UIC took part in the “Strategic Partnership 1520” International Forum

UIC took part in the “Strategic Partnership 1520” International Forum which was hosted by RZD President Oleg Belozerov from 1 – 3 June 2016 in Sochi, Russia.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General said: “This important Forum is one of key dates in the international agenda to discuss the further railway key issues to be developed in the near future. As a worldwide technical platform able to catalyse some of ideas into projects, UIC is always pleased every year to participate in these exchanges”.

The Strategic Partnership 1520 (SP1520) is the largest business meeting of all major stakeholders across the wide gauge area.

The SP1520 is about fostering a joined-up approach to the development of rail sector across 1520 to make sure it is at the leading edge of freight and passenger transportation the world over.

The forum aims to reach systemic solutions for the most important operating issues in the rail complex: optimisation of transport process, modernisation of transport infrastructure, attracting investment, and the production of modern rolling stock.
The audience is made up of leading transport companies from Russia, the CIS and the European Union: national rail carriers, rolling stock operators, producers of rail technology, logistics, leasing, insurance and freight forwarding companies.
The SP1520 is home to signing ceremonies for major international agreements on the strategic development of the wide gauge system, along with contracts for the supply and servicing of rail equipment.

The Forum was divided into the following sessions below and factors & topics & issues which are technically and economically critical for the technological situation of the 1520 railway world.

1) How to Identify New Possibilities in Current Realities

Participants tried to answer (1) Where 1520 Transport Corridors Lead and (2) How has the map of international rail-freight flows changed under the pressure of political and economic factors, and how can these changes be exploited?

Factors to be taken into account:

  • New economic unions
  • Embargos and other forms of political pressure
  • Different currency exchange rates
  • Construction of port infrastructure

2) 1520 on an Anti-Crisis Diet

How to keep in mind long-term planning while cutting costs?

Topics to explore:

  • State priorities in the shaping and implementation of railway-development policies
  • What can market players bank on in an environment of economic uncertainty and growing risk?
  • Which strategies are most effective to improve service quality and boost consumer trust?
  • How to forecast railway business indicators for the years ahead?
  • Which new partnership formats will be most effective in the near future?

Towards Private Financing: New Sources and Mechanisms of Delivering Infrastructure Projects in Russia

Topics to explore:

  • Which non-budgetary financing sources that have proven their effectiveness in Russia can be used for developing the railway infrastructure?
  • New models of non-budgetary financing of investment projects into the development of railway infrastructure
  • Distribution of risks in the process of implementing infrastructure projects between Russian Railways, financial institutions and the state. Monetisation of Risks
  • Solving state problems through non-budgetary financing
  • Interaction between Russian Railways, financial institutions, federal and regional bodies of authority in the process of development of railway infrastructure with attracting non-budgetary financing sources
  • Sources of capital: The interest of various market players on the market of non-budgetary financing (NPFs, banks, state and specialised foundations) toward railway infrastructure projects
  • Mechanisms attractive to financial and other participants of projects, concessions, PPPs, project financing, specialised and concession bonds

3) Transport Service Market

A Model for the Benefit of All

Topics to explore:

  • Current market model: is it sustainable enough and how can it be transformed?
  • Rolling stock “in the hands” of a single operator: pros and cons
  • Taking locomotives out of Russian Railways subsidiaries: is there an added value?
  • A private carriers’ experiment: a glimpse into the future

External Markets: Potential of Partnerships

Topics to explore:

  • Exports of rolling stock and casting – markets and competitors
  • Mechanisms of export support
  • Opportunities of consortia: in which countries and tenders can we participate as a team
  • Role of 1520 in rail infrastructure

4) Rail Logistics

Bedrock of a Future Transport

Topics to explore:

  • Vibrancy and geography of global freight flows: which services will be the most sought-after over the next few years?
  • Developing an end-to-end service system: trends and prospects
  • Logistics and e-commerce: prospects for mutual enrichment
  • Economics and geography of logistics facilities
  • What will the countries of 1520 showcase at the Transport and Logistic China 2016?

5) Partnership between 1520 and 1435: Reliability and Efficiency

How can Russian and European companies work together?

Topics to explore:

  • Localised production of rolling-stock
  • Service
  • Joint efforts to identify new markets
  • Reliability of technical solutions

How to Make Rail Transport More Attractive?
What measures can bring freight to rail transport
Rolling-Stock: Looking for Justice

How to balance rail-car production and consumption markets?

Topics to explore:

  • Sectorial balance: what is helping and what is preventing?
  • Market indicators and state support: which rules does rolling-stock live by?
  • Producer-based service: a necessity?
  • Shortage of specialised rail cars: why is high demand not enough?
  • Leasing mechanisms

6) High-Speed Rail Generation

How to train an effective manager?

