European rail freight and infrastructure CEOs meet in Stockholm

On 4 June, CEOs of European rail freight companies and European rail infrastructure managers met in Stockholm. The meeting was the perfect occasion for the CEOs to review the situation of rail freight on the open market. The meeting also focused on how to further improve operational collaboration between rail freight undertakings and infrastructure managers to optimise the opportunities for rail freight in the European Union.

The expectations of rail freight undertakings towards infrastructure managers on freight corridors drove the discussion addressing among other issues the enhanced cooperation between the infrastructure managers and rail freight undertakings aiming at enhancing the customer focus in an open freight market.

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman commented:

Cooperation between infrastructure managers is crucial to increase the attractiveness and efficiency of cross-border rail traffic. This is what CER’s infrastructure managers are doing on a regular basis, whether within the frame of existing regulations or outside. But, more importantly, it is crucial that infrastructure managers and railway operators talk to and understand each other. CER is looking forward to this discussion.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stated:

UIC has been monitoring the development of rail freight corridors since the entry in force of regulation 913/2010. As the international technical cooperation platform bringing together the entire railway community –operators as well as infrastructure managers- UIC plays a key role to ensure the overall coherence of the rail system and optimisation of international operations in particular at interfaces. UIC is continuously committed with its partners to promoting innovation in the rail sector and harmonisation in the technical, operational and administrative fields in partnership with competent bodies such as OTIF or CIT, to better benefit of rail freight operators and infrastructure managers.

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6th edition of ILCAD hosted by REFER on 3 June 2014 at Museo d’Oriente (Museum of the Orient) in Lisbon, Portugal

On 3 June REFER, UIC and key partners celebrated the 6th International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) focusing on educational measures and the promotion of safe behaviour at and around level crossings. This edition once again brought together over 43 countries and concentrated its message on professional drivers.

The conference was preceded by a visit to a pedestrian level crossing (see photos).
Almost 100 persons participated in the international press conference and round table discussion emphasising the importance of road safety at level crossings.

ILCAD events were introduced jointly by Rui Loureiro, Chairman of REFER, Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the UIC Fundamental Values Department and Alan Davies, RSSB, Chairman of the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF).

Rui Loureiro, Chairman of REFER said:

Since 2009, the challenge set out by the UIC to dedicate a day to the issue of safety at level crossings has been welcomed by REFER with great enthusiasm. The marking of this date has been regarded by us as an opportunity to draw more attention to this subject, broaden the debate, involve other partners and, above all, reiterate the need to comply with safety rules. This involvement has also provided a greater sharing of experience, knowledge, technical solutions, best practices and means of communication among our international partners. In the last 14 years, a great amount has been done by REFER to reinforce safety at railway crossings, with very positive results, as attested by the reduction of the number of accidents by 83%. This is a matter we take very seriously and for which we express our commitment to continue to allocate resources, with the ultimate goal of eliminating accidents at level crossings.However, for all this investment to have practical results, it is essential that members of the public are made aware that they also have a role to play in avoiding accidents. Therefore we will continue to raise awareness through alerts reinforced by the promotion of educational and communication campaigns.We have an aim which we are determined to achieve and we are counting on everyone helping us reach this goal.”

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, underlined in a video message:

Since 2009 the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign has been spearheaded by the International Union of Railways (UIC) with the support of the railway community around the world. A growing number of road sector organisations, the European Commission and the United Nations - Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are also involved in raising awareness of the risks at level crossings in order to change road user and pedestrian behaviour to “act safely at level crossings”.

Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the UIC Fundamental Values Department added:

The 5th edition of ILCAD held on 7 May 2013 focused on young people and distraction from mobile phones and iPods.The 5th edition of ILCAD held on 7 May 2013 focused on young people and distraction from mobile phones and iPods – visit:
ILCAD 2014 is taking place again in many countries with bigger or smaller campaigns. The public targeted is professional drivers (school buses, coaches, taxis, minivans, tractors, trucks, heavy haul trucks, emergency vehicles...)."

Key speakers from various countries (Belgium, Estonia, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the UK) then had the opportunity to debate the three Es: Engineering, Enforcement and Education aiming at improving safety at level crossings.
Alan Davies, RSSB, Community Safety Manager at RSSB (UK) Chairman of the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) chaired and moderated the international session.

