UIC took part in the 7th Eurasia Rail in Istanbul

Vice Chairman and Director General of UIC addressed participants at the Eurasia Rail Opening Ceremony and Railway Forum

UIC supported the 7th International Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition, Eurasia Rail, that was successfully held from 2 – 4 March at the Istanbul Expo Center.

The opening ceremony of the 7th Eurasia Rail Exhibition took place on 2 March with the participation of Mr Yüksel Coskunyürek, Vice Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Isa Apaydin, President of the Board and Director General of Turkish Railways (TCDD), UIC Vice Chairman and Chairman of the UIC Middle-East Region, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC.

Mr Isa Apaydin gave an overview of the large number of achievements and railway projects currently underway in the Republic of Turkey.

In his opening address, UIC Director General Mr Loubinoux underlined: “Turkey, through its ambitious projects and achievements in the rail sector, is an optimal place to demonstrate to an international audience of decision-makers, how the development of a modern and effective rail transport system can strongly contribute to economic growth and social development. Let us just mention the fast development of the Turkish high speed network, of modern freight and intermodal services, the projects of intercontinental corridors connected to the Silk Roads...UIC and the international railway community can only congratulate Turkey and TCDD for the continuous confidence and investment in rail as the backbone of the mobility system of the future”.

Mr Loubinoux then addressed the issue of the technological developments that are preparing the railway system of the future and the contribution of UIC in this matter.
The rail sector, in his view, has to rapidly face five main challenges to be successful as the backbone of an effective mobility system:

  • The challenge of contributing to a genuine multimodal mobility system, with a special focus on improving interfaces,
  • The development of long distance, interoperable, intercontinental freight corridors,
  • The huge challenge of the technological revolution and, at the core of the process, of the digital revolution,
  • The challenge of offering sustainable transport solutions and optimising environmental-friendliness of railway operations,
  • Finally railway research as a key to ensure the innovation needed to construct a successful future for rail transport"

The challenges of the “Digital Railway”

Mr Isa Apaydin, TCDD President and UIC Vice Chairman, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, also participated as panellists in the Railway Forum on 2 March in the afternoon, together with Mr Veysi Kurt, Chairman and Director General of the newly created TCDD transport company, Mr Libor Lochman, Executive Director of the CER, and several high-level speakers from the host country. The discussions were moderated by Mr Orhan Birdal, Deputy Under Secretary of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey.

On behalf of UIC, Mr Loubinoux focused his presentation on the opportunities created by the digital revolution for railways. Under the keywords “Share, Open, Connect”, UIC has rapidly developed a dedicated action plan with the aim to reflect this revolution in all sectors and disciplines of railway operations.

He said: “We are living in a digital era. Today digital is everywhere. Indeed, after technical and administrative interoperability, we must carry out the standardisation work of integration between informatisation and industrialisation.
To this aim, a Digital Platform was created at UIC with the objectives to share creative ideas, ensure harmonisation and boost innovation.
Three main areas of common interest have been identified in connection with digitalisation: Security and in particular Cybersecurity, Services (Freight and Passenger) and Productivity of the Rail System. In this context, UIC gave the opportunity to its members, its partners, to start-up and technical opinion leaders, to share and even to start to co-build the future of mobility together.”

"In the context of digitalisation, UIC as a technical Platform also promotes “Proofs of Concept” (PoC). Several prototypes of PoC have already been developed to bring concrete answers to concrete questions. These PoC (for example dealing with “Track circuit shunting booster”, “Broken rail detection and localisation”, “Improvement with digital level crossings”) are presented to our members and will constitute a basis for new IRSs (International Railway Solution) to be then passed to the industry."

Among the activities planned for the near future, Mr Loubinoux mentioned a digital conference in Rome and a “Silicon Valley tour” with a delegation from UIC member CEOs at the end of May to meet and exchange with leading actors of the digital revolution.

