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UIC participates in 1520 Certification Conference held on 2 March 2017 in Moscow

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, addressed the 1520 Certification Conference held on 2 March 2017 in Moscow. The conference was hosted by the Union of Railway Constructors (SSZD) and Moscow State University of Railway Engineering (MIIT), and supported by Russian Railways (RZD).

Mr Boris Levin, Rector of MIIT, opened the conference. The most important event announced during the conference was the establishment of the Certification Cathedra of MIIT which is going to be chaired by Mr Genady Talashkin, President of SSZD.

Mr Loubinoux pointed out some specific topics in his speech which touched upon subjects of the conference linked to the international dimension of certification:
“…In the railway field, standardisation and certification are some of the main tools to consolidate the achievements obtained, to allow for the development and dissemination and thus it constitutes a key asset in the hands of the regulatory bodies and various railway companies.

For many years UIC, thanks to its associative nature, has undertaken a path to enhance its natural vocation of the World Organisation for Railway Standardisation in respect of its traditions and of the heritage of railway knowledge accumulated throughout 90 years of history.

In this vein, UIC has introduced the International Railway Standardised Technical Solutions (IRS), which naturally constitute voluntary tools of credibility between interfaces (industry – railway companies – customers), that allow you to pool specifications and processes among different users, to define the basic functions, the interfaces and the performances of railway systems and to assist the stakeholders in their implementation, application and management.
We are sure that these tools will prevent components of inadequate quality or “marketing lock-in strategy” from being supplied to railway networks and, thus, will provide our Members with enhanced safety, interoperability and increased cost-benefit efficiency.
In these and other premises we are invited to look for the reasons for the development of the synergies already in place between UIC, SSZD, MIIT and other scientific technical centres, which so far have produced significant results in the field of standardisation. Now it makes sense to expand the cooperation within the certification domain where standards become a tool for conformity assessment and mutual trust.

The search for a mutual cooperation, for which I believe we have now ripe conditions suitable to its establishment, now needs to be developed within further joint UIC – SSZD – MIIT standardisation and certification activities or, subject to your agreement, by experts of our organisations who have to be tasked with detailing in a short time the basic elements of a cooperation to combine the common and specific regulatory or voluntary certification elements despite differences of railway systems Eurasia-wide.

During the recent SSZD-UIC meeting in January, we discussed with Mr Talashkin, in the framework of the Memorandum signed in 2016, the UIC participation for the certification professionals to be prepared and qualified with a Masters in Railway Science and skills improvement training on the MIIT University basis as well as cooperation on the development of a centre of competence and certification body in the field of infrastructure for High Speed Lines.

The advantages of a reference standardisation system, able to represent the current certification needs and real models of the railway service, are undisputed and affect not only the intrinsic characteristics of the service, like safety and interoperability, but also the answers to all the challenges on mobility in modern societies.

I hope that these concepts, if shared, will lead to faster and wider realisation through your conclusions and I hope you draw maximum benefit from your work.”

The conference was attended by over 120 participants including representatives of 1520 top-management of state & regulatory & accreditation bodies, scientific technical centres and railway companies.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, Standardisation and East/West Relations Coordinator:

kinderis@uic.org

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6th edition of the UIC International Seminar on Railway Operating Safety and Security

Save the Date: 19 – 21 April 2017

Morocco is already Africa’s leading railway nation in terms of network size and traffic volumes, and will soon be the first to operate a high speed line.

The 6th edition of the UIC International Seminar on Railway Operating Safety and Security, which will take place from 19 to 21 April 2017 in Tangier (Morocco) and will have as its overarching theme “High speed rail: the challenges of safe and secure operations”, will provide a platform via which to share experience and good practice surrounding high speed rail systems at all stages in their life cycle - from design through to construction and opening for revenue service.

Drawing on existing achievements and specific examples, the seminar aims to present experience and good practice from across the world in high speed rail systems at all stages in their life cycle - from design through to construction and opening for revenue service.

Morocco’s high speed line in figures:

  • One 200-km double-track line;
  • 169 rail and road bridges;
  • 120 hydraulic structures and 12 viaducts;
  • 12 ultramodern double-deck high speed train sets with ERTMS signalling and GSM-R telecommunications;
  • 121 seats in first class and 412 in second;
  • 80 % of works contracts awarded to Moroccan companies;
  • 30 million man-days.
  • Scheduled services:
  • 32 trains per day;
  • 1 departure per hour in each direction;
  • 1 departure every 30 mins at peak hours.
  • Environmental benefits:
  • Will reduce annual CO2 emissions by 20,000 tonnes.

