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France: Christian Lambert is appointed Director of Security

As of 2 November this year, Christian Lambert will take up the position of Director of Security at SNCF.

He will be responsible for:

  • Implementing the security package
  • Maintaining the professional excellence of the railway police and overseeing forthcoming developments in the latter

Christian Lambert is considered to be one of the leading professionals in the area of security. SNCF Group will benefit from his extensive knowledge in the running of French and European police institutions.

Christian Lambert will succeed Didier Schwartz, who will shortly take on new responsibilities within the group.

In 2003 Christian Lambert was appointed Chief of the RAID (counter-terrorism unit of the French National Police), then appointed Prefect in 2005 and Prefect of Seine St Denis in 2010. Since 2013 he has been assigned by the Minister of the Interior to oversee priority areas, revamping the training of the prefectural corps and improving relations between the security forces and the local population.

(Source: SNCF)

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United States: California High-Speed Rail Authority enters into station planning agreement with City of Bakersfield

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the City of Bakersfield announced on 14 September that they have entered into a station-area planning agreement allowing the City and the Authority to begin plans for a high-speed rail station in Bakersfield. The agreement allows both parties to study ways to promote economic development, encourage station area development and enhance multimodal connections between the station and the City.

“This will be a very exciting and significant project that will provide an opportunity to not only shape how Bakersfield can best take advantage of a future high-speed rail station, but to also plan for the continuing revitalization of the entire downtown area,” said Bakersfield Community Development Director Douglas McIsaac. “We have already seen some great progress in making downtown Bakersfield an exciting and vibrant area. This planning effort and the future station will help in bringing about even more progress.”

“A station planning agreement provides a unique opportunity to leverage the type of economic opportunities high-speed rail stations can bring to a region,” said Melissa DuMond, the Authority’s Director of Planning and Integration. “It opens the door for new economic opportunity, smart planning and growth, and provides Bakersfield with a world-class platform for visitors to the region.”

The agreement represents the next significant milestone in the partnership between the Authority and the City of Bakersfield to bring high-speed rail to the region. This station planning agreement is part of the larger effort to study a locally-generated alignment for high-speed rail through Bakersfield with a potential station located at F Street and Golden State Avenue. Once a final station location is identified and environmentally cleared, station design and construction will follow.

As part of the agreement with the Authority, the City of Bakersfield will receive $750,000 to explore options and seek public input for the design and development of a station. The Kern Council of Governments is also providing an additional $150,000 to support the station-area planning effort.

The Authority provides station-area funds to help partner cities initiate planning efforts for high-speed rail stations in their communities. Other partner cities that have entered into similar agreements with the Authority include Fresno, Merced, Gilroy and Palmdale.

(Source: CHSRA)

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United States: “Great Dome” car returns to Adirondack service

Unique rail car offers spectacular views of Upstate New York foliage

Passengers aboard Amtrak’s Adirondack service can experience the splendor of Upstate New York’s fall foliage season in unique fashion when the historic “Great Dome” car returns for a six-week run September 24 through November 3, 2015.

In partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the National Park Service Trails and Rails program, Amtrak brings its one remaining dome car back for this popular annual tradition along one of the most scenic train routes in the world.

The car features an upper level with windows on all sides to provide panoramic views of
the changing colors of the trees, sweeping vistas of Lake Champlain and breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains between Albany and Montreal.

“The ‘Great Dome’ car is one of the best and most unique ways to experience the magnificent scenery along the route of the Adirondack,” said Kevin Chittenden, Amtrak Deputy General Manager of the Empire Service. “The car is a passenger favorite every year and helps contribute to the ridership and revenue growth that make this service so successful.”

“We’re proud to partner with Amtrak to give riders not only a beautiful view of the fall foliage, but also a glimpse of how tourism can create jobs and improve local economies,” said New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Mattthew J. Driscoll.

“Growing the tourism industry has been a top priority of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration.”

The dome car will operate northbound from Albany to Montreal on Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays and returns south from Montreal on Fridays, Sundays, and Tuesdays. Dome car trips are not made on Wednesdays. Passengers are welcome to enter the car and enjoy the view at no extra cost. Seats are unreserved and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

When available, Trails and Rails volunteers will be aboard select dome car trips offering historical commentary between Saratoga Springs and Westport, N.Y.