Jacques Marmy, Head of Technical Affairs at the International Road Transport Union (IRU) gave an overview on IRU activities and presented a common project with UIC on a guidance to give recommendations to drivers of commercial vehicles when approaching and traversing level crossings (see also UIC press release 21/2014), first extracts here:

In the framework of the Anniversary of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) have joined forces to initiate a Level Crossing Safety Checklist to raise awareness of transport professionals on the issue and reduce related casualties. 85% of road accidents involving professional drivers are caused by human errors.”

Since the core message this year for ILCAD 2014 was focusing on professional drivers it was even more obvious to work with IRU.

Virginie Taillandier, Advisor in charge of the level crossing programme at RFF gave a presentation on the “New policy on level crossings in France”: At the end of 2013 RFF and future components of the unified infrastructure manager (SNCF + DCF) have validated a new level crossing safety policy. Her presentation gave an overview of accidents according to their type, different improvement solutions put in place and future solutions envisaged through current tests being carried out. RFF will also present prevention actions undertaken in 2014. See video clips made by RFF to launch their national campaign on ILCAD day:

Tine Verheyden, Project Manager Safety at INFRABEL gave a presentation on “Effective low-cost communication campaigns: collaboration is the key”

Tine Verheyden, Project Manager Safety at INFRABEL made a presentation on “Effective low-cost communication campaigns: collaboration is the key”
Most infrastructure managers in Europe are faced with shrinking budgets for their awareness campaigns. That is also the case in Belgium. In this presentation, she exposed four projects that show that it is possible to create effective low-cost communication campaigns, if you collaborate with the right parties.

  • Campaign towards truck drivers in the port of Antwerp
  • Campaign towards level crossing users at “sensitive” level crossings throughout Belgium: Collaboration with railway-police, our security-teams and national and local press.
  • An educational “game of goose” teaching kids between 10 and 12 years old about the railway and its dangers: Collaboration with teachers for the development of the game, and with two schools and the responsible politician for the press campaign.
  • Level crossings in GPS-systems: Collaboration with GPS manufacturers and other European countries to get level crossings in GPS systems, both for professional and other drivers.


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Katarzyna Kucharek, Head of the Awareness Communications Section at PKP PLK gave a presentation on their latest awareness campaign: Safe rail-road level crossing – "Stop and Live!”

Approximately 30-40 accidents involving professional drivers take place every year at level crossings throughout Poland. This number accounts for roughly 17% of all accidents occurring at level crossings. A number of activities have been planned to prevent routine behaviour of professional drivers. These include, inter alia, checkpoints at railroad crossings, lectures at driving schools and businesses, and cooperation with the company that produces satellite navigation and smartphone software informing drivers about approaching level crossings. We do believe that drivers spending all day behind the wheel and covering long distances will be transporting their loads and returning home safely.

Getter Toome, Training Coordinator at Operation Lifesaver Estonia (OLE) presented the activities of Operation Lifesaver Estonia and about the U.S. Operation Lifesaver’s national safety campaign “See Tracks? Think Train!” that was launched in April, 2014 in Washington DC. She also said: “During the ILCAD 2014 events, as in the previous editions, Operation Lifesaver Estonia organised many activities. We displayed our rail safety mascots “Sparkies” at level crossings, we sent a press release to the Estonian media, published the ILCAD TV ad on our website. Last but not least, the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board shall pay more attention to road users crossing railways, making sure that they follow traffic regulations. The campaign was organised in cooperation with: Estonian Railways, South Western Railway, GoRail, Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, Estonian Road Administration”.

Massimo Costa, Head of Unit, Italian Railway Investigation Body gave a presentation on how to reduce risks at level crossings and optimise the warning time for when the barriers come down: In some recent accidents on the Italian railway network in 2012, heavy vehicles have been trapped between the barriers and - in one of them - with deadly consequences for the driver of the train. The optimization of the time of notice between the turn on of the light signals and the beginning of the motion of lowering of the barriers is a possible very low cost solution.

