15th UIC World Security Congress was held from 21 – 22 November 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic

The 15th UIC World Security Congress, co-organised by the UIC Security Division and Czech Rail Infrastructure Manager SŽDC, was a successful opportunity for UIC members to share and discuss the safety and security of stations.

More than 150 participants from 26 countries all over the world had the opportunity to exchange best practice and discuss the conference theme: “safety and security of stations.” The participants represented many key rail security stakeholders: police, transport authorities, safety and security agencies from the Czech Republic, international organisations (including UITP, the public transport organisation, and WCO, the World Customs Organization), universities and the UIC Security Platform, chaired by Mr Marc Beaulieu, VIA Rail Canada, and vice-chaired by Mr Piotr Kurcz, PKP S.A. in Poland.

The congress was opened in the presence of Mr Vladimír Kremlin, Minister of Transport for the Czech Republic, Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC, Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of UIC Fundamental Values and Mr Marc Beaulieu, Chairman of the UIC Security Platform from VIA Rail Canada. The Director General of SŽDC reminded everyone that as the railway has no borders and as such, UIC has a primordial role in advocating for the railways. Furthermore, SŽDC is very proud of their UIC membership. The UIC Security Platform chairperson, Marc Beaulieu, stated how crucial UIC events are as they allow rail stakeholders to share expertise, best practice, provide each other with feedback and learn about on-going efforts in security.

The first session, Different models of security organisation in stations, was an opportunity to showcase how railway stakeholders all over the globe deal with security issues in train stations. Presenters from SŽDC (Vladimír Abraham), ViaRail (Marc Beaulieu), Railway Protection Force India (Arun Kumar), SNCB (Delphine Beatse), ÖBB (Manuel Seidl) and PKP S.A. (Dominik Kogut) all shared best practice and discussed how important security is for railway stations, as they are a preferred target for terrorist actions. Many placed emphasis on the need to form partnerships with other actors in the security field such as police and corporate security services as well as the importance of CCTV in ensuring station security.

The second session, Integrated protection: multimodality and public spaces, allowed rail stakeholders to hear about safety and security from the perspective of non-rail actors: police, airports, academics and authorities. Maria Haberfeld from the NYPD Police Studies Programme noted the importance in collaboration in order to respond to any attack at a station. Corinne Cousseau from ADP, Aéroports de Paris, presented ways that airports had to increase their “landside”, i.e. before crossing the security check, security following the various terrorist attacks in France in 2015. Petr Sobotovič mentioned that while they are prepared for such an attack, so far, the Czech Republic has not been a target for terrorism. Lastly, Jiří Apeltauer in behalf of his brother Tomáš, demonstrated the results from a mathematical model on the movements of people during an evacuation inside the Prague Main Station.

The third session, Design of stations and feeling of security, focused on security by design. Changyeop Lee from the World Custom Organisation presented non-intrusive customs inspection to facilitate exchange between customs and rail. Paul Van Doninck from Jernhusen, station manager in Sweden, shared their view of a station as being part of the larger community and the importance in working with community members to ensure a safe and welcoming station for all. Lastly, Yves Rougier from the French Transport Authority addressed the complicated issue of designing for security when it comes to emerging threats.

At the gala dinner, UIC Director General François Davenne gave a speech on how we all need to collectively ensure security as security issues don’t stop at a single border. UIC helps rail stakeholders do just that. Despite our different situations across the world, rail stakeholders can have common approaches and so we must share, open and connect.

The fourth session, Innovative solutions to enhance security and safety of stations, focused on many different technical solutions to security issues, from a smart video pilot test at DB AG (Marita Annegret Grosser), the EU H2020 PREVENT Project coordinated by UITP (Denis Luyten), to the UIC Handbook on Station Security which was used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia (Ekaterina Kozyreva), benefits and criticalities of each solution were shared and discussed.

At the fifth and final session, the UIC Security Platform presented their on-going activities and next steps. Marie-Hélène Bonneau presented two EU H2020 projects coordinated by the UIC Security Division: SHERPA, dealing with a common security approach amongst European rail stakeholders, and SAFER-LC, addressing how to make level crossings more secure. Laura Petersen also presented an EU H2020 project coordinated by the UIC Security division: PROACTIVE, which deals with CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) threats.

Then the achievements as well as the 2020 working programme of each of the five working-groups of the UIC security platform were presented by their respective chairs.