Passengers can also take advantage of the I Love NY 15 percent discount off the regular (full) adult rail fare, valid for sale through May 2016. Advance reservations are required. In addition, up to 2 children ages 2-12 may accompany each adult at half the discounted rail fare.

Details at Amtrak.com or ILoveNY.com.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Japan: Plan to open the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto

Hokkaido Railway Company and East Japan Railway Company hereby announce that they have finalised the outline for a plan to open the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto. Details are as follows.

Opening the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto

Opening date: Saturday, March 26, 2016

Types/trips: 13 round trips a day

  • Hayabusa (Between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto) 10 round trips/day

(Between Sendai and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto) 1 round trip/day

  • Hayate (Between Morioka and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto) 1 round trip/day

(Between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto) 1 round trip/day

Configuration: Series H5 and E5; 10-car trains

Details of the Shinkansen operating plan and other details will be announced when finalised.

Limited Express and Other Services on Conventional Lines

  • All 12 round trips per day of the Super Hokuto and Hokuto limited express services will stop at Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station and meet Shinkansen services to ensure convenience.
  • Between Hakodate and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto, 16 round trips per day of a Shinkansen access train service, Hakodate Liner (basic 3-car configuration), will be established, and all services will connect with Shinkansen services.
  • The Super Hakucho and Hakucho limited express services (between Shin-Aomori and Hakodate), the Hamanasu express service (between Aomori and Sapporo), and the Cassiopeia limited express service with sleeper cars (between Ueno and Sapporo) will be terminated subsequent to the opening of the Shinkansen.

Details of the conventional lines operating plan and other details will be announced when finalised.

(Source: East Japan Railway Company)

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Germany/Switzerland: DB Schenker Rail and SBB Cargo boost transalpine routes

Contract for international freight transport extended to 2020 – annual transit volume of approx. 8,000 trains

DB Schenker Rail has commissioned SBB Cargo with transport operations for routing international freight trains via Switzerland for another five years until 2020. The contract’s volume stands at approximately 8,000 freight trains per annum on Switzerland’s main transit routes via the Gotthard and Lötschberg lines.

Transalpine transport is of major importance, and this contract extension sees DB Schenker Rail secure a significant competitive advantage in the run-up to the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016. Every week, a total of some 250 DB Schenker Rail trains use the Swiss sections of central Europe’s north-south corridors. Some trains are operated by the company’s own local subsidiary, DB Schenker Rail Schweiz.

Commenting on the occasion of the contract’s signing at the northern entrance of the Gotthard Tunnel, Markus Hunkel, Member of the Management Board for Production at DB Schenker Rail, said, “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with SBB Cargo on the Gotthard and Lötschberg lines. Our cooperation started at the beginning of 2014, and its continuation will boost the strong position of both partners in transalpine services.”

Nicolas Perrin, CEO of SBB Cargo, said, “By extending this contract for a further five years, DB Schenker Rail will continue its partnership with SBB Cargo that provides transit connections across the Swiss Alps after the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. Our portfolio of services has won us new customers and we have proven that we can continue to be competitive – an important sign.”

Not only do SBB Cargo and DB Schenker Rail operate transit traffic together, but they also cooperate in a wide range of other fields. For example, the two companies have established cross-border import/export transport services in recent years, and in 2015, they inaugurated faster connections (in both directions) between industrial centres in Germany and Switzerland. Now, palletised consumer goods can be transported from Hamburg to every corner of Switzerland within 48 hours, for example.

(Source: DB Mobility Logistics AG)

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Finland: Director General Antti Vehviläinen envisions the impact of digitalisation on transport infrastructure management

Director General Antti Vehviläinen at the Finnish Transport Agency envisions the revolutionary impact of digitalisation on the building and maintenance of transport infrastructure. When all the information concerning construction and repair of the transport infrastructure is based on shared real-time data, this will reduce costs, improve the quality and bring about new ways of organising work.

Since its foundation, the Finnish Transport Agency has grappled with the same austerity factors as the previous organisations. The accumulation of the maintenance backlog is a real problem and experts have long agreed on its detrimental effects. Finally, signs of waking up to address this acute economic problem can be discerned in the political decision-making.

