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90th General Assembly of UIC was held on 10 July in Istanbul

The main challenges for UIC focus on Freight Corridors such as the Silk Roads, Standardisation, Digitalisation, Climate Change and sustainable transport, Educational programmes

The Executive Board and 90th General Assembly of UIC were held on 10 July in Istanbul, at the invitation of Turkish State Railways TCDD. The meetings were chaired by UIC Chairman Mr Renato MAZZONCINI, CEO and Director General of Ferroviedello Stato Italiane (FS) together with Mr Isa APAYDIN, President of the Board and Director General of TCDD, UIC Vice-Chairman and in presence of Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, UIC Director General. Mr Alireza ZOLFGHARIZADEH, Programme Officer (Transport) from the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) gave a guest keynote speech. Several organisations also attended the UIC General Assembly, such as CCTT, CIT, CER, USIC.

UIC Chairman Mr Renato MAZZONCINI in his report reviewed the activities of the railway organisation since the last General Assembly in December in Saint Petersburg and reminded the meeting of the orientations and main challenges for the months to come.

He stressed that; “We have to encourage more investments and policies that give our sector the chance to be the backbone of the sustainable transport of the future. To make a step forward on 23 May 2017 we signed a letter to all the Ministers of Transports to reiterate the purpose, the values and the philosophy of the International Union of Railways (UIC).

In Europe, huge investment is taking place, and more than 600 billion Euro are still needed, under the TEN-T program to deliver the Trans - European Transport Network and its 9 corridors. More than 1 trillion dollars are put on the table with the Chinese initiative ‘One Belt One Road’ to connect China and the world. India, where I was in February, has also set up an impressive plan of rail investments. UIC is the right platform to support the action needed…

He summarised the main challenges for UIC as follows:

  • Freight corridors and Silk Road Study

UIC Members were presented with the results of a study carried out on behalf of UIC by Roland Berger on the development of Eurasian corridors and their interconnection with European Rail Freight Corridors. More specifically the study presents an overview on the traffic volumes, market players, infrastructure and performance of the rail routes, forecasting their development and potential until 2027, it assesses the key success factors, best practice and impeding factors for the initiatives and makes recommendations for stakeholders of the transport chain.

  • Climate Conference COP23 and the Footprint Study

For the 2017 round of UN Climate change negotiations, UIC will use its status as an organisation accredited by the UN and work with locally based members in addition to a coalition of like-minded organisations. The main objective of these action is to raise awareness and deliver key messages concerning sustainable transport and climate change at the upcoming COP 23 (Bonn, Germany 6-17 November).

Concerning the Footprint Study, it was reiterated that several “railway footprint studies” have been commissioned in the past, notably by ÖBB and by CER. Their common purpose is to illustrate the contribution of railways to society. The UIC study aims to fill two gaps by providing two particular insights. The first insight is an objective representation of the economic balance of rail, in view of a possible, lasting, bias-free comparison of transport modes. The second insight is the geographic analysis of the relationship between the rail transport system and its geographic and human environment. The UIC General Assembly approves the extension of the study beyond mid-2018 as part of the global budget.

  • The TALENT project

The development of the UIC eLearning platform is a key component of the TALENT project, the initiative aiming to prepare a new generation of railway talents working on domestic and international challenges.

The results of a survey the UIC conducted at the beginning of the year together with other studies demonstrated that the multidisciplinary nature of the transport industry requires competencies from multiple bodies of knowledge, matching with the multidisciplinary character of mobility systems. This calls for a new generation of training courses (more flexible and not focusing on fundamental disciplines only).
The TALENT project is currently exploring the potential of on line learning (e-learning) as a means to attract and develop talents in the rail sector. The Talent team is currently designing a learning environment with the goal to provide learning opportunities that are flexible, self-paced, collaborative, evolutive and recognized. The first pilot courses (topics ranked as very important in the UIC survey) will be dedicated to Railway Asset Management, Global satellite navigation, GRTMS and will ad-dress different railway professions. Rail Uni Net (Railway University Network) as one of main partners of this activity will be re-organised to meet the new requirements and become a working body of the Expertise Development Platform.

  • Digital developments

Renato MAZZONCINI also highlighted the importance of the digital issue for railways. He said: "Digitalisation is the most disruptive issue that we have to deal with.” He thanked the whole UIC team for organising the 1st UIC Digital Transformation Tour in Silicon Valley in May this year with around 20 representatives from UIC Members and welcomed the launch of the 2nd UIC digital Awards. He also invited Members to join the further digital conference to be held in Rome on 18-19 September to exchange experiences on cyber-security and asset digitalisation.

  • Standardisation

In terms of standardisation, he stressed that efforts have still to be made “to reinforce our assets and all the work done over the last several years in this field”.
The General Assembly approved the report of the UIC Standardisation Platform. As its core activity, this Platform coordinates UIC’s standardisation strategy and develop the professional standards to increase the value of the organisation’s assets.

