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UIC and its Combined Transport Group present the “2016 Report on Combined Transport in Europe”

The market segment of international combined transport in TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) is still the main driver for growth with an increase of 6% from 2013 to 2015

The “2016 Report on Combined Transport in Europe” was prepared on behalf of the International Union of Railways (UIC) by BSL Transportation Consultants GmbH and provides a thorough insight into the combined transport industry in 2015. The 2016 Report provides readily usable information on the European combined rail/ road transport market, and is a Report unique of its kind, a comprehensive instrument necessary for understanding the sector in terms of market structure and volumes.
In addition to the market information featured in previous editions (i.e. market structure and general outlook) the 2016 edition of the Report includes some of the significant topics currently under discussion in the European railway environment, such as the harmonised implementation of the Rail Freight Corridors and its likely impact on the further development of the combined transport.

The Report also includes spotlight analyses on the development of:

  • the hinterland market and seaport activity;
  • market technology and digitalisation;
  • market development in the (Eastern) Mediterranean and Russia.

While rail modal split of freight transport is particularly high in Central-Eastern and North-Eastern Europe, the Report shows how the market segment of international combined transport in TEU is still the main driver for growth with an increase of 6% from 2013 to 2015.

Despite the fact that the total volume of combined transport in Europe in TEU recorded a slight increase compared to 2013, the total Combined Transport market increase is mainly driven by volumes of the unaccompanied segment (+ 8.5% from 2013 to 2015).

The stronger growth of tonnes compared to TEU indicates an increasing trend towards transporting heavier shipments.

Combined Transport, once again, shows its importance as leading market segment with 43% growth (in tonnes) since 2005.

The UIC Combined Transport Group (CTG) has the aim of developing cooperation at international and community level between all Railway Undertakings, with a view to advancing and promoting intermodal techniques and making them reliable, competitive and better-suited to the requirements of the market and the environment.
The CTG is open to all interested railways who operate international combined transport traffic.

For more information about the Combined Transport Group, please consult the website:

The report can be downloaded from the Combined Transport Group website on:


UIC participated in FERRMED Conference on the Ebro Axis on 30 March 2017 in Lleida, Spain

A conference on corridors and more specifically on the Ebro Axis was held last week in Lleida, Spain on 30 March, bringing together two hundred participants to the Conference. Among them were public organisations, logistics companies, ports, railway operators and professional associations. UIC, which maintains regular relations with the FERRMED association, participated in the conference through a video message given by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General:

Today, many corridors are being developed and are crossing the Arabian Peninsula from the Arabian Gulf to the Red Sea, across Latin America to the Atlantic and the Pacific, crossing India from Mumbai and the Indian Ocean to Calcutta. And with Baltic Rail that connects the Baltic Sea to the North Sea. A trans-Iberian vision is also made possible in the freight axis with UIC gauge thanks to the development of high-speed passengers network, and thus allows a better European integration.
Railways have to be clearly part of the logistics offer in Europe. Specifically for rail freight volumes in Europe, international traffic will increase from 200 billion tonne-kilometres in 2012 to 400 in 2014, with a modal share of 18% in 2014.
In this European review, where combined transport embodies growth, Spain is below the European average. Corridors should be understood as a tool to improve the supply of rail freight. By carefully examining the growth figures of the main European ports, shipping offers positive signs, suggesting that this context is favourable. Focusing more specifically on Barcelona can be seen as a case study to show the importance of the network approach and should enable us to place the message in relation to potentially liberated High speed capacities. The context is therefore favourable, I can only encourage all the players involved to make the right choice!

Declaration of Lleida
On the occasion of this conference, a Declaration of Lleida was prepared. It stresses in particular:

"The Corridors of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and the Axis of the Ebro are the most important transport routes in the Iberian Peninsula. The synergies that can be derived from a good interconnection between them are of great importance for the socio-economic
development of a region that concentrates most of the industrial and logistical activities of the Spanish state. It is also necessary to emphasise the trans-European and intercontinental links to which the Ebro Axis facilitates interconnection: the Mediterranean and Atlantic Corridors and the Mediterranean and Cantabrian sea fronts. In general, FERRMED requests that all the conventional lines in the zone be interoperable with the ERTMS system and have a voltage of 25,000 Volts”.