It has been verified that the warning time between the lightning of the signals and the beginning of the lowering of the barriers should be optimized in its “standard values” and should significantly vary according to:

  • The situations that may affect the movement of road vehicles such as the presence of intersections in the proximity of the LC
  • The length of vehicles allowed to circulate on the road
  • The exact distance between the barriers

The second panel with five Portuguese speakers from different sectors was chaired and moderated by Nelson Oliveira, Director of the Research Office of safety and railway accidents:

Pedro Pereira (PSP) Commissioner at the Portuguese Traffic Police, gave a presentation on effective Education and Enforcement measures taken at level crossings. PSP publish and distribute safety flyers to the public at different seasons of the year and in different areas (access to beaches, bus or train stations). In the summer season they distribute flyers in Portuguese and English on any kind of risks that people may meet on the roads or at level crossings. People don’t know how fast a train runs: at 90 km/h a car needs 60 meters to stop, a train needs 10 times more to stop. PSP in addition to the railways Educate people but when Education fails, they have to Enforce misusers; fines can range from 250 to 3000 euros depending on the misuse. Overpassing or driving backwards on LCs can be fined with 120 euros. A non respect of traffic lights at LCs can be fined with 30 to 150 euros. 69 persons have been fined in 2013 when misusing LCs. He insisted on the fact that the most important at the end is really to Educate and Aware the public to make their work efficient.

Carlos Cipriano, journalist at “Publico” and “Gazetas das Caldas” shared an approach on level crossing accidents as far media are concerned. He is a well known journalist on a national level. He took examples of 2 collisions at level crossings he experienced in his life. He showed many examples of articles published in the media on train/road vehicle collisions: Journalists usually write “A man or a woman was killed or hit by a train”. He took many examples of the distraction issue. He teaches in a school and sees many teenagers using headphones and would like REFER to put in place a future campaign on this issue, organise a drawing contest for children. Media usually in their articles put the responsibility on the railways and the authorities and show sympathy to the victim and not stress on the real cause of the collision: the user made an error, or deliberately misused the LC. He made suggestions to change the mentality of the media: training sessions for journalists, park wrecked cars hit by trains along level crossings to show the public how terrible a collision can be.

Fatima Abreu representative from the “Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes (IMT)”/ Institute for mobility and Transport gave a presentation on Road Safety and driver training in Portugal. They are in charge of delivering drivers’ education programmes taught in driving schools and delivering driving permits to the public but also to the professional drivers. These professional drivers have to make a psychological and medical examination every 5 years. She showed the new Portuguese driving licence as delivered now in all European countries. The driver, the vehicle and the road infrastructure are the 3 pillars of the road safety. In our countries where the cars and the road infrastructure are of good quality, the human sometimes fails. Every future driver is evaluated when approaching LCs. Concerning professional drivers approaching LCs she has read again existing driving instructions manuals and there are lacks about risks at level crossings.

MIT proposes to review these manuals for professional drivers insisting on some issues (fatigue, distraction, speed, etc...). She showed different road signs posted at LCs existing in the international highway code of which drivers tend to forget the signification. José Carneiro (Mayor of Baião) explained the role of local authorities, municipalities as partners of railways in the upgrading or closure of level crossings. He is Mayor but also President of the Association of the socialist mayors of Portugal. He gave a political view on the issue of level crossing safety. He was elected as the Mayor of Baião in 2005 when REFER started to close level crossings. Some local citizens did not agree on these closures. In 2008 the local and regional authorities signed an agreement with REFER to find a common understanding on level crossing safety. The agreement relied on a consensus respecting different level of interests: REFER, LC neighbours, land owners and finally the local and regional authorities.

José Carneiro (Mayor of Baião) explained the role of local authorities, municipalities as partners of railways in the upgrading or closure of level crossings.
António Viana (REFER) presented REFER’s level crossing programme and strategy, results and targets. He presented REFER results and objectives: In 1999 Portugal gathered 2494 LCs, 154 accidents and a high density of LCs/km of lines (0.89) compared to the average in the EU. In 1999 by Law Decret- 568/99 it was decided to launch an LC safety programme foreseeing to upgrade, to close LCs, and not to open any new LC. They also decided to reduce the density of LCs/km of lines to 0.5 LC/km by 2006 (target achieved and anticipated in 2005: 0.48).

