Asia Pacific Regional Assembly in action – the UIC Day at KTZ in Astana, Kazakhstan

The UIC Day consisting of meetings & technical visits was hosted by JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) in Astana (Kazakhstan) from 30 – 31 January 2017 and was attended by Mr Bauyrzhan Urynbasarov, KTZ Chief Engineer, Mr Talgat Kanatbaev, KTZ Director of Technical Policy and Regulation, Mr Batyr Kotyrev, KTZ Deputy director of “railroad network” management.
The UIC delegation was chaired by Mr Marc Antoni, UIC Rail System Department director.

Intensification of technical progress

JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) held a meeting with representatives of the International Union of Railways (UIC) on the intensification of technical progress.
The meeting was addressed by the chief engineer of JSC NC KTZ Mr Baurzhan Urynbasarov.
The company has developed the strategy of innovative-technological development.
JSC NC KTZ programmes are being successfully implemented to improve efficiency, energy conservation and development of transport engineering.
Innovations are introduced in the planning and organisation of transportation, train management processes, organisational and technological renewal in the processes of monitoring, maintenance and asset management, the development of a product line of high-tech transport and logistics services.

Eurasian integration via research and standardisation

Mr Urynbasarov noted that JSC NC KTZ is interested in attracting the leading railway companies and research institutes to exchange experiences and solutions to various technical and technological issues.
One of the important directions of cooperation between JSC NC KTZ and UIC is the creation of common railway standards.
“These issues are of particular relevance in terms of integration of Kazakhstan into the international transport and communication flows and the creation of multimodal Eurasian transcontinental transport corridor,” said Mr Urynbasarov.

APRA projects & research to be implemented

During the meeting the JSC NC KTZ expressed interest in the application of the automatic gauge changing system of wheel sets at the border stations when crossing the railway from a broad gauge (1520 mm) to a narrow one (1435 mm) and back, without having to change the wheel set itself.

There is also the project for the diagnostic of track and overhead contact line with the installation of special equipment directly on the locomotive.
All proposals will be discussed during the APRA web conference which is going to be held at the headquarters of UIC in Paris on 15 February 2017.

In addition, the meeting participants discussed issues of participation of JSC NC KTZ in the research projects of UIC, creating common railway standards and also considered the proposals of UIC in the fields of maintenance and technical support in extreme climate conditions, efficient use of energy in railway transport.

During the stay in Astana the UIC representatives visited the new training centre of JSC NC KTZ.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

News from UIC members

Italy/United Kingdom: Joint Venture with FirstGroup for rail franchises

Trenitalia UK Ltd, FS Italiane Group, and FirstGroup plc are pleased to announce that they will bid together for the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership rail franchise competitions announced by the British Department for Transport (DfT).

First Trenitalia East Midlands Rail Limited is the joint venture between FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia UK (30%), which submitted an expression of interest to the DfT in respect of the East Midlands rail franchise competition on 24 January 2017.

The next East Midlands franchise will start in 2018 and will encompass major infrastructure enhancements and improvements in the franchise area. The main routes of the line are London – Derby – Sheffield, London – Nottingham, London – Corby, Liverpool – Sheffield – Nottingham – Norwich, in addition to regional services.
The West Coast Partnership franchise combines the current InterCity West Coast services between London-Manchester-Chester-Liverpool-Preston-Edinburgh-Glasgow, with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services from London to Birmingham. The new franchise will be responsible for services on both the West Coast Main Line from 2019 and designing and running the initial high speed services from 2026. The franchise will run for the first three to five years of operation of HS2. Trenitalia will bid also for this franchise together with First, the expression of interest is expected for April 2017.

Both Trenitalia and FirstGroup hold ’Pre-Qualification Questionnaire Passports’ with DfT Rail Executive which shows that they have satisfied basic financial and other competence criteria and allows them to submit franchise bids to Government. In December 2015, Trenitalia became the first new entrant to be awarded a PQQ Passport by the Department for Transport and since then is pursuing a number of franchise opportunities.

