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UIC Workshop on Internet of Things and Big Data held on 19 June in Beijing, China, jointly organised by China Railway and UIC

The workshop was held during the day focusing on two key subjects:

1st part of the workshop: IoT
2nd part of the meeting: Big Data

During the opening session, Mr HE, Chief Engineer at China Railway Corporation, spoke about technologies, construction, constant knowledge and high speed railways.
He underlined the fact that the quality of service at China Railways is improving and that it is a continuity of communication, operation and maintenance.
Mr HE thanked CR and UIC for organising this workshop and hoped that it would be helpful and productive.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, mentioned that this workshop was one of several initiatives organised by the UIC digital platform.
He said: “The Motto “Share, Open, and Connect will be our guidelines for this workshop”. He underlined the fact that digital is an open source and open data to innovative solutions.
We live in a constant, rapid evolution, and digitalisation can be considered to be the third industrial revolution, and it is changing the railway system.
The world is predicted to have 50 billion IoT devices within the next three years – it will be one major driver of predictive management.
Big data can make the difference between prevention and prediction.
To conclude, he underlined that digital technology is not only data and machines but it is needed to remain human.

As a keynote speaker, Mr HE mentioned that China Railway has the world’s largest ticketing system with 12 million tickets sold daily. Moreover, China’s high-speed rail has a punctuality rate of 98%.

Several projects are currently being developed:

  • Freight service, online business marketing online
  • Facilities and equipment and track maintenance,
  • Signalling and power supply equipment
  • Safety protection systems…are among some of the major trends of CR’s digital strategy

Key sentences delivered by speakers during the sessions

Session One: IoT (Internet of Things)
Mr Krekounian, SNCF Gare & Connexions, spoke about real-time monitoring, early detection failure, easy access to information, detection of malfunctions, increased security and miniature sensors. Thanks to IoT we can ensure more reliable and better quality services for our customers.
Mr Semion from RZD Russia said: “IoT requires a global approach to achieve success for the railway sector”.
Mr Gradinariu from UIC explained that UIC has developed several POCs for the benefit of its members that will at a later stage be rolled out into IRS.
Mr Ozerov from JSC NIIAS Russia spoke about safety and security concepts.

Session Two: Big Data
Mr Huang, Professor at Beijing’s Jiatong University, spoke about the eco-design of the data management in the railways, and that data governance is the first task of data management.

Mr Charkin, Chief Information Officer at RZD underlined the main achievements and projects of RZD in big data management, in which all sectors of the railway are impacted.

Mr Gradinariu from UIC said that asset management needs to be cost effective and rationalised. This can be achieved with a big data approach.

Mr Jeanmaire, SNCF, spoke about the complexity and the capacity to organise between each contributor, the need to implant digital continuity. The rail system is complex, so the first issue to be resolved is semantic. Two initiatives have been launched: IFC rail and Rail ML (RailTopoModel).

Mr Bedel representing the UIC Digital platform reported on the activities to come:

  • Call for the global project, digital impact on business
  • Official launch of second digital awards at the next UIC Generally Assembly in Istanbul
  • Second edition of Digital Days in Rome dedicated to asset digitalisation, and cybersecurity
  • 6 December 2017, third digital conference, Paris, with celebration of second edition of awards
  • Third edition of progress paper

To conclude the workshop:

Mr Charkin, Chairman of the UIC Digital Platform said that there are common issues and questions: analysing, integrating the ecosystem, security, people development, the platform is the best place to dedicate our time and effort.
Mr Loubinoux concluded the day by reminding the audience of the new paradigm: we cannot live and work alone anymore, we are full part of the new ecosystem.
The Digital Platform is less than two years old and has showed that it is necessary.
Mobility is the challenge we will have to face during the 21st century – rail is the answer and digital technology is one of the major levers.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer:

bedel@uic.org

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RailAdapt Workshop held on 19 and 20 June 2017 in Beijing

UIC and China Railways jointly organised the two-day RailAdapt workshop on 19 and 20 June in Beijing. Over 60 delegates registered to attend the workshop and discuss approaches to weather resilience and adaptation with speakers drawn from over 15 countries. RailAdapt is a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Indeed building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21) and Marrakech (COP 22), where all of the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing workshops during 2017. UIC invited members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline the support railways have and will need from governments and investors to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services.