Topics to explore:

  • Competencies that will be crucial for specialists in the main fields of rail business in 5-10 years
  • Manager of the future: should every manager, in the words of Herman Gref, be an “IT specialist?”
  • Empathy and charity as essential values of our business

7) A Ticket to the Future

Who is going to pay for passengers’ comfort?

Topics to explore:

  • How can passenger transport be propelled towards a new cycle of development?
  • How to stimulate long-term defrayed demand for innovative rolling-stock?
  • Leasing, state subsidies, zero VAT. What other instruments might be useful?

8) Client-Focus as a Core Value

What does a satisfied customer look like?

Topics to explore:

  • How to change the mentality and return customer trust
  • Meeting the clients’ interests as an indicator of company’s competitive edge

On the sidelines of the Forum, UIC met and exchanged opinions with the Union of Railway Constructors (SSZD) on bilateral actions to be undertaken in the interest of members of both organisations.
SSZD is in charge inter alia of the creation of a centre for the evaluation of compliance with mandatory requirements of EU and Russia.

It is also responsible for the organisation of seminars and creation of educational centres:

  • Building designing;
  • Execution of construction works;
  • Exploitation of high-tech objects of infrastructure;
  • The application of standards on safety in transport and construction;
  • Conformity assessment;
  • Insurance.

Therefore close cooperation between UIC and SSZD will contribute to IRS being promoted as a tool when EurAsEC (Custom Union) is going to temporarily suspend the application area & scope of 1520 Regulations.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis:

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8 days until the 5th Global Rail Freight Conference!

In a world dominated by international trade, the organisation of an international conference on rail freight will be an opportunity to better understand the issue of major international corridors.

In an economy where the search for synergy is crucial, the GRFC event held in Rotterdam will shed multimodal light on the logistical needs of customers and markets.

In an environment open to technological developments, how will the digital revolution impact interoperability which is so vital to international trade?

So many questions and answers from sector experts will make this conference in Rotterdam rich and interactive.

Over 200 participants are already registered to the 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference.

8 days only before the opening of the 5th edition of the Global Rail Freight Conference – don’t miss it!

Please register here:

For further information please contact:

UIC Communications Department: Barbara Mouchel, or

GRFC Project Manager: Sandra Gehenot, UIC Freight Senior Advisor,

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Save the Date: 13th UIC Sustainability Conference in Vienna, 12, 13 & 14 October 2016

Following the success of previous editions held in London in 2008, Madrid in 2010 and Venice in 2012, UIC is jointly organising the 13th edition of the UIC Sustainability Conference with Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. This year, the conference will take place in the imperial city of Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre and this forthcoming event in Vienna is an example of ÖBB’s active participation in the work and challenges of UIC.

The conference will bring together high-level speakers from international organisations along with senior leaders from the railway sector and an audience of over 200 delegates to discuss a sustainable future for the railway sector by examining the key issues of how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage, attract investment whilst reducing costs and risk.

  • The first day, 12 October, will deal with the strategic dimension, giving the floor to high level speakers from the United Nations, World Bank, EU Commission, Austrian government, railway companies from different countries, EU transport institutions, followed by a gala dinner.
  • The second day, 13 October, will be more focused on technical aspects: Numerous Parallel sessions will deal with key sustainability issues affecting the rail sector including energy, noise, carbon, sustainability reporting, climate change adaptation, sustainable mobility, recycling and sustainable procurement, sustainability for maintenance activities.
  • The third day, 14 October, will be dedicated to technical visits.

A programme outline is available on the dedicated website and will be updated regularly over the coming months.

Please register on the website here.

There is no charge to attend this event; however places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railway Workshop held on 8 June 2016 in Paris

A TopRail workshop was held on 8 June at UIC headquarters.
30 participants from 13 different countries were present.

Among the participants were railway representatives from Europe (Ireland Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Slovakia, Poland, France, Spain), China, Korea and Japan and also a delegation from Russia. Specialised tour operators were also represented by Belmond, Railtour Ireland First Class and RDZ Tour as well as the OECD, Paris University and the European Federation of Museums and Tourist Railways among other experts on the subject.

The workshop was opened by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, and led by Mr Carles Cases (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain), Chairman of the TopRail group. UIC was represented by Iñaki Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor, Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development, Jozef Fazik, in charge of RIC, and Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for Passenger Transport.

In the context of steadily growing international tourism, TopRail’s objective is to promote railway products by increasing the visibility of quality services and encouraging railway tourism opportunities.

This workshop was a chance to provide and receive input from railway and tourism experts and to move forward on the creation of a stable network regarding opportunities for tourism in the railways.

