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UIC participated in the United Nations High-Level Action Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda, 23 March 2017

UIC advocate for pre-2020 action to support rail as the backbone of sustainable transport and a part of the answer to climate change at the United Nations High-Level Action Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda, 23 March 2017.

UIC were invited to participate at a High-Level Action Event on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Opening addresses were given by the President of the UN General Assembly H.E Peter Thompson, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC Patricia Espinosa. The event was extended by half a day to accommodate supporting statements from national governments.

UIC were represented by Nick Craven, Manager of the Sustainable Development Unit, who participated in a workshop on pre 2020 action on climate and the sustainable development goals. 2020 will be a particularly critical year for a range of reasons, these include numerous scientific studies that have identified 2020 as an important threshold for emission reductions. The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes a number of targets to be achieved by 2020, many national governments have chosen 2020 to benchmark their emissions and the UN climate process will require the resubmission of national plans for reduction of emissions and adaptation. In this context UIC highlighted the need for greater investment and action to support rail transport as the backbone of sustainable transport.

Discussions focused on how to build momentum and confidence with both the general public and political leaders to realise a more sustainable economic model. 2018 is considered to be a ‘trigger year’ as this will see important conclusions to the UN Paris agreement ‘rule book’ and stocktaking processes. The sustainable development community is to work towards a political momentum in 2020 which can be used to catalyse a shift towards sustainable policy and investment decisions. Rail is widely recognised as the backbone of sustainable transport and therefore an enabler of sustainable development. As such the rail sector can play an important supporting role in the transition to a more sustainable economic model and also gain from favourable policy and greater investment.

For more information please contact M. Nick Craven: craven@uic.org

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UIC participated at IRFC 2017 Conference in Prague

UIC participated on 22-24 March in Prague at the International Rail Forum & Conference - IRFC 2017 – organised by Oltis Group under the Patronage of the European Union Agency for Railways ERA, the Czech Ministry of Transport and the Czech Parliament, UIC, OSJD, CER, UNIFE and Shift2Rail.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux took part on 21 March at the high-level panel dedicated to the theme “Railway in the Crossroads of Times – Visions and Challenges” and grouping the leaders of European institutions as well as the associations from the rail sector.

In his presentation he described the perspectives for railways to be in this 21st century a major actor of mobility. “Railways in facilitating the crossing of borders between nations, strongly contributes to creating interoperability between countries and their populations, including over long and very long distances”.
He added: “in this century, stakeholders all over the world, are recognizing that mobility by rail is in fact the backbone of an effective, integrated, multimodal transport system, thanks to its advantages in terms of capacity, safety, reliability and environmental-friendliness.”

Describing the main trends for the future, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stressed that due to the continuous urbanization at global level (66 % of the world population will be urban by 2050), railways will have to cope with this growing demand for intra and extra urban mobility and therefore to optimize the management of all the interfaces with intercity services as well as with all other transport systems. Another global main trend is the growing demand for freight (increase by a factor 3 by 2050 according to OECD forecasts, with a focus on North Pacific instead of North Atlantic) and passenger transport (that will double between 2015 and 2050).

In order to play this role of a backbone of an effective transport system, railways have, according to UIC Director General, to face 5 main challenges in the present period and near future:
-  Developing a genuine multi-modal mobility system in optimizing all interfaces
-  Being successful in the development of transcontinental and intercontinental corridors for freight in close cooperation with all international partner organizations involved such as UN, OTIF, ECO, OSJD, TRACECA, UIC,
-  Taking all advantage from the technological and especially the digital revolution,
-  Increasing the advantage in terms of sustainability and environmental-friendliness
-  Being active in railway research as the key to innovation, through ambitious research programs such as Shift2Rail.

He also stressed the crucial importance of the transmission of knowledge and beat practices to the younger generations who will manage railways of tomorrow.

During the IRFC 2017 conference on 22-23 March , three sessions were moderated by Simon Fletcher, Director, Coordinator for Europe at UIC Headquarters.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux addressed the topic “UIC: We are Digital”, Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, handled “Challenges of Cyber Security on Critical Railway System”, and Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer at UIC, addressed the issue “Digital Revolution: the New Challenge of the Railway Industry”.

