UIC working group meeting for Drafting IRS for Earthworks held from 14 – 15 March 2018 in Madrid

The sixth meeting for the UIC working group for the review and drafting of the IRS (International Railway Solutions) on design and maintenance for earthworks, took place in Madrid from 14 – 15 March at the CETA building, where the CEDEX (Public Works Ministry Experimentation Centre) Geotechnics Laboratory is located.
The coordination and preparation of the meeting was carried out by CEDEX, under the direction of the current UIC Infrastructure Senior Advisors of the Railway Sector Department.

The main objective of this meeting was to continue the review and drafting of two future UIC IRS (International Railway Solution) documents: IRS Design of Earthworks and Track Bed for Railway Lines and IRS Maintenance and Improvement of Earthworks and Track Bed of Existing Railway Lines, which will update and current UIC Leaflet Codes 719 and 722, that are being developed within the UIC frame of these technical topics on moving forward on the standardisation of these topics and their construction and operational aspects with a universally applicable scope for their members.

Since May 2016, there have been meetings on this topic, with frequent assistance of experts from the main Infrastructure Management companies of the European countries, amongst them Spain (ADIF), Germany (Deutsche Bahn), France (SNCF Reseau), Belgium (Infrabel), Great Britain (Network Rail), Italy (RFI)...), and some contributions from Asian members such as CARS and East Japan Railways.
During both working days the review of contents focused on the following chapters of the IRS Design:

  • Chapter 2. Definition of the cross section of a railway structure
  • Chapter 3. Classification of materials for railway structures
  • Chapter 4. Earthworks and track bed layers for new lines: design
  • Chapter 5. Transition zones
  • Chapter 6. Ballastless track (slab track): design
  • Chapter 7. Construction requirements

The approval date for this IRS Design is expected to be later this year.
In conclusion to these meeting days, ADIF helped to arrange a visit for the other infrastructure manager participants to the Spanish National Railways Museum, located in the Madrid-Delicias old station, hosted by its current Director, Mr Carlos Abellán.

For further information please contact Mr David Villalmanzo Resusta, Senior Infrastructure Advisor:

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Horizon 2020 EU-funded project NeTIRail-INFRA to hold its final conference on 24 May 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Please secure your place by registering online at:

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis

Conference highlights (programme available at:

Wednesday 23 May 2018:
Networking dinner

Thursday 24 May 2018:

  • Presentation of all of the technologies developed within the NeTIRail-INFRA project
  • Demonstrations of sensor technologies and the decision support tools

This public event is open for experts from all across Europe’s rail infrastructure industry and academia.

The NeTIRail-INFRA project is a three-year, 5.4m€ collaborative R&D project funded by the European Commission, sponsored by INEA within the Horizon 2020 programme. NeTIRail is coordinated by The University of Sheffield and has a total of 13 partners from eight different countries.

Background to NeTIRail-INFRA

The NeTIRail-INFRA concept was based on designing railway infrastructure and monitoring tailored to the needs of specific lines to ensure the most cost effective and sustainable solution for different line types and geographical locations.
There is particular emphasis in the project on lesser used lines which are marginally economical and at risk of closure or require substantial public subsidies. As well as the lesser used lines the project also considers capacity constrained and freight dominated lines. And therefore, as well as identifying and developing new technologies, the project has also focused on the societal and economic benefits of marginal routes and the impact of the project’s innovations to society and the economy.

With this vision, the main scope of NeTIRail-INFRA has been to:

  • Identify the appropriate existing technologies for different line types and climate
  • Develop new technologies for cost effective transition zones, low cost electrification and measurement and monitoring technologies
  • Optimise S&C maintenance
  • Assess the societal and economic benefits of lesser used lines and assess the impact of the technologies developed within the project
  • Produce a GIS based decision support tool to aid asset managers in identifying the most appropriate technologies for their lines

For further information, please contact:

Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Leader:

Or Jon Paragreen, Project Manager:

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) met on 12 and 13 March in Paris, France at the Gare & Connexions (Stations & Connections) Office

For the first meeting of the year, UIC was pleased to invite new members from Italy and Germany and hopes to welcome more for future meetings. A dynamic team is working within the SMGG in order to support the Long-Term Development for Railway Station (LTDRS). On this occasion, UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department, and Clément Gautier, Project Manager for LTDRS.

First point, related to SMGG’s latest work: Information in-station is the first document from the new generation of UIC documents. It will be turn into an International Railway Solution. Henceforth, this document will be shared with the different UIC platforms in order to take into consideration all the remarks of the UIC members to produce the best possible document. For information, the working body has three weeks to compile a comments table and make a proposal to manage each comment and circulate it to SMGG to agree on action.

The long-term development for railway stations was launched by Carlos Ventura, chairman of the group and will start with a benchmark on quality assessment. This first step of the project will extend over one year under the management of RZD by Ekaterina Kozyreva supported by Clément Gautier from UIC.

