Successful ILCAD Launch Conference as part of the 11th edition of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day on 6 June 2019 hosted by ProRail in Amersfoort, Netherlands

180 guests from 25 countries, 43 speeches from 17 countries

On 6 June, UIC, together with ProRail and 180 guests, joined efforts around the 11th edition of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day. After Brussels, Warsaw, Paris, Geneva, Lisbon, Istanbul, Riga, Montreal and Zagreb, Amersfoort hosted the international conference on safety at the road/rail interface.

2019 ILCAD video

The conference was opened by keynote speakers.

  • Mr Hans Buijtelaar, Deputy Mayor, Traffic and Transport, Municipality of Amersfoort said: “Separating traffic flows is always a good idea, regardless of the modalities involved. So this also applies to trains and other types of traffic. It improves flow, reduces emissions and improves road safety. For a municipality, that means there is work to do. Pier Eringa, ProRail of CEO said on TV on 1 November 2018: “Work with us, do something and don’t get bogged down in talking”. It is a clear call that helps me, as a city councilor, to get decisions implemented.”
  • Mr Pier Eringa, CEO of ProRail: “I feel personally committed to lead my company on the road to zero level crossings. Involvement of all stakeholders is crucial to further reduce the number of (incidents) at level crossings. This applies specifically to the road owners involved, since a level crossing is by nature a crossing between road and rail. “Because of our interventions, the number of incidents around level crossings has decreased markedly in the past few years, but we have to invest more and more to maintain this steady decrease. Campaigns play a large part in this. That is why I am happy with the ILCAD, also as President of EIM, European Infrastructure Managers. Every country that has railroad tracks knows these problems, and by raising awareness of these together we make a strong case."
  • Mr Keir Fitch, Head of rail safety and interoperability Unit at DG MOVE: “despite the fact that collisions and fatalities at level crossings represent only 1% for the road, the road and the rail sector shall better cooperate to tackle this particular interface in the future.”
  • Mr François Davenne, Deputy Director General of UIC: “the role of UIC is to share information from members and be able to propose standardised solutions to be implemented not only by railways, but in partnership with other modes. In particular, communication between rail and road vehicles through digital tools is the mean to achieve the zero death objective at level crossings.”

We then had an outstanding plenary session with road and rail professionals giving the points of views of train and truck drivers and also on road users’ behavior at road/rail interfaces:

  • Mr Herbert Ofner, ÖBB INFRA: “ILCAD 2019 in Austria”
  • Mr Alejandro Martinez Treceňo, Secretary of the Spanish Trade Union “Autonomous train drivers in Europe” (A.L.E.): “Vision of a train driver”
  • Interview (video) of Mrs. Ingrid MARESCHAL, Déléguée Générale, FNTV (Fédération Nationale des Transports de Voyageurs = buses): “Cooperation of FNTV (National Federation of Passenger Transport in France with SNCF Réseau”
  • Mrs Letty Aarts, Manager road safety data at SWOV: “Crossing worlds: Rail and road traffic, vehicles and road users”.
  • Mr Henrico Hendriksen, Manager Risk Engineering at HDI Risk Consulting and Mr Marcel Vlaar, Director, Breedijk Transport, NL: Mr Vlaar gave a very emotional testimony on a fatal collision that happened to one of his drivers at a level crossing.

Anne Zwiers, new Level Crossings Director at ProRail summarised the eight parallel sessions that we had in the afternoon on hard and soft measures to improve safety at level crossings presented by speakers coming from around the world (USA, Canada, Japan, India, all of Europe) on the following topics:

  • Engineering and Innovations
  • Education and Awareness
  • Human factors
  • Risk assessment
  • Enforcement
  • Investigation

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC presented some results of the ILCAD campaign 2019 in various countries and gave the floor to Allan Spence, new chairman of the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) to announce that NetworkRail (NR) would be honoured to welcome the 12th edition in Great Britain. The date and location will be communicated later.

Grigore Havarneanu, UIC, gave an overview of the SAFER-LC toolbox: a tool which is currently under development as part of the SAFER-LC H2020 EU research project (Safer level crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design). He explained how information about safety measures is structured and presented in a standard way. He also illustrated the toolbox with some measure examples.