Regarding safety activities at UIC, two important products developed by the UIC Safety unit were presented: The Safety database and the ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day).

Laura Petersen also presented the two main Security Platform tools: the Security Hub and the Network of Quick Responders. The Security Hub is a one stop shop for security solutions to various security issues and is designed to be a collaborative web platform. The Network of Quick Responders remains a great way to get quick feedback from fellow UIC members, promoting best practice.

The 15th UIC World Security Congress came to a close with speeches from Piot Kurcz from PKP (Poland) - vice-chair of the UIC security platform, Marc Beaulieu – Chair of the security platform and Mr Abraham, SŽDC Director for Safety and Security. Marie-Hélène Bonneau thanked all the presenters, participants and Anna Kodysová and SŽDC team for their active help in making the congress such a success.

Forthcoming events:

  • 22 April 2020: SAFER-LC Final Conference, Paris UIC
  • 2 – 4 June 2020: 6th UIC Security Week, Paris UIC
  • 25 – 27 November 2020: 16th UIC World Security Congress, Vienna, Austria

The presentations given during the congress will be soon available on the private UIC security workspace at

For further questions please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the UIC Security Division:

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8th International Railway Summit (IRS8) held from 21 – 22 November 2019

It is the first time that International Railway Summit takes place in India.
There are many reasons for that.

Asia’s first rail operation began in 1853 between Bombay and Thane.
Today, India’s rail transport has grown to a route length of 68,442 km, the fourth biggest network in the world, and transports 8.3 billon passengers and 1.2 billon tonnes of freight annually (Indian Railways YearBook 2017-18).

And India is a major actor in the global future of railways.
The first Indian high-speed rail line between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is now under construction, with eight other HSR corridors approved.
11 cities have inaugurated metro sytems in the last six years, with new metros under construction or being planned in 13 further cities.

The government’s vast Dedicated Freight Corridor project is well underway, with six corridors totalling 9,958 km, aiming to shift freight traffic from road to rail.
Rail electrification will also help India meet its UN climate change pledge. Between 2014 and March 2019, 13,700 km of the network was electrified so 52% of the network now runs on electricity. The government plans to electrify the rest of the broad-gauge network by 2022, meaning 28,000 km will be electrified in the next three years, which will reduce CO2 emissions by 3.4 million tonnes per annum (Ghanshyam Singh and Bhupender Singh Bodh, ‘Towards a greener future’, Railway Gazette, May 2019).

Over the next few decades, the global population is expected to grow by 2 billion to almost 10 billion by 2050, according to the United Nations’ World Populations Prospects 2019 report. Up to 14% of this increase is expected in India (273 million).
Thus, Indian Railways will have to face many challenges at the same time, to invent innovative solutions, and to enter a new era of rail globalisation.

That is the reason why this International Railway Summit held in New Delhi, on the theme ‘How can rail transport best keep pace with rapid population growth?’

François Davenne sent a video message to the audience.

EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc delivered a keynote speech, aligned with UIC position, and entitled ‘Rail as the backbone of an integrated multimodal transport system’
She also promoted global standards for the sake of the railway sector.

Another exceptional keynote speaker, Mr Vinod Kumar Yadav, the Chairman of the Railway Board at the Ministry of Railways in India, delivered a comprehensive overview of the future Indian Railways projects.

Other panels were held over two days:

  • What will the next generation of transport planning look like?
  • Is high-speed worth it?
  • Human, organisational and technical factors in railway safety management
  • How can we best manage the growing pressure on capacity?
  • Can we improve experience and increase capacity at the same time?
  • Attracting public and private investment: how do we devise a win-win strategy?

For further information please contact Christian Chavanel, Director of the Rail System Department:

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22nd European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) Plenary meeting and ILCAD Task Force meeting held on 21 November 2019

Almost 30 participants from 11 different countries

Allan Spence, Network Rail (ELCF Chairman) warmly thanked our hosts, the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and welcomed all participants.
The Italian delegation was widely represented with delegates and speakers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport - DIGIFEMA, the General Directorate for Road Transport, the Italian NIB, the Italian NSA (ANSF) and RFI.

The group endorsed the minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2019 at UIC HQ in Paris. Read more about that meeting here

The morning session was dedicated to the following issues related to safety at level crossings: Engagement, Engineering solutions: CCTV, obstacle detectors, ways to reduce trespassing around LCs, trialling, risk management, risk assessment, sharing of practices on how to rank risks at LCs to prioritise investment and decide on the right technology to use at a specific LC.

