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Rail is the backbone of future mobility

The Third Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution, should make it possible for rail to increase its market share in the transport of freight.

Below are the main trends and ideas involving how rail was a crucial player during the First Industrial Revolution, but lost significance when globalisation came around the corner. Today, rail has the chance to become the backbone of the mobility of the future.

The First Industrial Revolution in the 19th century occurred as a response to a growing need for urbanisation and regional integration. Railway was a crucial player in this transformation. It had become necessary to transport quarry products such as ore and coal over large distances to support the construction of towns, factories and infrastructure. The railway itself needed steel to promote its growth, for which it was both the transporter and end-user, the actor and vector at the same time. The transport of freight was therefore the first “raison d’être” of rail.

Globalisation
Globalisation in the 20th century led to competition from the ports; sea freight was less expensive than rail freight. In response, cargo streams shifted to the ports, depriving railways of a significant portion of freight traffic, which had now become more international. Similarly, the development of road infrastructure allowed for a competitive modality of road transport: more and more, consumer goods started to be moved by truck.

As a result of these developments, freight volumes transported per rail declined despite a growing economy in the industrialised countries. The same was true for the railway market share. In Europe, approximately 2,400 billion tonnes per kilometre are transported per rail annually. This represents 6% of the European GDP, and a railway market share of 18%. In order to regain its significance, railway was bound to adapt to the new, multimodal equation.

Unique railway assets
Railway’s assets in terms of capacity, regularity and compliance with environmental restrictions should allow it to become a significant vector once again in the 21st century, in serving the economy and modern society. Rail transport consumes six times less energy than transport over road, thanks to physical advantages such as the wheel-on-rail mechanism and air resistance. Such aspects translate to dramatically lower external costs for rail transport.

Railway can and must position itself today as an international logistics operator in order to regain the market share that will enable it to grow and develop. To do so, it must promote its complementarity with the other modes of transport – both road and sea – so that it can integrate with an integral logistics chain.

The management of interfaces in these new freight centres where different modes come together, is indispensable in simultaneously optimising time and cost of freight transport. The Third Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution, should make it possible to improve modal interoperability, management of capacities, traceability of information about freight and fluidity of transport, from door to do
or.

Joint action required
To encourage a modal shift towards rail and ensure rail becomes the backbone of the mobility of the future, decisive joint actions are required by railway undertakings (RUs), infrastructure managers and authorities.

RUs are working towards offering unique multimodal products. They are continuing to restructure and modernise, in order to create a competitive cost base and ensure high resource productivity. They are increasing quality, flexibility and ease of use of rail and multimodal products. And moreover, they are vigorously promoting innovation, enhancing digitalisation and deploying available technology.

In order to allow this new logistics approach to succeed, we need easier access for freight trains to the railway infrastructures, especially through the emergence of major dedicated corridors. Also, we need better technical and administrative conditions to ensure interoperability, and equal operational conditions for road and rail. Only then can we move towards an integrated, connected and international chain of mobility.

Global Rail Freight Conference
UIC, the global railway organisation, would particularly like to invite you to Genoa from 26 – 28 June for the Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), where you can join railway and logistics experts from all over the world to continue discussing these aspects of the freight industry.

Please visit the dedicated website: UICGRFC.org

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Register now! UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy

Latest information on the programme and technical visit now available: www.uicgrfc.org

After a series of successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010), Tangier (2012), Vienna (2014) and Rotterdam (2016), UIC, in partnership with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. (FS), are organising its 6th Edition of the Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy at the Palazzo Ducale. This event is organised under the patronage of Regione Liguria.

GRFC is one of the leading and most prestigious events dedicated to rail freight and logistics at world level. After Rotterdam two years ago where the GRFC took place in parallel with the TEN-T Days of the European Commission, the GRFC is moving to Genoa, another historical landmark of modal integration and multimodal development. Not only is Genoa one the key entry points to the busiest European Rail Freight Corridor – Corridor Rhine Alpine – but it is also a key hub offering a natural link between European Rail Freight Corridors, Eurasian Corridors and the New Silk Roads.