More further information please contact Paul Véron, Director, UIC Coordinator for the Middle-East:

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10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail 2018

Signing of the act of engagement and legal documents for implementation

With the aim of bringing the legal status in line with the new dates of the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail, jointly organised by UIC and Turkish State Railways (TCDD), which will finally take place from 8 to 11 May 2018 in Ankara, new documents have been signed between the main actors.

In Istanbul, on 2 March, on the occasion of the 7th Eurasia Rail, the international trade fair of rolling stock, infrastructure and logistics, Mr Isa Apaydin, President of the Board and Director General of TCDD (and also UIC Vice Chairman and Chairman of the UIC Middle-East Region, RAME) and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, signed a new version of the Memorandum of Understanding, which engage both entities in cooperation.

They also, together with Mr Gökhan Ölmez, Director General of CMS Project, the company in charge of the logistical organisation of the Congress, signed an updated version of the contract defining the terms and conditions of this organisation.

This ceremony was followed by constructive and friendly talks between the three partners, and mainly focused on the organisation of the Congress, which is expected to be a big success, thanks to the strong involvement of the three signing actors, as well as the cooperation between all the members of the UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee.

For further information please contact Iñaki Barrón de Angoiti, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department:

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Partnership formed with Copernicus Climate Change Service and Secteur project for RailAdapt Workshops to be held in London

Save the Date!

London, 27 – 28 April 2017 hosted by RSSB – Save the Date

Climate is changing and railroads are vulnerable to these changes. Climate change will have a wide range of threads for railroads such as rising sea levels, increase risk of flood, and heat waves. Railway stakeholders need to plan for the impact and challenges that our changing climate will bring, and having the appropriate tools and data to make evidence-based decisions is essential.

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) provides information to help society and business sectors improve decision-making and planning regarding climate mitigation and adaptation. C3S is based on a combination of science and data and an advanced understanding of the market needs. The entry point to this European Project will be the Climate Data Store, whose first version will be accessible in the middle of the year 2017.

The SECTEUR project (Sector Engagement for Copernicus Climate Change Service; Translating European User Requirements) works with businesses and other organisations to understand their requirements, in terms of weather and climate data to support decision-making. This project is funded by the Reading-based European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF) on behalf of Copernicus, the European Commission’s Earth observation and monitoring programme. Working with users in each sector will place the focus on technical feasibility, market needs and gaps that could be filled with additional research. The ultimate aim of this project is to translate these user requirements into services for the C3S Sectoral Information System (SIS) and the Climate Data Store.

SECTEUR is engaging and interacting with a wide number of stakeholders across six sectors (including transport infrastructure) through surveys, workshops and interviews to establish an inventory of existing policy needs and user requirements in terms of climate data and climate impact indicators.

This projects is aligned with RailAdapt, a UIC initiative aimed at keeping UIC Members informed and prepared, in support of national Adaptation Plans, UN agreements (COP21 and Sustainable Development Goals), and EU encouragement to reduce risks and costs whilst improving railways’ resilience in the face of Climate Change. Building resilience in transport has been given a boost since the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris (COP 21 2015) and Marrakech (COP 22 2016), where the world governments agreed to develop adaptation plans. Railways will play no small part in this.

UIC is supporting its members by arranging a series of fact-finding and briefing RailAdapt workshops during 2017. The first workshop will be hosted by RSSB in London on 27 and 28 April (A second will be organised in Beijing in June, but the exact date and location have to be confirmed). On the afternoon of the 28th RailAdapt will partner with SECTEUR to develop a workshop in which it will be possible to obtain in-depth knowledge of what climate information will be released through Climate Data Store and how this information can be acquired and processed to assist decision making processed in the railway sector.

UIC is inviting members and other key stakeholders to share experience and outline what data are needed to help make the case and secure funding for improving the resilience of rail services. The findings of the London workshop will provide inputs for the final design of the C3S and CDS. So participating in this workshop will enable these tools to be better tailored to the needs of each organisation.

