All actors and stakeholders involved in High-Speed Rail will meet at the 10th World Congress and Exhibition organised by UIC and TCDD on 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara

All actors and stakeholders involved in the planning and operations of high-speed rail systems across the world will meet on 8 – 11 May 2018 at the 10th World Congress on High-Speed in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

This World Congress – and Exhibition – on High-Speed Rail is the biggest event organised at global level entirely focusing on all aspects of high-speed rail development and operations.
The 10th edition is jointly organised by UIC and Turkish State Railways (TCDD), under the high-patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and with the support of the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, and of a series of leading international organisations: Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), International Transport Forum (ITF) of the OECD, Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). The heads of these organisations will attend and speak at this congress, as well as the representatives of the United Nations’ UNECE and UITP.

A large number of CEOs of UIC member railways from all parts of the world are going to present and discuss their experiences and perspectives for the future of High-Speed Rail operations. Discussions during round tables will also involve representatives of research institutes, manufacturers, universities and competitors from other modes.

The overall theme for this 10th World Congress is “Sharing Knowledge for Sustainable and Competitive Operations” (of high speed rail).

Strong focus will be placed during round tables on the following topics:

  • “New Competition and Cooperation - What Impact on High Speed Rail Business?”
  • “How Can High Speed Rail Shape or Reshape Regional and Local Development?”
  • “Sustainability of the High-Speed Rail System – Asset Management”

Special sessions will be dedicated to the digital revolution and its impact on mobility, to the work of start-ups and universities connected to high-speed rail and more generally to mobility.

The trade exhibition on 8 – 11 May is open to all actors and partners who are committed to the operations of high-speed rail systems across the world: manufacturers of rolling stock, contractors of infrastructure, safety and security infrastructure, service providers, solutions for passengers and stations.

A programme of technical visits to the high-speed sites of Turkish State Railways is proposed to congress participants (new high-speed railway station, new high-speed maintenance workshop, running on new high-speed line).

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, and Isa Apaydin, President of the Board and Director General of TCDD, UIC Vice Chairman, cordially invite all professionals and authorities with responsibilities in the field of transport and mobility from all regions of the world to join this unique event in Ankara. As Mr Loubinoux underlined: “Every two or three years the UIC High-Speed Rail Congresses offer a unique frame to member railways and all their partners, to discuss experiences and best practices, and new challenges that rail transport systems will have to face in a changing world.”

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

Or visit the dedicated website:

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Don’t forget to register for the 1st UIC Global Signalling Conference!

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Welcome to Milan!
Following the long successful history of ERTMS Conferences (Brussels February-March 2016, Istanbul April 2014, Stockholm March 2012, Malaga March-April 2009…), the International Union of Railways (UIC), in close cooperation with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Group), is organising the 1st UIC Global Conference on Signalling, focusing on “The Evolution of ERTMS” in Milan, from 25 – 28 March 2018.
This will be a worldwide forum for stakeholders, professionals, local authorities, research institutes and anyone interested in understanding the current trends of modern railway signalling and how the ERTMS system is evolving in the world.

Schedule of the conference:
Sunday 25 March: 18:00 Drinks reception at Milan MiCo Convention Centre
Monday 26 to Tuesday 27th March included: Programme sessions
Monday 26 March: Gala dinner
Wednesday 28 March: Technical visits

Information about Technical Visits:
Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A., as host country and partner of the conference, offers you two choices for the technical visits on the last day of the conference: registration online via the website is included on your registration form:
For any questions regarding the technical visits please contact:

Visit to Milano Greco Pirelli Control Room
10:00 – 12:00
Milano Greco Pirelli RFI Control Room, which came into operation in November 2013, manages 1,532 km of railway lines in north Italy with over 90 stations and more 2130 train per day (high speed, intercity, regional and freight, and more than 710,000 commuters per day.
The Central Station of Milano Greco Pirelli is a building on three floors, consisting of a central body (newly built) and four lateral bodies performing the following functions: railway traffic management, management and control of customer information, infrastructure monitoring and diagnostics and security facilities management.
The key technology implemented in Milano Greco Pirelli is ERTMS level 2 with computer based interlocking interfaced with state-of-the-art traffic control systems.

Journey inside the Frecciarossa 1000 driving cabin and visit to PCS (Posto Centrale) Bologna AV
08:00 – 13:00
The Frecciarossa 1000 travels at a maximum speed of 400 km/h and a commercial speed of up to 360 km/h and boasts a starting acceleration of 0.7 m/s2, thanks to its 16 engines fitted on four of the train eight vehicles. Frecciarossa 1000 is a train with distributed traction that can constantly make the most of its adherence to the tracks and its special bogies providing the utmost in layout and comfort.
Frecciarossa 1000 features the most technologically advanced signalling system, the ERTMS/ETCS and it is the first fully interoperable high-speed train, which could travel on all high-speed networks across Europe.