In his opening remarks Mr HE Huawu, Chief Engineer for China Railway, remarked that "The issue of climate change, i.e. global warming and increase of extreme weather events, is now a critical issue of common concern in the world, which might not only influence the people’s living environment and sustainable development of economy and society, but also impact the safety, reliability and durability of important infrastructure like transportation and energy."
He also explained the wide range of climatic zones and environments that China Railways operates within ‘Beijing-Guangzhou HSR crossing over different climate zones, the Harbin-Dalian HSR, the first HSR built in seasonal permafrost area, Hai’nan round island HSR built in tropical zone and the Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR crossing Gobi desert frequently suffering from sandstorms.’

Mr Loubinoux Director General of UIC observed "At a high level this project responds to discussions and on adaptation with the United Nations. This is an emerging topic that is not yet fully mature. We aim to build a bridge, to translate these high-level policy discussions into practical considerations for the operational railway.’ and ‘It is through meeting such as today that we will raise our understanding of how to manage adaptation. To develop a common vocabulary and a vision for the resilient railway for the future. It is our responsibility to articulate this vision. To make sure that we are ready for a discussion on the long term resilience of the railway. We need to lead this discussion when talking to Ministries, regulators, investors and insurance companies."

A number of distinguished speakers presented a broad range including detailed examples of how railways the manage adverse impacts of extreme weather on railway operations and opportunities for improving resilience at low or marginal cost through renewal processes. It was agreed that a significant challenge remains to mainstream adaptation and weather resilience throughout the many relevant departments of railway companies.

The RailAdapt project is seeking to develop a network of experts working on adaptation and welcomes UIC members to contact the project team.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit: craven@uic.org

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UIC visits new President of Vietnam Railways (VNR) in Hanoi

Soon after the appointment of a new President at the head of Vietnam Railways (VNR), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC made a visit to this member in the UIC Asia-Pacific region. There was a particularly warm welcome and a keen interest in UIC’s activities.

VNR are currently in the process of overhauling their network and the visit of Mr Loubinoux coincided with the passing of law to reform Vietnamese railways.

Mr Loubinoux assured VNR that UIC would provide its full support in accompanying this reform which aims to double capacity within the context of a three-year plan, amounting to an investment of 300 million dollars.

The projects within the plan include an overhaul of the network’s infrastructure, building a link to run at speeds of up to 200 km/hour between Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City, as well as renovating rolling stock and the signalling system.

This law was passed in parliament by a majority and Mr Loubinoux acknowledged this reform and congratulated the President of Vietnam Railways Mr Vu Anh Minh on this occasion.

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Vietnam Railways: Challenges, Opportunities and Development

Vietnam is a country with a relatively complete and early railway system in the Southeast Asia region. Experiencing ups and downs over a hundred years of history, with the breakthrough of other modes of transport, the railway network is still stuck in place, not only no further extension but also being dismantled. The quality of infrastructure, rolling stock, signalling and telecom systems are too backward, not maintained due to the fact that the annual funding for maintenance allocated by the Government can only satisfy about 30% of the total demand. For this reason, the choice of other means of transportation rather than railways is completely understandable. The railway sector has step by step lost its role in the economy with the market share reduced from 30% to 1%.

This paradox has been resulted from limited and unbalanced state investment in railway infrastructure, about 3% compared to 90% for the roadway sector, while it requires a huge investment funding. In addition, railways is a difficult sector to attract social investment since its main functions are to facilitate socio-economic development and people’s movement while the investors mostly pay attention to pay-back ability and their profits.

Despite many difficulties and challenges, the opportunities for railway development are not modest. This is proved by the development of railways in developing and developed countries, in which China is a typical example. In just 10 years, China has mastered most of the railway technology. The impressive investment has made China become the leading country in the world in terms of high speed railway network length.

The natural and geographical conditions of Vietnam are very suitable for the development of the railway network. The investment in the North-South medium high speed railway line as the backbone of the North-South transport system, will make the full use of geographical advantages and improve the connectivity among transport means to maximise the capacity of the transport system in Vietnam.