In the words of UIC’s CEO, Mr Loubinoux, TopRail is a commitment to address the challenge of facing the future of railways not only from the nostalgic point of view that special trains can provide but also to support tourist experiences on railways as a strategic framework for ensuring an attractive and positive image of railways in the next generations.

The attendees agreed that a real interest exists in working together and cooperating in the field of tourism opportunities for railway passengers. UIC, as the home of the international railway community, is in a privileged position to act as a catalyst between the railway industry and tourism. TopRail will be the perfect tool to create a strong network focus on the development of new opportunities for tourism experiences in the railways.

The outcomes of the TopRail projects will be the creation of a dedicated website, some studies about the market, and the organisation of workshops and conferences to enhance the awareness of tourist possibilities in the railways.

The next meeting will be held in July 2016 to prepare the following and further concrete steps.

For further information please contact:

Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for Passenger Transport:

Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport:

Iñaki Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department:

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Graffolution Platform presented at the Human Factors in Complex Systems (HFICS) Conference from 7 – 8 October in Nottingham, UK

The second edition of the Human Factors in Complex Systems (HFICS) Conference was held from 7 – 8 October in Nottingham, UK. The conference brought together around 80 academics and practitioners working in diverse areas such as transport, healthcare, manufacturing and defence.

The programme included nine plenary oral presentation sessions and a poster session. One session was dedicated to transport. During this session, Grigore Havârneanu (Research Advisor within UIC’s Security Division) gave a presentation entitled: “The Graffolution Platform: Innovative approaches to enhance graffiti vandalism prevention”.

Graffolution (Awareness and prevention solutions against graffiti vandalism in public areas and transport) was a two-year EU FP7 collaborative research project coordinated by SYNYO in which UIC was the major representative of the railway end-users ( The project focused on ‘smart responses’, multi-directional awareness and positive solutions for the wider public – including both those who are in charge of managing graffiti vandalism as well as those who construe street art as part of city regeneration, place making, creative or community action.

The talk provided a summary of research conducted in the project, an overview of its practical Graffolution platform (, and insights into the online Graffolution Platform which includes an Open Information Hub (for the wide public) and a Collaborative Knowledge Base (for professional stakeholders).

The participants in the audience were particularly interested in the pro-social graffiti prevention strategies. They appreciated the balance between repressive and constructive strategies in graffiti prevention and agreed that innovative graffiti management should include both anti-social measures (such as surveillance, enforcement, quick graffiti removal etc.) and pro-social opportunities like encouraging artists, organising graffiti contests, promoting mural projects etc.

This presentation was another international dissemination action since the end of the Graffolution project in February 2016.

For further information about the Graffolution platform, please visit and follow the project on Twitter, Instagram or YouTube

At UIC, please contact Grigore Havârneanu:

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Cooperation News from UIC members

Russia: Russian Railways actively developing East-West and North-South rail corridors

“Russian Railways is working systematically together with its partners to create reliable transport routes in the East - West and North - South directions and to use the 1520mm space to the maximum,” said Oleg Belozerov, President of Russian Railways (RZD) and Chairman of UIC.
Belozerov was speaking at the plenary discussion on “Where Will the 1520 Transport Corridors Lead?” The discussion took place at the XI International Railway Business Forum Strategic Partnership 1520 in Sochi.

As the head of Russian Railways noted, in 2015 Russia exported 111 million tons of freight by rail to neighbouring countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to experts cited by Oleg Belozerov, by 2025 the volume of total freight to the Asia-Pacific, including transit, should increase more than threefold. This rise in international freight transport on the East - West route will contribute to an increase in the capacity of the Baikal-Amur Main Line (BAM) and the development of the Primorye-1 and Primorye-2 international transport corridors (ITCs).

Moreover, according to Oleg Belozerov, in the current conditions it was essential to work together to implement measures to improve the quality and completeness of the services on offer, providing customers with convenient freight distribution chains, new transport products and favourable price offers on through routes to reduce the transport component in the costs to shippers.

“We have already established the basis. Our logistics company GEFCO has already been operating for several years on the 1520 Space and has an extensive network abroad. Other affiliated companies and subsidiaries of Russian Railways are also developing their competence and professional skills, such as TransContainer and RZD Logistics,” said the President of Russian Railways.

Together with partners from Belarus and Kazakhstan, the Company is also implementing its first business integration project across the Eurasian Economic Union, where the United Transport and Logistics Company is the operator of rail transit container services between China/South East Asia and Europe.

The North - South International Transport Corridor has seen increasing freight volumes recently following the end of sanctions on Iran. In the first four months of 2016, the volume of traffic between Russia and Iran increased by one quarter.

“I am sure that there is great potential: it is not a question of hundreds of thousands, but of millions of tons of freight. We attach great importance to the development of the North - South International Transport Corridor. The Russian, Iranian and Azerbaijani sides have already confirmed their interest in the development of this corridor,” said Oleg Belozerov.