Visit to bologna Centrale Control Room
June 2012 marks the official completion of the Milan-Bologna and Bologna-Florence high-speed by-pass branch ("Passante" in Italian): the tunnel is 12 km long, connects two of the most important lines of the Italian high-speed network, hosts the new Bologna high-speed station and provides important traffic benefits by de-congesting the city railway network.
The Bologna Centrale Control Room is the most important railway traffic control facility in North-Central Italy as it manages both the Milan-Bologna-Florence high-speed lines (280 km) and intercity and regional lines (500 km) with an overall figure of 1200 trains per day.
The Control Room is also in charge of managing both the underground four-track high-speed station and the surface level station, with 26 tracks.
Thanks to ERTMS level 2, strongly interfaced with computer-based interlocking, it is also possible to manage the train traffic inside the 73 km tunnel of the Bologna-Florence high-speed line and the safety exit zones towards which high-speed train are automatically guided in the case of danger.

For further information please contact:

Dr Marc Antoni, Director of UIC Rail System Dept.: General Supervisor,

Mr Piero Petruccioli, Coordinator of the UIC CCS & TLC sector Sector: program, technical content, technical visits,

Mrs Barbara Mouchel, General Coordinator of the event: overall organisation,

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SAFE STRIP, SAFER-LC and SAFE-10-T first clustering meeting on 20 February 2018 in Brussels

On Tuesday 20 February, three projects supported by INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) in the framework of Horizon 2020 organised their first clustering meeting. The SAFER-LC, SAFE-10-T and SAFE STRIP projects convened at the ERTICO-ITS Europe premises in Brussels to discuss complementary activities and project results, and look into common dissemination and exploitation possibilities.

The meeting was attended by the INEA project officer Sergio Escriba and DG MOVE’s Maria Christina Marolda, replacing Paola Chiarini. After the introduction delivered by Maria Christina Marolda on the focus and expectations of the call topic and how this has changed over the years, Marie-Hélène Bonneau from UIC (SAFER-LC), Julie Clarke from GDGEO (SAFE-10-T) and Maria Gemou from CERTH/HIT (SAFE STRIP) provided a detailed insight into their respective projects. Some important synergies were identified between SAFE STRIP and the SAFER-LC and SAFE-10-T projects. SAFER-LC, which conducts research on how train level crossings can be made safer, and will, among other tasks, inform road drivers on approaching trains.

This information can be used as an additional input to the SAFE STRIP Use Case related to the unprotected railway crossings. Specifically, the smart detection system of SAFER-LC will provide feedback to the Road Side Bridge of the SAFE STRIP system. CERTH is developing the respective parts in both projects which will allow for an easier cooperation. The specific Use Case can be tested in Thessaloniki. In addition the data produced by the SAFE STRIP pavement condition monitoring Use Case provides useful input to the Safety Framework developed by SAFE-10-T. Although SAFE-10-T is concerned with broader infrastructure maintenance planning across road, rail and inland waterway networks, the outputs of the complementary projects will provide further inputs to the global risk framework to support risk-based infrastructure management to improve safety, mobility levels and the overall resilience of multi-modal networks.

The projects will join forces and participate in cross project dissemination events and activities where this is appropriate and useful (through social media, common sessions in upcoming conferences to be announced, exchange of advisory board and user fora experts for mutual benefit, common policy paper, etc.). The outcome of the meeting was experienced as very positive and a follow-up clustering meeting is foreseenfor 2019 in Paris, UIC Headquarters. For this new meeting other projects related to SAFER-LC, SAFE STRIP and SAFE-10-T will be invited as well.

SAFER-LC (Safer Level Crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure and design) aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure. More information about SAFER-LC can be found on the SAFER-LC website:

The SAFE-10-T project will develop a Global Risk to ensure high safety performance while allowing longer life-cycles for critical infrastructure across the road, rail and inland waterway modes. More information about SAFE-10-T can be found on the projects’ website:

SAFE STRIP aims to introduce a disruptive technology that will embed C-ITS applications into existing road infrastructure, including I2V and V2I communications as well as VMS/VSL functions into low-cost, integrated strip markers on the road. More about SAFE STRIP can be found on the website:

For further information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Advisor Security Division, coordinator of the project:

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Turkey/Iran: A new period for rail transit transport between Turkey and Iran

Sultan Alparslan Ferry put into operation

In order to provide a rail transit link between Turkey and Iran, the Sultan Alparslan Ferry started its operations to provide freight and passenger services on Lake Van as of 15 January 2018.

The ferry has four tracks (125 metres each) which is equivalent to 500 metres of track length in total, a capacity of 50 wagons, 3.875 tonnes of freight and 350 passengers.