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Rejunevating the 84-year-old railway signalling system of Gare de Lyon (Paris, France)

After 10 years of studies and major work (200M€ investment), the new centralized traffic control in the Gare de Lyon area was successfully commissioned on March 20th. The two electromechanical interlocking units dating back to 1933 have been replaced by brand new computorised units (see pictures), connected to a control centre located in South of Paris. This new traffic center supervises a 10 km area, controls 4 signal boxes and is designed to centralise more in the future.

SNCF Réseau has taken up a major challenge: stringing 700 km of cable, connecting 2 500 infrastructure elements (switches, signals, track circuits, detectors…) and running tests over a 48-hour period. This last stage of the project mobilized no less than 700 people,of SNCF Réseau. The overall traffic in Gare de Lyon - 1 000 trains per day - was totally suspended during the March 18/19 weekend, leading SNCF Réseau to reroute international and interregional trains to other stations in Paris (Paris Montparnasse, Paris Est, Paris Austerlitz) as well as in the urban periphery (Massy Palaiseau, Chessy, Marne-la-Vallée, Versailles-Chantiers, Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle).

For Patrick Jeantet, Chairman of SNCF Réseau: “in just 48 hours the signal boxes of Paris-Gare de Lyon have been brought into the 21st century. This successful technological leap forward testifies to the commitment of all those involved in the modernisation and acceleration of the transformation of the railway system that we have undertaken. At the heart of this commitment, there is, of course, the improvement to the life of millions of passengers who travel on our lines everyday.”

(Source: SNCF)

Patrick Jeantet and teams (Pictures : SNCF / Patrick Lazic)

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UIC took part in Capacity4Rail Workshop on 15 March 2017 in Paris

The EU funded Capacity4Rail Project Workshop on Innovation for Increasing Track Performance & Capacity was held in Paris on 15 March 2017. This event was co-organised by UIC, EFRTC (European Federation of Railway Trackwork Contractors), the University of Huddersfield and Newrail (Newcastle University).

As host of the event, Mr Imrich Korpanec, EFRTC Secretary General, delivered the welcome speech and pointed out the interest shown in the workshop, especially from organisations and experts not directly participating in the project.
He was pleased to welcome representatives of the infrastructure managers, private companies, consultants, railway industry, academia, institutions and representatives of the European Union Agency for Railways.

Mr Alvaro Andrés, UIC Capacity4Rail Project Coordinator, presented the outline and objectives of the project, all aimed at bringing the railway system towards a resilient, affordable, adaptable, automated and high-capacity railway by 2030/2050.

Several presentations were then delivered during the morning session:

  • New track concept generation, selection & design – Slab track concept, by Amador Quintano, INECO
  • Effect of very high speed on track and bridges, by Erica Calatozzo, SYSTRA
  • New approach to maintenance based on advanced sensors and monitoring technologies in S&C, by Edd Stewart, University of Birmingham
  • Understanding root causes of S&C defects and assessing effective remedies, by Yann Bezin, University of Huddersfield

During the afternoon, the presentations were dedicated to advanced monitoring and diagnostics of track infrastructure for predictive track maintenance.
Mr Gunnar Baumann, DB, talked about monitoring technologies, strategies and sensors.
Ms Noemi Jimenez-Redondo, CEMOSA, presented the sustainable strategies for monitoring in slab track.
Mr Burchard Ripke, DB, gave the migration strategies for innovative track solutions 2030/2050.

The workshop was closed with a round table discussion gathering representatives from INFRABEL (Infrastructure Managers), CHALMERS (Academia) and COMSA (Private contractor – Railway construction industry) and moderated by Mr Pierre-Etienne Gautier, SYSTRA.

Mr Paul Godart, INFRABEL, took the floor highlighting the main challenges for Infrastructure Managers with the shift to the 4th industrial revolution with a system from the 19th century. He identified the need of traceability, quality, environmental consciousness and safety when managing the railway infrastructures, respecting the internal and European regulations and, while at the same time, maintaining a sound financial balance.

Mr Björn Paulsson, CHALMERS, emphasized the need for the involvement of the Universities and Research Institutes in a long-term partnership with the railway community to continue working in innovative research activities and implement the results of the EU Research efforts in the railway system.

