12th International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) held on 11 June 2020 via web-conference

130 participants on average online (180 registered) from 40 countries from all around the world (Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, South Korea, Middle East, Africa, USA, Central and South America).
Speakers from the road and the rail sectors from Europe, USA, New Zealand and Africa share information on their activities on road or rail safety.

Mrs. Megan Drayton, Foundation Manager, TrackSAFE Foundation New Zealand kindly met the challenge of giving a presentation after 23:00 in her country. She presented the rail network in New Zealand, the number of crossings, types of protection, number of fatalities and discussed the behaviour shown by pedestrians and motorists in metropolitan and urban areas. She presented some engineering and infrastructure initiatives underway to reduce risks at level crossings and highlighted the main safety campaigns carried out each year. She ended with a video “Near Miss Memorials” aimed at highlighting the impact of near misses on locomotive engineers:

Mr. Franck Mütze, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) He stressed that every year, over 25,000 people die on European roads, of which 1% at level crossings. The number of level crossing fatalities though represent almost 29% of all rail fatalities. This is why this issue does not draw much attention to the road sector. This presentation explored the possibilities to improve safety at level crossings through new (vehicle) technologies, looking at both opportunities and challenges. He reported on the results of a research study of the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in the UK: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems weaken reactions more than alcohol and cannabis.

Mrs. Anne Zwiers, Director level crossings at ProRail, Netherlands gave a short presentation through a video: she mentioned the latest collision with a tractor at a passive crossing in which unfortunately the train driver died. The video shows CCTV footage at level crossings showings various dangerous users’ behaviour. ProRail has different ambitions and programmes to improve safety at level crossings: eliminate LCs near stations, eliminate LCs with high traffic or passive crossings as soon as possible. ProRail wishes to innovate with new technologies and improve behaviour. Anne said that by 2050, they predict an increase of mobility by 30 to 40% therefore there is a need to take particular care of this special interface with the road. She mentioned the UIC Safer-LC toolbox: to propose solutions to improve safety at level crossings.

Link to ProRail video:

Mrs. Vassiliki Danelli-Mylona, President of BoD, Road Safety Institute, R.S.I. “Panos Mylonas” reported on their partnership with the railway sector to improve safety at level crossings. RSI participated and supported ILCAD initiative from the very beginning in 2009, taking on board its member TRAINOSE in Greece. RSI “Panos Mylonas” was one of the first organisations to promote ILCAD coordinating the initiative in Greece, informing the Ministry, stakeholders and raising awareness for the citizens. Along with TRAINOSE the first ever survey on ccourtesy and safety on the road was conducted and soon after a contest took place for schools and universities creating posters and drawings on the concept of ILCAD, the Safety at Level Crossings. Press events took place along with visits/interviews at level crossings with the TRAINOSE CEO and the RSI President, broadcast at the National TV along with statistics and messages for safety. A brochure was also prepared along with videos we created and as a next step the ILCAD videos were converted into the Greek version for use in the social media, online media, of RSI posters exhibited in the train stations’, monitors/screens. The ILCAD-RSI-TRAINOSE partnership was strengthened with the establishment of the RAS. Partnership is one of the UN SDGs targets (17) - we have made this a reality even before the relevant announcement by the UN.

Mr. Kostas Kapetanidis, Head of Internal Audit Dept. of the Greek Regulatory Authority of Railways (RAS) gave a short presentation of RAS actions to improve railway safety in LCs in Greece: In cooperation with OSE (Greek IM) they are running an information programme for students called “Guide for Safe Living with the Railway Network for Students”, which up today is presented to 130 schools and 20,000 students all over Greece. The presentation focuses on safety in Level Crossings. In cooperation with the Road Safety Institute, R.S.I. “Panos Mylonas” they participate for the second consecutive year in ILCAD.