FERRMED continued to declare:
“Lleida, we ask the Spanish Government and the governments of Catalonia, Valencian Community, Aragon, La Rioja, Navarre, Basque Country, Cantabria and the Balearic Islands, to consider these proposals. And that in order to face together a future that can be resplendent we need properly adapted infrastructure. We believe that a united front between the business community and all concerned governments would make a major step forward for the citizens of this region.”

To consult the Declaration of Lleida please click on this link:

The UIC video message can be consulted here:

For more information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director: and Assumpta Torrent, FERRMED Communication:


Save the date! Rail Freight Mediterranean Corridor Conference “Extension to Croatia” (Zagreb, 23 May)


Last few days to register for the 6th edition of the International Seminar on Railway Operating Safety and Security

Tangier (Morocco) 19 – 21 April 2017

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI
The opening session will be led by the Moroccan high level authorities, and:
Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
Mr Rabie Khlie, Director General ONCF

The main theme of the seminar is “High speed rail: the challenges of safe and secure operations”

Online registration is open on the UIC and ONCF websites

To register please click here:

You will find on the website all information concerning the event, programme, accommodation, and general information

The seminar will be held in French and in English

A Word from the Organiser
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 Tangier - Casablanca rail link which is set to open for service during 2018 is part of an ambitious programme of economic development in the country.
Initiated by the King of Morocco, the project will serve to accelerate the changes already underway in the Kingdom, and will fundamentally reshape Moroccan mobility habits.

The 6th edition of the 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.

The third day will take the form of a visit to the site of the first Arab-African high speed line (200 km). Running from Casablanca, Morocco’s business capital, to Tangier, the gateway to Europe, the line is currently 86% complete.
We are sure you will be interested in attending this important gathering, and will be pleased to count you and your key collaborators amongst us making a valuable contribution to proceedings.

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.

For further information please contact Barbara Mouchel:

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8th RailTopoModel Conference to be held on 4 May 2017 in Paris

UIC and are pleased to invite you to participate in their bi-annual RailTopoModel and railML® conference.

Digitalisation is ultimately about changing business processes. RailTopoModel and railML®3 are meant to become one significant enabling technology in the railway context. See for yourself and provide your feedback!

With this conference, we wish you to establish how relevant RailTopoModel and railML® may be to your current business. First operational usages of RTM will be presented, and the latest developments will be reviewed (time management, interlocking, physical objects and geometry…).

The latest railML®3 developments will be introduced. Moreover, our prepared cooperation with buildingSMART International paves the way towards a comprehensive framework for integrated BIM, Asset Management and Operation.

The conference is open to all and free of charge. It will be held at UIC Headquarters.

For further information please contact Airy Magnien, Head of the Data, Statistics & Economics Unit:


Register now for the GSM-R FRMCS Conference to be held on 17 and 18 May 2017 at UIC Paris

Early bird special rates available until 15 April 2017!

Register now for the GSM-R FRMCS Conference, organised in partnership with the Railway Operational Communications Industry Group (ROC-IG) in Paris, UIC Headquarters, on 17 and 18 May 2017.

This edition will be the first one devoted to the transition from GSM-R to FRMCS: On track for Evolution and Convergence aims to meet the current needs as well as new features enabling rail to evolve towards digitalisation.

Railways and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to freely exchange their experiences and share their vision for the future of the system. A suppliers’ exhibition with advertising booths will be arranged during this event.

Further relevant information will be available very soon.

For further information please contact Piero Petruccioli, Senior Advisor Control Command Signalling & Telecommunications:

Or Mouna Bennouna, Rail System Department:


Meeting at DB AG on UIC Security activities held on 3 April 2017 in Berlin

What is new in the UIC Security Division? Which are the current security topics and the next steps? What does the additional security programme for 2017 contain? In which EU projects are the UIC Security Division involved and what are the benefit for the railways?

This and some other questions were answered yesterday by Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division, during a DB-security meeting. She talked together with the national security manager from different business units of the Deutsche Bahn AG on how the collaboration between DB AG and UIC can be expanded.