UIC Vice Chairman Mr Isa APAYDIN, who warmly welcomed the participants of this important General Assembly, held at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle-East, said: “I have the great pleasure and honour of carrying out our first major event after my appointment as the Vice-Chairman of UIC with your esteemed supports in the last 89th General Assembly in Saint Petersburg.

He mentioned the importance with the clean and cheap energy consumption and its environment-friendly and noise-sensitive position in the world.

He said “the competition on the rails is influencing the world with an accelerating momentum. The ever-developing technology has also affected the railway sector and it has made the trains, via their comfort and speed, compete with planes.
On this point, the importance of UIC established to develop the cooperation among its members and the railway transportation; to simplify the border crossing procedures and to develop the implementations related with the railway safety and security is becoming even greater. Its cooperation with international and non-governmental organisations such as EU, UN, OTIF, OSJD, CER, CIT, ECO, BSEC, ISO and etc. plays a vital role for maintaining the interests of its members in terms of global and regional transportation policies.

UIC is also an organisation that has always succeeded in developing activities within the countries of its members since the very beginning of its establishment. In this regard, I would like to attract your attention to the fact that maintaining this approach is important for the future of UIC, I believe. Also, I express my gratitude to Mr MAZZONCINI, Chairman of UIC, Mr LOUBINOUX, Director General of UIC and to all UIC colleagues.

We must surely emphasise that the developments seen in the European countries in terms of railway transportation has been triggered the Middle and Far Eastern countries and created a lively railway industry in recent years. Moreover, a new railway transport corridor is being built between the Far East and Europe as we call it the Iron Silk Road.

The Iron Silk Road Project will contribute to the prosperity of the world and will also become a railroad of peace and fraternity.”

Mr APAYDIN briefly mentioned the latest railway investment developments taking place in Turkey, stating that since 2003 nearly 60 billion euros have been invested in railway projects in Turkey as a result of the state policy. 1213 km high speed railway lines have been constructed and are under operation, 4000 km rapid and high-speed rail lines are under construction while 2400 km of conventional lines are going to be implemented with signalling technology and 2000 km of are going to be electrified.
By the year of 2023, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, the target is to construct 3500 km of high speed and 1000 km of conventional lines.

He also mentioned that "the restructuring of the railway sector in Turkey has been finalised and now the doors are open to local and foreign railway operators around the world.”

Report of UIC Director General on the organisation’s activities

UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX gave an overview on main activities performed by UIC Headquarters and working bodies during the last period.
He reminded the meeting that all UIC bodies work in reference to the values of unity, universality and solidarity and in line with philosophy “Open, share and connect”. The three main pillars which guide UIC’s actions in all fields of international cooperation are: Professionalism, Productivity, Promotion.

In terms of professionalism, he highlighted internal work on quality management and the educational programmes as part of the TALENT project.

Regarding productivity, new tools have been introduced for better project management and financial follow up.

The promotion of UIC work is conducted through a number of conferences (around 80 per year) and dedicated events such as Digital as well as Research and Innovation Awards, as well as through standards and more than 200 projects.
He also highlighted the many proposals of new projects and the preparation of new International Railway Solutions IRS.

He reviewed the main achievements and challenges in the field of Digitalisation, Freight, Passenger transport and fundamental values covering Safety, Security, Sustainability, Research and Education.

Appointments

UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX announced the appointments within UIC working bodies and UIC HQ.

Regarding the UIC Freight Forum, after the retirement of Mr Ferdinand SCHMIDT, Mr Clemens FÖRST, CEO of Rail Cargo RCG (Austria), has been appointed new Chairman until the end of 2019.

Mr Enrico TRAPAZZO, from FS Italiane, was appointed new Chair of the UIC Legal Group.

At UIC HQ, two new Regional coordinators were appointed: Mr Jerzy WISNIEWSKI for the Middle-East and Mr Thierry BERA for Africa.

Finance

The current budget situation and preliminary orientations for the 2018 budget were presented during the meeting. The General Assembly approved the accounts 2016, noted the current financial situation and the perspectives for 2018.

Membership

The UIC General Assembly welcomed as new UIC Members:
During this General Assembly, 3 Members were welcomed by UIC:

Asia:
MASKA (Indonesian Railway association) as affiliate member

Europe:
AW Rail (to be Passenger operator, Italy) as affiliate member

BR-ICS (Austrian secure loading company) as affiliate member

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IRRB Plenary meeting in Istanbul

On the occasion of the 90th UIC General Assembly, hosted by the TCDD, the members of the UIC IRRB – the International Rail Research Board – were also invited to Istanbul. The meeting was ably chaired – in absence of the chairman Prof. Boris Lapidus – by the vice chairman Mr Roman Štěrba of CD Czech Railways. The official opening and welcome words were presented by the UIC General-Director Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux. He pointed out – also on behalf of UIC Chairman Mr Mazzoncini – the importance of the work of this UIC Working Body in bringing members from the different UIC regions together in shaping the Global Vision for Railway Development, sharing information and working towards common and cross-regional projects.