Mr. Alain Autruffe, Director LC Programme, SNCF Réseau first shared level crossing safety statistics in France. He mentioned a large reduction of accidents at LCs in 2018, following the collision with a school bus on 14.12.2017 in Millas (South of France) which tends to demonstrate the importance of the risk conscience. But he stressed a high increase of collisions with pedestrians in 2019: epiphenomenon or deeper trend? Then he mentioned various past level crossing safety awareness campaigns and the 2020 campaign carried out by SNCF Réseau.;

Mr. Tamo Vahemets, CEO Operation Lifesaver (OL) Estonia In cooperation between various state agencies and railway companies, multiple activities for enhancing railway safety are conducted every year at different levels. Over the recent years, our objective has been to create state-of-the-art educational materials dealing with railway safety. The presentation introduced the most recent railway safety campaign conducted and presented an overview of the new trends for preparing educational materials.

Mr. Martial Manfred Missimikim, CEO SECUROUTE AFRICA one of ILCAD’s participating countries presented the current situation of Level Crossing risks in Cameroon, the
partnerships between, the private sector, civil society and Government agencies. He then presented the 2020 ILCAD Awareness in Cameroon with an official launch of the six new standard level crossings in the cities of Yaoundé and Douala by the Ministry of Transport under the leadership of CAMRAIL in Partnerships with SECUROUTE. He then presented the Education programmes of vulnerable road users, awareness to increase knowledge and change drivers’ behaviour, Advocacy, Lobbying, Community Events Outreach, advocacy and road safety awareness campaigns to drivers, pedestrians, children’s and Motorcyclists.

Mrs. Rachel Maleh, Executive Director at Operation Lifesaver (OL) inc presented “How Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Contributes to Rail Incident Reduction in the U.S.” Her presentation provided background on how Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the U.S. non-profit rail safety education organisation, has contributed to the reduction of collisions and casualties in the 48 years since its founding. The presentation will review OLI’s federal, state, and local partnerships and how the organization uses public awareness campaigns and grassroots efforts to raise awareness and improve community safety.

Videos in her presentation:

Mr. Allan Spence, Head of Corporate Passenger & Public Safety at Network Rail and Chairman of the UIC Safety Platform Working Group “European Level Crossing Forum” (ELCF) summarised all presentations, stressed the key issues to retain, thanked all presenters for their great presentations and active and concrete contributions to make level crossing safe for users. He also warmly invited all participants in the today’s web-conference to take part in the physical launch conference of the 13th edition of ILCAD to be hosted by Network Rail as originally foreseen this year at the National Railway Museum of York on 10 June 2021.

Mr. Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Director of the Fundamental Values Department, conveyed special regards to all on behalf of Mr. Francois Davenne, UIC Director General.

The 2020 ILCAD motto is: “All together we are stronger!” which summarises the needs to work all together to improve safety at level crossings, be from the road, or the rail sector, road and rail safety advocates, local authorities, decision makers, associations of victims, associations of local residents. Thanks to new technologies we met today with about 130 participants (180 registered) from 40 countries from all around the world (Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Africa, USA, Central and South America).

He reminded the meeting that on 22 April UIC organised the final online conference of the EU SAFER-LC project coordinated by UIC to share the final results that are particularly interesting and effective for the stakeholders both in rail and road environment. To note among the most interesting outcomes of the project, a toolbox that was designed to help decision makers to increase safety at level crossings through practical recommendations. It will also enable policymakers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to make level crossing safer for all road user types. We will continue exploiting the results of the project both in Europe and on a global scale. First through the SAFER-LC toolbox proposing hard measures for improving safety at level crossings and that hosted and updated by UIC after the project.

He also reported on the UIC coordinated project: DIGIM II stands for: (DIgital IMpacts on operations). In recognition of the importance of level crossing safety, and in continuation of the DIGIM I Connected Level Crossing project, DIGIM II project was launched in 2019, with eight participating members: SNCF, SBB, Network Rail, RAI, Via Rail Canada, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, CARS and Infraestruturas de Portugal and partnership with Dassault Systèmes
Last but not the least UIC is very committed with various institutional partners, to also promote soft measures through the “ILCAD” the annual “International Level Crossing Awareness Day”.