(Source: RZD)

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Night Trains Working Group Meeting held from 6 – 7 June 2016 in Luxembourg

The annual Night Trains Working Group meeting was held in Clervaux, Luxembourg, on 6 and 7 June, hosted by CFL. This was the first year that this meeting was held in conjunction with the NRT (Non-Integrated Reservation Tickets) group annual meeting, given that the Night Trains Working Group is a subgroup of the NRT, and the chairwoman of this group decided to join all meetings to make the attendance easier for participants of both working groups.

Mr Roland Schmidt (DB) chaired the meeting, and representatives from ZSSK, CD, NMBS/SNCB, CFL and OBB were present. Luis Casado represented UIC.

Several topics were discussed during the meeting, such as the possible changes in Leaflet 106 (in those aspects regarding Night Trains). There was also a report about migration in Europe and how it has affected night train traffic. Participants also talked about the acceptance of e-tickets for night trains and the practical problems this situation may create – further discussions will take place within the UIC Technical Groups to find a solution to this problem. Finally, the subject of the validity of NRT tickets on night trains for using deluxe compartments was also addressed.

There will be a significant change in the Night Trains market: Mr Schmidt explained that DB is withdrawing from this business from December, but it was also explained that OBB will take over most of the offer that was provided before by DB.

Finally, and in order to deal with this whole new situation, Zsuzsanna Selmeczi, from MAV START was elected as new chairwoman of this working group, given that Roland Schmidt had previously announced his intention of not continuing his chairmanship due to that situation.

For further information please contact Luis Casado Presa, Senior Advisor Passenger Department:

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Workshop and Meeting of the UIC Experts Network on Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions from 8 – 9 June in Haarlem, Netherlands

On 8 June a UIC workshop dedicated to Energy Efficiency on Parked Trains and Refurbishment of Rolling Stock was held in Haarlem (Netherlands).

This workshop was a fruitful opportunity for UIC members working on these topics and representatives of the industry to exchange experiences on best practices, procedures and technologies on the management of parked trains regarding energy efficiency and the refurbishment of rail rolling stock regarding energy improvements.

The workshop started with a technical visit to the train maintenance centre of NedTrain, where the participants had the opportunity to learn more about the latest projects and ongoing activities of NedTrain and the refurbishment of Intercity Trains regarding energy efficiency improvements.

After the visit, the morning session of the workshop included the latest experiences from SNCB, NS and SBB, on the management of parked trains aiming to reduce energy consumption. In the afternoon, a second session addressed the available technologies and commercial products for refurbishment of rolling stock focusing on the potential improvements to energy efficiency; this second session included presentations from the representatives of suppliers such as Faiveley, Alstom, Knorr Bremse and Nomad Tech.

The workshop finished with an open discussion where the participants exchanged their opinions on the main existing barriers and possibilities of implementing actions in this field and the different scenarios depending on meteorological and geographical conditions, including examples in extreme conditions, as explained by the RZD representative.

All the presentations of the workshop are available at:

On 9 June the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Experts Network held an internal meeting in Haarlem where the participants presented and discussed topics such as intelligent lighting, conversion of catenary systems, carbon pricing and total energy costs at European level, as well as the exchange of data for energy consumption among other topics.

The meeting included a tour of the building, which has been renovated in accordance with sustainability and energy efficiency criteria, including solar panels linked to the surrounding neighbourhood. The building, which is over a hundred years old, was used as a maintenance centre for the signalling equipment of Dutch Railways, and following its renovation, is now dedicated to hosting meetings and other activities of the community.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

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First High Speed Rail Conference held from 26 – 27 May 2016 in Tangiers, Morocco

“High Speed, Accelerator of Mobility and Territories”

From 26 – 27 May, a Conference on High Speed Rail was held in Tangiers, Morocco to present the existing achievements and the contribution of high-speed rail for the development of mobility and territories in the kingdom.

The workshop was very important, with Morocco being the first country on the African continent to operate a high-speed rail system.

The event was organised by ONCF, the National Office of Railways in Morocco, together with UIC.

The main slogan chosen for the event was “High Speed, accelerator of mobility and territories” and the conference focused on aspects related to the impact of high speed on mobility, the effects of high speed on the territories served and the conditions of their development, Morocco’s railway strategy, particularly regarding high speed, and the socio-economic interests of Moroccan high speed.

A comparison with similar transport systems from other countries was also included, adding an international dimension to the event.

The event was opened by Mr Mohammed Najib Boulif, Morocco’s Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and was also attended Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of Moroccan Railways (ONCF) and Chairman of the UIC African Region, and Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC. The President of SNCF (French Railways) was represented by Mr Dominique Vastel, Director in Charge of Moroccan Business. Also in attendance was Ms Sahiba Derbel, President and CEO of Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) and high-level representatives from the region.