Mr Loubinoux emphasised the strategic position of UIC as well as the importance of standardisation and the IRS. He mentioned the growing focus on the rail corridors linking North to South and East to West. Research and sharing information belong to the basic missions of the UIC. Following this he mentioned the UIC Research Portal (www.railway-research.org) and its essential elements, the research data bases SPARK and the ACRI Rail Knowledge database as well as the newly developed WORC, the data base containing information on research institutes and specialised academia, their research teams and experts, their expertise and projects. These databases contain valuable research and innovation related information ready to be used. However active participation and sharing of information between UIC members through these dedicated instruments would be very beneficial for all parties involved and will support the railways of tomorrow.

Mr Loubinoux also mentioned the recent resignation of IRRB vice-chair-person Mrs Vicki Brown from Australia’s ACRI. He thanked her for the hard work she had put in the promotion of sharing of information between the UIC for the benefit of all and wished her all the best. He was in particularly proud to mention the strong commitment of Australia and the fact that ACRI would like to stay strongly involved in the IRRB work by proposing Mrs Browns successor Mr Andrew Meier as IRRB vice-chairman. The members of the IRRB heartily supported this nomination which was then agreed to be brought forward as recommendation to the UIC General Assembly the following day.

During the course of the meeting also the following issues were discussed:

  • The update of the Global Vision for Railway Development – GVRD – using the most recent policy documents from the UIC Regions and their members as well as insights in the latest developments in – co-modal-mobility and considering transport as a service to its customers
  • Megatrends to be aware of when updating the GVRD, setting global research and innovation priorities for the future and working towards a better sharing of information among the members as well as towards the implementation of common, cross-regional projects
  • The further development of the WORC database of research expertise – see also the UIC Research Portal
  • The preparation of the 4th edition of the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards as an externally sponsored event for December 2018
  • The preparation of the 1st UIC Global Conference on the Future of Transport in Warsaw/ Poland in November 2018, starting with the set-up of the supporting Scientific Committee. UIC experts interested to contribute are being welcomed!
  • Finally, several presentations were given, among which the UIC-RICG prepared and UIC-RAE agreed “Capabilities” as an important input to the GVRD update and a KRRI presentation about foldable freight containers, six of which can be stacked in the place of one normal empty container.

The IRRB always looks forward to welcoming new members from the six regions, UIC members interested in supporting the growth and innovation of the global railway system as well as experts from research institutes and academia! All IRRB related documents can be found on the UIC Extranet under “My workspaces” – Research – IRRB.

For further information about the IRRB and its work, please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager and IRRB secretary:

schut@uic.org

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Prague has become the capital city of European railways last week

A meeting of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of leading European railway companies and associations was held on 7 July in Prague within the framework of the planned summit, in order to discuss current trends in railway transport. The summit was attended by 17 CEOs of railway organisations. The organisers of this event were České dráhy, a.s. and Správa železniční dopravní cesty, s.o.

These meetings are held on an annual basis. Last year the summit was held in Lugano, Switzerland, two years ago in Lisbon, Portugal, and this year there were three candidate cities - Prague, Madrid and Stockholm.

This is a unique event for the Czech Republic which occurs once in tens of years. The meeting of CEOs of the railway companies represents a platform for discussion about the topics which we all are dealing with across the Continent. These are mainly the issues of how to increase protection of passengers from the risks of terrorist attacks, as well as development topics, such as introduction of uniform systems for informing and check-in of customers or improving the quality of train services in the East-West direction. For example between Prague and Munich, which would help to increase competitiveness of both passenger and freight railway transport,” said Pavel Krtek, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of ČD, a.s., who is at the same time a member of the Steering Committee of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER).

Pavel Surý, Director General of Správa železniční dopravní cesty, s.o., added the point of view of the infrastructure manager: “From the viewpoint of the railway infrastructure manager we consider the increase of the level of operation safety through gradual implementation of the GSM-R and ETCS systems to be a matter of priority. By implementing these technologies it is possible to prevent railway accidents with fatal consequences from occurring, or to mitigate these consequences. The actual fact of existence and operation of the ETCS system is one of the factors leading to an increase in attractiveness and competitiveness of the railway transport. At present the Břeclav – Brno – Česká Třebová – Kolín section is almost completed, we are working on the ETCS system implementation in the Petrovice u Karviné – Přerov – Břeclav section and other sections, namely Kralupy nad Vltavou – Prague – Kolín and Přerov – Česká Třebová, will follow.