The main conference topic, “Modal Integration at the service of Global Distribution” will be addressed by a host of prominent speakers representing the political and economic sectors, international institutions and all actors of the logistics chain, among them railways, ports and shipping lines, multi-modal operators, shippers.

Guest speakers will hold panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Mega trends in global logistics
  • The race towards sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Blockchain technology
  • Globalisation, innovation and connectivity
  • Rail freight corridor developments and the new Silk Roads
  • Integrity of the logistics chain

Over the two days of the conference, the sessions will propose lively debates, also offering the audience the opportunity to interact with panellists.

For further information and to consult the latest programme, please visit the GRFC website: www.uicgrfc.org

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European Region – developing the impulse

This meeting of the Regional Assembly Europe met, at the kind joint invitation of Comboios de Portugal (CP) and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), in Lisbon on 30 May 2018 for its 26th official meeting.

Under the Presidency of Francisco Cardoso dos Reis (Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP)), Region Europe reviewed all the major actions undertaken since the beginning of 2018 and set out a range of next steps in order to maintain the momentum.
A new impulse for the region

In his first meeting as President, Francisco Cardoso dos Reis welcomed the attendees and highlighted the fact that UIC is THE global railway technical platform at the service of its members and their business needs and that this needs to be maintained.

In particular Mr Cardoso dos Reis noted a few lines of improvement for the overall performance of UIC: an increased focus on safety and (cyber)security – in line with UIC Chairman Renato Mazzoncini’s orientations, a further enhanced communication flow between the association and its members and a continuously coordinated cooperation with CER and EIM to ensure a unified railway voice at European level.
The President also called on members to continue to invest in developments that UIC is leading by committing to the provision of experts at the highest possible level.

Quality in and around projects
The members had the opportunity to have an overview of the quality-assured process that is leading to the emergence of new technical projects being developed and led by UIC. These are required to comply with the rules set out within the Quality Management System (QMS) that meet the Quali’op quality certificate that UIC has now received. A rapid view of the next lines of improvement related to quality was also presented with the schedule of development needed in 2018.

Innovating the system of tomorrow
Research and innovation are key issues for the development of the future European railway system. The members of the European region provide guidance and set out their business wishes for work that needs to be conducted at a strategic, regional level.

Mr Bo Olsson, Chairman of the Research and Innovation Coordination Group (RICG), presented the actions being developed by RICG in the first half of 2018, emphasising the enthusiasm within which the 12 Capabilities have been received outside UIC. He presented to the audience the railway operating community plans for the next Shift2Rail initiative, which were fully supported by the Regional Assembly.

The meeting also took note of the new ERRAC leadership team, which includes UIC now taking responsibility for the secretariat. The Assembly expressed its support for a continued development of the influence of the railway sector within the research and innovation world.

Standardisation and their importance to a sustainable railway system
The meeting was presented with the restructuring that has been done within UIC HQ in order to have a more coordinated focus on the standardisation work that is undertaken.

With the creation of rationalised processes and revised production and publication schedules, members were reassured that the standardisation assets are and will continue to be under constant monitoring and review.

The Standardisation Unit is managing the migration of the residual leaflets into IRS and this is the principle task at this time. Once published, these assets will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. The responsibility for the content of the IRSs will be the continued work of the technical experts within the Forums and Platforms and it is for this reason that there will be a close working liaison between these bodies and the Standardisation Unit and its Programme Coordinators. It is vital that this work is meeting the business needs of the ROC and the Standardisation Unit will be cross-functionally ready to support the experts and technical departments of UIC in achieving this objective.

There is a generic email address to which members are invited to forward any questions that they would like to ask regarding standardisation:

standardisation@uic.org

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10th edition of ILCAD, “International Level Crossing Awareness Day” to be held on 7 June 2018

To watch the ILCAD 2018 launch conference, here is link for the live
stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORTLQJ7bqDg&feature=youtu.be

Video message by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, DG of UIC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HspUlu5L2QY

Support given to ILCAD by Jean Todt, President of FIA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Xh0U953tw

www.ilcad.org

To celebrate the 10th edition of ILCAD and stick to the public targeted, we have created three posters in English, French and Spanish that ILCAD partners may use for their campaign (see posters opposite).