“The Ministry of Transport and Communications has proposed additional annual funding of 200 million euros in the State Budget to stop the accumulation of the maintenance backlog. There is every reason to believe that it will be approved. If it is, we will spend 600 million euros on improving the road and railway network over a three year period. This would be a good start to reducing the 2.5 billion euro maintenance backlog, which is increasing by 100 million euros each year,” said Vehviläinen.

He considers the funding for improving the road and railway network equally important. The situation is not as alarming on the waterways, where relatively few constructions are exposed to wear and tear.

“Additional funding for basic transport infrastructure management is naturally welcome, but there is a catch: the money is taken from the funding of new projects. We are able to handle the ongoing projects with the available funds, but this implies that we cannot start any large new projects in the next few years.”

Common sense decision-making

The policy of the new government to dismantle unnecessary regulatory barriers and reduce bureaucracy in infrastructure projects is praised by Antti Vehviläinen.

“By dismantling unnecessary regulatory barriers I mean eliminating such obstacles that are only slowing down efficient operations, without serving any meaningful purpose. Structural standards are, of course, a different matter. It is also important that citizens have a say in matters concerning important infrastructure projects in the future,” he specified.

“Digitalisation has enabled better interaction within transport infrastructure construction and management projects as well,” said Vehviläinen. Data models and electronic communication have improved the quality and efficiency of these projects. In addition, Vehviläinen mentioned that digitalisation will diversify the way the projects are organised, since all parties have access to the same information.

“In my opinion, digitalisation will actually have an indirect effect on the choice of contract model. Perhaps the project alliance model would not have been gaining ground without digitalisation,” he said.

Moreover, Vehviläinen said that so far the Finnish Transport Agency’s experience of the alliance projects has only been positive.

“There is always room for improvement in the implementation processes. The same applies to one’s own actions and the operations of the whole organisation. I would still say that we have succeeded quite well in organising the Finnish Transport Agency – after two years of breaking in,” he summarised.

(Source: Finnish Transport Agency)

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Train World inaugurated on 24 September 2015 in Schaerbeek, Brussels in the presence of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium

The long-awaited railway museum in Schaerbeek was officially opened on 24 September 2015 in the presence of His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, and with the participation of Mrs Jacqueline Galant, Federal Minister of Mobility, Mr Jo Cornu, CEO of Belgian Railways SNCB, and Mr Luc Lallemand, CEO of the Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel.

For the general public, Train World offers a spectacular panorama of Belgium’s history as a pioneer of railways on the European continent and a fascinating tale of the role of railways today and in the future. The past, present and future come together as one at Train World, in a central location next to the historic railway line between Mechelen and Brussels where, on 5 May 1835, 180 years ago, passengers in Belgium travelled by steam train for the first time.

Visitors will be able to admire the most precious artefacts of railway heritage, which were previously spread across five different sites in Belgium. For example, 22 pieces of rolling stock will be on display, along with 1.250 other items, 64 projections and over 20 interactive installations. School groups will receive customised learning packs and families with young children can explore Train World with the help of a cartoon strip.

The famous comic-book artist François Schuiten, a Schaerbeek resident, designed the scenography in partnership with Expoduo. This turns Train World into a real story, a succession of tableaux that sweeps visitors through the past, present and future of our railways. The experience opens up a whole world of railways and trains to discover.
The foyer of Train World will be located inside Schaerbeek Station, constructed in 1887 and extended in the 1920s. It is a building in the “Flemish Renaissance” style, a typical railway building style.

The new building, with a surface area of 8,000 m², has an industrial look with a saw-tooth roof reminiscent of railway workshops. This building is composed of four large halls that will accommodate legendary trains and railway memorabilia. Two of the halls also have train tracks (connected to the main railway lines) to allow rolling stock to move in and out of the building.

UIC was represented at the official inauguration on 24 September by Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and several directors who were involved in the preparation of Train World, in particular in the production of the joint film “Train in the Future”.