The 136 metre-long ferry was designed by Turkish engineers and manufactured by Turkish workers and engineers in Tatvan Shipyard in the city of Van, Turkey. Its generators were produced by Tulomsas, an affiliated company of TCDD. The manufacturing of the second ferry is still in progress at the same shipyard.

The Sultan Alparslan Ferry is expected to improve railway transit transport along maritime routes, to increase the trade volume, and thus contribute to Turkey’s economy. By removing this bottleneck in Van Lake transit, it is believed that there will be an opportunity for faster and seamless transport between Turkey and Iran as well as in the One Belt One Road Initiative and Middle Corridor where Turkey is regarded as an important element. Connecting the countries in Central Asia and Caucasus to the European and world market via Turkey will therefore be possible.

(Source: TCDD)

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Today we are putting the spotlight on Eurostar, member of the UIC Europe Region

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Eurostar announces the launch of its new London-Amsterdam service on 4 April 2018

Major commitment to the future of international high speed rail
UK to The Netherlands by Eurostar in just three hours with journey time of 3hr41 (London-Amsterdam) and 3hr01 (London- Rotterdam)
Tickets from £35 one-way on sale from 20 February when the inaugural journey will take place
Record London to Brussels journey time of 1hr48 – a saving of 17 minutes

Eurostar, the cross channel high speed rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, today announced that its new direct route from London to Amsterdam will launch on Wednesday 4th April. Tickets will go on sale from 20 February when the inaugural service will take place.

The launch of the London to Amsterdam service marks a historic milestone in the expansion of international high speed rail travel, revolutionising the connection between these important destinations. For the first time, passengers will be able to travel from St Pancras in the heart of London direct to the Netherlands at a speed of 300 kph in just three hours.

Growth potential of the market
With over 4 million passengers travelling by air every year between London and Amsterdam, the market is the same size as the London to Paris market at the time of Eurostar’s launch of service in 1994. Over the last twenty-three years, the market for travel between London and Paris has more than doubled as customers increasingly choose high speed rail over plane. As the Netherlands grows in popularity as a key business and tourism hub, the potential for the new service and the overall market is significant.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive, Eurostar, said:
“The launch of our service to the Netherlands represents an exciting advance in cross-Channel travel and heralds a new era in international high speed rail. With direct services from the UK to The Netherlands, France and Belgium, we are transforming the links between the UK and three of Europe’s top trading nations.

Our new route marks the culmination of the extensive investment in high speed rail on both sides of the Channel. With £1 billion investment in our new state-of the art trains and enhanced connectivity on the European network passengers can now enjoy fast, seamless rail connections between the UK and mainland Europe and a transformed travel experience.”

Service to launch on 4 April 2018

After extensive preparation, a comprehensive programme of testing on the Dutch high speed network and the building of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Eurostar’s new route to the Netherlands will start on 4 April 2018 with one-way fares from £35. The new service will be launched with two trains a day departing at 08.31 and 17.31 respectively.

During the initial period, passengers will travel direct from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam and on the return journey will connect through Brussels1 where passport controls and security screening will be carried out.

This connecting return journey will be a temporary measure whilst the governments in the UK and The Netherlands complete an agreement which will enable passport checks to be conducted on departure in The Netherlands as in other key Eurostar destinations2. The governments have committed to putting this agreement in place by the end of 2019 so that Eurostar travellers can then enjoy a direct service in both directions.

Record London to Brussels journey time of 1hr48
The launch of the new London-Amsterdam service not only creates a fast, point-to-point link with The Netherlands but also heralds a record new journey time for those passengers travelling on the London-Brussels section of the route. These customers will see their journey time cut by 17 minutes as the time onboard is reduced from 2hr05 to 1hr48.

(Source: Eurostar)

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Italy: A feasibility study to upgrade New Delhi-Jaipur rail corridor

By the summer a feasibility study for the modernisation of the railway corridor between New Delhi and Jaipur will be completed

Under an agreement with Indian Railways, by the summer, FS Italiane Group will complete the feasibility study for the upgrading of the railway corridor between New Delhi and Jaipur. Within the agreement, the financing of work will also be analysed.

This project further strengthens the technical collaboration between FS Italiane Group and Indian Railways in compliance with the main commitments of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in January 2017 New Delhi by Renato Mazzoncini, CEO and Director General of FS Italiane, in presence of the Minister of Indian Railways Suresh Prabhu and AK Mittal, President of Indian Railways.

Increasing the safety level of Indian Railways through the modernisation of management procedures, controlling the infrastructure and transport system together with the training of personnel in the field of safety are the main goals of the document.