UIC therefore invites the people in your organisation who understand disruption and how to cope with it, and those who can make a difference. They could be regional asset engineers, local operations managers or very senior national directors, or those responsible for long term planning, economics and finance or those that are interested in corporate risks, like risk to reputation. It’s more than having emergency plans, it’s about willingness to take responsibility: for preparedness, investment, building awareness and capacity.

These key personnel could help us by showing willingness to work at different levels and sharing their experiences and advice at our London workshop and engaging with us as things develop further.

For more detail about RailAdapt, see the flyer:

For more detail about Secteur, visit the webpage:

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

Or Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

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Workshop on Connected-DAS and Meeting of the UIC Experts Network on Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions

1 – 2 March 2017 in Berlin

On 1 March 2017, UIC held a Workshop on Connected-Driving Advisory Systems (C-DAS). The Workshop was hosted by Deutsche Bahn at its BahnTower headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

This workshop brought together Railway Undertakings, Infrastructure Managers, DAS manufacturers and several other stakeholders to discuss the status and the perspectives of Connected-DAS in railways.

The workshop started with input from the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA), presenting the activities of the Agency concerning C-DAS and Automatic Train Operation (ATO).

The programme continued with a series of round tables: in the first, manufacturers such as TransRail, Knorr-Bremse and AVP Technologies showcased their solutions for C-DAS. After lunch, it was the turn of Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings to present their experiences and their needs, focusing on why they need a Connected-DAS with respect to a standalone DAS. The round tables included presentations from DB Netz, ÖBB, Infrabel, Trafikverket, SBB, SNCF and NS.

In the last session of the day, the workshop featured input from other projects: a demonstration of RailML, results from the ONTIME project (in particular regarding deliverable 6.1) and a presentation by Comillas University on communication for energy metering.

After the end of the Workshop, several UIC member railways participated in the kick-off meeting for the SFERA project, a UIC project aimed to standardise the communication with Connected-DAS systems in order to facilitate interoperability among manufacturers, Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings.

All the presentations of the workshop are available for members in the Sustainability Workspace of the UIC Extranet.

On the next day, 2 March 2017, the UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network held their first meeting of the year, also at the Bahn-Tower in Berlin. The meeting featured a discussion on indicators to report greenhouse gas emissions, with the collaboration of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) as guest speaker; an update on the political situation in Brussels provided by the Community of European Railways (CER) and a report on UIC activities such as the “Sustainability in Stations” Project and the revision of Leaflet 930.

For further information please contact the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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Results from 3rd 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 make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The 3rd edition of the Awards came to an end through the organisation of the award ceremony held in St Petersburg in Russia on 1 December 2016.

Through these Awards, the UIC aims to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The 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 research to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The 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 will therefore 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
  • Honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

Following the previous articles in the series of 2016 Awards we now present you with some information on Mr. Georg Pöppl – UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards – Rail System Technology Award Winner 2016 and his contributions to the Research and development of the world’s first photovoltaic power plant providing 16.7 Hz traction current.

Georg Pöppl, Head of Life-Cycle-Management Energy in the business unit Railway Systems of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, Austria. 2006: PhD in Energy Systems and Energy Economics from University of Technology Vienna. 2011: Head of Asset Management, Business Unit Energy at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG. Since 2014: Head of Life-Cycle-Management of power plants of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, technical, economical and legal responsibility of the traction power system, such as power plants, traction power supply line, frequency converter, substations and energy control center operated by ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG as well as the operative and strategic energy system development.

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG is the supplier of traction power to railway undertakings in Austria. Other than in the rest of Europe - Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland use 16.7 Hz traction current and not 50 Hz. One of the main goals of ÖBB is to raise the share of renewable energy within the traction power supply in Austria. Therefore ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG has developed the world’s first photovoltaic plant for 16.7 Hz traction power, that directly feeds into the overhead line – where electricity is consumed, so conversion and transmission losses are reduced to a minimum. The world’s first solar power plant for 16.7 Hz traction power was built in Lower Austria, along the train’s route with a total surface of two hectares.