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New high speed rail section in Spain

On 29 September Adif, the Spanish rail infrastructure manager, commissioned a new section of the high speed line to the North of Spain, between the cities of Valladolid and Leon, thus expanding Spain’s High Speed network by 166 new kilometres. Following this new extension, Adif now manages 3 150 km of high speed lines, both standard (UIC) and Iberian broad gauge, confirming Spain’s leading position in high speed design, construction and management.

The new section will improve rail connections from Madrid to both Leon and Palencia, shortening journey times by up to 30%: the trip between Madrid and Leon (346 km) now takes two hours, 44 minutes less than before, when HS services were running at high speed only to Valladolid. The journey time will be further reduced to one hour 45 minutes within a few months, when the ERTMS system is completely deployed, (currently only on the Madrid-Valladolid section, commissioned in December 2007) .

The line has been designed for speeds up to 350 km/h, with double standard gauge track and 25 kV 50 HZ electrification. Adif had to build up to 48 viaducts to complete the new section.

Other northern regions and cities such as Asturias, Cantabria, Burgos and the Basque Country will also benefit from this new section through the Spanish state-of-the-art changeover system that allows for variable gauge trains to switch from the high speed line to the conventional sections, after passing through these facilities. The new section includes up to three changeover facilities to allow for shorter connections to Oviedo (30 minutes less) or Santander (22 minutes less).

Adif has invested more than 1 600 million euros to develop this 166 km of new infrastructure that will be extended to the French border and Asturias in the coming years. This work was co-financed by the European Union.

The new infrastructure represents a major technical achievement, performed under the supervision of Adif’s specialists, who have been working in the enhancement process of the Spanish rail network over the last 25 years.

(Source: Adif)

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UIC meets Belarusian railway undertaking (BC) for a training session on Merits

29 September 2015

UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, Fabrice Setta, Senior Advisor Information Technologies and Joachim Baars, Timetable Expert.

BC was represented by:

  • Andrei Kashko, First Deputy, Head of Passenger Service Department
  • Vitaliy Kapelko, Deputy, Head of International Activity Department
  • Anton Dedulya, Leading Specialist, International Activity Department
  • Tatyana Negrei, Head of Division, Passenger Service Department
  • Denis Tonkonog, Head of Division, Passenger Service Department
  • Valery Ovsyannikov, Head of Division, Information Technologies Department
  • Galina Ryabushko, Leading Engineer, Passenger Service Department
  • Marina Matyushina, Leading Engineer, Passenger Service Department
  • Elena Mikhailova, Leading Engineer, Information Technologies Department
  • Irina Kuchmel, Head of Division of RUE “Main Settlement Information Centre” of Belarusian Railway

Marc Guigon presented the UIC Passenger Department and the following working groups:

  • Technical passenger groups which meet three times a year
  • CRTS: Commuter and Regional Train Services
  • SMGG: Station Managers Global Group, and the Next Station Conference which will be held in Marrakech from 21 – 22 October 2015
  • Intercity and High Speed activities

Marc Guigon then presented the general issues within Merits.
Merits is the central timetable database of UIC with all train data and all station data within wider Europe. This database is shared between all the members of the Merits-Prifis community in order to fill their own journey planners with the aim of providing timetable information and/or selling tickets in another country.

Since May 2014, BC became Merits member and wishes to publish its timetable data.

Fabrice Setta and Joachim Baars then explained:

  • The technical details of the Merits tool
  • The EDIFACT standard format used to publish the timetable and station data in MERITS
  • The MERITS rules and principles needed to be compliant with the MERITS environment
  • The MERITS integration process

The session ended with a live training session using the MERITS web tool.
During the training, BC uploaded their timetables.
BC will upload the remaining trains over the coming days.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

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Announcement of 10th UIC Noise Workshop

15 March 2016, UIC HQ

UIC is happy to announce the 10th edition of its annual Noise Workshop to be held in Paris on 15 March 2016. The event will focus on initiatives at European level for the reduction of rail freight noise: topics will include the forthcoming Communication by the European Commission on Rail Freight Noise, track maintenance for noise control, national developments and the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation.

As in previous years high level officers and other key stakeholders will present these topics and answer questions.