In January 2017 Trenitalia UK reached an in principle agreement with National Express to acquire the c2c franchise for 70 million pounds. The c2c line operates from East London to Shoeburyness, on the Essex coast.

Commenting, Barbara Morgante, CEO of Trenitalia, said: “We believe that the experience, competence, innovation and skills of our two companies, developed in
international markets, represents a perfect mix to vie for these challenging bids. Trenitalia, in particular is ready to bring all its competencies, both from a technical and commercial side, developed in the highly competitive Italian market. Our proposal will be driven by our highly customer focused vision. Our recent agreement-in-principle for the acquisition of c2c also serves to transform us from a potential new comer into a convincing, and effective, player in the UK market, and will strengthen the Trenitalia-First partnership.
This partnership is a second milestone in our plan to expand in the UK rail passenger market, in line with the internationalisation plans of the entire FS Italiane Group.”

Commenting, Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director said: “We are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Trenitalia to bid for the upcoming East
Midlands and West Coast Partnership rail franchises. We have a strong track record in delivering continued modernisation and investment, alongside industry partners, through our rail operating companies Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Rail Operator of the Year, Hull Trains.
Both ourselves and Trenitalia have extensive expertise of running commuter, regional and long distance services such as those that make up the East Midlands franchise. Their knowledge will add further depth and understanding as we develop our proposals to deliver passenger benefits that take full advantage of the significant investment that government and the industry are making in the region’s rail infrastructure. Our proposals will keep people moving and communities prospering.
Similarly, Trenitalia have transformed the customer experience on Italy’s railways through their high speed Frecciarossa routes. They will be a world class bidding partner as we develop proposals to deliver excellent services for West Coast passengers and work closely with HS2 Ltd to deliver the best solutions for the new HS2 service whilst reducing crowding on the existing network and generate economic growth up and down the country.”

Trenitalia is the passenger rail transportation company part of FS Italiane Group, a major industrial player with an increasing international presence, and growing profit (the net income rose +53.1% in 2015 over 2014). FS Group runs 8,000 trains a day, serving 600 million passengers and carrying 50 million tons of freight a year, over a network exceeding 16,700 kilometers. The Group’s objective is to develop a large-scale mobility and logistics project capable of contributing to the country’s economic
growth. The holding company, FS Italiane, controls companies active in specific core businesses – all of which, in terms of safety levels and technological standards, are European leaders. Trenitalia, the Group’s rail transportation company, is one of Europe’s top railway operators, and manages passenger transport with its long haul connections, both on high speed (Frecciarossa) and conventional lines, as well as regional and metropolitan services. Other companies belonging to the FS Italiane Group include RFI, Busitalia, Italferr, Mercitalia, Ferservizi, Italcertifer, Centostazioni, GS Rail, FS Sistemi Urbani, Netinera Deutschland, TX Logistik and Thello.

FirstGroup plc (LSE: FGP.L) is the leading transport operator in the UK and North America. With £5.2 billion in revenues and 110,000 employees, we transported around 2.2 billion passengers last year. Each of our five divisions is a leader in its field: In North America, First Student is the largest provider of student transportation with a fleet of around 47,000 yellow school buses, First Transit is one of the largest providers of outsourced transit management and contracting services, while Greyhound is the only nationwide operator of scheduled intercity coach services. In the UK, FirstGroup is one of Britain’s largest bus operators running a fleet of some 6,200 buses, and we are one of the country’s most experienced passenger rail operators, carrying around 140 million passengers last year.

(Source: FS)

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Results from 3rd edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The 3rd edition of the Awards came to an end through the organisation of the award ceremony held in St Petersburg in Russia on 1 December 2016.

Through these Awards, the UIC aims to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organisations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual research to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The global recognition of the role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and will therefore become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favourable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers
  • Honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

Following the first article in the series of the 2016 Awards where we focused on the award winner in the category of “Cost Reduction”, Mr Tsutomu Watanabe from RTRI in Tokyo, we now present you with some information on the winner of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, Prof. Boris Lapidus, who chairs the UIC IRRB – International Rail Research Board.

UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards – Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

Prof. Boris Lapidus – (, Senior Advisor to the President of JSC Russian Railways, Chairman of the Board of Railway Research Institute (JSC “VNIIZhT”), Chairman of the Joint Scientific Council of JSC Russian Railways and Chairman of the UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB). Mr Lapidus is a professional railway man, chartered engineer, Dr. Sc. Economics and visiting professor of the Stockholm School of Economics, Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University (SPbSU), Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Lomonosov Moscow State University as well as professor of Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, as well as a leading Russian scientist in the field of innovative development, economics, reforming and strategic management of railway transport.

In 1965 he started working as an assistant diesel locomotive driver. In the 1980s – early 90s as Сhief Economist at the Privolzhskaya regional railway he was one of the developers of market methods for management of railway undertakings, as well as the creation of the first financial institutions on rail transport: commercial banks, insurance companies and championed their introduction. He developed a system of economic principles of railway consolidation.

The following developments have been made with his guidance and participation:

  • UIC strategic document “A Global Vision for Railway Development up to 2050”
  • Implementation of the UIC Global Research and Innovation Awards
  • Strategy for the development of railway transport in the Russian Federation from 2008 – 2030
  • Innovative transport and logistics products for the Eurasian transport connection “Transsib in 7 days” and “Baikal Shuttle”
  • The system of corporate transportation services of the Russian railways
  • Methodology of evaluating the technical and economical level of development of railways

Mr Lapidus has initiated and led the preparation of the academic study of scientific problems and the concept of creating the vacuum-levitation transport system. He has previously received the following awards for his important contributions to the development of the railways:

The Order of Friendship (2006), four governmental medals (1970, 1997, 2001, 2003), acknowledgement letters from President of the Russian Federation (2015) and Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation (2004), the title of the Honoured Economist of the Russian Federation (1999) and the badge “Honorary Railwayman” (1991), second class badge of Merit for the development of JSC “Russian Railways” (2013).

Born on 10 April 1947, Professor Boris Lapidus is still as active as ever in promoting and stimulating the innovation of the global railway system.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

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RailAdapt Workshop to be held from 27 – 28 April 2017 in London

Hosted by RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board)


RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the workshop will provide timely input to the reviewed EU strategy on Adaption and associated EU Staff Working Document due to be published in 2018.

For more details about RailAdapt, see the flyer


Regional asset engineers, local operations managers, senior national directors, responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those interested in corporate risks.



Do not hesitate to register here

Please know that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

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Crister Fritzson appointed CER Acting Chairman

Chaired by CER Vice-Chairman Guillaume Pepy (President of SNCF), the CER Management Committee appointed Crister Fritzson (Chairman of the Swedish Association of Train Operators, ASTOC, and CEO & President of SJ) as CER Acting Chairman with immediate effect. This position became vacant on 30 January following the resignation of former CER Chairman Rüdiger Grube as CEO of Deutsche Bahn.
The General Assembly subsequently endorsed Mr Fritzson’s mandate until September 2017. On 25 September, the CER General Assembly will elect the Management Committee (including Chairman and Vice-Chairs) for the term 2018-2019.

Additional changes included the election of ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä as member of the CER Management Committee. The association also welcomed two new partners: Israel Railways and Rail Baltica Rail AS.

Four CER member companies – Deutsche Bahn (Germany), HZ Infrastruktura (Croatia), Trainose (Greece), and ŽS Infrastructure (Serbia) – signed the “Homeless Charter” in the presence of European Commission DG MOVE Director-General Henrik Hololei. The “European Charter for the development of social and societal initiatives in train stations” (“Homeless Charter”) is an initiative of the European railway sector based on rail companies’ commitment to the objective of fighting social exclusion enshrined in the EU Treaties. Current signatories are: ČD (Czech Republic), CFL (Luxembourg), CFR SA (Romania), CP (Portugal), DSB (Denmark), FSI (Italy), NRIC (Bulgaria), NSB (Norway), PKP (Poland), SNCB (Belgium), SNCF (France) and SŽ (Slovenia).

