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United States: AAR celebrates Infrastructure Week, touts unmatched track record for privately funded freight rail network

Infrastructure Week – May 16th-23rd, 2016 – is a week-long series of events raising awareness about how #InfrastructureMatters to our country’s economy, health and safety, and communities

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) celebrated Infrastructure Week (May 16-23), joining a large contingent of American businesses, labor and policymakers in stressing the importance of infrastructure while touting the standing of a U.S. freight railroad system that invests $26 billion annually in its network.

“While perhaps out of sight and out of mind to many Americans, U.S. freight railroads play an integral role in supporting the health of the nation’s infrastructure,” said Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO at the AAR. “Unlike other modes of transportation, railroads own and operate their own infrastructure so taxpayers do not have to. And by doing so, railroads help ease congestion and wear and tear on those systems that taxpayers do help fund. The benefits of this system, as well as the billions in taxes railroads do pay into funds designated for infrastructure, are aplenty and worth sharing as we reflect on the need improve our roads and bridges.”

AAR is a one of more than 100 affiliate organizations taking part in advocacy this week. “Infrastructure Week is the largest, most diverse, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to strengthening America by rebuilding our infrastructure,” the organizers said. Edward R. Hamberger marked the occasion by reiterating the value of U.S. freight railroads today at the 4th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Freight rail pays its own way, takes trucks off of roads and in turn helps reduce congestion, lost time and greenhouse gases,” added Hamberger. “On a daily basis, Americans experience the stark contrast in publicly funded highways versus privately owned railways. One is emblematic of dysfunction while the other embodies efficiency and self-sufficiency. As we mark Infrastructure Week and coalesce to help advance solutions, we should be studying the success of the freight rail system to help reimagine what is possible.”

More information about Infrastructure Week can be found here:

AAR encourages those celebrating the week or following #InfrastructureMatters efforts on social media to visit to learn more about how privately funded railroads help support U.S. infrastructure.

(Source: AAR)

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France/Belgium/United Kingdom: Eurostar unveils new marketing campaign to showcase state-of-the-art new fleet

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is launching a new above the line campaign today designed to showcase Eurostar’s service benefits and features of the new state-of-the-art fleet, which started service in November 2015.

The central campaign created with creative agency AKQA features four 40 second videos each set inside a carriage that follow the journey of individual passengers as they travel from London to Paris.

To bring to life the new exciting features of the train, the viewer is transported on a journey through the imagination of the traveller in focus.

  • Service in Standard Premier (View Video): A mother and daughter are filmed in the spacious surroundings of their carriage and then into a set reminiscent of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Crew dressed in black tie holding silver trays are featured to mimic the quality of Eurostar’s on board service.
  • Wi-Fi (View Video): Through the eyes of a business woman the video shows just how easy it is to stay connected with the on board wi-fi.
  • On-board entertainment (View Video): With free wi-fi and an on board entertainment system across all classes of service on Eurostar’s new trains, it’s the ultimate time to escape and catch up on films. The video follows a young man on his iPad as he looks out the window and is transported into a movie scene.
  • Comfort and space (View Video): A family relax in Standard class to reveal the space for children to play and let their imagination run wild as parents unwind.

The videos are supported with four digital and static creatives and a suite of banners across Eurostar’s key cities in the UK, France and Belgium. Media includes premium stand-out OOH sites from a Platform Domination in London King’s Cross and Waterloo, Media Eyes in Birmingham and premium digital sites across Belgium and core French cities – Paris, Lille, Nantes and Lyon. It is also in standout press formats including the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and Sport magazine.

Lionel Benbassat, Head of Marketing & Brand, Eurostar, said:
“With the launch of our new trains, we’ve created a campaign that brings to life the on board experience. By playing on each of the new features and overall benefits of the Eurostar service in an engaging video format, we are inviting travellers to explore the new trains.”

With city-centre to city-centre fares from £29 one way, free travel for children under four, free seat selection and a generous luggage allowance with no weight restrictions, Eurostar is ideal for those that don’t like to travel light.