Selected topics of the summit:

  • Protection from the threat of terrorist attacks – preventive measures, common data sharing
  • Interconnection of Europe - North/South – for the Czech Republic it is very important to improve the East/West connection, for example in Prague – Munich and Prague – Berlin relations
  • Uniform information and check-in system – building up of a mutually compatible system of information and check-in of customers
  • Automatic Train Operation – The aim is to increase operational safety, reduction of consumption of electrical energy and assurance of a higher level of railway traffic punctuality,
  • ERTMS – European Rail Traffic Management System and ETCS – European Train Control System
  • Opening of the railway transport market in Europe, the Fourth Railway Package
  • TEN-T – Trans-European Transport Network, the aim is the development of corridors of basic networks according to requirements of the TEN-T Regulation, with regard to main obstacles of railway freight corridors.

The agenda also included two presentations from renowned world consulting companies, dealing with impacts of global trends, such as warming, population growth or massive migration, on railway transport business, and also with new European rules on personal data protection.

One of the seriously discussed topics is protection of passengers and railway from the threat of terrorist attacks. There are a lot of systems aimed at its improvement, including sophisticated camera systems, security frames or detectors of explosives. Another possibility is the obligatory register of passengers,” said Pavel Krtek, pointing out to one of the current problems of the railway system, and stressed:

Czech Railways (ČD) are taking part part in this discussion and considers the security topic to be extraordinarily serious. Measures for its improvement can, however, decrease competitiveness of the railway at the same time. At the moment when we require security checks or stating of personal data from our customers it is highly probable that we will lose some of them. For this reason it is difficult to find a solution acceptable for the public.”

Another discussion was aimed at the topic of regulation and rules on the part of the European Commission. “An example consists of strict technical standards, the European Train Control System (ETCS), silent brakes, renewable energy resources, etc. These measures lead, on the one hand, to increase in operation safety, noise reduction, protection of the environment, but on the other hand they create an encumbrance affecting the environment-friendly railway transport with expenses which road carriers do not have. This means that railway transport could become uncompetitive. It is necessary to speak about these topics as well,” concluded Pavel Krtek.

(Source: CD)

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Successful 1st Suppliers’ Day held on 5 July 2017 in Paris

This 1st UIC Suppliers’ day was jointly organised by the UIC Finance team, the UIC Communications team, the Chief Digital Officer, Mr Francis Bedel and the Quality manager, Mrs Oana Patraulescu and took place at UIC HQ on 5 July 2017.

The event brought together several suppliers who provide UIC with many types of services such as printing, images, IT, videos, catering, photos and also new potential suppliers.

The purpose of this day was to mobilise UIC suppliers (current or potential) on the main challenges that UIC will face in the future, the propects of co-construction and innovation and quality issues.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, gave a welcome speech explaining the importance of suppliers for UIC:

UIC’s vision for the 21st century is for transport to be increasingly integrated and interactive.
We need to work in partnership and synergy with our members, other modes of transport, our partners, institutional and financial bodies, academics, politicians, and with our suppliers.
We have numerous suppliers across a large and varied sector of activity. The quality approach that we are implementing can also be extended to our customer-supplier relations, starting with the communications sector which represents around 25 suppliers, providing 75 different types of service for UIC.
Exchange, dialogue and greater mutual understanding will enable a quality charter to be developed for all products and services as well as for contractual processes.

Mrs Oana Patraulescu, Quality Manager, talked about the quality issues.
Mrs Marie Plaud, UIC Director of Communications, presented the main missions of UIC to be promoted by the Communications department.

This 1st Suppliers’ day was the opportunity for current UIC suppliers to meet and exchange together as well as with new potential ones. They gave a small presentation on their activity and what they have done for UIC. UIC wishes to establish long-lasting and balanced business relations with them.

Mrs Oana Patraulescu pronounced the final words with Mr Thierry Bera, UIC Finance Director. They emphasised the value of a good and professional relation with the suppliers. This event was a first step to allow the development of a future Quality Charter.

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UIC attends second sports challenge (badminton championship) as part of the UIC-USIC-Médecins du Monde charity fundraising campaign

5 – 8 July 2017 in Bern, Switzerland

The Alumni Association of Paris’ Ecole Centrale agrees to be a partner of this campaign!

The International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Railway Sports Association (USIC) held their second sports challenge in Bern, Switzerland, last week as part of the UIC-USIC-Médecins du Monde charity fundraising campaign. This event, dedicated to badminton, was attended by around 140 participants and took place from 5 to 9 July 2017, with the opening ceremony taking place in front of the headquarters of SBB, the Swiss Federal Railways.

Following the agreement signed between UIC and USIC at the UIC General Assembly in Rome in July 2016, a charity action has been jointly decided this year between UIC and USIC, to better reflect the values of solidarity that the railway community wishes to develop through sporting events.
During 2017, both organisations will be pooling their strengths to organise four sports challenges across Europe. The first event this year took place at the end of May in Varna, Bulgaria, where 100 participants took part in the USIC men and women’s Ten-Pin Bowling Championship.
The next events after Switzerland will be indoor football from 11 – 15 September in Brno, Czech Republic, and a World Chess Challenge on 20 November 2017 at UIC Headquarters in Paris, France. All the money collected during the USIC challenges will go directly to Médecins du Monde (Doctors of the World).