At the end the CSO of DB AG, Hans-Hilmar Rischke, came to the following conclusion: “The UIC is handling a wide range of security topics. We are going to support the UIC Security Division as much as possible. In the future, we should step up the use of the security network and exchange.”

For further information, please consult the security website at or contact

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Second Workshop on Sustainable Tourism by Rail held in Paris

The second workshop on sustainable tourism by rail and TopRail meeting was held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 15 March. It was chaired by Mr Carles Casas (FGC), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, Ms Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the same department and Ms Marie Luz Phillipe from the UIC Sustainable Unit.

Representatives from ÖBB, RZD, KORAIL, CARS, TRAINOSE, FGC, UNECTO and the European Federation of Museums and Tourist Railways (FEDECRAIL) attended the meeting. On this occasion, the attendance for the first time of Ms Sandra Pansini, from FSI and Ms Ana García, from Tren de Ecuador should also be highlighted.

The purpose of the workshop was to present and achieve an approval in principle for a draft Charter on Sustainable Tourism by Rail and Guidelines on the same subject the group has been working on during the last months.

To this aim a review of the previous workshop in Vienna and the briefing paper was presented. For the Vienna meeting, mention was made of the TopRail members’ interventions and the discussion leading to the development of the Charter and Guidelines that formed the tools to implement the Charter.

A review of guidelines from other sectors and related reporting were highlighted. The methodology in developing the draft TopRail Guidelines was detailed and the indicators comprising the proposed Guidelines were itemised. A step-by-step implementation programme was outlined starting with qualitative indicators maturing to quantitative indicators. A text was presented, ultimately for TopRail members’ signature. The Charter itself highlighted actions being taken by TopRail members and complemented by aspirations.

During the same meeting the results of a Survey on the Website launched to obtain objective feedback and use it to make improvements in the future were analysed. The survey was presented by Vanessa Pérez who highlighted the growing interest of the site with more than 21,000 visitors in its 90 first days and the importance of improving it in order not to lose that interest and to meet the future users’ expectations.

Carles Casas announced that FGC had added a button to its homepage ( which links directly to the TopRail site and encouraged the rest of participants to do the same to bring added value to this international collaboration. Some of them such as Tren de Ecuador have already done so (

Future projects of the group were also discussed, and it was agreed to keep on working on some of these ideas like a market study to better understand the offer, the demand, the challenges and opportunities of the Rail Tourism.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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24th PASSAGE meeting held from 21 – 22 March 2017 in Vienna

The 24th PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe), Working Group meeting took place on 21 and 22 March in Vienna, kindly hosted by OBB. It was chaired by Mr Hans Christian Kierketeerp Moller (DSB), president of the group. UIC was represented by Ms Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the Passenger Department. Representatives from ÖBB, SBB, RENFE, NS, RFI, TRENITALIA, ZSSK, TRAFICVERKET, ČD, SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, DSB and MÁV START attended the meeting.

As is usual during these meetings, the participants gave an updated view on the situation of PRMs in their countries and the new developments of accessibility policies in their companies, which led to debates about the different situations that were explained by attendees.

Next, the group discussed the results of the report about Ticketing Machines, one of the topics they had been working on during the last year. It was agreed to create a specific place on the UIC website to explain Passage and to make this report public as an example of the activity of the group.

During this year, the group will work on the carriage of scooters for PRMs by train, which is a good example of new tendencies generating new problems to be solved in many countries. Future projects of the group were also discussed, and it was agreed to keep on working on some of these ideas so they will take shape over the next year.

David Sarfatti (AVANCIAL) presented the latest statistics in the use of the UIC Booking Assistance Tool. The growth of the PRM ABT’s network was also announced with two more users (MÁV START and ZSSK). During the meeting it was agreed to go ahead with functionality improvements and study further developments of the tool in future meetings.

On the second day, participants went on a technical visit to Vienna’s Hauptbahnhof, the main station in Vienna, where major efforts have been made in the field of accessibility in the design of this brand-new station.