About Eurostar

  • Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
  • The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 150 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet. The new e320 will carry around 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
  • Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR. LCR’s holding was transferred to the Treasury in 2014, and sold by the UK government to a consortium comprising Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure on 28th May 2015.
  • Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
  • Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.

About AKQA

AKQA is the ideas and innovation company that uses the imaginative application of art and science to create ideas, products and services.

(Source: Eurostar)

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Germany: Groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art logistics centre of DB Schenker and Jinbei Automotive

DB Schenker together with Jinbei Automotive are building DB Schenker’s second largest logistics centre in China. With the groundbreaking ceremony for the modern facility DB Schenker and Jinbei Automotive officially started their logistics joint venture “Schenker Logistics Jinbei” (SJL). The warehouse in Shenyang Tiexi district will consist of two state-of-the-art warehouses with a total area of over 42,000 square metres. The go-live of the facility is scheduled for November 2016.

“The groundbreaking ceremony is a major step forward magnifying our footprint in the world’s largest automotive market”, said Jochen Thewes, Global CEO, Schenker AG at the ceremony in Shenyang.

SJL (Schenker Logistics Jinbei) was formed in February 2015 to offer best-in-class logistics services in the City of Shenyang, northeastern China, one of the main clusters of the automotive industry in China. Jinbei Automotive will provide the full range of logistics services including customised logistics solutions, supply chain management, pick and pack, just in time/sequence inventory, inventory management, quality control, cross docking and vendor managed inventory.

Before the new facility kick-starts its operations at the end of the year, SJL (Schenker Logistics Jinbei) already provides a range of customised logistics services in different warehouse locations in Shenyang to automotive customers such as Toyota.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Kazakhstan: JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) introduces online corporate card freight payment service in cooperation with JSC Halyk Bank

Online corporate card freight payment service has been introduced under the Memorandum of Cooperation signed in October 2014 between JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) and JSC Halyk Bank.

“This is the second successful project of the Company implemented in partnership with the Bank. Last year, we launched an online service for money transfer to single customer personal accounts. Now we are launching a service to pay for the goods transportation services by the Bank’s corporate cards. I believe that the mutually beneficial cooperation between the Company and the Bank contributes to the quality of service and increases focus on customer,” said Mr Maxat Kabashev, JSC NC KTZ Vice-President.

Payment with the Bank’s corporate cards will make shippers’ payments fast, comfortable and safe at any time of the day, including weekends and public holidays. The payments with the Bank’s corporate cards are convenient and easy: the money can be immediately credited to the shipper’s single account of the Company in all geographical locations around Kazakhstan.

Mrs Zhannat Satubaldina, JSC Halyk Bank Deputy CEO, said: “This time we have created a new product that will improve the logistics operations of shippers, who often have the need to make urgent and additional payments during the weekends and holidays. The Bank’s corporate cards can be reloaded at the weekends through POS-terminals in the Bank’s offices located in the popular shopping and entertainment centres, which, as a rule, are open seven days a week.”

Online payment of freight services and online service to credit the shipper’s account via corporate cards is designed for those who know the value of time and mobility.

(Source: KTZ)

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TAP working group meetings held from 23 – 26 May 2016 in Paris

TAP working group meetings took place in Paris at UIC headquarters. Representatives from RZD, VR, LINKON, SNCF, DB, HERMES, SBB, NMBS, ZSSK, TRENITALIA, CD, Rhätische Bahn, MAV and the CIT attended the meetings.

On the afternoon of 23 May TAP-TAG held its working group meeting, chaired by Mr David Sarfatti. The work of the TLG and the TSG were reported by their respective chairmen. They announced that new UIC Rail Ticket on Screen (RTS) and the new Aztec Barcode definitions should be finished this summer. Accordingly, some changes in the future structure of leaflets related to ticketing were approved. There was also time to have an update on the PRISM and UIC app projects. Mr Mariorenzi, on behalf of TRENITALIA presented their new RCT2 layouts.