Call for corporate sponsorship
UIC has already launched a call for corporate sponsorship to raise funds for Médecins du Monde and is continuing its search for other sponsorships to support the forthcoming sports events. Sponsoring one of USIC’s sports challenges will raise sponsors’ public profile while also benefiting a charitable cause.
UIC, USIC and Médecins du Monde have the pleasure to announce that the Alumni association of Paris’ Ecole Centrale has already joined this cause.

Donate today!
In parallel, the general public is invited to participate in this action for charity. Show your support for Médecins du Monde and make an impact on the world by making a gift – each and every donation helps!

To make a financial donation please follow this link:
https://dons.medecinsdumonde.org/b/mon-don

NOTES TO EDITORS

The International Railway Sports Union (USIC) is an international, politically-neutral, non-profit organisation. USIC encourages the practice of sport at amateur level amongst railway employees in an atmosphere of camaraderie, in line with the Olympian ideal, and strives to foster a spirit of loyalty, tolerance and democracy. USIC is also the international umbrella body for national railway sporting associations.

USIC organises international railway sporting events, which take place in accordance with the provisions of the relevant sporting rules and laws. USIC actively supports fair, drug-free sport, and recognises national and international anti-doping rules, specifically the World Anti-Doping Code (WADA).

The International Union of Railways (UIC) brings together 200 Members from five continents. Though UIC’s founding remit was to harmonise operating conditions amongst railways at international level, its scope of action has progressively broadened and currently focuses on promoting railways as the most sustainable mode of transport. UIC aims to further international cooperation between its Members, helping to build a joined-up rail system through technical solutions which are harmonised at global level.
UIC supports its Members’ efforts to boost the efficiency, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of rail transport for the benefit of rail customers and society as a whole.
The values guiding UIC in its work are “Unity, Universality, and Solidarity”.

Médecins du Monde: Working in France and 81 countries worldwide, Doctors of the World - Médecins du Monde is an independent international movement of campaigning activists who provide care, bear witness and support social change. Through our 388 innovative medical programmes and evidence-based advocacy initiatives, we enable excluded individuals and their communities to access health and fight for universal access to healthcare.
Founded in 1980, the organisation has continued to increase its fields of intervention, adopt more complex ways of taking action and reaffirm its campaigning and independent stance.

The “Association des Centraliens” gathers together all the students and alumni of the École Centrale Paris and CentraleSupélec, who are studying for or have obtained an engineering degree or another degree awarded by the Ecole Centrale Paris and CentraleSupélec. It was founded in 1862 and recognised as an organisation of public benefit in 1867. It functions on a not-for-profit basis. Through a variety of activities, the Association pursues its objectives of supporting the activity of the École, protecting and promoting the “Centralien” brand, and providing its members with useful services (visits, workshops, conferences, seminars, meetings, etc.). It has 10 000 members.

For further information please watch these films:

UIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqxBTS1eN3A

USIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxEL2AkOteY&t=698s

Médecins du Monde: https://youtu.be/mObDGkJnzTg

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) met on 29 June 2017 in Berlin

At the kind invitation of DB Stations&Service AG, the SMGG met in Berlin on 29 June 2017. SMGG is the UIC group dedicated to railway stations. It comprises station managers from UIC members and is managed by Carlos Ventura, Director of Passenger Stations at ADIF (Spain).

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

UIC Headquarters was represented by Mr Iñaki Barrón, Director of the High Speed and Passenger Department, Mr Jacques Colliard, Head of Security Unit, Ms Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor in the Security Division, and Mr Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport.

Organisation of SMGG
SMGG members agreed to split SMGG meetings into two parts:

  • Exchange of best practices between members (digitalisation, customer satisfaction, innovation, etc.)
  • Coordination of current studies (sustainable stations, in-station information, security of stations, future of stations, etc.)

Presentation of SBB’s stations organisation
Railway accessibility specialist Giulia Dell’Asin presented SBB Group and its stations organisation.
Ownership of stations belongs to SBB Real Estate, and the management is done by SBB Infrastructure.
She presented the main projects underway at Zürich Main Station and Lausanne Main Station.

In-station information
Etienne Riot from AREP presented the status of Leaflet 181 (In-station information), which will be divided into three parts:

  • Wayfinding for passengers
  • Branding manual (including pictograms)
  • Digital information

Security of stations
Ms Kathrin Faber presented the status of the current study, which includes two main tasks:

  • Collect and describe security measures
  • Evaluate the impacts of these measures on station management

A first draft of the handbook concerning station security will be available end of July 2017.

Forthcoming meetings
SMGG’s next meetings will be held on 18 October 2017 (Madrid) and 14 December 2017 (location to be determined).