On 16 June 2017, the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam officially approved the Revised Railway Laws which supplements many preferential and breakthrough mechanisms and policies. This is the opportunity for Vietnam Railways to open a new page, the period of construction and development so that the railway sector can play its rightful role as the backbone of transport sector, contributing to the reduction of logistics expenses and enhancement of national competitiveness. At the same time, the Vietnamese Government is also planning to allocate a medium-term capital package of USD 350-450 million to Vietnam Railways in order to improve and upgrade the existing infrastructure network to increase railway interval capacity.

The main objectives of Vietnam Railways in the coming period are: to double the interval capacity of the existing network by 2021, to make full use of the railway infrastructure, to ensure safe and effective train operation as well as to submit to the National Assembly for approval the Investment Report of the North - South (Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh city) medium high speed railway line, which is electrified, double-track, 1,435-mm gauge with the commercial speed from 160 to 200 km/h. The approval of the National Assembly will be a critical condition for the railway sector to pay special attention to study the connectivity to other transport means, sea ports and mines, etc.

To fulfill the above objectives, Vietnam Railway missions are: to apply the State Budget to rehalibitate, upgrade weak bridges and tunnels; lengthen the station track, build new stations, synchronize axle load on the entire route, modernise signalling and telecom systems to improve the operation capacity to 25 train pairs per day and facilitate 25 coaches per train; to invest in about 100 new locomotives, 15-20 passenger trains, 500 container wagons; to build up a comprehensive training system for human resource development; to select strategic shareholders for two train-manufacturing joint-stock companies; to construct 05 to 10 ICD by socialised investment. In addition, the approval of the Revised Railway Laws will create favourable conditions so that the investors can invest in railways stations to be commercial complexes.

There are a lot of opportunities for railway development in Vietnam. The financial resources can be finite, but the resource of policy mechanism is unlimited. Vietnam Railways strongly believe that with the full support from the Government and our all-our efforts from now on, success will come soon.

Vu Anh Minh
Chairman of the Board
Vietnam Railways

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UIC to coordinate OptiYard (Optimised Real-time Yard and Network Management) project

If rail is to play an increasing role in sustainable European freight transport, the freight network will need to offer enhanced connectivity between key EU transport corridors and hence there will be the need to manage increasing numbers of train movements and shunting operations through freight marshalling yards at strategic locations. With the OptiYard project, the 13 Consortium partners under the coordination of UIC will provide tools to enhance decision support that can be directly applied to achieving enhanced yard capacity and efficiency.

In the future, as in many other spheres, management and control of rail networks will be able to benefit from much larger volumes of more timely data regarding the status of the networks and the traffic on those networks, and this will offer great opportunities for managing networks and operations in real-time.
We are already seeing major developments in the capabilities both for managing rail yards and for management of traffic on networks, and we can anticipate further important developments in both these fields. However, the lack of full integration between yard and network is a current weakness, and one that increases as more real-time data becomes available, because we will miss the opportunities to draw the benefits from such improved data. Hence, there needs to be much more progress in developing the integration of information systems and control systems between the yard systems and the network systems. It is in this field where this proposed project offers the most exciting possibilities, by working towards a much more developed concept of such integration and conducting demonstration projects of how such integration would work in practice, allowing estimation of the evaluated benefits of such integration.

Large rail freight marshalling yards are complex operations which present major challenges to achieving operational efficiency, such that managing them effectively even in a stand-alone mode is a challenging task, for which sophisticated scheduling systems are required. Such yards manage a multitude of complex and time-critical tasks including: receiving multiple arrival trains, multiple wagon shunting and marshalling, to create multiple trains heading for different destinations. In addition, the arrival and departure of freight trains to/from the yard are closely linked to the operations of the wider network eco system, making some of the yard operation processes (shunting, marshalling and departing train dispatches) more time-critical than others.
Thus, a key challenge to the future success of yard management lies in the real-time information exchange between the yard and the relevant network eco system, and the interactive responses between the yard and the network managements. With such information capabilities, yard operations could be rescheduled at short notice to take account of disruption on the network, such as the delayed arrival of an incoming freight train, allowing rapid re-optimisation of yard operations. Real-time network information could also be used to identify more accurate departure times for trains leaving yards, again allowing for beneficial rescheduling of yard operations.

