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UIC publishes second guidance document on “Potential measures to restore confidence in rail travel following the Covid-19 pandemic”

Since the beginning of the current health crisis, UIC has been working on providing its members and partners with a series of concrete measures and best practice for the railway sector.

In March, the UIC Covid-19 Task Force composed of railway stakeholders from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and the Americas produced a first set of guidelines on the management of Covid-19 (see eNews 683 with the help of contributions from railway companies around the world. This initiative has enabled UIC members and fellow transport organisations to share information and knowledge in order to help manage the global response to Covid-19.

This second guidance document looks beyond the crisis and focuses on potential measures to restore customer confidence in rail travel after the pandemic. The main themes cover Concrete measures to reduce the risk of spreading infection, Communications measures to reassure the public, as well as Future research.

To read the document in full click here:

Moreover, the Task Force is currently working on a third document, entitled RAILsilience: How the rail sector is fighting Covid-19. All the latest developments regarding this latest guidance will of course be shared in the near future so stay connected!

As a reminder, UIC has also created a dedicated group on its LinkedIn platform to share and exchange information on the Covid-19 pandemic with the railway community. Feel free to join the group at

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

Or visit the dedicated webpage:

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UIC internal measures to fight against the economic impact of Covid-19

A company agreement

In order to help UIC HQ to absorb the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, and to relieve its Members of these same effects, the UIC Management has on the one hand adopted a company agreement concerning exceptional measures to set up within the framework of French Government ordinance n° 2020-323 from 25 March 2020 relating to emergency measures regarding paid holidays, working hours and days of rest.

This applies to all employees of the economic and social unit formed by the International Union of Railways association and its three subsidiaries: UIC-Patrimoine (Room hire for events), Langues et Techniques (Technical Language Services) and Editions Techniques Ferroviaires (Railway Technical Publications).

This agreement is therefore implemented on all the association’s sites, including the Brussels offices. It was presented and validated by the representative bodies for staff in April. This agreement, of a duration of nine months, entered into force on 22 April.

As a result of the drop in activity suffered by UIC:

  • Partial activity measures were taken from 23 March until 15 September
  • An annual closure of two weeks from 25 July to 9 August, which will concern all employees and secondees, has been put in place
  • Other provisions related to employees’ days of leave should also make it possible to relieve the accounts of UIC in summer and at the end of 2020

A contingency plan

Moreover, UIC has set up a contingency plan following the Covid-19 crisis and has made all possible efforts to remain operational since the lockdown decided in mid-March by the French government. Thanks to the main lines of action of the UIC work programme, the association has anticipated fostering the use of video-conferencing. It has therefore been possible not to interrupt its different workflows. The work of the different forums and platforms has remained mostly unchanged.

Over the last number of weeks, at the various platform forums, UIC has been able to appreciate the extent to which all its members continue to support UIC’s project activity. However, it is quite clear that not all the projects initially envisaged will be able to be carried out on time in 2020. UIC HQ has therefore carried out a thorough analysis in order to evaluate which projects could be delayed or even cancelled. In addition, savings measures both on expert contracts and, of course, on hospitality, travel and operational expenses, have also been looked at closely.

UIC, at the instigation of the Director General François Davenne, and with the approval of the UIC Chairman Gianluigi Castelli, has been developing and deciding upon a contingency plan that will be able to guarantee financial stability during the crisis, as well as an orderly recovery. The measures taken have been developed by UIC management with the involvement of the staff, who have showed their dedication in accepting stringent measures with regard to the organisation of work.

  • Due to the interruption of all congress activities, UIC has had to cancel most of the events in the first half of the year, such as the UIC High Speed Congress in Beijing and the UIC Global Rail Freight Congress in Riga. It will be possible to manage this drop in activity by using legal measures on short-time working and on leave management implemented by the French government.