Today we had the opportunity to listen to various and very interesting speakers from the road and the rail sectors from Europe, USA, New Zealand and Africa. I have no doubt that you had enjoyed this conference and I am awaiting to meeting you all at the National Railway Museum in York to launch the next edition of ILCAD hosted by Network Rail on 10 June 2021.

With special thanks to Isabelle Fonverne for the online meeting organisation.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Advisor Safety & Interoperability finally thanked all speakers and the countries participating in ILCAD. The latest onboard countries are Mauritius and Togo. She stressed that ILCAD is a real human adventure, and no matter the sector in which we work, our common goal is to SAVE LIVES! Because “all together we are stronger!
She also invited Spanish speaking participants to take part in the web-conference following the English one. It is co-organised by UTN.BA (Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Facultad Regional Buenos Aires) Argentina – National University of Technology, Faculty Regional of Buenos Aires).

At the Argentinian conference

  • Laura Lorenzo Carrascosa, FFE Spain presented the UIC coordinated project Safer-LC project and the toolbox, to note that FFE was part of the consortium.
  • Alfonso Escalera Alonso and Ramon Atochero Velasco from ADIF gave an overview of level crossing safety in Spain.
  • Isabelle Fonverne gave a presentation on UIC, level crossing safety statistics and ILCAD 2020.
  • Allan Spence said: “I was pleased that UIC and Isabelle Fonverne in particular have organised a special web conference today to promote International Level Crossing Awareness Day. ILCAD is a global initiative to promote safer use of level crossings. Hosted each year in a different country, it involves over 40 countries across the globe. Britain had been honoured to host the event this year, normally attracting around 200 delegates, but sadly COVID-19 intervened. So UIC has taken us on-line instead to share the vital messages.
    Britain has made real level crossing safety progress through closures, better technology and campaigns like ILCAD. It’s still vital to educate users. With 5874 level crossings, we have just had the best ever year with two pedestrian deaths. But we have much more still to do.”
    He finally invited all participants to attend the ILCAD 2021 launch conference in York on 10 June 2021.

Link to the programme:
Link to the IAF-UTN ILCAD 2020 conference in Spanish :

Link to the conference in streaming:

For more information please visit the new ILCAD website:



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

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Virtual Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Meeting on Transport Policy Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis

The Chair of the UNECE Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) organised a WebEx hosted an “Informal Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Meeting on Transport Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis” which took place on 9 June 2020.

This virtual meeting brought together representatives of ministries of transport, and health and customs officials from across the UNECE region (and beyond) to:

  • Take stock of the challenges experienced by the inland transport sector in view of the current pandemic
  • Discuss possible issues in scaling-up cross-border traffic; and
  • Exchange views on possible recommendations to increase transport authorities` preparedness for and resilience to future outbreak

UIC presented the work of the Covid-19 Task Force. All can be found at:

The deliberations of this meeting will help develop a working document requested by the UNECE Inland Transport Committee at its 82nd session for discussion at the forthcoming WP.5 session (Geneva, 7 – 9 September 2020).

Delegates from the following UNECE Working Parties invited to participate and contribute: Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5); Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24) and Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30). Participation from relevant partner organisations such as the WHO/Europe, UNCTAD, UN regional commissions and private sector transport and logistics associations was welcomed as well.

This informal meeting was conducted by Roel Janssens, Secretary, Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5):

At UIC please contact Snejana Markovic-Chenais, Senior Economics Advisor:

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

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Official launch of the European Project MODUS (modelling and assessing the role of air transport in an integrated, intermodal transport system) on 2 June 2020

Last week the MODUS project was officially launched in the presence of SESAR JU representatives and the seven members of the Consortium (BHL, ENAC, UoW, INX, UIC, SKY, ECTL).

Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. (BHL), École nationale de l’aviation civile (ENAC), University of Westminster LBG (UoW), Fundacion Instituto De Investigacion Innaxis (INX), UIC, Skymantics Europe SL (SKY), EUROCONTROL – The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (ECTL), are the partners of the MODUS project that, with a duration of 30 months starting 1 June 2020, is addressing the topic SESAR-ER4-10-2019 “ATM Role in Intermodal Transport”.