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

guigon@uic.org

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Successful EWT Meeting held from 4 – 6 July 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania

The UIC meeting of EWT Steering Committee was held from 4 – 6 July 2017 in Vilnius - Lithuania, on the symbolic bridge between eastern and western part of Europe.

The objective of the EWT Steering Committee is to ensure through ticketing (East-West Traffic Tickets) for passengers between railway undertakings which apply the CIV Uniform Rules and those which apply the Convention for International Passenger Transport SMPS in the interest of passengers. It is to achieve substantial harmonisation of the conditions of carriage and of sale and thus to ensure the opportunity to respond to the current competitive situation in the market for transport.

The original OWT (Ost-West-Tariff), which was replaced by the SCIC-EWT, was created in 1994 under the leadership of DB until 2015, replaced by current leading railway CD (Czech Railways). EWT Steering Committee belonging under UIC Commercial Group is closely cooperating with “brother” bodies NRT and IRT Working Groups, as well as with CIT and OSJD. The EWT Steering Committee is convened once a year and consists of main Tariff Group and EWT Accounting Group. The working languages of the group are English and Russian.

The meeting in Vilnius had a high attendance with various carriers from eastern and western Europe: BC, CD, CFR, DB, FPC, LG, MAV-START, OBB, PKP IC, RZD, UZ and ZSSK. Professional background was provided by representatives from UIC (Marc Guigon), CIT (Tetyana Payosova), OSJD (Jelena Antonevic) and David Sarfatti (Avancial/SNCF) with their expert contributions during the meeting.

The group addressed its regular agenda, i.e. amendments of special conditions of carriage SCIC-EWT and accounting rules for EWT and with special topics also being important for EWT carriage: transportation of persons with reduced mobility (PRM), including PRM booking tool and current hot topic regarding MERITS (time-table data) – its usage and passing data to the third parties. The fruitful work was added by contributions from speakers from Russia regarding the new railway connection Moscow – Berlin and from Ukraine presenting new daily train connection from Kiev to polish town Przemysl.

Many thanks go to all active participants and speakers of the Vilnius meeting as well as to Lithuanian Railways (LG) which addrsesed practical questions and helped us to arrange our meeting.

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

guigon@uic.org

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CyberSecurity4Rail conference 2017

Helping European Railways to Build Digital Security through Cooperation
4 October 2017, Hotel Thon EU in the European Quarter in Brussels

Facilitated by Hit Rail, this conference will bring together experts in cybercrime and digital security, plus leaders in ICT and representatives from transport and railway companies, European organisations and international bodies, to discuss the threats and set out a vision for safer, more secure digital communications and data networks in the transport industry.

The recent ransomware attacks on public services and organisations across the globe have illustrated all too clearly the vulnerabilities of our connected world. The rail and other transport industries were not immune from the attack and this serves to reinforce the message that we must all work together to put robust solutions in place to protect our data and networks from further incursion and interference.

CyberSecurity4Rail will draw on the experience of recent incidents and the expertise of those who are working to protect systems and prevent cyberthreat.

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The 6th International Next Station Conference to be held from 19 – 20 October 2017 in Madrid

Benefit from the latest developments in the field of railway stations

www.nextstation2017.com

From 19 – 20 October 2017, the Spanish Rail Infrastructure Manager, Adif, together with the International Union of Railways, UIC, will be hosting in Madrid the 6th edition of the UIC NextStation conference, the global reference for leaders and decision-makers to share the latest experiences and best practices regarding the design, financing and operation of railway stations.

The 6th NextStation conference will tackle the key issues under the main theme “Smart Stations in Smart Cities”. The latest developments applicable to railway station design and operation and also the integration of the station in the city will be presented by high-level speakers, including decision-makers, representatives of leading industries as well as stakeholders involved in the city issue.

As part of the city, the future of railway stations needs to be discussed with a systemic approach. Well-connected and open to the city as one of possible centres of gravity of the daily life of citizens, railway stations foster commercial and social ties, with the need to develop the feeling of security. During this 6th NextStation conference, all these related themes will be addressed and discussed between participants coming from the five continents in a fully interactive conference.

The NextStation conference will also be a privileged venue for all technological companies interested in finding new business opportunities within the booming digitalisation process currently underway in the railway station sector at the global level.

The conference will be composed of:

  • A stand/exhibition area
  • A programme of technical visits:

The NextStation Conference in Madrid offers the possibility to make several technical visits on October 21.

ATOCHA STATION IN MADRID

This is Spain’s main intermodal station, providing Commuter, Long and Medium Distance services as well as High Speed.
Atocha was recently refurbished and enlarged to ensure more efficient High Speed arrivals and departures and it is an example of industrial architecture, with its famous tropical garden under its canopy.
Atocha Station hosts one of Spain’s main traffic control centres, a strategic technical element that is a showcase of Adif’s technological capacities.
Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 14:00.