The OptiYard project is a Shift2Rail project under the coordination of UIC. It will run for 24 months.

For additional information please contact John Lutz:
lutz@uic.org

Or Sandra Géhénot: gehenot@uic.org

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WG Human Factors and Project Group Security of Stations held on 14 June 2017 in Moscow

WG Human Factor: This WG is chaired by RZD (Russia) and has the following two priorities in order to further develop or reinforce activities in progress:

  • Staff training – both training of dedicated security staff within companies and security culture concerning all staff, in particular those in contact with the public
  • Handling of passengers – involving passengers in their own security (vigilance messages, staff alerts, etc.) and support provided to victims and their relatives in case of a security incident as part of crisis management and communication.

During this WG meeting, the participants discussed the action plan for 2017 – 2018, which included the topics:

  • Prevention and reacting in case of discovery of unattended items in railway facilities and vehicles
  • Transport security arrangements during mass public events
  • Enhancement of the efficiency of security measures taken from threats related with human factors
  • Raising awareness of railway administrations of UIC members on the advanced technologies in railway transport security and
  • Combating graffiti on walls of railway facilities and rolling stock
  • Project Group Security of Stations: The aim of this project group is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and customer perception.

Around 17 security and station manager experts attended the third Expert Workshop, which focused on human factor security measures. They discussed, inter alia, the Security Culture, Crowd Management, different communication channels for the customers, e. g. Hotlines, SMS-Services and Campaigns, p. ex. how to react properly in case of an attack. Also, the experts talked about training sessions, uniform and personal protection equipment of security and frontline staff as well as regulations for new or rebuild stations. 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.

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

Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport: guigon@uic.org

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UIC Finance Committee held on 14 June 2017 at UIC HQ

The UIC Finance Committee met on 14 June. The annual meeting brought together the Finance Directors of active European UIC members and gave an opportunity for the 4 permanent finance working groups and 4 participant working groups to present their work for the previous year and share the provisional programme for the year in progress.

The meeting was chaired by Finance Committee Chairman David Sitruck (SNCF) and UIC Finance Director Thierry Béra. The meeting was opened by UIC CEO Mr Loubinoux. Reports were made by the groups PATRIC (passenger audit group); RCF 1 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Passenger Working Party); RCF 2 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Freight Working Party), who spoke about the updated version of Leaflet 304; RCF 3 (Financial relations between railway undertakings - Principles and terms of application); ODC (Office of Debt Clearance); the Statistics Group, which focuses on financial and railway statistics; and the Taxation Group. Mr Béra suggested adding next year the work of the UIC Legal Group to the Finance Committee’s portfolio, making it one of the participant groups.
Four guest speakers attended the meeting: Simon Fletcher, Director of UIC’s European Region, presented the EU’s 4th Railway Package; Francis Bedel, UIC IT Division, explained the Digital Platform and related developments within UIC; Marie-Hélène Bonneau, UIC Security Division, Department of Fundamental Values, talked at length about security projects and activities for 2016-1017; and Oana Patraulescu about the development of QMS. The next Financial Committee meeting is scheduled for June 2018.

The meeting allowed participants to exchange views on developments in Railway Finance activities and enlarge their knowledge of UIC projects and perspectives.

For further information about the Finance Committee please contact Thierry Bera:

bera@uic.org

Or Maria Lafont: lafont@uic.org

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25th PASSAGE meeting held in Bratislava from 7 – 8 June 2017

The 25th PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe), Working Group meeting took place on 7 and 8 June in Bratislava, kindly hosted by ZSSK. It was chaired by group chairman Mr Hans Christian Kierketeerp Moller (DSB). UIC was represented by Passenger Department Advisor Ms Vanessa Pérez. The meeting was attended by representatives from ÖBB, SBB, RENFE, NS, RFI, TRENITALIA, ZSSK, TRAFIKVERKET, ČD, SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, DSB, MÁV START, SZ and EUROSTAR.

As is usual during these meetings, participants gave an update on the situation of PRMs in their countries and recent developments concerning accessibility policies in their companies. These presentations were followed by discussions and explanations of attendees’ various situations.

It was agreed to continue collaborating closely on current activities regarding the guide dogs policy and the carriage of PRM mobility scooters by train, which is a good example of new trends generating new problems in many countries and the need to develop solutions to these.