UIC is highly confident that the association will be able to overcome this crisis through the measures below:

  • €750,000 of the project fees will be redistributed to the UIC members (mainly in the form of credit) by postponing or cancelling 2020 projects that are impacted by the crisis. The vast majority of the projects will be maintained, fewer than 10 projects should be heavily impacted, mostly in postponing deliveries to 2021
  • €300,000 is to be found in travel savings on HQ (-50%) and €250,000 in the project budget (-30%). The budget monitoring procedures to be implemented in UIC in the coming weeks will be applied for close follow-up
  • €180,000 in savings will be found on cancellations of major events due to coronavirus and by reducing unnecessary representation travel
  • 80% short-time working from 9 April to 15 September 2020 and better annual leave management will result in a saving of €400,000, shared between our staff cost at HQ (€221K) and on the project budget (€179K).

François Davenne will monitor the evolution of the situation closely and will adapt the measures to the situation if need be.

  • Every two months, UIC will issue a “UIC Covid-19 Economic Report” based on monitoring of the main financial indicators.

The support of UIC Members

More importantly, UIC needs the support and commitment of its Members to continue their involvement in the association’s projects and activities. This is the only way for UIC to continue demonstrating the added value of international cooperation in delivering efficient operational solutions for the railways. As an example, the Covid-19 Task Force that comprises most of the world’s railway companies under UIC coordination was implemented in just a few days and demonstrates the great value of collective efforts.

Based on the valuable input of its Members, a first guidance document on measures has already been published by UIC. A second document pertaining to the actions taken by the taskforce members has also been published recently. A further guidance document concerning the recovery phase will also be developed end of May (RAILsilience: How the rail sector is fighting Covid-19). To prepare this third document, UIC issued on 27 April a very practical and concrete document “Potential measures to restore confidence in rail travel following the Covid-19 pandemic”. It is a further demonstration of the key role of UIC in sharing the practices of its members and proposing recommendations in order to have coherent solutions around the world. All these documents and actions have the common aim of preventing customer distrust. This is show the importance of the measures taken to prevent the spread of contamination.

Next steps: build trust and advocate

UIC is now entering a new phase. That of gradual resumption of activity. Railways have huge advantages to defend. What is at stake is the confidence of passengers in public transport. The railways have remained very active during the crisis for the transport of goods. A further campaign of Rail Freight Forward (RFF) will highlight it in a very near future. Among others coming from the railway sector.

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Web-conference “Covid-19: African Rail Networks – Impacts and adaptations!" held on 7 May 2020

The UIC Africa Region together with the UIC Covid-19 Task Force Group organised a web-conference on 7 May focused on Covid-19 and African rail networks.

Attended by over 100 participants from over 20 countries, the seminar was an opportunity to share experience between European, Asian and African railway representatives. The welcome and introductory messages were delivered by the Chairman of the UIC African Region, Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, who talked about the effect of coronavirus on transport in Africa and the emergency plan put in place in Morocco and by François Davenne, UIC Director General, who presented the work of the UIC Covid-19 Taskforce which allows its members to exchange best practice and the measures put in place for the deconfinement period. Concluding the opening session, Mr Marc Guigon, Leader of the UIC Covid-19 Taskforce, presented the work of the group.

The conference consisted of two panels: Asian/European and African, each followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Thierry Béra, UIC African Region Coordinator.

Panel 1 focusing on the Asian part of the conference included two presentations by JR East and a presentation by Korail, who went through test and quarantine measures as well as sanitising examples put in place in the trains, railway stations and places of work. Panel 1 focusing on the European part highlighted the work achieved by SNCF and TRAINOSE who talked about freight transport as vital to restarting economic activity, the evolution of Covid-19 and the State resumption plan. Alberto Mazzola, FS, who presented on behalf of the Chairman of UIC, talked about the FS recovery plan.

Panel 2 provided an overview of nine countries including ONCF, SNTF, SNCFT, CamRail, Bourkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Djibouti, who talked at length about the emergency plans put in place, human resources management, post Covid-19 steps and financial measures.

The conference was concluded by Mr Khlie, President of the UIC African Region, who thanked the participants for their interest, making this first web-conference a real success.