Luciana Lorio, Chairperson of the UNECE Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP1), and also International Regulatory Affairs at Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, DTT DGMOT DIV 2 presented the “International coordination and policy guidelines implementing road safety at level Crossing: Perspective and Commitment of UNECE –Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety”
She gave an overview of UNECE activities related to road traffic safety and mentioned the two subgroups: “Road signs and signals” and “Level crossing safety”. She stressed the great commitment of UIC in the creation of the UNECE group on LC and particularly thanked Isabelle Fonverne, member of the WP1 and the group of level crossing at the UNECE for her involvement and dedication.

The final report issued by the WG on LCs was published in January 2017 on the UNECE website in three languages:

To note that 90% of all road fatalities occur in low and medium-income countries.
She reminded the meeting of the “Vienna Convention on road signs and signals”. One of the recommendations of the WP on LC safety was to add a new warning sign to inform level crossing users trapped to break the barriers. This proposal shall be submitted to the next UNECE Global Road Safety Forum in Geneva in 2020 and transmitted to the UN HQ in NYC. After its endorsement, the “Vienna convention on road signs and signals” should be amended, and then this new sign should come into force by the end of 2021.
To note that this sign “breakable barrier” already exists in some countries: France for example

See also some pictograms in the LC safety flyers published by UIC, IRU and Operation Lifesaver Estonia in 2016.

Wolmer Zanella, Digifema (Italian NIB) presented the results of an investigation of a collision of a heavy vehicle and a regional train on the line Turin – Ivrea” that happened on 23.05.2018 accounting 21 serious injuries and two fatalities: the train driver and an accompanying person of the heavy haul convoy.

Andrea Biava and Simona Guerrizio from the Italian railway safety agency (ANSF= (Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza delle Ferrovie) exposed the “Risk mitigation at level crossings, ANSF point of view”.

Domenico Ronzino, Technical Direction RFI SpA presented the RFI risk-based methodology to rank level crossings. To note that several railway infrastructure managers have already been carrying out some risk assessments at LCs to prioritise investments.

Alain Autruffe, Director LC Programme at SNCF Réseau reported on the “results of a questionnaire on bells at level crossings” sent through the UIC to all ELCF members during last summer. The results were very positive with the responses of 17 different countries.
He also explained the process used by SNCF to make risk assessment and prioritise investment at LCs.

Luisa Garcia, Safety and Security Head at IP Portugal gave a presentation on “Obstacle detection: Is this system the way to enforce LC users”. She concluded that the obstacle detectors are not always the right solution. She presented the Portuguese programme to eliminate LCs in Portugal and the case of Miramar LC from a road and rail point of views.
IP manage level crossings only on national roads. All others are managed by local authorities.

Pavlina Skladana, Researcher at the Czech Transport Research Centre (CDV) reported on the tests carried out on “anti-trespass panels at two level crossings in the Czech Republic” of which she presented the results. For information 200 trespassers (pedestrians) are killed each year mainly near LCs or in stations in the Czech Republic. The measure is very effective.

Ramon Atochero Velasco, Expert in level crossing safety at ADIF gave information on “Systems in data recorder and obstacle detection based on artificial vision (cameras)” in Spain. The system has been installed in two regions, all other regions are being tested.

Allan Spence (NR), ELCF Chairman reminded the fundaments of the ELCF group.
It is an informal group of exchange of best practice mainly on Engineering and Education and Enforcement measures at LCs.

He suggested first how we may effectively join road and rail authorities.
The second issue would be to better tackle the risk management issue.
He stressed that ILCAD help to educate, share good practices, is about how to Enforce good behaviour, and it has been very successful over the last 11 years.
He proposed to produce some UIC guidelines from ELCF’s work .

To support A. Spence’s proposals, Alain Autruffe, SNCF Réseau said that he is eager to share information on the collaboration between road and rail authorities. He said that a new French law was voted two days ago about a diagnosis of each LC to be led by the road authorities with the railways every five years.

L. Garcia, IP Portugal stressed that there is no obligation in Portugal for the road infrastructure manager to make LC risk assessment, which is made up to now only by the railways.

The second part of the day was dedicated to Education and Awareness measures to improve safety at level crossings: ILCAD and national campaigns.