The feasibility study has been carried out in order to analyse the possibility to increase speed on the corridor up to 200 km per hour. The 300-km railway line between New Delhi and Jaipur is strategic to India since 70 passenger trains and 20 freight trains daily travel on the corridor. In terms of infrastructure investments, the project also respects the priority of modernising the existing railway network and bringing the performance of safety and speed to the maximum levels.

Italferr, engineering company of FS Italiane which opened an office in New Delhi in 2016, and Italcertifer, certification railway company of FS Italiane, are already involved in six projects in India.

(Source: FS)

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United States: New High-Speed Rail Executives visit Central Valley construction sites

On February 15, 2018 the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Brian P. Kelly, and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph Hedges, visited construction sites in Fresno County and met with workers and small businesses building the nation’s first high-speed rail system.

“I am thrilled to be back in the Central Valley to get an up-close look at the work being done to deliver highspeed rail for the people of California,” said Authority CEO Brian P. Kelly. “This transformative project has helped create thousands of jobs and has bolstered economic activity for hundreds of small businesses throughout the state. Today, Fresno is the epicenter for this vital economic development.”

Their tour included a stop at the San Joaquin River viaduct in north Fresno. This 4,700-foot viaduct runs adjacent to Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks and spans the San Joaquin River. A pergola structure is also featured to allow high-speed trains to cross over the top of UPRR and into the City of Fresno.
Reaching goals for small business participation and creating good-paying jobs continues to be a priority for the high-speed rail program. To date, more than 240 certified small businesses are working on Construction Packages 1-4, with as many as 1,700 workers dispatched to construction sites. More than 1200 of those workers reside in the Central Valley.

With more than 119-miles of active construction in the Central Valley underway, initial passenger service is planned for high-speed rail between the Silicon Valley and Central Valley. Learn more at

(Source: CHSRA)

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France: Package pickup at Molsheim station

Pickup, La Poste Group’s parcelshop network, has joined forces with SNCF Gares & Connexions to launch an automated package collection facility at Molsheim station in Alsace.

SNCF Gares & Connexions and La Poste Group have entered into this innovative partnership to make life easier and save time for their customers at Molsheim station. Now more than ever, Molsheim is firmly established as a hub of mobility not just for passengers, but also for local residents and visitors.
Customers can collect packages at the station in just a few seconds using the “Collect & Station” facility.

The Collect & Station service is used in conjunction with in-station package collection points, currently operated by Pickup, La Poste Group’s parcelship network.
It enables both travellers and local residents to pick up packages ordered from one of the 6,500 ecommerce sites offering delivery to Pickup stations.

The automatic collection point is installed in the Collect & Station area, located outside the station close to the carpark. Customers using the facility can collect their packages in less than 15 seconds at any time of the day - after work or during their daily commute, for example - within a period of three working days. 70% of customers using the new facility pick up their packages on the same day, but only 50% do so when collecting packages from a commercial parcelshop.

Proof positive that the solution offers real added value for customers by sending packages for collection to the station, right at the heart of their day-to-day journeys.

(Source: SNCF)

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Germany: DB Schenker steps up involvement in automotive logistics

Innovative solutions target further growth in key markets for automotive aftermarket logistics

DB Schenker plans to deploy innovative solutions to meet the rising expectations of customers in the automotive sector. This will see the logistics service provider focus on the latest developments in the car industry, such as 3D printing to manufacture replacement parts, in addition to continuing its provision of long-established core services. Schenker wants to devote its energy to meeting the technological requirements of “additive production” and maintaining its progress in this field. The major benefit for customers takes the form of reduced warehousing costs, as spare parts are manufactured only when they are required. Faster production reduces delivery times. Similarly, DB Schenker plans to strengthen its market position by specializing in storing and transporting lithium batteries. Battery logistics entail extremely complex processes, as car batteries are classified as hazardous items requiring special transportation and storage.

“Our declared aim is to offer our customers around the globe the best logistics services in the aftermarket sector. Thanks to our vast experience in the automotive sector, our highly trained specialists and our dedicated innovation and quality programs, I am confident that we will achieve this aim,” says Stephan Allgeier, Vice President Vertical Market Automotive – Global Business Development Schenker AG.
DB Schenker’s extensive range of services not only caters to the special needs of this market, but also encompasses production-related supply activities from completely knocked-down (CKD) and semi knocked-down (SKD) parts to accessories and replacement part logistics.

The company ensures needs-based services that facilitate in-time repairs. By combining contract logistics and transportation options, DB Schenker can provide all-in-one solutions to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and workshops, while also including comprehensive returns management services.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held from 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey

The 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail, jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, and Turkish State Railways TCDD together with CMS Project, will take place from 8 – 11 May 2018 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

To register please visit the dedicated conference webiste:

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 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
  • 5 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90940 - Project SFERA: Communication with DAS UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90930 - Traction Energy Settlment and Data Exchange UIC Headquarters, 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 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 European Management committee Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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