For more information about:

The COVID 19 Taskforce please contact Marc Guigon:

The UIC African Region activities or to obtain the conference presentations please contact Thierry Béra:

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UIC Intercity & High-Speed Committee (ICHSC) Alliance for High-Speed Rail web-conference with University of Naples held on 27 April 2020

In the spirit of the Alliance working group and fully compliant with its regulation, on 27 April, the UIC ICHSC experts provided – via web-conferencing – contributions on the UIC/ICHSC/Alliance from Paolo de Cicco, on High-Speed Systems around the world from Michel Leboeuf and on the UIC Covid-19 Taskforce from Philippe Lorand to first-year students of the transport systems planning course at University of Naples, Federico II – Department of Civil Construction and Environmental Engineering.

It was the second time that UIC organised an information day on High-Speed activities for first-year students of the transport systems planning course held by prof. Francesca Pagliara. The difference between the two events is easily highlighted by the two photos opposite.

Paolo de Cicco gave a 25-minute presentation which described the role of UIC and the Intercity and High-Speed Committee activities. To solve the difficulty of speaking to a computer and not being able to see the students’ eyes, he introduced the “dead-man’s vigilance device” on board, asking five students in sequence to stop him saying “I’m following you” every five minutes, which is useful to help keep the time. Changes are inherent in life and Mr de Cicco highlighted the changes that he would have recognised in the presentation he delivered.

ICHSC activities and working groups are summarised in the following diagram:

The second speaker, Mr Michel Leboeuf, honorary chairman of the ICHSC clarified the High-Speed Rail rationale (HSR).

With HSR, the difference in speed between freight and passenger trains makes it impossible to operate them simultaneously on the same tracks. So, to optimise the capacity of the whole network, new high-speed lines are generally dedicated to passenger traffic. This put an end to the paradigm of mixed traffic lines which has been the rule since the very beginning of railways.

However, while on-line sales are developing, the traffic of parcels is rocketing and the time value of goods is growing up, justifying carrying them on high-speed trains, as Mercitalia FAST (the Italian freight operator) does. This opened a new commercial perspective as well as a new paradigm for rail operations. Still, big changes have taken place.

The third speaker, Philippe Lorand, Senior High-Speed Advisor and member of the Covid-19 Taskforce closed the session by reporting on the actions implemented by the railway sectors following the most recent and the most unpredictable change which is modifying the world as we are used to knowing: Emergency Covid-19! This Taskforce work is laying down requirements and guidance from the sector for the sector itself and it was welcomed by all the railway actors.

Above all, the dynamic professor Francesca Pagliara, was able to interconnect the three speeches and lead students in these new fields with simplicity and professionalism.

Many thanks to the students who actively participated in the discussions by asking questions and for their patience shown in following these lessons on the web.

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

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Customer Experience Management Platform meeting held on 4 May 2020

The CEMP working group members met remotely for their second meeting on 4 May 2020 with the presence of SBB, MAV-START, OEBB, EUSKOTREN, CFL and UIC.

CEMP is a 24-month UIC project with the aim to create a platform for networking, workshops and best practice and expertise exchange regarding Customer Experience and further develop tools for CX assessment and management.

During the meeting, representatives discussed rail passenger experience priorities in the short and medium-term. Below are some topics discussed and to be tackled regarding the rail customer experience:

  • CX in commuter and regional trains
  • Rolling stock, on-board layout and amenities
  • Customer feedback
  • CX in stations and platforms
  • Passenger information

The next meeting will take place on 29 June 29 2020, where a detailed workplan will be presented and discussed by members.

For further information please contact Amin Saadaoui, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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Innovation workshop on MaaS and new mobility paradigms held on 6 May 2020

Luca Mariorenzi (Passenger Expert Group Chairman) and Fabrice Setta (Senior UIC Distribution Advisor) introduced the first UIC innovation workshop of 2020 within the Passenger Service Group activities. It was the first workshop in the initiative to be held entirely by videoconference, as more than 30 participants joined the meeting online representing CER, CFL, CIT, CP, DB, DB SYSTEL, Eurail, FSTechnology, IOKI, Japan Rail, MAV-START, NUGO, OEBB, SNCB, SNCF, Trenitalia and UIC.

