Wednesday 2 May 2018

14th Training on High Speed Systems held from 23 – 27 April 2018 in Paris

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This year’s training seminar on high-speed systems (THSS Level I) was held in Paris from 23 to 27 April. The training seminar falls under the remit of the Intercity & High-Speed Committee, which meets four times a year.

As with previous training seminars, this session examined the two main principles of high-speed rail as a complex system and looked at the various approaches to this innovative mode of transport, providing an overview of its development across the world. The event is becoming increasingly important for decision-makers and stakeholders involved in high-speed rail projects who wish to familiarise themselves with the various aspects and implications of high-speed rail systems.

The 2018 session was attended by 18 participants from eight countries, including managers in decision-making positions in the transport sector in general and the railways in particular.

The five-day programme included lectures on the various elements that make up high-speed systems, as well as the different types of systems included in this category, and examined them objectively from a technical, economic, political and social standpoint. Lectures were given by 38 speakers from ten different countries.
The training session was organised by UIC’s Passenger department (Vanessa Pérez, Beatrix Perrot, Kenzo Fujita and Juhyung Lee), coordinated by Marc Guigon, Director of the department.

The second level of training on high-speed systems (THSS II) will take place from 10 to 14 December in Madrid, Spain.

Previous attendance of THSS Level I is recommended for Level II but is not mandatory.

More information on Level II is available here:

For further information, please contact Vanessa Pérez: or Beatrix Perrot:

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