Mr Jan Klaumuenzner chaired the 107th Reservations Group Meeting. The Graphical Seats Reservation project was discussed by participants, and was the exchange of messages among companies. New reservation systems and announcement from members in the field of exchange of reservation messages were also on the agenda.

The last meeting was the TAP Maintenance and Development working group. Mr Clemens Gantert chaired the meeting as president of the group. Given the importance of the exchange of personal data of passengers between companies due to the new circumstances regarding safety and security, it was agreed to create an ad hoc group of experts to deal with this issue. There was also an update of the meetings with ERA, a brief presentation by HITRAIL and a report from all the technical activities that affect the projects carried out by the Passengers Department of UIC, such as the PRM Assistance Booking Tool and the Public Key Management Website.

The next TAP meetings will take place in Paris, at UIC headquarters, from 10 – 14 October 2016.

For further information please contact Luis Casado Presa, Senior Advisor Passenger Department:

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News from UIC members

China: New railway station for high speed trains in Urumqi

The 1 776 km high speed line linking Lanzhou and Urumqi has been in operation since 16 November 2014. Trains run at a maximum speed of 250 km/h.

The new high speed station in Urumqi will open to the public next month.

The construction of the new Urumqi HS station started in 2012 and will be in operation by the end of June 2016.

The huge waiting hall of the new station will hold 8000 passengers at the same time.

The maximum capacity for the station will be 240,000 passengers per day.

(Source: Xinhua news agency)

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11th World Congress on Railway Research – WCRR 2016 – opens in Milan, Italy

On 30 May 2016, WCRR 2016 – the 11th World Congress on Railway Research – was officially opened at the Fiero Milano and will conclude on 2 June. It is taking place in Milan and this edition is hosted by FS, the Italian State Railways. These global congresses have been organised since the early 1990s and have become the major international forums dedicated to sharing information and experience between railway researchers, decision makers, manufacturers and operators, as well as fostering cooperation and innovation preparing rail transportation of the future.

The 11th WCRR is being organised at the invitation of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group and Trenitalia, under leadership of Mr Renato Mazzoncini – FS CEO and Vice-Chairman of UIC. The WCRR 2013 Organising and Executive Committees were composed of representatives of the founding members AAR/TTCI (USA), DB (Germany), FS & Trenitalia (Italy), RSSB (UK), RTRI/JR (Japan), SNCF (France), UNIFE Italy and the International Union of Railways (UIC).

At the opening of the conference, 1000 delegates were registered from 30 countries around the world. The main congress theme is “Research & Innovation from Today Towards 2050”. From the initial 936 submitted and evaluated abstracts from 38 countries, 312 full papers have been selected to be presented, 72 of which are for the vision & future sessions and 240 for Today’s Research. In addition to this, there are 252 electronic interactive posters – 61 vision & future posters and 191 on today’s research, each containing four slides including multi-media content.

UIC regularly disseminates the R&D project results through this event sharing the newest technical – technological solutions and demonstrating its market uptake for driving the innovation and boosting the development of railway sector. Eight sessions are being chaired by UIC HQ representatives, while several UIC staff members are also featured as presenters at the session and at an E-poster.

The official congress opening ceremony on the morning of 30 May, featuring several very high level speakers, was followed by a panel session and an inter-active press conference. Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, expressed his warmest thanks to the Italian hosts for the successful organisation of WCRR 2016. During the interesting first panel, Mr Loubinoux presented some very clear statements, explaining for instance possible ways to implement the very prestigious goals set by the UN Climate Conference COP21. He mentioned a set of so-called “5 Is”: proper Infrastructure, Investment, Innovation, Intelligence, and Interoperability – with a clear opening to cooperation with academia and young researchers, ‘start-ups’ from the digital world and interoperability between all international rail systems and with other modes of transport. Later on in this discussion he was asked what actions would be envisaged or needed to implement the ‘5 Is”. He then presented “5 Cs” for action to be undertaken towards Customers – everything we do should be focused on them and their needs – City, Centre – stations and hubs, where and how to link them – Corridors and the Complementarity of modes – optimisation of the role of each within an integrated transportation system with railways at the core.