Jarmo Koistinen, Transport and Environmental Safety, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) reported on the “ILCAD Day in Finland”
The Finnish Ministry of Transport decided to organise activities on ILCAD day after a recent LC collision with a military truck. They gave three presentations to the media and organised activities for children on their first school holiday in a railway museum. Many parents and kids (400 persons) attended.

Pieter Van Eyndhoven, and Annelies De Keyser (INFRABEL) presented the: “Success of an awareness campaign in June 2019 using a famous Flemish TV series called “Thuis” (at home)”

Infrabel carried out a survey in Belgium in 2018. Results: 46% of all people interviewed answered that they have been ignoring traffic rules during the last six months.
77% said that they would deliberately break the traffic rules. Consequently, INFRABEL developed a communication strategy based on the popular Flemish TV series “Thuis”, watched by a lot by young people. They had a huge audience with an average per episode of 1,273,238 viewers; 50.6% market share among the Dutch population during TV news and programmes for children; many other media attention on the radio.

Annelies de Keyser added that they will show VR films to young people based on the same series.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC gave a “Debriefing on ILCAD 2019 worldwide campaign”:
11 campaigns: 40 participating countries: newcomers in 2019: Algeria (SNTF), Madagascar (Madarail)
150-200 participants with 30 countries at each launch conference. Previous launch conferences hosted by a partner in Brussels, Warsaw, Paris, Geneva, Lisbon, Istanbul, Riga-Tallinn, Montreal, Zagreb, Amersfoort. The next one being hosted by Network Rail at the National Railway Museum of York, GB.

She underlined the public targeted this year: “Professional drivers” and the motto: “The most important stop of the day!” She showed videos used during the campaign:

Three videos produced in the Czech Republic by the Ministry of Transport and CDV, the Czech transport research centre, with safety advices to truck drivers in emergency situations.

Available on ILCAD youtube playlist or ILCAD youtube channel

A video produced with CCTV footage of collisions with large and long vehicles at level crossings in Poland. We thank PKP PLK (Polish railway infrastructure manager) for their kind contribution. Available on ILCAD youtube playlist or ILCAD youtube channel

Erwin Woord, Communication Advisor at Prorail reported on ILCAD 2019 launch conference hosted by ProRail on 6 June in Amersfoort, NL” He stressed the great success of ILCAD conference internally and on an international level.

  • 180 participants
  • 25 countries represented
  • 43 interventions from 17 different countries

Watch the video with a summary of ILCAD launch conference on ILCAD youtube channel


He also gave information on national measures: ProRail want to get of rid of all passive crossings by 2023. They want to increase safety in the Port of Rotterdam. He explained that different public were targeted during their different national campaigns: truck drivers, elderly people, young children. He finally presented their controversial campaign for teenagers: “Fashion victim”.

Robert Wainwright, Network Rail invited all participants to the “ILCAD 2020 launch conference to take place on 11 June in York” preceded by a welcome cocktail on 10 and a technical visit on 12 June 2020. He also reported on UK trends related to level crossing collisions, casualties and near misses which are better accounted perhaps because of better driver reporting.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC suggested some ideas for “ILCAD 2020 worldwide campaign”: public to target and motto to determine. She also said that UIC should publish a new ILCAD website by early 2020.
ILCAD have been targeted a specific public for some years. Network Rail stressed that they have done the same so far but are now targeting behaviours to effective change.
It was then decided to target behaviour as a whole using the “bubble concept” during ILCAD 2020. Further information, a call for papers, etc … shall be published as soon as possible on

On 22 November, a technical visit was organised (see photos).

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability:

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UIC is participating in the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Madrid, Spain

The Conference of the Parties will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and is held with logistical support of the government of Spain from 2 – 13 December 2019. UIC is accredited by the United Nations as a recognised organisation, to participate in major global events such as the COP.

A selected UIC delegation will join events from 2 – 7 December and promote UIC Member activities towards a more sustainable future and their commitments to fight climate change. This will be an occasion to promote UIC activities and partnerships with other key transport stakeholders. For COP25, UIC signed a tri-partite partnership agreement with UNFCCC – United Nations Climate Change and UITP – International Association of Public Transport.