The SAFER-LC toolbox is a free online tool designed to provide road and rail infrastructure managers as well as railway undertakings with a wide list of safety measures which can be implemented to improve level crossing safety. It equally provides recommendations, implementation examples, study results and other practical details concerning the available measures.

Most safety solutions which are included in this toolbox cover human factor low-cost measures. Safety measures are classified according to various keywords which enable end-users identify the optimal solution for a specific level crossing type or road user behaviour. The SAFER-LC toolbox is a good example of practical and exploitable outcomes of EU-funded research projects.

More information can be found at:

On 7 June the whole group had the opportunity to visit a certain number of level crossings around Amersfoort.

Barbara Klein Barr, Director, International Program Division
Federal Railroad Administration, US Department of Transportation was interviewed by Dutch television:

Video of the interview

This edition was also the last event for Jeroen Nederlof (PRORAIL) after 40 years in the Dutch railways and before retiring

Should you wish to be a member of the “ILCAD club” please contact Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Safety Advisor:


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The members of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Board of Directors met on 10 June 2019 in Narvik, Norway

The IHHA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in heavy haul railway operations, engineering, maintenance, and technology. It strives to accomplish this mission through the acquisition of knowledge relevant to this goal by sponsoring and organising international and regional conferences, specialist technical sessions and specialist seminars; by commissioning guideline manuals, by preparing and distributing conference proceedings and technical documentation and by related activities as recommended by the Board of Directors.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, as Board Member, attended the meeting during which he was asked to provide an insight into UIC’s strategic approaches. After having explained the interaction between the UIC Regions and the technical departments, he focused on the work UIC is undertaking in the field of digitalisation. This focus was particularly appreciated by the members as the key topic of the IHHA Conference due to take place over the next few days is about Heavy Haul 4.0.

Mr Loubinoux described the two areas around which digitalisation is being worked on at UIC on behalf of the members. The Digital Platform deals with more strategic topics such as DIGIM (Digital Impacts on Business processes) of which blockchain technology is a freight use case. In parallel, the technical departments work on collaborative projects as set by their members. In the context of freight, Mr Loubinoux highlighted the Digital Road Map for Freight recently endorsed by European CEOs which focuses on collaborative projects in the sphere of transport services and assest management.

The strong partnership linking UIC and IHHA enables the parties to exchange best practice and capitalise on the work of one another in the field of long and heavy train operation, thus ensuring there is no duplication but more complementarity. It is in this spirit that the Strategic Workshop of the upcoming conference was jointly organised by UIC and IHHA.

The Board Members warmly thanked Mr Loubinoux for his contribution over the years and look forward to welcoming Mr Davenne as the new Board representative.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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9th UIC-FIATA Market Place Seminar held on 4 June 2019 in Munich

Interaction between Railway Operators and Freight Forwarders

UIC and the International Freight Forwarders’ Association (FIATA) organised the 9th edition of the Market Place Seminar hosted by the transport and logistics fair on 4 June 2019 in Munich.

The Market Place Seminar is a platform which aims to create opportunities for increased cooperation and business development within the rail sector by offering a common platform for railway undertakings, freight forwarders and customers.

This year’s seminar principal theme was “Interaction between Railway Operators and Freight Forwarders.”

The seminar comprised two sessions, bringing together high-level speakers.

In the first session based on the new rail logistics concepts in multimodal transport the speakers shared with the audience case studies of success towards multimodality and why multimodality, partnerships and cooperation of the players of the chain are essential. Speakers provided insights into how the transport sector embraces innovative concepts and technologies to pursue the goal of achieving a sustainable, customer-oriented and efficient system.