Other themes which were put forward during the round-table were priorities such as safety, security – including cyber threat – today’s customer trends: “access, not owning” with real time information for flexible choices etc.

WCRR 2016 also offers its visitors a trade exhibition inside as well as a rolling stock exhibition on site, outside in cooperation with the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group and Trenitalia.

Other UIC meetings focused on Innovation and Research in Milan

In order to optimise synergies between the WCRR World Congress and UIC bodies dealing with railway research at global level, several meetings have been planned in Milan: the UIC Regional Assembly Europe – RAE – the Research & Innovation Coordination Group – RICG and the “TALENT– training & education, the UIC interactive platform” as a side-event to the WCRR 2016. Also meeting in Milan was the UIC International Railway Research Board – IRRB – chaired by Prof. Boris Lapidus, RZD Russia, which aims to promote exchanges among members on research strategies and innovation and to implement joint activities for sharing information and experience on research.

The IRRB is also promoting the Third Edition of the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards that will be presented in conjunction with the UIC General Assembly to be held in Russia in late November/early December 2016. Proposals for the UIC Awards can be uploaded until 1 September 2016 directly to the UIC based website

Detailed information on research and information – research data base – can be obtained by visiting the UIC Research Portal:

For further information please contact:

Dennis Schut of the UIC Research & Innovation Unit:

UIC Communications Department:

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Meeting of the Working Group to update UIC Leaflet 930

On 23 and 24 May, the Working Group on the Update of UIC Leaflet 930 held a two-day meeting at Adif offices in Madrid, aiming to adapt the document to the latest progress on the topic of energy consumption information exchange.

UIC leaflet 930 “Exchange of data for cross-border railway energy settlement” was published in November 2009, within the framework of the Energy Billing Project.

The main purposes of UIC leaflet 930 are to:

  • Describe the processes and protocols used for the exchange of energy consumption data between Infrastructure Managers, which by respecting existing national systems thereby contribute to an improvement in European railway sector interoperability.
  • Define the technical requirements for the checking and verification of this data.
  • Allow Railway Undertakings to identify their genuine energy consumption and therefore pay exactly what is consumed; associate the consumption of each train to the bill and the energy price (including existing models) which will finally lead to energy savings.

Over 30 participants, representing main European railways, joined the two-day meeting discussing the possible options for updating the digital language used for communications, the role model included in the leaflet and other topics related to the exchange of information on electricity consumption in tunnels and borders.

The working group set a plan for the next meetings analysing the different aspects of the update and the possibilities of converting the leaflet into an International Railway Standard (IRS).

More information of the leaflet and Energy billing is available on the UIC website.

For further information about next meetings please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

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Eress Forum held on 25 May 2016 in Madrid

The Eress Forum was held on 25 May 2016 in Madrid, where over 150 experts from Railway Undertakings, representatives from Infrastructure Managers, manufacturing companies, EU and national policy makers, journalists and suppliers exchanged their experiences and points of view.

This edition of the Eress Forum presented the links between energy consumption and measurements and the opening of the railway market, including the best cases in energy efficiency improvements. In addition, the forum presented the latest experiences in the implementation of energy metering systems on board (detailed programme here).

The conference was opened by Terje Stomer from Eress. Frank Jost of DG Move provided the keynote speech presenting the opening of the railways of Europe for competition. Other relevant speakers from ERA, EIM, CER, and rail companies at European level provided the latest information of ongoing projects and activities on the topic.

The morning session included a presentation on energy consumption and CO2 emissions of railways in the world by Marine Gorner from the International Energy Agency (IEA), presenting the latest data included in the IEA-UIC publication Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions (latest publication).