Each year, ILCAD partners select an overarching theme for the awareness campaign. This year, the message will focus on “Young level crossing users”, who often demonstrate risky behaviour both on the roads and at the road/rail interface.

Since young people around the world like taking risks, love watching blockbuster films like Mad Max, Bladerunner, etc., and identify with the main characters in these films, we have decided to create three posters on this topic with male or female characters and of various origins. We wanted them to show that the characters respect the rules and have values.

Please note that the illustrations used have been drawn by hand. We hope that you will like them. Please visit our social network to give your opinion.

https://www.facebook.com/ILCAD
https://twitter.com/ilcad
https://www.instagram.com/ilcaduic/

ILCAD partners may also use the videos created jointly with Network Rail on the topic “Young users” and particularly:

N.B: You need 3D glasses to watch the films. All episodes (1 to 7) are available on YouTube with Network Rail and UIC logos. They are free to use as long as they are not used for profit. Members of UIC and ILCAD are allowed to use them to promote rail safety and are free to promote the App, in their home country as soon as it is available and the YouTube films.

Please click below to see the final programme of the ILCAD 2018 launch conference on 7 June for which over 150 persons have registered so far.

https://www.uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/ilcad_2018_zagreb_final_program-2.pdf

Please note that on 7 June there will be parallel to the conference:

  • An exhibition of level crossing technologies
  • A road/rail safety Village
  • A technical visit on June 8 around Zagreb.
  • The conference shall be broadcast on 7 June 2018 on www.ilcad.org
  • We have launched a new Facebook page on which all kind of information related to ILCAD 2018, the conference and partners activities will be posted please like it https://www.facebook.com/ILCAD/

For any questions, please contact Isabelle Fonverne: fonverne@uic.org

Website: www.ilcad.org

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UIC Rail System and East-West Standardisation: Cooperation within the APRA Region

ERA & OSJD & UIC experts attended the ERA/OSJD Contact group meeting held on 15 – 17 May 2018 in Warsaw.

On behalf of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, the UIC delegation expressed assurance with regard to the strategical visions of the organisations to be shared and coordinated within the domains of international standardisation and certification.

The meeting adopted the following agenda:

  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for passenger service (TAP)”.
  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for freight service (TAF)”.
  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Noise”.
  • Exchange of practical experience for the purpose of coordinating measures to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border.

When discussing the topic “Analysis of the parameters Telematics applications for passenger traffic (TAP)”, the participants discussed items 4.2.1 – 4.2.11 of the document (version 12), including:

  • Additional information received by the ERA from the delegations of Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine,
  • Additional information provided by the meeting participants, and
  • Draft possible conclusions in the 11th version of the coordinated document at the 46th ERA/OSJD meeting (March 13-15, 2018, Lille), and additional ERA proposals on conclusions to certain points of the 12th version of the document.

The meeting agreed on a number of additions in the 13th version of the document.

When discussing the topic “Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem Telematics applications for freight traffic (TAF)”, the participants took note of the ERA presentation and agreed on the list of TAF basic parameters to be further analysed. ERA will translate the draft working document and provide participants with it before 4 June 2018. The meeting requested the OSJD Committee to provide ERA with the list of agreements, contracts and leaflets on TAF basic parameters before June 29, 2018. The meeting requested the representative of the UIC to provide the next meeting of the ERA/OSJD Contact Group with a presentation on coding (RICS) to be linked / addressed to / coordinated with TAF basic parameters.

When discussing the topic "Analysis of the parameters of the Noise subsystem”, the meeting addressed version 6 of the document presented by ERA and agreed on a number of additions to the document. Russian experts compared provisions of GOST standards against OSJD leaflets which contributed to the preparation of the 6th version of the document. The ERA is going to suggest until 29 June 2018 the parameters to be advisable for the continuation of the conclusions on the subsystem “Noise”. The meeting requested the Russian experts to supplement the provisions of GOST standards and OSJD leaflets, as well as draft conclusions on the subsystem “Noise”. Following the request of the meeting, ERA will provide the translation of the text of Noise TSI Application Guideline linked to the part of the simplified conformity assessment.