David Sarfatti (AVANCIAL) presented the latest statistics on the use of the UIC Booking Assistance Tool. He also announced the growth of the PRM ABT network, with two more users (MÁV START and ZSSK). During the meeting, functionality improvements were presented and further developments of the tool will be discussed at future meetings.

On the second day, participants went on a technical visit from Bratislava main station to Pezinok station in one of ZSSK’s newest push-pull commuter trains, which is also one of its most accessible trains to date.

The next meeting will take place in Madrid from 17 – 18 October 2017.

Please note that an opt-in project (Passage II) has been launched for 2018-2020 so any interested members are welcome to join this group of experts during the coming months.

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

perez@uic.org

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Save the date for Capacity4Rail’s Final Conference to be held from 21 – 22 September 2017 in Madrid

On behalf of the FP7 EU-funded project Capacity4Rail, UIC has the pleasure to invite you to the Final conference that will be hosted by FFE in the “Palacio Fernán Nuñez” in Madrid, Spain on 21-22 September 2017.

Started in October 2013 and ending on 30 September 2017, the Capacity4Rail project is a 4-year collaborative R&D project co-funded by the European Commission within the FP7. Placed under the coordination of UIC, it brings together a wide range of stakeholders, in an ambitious partnership.
The Capacity4Rail (C4R) project aims at bringing today’s railway system to this future vision for 2030/2050.

With this vision, Capacity4Rail main scope has been to offer an affordable increase of capacity, availability and performance to the railway system, by developing a holistic view on the railway as a system of interacting technical components driven by customer demand.

This plan has been addressed by different ways:

  • A more efficient use of existing resources, by optimising operating strategies, enhancing traffic planning, improving transshipment procedures and improving automation and operational procedures to reduce the time needed to recover from traffic disruption.
  • A reduction of the non-operational capacity-consumers, through the design of resilient, reliable and low-maintenance infrastructure and vehicles, non-intrusive inspection, fast renewal and construction processes.
  • An increase of the performance of existing resources, through significant improvements of wagons maneuverability and equipment to answer freight customers’ needs for higher reliability and performance.

This public event is open for experts from all across Europe’s rail infrastructure industry and academia.

Conference highlights

Infrastructure

  • New reliable slab-track solutions targeted to the actual and expected railway use and much lower maintenance. Innovative concepts for resilient Switches & Crossings and ground-breaking methods for Very High Speed. Upgrading of infrastructure in order to meet new operation and market demands.

Freight

  • Innovations in wagons design, connectivity, terminal design and operations to meet the changing needs of the logistic market leading to the future freight train of 2030 and the vision for 2050.

Operations

  • Step-changes for strategic, tactical and operational planning to meet future challenges such as increased capacity, optimized management of emergencies, enhanced information sharing and greater levels of connection between rail and the other transportation modes.

Advanced monitoring

  • Innovative concepts, based on innovative sensors, low-current technologies, energy harvesting for power supply and wireless networks, for railway structural and operational monitoring developed to enhance the availability of the track, combined with automated maintenance forecasts and a prediction of the structural lifetime.
  • Technical and economical assessment of technologies developed, roadmaps and migration scenarios, necessary to meet the target affordable, adaptable, automated, resilient and high capacity railway system for 2030/ 2050.

During the conference, the speakers will also be pleased to share and discuss their research results with the participants. Ample networking time will also be reserved between the sessions.

Programme and useful information regarding venue and registration will be circulated soon and made available on the project website.

For more information please visit www.capacity4rail.eu or contact hassoun@uic.org

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8th edition of Market Place Seminar 2017 to be held in Duisburg, Germany on 14 and 15 September 2017

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 with a special focus on the development of transcontinental corridors. It will be organised around four thematic sessions:

  • Transcontinental corridors: myth or reality for business development?
  • Connecting land-locked regions;
  • Accessibility of Freight Corridors;
  • Paperless, online and real-time.

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.

Slots will include speakers from renowned companies from the logistics industry, from railway undertakings and corridor development organisations.