The challenge was to develop a power inverter, that transforms solar energy into single-phase 16,7 traction power. Since December 2014 7000 solar modules have fed 16.7 Hz traction power directly via a 95 power inverter into the overhead line. Since completion the power plant is in trouble-free condition. The solar plant has a peak power of 1 MWp – in 2015 the solar plant exceeded expectations and produced 1.13 MWh. Therefore, in 2015, 200 trains or 80,000 passengers were transported with solar energy e.g. from Vienna to Salzburg and 500 tons of CO2 were reduced.

With the successful installation of the first 16.7 Hz solar power plant ÖBB has set new technical standards. This project serves as a best-practice example for other railway 16.7 Hz - Infrastructure managers. Moreover sustainability and competitiveness of the railway system against the road is increased and shall also provide an incentive to change travel mode. Dependence from public 50 Hz power grid is reduced and efficiency increased which leads to reduced energy costs in future. Passengers as well as rail freight companies are able to drive with environmental public transport. The results of the first solar power plant are used for a roll out of solar power plants along the train’s route in Austria.

For further information on these interesting developments, please contact Mr Georg


For further information on the IRRB – the UIC’s International Rail Research Board and the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards, please contact Dennis Schut:

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Safety Workshop on Organisational and Human Factors held on 22 February 2017 in Paris

On 22 February 2017, the UIC Safety Unit organised a workshop at Paris UIC HQ in order to disseminate and discuss the results of the three multidisciplinary Task Forces established by the UIC Safety platform. All UIC members and guests were invited to attend this event.

On this occasion Mr Peter Gerhardt, Head of the UIC Safety Unit and Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, Fundamental Values Director, welcomed the 70 participants from 30 UIC members, partners and representatives from NSAs (National Security Agencies), the Agency and third parties.

Safety culture and safety management system:

Christian Neveu (Chairman of the Taskforce) and Bernard Penners (Infrabel) presented a detailed description of a model of strong safety culture comprising nine points, ranging from staff commitment and involvement in issues of safety to change management. They also demonstrated that:

  • There are close links between the SMS and safety culture, and the SMS can be a highly effective way of improving the culture
  • Measuring safety culture is not just about measuring accident rates
  • Measuring safety levels is not the same as measuring safety culture
  • Measuring safety culture requires looking at the core of the system to understand how it is working

The round table moderated by Meryem Belhaj from UIC was a good opportunity for the participants to discuss safety culture and to put their questions to the speakers and invited experts such as Frédéric Delorme (Chairman of the Safety Platform, SNCF), Susan Reinartz (ERA), Hans Vogt (CFF).

Improving health and safety when working with contractors

Maria Hedqvist (Chairwoman of OHSG) presented the guidance which will assist in improving the health and safety practice of leaders, managers, and health and safety practitioners working in procurement, project management, and supply chain management. She concluded that:

  • Achieving excellent health and safety performance is a challenge for the rail industry. This can be achieved by:
    • Improving how we select the contractors that we work with
    • Preparing contracts with clear and robust requirements for health and safety, including considering how to incentivise good performance and manage poor performance
    • Ensuring we only engage with those contractors who can deliver our requirements and work with them to ensure they are fully aware of the railway environment, the health and safety risks and requirements
    • Supervising, monitoring and measuring the health and safety performance of contractors
  • The right leadership and culture is imperative to improving health and safety performance
  • Improving how we engage with contractors will help us to prepare for success in health and safety performance

Other members of the taskforce delivered presentations: Kay Doyle from Irish Rail on contract preparation and contract award. Inge Laureweys from Infrabel gave examples of good practice on familiarisation such as the use of shared systems to provide and share information. Sharna Murraly from Network Rail presented the Sentinel card which determines whether an individual has the Authority to Work on the railway infrastructure. Colin Clifton (Govia, UK) highlighted how we capture near misses and incidents when working with contractors.

Signals Passed At Danger “SPADs”

Christian Neveu (SNCF, chairman of the taskforce) reiterated that the main objective was to share member experience on SPADS and inform one another of the action taken, its outcomes and the problems that arise.