UIC commitments
COP25 will be an opportunity for UIC to reinforce the role that railways play in the sustainable development transport. In 2019, scientific statements regarding climate are alarming; even if states were to meet their commitments made at COP21 in 2015 for 2020, the planet would warm up by 3°C by the end of the century. In order to stay in line with the Paris Agreement, countries need to multiply their ambitions threefold and carbon neutrality should be reached before 2050 and renew or revise upward their climate commitments ("Nationally Determined Contributions" or NDC) submitted in 2015, by the end of 2020. Those must represent a progression compared to their previous commitment and correspond to the “highest possible level of ambition”. The European Commission already decided to increase its targets for 2030 and to work under the European Green Deal to become world’s first carbon neutral continent before 2050.

UIC is going one step further and launching an update to the sector’s commitment.
UIC proposes to align its 2050 CO2 emissions target to what becomes more and more widely shared as a consensual target to reach the Paris agreement: Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (instead of and - 75% by 2050). UIC also goes one step further by announcing its willingness to support SDGs and to report on their progresses on the most relevant ones.

All UIC members are asked to adopt the carbon neutrality target by 2050 and the support to SDGs through a signed declaration that could be presented at COP25.
The Railway Climate Responsibility pledge 2019 is an extension to the Pledge signed in 2015.

COP25 Programme
On 4 December UIC will co-host an event with UITP - International Association of Public Transport and ITF – International Transport Forum. Most trips today take place in urban regions, and their number is expected to continue growing in line with cities’ populations and economic development. The choice of transport mode is therefore critical to carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels. Low carbon transport options need to be integrated into existing transport and climate action plans for cities, which are also where robust transport actions already exist. This session will focus on effective ways to decarbonise urban passenger and freight transport based on changes in technology and behaviour. Speakers representing a range of sectors will share their vision on effective climate mitigation actions for transport in cities and ways to scale up different initiatives. The event will take place as follows: 16:45 - 18:15 Room 1 (Blue Zone) at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid.

On 6 December UIC will attend the Transport Day, an initiative by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and organised in the COP Chilean Pavilion from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm (Blue Zone) at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid. The event will be segmented in three sessions: segment 1 on increasing transport ambition to bridge the mitigation gap, segment 2 will be about removing barriers for implementation and scaling up low carbon, sustainable, resilient transport, and finally segment 3 will be about what the transport sector needs to deliver in 2020 for COP26. More information can be found here:

On 7 December, UIC will actively contribute to the Marrakech Partnership event: the Global Climate Action Transport Action Event taking place on the morning of the 7th from 10am to 1pm in the Blue Zone at IFEMA, Feria de Madrid. Mr Davenne will contribute to discussions on adaptation to climate change. This event will showcase the efforts made by various transport stakeholders to create the building blocks for a low carbon, sustainable pathway to 2050. It will demonstrate the immediate, bold and ambitious actions that are currently being implemented across the world and discuss the ways to maintain the momentum through 2020 and beyond. It will focus on both mitigation and adaptation measures, as well as cross-cutting issues such as gender and accessibility.

Find out more about COP25 on the dedicated website and on the UNFCCC website

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

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Call for Proposals: UIC Sustainable Development Unit Proposals Submission Tool for 2021

The UIC Sustainable Development Unit would like to collect ideas for future projects and activities starting from 2021. Selected ideas might be proposed as new opt-in projects.

Members are hereby invited to submit their proposals until 12 December 2019.

To participate in the “project proposal” process for following issues, please fill in the form through the website: for the following topics:

  • Sustainable land use
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Adaptation
  • Emission & air quality
  • Energy & CO2

Results will be discussed during the upcoming meetings of each corresponding sectors. Proposed ideas might be put to vote after the proposal submission process. Ideas with the highest number of votes might be presented as new opt-in projects at the Programmes & Projects Workshop Day on 28 April 2020 at UIC.

Your proposal should include your interest in the particular research area and the topic you want to study. Please note that this will not be taken as a financial commitment from your company and yourself.

Multiple submissions from the same author/same company will be accepted.
If you plan to submit more than one proposal, please fill in a new form.

Thank you for your cooperation.

For any questions related to the process, please contact

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UIC has published its annual report on railway accidents — railway safety achieved a record high in 2018

UIC has published its annual report on railway accidents. UIC’s safety database has been collecting data since 2001 and currently covers 27 UIC members in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The database is managed by UIC’s Safety Unit. As well as serving as a depository for statistical information on accidents, it also offers extensive insight into the causes, circumstances and consequences of accidents and aligns with the classifications and definitions used in European regulations.