Presentations and discussions were given by Mr Michel Leboeuf (Honorary Chairman of the UIC High Speed Committee), Mr Iñaki Barrón (Director of the UIC Passenger and High Speed Department), Ms Sanae Raissouni (High Speed Project Director for ONCF), Mr Elmehdi Benqassmi (Head of Operations for High Speed Line Projects), Mr Said Chandid (Director of Strategy and Communications at ONCF), representatives from several members of the Intercity & High Speed Committee, local authorities, etc.

The event was organised over two days. The first, 26 May, was dedicated to presentations and discussions and the day after, 27 May, a technical visit was organised to the work on the first high speed line in Morocco, linking Tangiers and Kenitra.

A previous technical meeting of the UIC Intercity & High Speed Committee was held the day before, on 25 May.

For further information please contact Iñaki Barrón, Director of the UIC Passenger and High Speed Department:

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International Conference on “How to improve safety at and around level crossings” ILCAD 2016, 10 June in Riga and 11 June in Tallinn

120 participants from 14 different countries, 18 speakers from 8 different countries including Russia

On 10 and 11 June, the UIC, the international rail community and many partners from the road sector held the 8th edition of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD: To launch this worldwide campaign an international conference on level crossing safety was hosted by “Latvian Railways” (LDz: on 10 June in Riga (Latvia).

The event in Riga was again a great success with 120 participants from 14 countries, 18 speakers from 8 countries including Russia. Speakers gave an overview on Engineering and technological solutions, Education and Enforcement measures that can be taken to improve safety at level crossings. Various sectors were represented with the Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate, railway companies, police forces (British Transport Police), a Latvian Seniors’ association representative, policy makers with the Latvian Minister of Transport, railway safety education with Operation Lifesaver Estonia, academics, and two manufacturers.

Three keynote speakers welcomed the participants and opened the conference:

  • Mr. Uldis Augulis, Minister of Transport of Latvia
  • Mr. Edvins Berzins, CEO of Latvian Railways, LDz
  • Mr. Peter Gerhardt, Director of the UIC Safety Unit

The first panel of speakers was dedicated to local speakers and education.

1. The TBWA Latvia Agency represented by Mrs. Anna Rancāne, Strategist; and Mr. Edijs Vucens, Head of Media Arts presented the Latvian Railway Safety Campaign “Don’t overestimate your abilities near railways”

The agency conducted research in order to deliver the communication materials of the new LDz/ILCAD campaign dedicated to seniors. The campaign’s creative concept aims to challenge the physical abilities of elderly people who tend to overestimate their own physical capacity near railways. According to the research and strategy of the agency’s proposal, seniors are opinionated and they claim to be experienced enough when asked about safety near level crossings. The creative solution in the given campaign aims to challenge physical abilities among seniors using characteristics of each given media, i.e. eyesight in print media, hearing with regard to radio and overall alertness with regard to TV.

The agency interviewed persons in railway stations and many of them responded that they often don’t take authorised access to railways. They think that they are fit enough to cross the tracks quickly enough and anywhere. Aging persons have the same habits, but don’t see their abilities decreasing. For the new ILCAD 2016 video and posters visit:

2. Mr. Ivars Austers, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Latvia presented: “Railway crossing safety: Self-reported risk perception and behaviours in the population of Latvia”

He conducted research on the risk perception and behaviours in the Latvian population. An important human factor in railway safety involves risk judgments by pedestrians crossing railways. Risk itself is a concept, which we commonly employ in our everyday language as well as forming judgments and decision-making. We sometimes say that a certain kind of planned behaviour is too risky to be undertaken, or we may take alternative routes of action. On the other hand, if the predicted risk level is low, we may decide upon acting. A representative survey of the population in Latvia was carried out. Of the 80% of people interviewed over 1008 people use a level crossing at least once a month. 23% of them do it when lights are flashing and barriers are down.
He covered the issues of risk perception and risk judgments in relation to crossing railway tracks at different locations. The speech will also give an insight into self-reported behaviours involving high amounts of risk when crossing railway tracks.

3. Mrs. Valda Kjaspere from the Latvian Road Traffic Safety Directorate presented the “Cooperation between different organizations in order to decrease number of accidents”

Today safety and risk issues are rather complex and solutions should be sought in different domains. Latvia can be proud of successful cooperation between ministries involved (of Transport, Education and Science, Health and others), including their respective subordinate bodies, NGOs, local self-governments and educational establishments ensuring joint efforts for providing quality of education for children in terms of connecting knowledge with practice. The basis for respective behaviour models is as follows: observation, conclusion, decision, action.