Our invited speakers were:

Carlo Vaghi, from FIT Consulting presented the H2020 EU project Clusters 2.0. pt presentation
Niklas Galonske, from the Engineering Company HaCon, presented the new Rail Facilities Portal of the EU Commission.
Harald Jony, from Wiencont Container Terminal GmbH, presented the technical innovations implemented on the biggest Combined Transport Terminal in Austria.
Session 2 focused on how to make the best use of Rail Freight Corridor Services – Strengths and Opportunities for the market

In the second session the speakers engaged in panel discussions on the last mile and cross border capacity, first mile and last mile issues, the costs, the investment in last-mile infrastructures, development of medium and small sized terminals, logistic centres, re-routing in case of an emergency situation, and how to handle passenger and freight on one corridor.

The invited speakers were:

Emanuele Mastrodonato, Scan Med Corridor (Scandinavian-Mediterranean) Managing Director, presented the latest updates on the Scan Med Corridor
Sabine Parmentier, Head of Strategy of LINEAS, presented the Belgian company and its use of the Rail Freight Corridors in its business development
Bernd Weisweiler, TX Logistics, business development from railway and intermodal operator point of view on corridors
Zuhal Nalbant, DB Netz AG, Business development on corridors
Federica Montaresi, President of La Spezia Shunting Railways and ScanMed Terminal Advisory Group Speaker, Investments on last mile infrastructure.

This half day seminar ended with a networking event on the afternoon of 4 June that enabled the 60 registered participants to expand their business network.

The presentations from the conference are available on the dedicated website:

For further information please contact Eric Guenther, UIC Senior Freight Advisor:

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Cooperation Reporting

The UIC Africa Region organises the 7th edition of rail safety training for African networks

Motto of the training programme: Rail Safety, Priority of Priorities

The Training Centre of the National Office of Railways of Morocco (ONCF) of Rabat is hosting the 7th edition of the training on Railway Safety from 10 – 21 June 2019. Participants include 30 managers from African railways including UIC and non-UIC members from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia and the hosting country Morocco. The rich and diversified programme, includes theoretical courses, supported by case studies led by Moroccan experts, as well as conferences and targeted technical visits to railway sites across the Moroccan Rail Network.

As part of the deployment of the (UIC) - Africa Region 2019 action plan, this training follows the new strategy “Revitalisation of Rail in Africa: Destination 2040” agreed and aimed for by the African Transport Ministers.

The UIC Africa Region continues to increase initiatives to share experiences and know-how between African networks, in order to give new impulse and reinvigorate cooperation in the various railway fields. In the last five years, this cooperation has focused among other things on:

  • Organisation of 14 conferences/seminars on current and targeted topics, involving 170 experts and the participation of about 2000 African leaders and decision-makers;
  • The completion of 10 training courses, focusing on safety and railway safety as well as track maintenance, for the benefit of nearly 240 participants supervised by 120 ONCF experts;
  • The organisation of about thirty information and good practice sharing visits for the benefit of the various African delegations;
  • The completion of two prospective studies.

Through these kinds of concrete actions, the objective is to support African Railway Networks in their upgrading and development processes and, consequently, to contribute to the development of the African Rail Transport System.

For further information please contact Thierry Béra, UIC Chief Financial Officer:

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UIC Finance Committe meeting held on 6 June 2019 in Paris

The annual UIC Finance Committee took place on 6 June at UIC. It brought together the Finance Directors of the UIC European active members or their representatives and gave an opportunity for the eight working groups to report on their work.

The meeting was chaired by Thierry Béra, UIC Finance Director in the absence of David Sitruk, SNCF, President of the Finance Committee. He explained that within the QMS rules, starting from next year, the Finance Committee will migrate into the Finance Platform. The meeting started with a presentation by a guest speaker from the OSJD Finance Group, Kounka Kirkova, who explained the work of the OSJD and as well as work on joint leaflets.

