Covid-19 – impact on UIC

In accordance with the recommendations of the French government, please note that UIC has taken the following measures until further notice:

  • The UIC headquarters building will be closed as of 17 March 2020; no events and meetings are currently being held – however, for specific activities that cannot be done from home, some employees will occasionally go to work according to the rules established by the government
  • UIC office staff are otherwise asked by the French government to work from home

We have nevertheless made arrangements to maintain contact and our telephone lines and email remain fully operational. In order to meet your needs, we will continue to inform you of any updates regarding our projects. Wherever possible, scheduled meetings will be held using our video-conferencing facilities.

With this aim in mind, all UIC’s external contacts are asked to send their post in electronic format as well, and where appropriate with scanned attachments. Railway professionals and our regular partners and suppliers can continue to contact UIC staff by email and/or mobile phone during normal working hours.

For any questions please send a message to our team at who will respond to you very shortly

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UIC publishes its 2020 – 2022 Work Programme

For the first time, UIC is publishing a work programme, endorsed by its members at the last general assembly in December 2019. This strategic document reflects a holistic approach inspired by the priorities of the sector. Being the technical body of the railway operating community, UIC highlights here its added value and how it can deliver what is needed for an innovative railway system.

This document covers the period 2020-2022 and aims to give a global overview of key challenges, events and deliverable in the years to come.

The document is organised around the strategic focus areas that will lead the many UIC work streams over the next three years:

  • Promote rail worldwide
  • The fundamentals: safety, security and training
  • Develop a system vision with a digital drive
  • Rail freight as the backbone of the worldwide logistic chain
  • Rail as the transport mode of choice for passengers
  • Promote sustainable carbon free transport
  • Efficient, transparent management for the benefit of our Members

The document is available here:

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Covid-19: UIC works on providing its Members and partners with concrete measures

UIC, as the technical platform for railway cooperation at world level, is the place of exchange for best practice, bringing together many networks of experts.

In the context of Covid-19, the strength of these networks is used to give Members and partners the possibility to regularly exchange information on status and about preventive measures and procedures, especially taking into account the fact that railways – along with other means of transport – present a favourable environment for the spread of the disease.

This is why UIC has launched the Covid-19 Task Force, which held its Kick-off meeting by videoconference on 5 March 2020 and the latest meeting on 17 March.

Since then, and in the spirit of sharing current practices, UIC members and partner organisations have provided the Task Force with relevant information leading to the publication of the newest UIC document: Management of Covid-19: Guidance for railway stakeholders, A series of potential measures published by the International Union of Railways.

For now, contributions have been sent by Railway Companies from all over the world, including: Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States of America.

This document will continue to be updated throughout the duration of this crisis and UIC welcomes continued contributions from its members to help one and all manage the global response to Covid-19.

You can download these guidelines here:

Audiovisual material on Covid-19:

For any further information please contact the UIC Covid-19 Task force:

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UIC Global Rail Freight Conference postponed

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Postponement of UIC-KORAIL Training Session on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology in Seoul, Korea to 8 – 12 June 2020

Deadline for registration: 18 May 2020

Register here:

Due to an unexpected situation, we would like to inform you that the UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2020 on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology planned from 23 – 27 March 2020 has been postponed to 8 – 12 June 2020.

The registration for the new dates is now open online.

The goals of the programme are to share knowledge and best practice of railway passenger service in the Asia-Pacific region, to discuss quality service and to find ways to cooperate. The main themes are:

  • Overview of the rail ticket distribution: from concepts to databases
  • Rail Ticket Digitalisation: the barcode solution from mass transit ticket to high-speed ticket
  • Artificial Intelligence: to serve the customer at the train station AIRobot
  • UIC IT solution for Rail Passenger Control. Paperless ticketing
  • PRM Assistance Booking Tool: how to guaranty assistance for the impaired passengers (wheelchairs…)

We hope that it will be a great opportunity for all of you to broaden your understanding of UIC Asia-Pacific railways and strengthen cooperation among members.

We look forward to meeting you in Seoul!

For any further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

News from UIC members

Iran: RAI fully prepared to confront and control Covid-19

Expecting any probable outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, Iranian Railways was one of the pioneer organisations inside the country that established a special committee, days before the arrival and outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, in order to plan and take any necessary actions to be more preapred to confront this situation.

As a result, the special committee has held its meeting at RAI HQ regularly while establishing videoconferencing with all its regions across the country at the same time.

Some of the main measures which have been strengthened for confronting Covid-19 in the rail network since its outbreak are as follows:

  • Request from Ministry of Health and Medical Education to assist in identification of suspicious cases and prevention from outbreak at railway stations
  • Request from Iranian Red Crescent Society to deploy experienced medical teams, equipped with related tools to diagnose and identify the Covid-19 infected people or suspicious cases
  • Prohibiting all internal and foreign delegations
  • Cancelling all training courses and gatherings
  • Joining the UIC Covid-19 Task Force to keep up-to-date with best practice and exchange of experience with UIC members
  • Prohibiting fingerprint time attendance for staff and instead using facial recognition attendance systems
  • Closing all restaurants, sport and recreational complexes as well as train restaurants
  • Permitting periodical leave for 50% of staff
  • Providing and distributing banners, brochures, training videos/clips at railway stations and onboard trains
  • Continuous disinfection of station facilities and equipment as well as passenger trains
  • Installing hand sanitising dispensers at the entrance of all offices, passenger stations as well as on board trains
  • Temperature screening of staff on entry to offices and boarding trains at stations

(Source: RAI)

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News from UIC members

Spain: Renfe clinches $6 billion railway contract launching its business in the US

The deal between Renfe and Texas Central concluded in 2019 for the development of a high-speed rail project linking Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas, USA, is set to bring in $6 billion for the Spanish railway operator.