Technical Regulation and Standardisation

Following the meeting’s agenda, experts discussed on a practical experience with a view to coordinate measures aimed to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border:

  • “Safety Management System for RU & IM. Focus on the new requirements”;
  • Activities results of Interstate Technical Committee 524 (MTK 524) “Rail Transport in 2017” – to be presented by Russian experts at the next meeting;
  • “On corporate certification activities to ensure traffic safety of JSC Russian Railways” – to be presented by Russian experts in 2019.

The meeting first discussed the revision (updating) of the working documents previously developed by ERA/OSJD Contact Group in relation to the work plan for 2019.

ERA reported on the about the status of the different TSIs in comparison with the TSIs versions already analysed. Kazakhstan and Russian experts will suggest to ERA and OSJD Committee until 15 August 2018 what subsystems to be selected for revision (update) in 2019 which have been previously developed by ERA/OSJD Contact Group.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, Standardisation & East/West Relations
Coordinator:

kinderis@uic.org

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WG Sabotage, Intrusions & Attacks came together from 30 – 31 May 2018 in Utrecht

The Working Group (WG) Sabotage, Intrusions & Attacks (SIA) deals with various topics concerning railway system disruptions. Within the latest meeting, the WG concentrated on “access control of non-operational buildings”. Under the Vice-Chair Andreas Tabor (NS NL) and in contribution with UITP, the participants deliberated about:

  • Classification of non-operational buildings
  • Different kinds of physical, technical, organisational and human resource measures
  • Visitor management

A very interesting presentation was given by SNCF and based on the fruitful discussions, the members of the WG SIA decided to create a temporary sub working group, which deals more in detail with property protection. The results and experience will be summarised in a handbook.

The next meeting is planned for October/November 2018 and will mainly focus on security concepts of storage depots. The WG remains open to UIC members.
The topics within WG SIA will also feature in this year’s UIC Security Week. CBRNE threats, Cybersecurity, staff and public awareness as well as Business Continuity Management will be among the themes. The whole agenda with more details is available at

https://events.uic.org/uic-security-week-2018

If you are interested in participating in the UIC-Security week or in the WG SIA, please contact Kathrin Faber, Security Advisor:

faber@uic.org

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3nd Training on Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) held from 28 – 30 May 2018 in Warsaw

The 3rd edition of the “Commuter and Regional Train Services” (CRTS) International Training organised by PKP S.A together with UIC, was held from 28 – 30 May at PKP Headquarters in Warsaw.

The aim of this training was to provide insights into the main aspects of regional transport, devoted not only to European railway companies, but also to local authorities, for about 30 participants.

Among the speakers – in addition to experts in European and international regional transport – where representatives of international associations (UIC, CIT), professors of the University of Gdańsk as well as representatives of the Railway Regulatory Body in Poland (UTK), the supply industry such as Newag S.A. and PESA Bydgoszcz S.A. and not forgetting the Polish Government Authorities.

The main topics dealt with over the three days were, among others, the Integration of Services and Offers, Financing and Trust in Services, Security, Technological Innovations and Initiatives on Sustainability.

Mr Mamińsk, President of the Management Board of PKP S.A opened the first session focused on providing the international panorama of the commuter sector, interoperability with other means of transport, planning of CRTS services and business activities in stations.

The second day covered the regulatory aspects of Passenger Service Obligations (PSO), tenders, passenger rights in rail and multimodal transport, as well as public transport funding under the double national and European perspective. Another key issue was security, dealt with in several aspects: anti-fraud measures, communication policies, the opportunities for rail tourism and customer information through the use of social networks.

The third day was devoted to IT solutions for rail transport in agglomerations and regions and to the e-ticketing development. Finally, the supply industry (PESA and Newag) gave their vision of the future of CRTS from the rolling stock point of view.
The training is part of the UIC Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group which aims to enhance international cooperation and exchange of best practice on this concrete subject.