Further presentations included reports conducted by the following groups:

  • PATRIC (audit passenger group) during which the speaker presented the 2018 and 2019 audit campaigns and most frequent problems
  • RCF 1 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Passenger Working Party) who spoke about an updated version of the leaflet 301 into IRS
  • RCF 2 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Freight Working Party), mentioned the upcoming publication of leaflet 304 into IRS30304
  • RCF 3 (Financial relations between railway undertakings – Principles and terms of application) reported on the work of the group with ODC (Office of Debt Clearance)
  • The Finance Group Coordinator explained the changes and publications of IRS
  • ODC (Office of Debt Clearance) went through the Creditor’s Forum in Belgrade in 2018 and its results
  • The Statistics Group presented the new IRS30398 and statistics publications
  • The Taxation Group talked about the aim to work on national and international fiscal problems and define unified interpretation on international tax matters
  • The Legal Group, which works on member requests, presented the current request from MERITS Project, GDPR, and many others

UIC presentations were delivered by Vincent Vu, coordinator of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region on the region’s activities, the state-of-the-art of its railway sector and Vision 2050, and by Francis Bédel, CDO, on the UIC Digital Platform presenting a number of UIC Digital activities within the Roadmap 2019.

For further information about the Finance Committee please contact Thierry Béra, UIC Finance Director

Or Maria Lafont:

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Invitation to the TER4RAIL London Summit on 28 June 2019

TER4RAIL (Transversal Exploratory Research Activities for Railway) is a Shift2Rail funded project led by EURNEX in collaboration with UIC, UNIFE, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, New Opera, and the Spanish Railway Foundation.

The main goal of this two-year project is to serve as a source of data, roadmaps and arguments supporting the rail sector. TER4RAIL’s ambition is to play a major role in the evolution of the railways.

TER4RAIL considers railways as the backbone of future European mobility, as stated in the rail sector’s European Railway Research Advisory Council’s (ERRAC) Rail 2050 Vision published in December 2017, and therefore, it is necessary that TER4RAIL raises arguments that can sustain this essential system. To this end, data analysis and statistical reporting are foreseen and conducted.

In this context, TER4RAIL partners have the pleasure to invite railway and other mobility experts to a one-day meeting in London to work on several topics related to the future of European infrastructure. As TER4RAIL partners deliver their preliminary results, they are keen on sharing them widely and to get external expert feedback.

One of the highlights of this event will be the speech of Mr Richard Harris, Director Real ITS Global. He will give a brief introduction on the key challenges in the mobility system such as air quality problems, new mobility ecosystems, data as the driver of services and policy aspects. Richard is internationally recognised as a leading expert in ITS.

Moreover, using the “World Café’ method, several questions will be raised, such as:

  • How can the system be upscaled without major investments?
  • Should railways prioritise increasing the urban and sub-urban transport network or the quality of the inter-city network?
  • How can one work towards a personalised, seamless and connected mobility system for freight or public transport? or
  • What will the evolution of the transportation sector be for the 30 years to come?

Event venue: Newcastle University - 102 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7EZ, UK (4-minute walk from the Liverpool Street Station)

Sign in to London Summit TER4RAIL:

This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail JU under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under Grant Agreement 826055.

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, Senior Advisor, Project dissemination:

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Postponed: 2nd UIC Door-to-Door Solutions Workshop in Rome

We wish to inform you that the 2nd UIC Door-to-Door Solutions Workshop, due to be held on 26 June 2019, has been postponed until autumn 2019.

Please note that only the workshop is postponed and not the 3rd National Conference on Shared Mobility.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Last opportunity to register for the 5th UIC Security Week to be held from 18 – 20 June 2019 in Paris

Marc Beaulieu (Via Rail), Chairman of the security platform and Piotr Kurcz (PKP), Vice-Chairman of the security platform are pleased to invite you to the 5th UIC Security Week that will take place from 18 – 20 June 2019 at Paris UIC HQ.

The topics already selected by our steering committee are as follows:

  • Linking police and emergency services in the event of an attack involving numerous victims
  • Active shooters/armed aggressors
  • Staff and public awareness
  • Security and feeling of security

You will find a draft agenda of this three-day event at

Please note that for this event priority will be given to UIC Members.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Security Advisor:

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News from UIC members

Denmark launches Copenhagen-Ringsted high-speed line

Denmark’s first high-speed railway line has been inaugurated and will run between Copenhagen and Ringsted, allowing trains to travel at speeds of up to 250 km/h. The new line will better tie Zealand and the rest of Denmark together and will give commuters throughout the country better rail services and shorter travel times.