Stefano Scarci (EY) took the floor to give an introduction of the Mobility-as-a-Service concept. The presentation included an in-depth look into why MaaS could represent a potential game-changer of the industry, an explanation of the MaaS models currently being developed, an overview of current best practice and a discussion on challenges and opportunities surrounding MaaS, also in view of the post-Covid-19 context.

Annika Brahmann and Christian Münnich (DB) presented “Ecosystem Management and Partnerships at DB”. DB has set a goal to become a driver for a sustainable, efficient and customer-centric mobility system. In order to achieve this goal, DB is increasing its efforts in developing partnerships and cooperation. In line with the objectives, DB has established a unit called “DB New Mobility” with the ambition to offer one-stop integrated mobility for orderers (passenger transport authorities) and municipalities.

Renzo Iorio (nugo) gave a presentation on “MaaS platforms in the post-Covid-19 mobility & tourism, an EU challenge”. As part of FS Italiane Group, nugo started operations in 2017 offering a door-to-door planning & shopping solution, gathering offerings by several providers, with the aim of enabling integrated multimodal mobility. The presentation outlined the idea of a European Maas, as a common, consistent support for an efficient mobility to better serve EU citizens and to avoid dilution of transport providers’ value added by third parties.

Amir Shehadeh (IOKI) presented “Multimodal Mobility: Solving the first-and-last-mile problem”. IOKI is a wholly owned DB subsidiary that offers solutions for smart mobility, enabling the integration of on-demand services into the existing public transport system. Moreover, its mobility analytics and consulting division offers services in the domain of public transport system analysis, intelligent solutions for public transport systems, planning for new mobility services and for urban and regional infrastructure.

In the afternoon session, participants split into three groups in order to participate in breakout sessions. The newly created groups met in separate virtual rooms. Thanks to a virtual collaboration workspace, they carried out brainstorming sessions about how to improve future collaboration on key topics surrounding MaaS: (1) Beyond Covid-19, (2) The Role of Rail and (3) Actions by UIC.

The workshops will continue throughout 2020, with the next one planned for 11 June on “Reinventing the passenger experience through design thinking”, whilst the following workshop is planned for 26 November on “Internet of Things and 5G”.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, Senior UIC Distribution Advisor:

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UIC to debate post-Covid new normal in IRS Rail Webinar

UIC’s Director General François Davenne will take part in the IRS Rail Webinar “Post-Covid: What will be the new normal for rail travel?” on 2 June 2020 at 12:00 CEST. The webinar will be the first in a new series of online events organised by the International Railway Summit.

Mr Davenne will be joined by Elisabeth Werner, Director of Land Transport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) in the debate, which will be moderated by Shift2Rail’s Executive Director Carlo Borghini.

The webinar will explore the possible medium- and long-term changes to rail travel created by the coronavirus, what lessons must be learnt, and what warnings should be heeded.

The IRS Rail Webinars are designed to help the railway sector stay informed and connected. Separated from colleagues, counterparts, stakeholders, and customers, exchanging the latest best practice is now more important than ever.
Policymakers, operators and infrastructure owners, leading suppliers, and pioneering innovators will share experience and best practice throughout the series.

Among the topics being prepared for discussion are:

  • Government measures to support the rail industry
  • Business continuity
  • Crisis management
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Remote monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Digitalisation
  • Cyber security
  • Staff and asset management
  • Ticketing

To find out more about the upcoming IRS Rail Webinars, how to take part and sponsorship and speaking opportunities, visit

For further information please contact Rahul Jaywant, Production Executive, IRITS Events

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Update on the young TALENT group

In the article published in January 2020, we mentioned the introduction of a new partnership option for WCRT 2019, thus encouraging the companies to invest in their young talents and give them a strong sign of recognition, by providing them with an opportunity to gain access to international exposure and offering a networking platform for young railway talent.

WCRT (organised every two years – the next one scheduled for 2021) is from now on supporting Talent attraction & retention with this new partnership option.

The WCRT 2019 young professionals were enrolled in a specific programme organised during the congress with the support of a professional coach, in order to get information and feedback about their expectations as well as enhance their cross-cultural skills. The group presented the feedback of their cooperation at the last plenary session of the congress.