In 2005 REFER put in place a safety management system based on a risk model that targeted a reduction by 50% of the number of LC collisions by 2009 to count no more than 52 accidents, they actually counted 49 accidents in 2009). In 2006 REFER aimed to reduce the number of accidents by 60% in 2015 (representing less than 29 accidents). The target was achieved earlier with 27 accidents in 2013. In 2013 they counted 870 LCs (2494 in 1999), a density of LCs on 0.34 LC/KM Lines (0.89 in 1999). Over 50% are protected (26% only in 1999). New targets for 2014-2020: reduce the number of accidents by 40% (to achieve fewer than 17 accidents).

Then the round table with Portuguese and other European experts was followed by the signing of a contract between REFER and EFECEC to upgrade 12 passive level crossings into automatic level crossings.

A press conference chaired by Sérgio Monteiro – Portuguese State Secretary for Transport Infrastructure and Communication closed the international conference dedicated to ILCAD 2014.

He said:

Accidents at level crossings is not only a Portuguese but an international issue which is why we welcome ILCAD today in Portugal. A transgression at level crossing is 10 times higher than a transgression anywhere on the roads.
Involvement of Portuguese local and regional authorities with the railways in level crossing safety through a common understanding agreement shows decision makers on a national level how we can work together.
Over 1400 LCs have been closed, 687 upgraded from 1999. 345 million euros have been invested in this LC programme to save lives. The figures speak for themselves: 27 accidents at LCs in 2013 in Portugal versus 154 accidents at LCs in 1999.
Today’s strategic objective of REFER: 13 LCs to be closed by the end of 2014 which represents 6.7 million euros of investment. We also have a project to merge the railway and road infrastructure managers to improve the quality of services, rationalise maintenance operations. I take the opportunity today to stress the fact that this operation will improve the safety at this particular road/rail interface. This decision has been taken and will be put in place in 2014 to rationalise investments without putting safety at risk.”

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TAF TSI is now in an implementation phase. RAILDATA helps its members fulfil their TAF TSI requirements as regards RU-RU communication in the shape of the ISR and ORFEUS tools.

During its last General Assembly, RAILDATA decided to set up a new group to support Freight RUs within this implementation phase for RU-RU concerns.

A new Special Assembly is about to be created in close cooperation with the UIC Freight IT Study Group. It will be open to any European Freight RU.

The kick-off meeting of this Special Assembly is planned for November. RAILDATA
plays a key role in the TAF TSI process by being involved in different groups such as the Joint Sector Group and the TAF TSI Steering Committee as an observer.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel: or Patrick Mantell:

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Successful 1st International Conference on Standardisation

From Technical Leaflets to International Railway Standards – an historical opportunity for Railway Harmonisation

On 10 June 2014, the first edition of the Conference on Railway Standardisation, organised by UIC, was held in Paris, bringing together all major stakeholders involved in this important issue for the railway system. Among them, international organisations, professional associations, representatives of the industry, manufacturers and legal representatives of legal frameworks and other actors of the Railway Community, discussed the status of the practical situation of the most important phases of railway regulations.

This conference also mainly stood for a moment of reflection about the future and a strategic collective enrichment of the concept of Standardisation, whose aim is to collect experience, results, make technological choices, structure and assemble them in a coherent and efficient manner, to define and ensure minimum levels of interoperability, safety and to facilitate daily operations and service.

Standardisation at UIC was re-launched following the Beijing General Assembly in December 2010 and has passed some relevant milestones: the creation of the Standardisation Platform, the introduction of International Railway Standards, the identification of the Clusters to reconstruct the economic and technical link between standards and real service implementation.

During the Opening Session, keynote speeches were made on behalf of Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, by UIC Chairman, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, Alberto Mazzola, Senior Vice President International Affairs, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane representing the UIC Vice Chairman and on behalf of Libor Lochman, Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies.

UIC Chairman Mr Vladimir Yakunin underlined, through a written declaration, that

The landmark decision taken by the UIC General Assembly at the session in July 2012 on the establishment of the Standardisation Platform initiated the process of integrating the standards for 1520 mm and 1435 mm gauges. […] Today there is a need to conduct the transport business according to international standards, thereby ensuring effective, high-quality transport services and a highly organised managerial structure”. He added: “In addition, if we resolve the issues related to standardisation, we will preserve the operational compatibility and integrity of the railway system.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, mentioned:

There is constructive cooperation between UIC, manufacturers and European stakeholders for the worldwide promotion and implementation of these “standards”. Synergies with the supply industry and EU in the framework of “Shift2Rail” should also have important consequences in terms of improving harmonisation and interoperability.