Four specific topics were presented:

  • Processes of SPAD investigation: common aspects and best practices by Huw Gibson from RSSB
  • Role of the railway undertaking by Olivier Kayser & Guy Lux from CFL
  • Learning of experience, taking the positives by Christian Neveu from SNCF
  • Role of the infrastructure managers by Mike Carr from RSSB & Ole Kroczek from DB AG

The chairman of the Safety Platform, Frédéric Delorme, concluded the workshop by highlighting the importance of organisational and human factors in the management of safety.

For further information please contact Meryem Belhaj, Senior Advisor International Training & Human Factors:

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One month to go before the 4th UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2017

The UIC World Congress on Rail Training (WCRT) will be held at the DB Akademie, Potsdam/Berlin, Germany, from 5 – 7 April 2017, and is organised by UIC and its partners, DB Training, Learning & Consulting, FS and SNCF.

Organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, WCRT draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centre Networks. Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The key congress aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings in this area which bring innovation and have practical application to the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers

If you are an HR and training director, a training executive, or a training and workforce development expert, then this congress is for you!
Please note that the three official languages of the congress are English, German and French.

Speakers from over 20 countries have been selected to present and share their experience and good practices on diverse topical issues such as, inter alia, transfer of knowledge, management of Talents, learning innovation and technologies, ways of cooperation on national and international levels, safety culture.

To register as well as obtain practical information (venue, potential sponsorships/partners opportunities, detailed programme, abstracts), please visit the dedicated website

Looking forward to seeing you in Potsdam!

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

Or Marion Hochet, Expertise Development Advisor:

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News from UIC members

China: Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport visits Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU)

On 23 February 2017, President NING Bin met Graziano Delrio, Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport and the delegation of eight people. The delegation accompanied the Italian President Sergio Mattarella during his state visit to China, and made a special trip to Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU).

NING Bin extended his welcome to the guests on behalf of the University. He introduced the history and development, characteristic disciplines and 120th anniversary of BJTU last year. He pointed out that the University was committed to building a high level research university with distinctive features and a centre of research, talent cultivation and social service. Recently, BJTU has been actively responding to the “One Belt and One Road” initiatives and made contributions during the full participation in the rail transit construction. He expected to strengthen the ties with Italian universities and the industry through this visit.

Graziano Delrio expressed gratitude to BJTU for the hospitality and introduced the responsibility and major work of his ministry. He stressed that the Italian government attached importance to the safety management and sustainable development, promoted the infrastructure construction, technology research and standards setting of the industry, and spoke highly of the contributions BJTU made for the development of rail transit in China. He expected both parties to seek common interests and to conduct tangible collaboration under the framework of “One Belt and One Road” initiatives.

Vice President CHEN Feng attended the meeting and accompanied the delegation during the visit to the State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control and Safety.
The delegates included Advisor to the Minister, Head of Minister Office, Counsellor and staff from the Italian Embassy to China. Principals from School of Traffic and Transportation, School of Architecture and Design, Hanergy School of Renewable Energy, Office of Research and Office of International Affairs were also present at the meeting.

(Source: BJTU)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Network Rail announces opening date for Barrow upon Soar bridge

A bridge which partially collapsed onto the Midland Main Line in Leicestershire last August will reopen to road vehicles on Monday, 27 March.

Pieces of the bridge on Grove Lane in Barrow upon Soar fell onto the tracks overnight on 1 August 2016, resulting in a day of disruption as train services bound for London through the East Midlands were cancelled and diverted.

Short term repairs meant that train services were running again within 24 hours and although the bridge reopened to pedestrians three weeks later, it has remained closed to road traffic to allow detailed assessments to be made and permanent repairs carried out.

The work to repair the road bridge has included removing 200 tonnes of debris, restoring the brick parapet wall, reconnecting gas and water mains which run through the bridge, as well as resurfacing the road.

