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UIC Digital Tour in China

Last week the UIC Digital Platform organised two major events in China:

  • A digital mission: over the course of a week, a group of 28 executives composed of UIC members, institutional and industry partners met the Chinese Digital Ecosystem.

Participants had the opportunity to visit and hold discussions with the main actors of digital developments in China such as Tencent, Huawei, Dassault Systèmes company, Alibaba.

It was an opportunity to discover the new trends and to become aware that the future is now.

  • A two-day workshop dedicated to Rail and AI (Artificial Intelligence): Intelligent Rail with over 120 attendees, two keynote speeches, 11 speakers representing the rail sector, universities and the supply industry.

Over the course of a whole week the three UIC principles of “Share – Open – Connect” were upheld.

A specific publication in further detail will be issued in the near future to all UIC Members on both the Digital Mission in China and the “Intelligent Rail” workshop.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, UIC Chief Digital officer:

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“Crisis Management and Resilience”: the 14th Security Congress will take place from 16 – 18 October 2018

Slovenske železnice (SŽ) and UIC are organising the next UIC Security Congress, which will be held in Bled, Slovenia from 16 – 18 October 2018.

Following on from last year’s congress held in Potsdam, Germany under the theme of “Railway freight security door to door”, this year’s 14th edition will be under the umbrella theme of “Crisis Management and Resilience” and will concentrate on the handling of (partial) blackout situations.

The congress will provide a unique opportunity to learn from past incidents and increase the resilience for future ones.

The 14th UIC World Security Congress will be organised around the following four technical sessions:

  • First technical session: Blackout Situation in Slovenia 2014 – Slovenian State Administration
  • Second technical session: Blackout Situation in Slovenia 2014 – Impact on SŽ
  • Third technical session: Blackout Situation – Railway experience and challenges
  • Fourth technical session: Crisis Management

In addition, a workshop on safety and security of tunnels will be organised on the first day (16 October).

We would like to stress the importance of the issues under discussion during the event, particularly in today’s context and can assure you that the high-level presentations will be very useful for the attendees.

Further information is available at

If you are interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to register at or contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division:

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UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions”.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will include UIC Members and key stakeholders from the sector especially urban mobility providers.

Introduction 9.30-10.00

Session 1: international overview 10.00-11.00
International stakeholders and organisations bringing insight on a worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

Session 2: Best practices 11.00-12.30
Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview of several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging, etc.

  • Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
    Open debate: Q&A session

Networking lunch 12.30-14.00
This moment provides the opportunity for UIC members and urban mobility providers to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models 14.30-16.00
The challenges introduced by new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable to provide the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way. Some EU rail companies have already acted in this sense, while others are starting now to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set-up of partnerships with urban mobility providers.

This will be followed by an open debate with UIC members inspired to launch door-to-door partnerships.

Open debate: Q&A session

Conclusions and next steps 16.00-16.30

To register, please follow this link:
Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration to the door-to-door workshop do not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link:

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

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Obituary: Renato Quadrini has passed away

It is with great sadness that the family of Renato Quadrini announces his passing after a brief illness, on Saturday, 1 September, at the age of 76 years.

Head of General Affairs and FIP, Renato was known and appreciated by UIC members from around the world. Friendly and helpful, always dynamic, optimistic, always ready to help, able to find a solution for any issue and without IT, he devoted 38 years of his life to UIC.

Renato will be lovingly remembered by his wife and his two children.

UIC extends its deepest sympathy and its most sincere condolences to his family.

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Austria/Czech Republic: FISAIC Festival of railway personal held in Wels, Upper Austria

After four years of preparation, the Austrian Railway Cultural Association hosted the FISAIC Festival in Wels from 7 – 9 September 2018.

Around 1000 people representing both 10 different artistic, cultural and technical activities and national railway companies from 20 European countries took part in the unique FISAIC Festival.

The many concerts and performances all over Wels during the three days came to a Grand Finale on Sunday: a spectacular parade through the city centre after a public open-air ecumenical harvest service.

Five non-Austrian railway orchestras, nine railway music bands from Austria, nine choirs and five folklore groups took part in the festival. In addition, five model railway groups, photo clubs, film and video groups, visual arts, amateur radio groups as well as the philatelic FERPHILEX stamp exhibition (rail stamp exhibition with special stamps, a significant exchange day for collectors) and Esperanto participants, all together over 1000 participants in more than 50 groups from 20 European countries.

The FISAIC Festival was chaired by Deputy President General Mr Kurt Neuwirth (Chairman of Austrian Railway Cultural Association) and the main partners became both Austrian Federal Railways Co. (ÖBB) and Railway Trade Unions VIDA.

FISAIC is the Federation of Railwaymen for Culture and Leisure. FISAIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UIC on 1 December 2016. FISAIC aims to promote and support the cultural activities of railway personal of all nations in their leisure time, to establish relations among the creative railway personal of the national associations and unions in order to organise cultural events and contribute to the development of cultural motivation and activities. The international FISAIC cultural organisation was founded in Strasbourg in 1952.