The next CRTS meeting will be held in Paris in June.

For further information or to join the CRTS, please contact: Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez@uic.org

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

Deadline for registration: 29 June 2018

Number of places limited!

For its fourth meeting Railway Talent invites you to Berlin within the framework of Innotrans.

The 4th collaborative and networking event organised in partnership with DB, ETCR and UITP will mainly focus on 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 feeling for their potential applications.

In this seminar you will be introduced to the innovation method Design Thinking. You will experience design thinking through hands-on exercises, reflect the potential together, and get a sense of the different uses of this innovation method in your business.

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

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

For more information (detailed agenda, venue...) and to register, please click on:

https://events.uic.org/4th-talent-collaborative-and-networking-event

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Expertise Development Unit:
amirault@uic.org

www.railtalent.org

https://uic.org/expertise-development-training

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4th UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest on “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”

Following the success of the third edition, UIC is organising a photo contest for the UIC Asia-Pacific members for the fourth time.

Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures on the topic of “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”, to be voted by 4000 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2019 with the 12 best photos.

The gallery will be published in UIC e-News on 19 June 2018 for the voting process.
The award ceremony for the photo contest will take place at the next UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in November 2018.

Do not hesitate to apply and send your format-free and copyright-free material with the participation form completed (form available on UIC internet:

https://events.uic.org/4th-uic-asia-pacific-photo-contest ) to segeral@uic.org by 30 June 2018.

Looking forward to your participation!

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

segeral@uic.org

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Register for the UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2018 on Railway Maintenance and Operation in the Digital Era from 18 – 22 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea

UIC is pleased to invite you to the UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2018 on Railway Maintenance and Operations in the Digital Era which will take place in Seoul (Korea), kindly hosted by KORAIL from 18 – 22 June 2018.

The aims of the training session:

  • Overview of railway operations and maintenance in the digital era
  • Understanding IT trends of international railways
  • Sharing knowledge and best practice of technology application in the railways
  • Finding out the way to strengthen cooperation and understand each other

Registration: More information about the event, the programme as well as the registration form are available at the following link:

https://events.uic.org/uic-korail-training-session-2018-on-railways-maintenance-and-operation-on

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Seoul!

For any further information please contact Mrs Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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UIC to hold a Conference on Standardisation at Paris UIC Headquarters on 6 November 2018

UIC is pleased to announce that it is organising a Conference on Standardisation at Paris UIC Headquarters on 6 November 2018 from 13:45 to 17:30.

The title of the conference is “How does Standardisation facilitate the innovative rail system of tomorrow?”

There will be participants and speakers from all over the world.

You can already secure your registration, free of charge, at the following link:

https://events.uic.org/standardisation-conference

The number of places is limited so registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Further relevant information will be available very soon.

For more information please contact Mouna Bennouna, Programme Coordinator Passenger & Freight, Standardisation Unit:

standardisation@uic.org

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Russia: Russian Railways health system goes international

OJSC Russian Railways and ORPEA S.A. have concluded an agreement on cooperation in the field of medical rehabilitation at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, signed the document on behalf of the Company, and Yves Le Mann, Managing Director of ORPEA S.A. placed his signature for the French firm.

The document provides for the establishment of a system of medical rehabilitation based on existing facilities owned by the Russian Railways Holding and the development of medical specialities in areas of rehabilitation necessary for the functioning of post-hospital programmes.

The agreement also provides for study into the needs for rehabilitation services that will be provided in the institutions of the RZD-Medicine network. In the first stage, these are located in Moscow and the Moscow Region.

ORPEA S.A. will be engaged in the adaptation and restructuring of the existing medical facilities owned by the Russian Railways holding company in accordance with the proposed model in the area of Medical Rehabilitation.

It is planned that over time, rehabilitation clusters will be organised in the network of RZD-Medicine and in other regions of Russia on the basis of a model created in Moscow.