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4th UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2017

We would like to remind you that registration for the 4th World Congress on Rail Training is now open, and that you can benefit from an early-bird fee if you register before 28 February!

The WCRT will be held at the DB Akademie, Potsdam/Berlin, Germany, from 5 – 7 April 2017, and is organised by UIC and its partners, DB Training, Learning & Consulting, FS and SNCF.

Organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, WCRT draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centre Networks. Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The key congress aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings in this area which bring innovation and have practical application to the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers

If you are an HR and training director, a training executive, or a training and workforce development expert, then this congress is for you!
Please note that the three official languages of the congress are English, German and French.

Speakers from over 20 countries have been selected to present and share their experience and good practices on diverse topical issues such as, inter alia, transfer of knowledge, management of Talents, learning innovation and technologies, ways of cooperation on national and international levels, safety culture.

To register as well as obtain practical information (venue, potential sponsorships/partners opportunities, detailed programme, abstracts), please visit the dedicated website

Looking forward to seeing you in Potsdam!

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

Or Marion Hochet, Expertise Development Advisor:

News from UIC members

Germany: Six new start-ups offer DB customers solutions

Founders present their results • Innovative tannoys, vibration sensors, cameras onboard locomotives, and a mobility platform for paperless travel • Submissions now being taken for fifth funding round

“We were working on our application right up until the last minute”, says Stephan Leppler, CEO and co-founder of MotionTag. Founded in late 2015, the firm is one of six start-ups which presented the results of three months of development work to around 200 guests at the DB mindbox in Berlin last night. MotionTag aims to render public transport “ticketless”, and thereby simpler and more comfortable. “We want customers to be able to combine transport modes - whether suburban rail, metro, call-a-bike systems, or car and scooter-sharing - flexibly and without having to worry about prices or fares”, says Leppler. The 33-year-old Berliner is delighted at the results achieved by his five-man team: “Technically speaking the bar was set very high, but working with DB we were able to create a useable IT platform for paperless travel within a short space of time.”

Harnessing the potential of the digital economy to drive up quality standards

As part of its “ZukunftBahn” (Rail Future) quality programme, Deutsche Bahn funds tech start-ups via the DB Accelerator, the aim being to enhance services for customers as quickly as possible. Firms must develop a validated prototype and prove marketability within three months. In return, each start-up receives access to the coworking space in the DB mindbox, plus €25,000, coaching, advice from managers and access to the business units within DB Group so they can test their products.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak offers upgraded high-speed Wi-Fi at Baltimore Penn Station

Free service improves connectivity and reliability in-station

Travelers at Baltimore Penn Station can now enjoy improved high-speed broadband Wi-Fi, with enhanced connectivity and reliability. The newly-implemented Wi-Fi solution involves the replacement of technology that has been in service since 2010. Baltimore Penn Station is one of two stations across Amtrak’s national network, including Chicago Union Station, chosen to pilot these upgrades.

“These improvements are a much-anticipated boost for our customers as the wireless connectivity in-station should be similar to what customers experience on their home networks, and will ensure they stay connected throughout their journey,” said Jason Molfetas, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “Baltimore Penn is the eighth busiest station in our national network so it was a natural fit to pilot the Wi-Fi improvements to the city’s thousands of daily commuters and local students.”

Launch of the upgraded in-station Wi-Fi also includes two new high-top work space tables in the station’s main hall. The 30-inch tables include charging outlets and will allow Penn Station customers to work with greater ease while waiting for their trains and connections.

In addition, customers will see a custom AmtrakConnect website featuring relevant Baltimore Penn Station content such as real-time arrivals and departures and information on local transit connections and parking. The site will also provide customers with information about neighboring restaurants and tourism opportunities.

Accessing In-Station Wi-Fi

To access the complimentary service, customers simply select AmtrakConnect from the list of options on their smartphones, tablets or laptop computers. Once selected, customers must agree to the terms and conditions to gain access to the service.