Already confirmed speakers are:

  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General International Union of Railways
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railways
  • Stephen Stansfeld, Professor of Psychiatry Queen Mary University London & Chair of the working group for the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region
  • Marco Paviotti, Policy Officer DG ENV
  • Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV

Railway Noise Control has always been an environmental concern for railways. In October 2005, the first workshop was organised as a platform to present the technical progress of the noise action plan of UIC/UIP/CER and to discuss the implications of implementing the Environment Noise Directive (2002/49). Since then the annual Noise Workshop has been organized around a specific noise question.

The Noise Workshop is free of charge. Secure you seat now by registering at the following link: http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3434

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven@uic.org

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Workshop on Energy Recovery held on 29 September 2015 in Madrid

The UIC Workshop dedicated to Energy Recovery was held in Madrid on Tuesday 29 September at the Spanish Railway Foundation Headquarters in the Palace of Fernán Núñez in Madrid. More than 15 speakers presented the latest research, best practices and developments on energy recovery to over 50 participants attending the event.

The workshop, opened by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of Fundamental Values of UIC, was divided into four panels with an initial one dedicated to introducing the framework on standards and potential savings measured using energy metre systems. The following panels included the main developments in the fields of infrastructure, rolling stock and operations (driving and communications between the rail sub-systems).

Managers, advisors and professional specialists from rail operators, infrastructure managers, manufacturers, universities and consulting companies received the latest data, experiences, and best practices on energy recovery in the railways. Flywheels, reversible substations, DAS, batteries, and smart grids, connected to the Merlin Project, were some of the main topics presented. The workshop also included the comparison of recovery technologies of rail to other types of transport such as cars and tramways.

The workshop ended with two technical visits to specialist facilities. The first one, to the Renfe training centre for drivers, showed how regenerative braking and speed management, depending on the profile of the line, are included in the software used in the driving simulators. The participants had the opportunity to test the simulators and to check the energy consumptions during a driving exercise with the Renfe trainers.

The second technical visit to the Metro de Madrid charging point for electric cars enabled the participants to learn about the latest project on charging points for electric vehicles using the energy produced during the braking of the Metro vehicles. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to discuss charging a hybrid car used as taxi with the representative of Metro de Madrid involved in the development of the project and a user of this point.

Energy recovery is a technology implemented in the railways for more than 30 years which has relevant energy savings. Implementation of regenerative braking in the rolling stock is widely deployed in the current fleet of rail operators and tools such as metering, DAS and Smart Grids can increase the efficient use of regenerated energy.

All presentations from the workshop are available at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1480

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares@uic.org

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Presentation of the ESRS in Eurostat’s Working Group on Rail Transport Statistics

1 – 2 October 2015, Luxembourg

The meeting of Eurostat’s Working Group on Rail Transport Statistics was held on 1 and 2 October at the Eurostat Headquarters in Luxembourg.

Representative members of the EU countries and international organisations involved in railways statistics such as UNECE, ITF, ERA, CER and UIC attended the meeting to discuss the main regulations and improvements in data collection of the EU rail sector.

In this framework, UIC presented its Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS). Gabriel Castañares Hernández, UIC Senior Advisor in Energy and CO2, presented the UIC experience on the energy consumptions data collection for the European UIC members included in this system. Next, a description was given of the website and the main process on collecting the data introduced by the train operating companies.

A relevant part of the presentation focused on the integration of different data sources such as the case of the energy mix of electricity consumed by railways. The dual reporting of CO2 emissions, including the market based approach, with the Guarantees of Origin for green electricity defined by the EU legal frame, and the national production mix for the location based approach, allows the same methodology to be used to calculate the CO2 emissions from electricity of the companies included in the ESRS.

The development of the UIC Zero Carbon Project and its conclusions were also been highlighted as a way to adopt a common methodology, avoiding differences in the source of data used to calculate the CO2 produced by railways.

The cooperation and the exchange of indicators and methodology on this topic between Eurostat and UIC for CO2 emissions in rail services, using the ESRS methodology, will improve the existing indicators, conversion factors and data provided by Eurostat.