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: mps@uic.org

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3rd Asset Management Global Conference to be held from 4 – 6 October 2017 in Paris

UIC Asset Management Global Conference 2017
Putting your assets on the right track

Date: 4 – 6 October 2017

Venue:
UIC Headquarters – Paris

The Asset Management Working Group of the International Union of Railways (UIC) will organise its Third International Conference dedicated to Asset Management at Paris at UIC Headquarters, from 4 – 6 October 2017.

Focusing on the UIC Railway Application Guide “Practical implementation of Asset Management through ISO 55001”, the conference will be held over a three-day period:

  • Day 1 and 2: keynote speakers, case study presentations and discussions to provide railway infrastructure organisations with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities;
  • Day 3 (optional):
    • Option 1: technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF
    • Option 2: training on UIC’s recently published Asset Management Guideline

Conference purpose:

  • Based on the UIC guideline, provide railway infrastructure managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities
  • Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World
  • Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking

UIC is pleased to invite you and your representatives to attend the conference.
We look forward to your attendance at this interesting conference.

http://railway-asset-management.org/

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Technical Advisor, Rail System Deptartment:

gradinariu@uic.org

News from UIC members
  

United States: Amtrak to operate qualifying trains for new Roanoke service

Operations to train crews across territory

Amtrak, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and Norfolk Southern, will begin operating non-scheduled trains on Monday, June 5. These trains serve as training for locomotive engineers and train conductors to learn the tracks and territory between Lynchburg and Roanoke. These trains will carry no passengers and are expected to operate two times per day, five days a week.

Operating qualifying trains is an essential step toward completing the project to bring intercity passenger rail service to Roanoke in the fall. Amtrak Northeast Regional service will extend from Lynchburg to Roanoke and will operate one round-trip seven days per week.

Amtrak, DRPT, and the city of Roanoke are working to bring intercity passenger rail service back to the city for the first time in four decades. The Northeast Regional service will provide a same-seat trip to and from Roanoke and to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and other cities along the Northeast Corridor.
Northeast Regional service to Roanoke will be the fourth expansion of intercity passenger rail in the Commonwealth since 2009 following new or additional service to Lynchburg, Richmond, and Norfolk.

The effort to expand rail options in Virginia has been made possible by the Commonwealth’s more than $100 million strategic investment in Norfolk Southern’s rail infrastructure, which makes this intercity passenger service extension possible.
Amtrak and DRPT continue a partnership to provide more intercity passenger rail travel in Virginia. Instead of driving on congested highway corridors, like I-81, Route 29, I-95, and Route 460, travelers can use rail as a way to expand mobility and increase connectivity for travel throughout the regions served along the Northeast Corridor.

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members
  

Russia: Russian Railways and Indian Railways sign agreement to develop feasibility study for Nagpur-Secunderabad project

Russian Railways’ President Oleg Belozerov and the Indian Ambassador to Russia Mr. Pankaj Saran have signed an agreement between India’s Ministry of Railways and Russian Railways on the preparation of a feasibility study for a high-speed rail service between Nagpur and Secunderabad in India.

The signing took place on 1 June 2017 in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Russia on an official visit.
Under the agreement, Russian Railways and Indian Railways have agreed to joint activities to develop a feasibility study for the modernisation of the 575-km Nagpur-Secunderabad railway line in order to increase the speed of passenger trains to 200 kph.

Russian Railways and India’s Ministry of Railways had previously signed a protocol on cooperation in the field of high-speed rail services within the framework of the VIII BRICS Summit on 15 October 2016.

The protocol was drawn up in the development of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 24 December 2015.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members
  

China: Yunnan’s largest railway hub put into use

On 31 May, the six railways connecting Kunming and Shanghai, Nanning and Chengdu were finally integrated to the “six yards of three levels” of Kunmingdong Railway Station, marking a decisive breakthrough in networking the three trunk lines and the official launch of service of Yunnan’s largest railway hub.

With the completion of the project, Kunming’s blueprint to be a railway hub serving freight transport to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the rest of the country has become a reality with great significance for improving railway network structure and transport capacity, and playing a better role in serving and integrating with the Belt and Road Initiative.