Mr Valenti Fontserè, COMSA, and Mr Imrich Korpanec, EFRTC Secretary General, referred to the current challenging situation in the EU-railway research, the technologies competitiveness coming from outside Europe and the difficulties to implement in the sector the innovations coming out from EU projects. The PPP (public-private partnership) can be a good instrument to introduce the innovations in railway infrastructures.

Future Capacity4Rail events:

  • Workshop “Digital operations for enhanced performance and capacity in European railways”. 27-28 April 2017. Hosted by OLTIS Group. Olomouc, Czech Republic.
  • Capacity4Rail, Final Conference, 21 September 2017. Venue to be confirmed.

To know more about the project, visit http://www.capacity4Rail.eu or contact andres@uic.org

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Cooperation Products & Services
  

Truly Integrated Transport System for Sustainable and Efficient Logistics - SETRIS

The European project funded SETRIS (Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies) coordinated by University of Newcastle and ECTRI aims at delivering a cohesive approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe. Through the collaboration of all transport modes, SETRIS has recently published “A Truly Integrated Transport System for Sustainable and Efficient Logistics”. This provides a holistic overview of a truly integrated transport system as the vision to reach significant advances in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of freight transport and logistics, creating value and adding competitiveness in Europe and supporting the achievement of societal challenges associated to freight transport. The document is available here.

The document has been reviewed and endorsed by the five transport ETPs:

  • ACARE, Advisory Council for Aviation Research and innovations in Europe
  • ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovations through Collaboration in Europe
  • ERRAC, European Rail Research Advisory Council
  • ERTRAC, European Road Transport Research Advisory Council
  • WATERBORNETP, Waterborne Technology platform

For more information please contact M. Dennis Schut: schut@uic.org

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Market Place Seminar 2017: Save the date!

UIC and FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, are jointly organising the 8th edition of the Market Place Seminar.

This year’s edition of the Seminar will take place in Duisburg, Germany on 14 and 15 September under the heading: “Inland Hubs: Key towards rail Freight Corridor Development” and will be organised around 4 thematic sessions.

The UIC-FIATA Market Place Seminars offer a business oriented platform for all stakeholders of the logistics chain and foster interactive and lively exchanges on transport solutions and business opportunities.

A detailed programme will be available soon. In the meantime, should you be interested in participating in the Seminar, you are welcome to send your paper proposal to the technical committee: perrot@uic.org

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4th edition of the Rail Talent eNewsletter just published

The fourth edition of the Railway Talent quarterly eNewsletter is now available. The issue focuses on our current projects’ developments and the experience of Anna Fraszczyk, one of our Ambassadors who recently took up a Postdoc Fellowship at Mahidol University in Thailand.

There is a space for all passionate and enthusiastic people under our Railway Talent umbrella so do get in touch via contact@railtalent.org if you have brilliant ideas of how to engage with talents in the railway sector!

Discover this edition of the Rail Talent eNewsletter:
http://www.railtalent.org/sites/default/files/Railway%20Talents%20newsletter%20issue%204.pdf

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the Expertise Development Division: amirault@uic.org

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IRaTCA Training Session 2017

The UIC Asia-Pacific Region with KORAIL will organise the next IRaTCA Training Session dedicated to Integrated Transport & Logistics Planning and Operations in Seoul, Korea from 24-28 April 2017.

The objectives are:

  • Comprehending overview of integrated logistics transport system and service
  • Understanding inter-modal chains in international transport
  • Sharing the knowledge about inter-operation of passenger and freight rail transport
  • Finding out the way to strengthen cooperation and understand each other

The programme will include

Sessions on:

  • International logistics transport service;
  • Integrated freight transport system;
  • Maintenance of Railway system; etc.

Technical visits to:

  • KORAIL training centre;
  • ICD and freight station of KORAIL;
  • KTX (Korean High Speed Train) riding; etc.

UIC Asia-Pacific is pleased to invite your representatives to attend the IRaTCA Training.

Looking forward to your attendance at this interesting training.

For further information please contact UIC, Mrs Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor Institutional Relations, Asia-Pacific region: segeral@uic.org

Or KORAIL, Mr Inchul Beom, Training Manager: alfmking@korail.com

Or visit: http://events.uic.org/iratca-training-session-2017

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The EU funded Capacity4Rail project invites you to the workshop: “Digital operations for enhanced capacity”, Olomouc (Czech Republic), 27-28 April 2017

“Register and book your accommodation soon!”