Gary Walsh, area director at Network Rail, said: “Repairing this bridge has been a huge project. Work to repair old bridges such as this one are complicated and can run into unforeseen challenges. Although we want the bridge to open as soon as possible, we need to make sure that the bridge is safe for all users before it reopens.
“I appreciate that the work has caused disruption to those living in the area and I apologise for this. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their continued patience whilst this work is carried out.”

Network Rail will hold a public information event on Wednesday, 15 March between 16:00 and 19:00 at Barrow upon Soar Scout Hut. Representatives from Network Rail and their contractors AMCO will be on hand to answer any questions which residents may have, as well as to provide further information on the work which has taken place.

Further work will be required later in the year and residents will be able to find out more information at the event. Network Rail will write to residents before the work begins to let them know the time and dates of the work, as well as any road closures which will be put in place.

(Source: Network Rail)

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Switzerland: SBB 2020 strategy – Creating added value for customers – increasing efficiency

With its 2020 strategy, SBB is setting the course for the mobility of the future. SBB wants to remain a strong railway as well as a reliable mobility service provider and development partner. It is combining the strengths of the railway with the potential of new technology, leading to innovations such as new services for door-to-door journeys, digital stations, smart freight wagons and even capacity increases thanks to enhanced railway technology. SBB showcased innovation projects from the Passenger, Real Estate, Freight and Infrastructure divisions at a media event.

Mobility is undergoing profound and extensive change. New customer requirements, digitalisation, new mobility providers and regulatory developments are changing markets and business models. Other modes of transport are catching up in terms of price and environmental advantage. There is an increasing demand for personalised, intermodal, networked and simple mobility and logistics solutions.

SBB has developed its 2020 strategy and consolidated it with customers, employees, partners and policymakers on the basis of the rapidly changing environment. SBB will continue to focus on the strengths of the railway in the future. At the same time, it will reinforce its role as a reliable mobility service provider and attractive development partner. It aims to reduce the rise in overall system costs so that public transport remains affordable for customers and ordering parties. The corresponding “RailFit20/30” programme is currently being implemented. SBB also wants to boost earnings and capacity utilisation. It is organising the entire mobility chain for customers and improving the management and performance culture.

Targeted investments and increased innovation are at the forefront. SBB is introducing a new Group-wide innovation management system to promote innovative spirit. This involves working with customers and partners more often. It is also establishing an innovation fund endowed with 12 million Swiss francs. The aim is to use innovations to create actual services as quickly as possible. However, if they do not stand the test, SBB will remove them from the market again.

30 percent capacity increase thanks to more efficient railway technology

Thanks to digitalisation, the capacity of the Swiss track network – already the most heavily used rail network in the world – can be increased by up to 30 percent. To this end, SBB is furthering the automation of timetable creation, rail operations and train control and is also looking into the possibility of remote-controlled trains. SBB is also designing a new digital signal box. This reduces the quantity and variety of signalling installations, cutting costs substantially.

The railway technology of the future means that the railway system can be used in a more efficient way. From 2025, there will be more trains in use, denser timetable intervals, fewer disruptions, improved radio connection and more precise customer information in the event of a disruption. SBB has launched Group-wide initiatives to achieve this.

SBB is using digitalisation for maintenance, too. The permanent way is being maintained in a future-oriented and cost-saving manner thanks to a newly developed system called swissTAMP. Using these new tools for status analysis and maintenance planning reduces the number of disruptions and improves reliability and punctuality.

Speaking timetable

SBB has explored new ground with the new version of SBB Mobile by involving customers in its development. Since then, it has managed to attract over 150,000 new users. Over three million customers now use SBB Mobile regularly. Development work on the app is ongoing: In the first quarter of 2017 SBB is launching a voice control function with a speaking timetable and a speaking robot as a source of further information.

The new SBB Trip Planner app will enable customers to compare, combine and book a journey with multiple modes of transport. They will also be able to book taxi services and Uber over the coming months.

