Security Platform Steering Committee, Project Group Security of Stations, Working Group BIRC – participants met from 10 – 12 April 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic

Last week, the members of the individual security bodies gathered in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The diversity of topics ranged from strategic to technical themes.

Security Platform Steering Committee
The Steering Committee, which meets every quarter and involves the UIC regions (the special Colpofer group for Europe, etc.), UIC department activities (passenger, freight, rail system/infrastructure) and professional and political partners (UITP, RAILPOL, CER, EIM, etc.), held on 10 April 2017. Under the chair of Gerd Neubeck (DB AG) the participants discussed the network of quick responders, the action plans 2017-2018 of the permanent Working Groups Technology, Human factor and Strategy as well as the FIFA World cup 2018 and Confederations Cup 2017.

In addition, the UIC Security Division communicated:

  • the current results and further steps of the additional security programme (2016-2017),
  • the structure of the Security Week 2017 (6 – 9 June 2017 in Paris, France),
  • the Security Congress (31 November – 1 December 2017 in Potsdam, Germany),
  • the organisation of a seminar on Security and Safety in high speed systems (19-21 April in Tangier, Morocco).
  • and ongoing European research projects.

Furthermore, Colpofer, CER and RAILPOL informed the participants about their current topics and activities.

Project Group Security of Stations:
The aim of the project group is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and customer perception.
Around 14 security and station manager experts attended the first Expert Workshop, which focused on technical security measures. They discussed, inter alia, about the potential of CCTV, body cams, video analytics, passenger and baggage checks, access control, SOS & Help systems, social media analysing, Passenger Name Record as well as dosimetric detectors – this is just an excerpt of the topics during the workshop session.

The results of this and the following Expert Workshops will be summarised in a dedicated handbook and presented during the NextStation Conference, which will be held from 19 – 20 October 2017 in Madrid.

The next workshops with security and station manager experts taking place on the following dates:

  • 12 May 2017 in Paris, France – focusing on organisational and procedural measures
  • 6 June 2017 in Paris, France – additional meeting
  • 14 June 2017 in Moscow, Russia – focusing on human factor measures

Working Group BIRC:
The Working Group Security – Border crossing, International Railway Corridors (short BIRC) chaired by PKP PLK held its 9th meeting. The aim of the Working Group is to study the issues related to railway cargo and passenger transportation at border crossing all along the Eurasian space to improve the safety and security in this area.

This working group is composed of three subgroups:

  • 1st subgroup: “Security-International Freight Corridor” Coordinated by CCTT: Council for Trans-Siberian Transportation
  • 2nd subgroup: “Security-International Passenger Corridor” Coordinated by FPC: Federal Passenger Company
  • 3rd subgroup: “Security-Borders Crossing” Coordinated by SOK: Railway Security Guard

During this meeting, the 30 participants discussed the strategic approaches, the updates of the contents of UIC Leaflets, which were published in 2014 as well as about specific contributions of all members of the working group.

They also conversed about the state of the art related to multilateral agreement on exchange of information relating to infringing activities taking place in trains of international transportation, presented best practices in the field of international railway passenger and cargo transportation considering the security issues and the CCTT project Secure Train.

It was finally decided to sign the multilateral agreement on exchange of information during the next security week that will be held in Paris from 6 to 9 June 2017.

The next meeting of the working group will be held in September in China.

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

Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division: or
Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

For further information about BIRC please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division: or

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UIC Middle East Regional Seminar on the activities and projects of the UIC Rail System Forum

In line with the development of regional cooperation, and also increasing the involvement and participation of UIC Middle East members in the activities and projects of the UIC Rail System Forum (RSF) as the most technical forum of UIC, the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) together with the cooperation and support of UIC Rail System Forum (RSF) are going to hold the UIC Regional Seminar on the activities and projects of the UIC Rail System Forum in Tehran on 2 – 3 May 2017, hosted by RAI.

This regional seminar will be attended by the related mangers and experts from technical departments of RAI, UIC RAME railways and also the speakers and managers from UIC HQ.

This two-day seminar will focus on the main areas of RSF strategy supporting the railways in a changing world, the status of the ongoing UIC projects, standardisation in an international railway context, digitalisation, asset management, track and structure and signalling.

Each of the above-mentioned subjects will be presented by UIC speakers and managers and different issues on each area will be discussed in an interactive and question-and-answer atmosphere of the seminar.

RAI invites UIC members to participate in this interesting seminar.

For more information, and to consult the agenda of the seminar, please contact the UIC Middle East Regional Office in Tehran:

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19th UIC RAME Meeting to be held in Tehran on 2 May 2017

The 19 UIC Regional Assembly for the Middle East will be held in Tehran on 2 May 2017 and will be hosted by the Railways of the Islamic Republic of IRAN (RAI).