During the meeting, the partners presented the different work packages of the project in detail as well as the project management rules. Discussions were held on the organization of the work and the next steps of the project.

The main objective of the project is the analysis of the performance of the overall transport system by considering the entire door-to-door journey holistically and assessing the role of air transport within an integrated, intermodal approach.
For this purpose, MODUS identifies and assesses (future) drivers for passenger demand and supply of mobility in terms of their impact on passenger mode choice. This enables the development of multiple scenarios of future mobility paths, taking into account aspects such as new regulatory contexts meeting new environmental standards, or new transport operators’ business models, covering a time horizon of 2030+.

The project is structured into seven technical work packages (WP):

  • WP1 Coordination and Management (led by BHL)
  • WP2 Data Acquisition and Management (led by INX)
  • WP3 Future Supply and Demand Scenarios (led by ENAC)
  • WP4 Passenger Mobility Modelling (led by UoW)
  • WP5 Identification of Gaps and Barriers (led by BHL)
  • WP6 Dissemination and Exploitation (led by UIC)
  • WP7 Ethics requirements (led by BHL)

Expected impact: this project will provide and integrate modelling approach towards the European transport system, including both air transport and rail, which enables a thorough assessment of the gaps and potential solutions required to meet European high-level objectives in this area. By this, the project will also provide tools and insights for decision makers in moving towards the future vision of the European transport system, also strongly supported by the inclusion of an intermodal Industry Board as well as experts from relevant areas.

Furthermore, the consortium is led by BHL, whose solid expertise and experience in participating and leading European projects will facilitate synergies among the co-applicants and between them and other relevant stakeholders represented on the Advisory Board.

UIC will be leader of the WP6 focus on dissemination and Exploitation of the project results. UIC’s role is to ensure that the intermodal aspects of the MODUS will be emphasised for a better integration and connection of air transportation with other transport modes, especially rail.

The MODUS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SESAR research and innovation programme on the topic SESAR-ER4-10-2019 ATM Role in Intermodal Transport under grant agreement No. 891166 with a 998.875 Euros grant amount.

The MODUS project will be soon available on Twitter @modus_project, LinkedIn and via its website

Further information please contact:
Vanessa Perez:

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8th UIC Covid-19 Task Force web-conference held on 9 June 2020

The 8th meeting of the UIC Covid-19 Task Force was attended remotely on 9 June by around 50 participants from across the globe.

The meeting received a special welcome from François Davenne, UIC Director General, who highlighted the importance of the UIC Task Force as a collective intelligence which is committed to finding solutions on an international level. He added that the response of the Task Force represents a joint statement to overcome the challenges of the current health crisis and to provide sector solutions to address the issues of mobility and interconnectivity in this new normal.

Marc Guigon, Chair of the Task Force, gave a warm greeting to the newest member, namely Sweden’s SJ. He outlined the agenda and reminded the meeting of the latest figures concerning the pandemic, the release of the three guidance documents, the LinkedIn group discussion topics, as well as the results of the latest questionnaire.

A series of interesting presentations were then delivered by representatives from CIT (International Rail Transport Committee), Bosch Security Systems, Infrabel, VIA Rail Canada, RAI (Iranian Railways) and CEO of TRA Consulting Andrea Giuricin.

The key themes of the presentations included:

  • Data protection in the context of the pandemic
  • Smart solutions for public transport operators, new technologies and how to restore customer confidence
  • Business resumption plans and company experience
  • Economic impact and measures related to Covid-19

To date the UIC Task Force has published three guidance documents:

  • Management of Covid-19, a series of potential measures (March 2020)
  • Management of Covid-19, potential measures to restore confidence in rail travel following the Covid-19 pandemic (April 2020)
  • Management of Covid-19, RAILsilience, how the rail sector fought Covid-19 during lockdowns (May 2020)

You can consult these documents on UIC’s dedicated Covid-19 webpage, which is regularly updated with the latest news articles, webinars and other audiovisual material:

A fourth guidance document is currently being prepared, which focuses on the recovery period and the various measures being taken by the railways post-confinement.