Rail transport is the safest mode of land transport and is improving continuously in terms of safety. Accidents and numbers of victims reduced by almost 17% between 2013 and 2018 thanks to the efforts of the rail community to improve safety in the sector. 2018 saw a two per cent improvement compared to 2017, with a total of 1,746 significant accidents recorded. This is the lowest number of accidents observed since data collection began in 2006.

Three new members joined the UIC safety database in 2019. Regrettably, there were 2,361 accidents on these networks in 2018, bringing to 4,107 the total number of accidents recorded in the database for 2018.

Causes of accidents in 2018
Seventy-four per cent of accidents were caused by trespassing on railway infrastructure, and 15% were caused by accidents at level crossings. No more than one per cent of accidents involved people being hit on a platform or falling from a train or platform. Only seven per cent of the significant accidents recorded in UIC’s safety database were attributed to internal causes relating to technical or organisational failures or human factors within the rail operation system; the remaining two per cent were caused by weather and environmental conditions. The predominance of individual accidents caused by third party trespassing is exacerbated by the inclusion of new members’ data.

The railway system is particularly vulnerable to the behaviour of people outside of the system: third parties represented 97% of the fatalities recorded in 2018. It is imperative that public authorities play their part in promoting education and raising awareness of risk and continue their efforts to protect the railways from uncivil behaviour by third parties, just as they have done for the road transport sector for many years.

Collisions between trains and derailments
There were 123 collisions and derailments in 2018, a figure slightly above the historic low recorded in 2016 despite the inclusion of new members’ data. Only 12 accidents caused fatalities, with three serious accidents accounting for 82% of the 118 victims. The other 111 accidents had only financial or traffic-related consequences.

UIC Global Safety Index
UIC’s Global Safety Index (GSI) not only provides statistics on numbers of accidents; each accident is weighted according to cause, type, frequency and victim category. This approach enables deeper insight into general safety levels, considered separately from rare, high-impact events.

The Safety Index is continuing to decline over time and reached 8.28 in 2018, indicating an ongoing improvement in railway transport safety levels in Europe and the Middle East. The UIC Safety Index for the new members — 6.9 in 2018 — can now be added to this score. The total of 15.18 is thus the new GSI reference value.

Members of UIC’s safety database
ADIF (Spain), ADIF-AV (Spain), CFL (Luxembourg), CFR-SA (Romania), CIE (Ireland), DB AG (Germany), Eurotunnel (France and UK), HZ (Croatia), Network Rail (UK), Infrabel (Belgium), IP (Portugal), BANE NOR SF (Norway), MAV (Hungary), ÖBB (Austria), PKP (Poland), ProRail (Netherlands), RAI (Iran), SNCF Réseau (France), FS RFI (Italy), SBB CFF FFS (Switzerland), SZ (Slovenia), SZDC (Czech Republic), TCDD (Turkey), Trafikverket (Sweden), ZSR (Slovakia)
New members: RZD (Russia), RAS-EL (Greece), KRRI (South Korea)

Access the document
The UIC 2019 report on safety can be downloaded from:

For further information please contact Olivier Georger, safety database manager:

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7th Training on High-Speed Systems – Level 2 held from 18 – 22 November 2019 in Madrid

UIC and the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE - Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles) held the 7th Training on High-Speed Systems – Level 2 at the Fernán Núñez Palace in Madrid. Five intense days of lectures, technical visits and training on the High-Speed Planner 4.0 developed by the R&D Team of the Railway Foundation were held with great interest and positive results.

Mr José Carlos Domingo Curiel, Director General of the Spanish Railway Foundation and Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department welcomed the participants and introduced the training.

ADIF and RENFE representatives delivered lectures on building a high-speed network from scratch, the environmental sustainability of high-speed lines and an introduction to the Spanish railway sector. They were also responsible for the very interesting trip on board the AVE train to Albacete Los Llanos station entering the driver’s cab and visiting its control centre, as well as the technical visit to Atocha Station’s Operational Centre.

Speakers from Alstom, China Rail, EU Agency for Railways, EuskoTren, FFE, SENER, SNCF, UIC and university professors alternated during the week to give lessons on their areas of expertise relating to high-speed.

The High-Speed Planner 4.0 deserves more attention. It is an automated software, developed by the R&D Team of FFE, composed of four modules: infrastructure, cities & stations, demand and trains which allowed trainees to simulate the implementation of a high-speed line from A to B seen from different points of view, in particular from a railway infrastructure manager, from a railway undertaking, from a governmental institution and from an integrated railway. The four different points of view resulted in four different implementation plans which had to be negotiated among the players to choose the most suitable one.