Railway presidents and Directors General of UIC RAME, the UIC Director General, UIC Middle East Coordinator, some UIC Technical department managers, UIC Middle East Regional Office manager, and representatives of UIC RAME members will attend this important regional meeting.

Updating the UIC RAME 2017-2018 Action Plan, report of the activities of the UIC Middle East Regional Office, country reports of the member states, presenting an overview of the activities of UIC Digital Platform, RAME Membership, regional cooperation and some other related issues will be discussed and presented at this meeting.

All UIC RAME members have already been invited to attend this regional meeting.
Following this meeting there will be a UIC Regional Seminar on the activities and projects of the UIC Rail System Forum on 2 – 3 May 2017 at RAI HQ.

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Iranian Railways (RAI) will attend Transport Logistic 2017 Exhibition from 9 – 12 May 2017 in Munich

Transport Logistic Exhibition, as the leading exhibition in the world in the field of logistics, mobility, IT, and Supply Chain Management will be held from 9 – 12 May 2017 in Munich, Germany.

This exhibition, with a 39-year history, has been held biennially since its inception. Over 55,000 trade visitors from 124 countries of the world and 2,050 exhibitors from 62 countries participated and attended in this exhibition in 2015.

In order to demonstrate its existing capacities, facilities and also present the special conditions of cargo transport and transit from the rail network of Iran, the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) is participating in this exhibition and the stand of Iranian Railways is located in Hall 6 (the first hall from the entrance of the exhibition) with the stand number of 407.

Moreover, it should be mentioned that some conferences, seminars, and different programmes will be held concerning the related issues beside the exhibition during the exhibition days and accordingly, BVL, the biggest logistics association in Germany, will held a Forum on Iran called “Logistics market of Iran: Opportunities and rules of the game” on 10 May 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Hall A6. Mr Hossein Ashoori, member of the board and chairman of the transit committee of RAI will be the keynote speaker of this forum on the subject of International Corridors Crossing Iran. This forum will be held with the presence of Transport and logistics companies form Europe and Asia.

Regarding the above, Iranian Railways (RAI) would like to invite all UIC members, international transport, forwarders and logistics companies to visit the stand of Iranian Railways in this exhibition so that mutual cooperation and other relevant interested issues to be discussed.
Mention shall be made that the website of this exhibition is the following:


For any other information you may contact the UIC Middle East Regional Office in Tehran:

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News from UIC members

Canada: VIA Rail responds to incredible demand for Canada 150 youth passes

This week, we launched an exciting new offer to celebrate Canada 150 with an unlimited travel pass for young people during the month of July. The interest in this offer was unprecedented. We originally planned to make 1,867 passes available. Due to the incredible demand, we extended the offer past the original commitment. More than 4,000 Canadians purchased passes to travel across Canada.

During this time, our web site experienced five times our usual traffic, causing extended wait times for our customers. We failed to explain that unlimited passes meant the number of trips was unlimited, as opposed to the quantities of passes available. We know our customers, particularly Canadian youth, were frustrated and we are committed to addressing their concerns.

In response, we took the following steps:

  • To address the incredible demand and lengthy wait times, we extended the hours of the sale to 3 am ET Thursday March 30. However, due to the limited number of physical seats available on the trains during the month of July we could not extend it further.
  • We will honour every pass sold. This totals more than 4,000, in 36 hours. This is well beyond the 1,867 we had initially planned to make available for the month of July.

VIA Rail has a proud record of bringing Canadians together and helping us discover our great country. We value our customers and appreciate the unprecedented interest in exploring Canada on our trains.

(Source: VIA Rail)

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News from UIC members

United States: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announces more than $9 million for tribal transportation safety improvements

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced on April 10 that 74 tribes in 20 states will receive more than $9 million for 77 projects from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) to improve transportation safety on tribal lands.

“Transportation is a key to accessing opportunity and we are committed to helping make travel safer on tribal roads,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “These funds will assist tribal communities in building a system that improves safety for the traveling public and provides residents increased access to greater long-term economic opportunity.”

The funds will be used for safety planning and roadway improvements. FHWA received 172 applications from 128 recognized tribes requesting a total of $40.3 million in assistance.

Congress created the program to improve highway safety on tribal roads and other transportation facilities – statistically, some of the most hazardous in the nation because of poor physical condition and other factors. Examples of this year’s grant recipients include:

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota will receive $950,175 to build a 4.1-mile-long bike/pedestrian trail to improve safety of area pedestrians.