To see a full list of wireless-enabled stations and train routes across the Amtrak national network, please visit:

Amtrak Next-Generation Technology Solutions

These new technology solutions highlight Amtrak’s continued commitment to delivering the very best Wi-Fi service in terms of capacity, performance and operational reliability, all at no additional cost to our customers. Last fall, Amtrak installed a next-generation Wi-Fi solution on Acela Express trains, reaching speeds up to six times faster. Amtrak is also working to implement upgrades on the remainder of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) fleet, including all Northeast Regional trains. Additionally, Amtrak is continuing construction of a dedicated trackside wireless network, which could ultimately stretch from Washington, D.C. to Boston and would reduce reliance on cellular-based networks.

Baltimore Penn Station Upgrades

The Wi-Fi upgrades are among numerous recent station improvement projects aimed at enhancing the customer experience and rehabilitating the 106-year-old station. During the past six years, Amtrak, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), the City of Baltimore, and neighborhood partners have invested more than $20 million in immediate improvements. Amtrak is also seeking a master developer partner to transform the station and surrounding property into a vibrant, transit-oriented neighborhood. In November, Amtrak announced a “short list” of teams that will compete to be selected as Master Developer, and is on track to announce its final selection this summer.

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

Germany: Andreas Gehlhaar is the new head of noise protection

Andreas Gehlhaar appointed DB Chief Noise Officer

Noise abatement an ever-greater priority for DB • Low-noise brake blocks and noise barriers to halve rail noise by 2020 compared to 2000 levels

Noise abatement is an ever-greater priority for Deutsche Bahn: as of 1 February 2017, the group’s Head of Environment Andreas Gehlhaar has also been its Chief Noise Officer, thus bringing environmental affairs and noise abatement under one roof.

In his new role, Mr Gehlhaar (45) will immediately take charge of noise-abatement activities and develop binding implementation strategies for DB’s various business units.

DB has made protecting people against rail noise one of its flagship policies, and has set itself the target of halving rail noise by 2020 compared to 2000 levels.

Mr Gehlhaar has been Head of Environment at DB since 1 June 2016. A economist by training, from 2009 to 2013 he was Chief of Staff at the German Federal Chancellery, where he remained until 2016, latterly as Group Director for all matters concerning the German Cabinet, Parliament and state-federal relations, as well as environment and transport.

Mr Gehlhaar said that: “Noise pollution from transport is a major source of discomfort for many people. That is why we are investing to markedly improve protection against railway noise, both trackside and via innovative onboard solutions on wagons.”

In particular, fitting wagons with low-noise brakes will improve matters significantly for those living near heavily-used rail lines. DB had already retrofitted 32,000 wagons – half its fleet – with such brakes by end of 2016, and expects that reducing noise pollution from existing lines will burnish rail’s credentials as a means of transport amongst those living near the railway. The role of Chief Noise Officer at DB was created in 2012.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Podbeskydské Lines await electrification

The Central Committee of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic approved The Feasibility Study Beskydy at the end of last year. An investment in the entire section from Ostrava-Kunčice – Frýdlant nad Ostravicí – Ostravice and in the section from Studénka – Štramberk was demonstrated to be economically efficient. SŽDC plans to modernise the lines, their electrification, increasing capacity of the section from Vratimov to Frýdek-Místek and equipping them with the most modern security equipment. At the same time, the infrastructure manager will repair all the stops and stations that have not undergone any treatment yet. Barrier-free access will be a matter of course. The planned investment will bring significant operational savings to carriers, greater comfort for passengers and a dramatic reduction in train journey times.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of investments in the lines from Ostrava-Kunčice – Valašské Meziříčí, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí – Ostravice, Frýdek-Místek – Český Těšín and Studénka – Veřovice. SŽDC has been working on this extremely extensive study dealing with the modernisation of lines measuring 123 km in length for three years. The section from Ostrava to Frýdlant nad Ostravicí is one of the busiest non-electrified in the Czech Republic. Around 6,000 passengers pass through it every day. The investment in the entire section from Ostrava - Kunčice – Frýdlant nad Ostravicí including lines from Frýdlant nad Ostravicí to Ostravice and also to the section Studénka – Štramberk were demonstrated to be economically efficient. With regard to the decision of the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic regarding the concept of introducing alternate current traction (25 kV, 50 Hz) it is necessary to update selected parts of the study as savings of investment costs are expected as well as a possible extension of electrification to Frenštát pod Radhoštěm město stop, respectively to Valašské Meziříčí.