The FP7 EU-funded project Capacity4Rail invites you to a Workshop & Training
“Digital operations for enhanced capacity to achieve an automated, resilient, robust, adaptable and affordable railway system”on 27 & 28 April 2017 in OLTIS Group Headquarters, Dr. M. Horákové 27A, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

If you are a practitioner or an expert working in either the railway industry or academia involved in one or more of the following areas:

  • Operation and capacity planning
  • Timetable design
  • Traffic Management
  • Strategic operation and infrastructure development
  • Strategic investment planners
  • Information systems and data management
  • Control command and signalling
  • Modelling and simulation of railway traffic

This public event is open to experts from across Europe’s rail infrastructure industry and academia. It will focus on planning & management of railway operations and will showcase the key outputs from the EC FP7 funded project Capacity4Rail, namely:
It will offer an excellent opportunity to hear about the latest developments in advanced tools for railway planning, simulation of railway operations, railway traffic management and innovative data architectures to enable the digitalisation of railway systems.

Panel discussions with representatives of the main European railway industry and academia will be held in the context of potential take up of these innovative solutions by the railways.

Join us, it will be a fantastic opportunity for looking at the future scenarios of railways in 2030/2050, and of course, to boost networking.

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants from the target group listed above can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Register and book your accommodation online: http://www.capacity4rail.eu/workshop-training-digital-operations-for-enhanced-performance-and-capacity-in

For more information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, UIC: dekeyzer@uic.org

News from UIC members
  

Finland: Welcome to tomorrow’s world, where mobility is steered by mobile data

In future, information will play an even greater role in mobility, although roads, railways or fairways form the traditional transport framework. Mobile data and shared information provide people with more mobility options, and they can even choose not to travel, for example, by working from home. Freedom of choice will increase in daily life.

It will be possible to carry optimal cargo in maritime transport, to precisely measure and repair road depressions or to use a linked travel service home from the cottage. In future, data and shared information will ensure more effective, punctual and safer journeys. The intelligence of the platform will spread throughout the whole travel chain, from the route to the end user.

"Sensors embedded in the infrastructure, measuring devices and cameras will generate an increasing amount of accurate data", said Director Jan Juslén.

An exact situation picture helps us to allocate maintenance and repair actions precisely. In addition to more effective infrastructure management, we are also able to monitor traffic more thoroughly and share the gathered information. "Information about exceptional situations, weather conditions, accidents and congestions is processed and distributed to other targeted road users in advance. Situations like these, as well as data collection by crowdsourcing, are now piloted in the NordicWay and Aurora projects,” said Juslén.

Mobility, journey and destination – changing travel behaviour
Information in itself is not an absolute value, but the services created on the basis of the information. In future, mobility will be purchased as a service, traffic will be increasingly automated and the role of the driver will diminish. At the same time, traffic safety will improve.

"Safety distances for automated vehicles and their speed will be adjusted to the situation and conditions. A reduced risk of accidents may even result in fewer safety structures" , said Juslén.

Mobility needs are undergoing change. When data is mobile, people’s travel behaviour may change so that their mobility needs are concentrated to their free time. This emphasises the importance of quality, comfort and experience provided by the travel service. The user-friendliness and accessibility of the services determine how worthwhile the users find the alternatives.

Above all, traffic management is capacity management. "Transport needs are adapted to the transport network. Vehicles will be operated most of the time, not parked. The modelled transport network is the foundation, which will be kept in a condition which meets the requirements of vehicles and enhances smooth mobility".

(Source: FTA)

News from UIC members
  

United States: Railroad progress on Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a status update today on railroads’ progress implementing positive train control (PTC) systems in the fourth quarter of 2016. The status update, based on railroad-submitted quarterly data, shows freight railroads continue to make consistent progress while passenger industry progress in installing and activating the life-saving technology only slightly increased.
The latest data, current as of December 31, 2016, confirms freight railroads now have PTC active on just 16 percent of tracks required to be equipped with PTC systems—up from 12 percent last quarter. Passenger railroads made less progress—with a slight increase to 24 percent from 23 percent.