(Source: China Railways)

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Cooperation News from UIC members
  

Beer train keeps 5000 lorries off the road annually

The pressure on our roads increases daily. This causes ever-longer traffic jams, increased mobility problems and negative environmental effects. But something can be done about it: for example by looking for sustainable alternatives for road transport. Certain road transports can be shifted to the railway or inland shipping. A possibility that becomes very concrete today through the realisation of the beer train: a train that will run three times a week between Jupille and Ninove. In time this will keep 5000 lorries off the road per year. Thanks to a unique collaboration between Delhaize, AB InBev, Lineas, Development Agency East Flanders and Remitrans, the first beer train arrived in Ninove today.

Every day AB InBev delivers Jupiler from the brewery in Jupille (near Liège) to the Delhaize warehouse in Ninove. The deliveries are made with lorries. With the support of the Province of East Flanders, a ‘beer train’ has been established that will take over this transport. The positive effect will mainly be felt on the Ring road around Brussels, where most of the transport took place. Fewer lorries on our roads also mean lower carbon emissions and fewer traffic jams. And that’s good for everyone. What’s unique about this project is the unnatural collaboration between partners from different sectors: AB InBev, Delhaize, Remitrans, Lineas, the Province of East Flanders and Development Agency East Flanders. The first test train arrived in Ninove today. Once the project is up to its full capacity, no less than 5000 lorries per year can be removed from the road. The aim is to use this pilot project to attract other partners.

The ambition is to make East Flanders climate healthy by 2050”, explains representative Versnick, “and to achieve that goal the Development Agency East Flanders wants to realise concrete projects. While developing our province into a top logistics region, we always look for smart logistical solutions. For example, we will reduce cargo transport via road by promoting the railway as an alternative. Rail transport emits eight times less carbon dioxide than road transport.

Delhaize came into the picture as a very enthusiastic partner. "The beer that we purchase from AB InBev is usually loaded onto lorries near Liège and brought to our distribution centre in Ninove via road. This adds up to a few thousand lorries per year”, says CEO Denis Knoops. “Sustainability is central at Delhaize and that’s why we always look for solutions to reduce the pressure on mobility, thereby contributing to a sustainable future. Road transport remains necessary in every distribution system, but Delhaize wants to look for sustainable modes of transport, such as the railway, inland shipping or other alternatives, whenever possible. I am very proud that we are able to keep thousands of lorries off the road every year via this unique collaboration. I also hope that this is only the beginning and that others will follow our lead”, says a proud CEO of Delhaize, Denis Knoops.

(Source: Lineas)

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Kazakhstan: Interfacing of the “Nurly Zhol” program and the “Silk Road Economic Belt” initiative provides supply chain along the Eurasian transport corridor

On 8 June, with the participation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping a videoconference was held on “Kazakhstan-China-Transit Bridge of Eurasia” in the framework of the official visit of the governmental delegation of the People’s Republic of China to Kazakhstan.

During the videoconference, the Heads of State launched a new container service in the Eurasian space - from the Kazakh-Chinese Lianyungang Terminal on the one hand, and Dry Port of the Special Economic Zone “Khorgos - Eastern Gateway” on the other.

The formation of the Eurasian transit bridge by developing a logistics infrastructure at key points of origin and distribution of cargo flows - in the port of Lianyungang and SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gateway” - is a practical example of the interface between the programs of the Leaders of two countries.

Today, container trains are launched from the port of Lianyungang to Central Asia and Istanbul via Kazakhstan. For the first time the container service on the routes Tilburg (Netherlands) - Chengdu (PRC) and Tashkent - Chengdu has been operated using the facilities of Kazakhstan’s Altynkol station.

An important phase in the implementation of the Cooperation Programs of the Heads of State is the entry of Chinese investors into the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gateway” project.

It should be pointed out that the involvement of Chinese investors - COSCO Shipping Company and Lianyungang Port in the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gateway” project provided the possibility of transcontinental transportation of COSCO Shipping sea containers by land route in the direction of Lianyungang - Central Asia using the Kazakhstan transport and logistics infrastructure.

Recall that on 15 May 2017 in Beijing, within the framework of the “One Belt, One Road” forum a trilateral agreement was signed between JSC NC “KTZ”, Lianyungang and COSCO Shipping on the joint development of the Dry Port “KTZE-Khorgos Gateway” located in SEZ “Khorgos-Eastern Gateway”.

(Source: KTZ)

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