The group committed itself to come back to the next WCRT in 2021 to present the results of these two years of collaboration.

If you want to know more about the team’s work, if you want to join as a Talent, as a mentor or if you have any specific idea you would like to share, please do not hesitate and join the talent’s group at You have to log in in order to join the SIG (Special Interest Group) at

The pre-conditions to join the young Talent group are:

  • Work experience between two and eight years and, in any case, being younger than 35 years old
  • Degree or equivalent/higher qualifications

Please share the information about this initiative with your colleagues and networks.

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Expertise Development Unit:

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ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day) physical launch conference 2020 postponed to 2021

But save the date of a web-conference on 11 June 2020

Register here for the web-conference:

Due to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak, the launch conference of ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day) has been postponed to 2021.

Nevertheless, we have decided to stick to the fixed date, 11 June 2020 to celebrate the 12th edition of the worldwide campaign and on this occasion organise a half-day web-conference.

To register click here

What is ILCAD?

ILCAD, led by UIC, brings together railway industry representatives, road authorities, academics and more from around the world. ILCAD aims to raise awareness about the dangers associated with the road/rail interfaces (level crossings).

ILCAD is a joint commitment that began in 2009 with ELCAD (EU countries + Israel). Since then, UIC has been coordinating this worldwide event to raise public awareness about the dangers at level crossings.

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

Or visit

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UIC Sustainable Door-to-Door Solutions

In 2018, the UIC Sustainable Mobility Expert Network launched the global project “Passenger railways and sustainable door-to-door solutions”. The goal was to define a new mobility offer, developing a methodology and a policy framework, based on collective experience of members and stakeholders, to address passenger satisfaction for a sustainable door-to-door mobility focusing on accommodating, new, innovative, disruptive and sustainable mobility and technologies.

This project can benefit from all Members and is led with the support of the Sustainable Foundation in Rome, Italy.

After a fruitful year of work with a successful first workshop in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2018 and the finalisation of the preliminary report in 2019, that we encourage you to consult, UIC stepped into the second phase of the project: engaging key stakeholders and collecting best practice in 2019 with a dedicated questionnaire that you can find here:

The upcoming results from the questionnaire will be crucial to make the railways heard in general and will be the main subject of the final report and presented during workshops and a dissemination conference.

Whether or not an organisation may have dynamic activities on door-to-door solutions, do not hesitate to have a look at the report and answer the questionnaire as we also are interested in knowing what the challenges of UIC Members in order to start planning such projects. UIC would like to receive your initial input and feedback ideally by the end of June 2020.

We strongly value the experience of UIC Members regarding this topic and we look forward to hearing from you.

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

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5th UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest

For the fifth time, UIC is organising a photo contest for the UIC Asia-Pacific members on “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”

Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures on the topic of “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”, to be voted by 5,200 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2021 with the 12 best photos* and will be distributed to all UIC members.

The gallery will be published in the UIC e-News on 16 June 2020 for the voting process.

The award ceremony for the photo contest will take place at the next UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in October 2020 in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.

Do not hesitate to apply and send your format-free and copyright-free material by 1 June 2020 to:

*The photos will only be used in the context of the photo contest, they are not for sale.

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor Institutional Relations & Asia-Pacific Region:

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Audiovisual material on Covid-19 available in the UIC mediacenter – 12 May

UIC has received, selected and gathered a number of films and other audiovisual material on Covid-19 from its members and partners that are now available in the UIC Mediacenter.
The collection will be updated on a regular basis.

The Mediacenter now has more than 100 videos in the collection.

This week’s latest additions include films from Italy and France.

Feel free to consult them here

Do not hesitate to send us your films through the task force team at

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Tweet of the week 4 May – 8 May

Today we are putting the spotlight on the UIC African region Covid-19 video-conference

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UIC illustrations – send us your drawings (12 May)

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UIC Communications team has started publishing a series of illustrations.

UIC Members are free to send us their drawings related to this period and we will collect them to publish in UIC eNews at the end of the outbreak.