To consult the provisional programme please click on this link:

http://events.uic.org/6th-edition-of-the-international-seminar-on-railway-operating-safety-and

For further information please contact:

ONCF: zemrani@oncf.ma; azelmad@oncf.ma

UIC: Barbara Mouchel, mouchel@uic.org

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The train and us: Interview with Gilles Babinet on the impact of digital technology on transport

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CRITIS 2017: 12th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security – Call for Papers

The 12th edition of the International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS) will take place between 9 – 11 October 2017 at the IMT premises, in Lucca, Italy. CRITIS 2017 continues the efforts to bring together scientist, experts, policy makers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental organisations engaged in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems. CRITIS provides a bridge for the different research communities and disciplines involved in the CIP and encourages discussions, conceptualisations and modelling, especially when based on multi-disciplinary approaches.

Invited keynote speakers and special satellite events will complement a programme of original research and stakeholder contributions. We foresee two associated Workshops (on Energy and Water), a specific session for Operators to allow the presentation of practical problems or solutions at applied levels, and a dedicated session for EU and national projects to present their current activities.
Following the success of CRITIS 2016 organisation in Paris by UIC Security Division, and to ensure continuity with the previous edition, Grigore Havârneanu was appointed Program Co-Chair for CRITIS 2017.

Call for papers

Main topics: Cyber Security; Human Factors; Transport; Emergency Management; Urban Resilience; Trust and Information Sharing; Methods, Analyses and Models. Besides these main sectors, other scientific improvements in the field of security and protection of our complex society are eligible.

Papers submitted via EasyChair must be formatted using the LNCS Springer template and will be double blind reviewed. For poster contributions, submission can be limited to an extended abstract. All accepted contributions will be included in full length in the pre-proceedings that will appear at the time of the conference; accepted papers are planned to be published in the LNCS Springer-Verlag series.
In accordance with CRITIS tradition, special attention will be devoted to young talents though the Young Critis Award (YCA). To this purpose, a prize will be awarded to the best contribution presented by a young author.

Special dissemination sessions

In order to foster the link between the Operators and experts from academic or research institutions, a specific “Operator Session” is planned where Operators will present specific issues or their innovative solutions. While the participation to this session does not require the submission of an abstract, nor the publication of any proceedings, the Operators may also participate to the conference as any other contributor.
To the purpose of providing a dissemination opportunity, a “Project Session” is also planned where projects on C(I)IP will be given the opportunity to present its state of the art, preliminary results and ongoing work. In addition, CRITIS this session will represent a unique occasion to strengthen or create consortia for future project proposals.

Key dates

Paper submission: June 2
Registration open: July 1
Acceptance notification: July 15
Camera-ready papers: September 1
CRITIS Conference: October 9–11
CRITIS Satellite Workshops: October 12–13

For further information on CRITIS 2017 please visit the website www.critis2017.org.

If you wish to participate in the Operator or Project session, please contact Grigore Havârneanu (Research Advisor – UIC Security Division):

havarneanu@uic.org

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First meeting of Security of Stations Project Group held on 6 March at UIC HQ

Nowadays railway stations are affected by a large variety of threats. They span from a wide range of daily crimes (pick-pocketing, graffiti, vandalism, etc.) to sophisticated threats (organised crime, cybercrime, terrorism, etc.). To handle this, and to protect passengers, staff and stations as much as possible requires comprehensive, coherent and collaborative answers.

Within this context, a decision was taken to create a project group with a co-leadership of station managers and security managers. Furthermore, it was the theme of the UIC World Security Congress that was held on 23 – 25 November 2016 in Helsinki.

Around 15 security and station manager experts attended this first meeting held on 6 March and agreed on a common approach. The aim is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and customer perception. Therefore, the project group will provide guidelines and recommendations on “station security – station business” for longstanding balance, including potential improvements to be available for future developments on new stations and implementation at the existing ones. The results will be summarised in a dedicated handbook and presented during the NextStation Conference, which will be held from 19 – 20 October 2017 in Madrid.