The alliance, for which a pre-agreement has already been signed whilst waiting for the full contract to be finalised, will see Renfe working with the largest privately-owned railway undertaking in the world, Texas Central, until 2042.
This contract cements Renfe’s participation in the landmark US railway project, and falls in step with the company’s strategy to grow through international development, drawn up by its CEO Isaías Táboas.

The Renfe of America team, a company specially set up to manage development projects such as this in the Americas, has been working since last year on the consultation phase of the proposed railway link. Tábaos in fact had just returned from a meeting held with Texas Central at the end of January to go over progress being made in this work.

The civil engineering contractor Salini Impregilo has been tasked with building the infrastructure for the line, which it says will be finished in 6 years. Renfe will then take over maintenance and will operate trains running between the two Texan cities between 2026 and 2042.

The design and construction phases (up to 2026) are set to net Renfe $311 million in income whilst the maintenance and operation period (from 2026 to 2042) is forecast to bring in approximately $5.611 million in revenue.
The private consortium, Texas Central may also have plans to extend the high-speed link to Austin and San Antonio, which could also lead to further cooperation between the two companies.

First high-speed train in the USA
The Houston-Dallas high-speed link will be the first of its kind in the United States, joining the two cities that lie 386 kilometres (240 miles) apart, in less than 90 minutes.
In addition to the stations in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, the line will have one intermediary stop in Brazos Valley. All the stations will be connected to the highway system and public transport networks, and offer ample parking.

The Texas high-speed line will be the first ever wholly privately-owned high-speed project in the world, evidencing the viability of high speed as a business. In addition, Texas, which has long been a state associated with the development of fossil fuels will now be a pioneer in the United States, in banking on sustainable transport solutions, and marking a turning point that reflects sociocultural trends currently emerging around the globe.

(Source: Renfe)

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News from UIC members

Belgium: Lineas further strengthens management team for European growth

Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, welcomes Jan Luyten as Chief Human Resources Officer. His appointment fits the company’s ambition to transform into a true European end-to-end logistics provider.

Jan Luyten joined Lineas as Chief Human Resources Officer on 1 March. In this capacity, Jan will be leading the employee and organisational agenda, working on the company’s operational model, talent and capabilities, HR functional excellence and the overall scalability of the organisation and its HR policies in line with Lineas’ future business ambitions.

Jan brings more than 20 years’ experience in HR, of which the majority in international business environments, most recently as Vice President of HR for the Packaging Inks & Resins division of Flint Group.

Jan’s appointment follows the one of Kurt Coffyn and Lars Redeligx who recently joined Lineas as COO and CCO respectively. Together with the other members of the executive committee, they will prepare Lineas for the next step of European scale-up.

Lineas has been growing steadily over the past years. Its logistic offering, including the unique Green Xpress Network, convinces more and more companies to shift the transport of their cargo from road to rail. This allows them to optimize their supply chains while reducing their impact on climate and mobility.

(Source: Lineas)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Britain’s first ‘all female operated’ train service runs on 6 March 2020

Network Rail and Southeastern joined forces on 6 March to launch the first ever passenger service run entirely by women – on a banner day for the rail industry.

Marking International Women’s Day, a rush hour Southeastern service will leave London for Kent staffed by a female driver and conductor, while female Network Rail signallers staff the route.

It marks the first time that a commuter service is operated exclusively by female rail staff from start to finish – from the depot to destination. In all, some 15 women will take part.

And the service will form one of three Female Trains today (March 6) as the rail industry seeks to attract more female recruits into a traditionally ‘male’ industry.
Southeastern’s driver, Monika Kurek, will run the 7.42 out of London Victoria to Faversham.

Separately, GWR will run a female train from London Paddington to Bristol, while LNER will run a ‘Flying Scotswoman’ from Edinburgh to Kings Cross.

The unprecedented push comes as Network Rail commits to increasing the number of women in the workforce by 50 per cent by 2024 – equivalent to almost 4,000 new female staff.

Separately Southeastern today reveals that 20 per cent of its workforce are now women following a concerted campaign to raise the profile of the industry – leaving the group on track to hit its target of 21 per cent by 2021.

The rail industry was dominated by men right up to the late 1970s, when Karen Harrison became British Rail’s first female driver.

David Statham, Southeastern managing director, said:
"We’re honoured to be playing our part in today’s ‘Female Train’. We have made considerable progress in attracting more women into the industry and we’re proud that 20% of Southeastern’s employees are female."

"The fact today’s ‘Female Train’ is one of the first shows how much more the rail industry needs to do to and we will continue working with partners like Network Rail to achieve this."

Four Southeastern staff will be involved in today’s train, including driver Monika Kurek and conductor Rebecca Greenstreet. In the unique partnership, 12 female members of Network Rail staff will guide the train on its way out of the capital to Kent.

Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail, said:
"This is a brilliant celebration of women in rail. I hope it demonstrates to other women and girls that a rewarding role in our industry is a real prospect. We have an abundance of diverse and interesting jobs available and the users of the railway deserve the best of our talents. That must mean a much more diverse workforce."

Loraine Martins, director of diversity and inclusion at Network Rail added:
"This is about ensuring our organisation is as diverse as the communities we serve and valuing the contributions that everyone can make to our business. We will continue to work tirelessly to increase the proportion of women at Network Rail at all levels in our business, as well as developing the phenomenal talent that we already have."

(Source: Network Rail)

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