The questionnaire feedback was very encouraging as it reflected the commitment of everybody, speakers, organisers, trainees to make the training a success.

Some training courses ago the attendees requested a Level III course to deal with a unique specific subject during the whole week. This Level III training course will be a residential course (one or two weeks) held by a university, on its campus, on a specific high-speed subject where the university is a well-known worldwide leader. At UIC, we are investigating this format and we will soon develop a specific proposal.

We are now looking forward to the next training seminar in order to make it better. It will be the 16th THSS Level I to be held in Paris, from 20 – 24 April 2020.

For further information please contact Paolo de Cicco, Senior High-Speed Advisor:

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Romania: New Managing Director of CFR Marfa

The Management Board of CFR Marfa appointed Mr Traian Preoteasa as Acting Managing Director of CFR Marfa on 21 November.

Mr Marinica Voicu, the former Director General of CFR Marfa, presented his resignation on 18 November. Mr Voicu is leaving his role for personal reasons.

Mr Preoteasa, PhD, is 53 years old and is a railway engineer with 30 years of professional experience in the railway sector. Before being appointed at CFR Marfa, Mr Preoteasa held the position of Technical Deputy General Manager of the Romanian infrastructure manager CNCF CFR S.A. He previously held important management positions at Romanian public railway companies: General Manager of CNCF CFR SA (2005-2006), Deputy General Manager of the Romanian passenger railway company CFR Calatori (2005), and Advisor on railway matters to the Romanian Minister of Transport (2017-2018).

(Source: CFR Marfa)

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Austria: TransANT for voestalpine on rail – handing over a 293 metre train

ÖBB Rail Cargo Group handed over the revolutionary platform wagon innovation TransANT to voestalpine. The wagon offers a higher payload of up to four tons and flexibility in use.

Together with voestalpine, our goal was to revolutionise rail freight transport, to develop a platform car that is lighter and thus allows more payload and is flexible in use at the same time.

We succeeded in doing that: TransANT offers a payload advantage of up to 4 tons with a 20% lighter undercarriage. We are thus creating a new standard in the freight transport market - in the interest of our customers and in the interest of the competitiveness of rail as a mode of transport.

The first set of 13 double units with a train length of 293 metres has now been delivered to Logistik Service GmbH (LogServ), a subsidiary of the voestalpine Group, in Linz.

TransANT is a signal of how rail freight traffic is geared to specific customer requirements and delivers a tailor-made product. The special thing about this order was that we as RCG developed this platform wagon together with our partner voestalpine - from the initial considerations and planning on paper to the construction of prototypes.The new wagon now enables voestalpine to avoid 100 train journeys per year in ore transport.

(Source: Rail Cargo Group)

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Germany: DB Supervisory Board approves new Management Board structure and earmarks EUR 1 billion for new trains

At the meeting on 7 November, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG approved a new Management Board structure and earmarked EUR 1 billion for investments in additional trains.

Dr Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Germany’s largest public transportation company, will be joining the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG. The DB Supervisory Board appointed the 50-year-old at an extraordinary meeting. Dr. Nikutta, who holds a doctorate in psychology, will assume the newly created role of Member of the Management Board responsible for Freight Transport on January 1, 2020. She will also head DB’s freight transport business, as Chair and CEO of DB Cargo, in Mainz.

Dr Nikutta worked at DB Cargo from 2001 to 2010, when it was known as DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG. One of her main responsibilities was block train transport, and she also sat on the Management Board of DB Schenker Rail Polska.
“There is a lot of work to do in freight transport if we are to meet the company’s ambitious goals,” said Michael Odenwald, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Restructuring the Management Board will give Dr Nikutta the decision-making flexibility she will need.”

Dr Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO announced, “We are looking forward to working with Sigrid Nikutta and joining forces to tackle the work ahead of us.”

The DB Supervisory Board also gave the green light at the meeting to further expand the long-distance fleet. The investment will have another positive impact: hundreds of new jobs will be created as a result. So far, 137 ICE 4, 23 ECx and 17 KISS trains have already been ordered for the coming years. The Supervisory Board approved the purchase of 30 additional high-speed trains, which will significantly increase the number of seats on the high-speed Cologne-Rhine-Main and Munich-Berlin lines in particular.