The ESRS is the system used by UIC to collect information on energy consumption and CO2 emissions, including a dedicated website to upload the information and a policy for external communication of information. The ESRS is the basis to monitor the trend of carbon emissions and energy efficiency performance in railways facing the UIC targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050. The data collection process of the ESRS for 2015 is the first one including the indicators for dual reporting.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares@uic.org

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Re-election of Secretary General of OTIF signals continuity

The General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) was held in Berne, Switzerland, on 29 and 30 September. Representatives from 42 of the 49 Member States took part in the General Assembly which, among other matters, elected the Secretary General for a three year term of office. Two candidates presented their applications: Mrs Leodolter and Mr Davenne. Following the vote, a large majority re-elected Mr Davenne to head to Secretariat of OTIF.

Mr Davenne graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications d’Evry in 1988 and from the École Nationale d’Administration in 1999. He has always promoted interdisciplinarity as a key factor for success. After experience in international satellite telecommunications, his first assignments were in the housing sector and required strong financial and legal skills.
After three years in the French Transport Ministry working on railway safety and regulation, Mr Davenne was elected Secretary General of OTIF in 2012, where, since 1 January 2013, he has promoted interdisciplinary working methods and partnership building to expand uniform regulations for international carriage by rail.
His re-election is an endorsement of the activities he has been carrying out since 2013 and enables the changes that have taken place within the Secretariat to be continued.

The principal objective of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF) is to develop unified law for the transport of goods by rail in Europe, Asia and Africa. Its aims are to:

  • Develop a unified legal regime for the carriage of passengers and freight in international rail traffic (CIV and CIM Uniform Rules for passengers and freight/goods respectively)
  • Develop and edit the Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID)
  • Improve the security and (in particular technical) interoperability (ATMF and APTU Uniform Rules)

UIC warmly congratulates Mr François Davenne on his re-election as Secretary-General of OTIF and looks forward to the further development of close cooperation and effective synergies between our international organisations.

(Source: OTIF News)

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Sustainability Workshops to be held on 27 and 29 October at Paris UIC Headquarters

On 27 October, UIC will organise the second Workshop on the Implementation of the new G4 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for rail companies, moderated and supported by Glenn Frommer, member of the GRI Working Group on Content and Materiality (GRI G3), the GRI Working Group on Disclosure of Management Aspects and assisted in drafting the newly released GRI G4 Guidelines.

The GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice for all companies and organisations. Its framework is a reporting system that provides metrics and methods for measuring and reporting sustainability-related impacts and performance. The aim of the new G4 Guidelines is to increase user-friendliness and accessibility.

This workshop will be the second and last, after the kick-off in April and will provide a handbook containing final guidelines for the implementation of the GRI G4 according to relevant railway experiences and previous UIC indicators.
To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3438

In addition, on 29 October, a Sustainable Mobility Workshop followed by a network meeting will be held at UIC HQ in Paris.

Rail is often quoted as one of the most sustainable means of transport. While a modal shift and an increase of rail is expected on railway networks in the coming years, the good management of railway sustainability is of major importance, as it is a key determining factor in consumer choices. Therefore the rail sector needs to learn the best approach to offer targeted options for the consumer.

  • The first session “Integrated Sustainable Mobility” will provide best practices into Integrate Sustainable Mobility. The audience will hear from the most innovative door-to-door solutions.
  • The second session “Railways and Green Tourism” will provide insight into how the digital market can help combining rail offers with a more customised demand.
  • The third session “Relations with costumers and stakeholders on environmental topics” will focus on how communications departments convey corporate sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.
  • The fourth and last session “Railways and Green Growth Approach: the benefits of investing in railways” will emphasise the importance of investing in railways and the reasons why the sector is in an advantageous position for driving shift towards sustainable transport.

This workshop will be a special opportunity for the managers, advisors and professional specialists to exchange experiences on best practices of the main interfaces and progress on these topics. The outcome of this workshop will shape projects and activities of the Sustainable Mobility Network for 2016-2018.
The workshop will have relevant speakers from external companies and institutions such as ESG Matters, Behavioural Insights and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

To secure your participation, please register at the following link:

http://www.uic.org/events/spip.php?article3439

We look forward to seeing you in Paris for these two events.