The next meeting will take place in Bratislava in June 2017.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

News from UIC members

Portugal: Portuguese Trains (CP) unveil the new Alfa Pendular

On 23 March The CP-Comboios de Portugal unveiled the first refurbished series 4000 Alfa Pendular tilting inter-city EMU at a ceremony that was attended by the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure at Lisbon Santa Apolonia Station.

The fleet of 10 Alfa Pendular car sets will undergo the same overhaul over the next two years, with the completion of the entire refurbishment programme scheduled for the end of 2019, for a total investment of approximately 18 million euros.

The train that arrived in Santa Apolónia for public presentation carried around 60 workers of the CP Group to the ceremony who were part of a team responsible for its refurbishment.

This train, with a technical designation of CPA 4009, entered commercial service the same day, completing its first passenger journey between Lisbon Santa Apolónia and Braga at 4pm.

The Alfa Pendular has been in service since 1999, and since then the fleet of 10 car sets has transported more than 26 million customers and travelled over 45 million kilometres.

(Source: CP)

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Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) of MERITS meeting held from 30 – 31 March 2017 in Rome

The MERITS Time Table Expert Group (TTEG) meeting was held on 30 and 31 March 2017 at the kind invitation of Trenitalia.

The TTEG is the community of Railway Undertakings that publishes consolidated timetables, services and station data (MERITS data) to be used by railway undertakings in information systems to support journey planners and booking activities.

25 participants representing 15 railway companies were present.

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor for eBusiness and Joachim Baars, expert on timetables.
Ms Frederica Santini, Chief Strategy Officer of Trenitalia presented the strategic views of Trenitalia.

Mr Danilo Gismondi, Director of Information Technology of Trenitalia, presented the Trenitalia sales and distribution platform.

Mr Maurizio Capotorto, Director Industrial Planning Direction within Trenitalia, presented the New Timetable System (NTS) in Trenitalia.

Marc Guigon (UIC) gave a presentation on proposals on the future of Merits, and the decisions to be taken by UIC members during the next Commercial and Distribution forum on 4 April 2017.

Frank Martini (HaCon) highlighted the main modifications concerning the Merits tool, in order to help Merits members to be compliant with the TAP-TSI regulation: “make available all its timetable data to railway undertakings, third parties and public bodies”.

Main modifications concern the delivery format, the identification of services to be exported (filtering), the management of download area, the matching with other railway undertaking data.

Henrik Nyman (SJ/Linkon) presented the main improvements concerning the MERITS user guide.

Joachim Baars (UIC) presented some questions concerning delivery of data and gave some advice to members to enhance the quality of data.

Angelina Rotolo-Piazza (DB Vertrieb, as data manager) reported on the Merits data management activity, and proposed some improvements of the system to enhance the data quality.

All participants discussed the ways to enhance the quality of Merits data for the use of railway undertakings.

Roberta Rizzo (International relations in Trenitalia) presented the newly established TAP TSI Governance Association (TSGA) and the regulatory services which will be procured by this governance: Registry, Data Quality Management (DQM), Retail Reference Data (RRD) and Administrative services.

Gianluca Giacco (Timetable data manager in Trenitalia) presented the views of Trenitalia concerning Location ID, territorial principle.

The next meeting will be held from 12 – 13 October 2017 in Stockholm.

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

News from UIC members

United States: New Appointments to California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors

On March 17 the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) Board of Directors Chair Dan Richard issued the following statements regarding the appointments of Ernest M. Camacho to the Authority’s Board of Directors and the Honorable Jim Beall to an Ex Officio Board position.

“We thank the California Senate for the appointment of Mr. Camacho to the Authority Board of Directors. Mr. Camacho has had a distinguished career in project and construction management, and his wealth of knowledge and experience will be a valuable asset to the Board as we continue to move forward with construction,” said Richard.

“We also thank the California Senate for the appointment of Senator Jim Beall to the Authority Board of Directors as an Ex Officio member. Senator Beall has long been a champion of high-speed rail as well as other transportation and connectivity projects throughout the state. We welcome his valuable input, active involvement, and oversight of the program,” said Richard.