He added:

New projects of intercontinental, long distance rail corridors, such as future corridors linking Europe to Asia, also strongly advocate for more standardisation (including harmonisation between different gauges of 1435 and 1520 mm). The need for strong harmonisation and standardisation relates to technical and operational aspects as well as to legal, administrative and human resources aspects. […] While the ultimate goals to reach in rail transport are shared, the ways and strategies to reach these goals may be quite different (because of the high-level performances required, because of the need to safeguard the amortisation of investments made, because it is not possible to create service disruptions, etc).

Mr Alberto Mazzola, Senior Vice President International Affairs, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane representing the UIC Vice Chairman, said:

In former times the structure of the Railway Operating Companies, at least in Europe, was monolithic, the links to the governments of the different countries were tighter and the market was less influenced by globalisation. This situation was also mirrored in railway standardisation, where the regulatory framework in most cases was relevant to Infrastructure Managers and to Railway Undertakings, the osmosis of technical solutions and technologies with other sectors was not particularly diffused and the design capacity of the railways was very high. Now the context has changed because the organisation of modern societies has separated the regulatory aspects and the industrial specification, while leaving a grey area in the system integration and in the operational procedures that indeed constitute the interface to the production of the railway service.

He added:

The introduction of the International Railway Standards meets these needs as well as the search of coordination with the other international standardisation organisations and we expect that UIC will continue in this vein and will offer its asset of knowledge as a common high return investment.

Mr Libor Lochman, Executive Director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies, declared:

The standardisation of spare parts is still a crucial issue and we have to be aware that suppliers do not generally support it and are lobbying against this standardisation activity. If partners to define functional requirements for spare parts cannot be found, I do encourage the UIC members to follow a purely RU and IM approach without the competitive domain being touched. UIC can be an excellent platform for gathering the needs and requirements and summarise them formally. The specifications are to be based on the operational experience and existing requirements. […] For closing open points in the TSI, CER calls its partner association UIC to support the work by adding the closure of open points to the annual and multi-annual work programme of the UIC Standardisation Platform and/ or Rail System Platform. Defining the closure of open point must be driven by the interest of railway undertakings and infrastructure managers, not by regulators, not only by suppliers. Any lack of standardisation causes unnecessary costs which ultimately have to be passed on to our customers. Standardisation is not a step backwards but a leap forward into a competitive European railway market. The standardisation will increase the interoperability, cost effectiveness and efficiency of European railway operations.

A first session, which was dedicated to “the global cooperation oriented to concrete and tangible results”, gave the floor to Mr Hiroshi Tanaka, Director of the Railway International Standards Centre – Railway Technical Research Institute, Member of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) and of the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO), Mr Philippe Citroën, Director General of the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and Mr Gianfranco Cau, UIC Senior Advisor, Secretary of the UIC Standardisation Platform.

A second session was dedicated to the legal implications, particularly with regard to interoperability and safety, through a presentation made by Mr François Davenne, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) and a presentation made by Mr Andreas Schirmer from the European Railway Agency (ERA).

The combination between investments and technical platform was discussed during a third session, bringing together Mr Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director, European Investment Bank (EIB), Mr Jean-Pierre Audoux, General Manager of the French Federation of Railway Industries (FIF), Mr Marco Caposciutti, Technical Director, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane / Trenitalia and Mr Jean-Marie Bodson, Technical Director of ALSTOM Transport.

Mr Baoshi Huo, Director, Department of Science and Technology, China Railway Corporation, Mr Sergey Gerasimenko Deputy Head of the Division of the Technical Policy Department JSC “Russian Railways” (RZD) and Mr Marc Antoni, from French Railways (SNCF) discussed in a final session dedicated to successes at worldwide level, giving the audience the opportunity to learn about the experiences of the Railway Operating Community.

