Thursday 26 April 2018

Organisation of UIC High Speed activities

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Intercity and High Speed Committee

Intercity & HS Committee is a UIC working group composed of members who already have decades of experience in operating HSR and some others who are still focused on the design and construction of their own network. The main purpose is to exchange best practices on the full life cycle of the corresponding assets.

Main objectives:

  • Co-ordinate high speed activities of UIC members and solve common problems
  • Contribute to the (“logic”) development of high speed rail systems around the world

The Intercity and the High Speed Plenary Committee meets three times per year, at least once in Asia. Some other intermediate and technical meetings are dedicated to tackling specific activities or subjects.

Chairman: Andrew McNaughton (HS2)
Honorific Chairman: Michel Leboeuf
Vice Chairmen: Eduardo Romo (FCH)
& Huo Baoshi (CR)

Marc Guigon, Director UIC Passenger Department
Beatrix Perrot, Assistant to the Director
Kenzo Fujita, Senior Advisor
Juhyung Lee, Senior Advisor
Vanessa Pérez, Senior Advisor


Research- Publications
UIC aims to support its members in various ways. More particularly, its High Speed Committee regularly conducts studies and researches requested by one or several members.

Statistics – Database & HS World Atlas
UIC generates databases unique in the world that provide an overview of the HS reality regarding: lines, rolling stock, traffic...

Workshops, Conferences and Congresses
Every two years, the UIC Passenger Department organises in cooperation with a UIC member the UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail.
More specialised seminars and workshops are also held to examine in greater depth the issues addressed by the High Speed Committee.

Training Sessions
In order to meet the many requests from its members for comprehensive and unbiased information on the subject, UIC has staged different training sessions on high speed systems with the involvement of railways companies, supply industry and ministries.

As a consequence of the activities conducted within the Intercity & HS Committee, the UIC - Universities Alliance for High Speed Rail was created, with the purpose of improving the relationship between the I&HS Committee members, rail actors (rail infrastructure managers, railway undertakings, rail associations and manufacturers belonging to the rail sector) and universities (any university or college worldwide, including engineering, architectural and business schools with an interest in High Speed Rail Systems) for the sake of the HSR activity developed by UIC’s members throughout the world.

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