Mr. Camacho is the founder and current President and CEO of Pacifica Services, Inc., a Pasadena-based firm specializing in program, project and construction management services as well as civil and electronic engineering. He also has been active in the Southern California community through his volunteer work. He is a current Board Member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a Foundation Board Member of the White Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Board for Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, Board of Trustees for the Claremont Graduate University, the Board of Regents for the Loyola Marymount University, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Community and Family Services and was the Chairman of the Board for the Rail Construction Corporation which was responsible for the design and construction of the Blue, Red and Green line in Los Angeles County.

His compensation is $100 per diem not to exceed $500 in one calendar month, plus actual travel expenses incurred in attending to the business of the Authority. His appointment fills the vacant spot previously filled by Lou Correa, a former member of the California State Senate, who was appointed to the Authority Board of Directors in March 2015. He stepped down in November 2016 with his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1813, which added two non-voting ex officio members to the Board. One member is to be a Member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Rules Committee, and the other is to be a Member of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. Senator Beall fills the Senate Committee on Rules’ position on the Board, while the Assembly position has yet to be filled.

(Source: CHSRA)

News from UIC members

Russia: Reconstruction of Nizhny Novgorod railway station to be completed in 2018 in time for World Cup in Russia

The plan for the station’s reconstruction was discussed on 27 March at a meeting attended by Vitaly Votolevsky, the head of the Directorate of Railway Stations of Russian Railways, Anatoly Lesun, the head of Gorky Railways, and Valery Shantsev, the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, as well as representatives from the Nizhny Novgorod city administration, the security services and the general designer, the Moscow Design and Survey Institute Moszheldorproject.

The modernisation work on the station is scheduled to begin in May 2017, with completion planned for March 2018. The total area of under reconstruction will be more than 10,000 square metres. All the station’s engineering systems are being modernised, the platforms are being reconstructed and the buildings are being redeveloped. In the main hall, a shopping gallery will be built around a balcony and escalators and elevators for low-mobility passengers installed. The ground floor of the main hall will be expanded and the waiting areas made more comfortable.
The design for the station’s reconstruction takes into account all modern requirements.

Special attention has been paid to safety standards and accessibility of the railway facility for all categories of citizens.

To achieve this, new equipment will be installed, including X-ray inspection machines and state-of-the-art video surveillance cameras, as well as ramps and lifts for passengers with disabilities.

Also taken into account in the redesign was Nizhny Novgorod railway station’s status as an object of cultural heritage of regional importance. The station’s first building was erected in 1862 at the launch of the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod railway, so it is important for designers to retain the building’s historical appearance.
Passengers should note that during the construction and installation work, the station will continue to work as usual.

The station’s projected capacity is 5,100 passengers.

The meeting also agreed to hold an additional session at which it is planned to discuss improvements to the station square and adjacent territory. At this point, large traffic flows converge, so it is therefore important to organise the traffic scheme correctly.

(Source: RZD)

News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Almaty-Tashkent high speed passenger service launched

Deputy Chairman of Uzbekiston Temir Yullari Radzhapov Mansur Kuchkarovich, General Director of Uzbek rail passenger operator Uzjeldorpass Z. Nurmukhamedov, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan V. Turekhanov, and the head of representative office of KTZ in the Central Asian region N. Kenzhebekov, officially launched the first high-speed transport services between Almaty and Tashkent.

Representatives of the railway company of Uzbekistan said that the international service between Almaty and Tashkent is one of the most promising.

“The Tulpar-Talgo train that will run on this route has more than 400 seats. It will link the major tourist centres of Almaty and Tashkent. Our citizens are interested in visiting the Alpine resorts of large local metropolises. Tourists are travelling from Kazakhstan to see our historic towns of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva,” said the head of Department of Uzjeldorpass B. Egamberdiev.

Currently, the train will operate twice a week. In the future, the representatives of the passenger company of Uzbekistan said that the frequency will increase.
The train departs from Almaty on Mondays and Saturdays, from Tashkent on Tuesdays and Sundays, website informs. The travel time is about 16 hours and 30 minutes. The stations are: Otar, Chu, Taraz, Shymkent, Saryagash and Tashkent.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

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

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