As a reminder, the Task Force LinkedIn group holds a different discussion or every week. Feel free to join the group and share your thoughts:

The next Task Force web-conference is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 23 June 2020.

For any further questions or proposals for contributions to these Task Force meetings, please email:

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2020 Report on Combined Transport will be published at the end of the year

UIC will publish the eighth bi-annual report providing a comprehensive overview of the current situation of combined transport in Europe in 2020 in collaboration with the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport UIRR. Past reports can be found on the UIC webpage

The 2020 edition of the “2020 Report on Combined Transport” compiles up-to-date information on rail/road combined transport volumes for the year 2019 for all market segments and gathers the market participants’ assessment on market structures and future developments. For this purpose, a market study on combined transport is currently being conducted throughout Europe by BSL Transportation Consultants, in which the main stakeholders in combined transport are surveyed.

A particular focus of the 2020 report lies on the presentation of regional disparities between selected regions in Europe, as well as on intermodal loading units (ILU), which are examined with regard to their use in combined transport. What is more, the study gives an overview of the role of terminals in the combined transport chain, their capacities and services offered.

The Combined Transport Group (CTG) being a statutory Special Group of the UIC represents the interests of Combined Transport Railways and therefore is aware of the value of market knowledge and statistics.

The results of the “2020 Report on Combined Transport” will be presented and published by the end of the year.

Past reports can be found on the UIC webpage

For more information please contact Constanze Bannholzer, Senior Freight Advisor:

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UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Projects held on 4 and 11 June 2020

On 4 and 11 June 2020, the UIC Asia-Pacific Region organised an online Workshop on Projects, planned in Perth on 12 May 2020, before the Covid-19 epidemic. Around 60 participants from China, Kazakhstan, Japan, Korea, Russia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Thailand, etc. joined the meeting virtually.

Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, opened the workshop and thanked all the members for their commitment to UIC despite the Covid-19 crisis. He also underlined that UIC continued working, developing a web conferences system to be able to respect as much as possible the planning of UIC activities.

Mr Vincent Vu, UIC Asia-Pacific Coordinator and Director Institutional Relations, then introduced the agenda of the two-day workshop dedicated first to the 2019-2020 projects status and second to the projects 2021.

According to the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA) Vision 2050 strategy which indicates what UIC Asia-Pacific is today (mission, core values, core competencies) and what it aspires to be in the future, a “bridge” has to be built by the activity in developing, promoting and guiding specific projects.

Such activity needs to cover a regional and sub-regional level and it has to be able to represent the UIC Asia-Pacific region’s position with international organisations and intergovernmental agencies, with national authorities and governments and with the railway manufacturing industry.

Since 2017, APRA team has maintained the Project incubator which is a think tank of APRA members. Each year, it is filled with new ideas proposed by project leaders and kept for further consideration after the opt-in voting process.

The workshop of APRA projects, organised twice a year, is an event which allows to introduce the status of current projects, present new ideas and projects and evaluate the projects incubator.

This workshop was divided into two sessions. The first session took place on 4 June and was dedicated to the introduction of the status of the following projects achieved and available to the members of UIC or continuing in 2019-2020:

  • Technology for High Speed Freight and Passenger Train Traffic between China and the European Union undertaken by Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), China
  • Track Economical Maintenance Decision based on Life Cycle Cost undertaken by China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation Limited (CARS), China
  • Research on the Status Quo of Key System Technical Standards for High Speed Trains undertaken by CARS, China
  • Research on the Railway Development Policy in Asia-Pacific Region for a Better Fulfilling of railways’ Role as the Backbone in Integrated Transport undertaken by CARS, on behalf of China State Railway Group, Co., Ltd., (CR), China
  • Study on the Best Practices of Railway Digitalisation and Intelligent Railway Technology System Framework undertaken by CARS on behalf of CR, China
  • UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2020 on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology undertaken by Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL), Korea – postponed to 5 – 9 April 2021
  • Predicting the maintenance of railway infrastructure with digital technology undertaken by Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ), Kazakhstan
  • Big Data-Based Timetable Management undertaken by Research and Design Institute for Information Technology, Signalling and Telecommunications on Railway Transport by JSC Research and Design Institute for Information Technology, Signalling and Telecommunications in Railway Transportation, (NIIAS), Russia
  • Measures for the effective development of multimodal transport in the Asia-Pacific Region aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the railway transport, phase III (INTERTRAN III) undertaken by Russian Railways (RZD), Russia.