(Source: RZD)

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Latvia: LDz is first company from the Baltic States to join Corporate Partnership Board of the OECD International Transport Forum

On 23 May, within the framework of the annual OECD International Transport Forum (ITF), SJSC Latvijas Dzelzceļš was accepted as a member of the Corporate Partnership Board of ITF alongside 30 other companies in the transport, logistics, sectoral industry and high technology. Currently LDz is the only company from the Baltic States operating on this Board.

Edvīns Bērziņš, the President of LDz, together with Young Tae Kim, Secretary General of ITF, underlined when signing the accession memorandum: “Participation in the Corporate Partnership Board provides an excellent opportunity to create contacts not only with the companies of transport industry, but with representatives of other sectors, the operation of which has a significant effect on the future development of transport. Especially important today is the development of new strategic partnerships, as new logistics solutions are being developed, and in the long-term good relations with the neighbouring transport companies is not enough. Especially important are various innovative technological solutions and IT application in the development of logistics that we have defined also as the long-term direction for the operation of LDz. At the same time we should not forget about security of solutions, and that is one of the most significant challenges in the sector.”

He also underlined that ITF and its Corporate Partnership Board is part of the OECD’s organisational network, within which good governance at all levels is especially promoted; thus, an invitation to join one of these organisations should be viewed as a high evaluation of corporate governance practice in LDz.

ITF Corporate Partnership Board currently encompasses approximately 30 companies from various countries across the world; and the task of the Board is to provide the decision-makers of the transport sector of ITF Member States with a vision for significant regulation of development issues in the sector. During the last years, members of the Board have provided their opinion in areas such as the
decarbonisation of the transport industry, drone regulation, etc. Currently one of the important issues on the agenda of the Board is the development of blockchain solutions and regulation for it, including from the standpoint of security risks. “Effective operation of logistics chains and possibly convenient, technologically handy and customer-oriented solutions are the development goal in the near future of the LDz group of companies as well; therefore, involvement in providing recommendations for alignment of this area is important to us,” said Mr Bērziņš, President of LDz.

As a significant contribution of LDz towards the work of the Corporate Partnership Board Mr Bērziņš considers the extensive experience of LDz and knowledge in cooperation with two partners with different business cultures, technological requirements and infrastructure parameters – the European Union and CIS countries or 1,520 mm rail gauge countries. Therefore, LDz can provide a unique insight to partners of either countries regarding combination of current systems, creation of maximum efficiency mutual cooperation model and uniform partnership principles for provision of integrated global solutions for logistics.

(Source: LDz)

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Czech Republic: The first meeting of Czech and Russian railwaymen in the field of model railway and railway heritage

From 1 – 3 June 2018, the first joint exhibition of Czech and Russian rail modellers took place at the VIP lounge of the Rizhskiy railway station in Moscow.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Czech Railways (ČD) Mr Ludvík Urban, on the behalf of Russian Railways (RZD) welcomed the participants of the exhibition: the Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Chief Engineer Mr Sergei Kobzev, accompanied by the Director of the Social Department Sergei Chernogaev. Both leading statutory representatives of the national railway companies highly appreciated the fact that the first such exhibition had been successfully prepared. The exhibition confirms very good relations between ČD/SŽDC and RZD and it promises future cooperation in the field of culture and leisure of railway workers.

During the exhibition, Czech modellers introduced to their Russian colleagues the activities of the international FISAIC organisation with more than a decade of history of the interoperable “Junior” module, which is the basis for the joint work of rail modellers, whether they are annual exhibitions in various European countries (always in connection with the Museum of Transport railways) as well as annual seminars organised for young modellers.

Czech railwaymen, regardless the record distance from home, exhibited in Moscow 15 “Junior” modules. The Russian modelers presented 37 modules to the scale of 1:87 (H0) to the general public, plus 17 modules to the scale of 1: 120 (TT). Overall, the exhibition of modellers offered to the satisfied visitors the largest number of 69 modules produced and operated by the railway youth.

As part of the accompanying programme, the Czech delegation visited the RZD Information and Education Centre at the Rizhskiy railway station, where they saw the history of Russian rail transport and the current rolling stock, train driver simulators, remote traffic control, intermodal transport systems and the model railway of 1:87 scale.