To exchange knowledge about different kinds of security measures and their impact on station business, a decision was taken to hold three workshops with security and station manager experts taking place on the following dates:

  • 10 – 11 April 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic – focusing on technical measures
  • 12 May 2017 in Paris, France – focusing on organisational and procedural measures
  • 14 June 2017 in Moscow, Russia – focusing on human factor measures

If you are interested in participating in the workshops, or for further information, please contact:

Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division:

faber@uic.org or security@uic.org

Or Marg Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

guigon@uic.org

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) met on 7 March 2017 in Paris

At the kind invitation of SNCF Gares et Connexions (the stations and connection division of French National Railways), the SMGG met in Paris on 7 March 2017. SMGG is the UIC group dedicated to railway stations. It comprises station managers from UIC members and is managed by Carlos Ventura, Director of Passenger Stations at ADIF (Spain).

The UIC members represented at the SMGG meeting were: ADIF, DB, JR East, RZD, SNCB, SNCF.

UIC Headquarters was represented by Mr Iñaki Barrón, Director of the High Speed and Passenger Department, Ms Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division, Mr Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor within the Sustainable Development Unit, Mr John Lutz, Senior Advisor Certified Project Management Professional and Mr Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport.

Finalisation of the UIC project SUSTAIN – Best practices, benchmarking, guidelines and recommendations for sustainable stations

Mr Atsushi Sakai presented some stations of JR East from the point of view of sustainability.

Dr Roland Nolte, IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment
The results of the project SUSTAIN – Best practices, benchmarking, guidelines and recommendations for sustainable stations were presented. The project output comprises best practices, Sustainability Performance Profiles, a multi-dimensional assessment tool as well as guidelines and recommendations.

The collection of best practices for sustainable railway stations covers examples across Europe and East Asia and describes in detail environmental, social and economic sustainability measures. The Sustainability Performance Profiles for the best practice railway stations clearly show their strong points and focus as well as the potentials for future improvement of sustainability performance. The easy to handle multi-dimensional assessment tool can either be used for screening a larger number of railway stations or for a more detailed sustainability assessment of selected railway stations.

Guidelines and recommendations have been developed for the assessment process and the application of the tool as well as for the improvement of sustainability performance of railway stations. They cover assessment procedures, data handling & quality and reporting issues as well as lanes of action with measures to improve the sustainability performance in the short-term, mid-term and long-term time perspective for all five main criteria of sustainability performance. Furthermore, an outline of a future standardisation process has been developed.

Security of stations

Ms Kathrin Faber presented the conclusions of the security workshop of 6 March 2017. The aim is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and client perception. Therefore, the project group will provide guidelines and recommendations on “station security – station business” for longstanding balance, including potential improvements to be available for future developments on new stations and implementation at the existing ones. The results will be summarised in a handbook and presented during the NextStation Conference, which will be held from 19 – 20 October 2017 in Madrid.
To exchange knowledge on different kinds of security measures and their impact on station business, a decision was made to hold three workshops with security and station manager experts taking place on the following dates:

  • 10 – 11 April 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic – focusing on technical measures
  • 12 May 2017 in Paris, France – focusing on organisational and procedural measures
  • 14 June 2017 in Moscow, Russia – focusing on human factor measures

During the meeting the participants decided that at least 2 – 3 members from SMGG will attend at each meeting.

Future Station project

Mr John Lutz presented the preparation of the project “Future Station”, in the framework of Shift2Rail.

The last point of the meeting concerned the future projects to launch in the framework of SMGG for the period 2018 – 2020.

The next SMGG meeting will take place on 29 June at Berlin.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Senior Passenger Advisor:

guigon@uic.org

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Meeting with the new Chairman of the UIC Legal Group at UIC

On 7 March, the new Chairman of the UIC Legal Group, Mr Enrico Trapazzo, Trenitalia, came to UIC to meet Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Mr Thierry Béra, UIC Finance Director, and Ms Emmanuelle Nedjar, UIC Legal Affairs Manager.

Mr Trapazzo has succeeded Ms Henuset, SNCB, who has recently retired.
Mr Trapazzo’s expertise includes an interesting mix of international experience, legal practice and rail business knowledge. In the last 28 years, within the FS Group, he has acquired significant experience of several transport markets and developed a strong benchmarking culture as well as a global strategic vision. Moreover, he is an expert of EU rail legislation and railway models around the world.