Due in large part to Amtrak’s significant progress on PTC, 41 percent of passenger railroads’ locomotives are now fully equipped with PTC technology, compared to 29 percent the previous quarter. Freight railroads’ percentage of locomotives fully equipped with PTC technology rose to 42 percent, up from 38 percent.
“We continue to closely monitor railroads’ progress implementing Positive Train Control,” said Patrick Warren, FRA Executive Director. “With less than two years remaining to complete the implementation process, it is imperative that railroads continue to meet implementation milestones.”

PTC systems are designed to prevent certain train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and trains going to the wrong tracks because a switch was left in the wrong position.
Congress requires Class I railroads and entities providing regularly scheduled intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation to implement PTC systems by December 31, 2018. Only if some key implementation and installation milestones are met may railroads be eligible to obtain a limited extension to complete certain non-hardware, operational aspects of PTC system implementation no later than December 31, 2020, subject to the Secretary of Transportation’s approval.

The fourth quarter status update includes railroad-by-railroad quarterly data on track segments completed, locomotives equipped, employees trained, radio towers installed, route miles in PTC operation, and other key implementation data. See the infographics below.

Since 2008, when Congress first mandated PTC system implementation on certain railroad main lines, FRA has provided significant assistance to support railroads’ PTC system implementation. Those efforts include:

  • Providing more than $716 million in grants to support railroads’ implementation of PTC systems, including nearly $400 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding and $25 million in fiscal year 2016 Railroad Safety Technology Program funding;
  • Issuing a nearly $1 billion loan to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement PTC systems on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad;
  • Announcing the availability of $199 million in grants to commuter railroads and state and local governments in fiscal year 2017 for PTC system implementation;
  • Building a PTC testbed at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado;
  • Working directly with the Federal Communications Commission and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to improve the approval process for PTC communication towers; and
  • Dedicating staff to work on PTC implementation, including establishing a PTC task force.

(Source: FRA)

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News from UIC members
  

France: Two Digital appointments at the SNCF

Henri Pidault, Ecole Normale supérieure de Cachan and previously Technical Director of Deloitte Digital (2014-March 2017), has been appointed Director of Digital Performance of SNCF.

David Leborgne, Ecole supérieure des techniques commerciales, previously Manager of Google Web Portals (2015-2016), Manager of services for Google Cloud enterprises (January 2016-March 2017) has been appointed Director Digital of the SNCF.

UIC welcomes these appointments and wishes Merrs Pidault and Leborgne every success in their new jobs.

(Source: SNCF)

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News from UIC members
  

Germany: DB invests billions of euros in noise protection

In the report of the Noise Reduction Manager which will be presented in April, DB will give an account of the various measures which have been put in place.
So far 2,000 km of noise protection walls have been constructed and 1,600 km of lines (40% of the 3,700 km of lines considered as heavily loaded) have been the subject of noise protection measures.

57,000 houses and flats have received windows that protect against noise.
A total of 1.2 billion euros have been invested in noise protection, of which 100 million euros have been invested by DB directly.

By the end of 2017 Deutsche Bahn will increase the number of its ‘quiet’ wagons (with quiet brake blocks) from 33,000 today to 40,000.
By 2020, all the fleet of 64,000 wagons will be fitted or re-fitted, which will enable the target of halving the noise produced by railways to be achieved. The cost for DB Cargo: 230 million euros.

Ronald Pofalla, member of the DB Board responsible for Infrastructure said: “This money is well spent. For it is obvious that the future belongs entirely to ’quiet’ wagons. If we want to carry more goods by rail in Germany, we must have the support of the population, today more so than in the past.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn press release)

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News from UIC members
  

Germany: Dr Richard Lutz appointed new President of the Board of Deutsche Bahn

The DB supervisory board has appointed Dr Richard Lutz as the new President of Deutsche Bahn until March 2022. He succeeds Dr Rüdiger Grube, who stepped down as Chairman of the Management Board at the end of January 2017.

Dr Richard Lutz, 52, who studied business management, joined Deutsche Bahn in 1994. Having served as Chief Financial Officer since 2010, Lutz had been acting as interim President since Grube’s departure.
Under the new board structure, Lutz will retain his responsibility for Finance & Accounting which is to be combined with his new role as CEO.