With the track in full service, it will help to relieve the already heavily trafficked section between Copenhagen and Roskilde.

Per Jacobsen, CEO of Banedanmark, said: “The new Copenhagen-Ringsted railway line significantly expands the railroad’s capacity. This makes the railways to and from Copenhagen more efficient and more robust. With the new track, we get a much better road map, more trains and fewer delays. passengers.”

Køge Nord Station
Along the news line, the Køge Nord Station will give commuters from both Køge and the surrounding area better links to better public transport than ever before.

Jette Aagaard, Project Director for the Copenhagen-Ringsted project, said: “The station will be a new gateway to Copenhagen and an important step on the road for the approximately 8,000 daily users that the station will receive in the long-term. With its spectacular design, the station’s 225 metre long footbridge will not only be a landmark for the new railway and for Køge, but also a significant landmark for green mobility.”

The new station allows passengers to change to high-speed trains travelling to Copenhagen. From 2021, the high-speed-trains will be operational between Næstved and Køge, North to Copenhagen. This means in turn that there will be shorter travel times from all over South Zealand and Lolland-Falster.

Moreover, the station is equipped with parking facilities, making it easier for commuters and leisure passengers to access the station.

Part of a future flexible transport system
The Copenhagen-Ringsted line forms part of a major upgrade of the railway in Zealand and Lolland-Falster. As such, the track has become an important part of a flexible transport system in the future.

With the Ringsted-Fehmarn line fully operational, it is now ready to receive additional traffic that the new Copenhagen-Ringsted high-speed service will provide.

(Source: Global Railway Review)

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak improving North East Corridor infrastructure

Investing in the customer experience

Work continues to upgrade the infrastructure to increase track capacity, improve the ride quality and offer greater reliability that will benefit Acela and other Amtrak customers as well as commuter passengers along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

Crews are upgrading 31 miles of track between Washington Union and Baltimore Penn stations, which will enable Amtrak to operate at higher speeds. The enhancements will benefit the full length of the Northeast Corridor and include realigning track and curves and undercutting and installing new rail.

Approximately 2,200 Amtrak, commuter and freight trains operate on the Washington-Boston route each day. In Fiscal Year 2018, 18.3 million trips were made by Amtrak customers on the NEC.

“The NEC is North America’s a premier passenger rail corridor and improving the infrastructure is essential to maximizing performance for all train services,” President and CEO Richard Anderson said. “The improvements will offer Amtrak and commuter customers a smoother and more reliable ride.”

As the popularity of rail travel soars, Amtrak and its partners are challenged to ensure the NEC can meet the demand for new capacity on this critical infrastructure asset, portions of which date back a century, and continue to deliver the safe, reliable and convenient service passengers expect from America’s Railroad®.

The infrastructure work is underway in preparation for the introduction of the new, next-generation Acela Express fleet, scheduled to begin entering service in 2021.

Additionally, this project also complements other ongoing Amtrak improvements at New York Penn Station; the opening of the new Moynihan Train Hall in New York; and further development of stations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Passenger Transportation JSC has prepared the rolling stock for the summer and plans to transport over 6 million passengers per season

In preparation for summer transportation, work was carried out to ensure the proper aesthetic appearance of cars and measures were taken to improve their sanitary condition (external washing of bodies and cleaning of running gears, painting of vestibules, titans, pipes of heating systems, if necessary, replacement of toilets, wash basins, flooring, mixers, etc.). Also, work was carried out to establish air conditioning and ventilation systems, filling them with freon, cleaning air ducts, adjusting the density of batteries.

The national carrier serves 115 routes (including commuter routes). To date, the car fleet comprises 2229 units, including Tulpar-Talgo cars – 670, standard type – 1443, electric-diesel train – 116. In 917 cars of standard type, in all Tulpar-Talgo cars and 51 electric-diesel train the air conditioning system is provided.
In order to update the rolling stock and cover the projected shortage of passenger seats in connection with the departure of cars at the end of the service life, work is underway to update the passenger fleet of cars. There are plans to replace about 1,200 cars within the next 10 years.

(Source: KTZ)

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