The second session held on 11 June was dedicated to the presentation of new 40 projects proposed by the UIC Asia-Pacific members, including 6 multiregional projects presented by the UIC Passenger Department.

All projects are split up into Matrix according to APRA Strategy 2050. The Matrix includes sectors such as: Strategy & Institutional relations, Freight, Digital, Interoperability and Standards, High Speed, Training Programmes, Workshops & Business improvements, Infrastructure & Rolling Stock, Environmental Sustainability, Urban Development.

The result of the voting process for the 2021 projects will be reported during the next Workshop on Projects in Nur-Sultan hosted by Kazakhstan railways and the selected projects will have to be approved by all APRA members during the 30th APRA held in Kazakhstan on 27 October 2020.

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

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Two web-conferences on 22 June and 6 July will focus on Covid-19 and Latin American rail networks

The UIC Latin America Region together with the UIC Covid-19 Task Force Group and ALAF (Latin America Railway Association) are organising two web-conferences on 22 June and 6 July focused on Covid-19 and Latin American rail networks.

The seminar will be an opportunity to share experience between European, Asian and American railway representatives.

The welcome and introductory messages will be delivered by Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, Mr Guilherme Quintella, Chairman of the UIC Latin American Region and José Villafañe, General Secretary of ALAF.

Concluding the session, Mr Marc Guigon, Leader of the UIC Covid-19 Task Force and Latin America Coordinator will present the work of the group.

The two conferences will consist of two panels: Asian/European and American, each followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Marc Guigon and Vanessa Pérez Miranda.

  • Panel 1 focusing on the Asian and European experience
  • Panel 2 providing an overview of the reality in different countries in the Latin American Region.

Register here:

For more information please contact Vanessa Perez:

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Social media campaign based on UIC- UNIFE -UITP Joint Statement: Giving public transport a central place in the world of tomorrow

UIC, UITP and UNIFE issued on 3 June 2020 a joint statement highlighting public transport’s central place in the world of tomorrow.

Following the launch of this joint statement, UIC, together with UITP and UNIFE, produced a series of illustrations to promote rail and public transport on social media.

Rail and public transport are part of the solution to a more sustainable future.

These illustrations were published during the week of 8 to 12 June 2020 on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

#RAILsilience #EUGreenDeal #Covid19 #ClimateChange

To read the Joint Statement:

Please find these illustrations below:

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UIC staff experienced around 11 weeks of remote working in a virtual headquarters, maintaining the link with our Members

Last week, UIC reopened the doors of its Headquarters in Paris to its staff following a plan to gradually resume on-site activity.

This plan was jointly prepared by UIC management and UIC union representatives who were keen on both sides to return and meet again in real life.

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Audiovisual material on Covid-19 available in the UIC mediacenter – 16 June

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 is updated on a regular basis.

This week’s latest additions include films from Iran, Morocco and South Korea.