But what does quality assessment mean? First, we must look at how to match current performance (process, service) to the standards and demands indicated in official documents. Then match the current performance to the requirements of customers. Quality assessment is a variety of operations allowing to compare current performance to the basic one.

Regarding technical visits, Gare & Connexions invited SMGG members to understand the Austerlitz refurbishment project. This station is going to improve the customer experience. This visit was conducted under the direction of the Austerlitz Station Manager, Dariush Kowsar. The second technical visit focused on the retail activities of Saint Lazare Station under the direction of Emmanuelle Chailley, Saint Lazare Station Manager.

A few words about the 14th Training on High Speed Systems. The UIC Passenger Department will host the annual training for UIC members in Paris from 23 – 28 April. Wednesday will be dedicated to the railway station theme. So if you are interested in attending at this event, please contact the email address below.

Special thanks to Fabrice Morenon and his team for welcoming the working group.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager – Passenger Department, Station and Intermodal Hubs:

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Only a few days to go before the 1st UIC Global Signalling Conference!

Final programme can be consulted here:

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.

Delegate registration:

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

The welcome and the opening sessions will be delivered by high-level keynote speakers:

  • Welcome introduction Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX - Director General, UIC
  • Welcome by Mr Renato MAZZONCINI - Chairman UIC and CEO
  • FS Welcome by Mr Giuseppe SALA - Mayor of Milan
  • The political and technical authorities will address the participants and provide their vision on the main key drivers for the next development of ERTMS across the world

Keynote speeches by:

  • Mr Renato Mazzoncini - President of UIC and CEO of FS Group
  • Mr Karel Vinck - EU Coordinator for ERTMS overall program
  • Mr Josef Doppelbauer - ERA Executive Director
  • Mr Philippe Citroën - UNIFE Director General
  • Mr Libor Lochman - CER Executive Director
  • Mr Massimiliano Salini - Member of European Parliament

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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Collaborative interoperability through ERTMS basic e-learning module

Join the first free module NOW!

ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) is a silent revolution in railway safety. It will ultimately shake the fundamentals of how we progress in railway transport, enhancing capacity, safety, and introducing highly efficient and attractive transport options for customers and to make the most of the opportunities offered by digital transformation.
This brings us to perhaps the biggest challenge in implementing ERTMS on a worldwide scale in the near future. The technology itself is a continuing challenge; however having all the stakeholders involved in making the transition and business change from ‘analogue thinking’ to ‘digital thinking’ will ensure that railways are committed to innovation.
It is consequently crucial to adapt quickly to fast-moving technology and to act on new trends in order to nurture the rail sector’s attractiveness and competitiveness.
The UIC Talent & Expertise Development Platform accepted the challenge and formed a group of signalling and infrastructure experts from Austria, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands to develop ERTMS learning modules via a web portal access platform.
This approach using an internet portal enhances the experience of knowledge for the learners using a frame work of modules assisting with the transition from the analogue track-based philosophy to one that is digitally based.

We have the pleasure to announce that the first free e-learning module, which focuses on the basic principles of railway safety and signalling, is now available at the following link:

A further four modules are planned. These will enhance the learners’ ERTMS knowledge in more detail from the perspective of four main stakeholders: the train driver, the dispatcher, the rolling stock fleet owner and the rail infrastructure manager.
The development of these modules is in progress with support from the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Programme.

For comments, questions and suggestions, please contact the team:

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

Or visit:

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Railway Talent’s 4th networking and collaborative event to be held on 20 September 2018 in Berlin

For its fourth meeting, Railway Talent invites you to Berlin on the occasion of the Innotrans event.

The 4th networking and collaborative event, organised in partnership with DB, ETCR and UITP, will focus mainly on the theme of Innovation.

Understanding the needs and desires of customers, as well as the user-centred development of products and services, is essential to business success.

In this seminar, you/your employees will learn about the “Design Thinking” innovation method and thus get a feel for its potential applications.

You will experience design thinking through hands-on exercises, reflect on the potential together, and get a sense of the different uses of this innovation method in your business.

The training will be followed by a “get-together” snack/dinner.

Don’t wait and register now as the number of seats is limited:

You can find more information in the dedicated flyer:

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

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Don’t forget to register for the 5th UIC Asia-Pacific Control-Command, Signalling & Telecoms Workshop from 3 – 4 May 2018 in Sydney, Australia


UIC is pleased to invite you to the 5th UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Control Command Signalling and Telecoms (CCS&Tlc) which will take place in Sydney (Australia), hosted by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), from 3 – 4 May 2018.

Since 2007, the UIC Asia Regional Assembly has focused on CCS and Telecommunications Development Technologies, integrated into the broader UIC strategy to achieve a harmonised Traffic Management and Control-Command and Signalling system.

The workshop aims to provide both an understanding of leading technologies and a base for core system requirements for railways worldwide.

The event will be organised around the six following technical sessions:

  • Signalling Session 1: Optimal modelling and safety assessment of Signalling Systems, via standardised methods and languages
  • Signalling Session 2: Cybersecurity
  • Signalling Session 3: Train Control and future trends
  • Telecom Session 1: The regulatory contexts and migration strategies toward future technologies
  • Telecom Session 2: The Future Railway Mobile Communication System and other main radio development projects
  • Telecom Session 3: The suppliers’ view on products and applications for safety and security

We look forward to welcoming you in Sydney!