The Supervisory Board also drew up the forthcoming re-appointments of the Management Board members Berthold Huber (Passenger Transport) and Ronald Pofalla (Infrastructure). Both will also receive a five-year contract, which runs until March 2022.

Two new members are to cover the remits of Freight & Logistics and Digital & Technology. These appointments are expected to be announced shortly, but in the meantime Huber will continue to oversee the freight portfolio and Lutz will oversee the technology sector previously headed by Grube.

“Nobody knows Deutsche Bahn as well as Dr Lutz”, said Supervisory Board Chairman Prof Utz-Hellmuth Felcht. “His competence and experience will provide the necessary continuity that the company needs in the midst of rapid change.”
The new contracts for Huber and Pofalla would ensure that the management board could continue to act as a team to “consistently and successfully implement the Zukunft Bahn programme” to improve quality and attract more customers.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux extended his warmest congratulations to President Dr Richard Lutz on his appointment on behalf of himself and the international railway community.
He expressed a wish that, under the leadership of Dr Richard Lutz, Deutsche Bahn as a founding member of UIC and a key player in international railway cooperation would pursue and even further strengthen its commitment to all UIC’s activities and projects – whether it be at the level of UIC Europe or worldwide cooperation activities.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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News from UIC members
  

United Kingdom: High-speed line to Bordeaux

  • Journey time reduced by over one hour
  • First service departs on 2 July 2017
  • Fares from London to Bordeaux start from £110 return

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe opened ticket sales for the new route from London to Bordeaux on 15 March 2017.

The new high-speed line in France will reduce journey time by over one hour, offering passengers a more convenient alternative to flying. With a simple connection in Paris from Gare du Nord to Montparnasse, passengers can travel from the heart of London to the centre of Bordeaux, with services specially timed to ensure a fast transfer between the Eurostar and local high-speed train.

The new line is testament to the increasing appeal of the city, which offer travellers the ultimate French escape. Crowned as the 2017 World’s Best City by Lonely Planet, Bordeaux boasts grand architecture, a dynamic restaurant scene and a wealth of art and culture.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director, Eurostar, said: “There is a growing appetite for Bordeaux, as British travellers are drawn to the gastronomic and cultural attractions of the city and nearby regions. With the new high-speed line, passengers will benefit from a more civilised way to travel with city-centre-to city-centre travel, a generous baggage allowance and superior comfort on board our new trains.”

With its close proximity to the Atlantic Coast, Bordeaux is extremely well connected linking some of France’s most popular seaside resorts including Île de Ré, Cap Ferret, Arcachon. For those looking to taste some of Europe’s finest wines, the world famous vineyards of Saint-Émilion and Médoc are within easy reach.

With quick and convenient check-in, city-centre to city-centre travel, and a generous baggage allowance, Eurostar is the ideal way to travel to mainland Europe. Passengers travelling on the new e320 train can sit back and unwind in more spacious surroundings and enjoy free wi-fi and over 300 hours of entertainment – all streamed straight to their phone, tablet or laptop.

From only £110 return, passengers can speed across the French countryside to Bordeaux. For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call the Eurostar contact centre on 03432 186 186.

(Source: Eurostar)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 2 June 2017 ILCAD Conference and Awareness Campaign Montréal, Canada
  • 6 June 2017 24th European Regional Assembly Bern
  • 6-9 June 2017 UIC Security week Paris, UIC, HQ
  • 13 June 2017 Preparatory Group 90th General Assembly Paris
  • 15-16 June 2017 COLPOFER General Assembly Moscow
  • 16-17 June 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 305
  • 16 June 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting CP Porto, Portugal
  • 19-20 June 2017 UIC Workshop on Internet of Things / Big Data Beijing, China
  • 19-20 June 2017 UIC RailAdapt Workshop Beijing, China
  • 20-21 June 2017 UIC RailAdapt Workshop Beijing, China
  • 21 June 2017 Workshop on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2017/2018 Beijing, China
  • 21 June 2017 23rd UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly China
  • 26 June 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 10 July 2017 Executive Board Istanbul, Turkey
  • 10 July 2017 90th General Assembly Istanbul, Turkey
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  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 305
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