Feel free to consult them here : Automatic word wrap

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

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Tweet of the week 8 – 12 June

Today we are putting the spotlight on the ILCAD web-conference

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News from UIC members

Spain: Euskotren, the first railway operator to obtain AENOR certification of protocols against Covid-19

  • The company’s strong commitment to the safety of its employees and users is endorsed by the certification of its protocols against Covid-19.
  • The Basque Government’s publicly-run company is the first railway company of the Basque Country and of Spain to obtain that certification

During a ceremony held at Euskotren’s Zazpikaleak station on 11 June, the AENOR Director in the Basque Country, Luz Emparanza, presented to Euskotren, represented by its Chairman and Deputy Minister for Transport, Antonio Aiz, and the General manager, Imanol Leza, the certificate that recognises the company’s great effort to ensure that the different means of transport that it operates (train, tramway, underground and funicular railway) are safe spaces to travel, by minimising the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Euskotren is thus the first company with a certified train service in Spain and the first tramway and underground one in the Basque Country to have obtained this certification and the fourth in the public transport sector, after ALSA, Avanza and Empresa Malagueña de Transportes.

The AENOR auditors have checked the protocols established in the company’s Covid-19 contingency plan, with a methodology developed according to the recommendations and requirements of different international and national documents and extensive knowledge of the sector’s situation. The comprehensive checks, both in person and of the documents, have gone through the procedures, the workers’ commitment to their correct application and the use of the latest technologies to maximise their effects.

During the AENOR audit, the specific conditions of the sites and activities covered by the organisation’s protocol.

The analysed aspects include maintenance of the railway rolling stock, managing tramway maintenance, customer service, transporting passengers on the railway and funicular (Larreineta), the traffic control room of both tramways (Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz) and transporting people on the metropolitan railway (Line 3 Bilbao).

In total, 13 work centres were audited, where a total of 584 people work.

The document structure developed by Euskotren to support the contingency plan was reviewed. That structure includes minutes of the Basque Public Transport Coordination Panel; instruction and information for employees; identifying and assessing risks; training procedures; health monitoring; and cleaning and disinfection protocols.

That effort has now been endorsed by an independent third party so that users can be fully reassured when travelling with Euskotren. Passengers thus have a further guarantee aimed at returning passenger transport mobility rates to their usual level as soon as possible.

(Source: Euskotren)

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China: Nantong-Shanghai Railway starts trial operation

At 10:00 on May 30, a No. C3816 train departed from Shanghai Station, ran on Beijing-Shanghai Railway and Nantong-Shanghai Railway, crossed the Yangtze River, and headed for Nantong, marking the completion of integrated commissioning & test of Zhaodian-Huangdu Section of Nantong-Shanghai Railway and the commencement of trial operation. It is getting closer to the goal of being ready for opening to traffic by the end of June.

The construction of Zhaodian-Huangdu Section of Nantong-Shanghai Railway was commenced in March 2014. Following the completion of subgrade, bridges, mainline track-laying, and “communication, signal, power and electrification” works, the integrated commissioning & test began on April 20 this year, during which the inspection train, test freight train, comprehensive inspection train, and double-headed EMU train ran on this section for round-trip test and full-line through test at different speed levels, power concentrated EMU train test at 160 km/h, and static load test on Yangtze River Bridge of Nantong-Shanghai Railway.

As of May 30, more than 700 test trains were put in operation on Zhaodian-Huangdu Section of Nantong-Shanghai Railway, with a total inspection length of 18,393 kilometers. The section is expected to be ready for opening by the end of June.

Nantong-Shanghai Railway is an important part of the coastal corridor, a main corridor of the high speed railway network composed of "eight north-south lines and eight east-west lines” specified in China’s Mid-and-Long-Term Railway Network Plan. It has a main line of 137.5 km in length and a design speed of 200 km/h.

After Zhaodian-Huangdu Section of Nantong-Shanghai Railway opens to traffic, it will further improve the capacity of the river-crossing railway corridor, improve the railway network layout and the regional integrated transport system in Yangtze River Delta area, connect Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Taicang, three cities under the administration of Suzhou, to the railway network of the Yangtze River Delta area, and change the railway route between Nantong and Shanghai from a curve into a straight line without transfer in Nanjing.

It is expected that the train travel time between the two cities will be reduced from four hours to 1.5 hours, which will greatly facilitate the travel of the people along the route. This is of great significance in enhancing the leading role of Shanghai as a central city and boosting the quality integrated development of Yangtze River Delta area.