© UIC / Barbara Mouchel

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News from UIC members

Indonesia: Didiek Hartantyo appointed Managing Director of KAI (Indonesian Railways)

Didiek Hartantyo has been appointed Managing Director of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) or KAI as of 8 May 2020, replacing Edi Sukmoro.

Mr Hartantyo was born in Jakarta in 1961, graduating from Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, in 1985. He completed his MBA Programme at the Daniel School of Business, University of Denver, USA in 1995.

Mr Hartantyo is not a new person at PT KAI. Before being appointed Managing Director, he served as KAI’s Finance Director since February 2016.

Citing LinkedIn, before entering the railways, Didiek Hartantyo had a long career in the banking sector. He worked for a long time at PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk. He was Senior Vice President from 2009 until February 2011. Then he continued to be Executive Vice-President from February 2011 until January 2016.

(Source: KAI)

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News from UIC members

Netherlands: Further corona measures at stations

The public transport sector is preparing – in close collaboration with the government – to be able to transport travellers in a responsible manner, now and in the future, during the period that measures are in place regarding the Coronavirus. From Monday 4 May, ProRail and NS will start gradually introducing and applying visible corona measures at six stations to monitor their effects. These measures should help travellers to keep 1.5 meteres apart. The message of the public transport sector remains: public transport is not an outing, only travel if there is no other option.

The Corona Rules
From 11 May, you will be able to see on the signs and pictograms at the entrances of all stations what the corona rules are:

  • keep 1.5 metres away
  • keep as much right as possible
  • touch as little as possible
  • keep 4 steps away on escalators
  • use the lift only with a maximum of two people
  • keep five tiles away from the platform

Distance lines, information screens and broadcast messages
ProRail and NS take extra measures at several stations to keep travellers as far away from each other as possible. For example, there will be distance lines at busy stairs, escalators and ticket machines and you will see directions on how to keep 1.5 metres away on busy platforms. The corona rules are on information screens and – if necessary – are also brought to the attention through the broadcast messages.

Extra cleaning
The stations are also cleaned extra with disinfectants. Think of door handles, push buttons and other places that people touch.

Monitor effects at six stations
The step-by-step introduction starts at six stations: Arnhem Central, Amsterdam South, Utrecht Central, Gouda, Culemborg and Groningen North. The effects of the measures are monitored here and then shared with all carriers. The sector then discusses whether and how these can be further implemented in the entire public transport sector. This includes bus stations, metro stations and in subways, trams, buses and trains.

The way in which the measures can be further applied is related to possible future measures by the government for public transport. If necessary, the measures will be adjusted or additional measures will follow.

(Source: ProRail)

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News from UIC members

Norway: Holmestrand station is nominated for the Nordic Light Prize

Holmestrand station, which Bane NOR opened for traffic in November 2016, is one of two Norwegian plants that have been nominated for the Nordic Light Prize 2020.

The Nordic Light Prize is held every other year by the five Nordic lighting organisations Danish Center for Light, Suomen Valoteknillinen Seura, Ljostæknifelag Islands, Light Culture and Light Culture. The award focuses on lighting design and lighting installations that highlight the distinctive qualities of Nordic lighting design.

The jury writes this in its rationale for the nomination of Holmestrand station:
“The lighting concept for Holmestrand station highlights and emphasises the project’s unusual architecture and unique design. Material use for the station hall and the tunnels has been continued to the outdoor environment and the use of concrete, corten steel and similar color use is commonplace.

Here you have not been tempted to floodlight, but have illuminated the right parts: There is light where you need a safety zone and there is no doubt where to go. The light is hidden but at the same time it looks bright in the air around and good vertical light makes it easy to see who you meet in the area. The light is integrated in many ways and combines many subjects in a very good execution. The lighting of the space is very nice and the light from the masts does very well against the concrete."