Different institutions with common care for the safety of children in road traffic, near railways, at home, on the internet and elsewhere can together help young individuals to notice and see how knowledge and practice interact - furthermore, and more importantly, putting emphasis on the ability to act in order to ensure safety for themselves and for others. For many years, the result of good cooperation is educational activities organised in schools all over Latvia under the title “One day for safety”, where children meet representatives of different institutions in interactive workshops.

4. Mrs. Getter Toome, Operation Lifesaver Estonia (OLE) presented their "Training programme for motor vehicle drivers”

She gave a brief overview about the cooperation project with one of our partners the “Estonian Road Administration”. The project was initiated because the managers and trainers of driving schools have asked the Road Administration for training materials about safe crossing of railways as the lack of knowledge means that the law is not understood in the same way by all. OLE decided a year ago to join forces to combine railway safety materials that could be used by driving schools in their daily work. OLE prepared a 50-slide presentation for driving school instructors and 100 pages of manual on how to explain the photos or animations on the slides and discuss the important topics. In future information on the safe crossing of railways will be delivered to new drivers in a professional way.

5. Mrs. Katarzyna Kucharek PKP (Polish Railways) presented their “Activities at rail-road level crossings carried out in Poland”

Poland wishes to tackle the safety issue at railway level crossings and on railway property. Their objectives are to reduce the number of accidents at level crossings and in railway areas by promoting the correct patterns of behaviour and educate the public to accept them as well as raising awareness of threats posed by being careless whilst going through crossings or railway areas.

Apart from education they also focus on engineering and enforcement. One of the interesting solutions in the safety field in Poland is a gatekeepers’ support system.
PKP has been organising awareness campaigns for 11 years, in 2015 they were awarded by the European Commission with a prize of excellence for their actions towards road safety at level crossings. They have also participated in ILCAD from the beginning.

6. Mr. Dale Jones, from the manufacturing company “OPTEX” “Lidar” to detect larger objects and vehicles”

In partnership with Tewplus they have developed a LIDAR, laser scanning system to detect people and young children trapped within level crossing barriers to fulfil a requirement for Network Rail in the UK and following successful trials systems have now been supplied for 100 level crossings with a further 100 systems to be delivered by the end of 2017. The system could be seen on videos on a stand.

7. Inspector Becky Warren, British Transport Police: Mr. Allan Spence and Mr. Sandy Bell Ashe from UK Network Rail, UK explained how they work together on the three E’s (Engineering, Education and Enforcement) for a safer railway.

Over the last six years they have closed 1000 LC in partnership with local authorities. They are proud to declare no fatalities at LCs in the UK in 2015.
NR has been working with manufacturers to find innovative solutions such as the detection of a train by the track, power by solar energy, prevention near LC, fixed cameras at LC, (20 in England and Wales). Safety guidance according to LC users were published on their website (dog walkers, farmers, children and teenagers going to school, professional drivers, …) with specific partnerships with users’ associations, charity associations, federations, schools.

8. Mrs. Anna Kodysova, represented Mr. Pavel Surý, Director General of SZDC and explained the LC safety situation in the Czech Republic”

The unique identification system for each level crossing in the Czech Republic consists of one letter and five digits. This system was introduced in 2009 for ensuring higher safety in order to be better perceived and understood by the Czech rescue service. Using this system allowed many railway accidents to be prevented for several years and they can recommend it to other railway infrastructure managers. They also installed cameras at LC and work with the transport police. In 2013-2014 they started to upgrade level crossings. They also informed the audience that they have been participating in ILCAD from the very beginning.

9. Mr. Martynas Gedaminskas from Lithuanian railways (LG) explained the Innovative Technologies at Lithuanian Railways level crossings

In 2014 Lithuanian Railways upgraded two major level crossings in the region of Vilnius. Both crossings are fitted with new early warning safety systems and technology provided by Bombardier with up to date microprocessors automatic crossing signalling.
The crossings are controlled through video monitoring systems which consist of video and thermal cameras, and other advanced devices. Wireless video of level crossing is transmitted to approaching train. They shared their experience and video footage of operating the new technology from September 2014. They also gave information on their ILCAD awareness campaign 2016.

10. Mr. Dmitry Rulev Deputy, RZD, Head of the Central Infrastructure Directorate for Traffic Safety (JSC “Russian Railways” affiliate): “Technical facilities used to ensure traffic safety at railway level crossings in the Russian Federation”

The main specific feature of any railway level crossing lies in its accessibility for traffic participants.

Every year, the JSC “Russian Railways” work is aimed at bringing down the number of level crossings. From 2010 to 2015, 524 railway crossings were closed.
Today 10,789 level crossings are operational in the railway system, with 76% of them (8,234) equipped with the automatic railway crossing signalling.