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

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News from UIC members

Finland: Study on the Arctic rail line completed: Kirkenes routing to be examined further

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has decided that a railway link to the Arctic Ocean via Oulu, Rovaniemi and Kirkenes will be examined further. The benefits of the route would include improving Finland’s logistical position, accessibility and security of supply. Of the two leading alternatives, the route via Kirkenes was also less expensive.

Last July, the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications commissioned the Transport Agency to carry out a study on the Arctic rail line together with the Norwegian transport authorities. The Transport Agency assessed the implementation and financial feasibility of five different route alternatives.

“All the alternatives are technically feasible. However, there was a lot of variation in terms of financial aspects and environmental impacts,” said Director Matti Levomäki from the Transport Agency.

The examined route alternatives were Tornio-Narvik, Kolari-Narvik, Kolari-Tromsø, Rovaniemi-Kirkenes and Kemijärvi-Alakurtti-Murmansk. One alternative based on the use of High Capacity Transport vehicles was also examined.

(Source: FTA)

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

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News from UIC members

Sweden: Green Cargo invests in increased efficiency and enhanced customer solutions transiting Denmark

Green Cargo has decided to exit the joint venture DB Cargo Scandinavia, which mainly handles transit traffic through Denmark for its owners Green Cargo and DB Cargo. The decision is due to the owners being unable to reach an agreement on certain issues, primarily concerning pricing.

“Our goal is always to help our clients with solutions that entail cost efficiency, improved delivery capacity and reduced climate impact. We have identified favourable possibilities for developing our international business with more of our own routes between Europe and Scandinavia, and the price levels in the joint venture have acted as a complicating factor in developing these,” said Jan Kilström, CEO of Green Cargo.
DB Cargo Scandinavia will continue to deliver its production services to Green Cargo for most of 2018. During this period, Green Cargo will determine how it will continue to produce services transiting Denmark moving forward.

“Moving forward, Green Cargo will also purchase some traffic from DB Cargo Scandinavia, but as a supplier to Green Cargo. The change in the owner arrangement will have no negative impact on our customers’ freight solutions or deliveries. These will continue to function as previously or with improved quality,” said Jan Kilström.

(Source: Green Cargo)

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News from UIC members

Latvia: Organisation has begun to operate container train through Baltic States

On 12 March, in Riga, a meeting of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian national railway managers took place for the first time; its result was an agreement to organise the ‘Amber Train’: an intermodal container train on the route Šeštokai-Riga-Tallinn.

During the meeting, representatives of VAS ‘Latvijas dzelzceļš’, SIA LDZ Cargo, SIA LDz Loģistika, as well as AB ‘Lietuvos geležinkeliai’ from Lithuania and EVR Cargo from Estonia fully agreed on the necessity to unite their efforts in order to speed up the organisation of the container train on the Šeštokai-Riga-Tallinn route. In order for this to happen, the work group concluded an agreement on developing a competitive fee offer and a container train operation schedule, as well as preparing a service offer for those cargo owners who still do not use railway infrastructure to transport their goods.

The participants of the meeting agreed to share their experience in organising cargo transport to successfully develop the container train route; the option of keeping the documentation in a digital format to make this service more convenient will be considered.

A specific offer and the container train route will be developed by a special work group that will include representatives of the three parties. The first meeting of the work group is scheduled for the end of March.

(Source: LDz)

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Kazakhstan: IT Council of JSC NC KTZ develops technological platforms in the railway industry

IT-services of all structural divisions and subsidiaries of JSC NC KTZ has become part of the Council for Information, Automation and Development of Telecommunications

“The rapid development of information technology dictates its own rules and requires an adequate and timely response from our side,” saidSerik Tolebaev, director of the branch of JSC NC KTZ, Directorate of Automation and Digitalisation.

"Currently, the Company is actively working to implement the “Digital Railway” industry programme, adopted in the framework of the “Digital Kazakhstan” state programme. New technologies are planned in all key operating segments of the business - freight and passenger transportation, infrastructure development and transport logistics," explained S. Tolebaev.

The introduction of IT-technologies provides optimisation of a number of production processes, increases the capacity of railways, reduces the human factor’s influence on the state of security, and reduces the volume of paperwork.

“The use of modern information technologies is a priority area of activity of JSC NC KTZ. Measures for the digitisation of the transport and logistics complex are aimed at ensuring the transparency of the organisation of transportation, increasing the efficiency of the industry and reducing operating costs,” said S. Tolebayev.

(Source: KTZ)

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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

  • 19-20 March 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 March 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 4 April 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 12 April 2019 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 12 April 2019 SHERPA WS2 - Emerging threats Paris, UIC HQ
  • 16-17 April 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 18-19 April 2019 First meeting of MENRTC (Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres) Istanbul
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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