This year’s event will take place on UNESCO’s Day of Light on 16 May 2020, and there are a total of 10 projects from the five Nordic countries competing to win the Nordic Light Prize 2020. The Norwegian contributions are Holmestrand station and the restaurant Under, which won the Norwegian Light Award in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

“This was a pleasant surprise,” said Stine Ilebrekke Undrum, Executive Vice President Development at Bane NOR. The fact that Holmestrand station is still relevant for prices, over three years after it opened for traffic, is a feather in the hat for everyone involved.

“Holmestrand station is special because it is built 150 metres inside the Holmestrand mountain. Therefore, it was important to build a station that appears airy and welcoming to the travellers. Light is an important part of the station design, both exterior and interior. Together with Ramboll, who was a consultant, architect and responsible for lighting design, we put great effort into finding good solutions for lighting the station. Then it is extra nice to be noticed by the professional environment”, said Undrum.

This is the fourth nomination for holmestrand station. So far, Bane NOR has won two awards and received an honorable mention, and now we are waiting in anticipation for the award which will take place on 16 May.

(Source: Bane NOR)

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News from UIC members

Tunisia: Mr Chiheb Ben Ahmed was appointed President and CEO of Tunisian National Railways (SNCFT) on 30 April

Mr Ben Ahmed holds a PhD in electrical engineering (telecommunications) from the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT) and Monmouth University in the USA.
He began his career in 1991 as a research engineer at the Regional Institute for Informatics and Telecommunication (IRSIT) in Tunis. In 1999, he took up the role of Principal Engineer for Network and IT Security and IT and Telecommunications Project Administrator, and became Director of Telecommunications in 2001.

He was appointed as Director of Operations, Catering and Freight in 2008, and became General Representative of Tunisair in Egypt in 2011.

In 2012, he held two roles in parallel: Deputy Director General of Tunisair, President and CEO of the Board of Tunisair Handling and Director General of AISA (Aviation IT Services Africa) Tunisair.

In 2013 and up until his nomination, he served as Deputy Director General and President of the Board of Tunisair Technics.

In 2014, he held the role of Minister for Transport. At the end of his mandate, on 6 February 2015, he joined Poulina Group Holding (PGH) as Director General.
He has published 35 scientific research papers (journals and international conferences) on analytical modelling, intelligent networks, cryptanalysis, intelligent routing, design and dimensioning, and stochastic modelling.
He has contributed to and supervised numerous studies nationally and internationally and has implemented development projects in the transport, logistics and techno-economic freight domains.

Mr Ben Ahmed, in his capacity as President and CEO of SNCFT, serves as Chairman of the African Union of Railways (AUR), a specialised institution of the African Union (AU).

Mr Ben Ahmed is married with two children.

(Source: SNCFT)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Network Rail creates STEM lockdown learning pack for children

Network Rail has created a pack of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning resources and activities to help parents juggle work and home schooling.

Originally created with employees in mind, the material has been modified for use by all to help keep children educated and occupied and encourage youngsters to take a greater interest in STEM subjects.

While the majority of Network Rail’s 41,000-strong workforce are frontline employees – classed as critical workers by the Government – the company’s office-based staff have been working from home since mid-March, with many juggling work and home schooling their children.

The STEM pack includes tasks and activities aimed at children aged between 5 and 16, and there are links to the railway so that participants can better understand the industry their parents work in. With safety at the heart of everything Network Rail does, one of the tasks requires children aged between 5-8 to watch an animated clip showing electricity being used and identify any safety-related issues. Another task, suitable for all ages, requires participants to register for a Leaders Award that asks them to identify any problem that could be fixed with an engineering solution, inspiring them to start thinking like an engineer.

The pack will be updated each week with new material.
Loraine Martins, Network Rail’s director of diversity and inclusion, said: “We recognise that this is a challenging time for everyone, including those who now find themselves having to juggle working from home with looking after their children.
“We hope that this STEM learning pack will help people across our industry and beyond to manage that work-life balance, while also perhaps sparking an interest in STEM among some young children who could one day find themselves following in their parents’ footsteps and working on the railway to help deliver a service passengers and freight users can rely on.”

In addition to the STEM pack, Network Rail has also shared trespass-related materials with employees so they can educate their children on railway safety. There are some podcasts available at

(Source: Network Rail)

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