A railway level crossing is an indispensable part of the road transport infrastructure, and at JSC “Russian Railways” they use the accumulated experience on road traffic to record and report violations at railway crossings. The inevitability of punishment for a deliberate violation, which can be delivered through a video recording of the offence, remains the most efficient method of preventing violations of the road traffic rules. They wish to discuss prospective cooperation and share experience in safety operations, including at level railway crossings.

11. Mr. Jānis Eiduks, Director of the Railway Department, Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia presented the project “Rail Baltica: Approach to safety for new railway lines”

No new railway lines have been built in Latvia since the mid-1930s, and in this respect Rail Baltica project is quite challenging. It requires an approach to safety which has certain differences from what we have on existing broad gauge network.
Passenger trains on this new line will run at 240 km/h. There won’t be any level crossings but railway or road bridges.

12. Mrs. Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Safety Advisor, informed the audience of a level crossing safety campaign for seniors organised by Japanese railways.
UIC, as in previous years, is proud to bring together about 40 countries around ILCAD, either by relaying it on their websites or on social media, or by organising a range of activities around 10-11 June. The partners in ILCAD have been focusing in particular on safety at level crossings, but some also made the most of the opportunity to raise public awareness of other dangers such as crossing railway lines where it is strictly forbidden to do so, or safety on station platforms.

She reported on and distributed the level crossing safety guidances for professional drivers issued by UIC/IRU/OLE and published in 8 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic) and is proud to announced that they will soon be available in additional languages (Greek, Polish, Croatian…)


She finally wrapped up the conference: all presentations will be downloaded at She thanked LDz hosts, participants and speakers for making this event a great success again and invited them to the next edition of ILCAD to take place on 2 June 2017 in Montreal, Canada hosted by VIARAIL in cooperation with Operation Lifesaver Canada.

Participants were invited to visit the Latvian Railway Museum. They also had the opportunity to be tested (eyes, ears, speed …).

A technical visit was organised on 11 June by Operation Lifesaver Estonia in Tallinn (Estonia, OLE: ) to see EVR rescue equipments and EVR rail operating control centre; (see photos):

The ILCAD 2016 video is available in Latvian, English, French and Spanish (also in Greek and Italian) or

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor Safety and Interoperability:

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UIC participates in International Scientific Conference of Railway Research Institutes from 7 – 9 June in Trzebnica, Poland

The International Scientific Conference of Railway Research Institutes backed by its “Railway Research Circles” took place in Trzebnica, near Wroclaw, Poland, from 7 – 9 June 2016 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Railway Test Loop in Zmigrod.

The events were organised by the Polish Institute of Railway Research (IK) under the honorary patronage of the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, the President of the Office for Railway Transport (UTK), the President of Polish State Railways SA and UIC.

The aim of the conference was to present the achievements of the IK and foreign rail research centres involved in testing and evaluation of innovative technologies and solutions in the area of rail transport with the use of specialised research polygons.
Railway circles are a unique research tool for experimental research in rail transport.

Research conducted on these objects followed by innovative solutions has had a direct impact on the safety and efficiency in the operation of infrastructure and rolling stock.
The conference was a platform for the exchange of views related to the issues of technological developments, innovations and organisational improvements.
The conference was attended by representatives of the seven out of eight world experimental testing rail facilities.

UIC was represented by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General and Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department. ERA and UNIFE representatives also attended the event.

During his opening speech, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlighted the active participation of PKP and IK to UIC’s work where research makes up a significant part. He recalled the heritage of UIC – through its permanently updated leaflets, i.e. railway technical specifications and newly developed international railway standards where the innovative solutions came to railways faster. UIC’s European and world wide recognition within these areas has greatly helped Members to benefit from the value of rail research results at the best price. Mr Loubinoux extended special gratitude to Mrs Cecylia Lachor, Vice President of PKP SA and to Andrzej Zurkowski – Director of the IK who organised the events bringing together high-level experts and guests.

On the next day of the event, Jerzy Wisniewski presented UIC’s rail research and development activity to the 130 registered participants. He underlined the growing role of the UIC membership, presented the new opportunities to strengthen relations with the EC and ERRAC and manufacturers – with the assistance of the recently refocused UIC working groups such as: Research & Innovation Coordination Group (RICG) and International Railway Research Board (IRRB).

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the UIC Fundamental Values Department:

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ILCAD in Croatia

HŽ Infrastruktura marked the 8th International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) at the Remetinec level crossing within the Zagreb neighbourhood of the same name. ILCAD was marked by the “Train is Always Faster“ campaign, which HŽ Infrastruktura has been carrying out for 16 years already.

The “Train is always faster” team & Faculty of Traffic Sciences are participating in a joint project called “Implementation of measures to increase the safety of vulnerable road users at level crossings.”

