information on how to access the venue by clicking here:

The draft programme will soon published be on the online registration page

For further information about Capacity4Rail please contact Laurent Schmitt, Project Coordinator: or Isabelle De Keyzer:

For further information about NeTIRail-INFRA please contact:
David Fletcher, Project Coordinator:; Jon Paragreen, Project Manager:; Isabelle De Keyzer, Dissemination Leader:

Or visit the dedicated websites:,

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Central-heating and steam boilers: from Austria to China by rail

The Rail Cargo Group’s bespoke solutions have convinced Hoval to transport its products to China by rail in future. Hoval, a full-service supplier of smart heating and ventilation systems, had previously shipped goods by sea. ÖBB’s freight division drew on its international logistics expertise to plan the complex route, which covered thousands of kilometres and six countries, thereby making a major contribution to the project’s success.

Speed is the winning argument

Previously, all shipping had gone by sea, but by offering a bespoke door-to-door transport solution the Rail Cargo Group was able to convince Hoval to shift to a more environmentally-friendly means of transport: rail. The decisive factors in the firm’s decision to have the boilers shipped to China by rail were not only the much shorter transit time, but also the high degree of sustainability - the latter being a credo to which the heating and ventilation systems experts have also subscribed for many years.

Loading with little margin for error

Loading the goods presented the Rail Cargo Group with our first logistical challenge. The two steam boilers, each of which weighs 5.5 tonnes, and the four heating boilers, each of which weighs 11 tonnes, were loaded into special 40-foot High Cube containers for their 12,000-kilometre journey. Given the dimensions of the containers, only a few millimetres separated the boilers from one another and from the container walls and doors. Hoval’s own experts therefore helped advise on loading. The goods then travelled by road to the Munich container terminal, where the containers were transshipped onto wagons, before beginning their journey across Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to their destination, the rail terminal in Chongqing, China. Upon arrival there, the six boilers completed their journey by road, arriving at the hotel in Xian, China, a mere 30 days after departure.

(Source: Rail Cargo Group)

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CRITIS Conference – Summary 2016 and perspectives 2017

The 11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security held at UIC HQ last week, concluded on the 12 October after 2.5 days of exchanges between experts from governments, regulators, scientists, academics, service providers, and other stakeholders.

This year’s edition marked the beginning of the second decade of CRITIS. The participants and speakers came from 14 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom) and six countries from other continents: Morocco, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and USA.

Following the call for papers, we received 58 high-quality submissions, which were thoroughly reviewed by the expert members of the International Programme Committee (IPC). Out of the total submissions, 22 papers were accepted as full papers with eight further papers accepted as short papers offering work in progress; these short papers are also collected in this volume. Each paper was reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, and both full and short papers were retained for oral presentations during the conference.

The technical programme consisted of 30 papers grouped into sessions that included topics on innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems, procedures and organisational aspects in C(I)IP and advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector C(I)IP approaches. These selected papers will now be included in a special volume and published by Springer-Verlag in 2017.

As in previous years, four invited keynote speakers and special events complemented the technical programme. Furthermore, in continuation of an initiative first taken up at the 2014 CRITIS, the conference also included an award for young researchers in the area (the 3rd CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award), seeking to recognise and encourage the integration of talented younger researchers into the community. Six of the accepted papers were presented during a dedicated CYCA Session. The winners were Amalie Grangeat (CEA France) and Tingting Li (Imperial College London, UK). This award was sponsored by the FP7 Network of Excellence CIPRNet.

It is our pleasure to express our gratitude to everybody that contributed to the success of CRITIS 2016. In particular, we would like to thank the General Chair Jean-Pierre Loubinoux (UIC Director-General) and the local UIC hosts Jerzy Wisniewski (Fundamental Values Department Director) and Jacques Colliard (Head of UIC Security Division) for making CRITIS possible at UIC Headquarters in Paris.
Further, we would like to thank the members of the Programme Committee who did a tremendous job under strict time limitations during the review process. We also thank the CRITIS 2016 Co-Chairs Prof. Roberto Setola (UCBM, Italy) and Hypatia Nassopoulos (EIVP, France) and the members of the Steering Committee for the great effort and their continuous assistance in the organisation of the conference. We are also grateful to the Publicity Chair and to the UIC Communications Department for their excellent dissemination support, and to the CIPRNet Network which was an active supporting community. We are equally grateful to the keynote speakers who accepted our invitation and agreed to round off the conference programme through presentations on hot topics of the moment.
Finally, we thank all the authors who submitted their work to CRITIS and who shared their new ideas and results with the community. We hope that these ideas will generate further new ideas and innovations for securing our critical infrastructures for the benefit of the whole society.

The next CRITIS edition is planned to be organised in Lucca, Italy in October 2017 to continue the successful CRITIS conferences series.

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G4 Directors’ General Meeting held on 29 September 2016 in Budapest

The G4 Directors’ General meeting was held in Budapest on 29 September 2016 at the invitation of Ms. Ilona David, Chairwoman of Hungarian Rail Association HUNGRAIL.

G4 Group is a special regional group of the International Union of Railways (UIC), which was founded in 1992 by four Central European railways: Austrian Federal Railways, Slovenian Railways, Croatian Railways and Hungarian State Railways. Since 2008 the UIC regional group (G4) has been functioning as well as a group of the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER). Today, this group comprises 14 members: ÖBB, SŽ, HŽ Infrastruktura, HŽ Cargo, HŽ Putnički prijevoz, ŽSR, ZSSK, ZSSK Cargo, MÁV, GYSEV, MÁV-START, HUNGRAIL, RCH and ŽFBH. The aim of the G4 Group is to harmonize the development of railways in the area between the Danube and the Adriatic. The G4 Group serves as a platform for sharing experience, for taking stock of the instruments high on the political agenda and launching initiatives improving effectively the rail system in the G4 area.

This year’s meeting yet again brought together chairpersons and CEOs who discussed a number of topics like passenger traffic related issues such as the quality of operational train services and punctuality as well as ZERO-fare rail passenger transport in Slovakia and night trains. Attention was then focused on the upcoming opening of the freight terminal Vienna South. Participants exchanged also their experience in the field of the electrification of their networks. Furthermore, difficulties in the application of the “Train Drivers Directive” (59/2007) and its amendments were also discussed together with options and derogation procedures concerning the use of languages on cross border sections arising from the application of Annex VI. The G4 Group will have a coordinated approach on the question as all Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings composing the Group agreed to turn to their respective Ministries to ask for the speedy transposition and correct implementation of the aforementioned Directive.
Application guidance by the European Commission/European Union Agency for Railways for the implementation of the new provisions would be highly welcomed.

The Group also decided to invite Serbian railways to join the forum as observer in the context of accelerating the development of corridors on the Balkans.

The next G4 Directors’ General meeting will be hosted by ÖBB and held in Vienna in October 2017.

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 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
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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