To conclude this conference, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, said:

All major stakeholders, international organisations and professional associations are definitively committed to promoting railway standardisation. A strong willingness was expressed today to combine forces (OTIF, ERA, UNIFE, EIB, ...) to progress towards these goals and bring benefits for markets and societies. Standardisation doesn’t happen for standardisation’s sake but for the benefit of customers (clients, citizens, transport companies, ..) for a safe, sustainable transport, characterised by a high level of security and energy efficiency.

He was pleased to hear that International Standards Bodies (ISO, IEC...) are willing to involve railway operators in their work. In that respect,

UIC can act as a catalyst for the definition of customer needs and railway operator expectations.

To continue this need to develop these close cooperation links between major actors of Standardisation, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General and Mr Frans Vreeswijk, Secretary General of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC), will sign a Cooperation Agreement on 12 June 2014 in Geneva, establishing the role of UIC and IEC and specifying the principle of complementarity, in order to cover all the aspects of the railway system which are currently being standardised.

For further information please contact Gianfranco Cau:

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News from UIC members

Greece: Attica Group awarded in Transport & Logistics Awards 2014

ATTICA GROUP, parent company of SUPERFAST FERRIES and BLUE STAR FERRIES, was recently honoured with the “High Performance” accolade at the Transport & Logistics Awards 2014 organised by Boussias Communications.

During the award ceremony held on Thursday 29 May 2014 and with the presence of representatives and stakeholders of the tourism market, our Group was awarded with the “High Performance” prize in the category “Innovative Passenger Transport Services”.

ATTICA GROUP was rewarded for its Intermodal “Train & Ferry” Passenger Transport Services. In the late 90s, ATTICA GROUP developed the innovative combined train and ferry service in the Adriatic Sea routes, offering transport solutions to the international railway passengers travelling from Europe to Greece and vice versa.

ATTICA GROUP is currently an equal member of all international commercial and tariff products of the European Railways.

This distinction recognises ATTICA GROUP’s dedication and continuous effort to provide reliable and innovative services to its passengers.

ATTICA GROUP is engaged in the passenger shipping industry in the Adriatic Sea and in the Greek Domestic Lines (Cyclades, Dodecanese, Chios, Mytilene and Crete). The Attica Group fleet consists of 13 modern and technologically advanced vessels, providing high quality transport services for passengers, cargo and private vehicles.


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News from UIC members

Russia: Year-on-year success for RZD in reducing negative environmental impacts

On 5 June every year, the railways observe World Environment Day, which was established by the UN in 1972.

Environmental protection centres, including a number of “eco-labs”, operate across the 16 companies which make up the Russian railways. Their main task is to implement a common policy of eco-friendliness within RZD, and to verify that all the company’s subsidiaries comply with environmental standards and regulations.

The eco-labs, whose expertise enables the various companies within the railways to quantify the eco-efficiency of infrastructure and facilities ahead of time and adopt effective measures to reduce environmental damage in the event of accidents, are the subject of particular attention.

In 2013, RZD’s investment in environmental measures as a share of total investment projects amounted to 77 53 000 Euros, with current expenditure on environmental protection standing at 55 368 000 Euros.

Over the period 2003-2013, the measures taken each year to upgrade to more eco-friendly technical systems, introduce innovative equipment and technology, and to run investment projects for environmental protection, have cut:

  • harmful particles in the atmosphere (stationary sources) by a magnitude of 2.2;
  • waste water released into the water table by a magnitude of 3;
  • water consumption for technical purposes by a magnitude of 1.8;
  • the number of rail lines laid on wooden sleepers by a magnitude of 2.2.

In 2013, the company’s efforts to protect the environment were lauded by the federal executive and by various public bodies, and the Russian railways won five prestigious awards and certificates in domestic and international competitions for environmental protection.

In order to roll out its environmental strategy, RZD has adopted an Environment Strategy for the period up to 2015 and looking ahead to 2030. The goals of this strategy are to reduce all forms of environmental pollution as a result of the company’s activities by a magnitude of 2 by 2030, with priority accorded to “green technologies”.

(Source: RZD)

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UIC Innovation Awards 2014

Two months remaining to submit your applications!

Under the coordination of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB), the UIC Innovation Awards aim at stimulating research towards the necessary innovations and step-changes for the railway sector of tomorrow.
Open to any participants interested in rail research at global level, the UIC Innovation Awards cover the following categories:

  • Safety/security
  • Sustainable development
  • Rail system technology
  • Rail freight services
  • Passenger services
  • Cost reductions

For this 2014 edition, a new prize has also been proposed with the “Young Researcher Awards” to encourage and support a new generation of researchers and engineers in the rail sector that will lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport.