(Source: SZDC/ÖBB)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Extensive Reconstruction of Passenger Building in Turnov

A reconstructed passenger building started its service to inhabitants and visitors of the city of Turnov. A branch of Česká pošta (the Czech Post) was also opened on 3 September within the premises of an important railway junction in the Liberec Region. Works on the one-floor building dating from the second half of the 19th century took exactly one year and cost Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) almost CZK 30 million. The construction supplier was the company Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice.

Some time ago, the dispatching hall at Turnov passenger railway station together with public lavatories and cash desks were already being reconstructed in connection with building a transport terminal. ”The follow-up Phase II dealt with complex repairs of internal and external premises. In cooperation with the new tenants – Česká pošta and the Municipal Library – a change of project during construction has been elaborated and the premises were adapted for their requirements“, said Mr Tomáš Drmola, Deputy Director General of SŽDC for Asset Management.

”The new branch is situated in a locality with a large concentration of people who can use our services. Besides the railway station, a bus terminal is close as well", said Ms Olga Syková, Director of the Česká pošta branch network for northern Bohemia and added: “The original post branch was situated on the first floor and did not provide access for people on wheelchairs. Neither was it accessible by sidewalk, only through a public road with intense car traffic. In its new design, the current post branch has three desks for customers, from which one is designed precisely for people on wheelchairs. Another advantage is that we were able to hand over the original premises to letter and mail postmen who thus acquired more space”.

Besides internal layout modifications, construction works included a complete reconstruction of floors, a facade renewal and an exchange of fillings in external openings. At the same time, the truss, sheathing and roofing of the platform shelter were replaced; their water jetting and painting were carried out together with repairs of the steel columns. Builders also replaced the wooden columns and installed new LED lighting. Underground services were repaired as well.

A connecting passageway was finished and a new information system was constructed in the new passenger building. After the reconstruction, the building is barrier-free. Layout modifications also covered the unsatisfactory premises of the former restaurant which acquired a modern shape while preserving the historical features and ledges. Office premises were created above the restaurant with a replacement of ceiling posts. The attic was heated in full and the truss was treated against wood-destroying fungus.

A third reconstruction phase is currently in preparation which includes a wing of the building in the direction of Liberec. The respective project documentation is currently under consideration within the observation procedure.

(Source: SZDC)

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Latvia: Industry leaders in Riga discussing development of Latvia as a logistics hub of the Northern Europe

On 11 September, for the fifth consecutive year, Riga welcomes the international transport and logistics industry conference “Challenges of the Global Transport Movement” organised by VAS “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (LDz). This year, the discussions will be devoted to the development of Latvia as a logistics hub for North-European cargoes to connect the Asian countries with Scandinavia.

LDz president Edvīns Bērziņš states, “Trade has exited globally and in our region for hundreds of years; routes of product logistics, however, have changed during the last ten years at a more rapid rate than before, and the demand in faster, more beneficial and competitive solutions is growing. Instead of sea routes that have been used for centuries, the land routes are increasingly taking over the most important position. Latvia has extensive historical experience in both areas, thus gaining immense advantages in becoming a leading logistics hub for the Northern Europe via successful use of railway and port advantages.”

By marking Latvia’s potential in developing connections for the Asian region and CIS countries with Scandinavia, the country’s own experience and vision will be presented at the conference by the head of the Swedish Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies, Björn Westerberg, and the director of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics, Oddgeir Danielsen. In turn, the experience in cooperation with representatives from Latvian transport and logistics industry that has significantly grown during the recent years will be shared by the first deputy head of Cargo Transport and International Economic Relations Department of Belarusian Railway, Alexandr Yevsyuk.

Meanwhile, the conference will provide discussions about development perspectives and technology achievements in the future to create new synergies and development prospects. We will study tendencies and options to establish new forms of cooperation both in the transport and logistics industry, and outside it with the aim to ensure successful development of the industry operations in conditions of acute competition.

Technology development, new solutions and their effect on industry competitiveness will be presented by the United Kingdom organisation “TomorrowToday Global” co-founder, futurist Dean van Leeuwen, a USA railway industry expert, presently the Director of Economic Research at the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice and visiting professor at Kyiv School of Economics, Prof. Russell Pittman, and a representative from Siemens Osakeyhtio, Juha Lehtonen.

The first conference “Vision of Global Transport Movement” was organised four years ago seeking a broader view of the industry development and possibly a glimpse of the future several decades away. During these years, Riga and LDz’s international conference have grown into a significant meeting point for experts in the transport and logistics industry and decision-makers both from Europe and Asian countries. The visions and even fantasies made during the first conference about unmanned vehicles, drones helping to deliver packages to end-addressees, and 3D printers allowing printing necessary household items, have become real.

VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš is a public railway infrastructure manager and the Latvian Railways Group holding company. The group includes six subsidiaries: AS LatRailNet, which determines infrastructure charges and distributes railway infrastructure capacity; SIA LDz CARGO, which provides rail freight and international passenger transport services; SIA LDz infrastruktūra – an infrastructure construction and maintenance company; SIA LDz ritošā sastāva serviss – a rolling stock repair and maintenance company; SIA LDz apsardze – a security company; and SIA LDz Loģistika – a logistics company.

(Source: LDz)

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