MÁLAGA

In this beautiful southern city, located two hours 30 minutes away from Madrid by High Speed train, Adif manages one of the main stations in the country, Málaga Maria Zambrano, and the Vialia PPP project, one of the most successful examples of the combination of railway and commercial use of stations.
Málaga is also the capital of the world-famous Costa del Sol, where visitors will enjoy fine weather, long sand beaches, cultural activities and delicious food.
Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 23:00.

TOLEDO
This medieval city, located only 30 minutes away from Madrid, can also be reached by High Speed train. Its 1919 station is an architectural jewel with Moorish influence which is part of Spain’s cultural heritage.
Toledo itself is a must-see in Spain, with its finely preserved religious buildings and narrow streets, combining a rich, centuries-old legacy from the roman ages to the Visigoths, and with a strong Arabic, Jewish and Christian influence, which led to Toledo’s designation as the City of the Three Cultures.

Estimated schedule: from 08:00 to 22:00, including a visit to Atocha station. Trip to Toledo only: 11:00 to 22:00

Fee for the visits: 15€ each. This fee includes lunch (except Malaga) and a guided tour of the chosen station.
For Málaga and Toledo, it does not include the train ticket.

This international event will follow the successful high-profile railway conferences held previously in Rome (2005), Paris (2007), Brussels (2011) Moscow (2013) and Marrakech (2015).

Congress programme, Registration, Accommodation, Sponsoring and Exhibition, all information here:

www.nextstation2017.com

For further information please contact the UIC Passenger Department:

Inaki Barron: barron@uic.org and Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

For any communications questions please contact Barbara Mouchel: mouchel@uic.org

  

Early bird special rate before 6 September for the UIC Asset Management Global Conference

Putting your assets on the right track

The Asset Management Working Group from the International Union of Railways (UIC) will organise its third international Conference dedicated to Asset management in 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.

Purpose of the conference:

  • 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.

Preliminary programme:

  • Day 1 and 2: keynote speakers, case study presentations and discussions
  • Day 3 (optional):
    • Option 1: technical field visit
    • Option 2: training on UIC’s recently published Asset Management Guideline

Technical sessions on Asset Management:

  • Introduction and context
  • Frameworks and maturity models
  • Strategic decision making
  • Methods, tools and information systems
  • Planning and delivery
  • Innovative approaches

Registration is open!

Teodor Gradinariu: gradinariu@uic.org

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

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Appointment: Changes within top management of CP - Comboios de Portugal (Portuguese Railways)

Changes in the top management of CP – Comboios de Portugal (Portuguese Railways) took place on 30 June 2017.

The Portuguese Government appointed Mr Carlos Gomes Nogueira as President of CP.

A graduated in management, Mr Carlos Gomes Nogueira has more than 30 years of experience in business administration, development and innovation of companies, and from 2009 to 2014 he joined the management of Groundforce, an airport handling company as CFO and CEO.

UIC congratulates Mr Carlos Gomes Nogueira on his new appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: CP)

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United States: Work underway to improve service reliability at critical transportation hub

Amtrak engineering forces continue the ongoing infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, a series of major projects that will strengthen and improve operations and reliability at North America’s busiest transportation hub. A normal weekday sees more than 1,300 daily train movements at Penn Station with each of the station’s 21 tracks in use every two minutes. The ongoing work will help increase service reliability and preserve the existing operational flexibility for the users of Penn Station. This effort also includes preparation for the extensive and accelerated maintenance in “A” interlocking that will take place this summer, beginning in July.

Renewal and maintenance recently completed includes (numbered on map below):

  • Renewal of 125 feet of station track 7 at east end limits including the replacement of 600 railroad ties
  • Total switch replacement consisting of several sections within tracks 3X and 4X in “A” interlocking (west side of Penn Station)
  • Wood, timber and rail replacement within “JO” interlocking (east side of Penn Station)
  • Replacement of 96 block ties in Line 1 of the East River tunnels
  • Replacement of block ties within station tracks 2 and 10
  • Positioning of equipment in New York and New Jersey in preparation for the extensive summer work in July and August
  • Daily maintenance work

Time-lapse video of “A” interlocking renewal work (2) completed during the weekend of June 16-19 can also be found here.

Amtrak has released the posted schedules for passenger service during Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station beginning July 10, 2017 through September 1, 2017. Schedules can be found here. Amtrak’s reservation systems have been updated to reflect these schedule changes and any passenger already booked on a train that has been cancelled or altered has been contacted and accommodated on other scheduled service.

For the latest updates on Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn station visit amtrak.com/NYPrenewal.

(Source: Amtrak)

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United States: FRA releases Environmental Review for Hudson Tunnel Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement review (DEIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project, completing the review in 14 months from the Federal Register Notice of Initiation. The DEIS identifies the project’s preferred alternative, which includes constructing a new tunnel, refurbishing the existing ones and preserving the current functionality of the Northeast Corridor’s (NEC) Hudson River rail crossing between New Jersey and New York. To develop the DEIS, the FRA established a federal and state agency task force and obtained federal permits concurrently with the NEPA process.