An interesting point of the programme was a visit of the Museum of the Moscow Railways, which is located directly at Rizhskiy railway station. The large exposition of historic railway vehicles, of which the six-axle armoured salon carriage of the Vladikavkaz type from 1907 is worth mentioning, which after the revolution belonged to the marshal Tukhachevskiy. The carriage weighs 84 tonnes. Among the more modern exhibits there is the prototype electric bi-current high-speed unit named “Sokol 250” developed for the Moscow-Saint Petersburg line. The “ER – 200” electric unit has an honourable place in the exhibition, which provided long - distance transport on the Moskva - Leningrad line from the 70´s until today ’s Sapsan.

The second museum, which the Czech delegation had the opportunity to visit, was the depot of steam locomotives “Podmoskevnaya” near Krasnyj Baltik station. In addition to the exposition and repair workshop of steam locomotives, the museum offers to visitors an introduction into the history of railway architecture and the beginnings of passenger checking and ticketing in Russia.

(Source: ČD)

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Finland: The E18 motorway was officially opened on 24 May

One of the largest contracts in Finnish road history stretching over more than 60 years has come to an end

The opening ceremony of the entire E18 motorway was held on 24 May 2018 in Vaalimaa. The event culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Vaalimaa tunnel, where Paula Risikko, Speaker of Parliament, officially opened the motorway. The motorway-level connection from Turku to Vaalimaa is now fully completed, more than 60 years after the first section of the building contract was initiated. The E18 is the first Finnish motorway, the building of which started in 1956 on Tarvontie, connecting Helsinki and Espoo. The last section of the E18 motorway from Hamina to Vaalimaa was completed in March 2018.

In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the completion of the E18 was celebrated in a seminar for invited guests, including people who have been involved in the various building stages and representatives of project stakeholders from the building, financial and municipal sectors. The speakers at the seminar included Veli-Matti Mattila, Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries; Jorma Mäntynen, Professor, Director at WSP; and Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.

In the future, unconventional usage of various funding models that complement budget financing will be critical from the perspective of development projects. The E18 motorway has been built with both public and private funding, and this combination has played a key role in keeping the schedule, as reported to the EU. Traffic connections are increasingly important as success factors and drivers for economic activities, says Kari Wihlman, Director General of the Finnish Transport Agency.

The level of funding for transport routes must be raised and a long-term development outlook is needed. The development of transport infrastructure spans over decades. For example, the E18 motorway was a vision of the 1990s, and today, half of the Finnish GNP is generated and the Russian trade is handled in its area of influence. Transport and logistics are a natural part of Finnish competitiveness, both in the domestic market and international trade. We need world-class logistics services and full utilisation of technologies and automation, says Veli-Matti Mattila, Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Finnish Industries.

Finland is more dependent on the global economy than ever before. Therefore, all transport networks must be harnessed to provide connections between Finland and the rest of the world. The E18 facilitates trade between east and west especially well, as it forms a smooth connection between Sweden, Finland and Russia. Routes have an enabling role and they should always be proactively developed. If a conventional investment approach had been taken, the benefits to society would have never been realised, said Professor, Director Jorma Mäntynen at WSP.

The European Investment Bank funds strategic transport routes such as Europe-wide transport networks (TEN-T), of which the E18 is part. It is important to the Finnish and European economies that these significant transport routes are completed. The EIB has co-funded all privately-funded sections of the E18 motorway crossing southern Finland, and we are extremely satisfied that the last section between Hamina and Vaalimaa has now been opened to traffic, says Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.

The E18 serves Finland’s entire economic life and improves traffic safety

The completion of the project, E18 Hamina–Vaalimaa, this spring saw the completion of the 344-kilometre motorway-level connection from Turku to Vaalimaa. The E18 is Finland’s most international arterial road. Along the road, there are a total of 87 grade-separated junctions, 236 bridges and 12 tunnels. On a daily basis, up to 87,000 vehicles use the busiest sections of the road. In its completed form, the motorway reduces traffic accidents as much as 60 per cent, and fatal accidents are nearly eliminated.

(Source: FTA)

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