The campaign was also supported by the legendary Croatian football coach, Mr. Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, who teamed up with the police and HŽ Infrastruktura in pulling over drivers, cyclists and stopping pedestrians to talk to them about the dangers of crossing the tracks. Promotion materials were handed out and drivers were warned to be cautious and to observe the existing traffic signalling while crossing the tracks.

Since pensioners and people with sensory and mobility limitations were the target audience of campaigns this year, they were mostly addressed, and showed enthusiasm for the campaign with a great level of awareness for the dangers of crossing the tracks at their age, which has many limitations. The famous Croatian football coach, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, managed to tackle the situation very well and in his characteristic way, he warned all traffic participants to be aware of dangers:

“Considering my broad experience in traffic, I know very well that even a small lack of attention is enough for a great accident to happen. This is why I want to warn drivers to look both up and down regardless of signalling …The greatest problem today is the use of mobile phones and smoking while driving, which you should not be doing because it is distracting. So please be careful! Someone once said: as you sit in the car, you have one foot in the grave, one in prison, the third one in hospital….”

Ćiro could not avoid answering a current question connected with the European Football Championship and the performance of the Croatian team.

“We are the best and we will reach the final!”, the coach of all coaches said in his succinct style.

Mr. Ivan Kartelo, the Head of HŽ Infrastruktura Corporate Communications spoke of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) and the “Train is Always Faster” campaign:

“These days, when people in the whole world are especially called upon to be careful at level crossings, HŽ Infrastruktura wants to turn your attention to the importance of observing traffic rules. It is a fact that accidents happen, but also that in 95 per cent of cases road vehicle drivers and pedestrians are to blame for accidents, because unfortunately they do not observe traffic signalling. One of the indicators of this is also the information that during 2015 we had 501 half-barrier breakages across Croatia, which clearly indicates that road vehicle drivers are careless. This is why we have started carrying out these campaigns since 2000, in which we are trying to raise awareness of all traffic participants, especially drivers of road vehicles, pedestrians and older people. Broken half-barriers can be repaired, but there is only one human life. So please stop, think about it and wait, because the train is always faster.”

Marko Žganec from the Level Crossings Committee spoke of HŽ Infrastruktura investments in level crossing modernization in Croatia:
“HŽ Infrastruktura is investing significant financial means into upgrading level crossings on Croatian lines. Last year, 19 upgraded level crossings were put into operation, and this year, upgraded devices were installed at six level crossings. HŽ Infrastruktura additionally increased safety levels. Other than 27 level crossings, which should be put into operation by the end of the year, the upgrade of 50 more level crossings is envisaged by the end of 2017, for which funding has been secured to the amount of HRK 60 million from a World Bank loan. We are therefore investing and raising safety levels and in this way we are additionally appealing to all traffic participants to behave more carefully.

Already in 2000, Croatian Railways started the “Train is Always Faster” preventative-educational campaign, with the aim of warning traffic participants of traffic dangers during careless crossing of level crossings. The campaign was carried out in co-operation and with the help of the Ministry of the Interior. Other than at level crossings, the campaign was also conducted in the lower classes of elementary schools across Croatia through organised workshops with the topic of dangers of playing next to the tracks. From time to time, a campaign is organised, aimed at road vehicle drivers and pedestrians at critical level crossings or on newly secured level crossings in order to influence the awareness of drivers, but also to promote the efforts of HŽ Infrastruktura in increasing safety at level crossings. Around 300 or so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians yearly take part in this campaign.

(Source: HŽ Infrastruktura)

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Railway Cooperation and Development Summit to be held in Beijing with joint efforts of China Railways and UIC

In line with the “Modern Railways 2016” trade exhibition to be organised by China Railways in Beijing in June, the “Railway Cooperation and Development Summit” will be held with the joint efforts of CR and UIC. High level representatives from UIC, CR, Chinese government and other Asian railway members as well as the supply industry will discuss infrastructure interoperability, international cooperation, globalisation of the industry, etc., to tackle the increasing demand for international mobility in this region.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, will attend the summit and make a keynote speech. Mr Ignacio Barron, Director of UIC Passenger High Speed and Department, Mr Andrew McNaughton, Chairman of UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee and Technical Director of HS2, Mr Michel Leboeuf, Honorary Chairman of UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee, will join the Round Table discussions.

On 22 June, UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee will hold its plenary meeting in Beijing, for the first time in Asia, due to the fact that high speed development has shifted from Europe to Asia. China now boasts 60% of the world’s total high speed railway in terms of both traffic and length. Around 30 members have confirmed their attendance to the plenary meeting.

The programme of these events is available here:

For further information please contact Inaki Barron, UIC Director Passenger and High Speed Department:

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