He is currently acting as Deputy Director for Passenger Affairs within the Trenitalia Legal Department.

The UIC Legal Group is open to all Legal Directors – representatives of UIC members. The main objectives of the group are to defend the joint interests of UIC members in legal affairs and to follow any legal proceedings relating to UIC as well as to promote the exchange of technical information and experience between the legal experts of UIC members.

The subjects of discussion of the meeting on 7 March included renewing links between members of the group and European legal subjects such as 4th Railway Package and open data treatment including personal and business data such as MERITS.

Two UIC Legal Group meetings are scheduled for this year:

  • 15 – 16 May at UIC-HQ Paris
  • 21 – 22 September in Rome as a part of the UIC Digital Days

For further information please contact Emmanuelle Nedjar, UIC Legal Affairs Manager:

nedjar@uic.org

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News from UIC members
  

Poland: Mr Krzysztof Mamiński appointed new CEO of PKP JSC

Mr Krzysztof Mamiński has been associated with PKP JSC for 36 years. He graduated in economic studies from the University of Szczecin and completed postgraduate studies in the European model of management at Kozminski University. He began his professional career in 1980 at the IT division of the State Railways Central Region Directorate in Warsaw. In 1990 he went on to become a member of the National Commission of the "Solidarity” trade union where he held the position of chairman of the National Railway Community Section and chairman of the Transport Workers’ Secretaryship. Between 1998-2002 he was a member of the PKP JSC management board with responsibility for restructuring and HR management.

From 2012 to 2013 Mr Mamiński held the position of PKP JSC management board representative for social dialogue in the PKP Group. In March 2016 he became head of Przewozy Regionalne LLC, Polish largest provider of regional railway transport services – first as acting CEO and later, from April 2016, as CEO. In March, 2017 he was appointed CEO of PKP JSC.

UIC congratulates Mr Krzysztof Mamiński on his appointment and wishes him all the best in his new role.

(Source: PKP)

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United States: Construction begins on Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements Project

Amtrak and partners host official groundbreaking ceremony

On 28 February federal, state and local officials joined together with SEPTA, Amtrak and their honored guests to officially break ground on the Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements Project, a $36 million initiative to improve accessibility, safety and provide operational flexibility at the Paoli Train Station.

“Amtrak is advancing a robust program of station accessibility improvements across our network,” said Tom Moritz, Amtrak Senior Director of Business Development. “We are proud to partner with SEPTA, PennDOT, the Federal Transit Administration and the Tredyffrin Township community to help transform the Paoli Train Station into an intermodal facility that is accessible for all.”

“The Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements Project is the first phase in a long-term effort to bring much-needed improvements to this vital station,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. “This partnership between Amtrak, FTA, PennDOT and the surrounding community is a game-changer. This current phase of ADA improvements will make the station more accessible and safety will be enhanced through upgrades to the surface parking lot. Our riders and the community have been looking forward to the transformation of Paoli Station. I am thrilled to see work finally starting – and this is only the beginning.”

Amtrak has contracted with Neshaminy Constructors Inc., of Feasterville, Pa., to advance a series of station improvements including a new center island, high level platform, new elevators and ramps, a pedestrian overpass, parking lot improvements, ADA improvements to the existing station building and upgrades in rail infrastructure to support other project components. During construction, there will be no impact to the number of available parking spaces or train operations.
Once complete, this project will set the stage for potential further construction of the proposed Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center, a new expansive transportation center envisioned to serve the growing needs of the traveling public and support the Paoli business district and future growth of the area.

“The improvements at Paoli station are in line with station improvements PennDOT has overseen at stations all along the 104-mile Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg,” said Deputy Secretary for Multi Modal Toby Fauver. “Governor Wolf’s administration has continued the Commonwealth’s commitment to enhancing and building ridership along this vital passenger rail corridor, which contributes to the region’s economic vitality.”

“On behalf of the Tredyffrin Township Board of Supervisors and Staff, I would like to thank the Project Teams at Amtrak, SEPTA, & PennDOT for all of their diligence and hard work in making this project a reality,” said Tredyffrin Township Board Chairman Trip Lukens. “The Township, along with our partners at the Chester County Board of Commissioners, Chester County Planning Commission, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and members of the Paoli Task Force (both past and present), are thrilled to finally see this project come to life. This is the beginning of a renaissance for Paoli, the first of many future improvements near the station that will continue Tredyffrin Township’s important role in helping meet the transportation needs of our region.”