In the afternoon, Bart Van der Spiegel from Infrabel gave feedback on the latest activities for updating UIC leaflet 930 “Exchange of data for cross-border railway energy settlement” and the next meetings planned for 2016.

In the same panel Gabriel Castañares Hernández from UIC introduced the advantages of the standardised formats of communications for connected Driving Advisory Systems (DAS) in an open discussion for the participants and the potential advantages of the SFERA project presented at the latest Opt-In UIC process.

ERESS is a European partnership for railway energy settlement systems, integrated by Banedanmark, Infrabel, Jernbaneverket (JBV), Trafikverket, Finish Transport Agency (FTA), SBB and Vivens (Dutch railway energy procurement cooperative). Eress is a non-profit organisation, jointly owned by its partners, committed to the development, implementation and supply of the energy settlement solution called Erex.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor on Energy and CO2:

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Vegetation Management Meeting held from 24 – 25 May 2016 in Paris

Weed Control on Railways: What Future for Herbicides? Balancing Safety, Sustainability, Performance and Cost Challenges

From 24 – 25 May 2016, the International Railway Association, UIC, held the International Workshop on “Weed control on Railways: What future for herbicides?” at its headquarters. This workshop followed the successful first edition held in October 2013 in Coventry hosted by Network Rail.

This event was organised by the working group UIC Sustainable Land Use Expert Network and focused on the latest issues at European level for the management of herbicides in Railway Vegetation Management.

Over 100 people from 20 different nationalities attended the workshop which was co-organised with SNCF Reseau.

Jean-Pierre Loubionux, UIC Director General, welcomed the participants and provided a key note speech addressing the serious concerns which railway vegetation managers are currently facing: to guarantee the safety of the tracks and signalling equipment and at same time taking into account the question of environmental and health protection, which corresponds to the overall environmental responsibility. He remarked that rail represents the backbone of sustainable transport and that the entire community needs to make every effort to retain this position.

“This is why vegetation control on railway networks is carried out through extremely high standard methods and herbicides are used only where they are vitally necessary and no alternatives exist. Moreover several research efforts on alternatives to herbicide have been investigated and will be presented here during this workshop.”

He finally concluded that sustainability embraces a wide spectrum of technical issues, which are very much related to day-to-day operations, and that is why the workshop is of particular relevance.

Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor at UIC, introduced the recent activities of the Sustainable Land Use network and noted that another pillar of the UIC is Standardisation as the basis of the railway as a system. In this sense the Expert Group developed the International Railway Standard on Vegetation Management which is now in its final stage of approval. The new IRS represents a single source of cutting‐edge information on all aspects of vegetation management including detailed advice on sound justification for the continued use of herbicides and state-of-the-art guidance on tree risk management.

The two-day agenda included speeches from major stakeholders including CER, national chemical authorities, environmental egencies and representatives from chemical suppliers.

During Day 1, three sessions were held. Session 1 provided different maintenance overviews and regulatory frameworks from six European infrastructure managers. Session 2 provided a complete regulatory framework. Ethem Pekin, Environmental Economist at CER, provided the European policy overview while Mr Petra Pucelik-Günther from the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety provided the regulatory framework in Germany, the Environment Risk Assessment of molecules. Finally Ms Farwell from FERA presented the Hardspec Model which is a first-tier model for estimating surface water and groundwater exposure resulting from herbicides applied to hard surfaces. It was developed as a collaborative project in the UK involving universities, suppliers and the Environment Agency. In the last session of the day several alternatives to chemical applications were presented by both railway infrastructure companies and universities.

During Day 2 several overviews on recent GIS and geo-referencing technologies were given by different infrastructure managers and subcontractors. In session 6 Mr Christopher Leake, representative from CropLife Association, the association of chemical suppliers, explained the difficulties experienced by chemical firms in getting new molecules patented and reported on the strict environmental risk assessment which the regulatory framework foresees. He also asked for a common table for active collaboration between associations, suppliers and buyers in order to define a Roadmap for the sustainable use of herbicides. The last session provided studies of the impact of herbicides on the environment. Finally Mr Micheal Morin, Director of Track Maintenance at SNCF Reseau concluded the two-day workshop and noted that Vegetation Management is an engineered technique which is wisely undertaken by railway infrastructure managers. However innovation and exchange of best practices need to be encouraged and UIC was praised for organising this event.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor:

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Third Edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members to make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of the UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The first two editions of the awards took place in 2012 and 2014.