The Final EIS is expected to be issued in March 2018, approximately 22 months after initiation as compared to reviews of this magnitude which have taken more than 40 months to complete, demonstrating the Department’s commitment to streamline the project review process.

The existing NEC rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River, known as the North River Tunnel, is used by Amtrak for intercity passenger rail service and New Jersey Transit for commuter rail service.

Within the DEIS, FRA states that the preferred alternative will meet the purpose and need identified for the Hudson Tunnel Project. The DEIS notes that the plan includes construction of two new rail tubes in a single tunnel beneath the Hudson River that can maintain the existing level of train service while the North River Tunnel tubes are taken out of service one at a time for rehabilitation. Once the North River Tunnel restoration is complete, both old and new tunnels will be in service, providing redundant capability and increased operational flexibility.

The DEIS reports that its preferred alternative may cost in the range of $11.7 to $12.98 billion. It will be the responsibility of the project sponsors to identify their funding sources and plan. The Department notes that all projects that apply for Federal funding must meet the appropriate criteria and that all projects will be individually evaluated on their merits, without prejudice against or partiality in favor of particular projects.

Publication of the DEIS is a milestone in the clearance process for all known environmental impacts before pre-engineering design and construction can begin on the project. It also initiates a comprehensive public comment period and public hearings before the FRA can finalize the EIS and Record of Decision. To support that there are three public hearings, with meetings scheduled on August 1st, August 3rd and August 10th.

(Source: FRA)

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Czech Republic: Cross-Border Cooperation Project helps prepare a planned high-speed line from Prague to Dresden

Travelling by train between Prague and Dresden in 52 minutes; in 2035, this should be one of the specific results of a project starting with a conference which took place on 22 June in Ústí nad Labem with the participation of partners from the Czech Republic and Saxony.

The Cross-Border Cooperation Project for the development of railway transport Saxony – Czech Republic is being implemented within the Programme for Supporting Cross-Border Cooperation between the Czech Republic and the Free State of Saxony 2014–2020, co-financed by the European Union. Its leader is Správa železniční dopravní cesty. The project has as an objective to intensify and deepen cooperation of institutions for the purpose of supporting and developing cross-border railway transport between the two states situated on both sides of Krušné hory (Ore Mountains), especially in connection to the planned high-speed line in preparation from Dresden through Ústí nad Labem to Prague.

The Project takes up mutual cooperation of Czech and Saxon partners in previous years which resulted i.a. in three preliminary studies the outputs of which will be used in an upcoming feasibility study for the construction of a high-speed connection between Prague and Dresden. The study should be finished in the first half of 2019.

During selection of the most suitable option, Czech and Saxon geologists already carrying out the necessary survey on all intended routes will also have their say. This will result in a unified cross-border geological map and a 3D model. Besides the geologists’ work, preparing the necessary transport and socio-economic analysis will be also an important part of the current project.
Construction of a high-speed line from Prague to Dresden will bring not only a competitive connection of these two cities but also a connection of the Czech Republic to a high-speed network in Germany. Moreover, building a cross-border 26-kilometres-long tunnel under Krušné hory will allow transferring long-distance passenger and freight transport from the Elbe valley. The route between the Czech and Saxon metropolis will be shortened by 56 kilometres, high-speed trains in 2035 will travelthrough in 52 minutes.

(Source: SZDC)

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Average rating: 4.5 / 5

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Kazakhstan: JSC KTZ Express, Sinotrans Limited and Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Co., Ltd agree on running regular container trains

The framework agreements on strategic cooperation were signed in Lanzhou (China) between KTZ Express (a subsidiary of JSC NC KTZ) and Sinotrans Limited and Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Co., Ltd.

The agreements are aimed at deepening mutually beneficial cooperation in the organisation of the regular international container trains running from China to Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, Europe, Vietnam and in the reverse communication through the territory of Kazakhstan using the logistics infrastructure of the Altynkol station and the dry port of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern gates”.

Vice-president of KTZ Express E. Kulakov noted that “carrying out transportation on these routes will contribute to increasing transit by attracting cargo from China to trans-Kazakhstan routes and strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in the transport and logistics area”.

Under the Agreements the parties agreed to attract cargo flows to / from Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Iran and Europe to / from the China with a gradual reorientation to the Altynkol border crossing.

The partners also considered issues of cooperation in the field of transportation of raw materials to / from the regions of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, including using the KTZ Express refrigerated container park, and the creation of consolidation and distribution centres.

(Source: KTZ)

Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-23 July 2017 High Speed Training UIC HQ
  • 19-21 September 2017 UIC PoSE Meeting Rome
  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 305
  • 21-22 September 2017 Capacity4Rail final conference Madrid
  • 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
  • 4-7 October 2017 UIC Asset Management Global Conference Paris UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 RSF Plenary UIC Louis Armand
  • 6 November 2017 CDF Plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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