According to DB’s specifications for the manufacturer, the new trains will add at least 11,400 more seats on long-distance trains beginning in December 2022. The specifications also call for eight bicycle spaces per train. The DB Supervisory Board’s decision is another big step in implementing the Strong Rail strategy, specifically the aim of doubling passenger numbers on long-distance trains.

In addition to this EUR 1 billion investment, DB Long Distance is investing EUR 500 million in expanding its ICE maintenance depots, which will create even more jobs. DB’s Frankfurt-Griesheim depot will undergo a major expansion to allow more trains to be serviced there. Plans are already in the works to expand the Cottbus depot. DB will create 600 new jobs in all as a result of these investments.

(Source: DB)

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Russia: New multimodal transport project using single CIM/SMGS document

Russian Railways, together with the United Transport and Logistics Company - Eurasian Railway Alliance (UTLC ERA) and the port of Mukran in Germany, is implementing a new multimodal transportation project to deliver freight under a single CIM/SMGS document by container train between China and Europe.

CIM stands for “Uniform Rules Concerning the Contract for International Carriage of Goods by Rail”, while SMGS is the transliteration of the Russian abbreviation for the Agreement on International Goods Transport by Rail.

Plans are now underway to implement permanent multimodal transport services using a single CIM/SMGS invoice.

The first test train was dispatched on the Xian – Kaliningrad – Hamburg route with 42 forty-foot containers (84 twenty-foot equivalent units) carrying consumer goods, automotive parts and computer equipment.

On 12 November, containers from the 1,520 mm gauge track platforms were transshipped to feeder vessels at the container terminal in Baltiysk. From there, the feeder vessels will deliver the freight to the Mukran/Sassnitz railway port terminal in Germany, where they will be reloaded onto wagons for the European narrow gauge track of 1,435 mm.

The freight was delivered from Xinzhu station in China to the port of Baltiysk in 8.5 days. The total transit time on the route in both directions will not exceed 14 days.
A train heading in the other direction is scheduled to depart from Germany on 11 November, with the ship arriving at the port of Baltiysk on 13 November for onward delivery to China by rail.

For the first time, the unified CIM/SMGS invoice will be valid not only under two different legal regimes, but also on two modes of transport along the entire new Silk Road railway route, which is followed by container trains.

The single CSIM/SMGS transport document is valid under the legal transportation regimes of China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Europe, which makes it impossible for the invoice to be reissued while the train is en route. This in turn prevents the possibility of errors arising when documents are reissued and, in addition, optimises transportation costs, technology and delivery times.

(Source: RZD)

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China: Integrated Commissioning and testing on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway

On 7 November, Train 05301 left Qinghe station in China, marking the first time that an intelligent EMU — the intellectual property rights for which are entirely owned by China — has been formally involved in integrated commissioning and testing on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR.

An official from China Railway Beijing Group Co. Ltd. said that integrated commissioning and testing for intelligent EMUs was implemented mainly between Changping station and Xiahuayuan North station on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR, with a maximum test speed of 350km/h.

The comprehensive inspection train went online on 5 October. Since then, the step-by-step speed-up tests for individual EMUs have been conducted on the up and down lines of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR, with speeds on up and down lines reaching 385 km/h on 20 October. It is reported that China Railway Beijing Group Co. Ltd. began integrated commissioning and testing of Chongli Railway, a branch line of Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR, on 22 October.

Integrated commissioning and testing of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR covers 17 items and more than 6,000 parameters of various systems such as HSR fixed facilities, mobile equipment, traction power supply, train control, passenger service, etc., involving dozens of operators, construction units, testing units, design units, construction units, supervision units, railway police, etc., with a total of more than 2,000 people participating in various tasks such as testing, accurate adjustment, security, etc.

In order to ensure that the intelligent EMU can be integrated smoothly into online integrated commissioning and testing, the Beijing EMU Depot has deployed special personnel to monitor the running status of the intelligent EMU on a daily basis, collecting indicators and parameters from various links such as departure operation, outbound inspection, on-the-way patrol, inbound maintenance, etc.

Beijing Passenger Depot has transferred personnel from the crew on the Beijing-Shanghai and Beijing-Guangzhou HSRs for business training. It has studied and developed the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR operating instructions, supported learning and training on the equipment and facilities of the intelligent EMUs for all personnel, and has added English, minority languages, sign language and other training modules to ensure that the crew is fully prepared.

(Source: CR)

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