Late November 2016 will be the occasion of the third edition of the award ceremony for the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards.

Through these awards, UIC aims to support and promote the following:

  • Development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • Development process of international cooperation in this field
  • Promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organisations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • Global recognition of the role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and therefore will become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favourable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers

And to honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

The first official award ceremony was held in Paris on the occasion of the UIC General Assembly on 11 December 2012, during which we also celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of UIC and international cooperation between members within our association.

In the autumn of 2015, UIC started communicating about the Third Call for Applications for the Award. Submission can be uploaded to the dedicated UIC hosted website until 1 September 2016.

Applications for the UIC Innovation Awards are being invited from rail transport operators, infra- structure managers, rail research institutes and academia specialised in rail research, the rail supply industry, passenger transport (user)organisations, public transport authorities as well as individual researchers. Any organisations or individuals who feel they have contributed to the innovation of the railway system through their research activities are welcome to apply. There is one condition: the results of the research project need to have been tested, demonstrated and proven beneficial in actual service.

Submissions for the UIC Innovation Awards for rail research leading to innovations with proven implementation can be made within six categories. These are:

  • Safety & Security (including signalling issues)
  • Sustainable Development (including energy, noise, vibration, emission issues)
  • Rail System Technology (rolling stock, infra-structure and interaction)
  • Rail Freight Services
  • Customer Services (incl. new business models)
  • Cost Reduction (increasing competitiveness)

As mentioned above, there are two other – honorary – categories: Young Researchers and Lifetime Achievement

Applicants are requested to submit their application by using the online standard format which can be found on the dedicated UIC website

Additional information can be forwarded via email to the address of the IRRB secretariat no later than 31 August 2016!

When selecting the laureates for the awards the jury will base its decisions on the following criteria:

  • Innovation should be of an industry-wide nature (should be able to be applied globally)
  • Innovation should lead to the increase in efficiency or cost reductions for the railway companies
  • The innovation should have a clear practical and demonstrated value

The jury will consist of members of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) (bringing together high-level representatives of the leading railway research institutes around the world) with the advice of technical experts from their organisation.

The winners in each of the six categories will be invited to the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Award ceremony in St-Petersburg or Moscow (to be confirmed) – possibly on 30 November – and will be offered the official award and certificate as well as prize money. The winners of the two honorary categories will also be invited to the ceremony to receive their award and certificate of honour.

For further information please visit the dedicated website:

Or contact Dennis Schut:

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ZSSK hosts 70th meeting of the Joint UIC/OSJD Group on ‘Coding and IT’ and seminar on the TAF and TAP TSI Implementation

On 25 and 26 May, ZSSK Cargo hosted over 35 stakeholders at the 70th joint UIC/OSJD meeting on ‘Coding and IT’ in Poprad, Slovak Republic. The joint group manages over 30 commonly published UIC and OSJD leaflets providing the basis for standardised data exchange between stakeholders in both EU and CIS countries.

The harmonisation work of the joint group is becoming increasingly important, given the differences in legal regimes and underlying standards applied in the OSJD (CIS) countries and those in the EU. This is particularly important for those railways that are subject to both OSJD and EU legal regimes. The meeting was attended by UIC/OSJD member companies PLK/PKP, Rail Cargo Hungaria, CD, ZSSK Cargo, LDZ, DB Cargo, RZD and others.