A construction schedule has not been determined yet. Construction activities will take place in several stages. If no serious complications occur during preparation, the actual construction of the first phase can begin after 2020. As for the section Ostrava-Kunčice – Frýdek-Místek – Ostravice, work on another preparatory stage - documentation for land use permit - begins later this year. In case of acquisition, it is possible to continue with the preparation of the project construction, which is terminated by a building permit.

All lines mentioned above will undergo an overall upgrade. SŽDC will double-track the section between Vratimov and Frýdek-Místek. To achieve higher safety levels, grade-separated crossing of the railway with a road is planned in Vratimov. Selected sections will be completely electrified and equipped with the most modern safety installations. Repairs will be made at all stations and stops which have not undergone any adaptation yet. Ensuring barrier-free access and platforms at a height of 550 mm for comfort boarding into modern trainsets is a matter of course.
Modernisation will ensure a considerable increase inline speeds and thus better access to various places in the region, while journey times will be significantly reduced. Specifically in the section from Ostrava - Frýdek-Místek, speed will be increased by up to 100–120 km/h, the local complicated profile notwithstanding. As for the section Frýdek-Místek – Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, it will be possible to achieve a speed of up to 160 km/h. In other sections between Frýdlant nad Ostravicí and Valašské Meziříčí, a maximum speed of 80–120 km/h is envisaged and speed between Sedlnice and Štramberk will increase by up to 80–100 km/h. After modernisation, journey times of through trains will be reduced in comparison with the present state to a half; a ride from the station Ostrava-střed to Frýdek-Místek will take 14 minutes, to station Frýdlant 21 minutes, to station Ostravice 33 minutes and to station Valašské Meziříčí 72 minutes.

The planned modernisation will also improve conditions for freight transport. The car manufacturer Hyundai in particular is currently extremely limited by the train length. Double-tracking of the line between Vratimov and Frýdek-Místek will overcome this limitation which will be reflected in the shift from transport by truck to the railway.

The total cost of upgrading the section Ostrava-Kunčice – Valašské Meziříčí including the branching Frýdlant nad Ostravicí – Ostravice comes to CZK 10.5 billion and for the section Sedlnice – Štramberk CZK 2.4 billion. By decision of the Central Committee, SŽDC will currently start preparing the section Ostrava – Ostravice for a price of CZK 6.8 billion. The remaining parts will be updated, therefore a modification of the total cost can be expected.

(Source: SZDC)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: The first batch of Kazakh grain was sent through China to Vietnam

In late January this year, over 700 tonnes of Kazakh grain in 32 containers were sent from Zhaltyr railway station to the port of Ho Chi Minh city via the port of Lianyungang.

The pilot consignment was organised by a subsidiary of KTZ Express in collaboration with the Chinese-Kazakhstan international logistics company of Lianyungang city.

A cremony was held at the port of Lianyungang to mark the occasion of the sending of Kazakhstan products to Vietnam. Dean Zhui, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GP Lianyungang Port, stressed the readiness of the Chinese side to support the development of the transport corridor through Kazakhstan to export Kazakhstan products through China to South-East Asia.

The transport of Kazakh goods using the port of Lianyungang contributes to the further development of the Economic belt of the Silk Road.

The sea port of Lianyungang is one of the largest ports in the world and is connected by direct rail links with China.

The transport and logistics terminal in the port of Lianyungang is a joint venture of GC Lianyungang Port and KTZ Express.

(Source: KTZ)

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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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