Integrated mobility is a further central field of innovation. SBB is developing a simple, environmentally friendly door-to-door service called “SBB Green Class” and is teaming up with ETH Zurich to research the mobility behaviour of the general public. The findings will provide SBB with important information about customers’ requirements for combined door-to-door mobility, with a view towards the possibility of launching similar products.

Railway stations going digital

SBB is turning its railway stations into networked, multimodal mobility hubs, i.e. traffic nodes, destinations and service centres all in one. Digital departure and arrival boards, screens with up-to-the-minute information about train traffic, e-panels for third-party advertising, touchscreen ticket machines and free WiFi are already available. SBB is working with technology firms and partners such as Google and ETH Zurich to improve the quality of services in railway stations even further. In addition to being able to access a virtual view of the railway station in Google Street View, the station’s infrastructure such as escalators, elevators and lighting will also be controlled digitally in the future via the Internet of Things.

Intelligent freight wagons

SBB is also set to use digitalisation in goods transport, installing various sensors in the wagons. The instruments will measure temperature, vibrations and the wagon’s position. SBB will take into account the needs of transport customers seeking to know what the status of their goods is, where they are at any given time and whether they will arrive on schedule. In addition, SBB Cargo will take the automation of rail production a step further by 2018 thanks to the automatic coupling of the wagons.

(Source: SBB)

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Kazakhstan: Address opens up opportunities for transport and logistics complex of Kazakhstan

On 25 February in Kokshetau, the head of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Kanat Alpysbayev gavea speech to the employees of the Akmola branch with a report to explain the major directions of the Address on the Third Modernisation of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness.

Mr Alpysbayev elaborated on the five priorities of the strategy document and drew attention to the activities of the company for the execution of complex tasks defined by the Head of State.

JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) will continue to introduce innovations in the planning and organisation of traffic, technical and technological re-equipment of the industry. The concept of technical policy of JSC "NC “KTZ” until 2025 and strategy for the automation, the use of digital and robotic technology is under development.

To date, production of the Kazakhstan plants supplied to the markets of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine totalling more than 22 billion tenge. For the period from 2017 to 2020 the plan is to sell products for a total amount of 502 billion tenge.

In the framework of the stability and development of mining and metallurgical and oil and gas industry KTZ will continue to work to improve mechanisms for ensuring the freight cars of these industries. Already this year the need is to draw 7-8 thousand rail cars, and the period to 2025 will require 25 thousand freight railcars.

Work to attract foreign investors and technologies to the development of agricultural production in the SEZ Khorgos - Eastern Gateway is under way.

One of the strategic objectives is the development of a new Eurasian logistics infrastructure.

“Our company needs to increase by 2020 the volume of transit container traffic by 7 times, up to 2 million TEU”, said Mr Alpysbayev.

JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) will continue the expansion of freight traffic on the Trans-Kazakhstan routes. In the current year 2500 container trains will operate through the territory of Kazakhstan.

This year will begin the second phase of construction of the Kuryk – road transition.

Mr Alpysbayev noted the importance of promoting Kazakhstan routes in the framework of strategic alliances: joint Transport and Logistics Company with Russia and Belarus, the coordinating Committee for development of Trans-Caspian international transport route with the Caucasus countries, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

To enhance Kazakhstan’s competitiveness in the global marketplace a new transport product, “Rail-Air” has been developed as an alternative to the current supply chain “Sea-Air” from Southeast Asia via Dubai to Europe.

“By performing all the above mentioned activities it is planned to achieve the level of income from transit of $ 4 billion dollars by 2020,” said Mr Alpysbayev.

Implementing programmes of training and retraining, development of dual education, and social support of employees of the company will be continued.

According to Mr Alpysbayev, the decision on indexation of tariff rates/salaries of employees of the linear branches is not less than 5% in 2017.

At the end of the report, the head of the company stressed that the strategic objectives set by the Head of State largely depends on the quality and efficiency of transport and logistics holding company of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) and each employee of the company.

(Source: KTZ)

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