As part of the activities of the UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee, the 13th edition of the Training on High Speed Systems (THSS 2017, level I) took place from 24 – 28 April at UIC Headquarters in Paris, and was completed by a technical visit on Saturday 29 April.
The UIC High Speed and Communications Departments contributed to the preparation of the high speed exhibitions at the “Cité des Sciences” in Rennes. Therefore, during the technical visit on 29 April, the trainees were given the opportunity to visit the exhibitions.
As in previous editions, this training session examined the two main principles of high speed rail as a complex system and looks at the many different approaches of this innovative transport system by establishing a view of its development across the world. This event is becoming increasingly important for decision-makers and all those professionally involved in high speed rail projects, with the aim of realizing and becoming familiar with all the aspects and implications involving any of these systems.
The 2017 edition was attended by 27 participants from 11 countries, among them managers in decision-making positions in the transport sector in general, and in the railways in particular, whether working for railway companies or for ministries, local authorities, universities, advisory bodies, agencies or associations.
Over the five days, the lectures examined all the elements that make up high speed systems as well as all the different types of systems included in this category. They gauged their impact impartially and objectively from a technical, economic, political and social standpoint and were given by 45 speakers from 11 countries.
The training session was organised by the UIC Passenger Department Team (Vanessa C. Pérez, Beatrix Perrot, Kenzo Fujita and Juhyung Lee), under the coordination of Iñaki Barrón de Angoiti, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department and Coordinator of the Latin American Region. A second level of the Training on High Speed Systems will be organised in October (date to be confirmed) in Madrid, Spain.