In fiscal year 2016, 201,572 Amtrak passengers and approximately 740,000 SEPTA passengers passed through the station. The current station facilities built in 1953 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, including the one-story brick station building, are not fully accessible and are in need of improvement. SEPTA and Amtrak have partnered to make modifications to the station and infrastructure at the station to bring into compliance with 2006 U.S. Department of Transportation Accessibility Standards.

(Source: Amtrak)

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China: Railway police spares no efforts in ensuring orderly and smooth transport

With universities and colleges nationwide open for a new school year, the railway ushered in a new round of passenger hikes on return trips. Local railway police across the country adjusted police deployment in time, strengthened station area inspection and supervision, and worked in close cooperation with the passenger transport departments to guide passenger flows. They also tightened security checks, cracked down on illegal activities that might cause financial loss on passengers, and ensured orderly and stable passenger transport during peak times.

Local railway police departments heightened law enforcement at squares, ticket offices, waiting rooms and other areas through increased patrolling, video surveillance and other forms against key targets and suspicious items. They worked closely with the railway passenger transport and traffic control departments, to get hold of passenger flow during rush hours or on key trains, and the status of train operation. They arranged forces at flyovers, underground passages and other key areas, worked with the passenger departments in organising station gate security check and ticket check, and ensured order in boarding trains by splitting passenger flows by time, diverting passengers and preventing crowding and stampeding.

Railway police coordinated railway stations, to strengthen supervision and inspection, conscientiously implement duties and procedures of security posts, and increase the intensity of security checks. Railway public security divisions at Guangzhou, Yanbian, Datong and other places mobilised administrative personnel to reinforce key stations, while those at Jinzhou, Wuwei, Hami and other places worked closely with in-station armed police and local public security organizations to carry out patrolling to ensure order.

(Source: CR)

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Germany: Raimund Stüer named new Board Member for Sales at DB Cargo

The Supervisory Board of DB Cargo AG voted today to approve Raimund Stüer (55) as Member of the Management Board for Sales as of 15 March 2017. As a member of DB Cargo’s five-person management board, Stüer will be responsible for all of the German and Europe-wide sales and marketing activities of Europe’s largest freight operating company.

Stüer, who holds a degree in business, has spent most of his career to date in rail freight transport. A co-founder of the private freight operating company TX Logistik AG, he successfully established the company as an international provider on the North-South corridor during his tenure from 2000 to 2011. He also served as Senior Vice President at Kühne + Nagel Management AG, where his responsibilities included global products and services in rail and intermodal logistics.

“We are delighted that Mr Stüer will be joining the Management Board of DB Cargo and will be able to contribute his sales and marketing expertise”, said Jürgen Wilder, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of DB Cargo. “His extensive experience and his network in national and international rail freight will help DB Cargo on its growth trajectory”, Wilder continued.

Raimund Stüer replaces Andreas Busemann, who is leaving the position as of 14 March 2017 to pursue activities outside the DB Group.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-21 April 2017 Safety and security seminar Tangier, Morocco
  • 21 April 2017 Rail System Forum Plenary Room Louis ArmandUIC HQ
  • 24-29 April 2017 IRaTCA Training Session 2017 Seoul, Korea
  • 25 April 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 26-27 April 2017 New Projects Workshop UIC
  • 26 April 2017 European work programme 2018 Paris
  • 27 April 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 28-29 April 2017 UIMC management Committee meeting UIC - Paris
  • 10-11 May 2017 Steering Committee of Statistics - Meeting Firenze (IT)
  • 11 May 2017 Web Conference Asia Pacific UIC HQ, Paris
  • 17-18 May 2017 GSMR-R & FRMCS Conference Paris UIC
  • 18 May 2017 Freight Forum
  • 2 June 2017 ILCAD Conference and Awareness Campaign Montréal, Canada
  • 6 June 2017 24th European Regional Assembly Switzerland
  • 6-9 June 2017 UIC Security week Paris, UIC, HQ
  • 13 June 2017 Preparatory Group 90th General Assembly Paris
  • 16-17 June 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 305
  • 16 June 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting CP Porto, Portugal
  • 21 June 2017 23rd UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly China
  • 26 June 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call

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