(Source: CR)

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Croatia: New appointment to the Management Board of HŽ Cargo Ltd

As of 1 June 2020, Mr Dragan Marčinko, has been appointed to the position of CEO of the Management Board of HŽ Cargo Ltd.

UIC congratulates Mr Dragan Marčinko on his new appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: HŽ Cargo Ltd)

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News from UIC members

Norway: The new cruise track at Ler is now in use

On Monday 8 June, the new cruise lane at Ler station in Melhus was put into traffic. The northbound freight train received the honour of being the first train through the new station at five in the morning. Two years of intense work is nearing the end.

6 – 7 June was free of trains on the entire Dovre line, while work was done in a number of places. At Ler Station, this train-free weekend meant the last entry to prepare the cruise lane for use.

A lot of time was spent putting the new signal system into operation, and night to Monday it was tested under different scenarios to ensure that it would work as expected. Furthermore, the crews used the weekend to adjust and adjust the facility for the trains’ flow, another element that is important in train performance.

The first freight train came from Oslo and was on its way to the terminal at Heimdal with deliveries. It marked with it a worthy “opening” of the extended crossing track. The next train that passed Ler was the first passenger train from SJ, which today takes over traffic on the Trønderbanen after Vy.

The railway technical work has been completed with this, and the long freight trains can thus intersect with other train traffic on Ler. Capacity has increased, that is, 650 m long freight trains can cross at Ler without unnecessary time loss. This significantly increases the flexibility of this part of the Dovre Line.

Construction work at Ler Station will continue through the summer, but then work on arriving, new parking and clean-up will take place. When Bane NOR finishes at Ler, about NOK 240 million has been invested on the stretch.

Facts about the cruise track

  • Extended cruise lane with space for 650m long freight trains
  • Two new ruins, one for the public, one for agricultural purposes
  • Two new bridges calibrated for 200-year flood
  • New and longer platform (125m)
  • The track is raised
  • New parking lot is being prepared in collaboration with Melhus municipality

The contractor is Baneservice AS. Several local companies have had subcontracting in the project.

(Source: Bane NOR)

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United Kingdom: Network Rail sponsors mural by celebrated street artist Lionel Stanhope, highlighting the rich sporting history of Dulwich

One year after unveiling a mural celebrating the 400th anniversary of famed Shakespearean actor Richard Burbage, Network Rail has partnered with community groups and Dulwich Sports Club to celebrate sports past and present.

Historic railway bridges across South London have been transformed into stunning pieces of art thanks to Network Rail’s unique partnership with community groups, schools, artists and Lionel Stanhope, a street artist renowned for his vintage typography work.

The mural on Burbage Road, Dulwich is a creative piece of work and an inspiring celebration of sports played on the road and referencing, cricket, croquet, squash, tennis and hockey – the five clubs who have their home today in Dulwich Sports Club.

An added bonus was that the mural was painted as part of the virtual Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, an opportunity for community engagement and education and the promotion of the road’s sports facilities.

Local artist Katrina Russell-Adams produced a detailed sketch which Lionel worked up to the large-scale design and the mural includes references to this illustrious past by using colours from the Velodrome logo. The colours of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club are also included and can be seen in the rear bike wheel.

Katrina said: “I’m an abstract artist and local too so this was perfect for me. Lionel’s done a fantastic job and it’s lovely to see it on such a large scale and nice and bright under this bridge.”

Lionel Stanhope said: “It’s always good to work with Network Rail on these murals, they’re so big and make such a massive difference to the places I’m working in. I get such great feedback from people when I’m painting them, just people walking past. “

Eddie Burton, community engagement manager at Network Rail said: “I’m delighted that one year later, we can return to Dulwich and celebrate the rich sporting history in the area. I hope locals will enjoy this artwork and I’d like to thank all the community groups involved for their help.”

Cycling and athletics are also important to the area; the Herne Hill Velodrome (one of the oldest in the world), hosted track cycling events in the 1948 Summer Olympics and was briefly the home of Crystal Palace Football Club during World War I.

(Source: Network Rail)

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