In addition, an honorary prize will reward the “Life Time Achievement” and dedication of one personality to the rail sector, to uphold the tradition of continuity and pass the values of the railway sector and railway science from one generation to the next.
Submit your proposal now online at with all practical information.

Deadline for submission: 31 July 2014!

For further information, please contact François Maugère, UIC Innovation Advisor: and Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager/IRRB Secretary:

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Ulan Bator Railway celebrates 65th anniversary

On 6 June 2014, the Mongolian-Russian Joint Stock Company Ulan Bator Railway (UBTZ) celebrated its 65th anniversary. The company’s anniversary event was attended by Mongolia’s Minister of Road and Transportation Mr A. Gansukh, the Director General of the International Union of Railways Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, the First Vice-President of Russian Railways Mr Morozov V. N., the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Mongolia Mr Azizov I. K., and the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Railway Authority of the Russian Federation Mr Mitsyuk I. V.

The UIC Director General who participated in this anniversary, said:

UTBZ has been an active member of UIC since 2011, but has a long history of railway development. The ceremony was very well organised and displayed the new opening of a rail system around Ulan Bator and also showed the modernisation of the railway lines, especially with the acquisition of new engines and freight rolling stock. Mongolia is developing its international traffic built for exports, imports and transits. In this respect its position between Russia and China makes its railway system a key link in the development of international east-west corridors, probably the shortest link in distance and time; therefore the presence of UIC showing the interest of the international community for the development of railways in general and international corridors in particular was very important to celebrate not only an anniversary but also a prosperous future for this new member of our community.”

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Third UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2015 “Unite, Inspire, Connect”

Call for Abstracts – deadline: 15 September

Further to the success of the two previous World Congresses on Rail Training, the UIC is pleased to announce the third World Congress on Rail Training, which will be held at IST (Instituto Superiore Tecnico), Lisbon, Portugal from 15 to 17 April, 2015.

The third Congress is being organised in partnership with CP, REFER, Fertagus and IST
The World Congress on Rail Training 2015 is being organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, which draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centres Networks (Europe, Asia, Middle East,..). Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The key congress aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings in this area which bring innovation and have practical application to the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers

The Congress is targeted at human resources and training directors, training executives, and training and workforce development experts. The Congress will be held in English, French, German and Portuguese.

More information about the submission of abstracts and sponsorship procedure at the following link:

Looking forward to hearing from you!

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Expertise Development Unit:

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Station Manager Global Group (SMGG) in Madrid (3 – 4 June 2014)

On 3 June, the SMGG representative visited three stations: Atocha Station located in the south of Madrid, Chamartin Station located in the north of Madrid, and Principe Pio Station located in the West of Madrid.

On 4 June 2014 the SMGG meeting took place in Madrid.

SMGG is the UIC group dedicated to stations. It comprises station managers of the UIC members.
UIC members represented in that meeting were: ADIF, the host of the meeting, RFI, SNCF, RZD, NSB, SNCB, ÖBB, Korean Railways, Japanese Railways and ONCF (Moroccan Railways).
UIC Headquarters was represented by Iñaki Barrón (Director of the Passenger Department), Marc Guigon (Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport) and Luis Casado (Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport).

The main points which were discussed in the SMGG meeting were:

  • Presentation of Norwegian, Korean and Moroccan companies and stations. SNCB presented the new Belgian organisation for railways
  • The leaflet concerning signage in stations (413) will be updated and extended at global level. The group agreed on the process to perform this task under the coordination of SNCF and ADIF
  • A benchmark concerning the governance of stations will begin with the input of members
  • The observatory for rail stations will be developed with data and information from the members (statistics, studies, organisations…). A prototype was presented during the meeting
  • A preliminary discussion was engaged concerning the next worldwide conference on stations (NEXTSTATION) which will be organised in Marrakech (Morocco) at the end of 2015
  • The working group PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group of Experts was presented
  • The 2015 budget was agreed during this meeting

The next SMGG meeting will take place in Marrakech at the end of September/beginning of October 2014.

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