For further information regarding the GRI G4 Workshop please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares@uic.org

For further information regarding the Sustainable Mobility Workshop please contact Andrea Braschi: braschi@uic.org

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WCRR 2016 EXE and ORG meeting held from 30 September – 2 October in San Luigi, Italy

11th WCRR

The 11th edition of the World Congress on Railway Research will take place in Milan, Italy from 29 May – 2 June 2016. It will be hosted and organised by Ferrovie della Stato Italiane/Trenitalia, and supported by an EXE and ORG Committee which consists of representatives of TTCI, RTRI, UIC, RSSB, DB, SNCF and FSI/ Trenitalia.

The Marathon meeting

One of the most time-consuming meetings took place in San Luigi in Italy, close to Siena, from 29 September – 2 October. The aim of this so-called “Marathon-meeting” was to review all submitted abstracts and the ratings given by the expert evaluators, to decide on their acceptance as a full paper presentation or poster presentation or their rejection. A rejection does not always mean that the abstract is of lower quality than others, but that it did not exactly fit the session topic. Another issue the WCRR team had to consider was the right balance between the countries of origin. Countries ‘over-represented’ at submissions did not have to be over-represented in the programming as well. A good international and even global spread is preferred. Looking at the number of submissions: the highest number of scientific abstracts was received from Italy – which is not so astonishing as they are the organising country – followed by Italy, Japan, France China, UK, Germany, but also there were excellent abstracts from China, Finland, Colombia, Australia, United Emirates, Iran and many other countries.

Besides these expert evaluations, the members of the WCRR EXE Committee had also reviewed most of the abstracts in preparation for the Marathon meeting.

Abstract submissions and session themes

For the 11th WCRR, 936 abstracts were received from 38 countries. The 2016 WCRR programme will be built around the following theme: “Research and Innovation from Today Towards 2050”. The six main topics chosen as building blocks for the programme are: Rolling Stock, Infrastructure, Railway System, Passenger Mobility door-to-door, Freight Logistics, Sustainability, Economics and Policy and finally Operations and Safety.

Based on these topics, three types of sessions were arranged: “Vision & Future”, “Today’s Research” and “Proof of Concept” (POC). From the 936 abstracts 312 full paper presentations were selected. 72 were chosen for “Vision & Future” and 240 for “Today’s Research”. There will be 55 POC’s – demonstrations of practical use of the results of research. Besides this, there will be 252 electronic posters, each consisting of a set of four downloadable slides containing multi-media content, which is something new for the 11th WCRR edition. Also new is the concept of the POC. These Proof of Concept sessions are much more than just paper presentations, more than words but actual demonstrations of the practical use of results!

Depending on the number of high quality abstracts, sometimes there was more than one session needed for abstracts covering the same topic but sometimes there was a need to combine two or three topics into one interesting session.

Over the three days of WCRR 2016, there will be 64 different sessions, usually eight in parallel. Besides that, there will a good choice of highly interesting technical visits as part of the programme on 2 June. Finally the EXE Cte proposed and agreed on a list of 64 potential session chairs which will be confirmed during the next few weeks.

Combined EXE & ORG meeting

After all the “Marathon” work was completed, the WCRR EXE Committee was joined by the senior members of the ORG Committee for a joint EXE & ORG meeting on 2 October. During this meeting the ORG members were informed about the results of the work carried out by the EXE Committee. Furthermore, the content of the three plenary sessions was discussed and some ideas were exchanged about the organisation and content of the opening and closing ceremonies. The Plenary sessions will each have a very interesting theme and a very special character reflected in the topics to be discussed as well as in the speakers to be invited. The topics will not just be confined to rail issues but some will look ‘across the fence’.

In conclusion it can be said that the Marathon session – which had been extremely well prepared by the Italian organising committee – has led to very satisfying results which are bound to contribute to yet another very interesting World Congress on Rail Research.

One small piece of advice: register while the registration fees are still in the early bird category and while there is still a large choice of hotel rooms within a short distance of the venue.

Sponsors of the WCRR 2016 are still welcome and there is still a limited number of exhibition slots available. For exhibitors of Rolling Stock there are 12 tracks available for trains, wagons and locomotives! Transport from Italy’s borders can be arranged.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut: schut@uic.org

Or visit the dedicated website: www.wcrr2016.org

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