For this reason, the Joint Group sponsored a one-day workshop on the implementation of the TAF and TAP TSI, chaired by John Lutz of the UIC. The workshop explored various subjects related to harmonisation activities needed for compliance with the EU Regulations and equivalent data exchange required in OSJD member countries. The workshop also drew attendance from service providers and stakeholders concerned with the TAF and TAP TSI, such as HitRail, Raildata, Oltis Group, SIGIS, ERA, CER and others.

The following subject areas were specifically addressed:

  • The need for further analysis of consignment note data that can comply with the requirements of both the CIM (EU) and SMGS (CIS) implementations within the legal and regulatory context of both regimes.
  • The implementation of the Location Reference Data within the context of the TAF and TAP TSIs and its impacts with cross-border data exchange.
  • The current state of play for implementation of the TAF and TAP TSI in joint EU and OSJD countries.
  • Shipment visibility solutions for East-West traffic.

The joint meeting on ‘Coding and IT’ was chaired by Mr Peter Ihnat of ZSSK Cargo. In conclusion, the members present at the meeting successfully validated the need to work on projects proposed for 2016-2017 in order to update four joint UIC/OSJD leaflets and to further study requirements from both regimes. The resulting impact analysis should allow future interoperability of data exchange standards and assuring legal compliance for both regimes.

Mr Attla Kiss, Executive Director of the OSJD, thanked the participants for their contributions and for 70 years of successful collaboration between the UIC and OSJD in achieving harmonisation for data exchange. He also warmly thanked ZSSK Cargo for the fine organisation.

For further information please contact John Lutz, Senior Advisor eCommerce:

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Alexis Robin, 28 years old, Geographer at UIC

It is with immense sadness that all staff members of UIC Headquarters were informed on Saturday 28 May that their young colleague Alexis Robin, 28 years old, geographer within the UIC’s Data, Statistics and Economics Unit (DSE) passed away.

UIC’s Director General, Board of Directors, Heads of Units and all headquarter staff members want to express their compassion and most sincere condolences to all members of Alexis’s family.

His colleagues and friends at UIC attest:

Our colleague, Alexis Robin lost his fight against cancer on Saturday, May 28th. Alexis held a Master’s degree in Geography and specialized in geographic information systems. He first developed his skills in rail transport and asset management with a consulting company, then joined UIC in 2014 and contributed in setting up the Data, Statistics and Economics unit.

While his professional contributions using geographic tools were needed and appreciated, his open mind and wide range of interests quickly led him to participate in current projects, funded by our Members and by the European Commission. He also authored one project that successfully passed the opt-in, and prepared an EU tender in cooperation with the University of Newcastle.

Alexis also cultivated wider interests in transport, preparing a thesis about opportunities for rail freight in Latin America, for which he spent a full vacation month doing on-site research.

His most outstanding skill was, perhaps, in interacting with people regardless of age, background, or origin. While never shy about debating ideas, he knew how not to hurt the persons expressing them.

Once diagnosed with cancer, Alexis faced his condition with realism and never gave up his trademark humour. Although in pain, he kept smiling back.
As smiles spread faster than disease, he was sure to be a winner.

Next meetings scheduled

  • 18 September 2018 CYRail Final Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20 September 2018 Fourth Networking & Collaborative TALENT event Berlin, Germany
  • 25-27 September 2018 UIC PoSE Meeting Lisbon (PT)
  • 26-29 September 2018 UIMC scientific congress 2018 LUXEMBOURG
  • 26-27 September 2018 UIC TEG Plenary Meeting Prague (Czech Republic)
  • 1 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 2 October 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 5 October 2018 OptiYard mid-term Conference UIC, Paris
  • 9 October 2018 20 Plenary ELCF - ILCAD 2018 debriefing meeting FFE Madrid
  • 10 October 2018 SAFER-LC Mid term conference Madrid
  • 16-19 October 2018 14th UIC World Security Congress: Crisis management and resilience BLED, SLOVENIA
  • 18-19 October 2018 RSF Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 18-20 October 2018 Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop Bristol, UK
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Prague, CZ (SZDC)
  • 24 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group UIC HQ Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 14 November 2018 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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