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana will receive $438,531 to install and upgrade guardrail at 21 locations, including at bridge approaches and embankments, which is expected to reduce roadway departure crashes at the identified locations by 25 percent.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona will receive $408,500 to construct turn lanes and other intersection improvements at First Avenue to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on a road that has experienced four fatal crashes in the past 15 years.

The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa will receive $156,560 to build the West Village frontage road. When completed, it will reduce the number of vehicles at two intersections along US-30 and improve safety for tribal members, tribal operations staff and emergency service personnel driving to and from the main body of the Meskwaki Settlement to West Village.

The Navajo Nation in New Mexico will receive $72,000 to improve safety of BIA Route N36 by installing additional signs and rehabilitating nearly 30 miles of pavement on one of the state’s most dangerous roads.

The Native Village of Kotzebue in Alaska will receive $43,861 to prevent accidents and improve safety with school zone and parking lot improvements for the Nikaitchuat Ilisagviat School, which serves young children. The new paved and striped parking lot will direct traffic smoothly and safely during pick-up and drop-off times, and provide enough parking capacity for the building which is shared with the Tribal Council.

(Source: US Department of Transportation)

News from UIC members

Eurostar: Travellers making tracks to Europe this Easter

Eurostar is expecting over 163,000 passengers to travel over its busiest ever Easter weekend, a 12% rise in passenger numbers for the high-speed rail operator compared to the equivalent period in 2016*.

Friday 14th April is the busiest day for departures from the UK, with over 20,000 people travelling to Europe as they make the most of the long weekend. Over 82,000 departures are expected from the UK across the four days.

Paris is the most popular destination, with over 48,000 Brits escaping the UK for a mini break in France’s capital and the home of some of Europe’s most famous master chocolatiers.

Mary Walsh, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: “As travellers set off for the Easter weekend, our station teams are looking forward to making their journeys even more memorable. We’ll be handing out activities to keep the children entertained, free upgrades for lucky passengers and are expecting some visits from the Easter bunny with Easter eggs to deliver.”

Eurostar’s new e320 trains with 20% more capacity can take more people under the channel to Europe. Travellers can relax in more spacious surroundings and enjoy free wi-fi and over 300 hours of entertainment – all streamed straight to their phone, tablet or laptop.

With quick and convenient check-in, a seamless city-centre to city-centre journey, generous baggage allowance, free travel for under fours and space to relax on board, high speed rail is the perfect way to start a holiday.

(Source: Eurostar)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Daily rail services renewed between Prague and Krakow after seven years

On 13 April 2017, Czech national carrier Czech Railways, in cooperation with the Polish carrier PKP Intercity, renewed direct daily rail services between Prague and Krakow after a period of seven years. The direct EuroCity “Comenius” last ran between the two capitals in December 2009.

From now until the end of September new seasonal services will operate daily, departing from Prague at 10:22, and arriving in Krakow at 17:21. Trains in the opposite direction will depart Krakow at 10:42, arriving in Prague at 17:39.

The Express “Cracovia” offers passengers comfortable air-conditioned cars with first and second class seating. On the Praha-Ostrava section passengers have refreshments available from the bar and Wi-Fi in marked cars. Young passengers will have access to children’s cinema. The train will provide 230v power sockets for passengers who want to use small electrical devices such as mobile phones, laptops and so on. On the train between Prague and Krakow it is also possible to transport bicycles.

The resumption of direct services covers all the usual international tickets, including various discounts and international network tickets, such as Interrail or Eurail Pass. The service offers tourists from around the world convenient travel between UNESCO monuments in Prague, Olomouc and Krakow. Passengers can also use the traditional overnight service between Prague and Krakow with sleeper and couchette cars.

(Source: CD)

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Hungary: A wage agreement has been implemented at MAV Group

In April 2017 MAV Co. is implementing the wage agreement that has been signed in March 2017 by the representatives of MAV Co. and the trade unions. MAV Co. is implementing a three year-long agreement now with the approval of the Ministry of National Development and with the railway representative bodies, after the Government of Hungary supported the draft agreement for wage increase. According to this agreement, the rate of wage increase in 2017 is on average 13 percent, in 2018 it will be on average 12 percent and in 2019 it will be on average 5 percent.

In the history of the Hungarian State Railways there has never been such increase and there has never been such a schedule that railway workers can plan ahead for three years.

The implementation of the wage agreement makes it possible to improve the market position of railway workers and to enhance the ability of the company to retain staff. All non-executive employees of MAV Group are receiving a wage increase with retroactive effect as from 1 January 2017.

In addition to the wage measures the employer together with trade unions put the Cooperation Agreement on a new footing. This is to ensure a predictable, stable job, to retain the professionally trained employees, to shape the corporate culture, to improve the working conditions, to ensure the schemes for scholarship in order to retain labour supply, etc.

(Source: MAV)

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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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