UIC North American Regional Assembly (NARA) held on 12 June 2018 in Washington

After two previous fruitful meetings held at the World Bank in Washington in 2016 and in Montreal last year at the kind invitation of VIA Rail Canada, the third UIC Regional Assembly for North America was held in Washington on 12 June at the Federal Railroad Administration Headquarters. The day before, UIC discussed standards/International Railway Solutions (IRS), ERTMS, safety (including level crossings), asset management, as well as digital developments and cybersecurity during a session at the Federal Railroad Administration called “UIC day”, with the aim of sharing more information to FRA and guests on UIC activities and projects. The issues of high speed rail development and operations, sustainability, energy efficiency, education and training were also discussed during this fruitful session.

The UIC Regional meeting for North America was chaired on 12 June by Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada, Chairman of the UIC North American Region, and was attended by around 20 people, representing UIC North American members as well as partner organisations such as the World Bank or transport regulation authorities such as the Agency for the Regulation of Rail Transport (ARTF) of Mexico.

The UIC North American region is currently bringing together the Association of American Railroads AAR, the national rail operator for intercity passenger service Amtrak, the California High-Speed Rail Authority CHSRA, the Federal Railroad Administration FRA, the Canadian national passenger rail service VIA Rail Canada and the Railway Association of Canada RAC. AAR was represented by Mike Rush, Senior Vice President, Safety and Operations, and Amtrak by Jeff Gerlach, Director of Infrastructure Planning. In addition to Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, VIA Rail Canada was represented by Pierre Le Fevre, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of VIA Rail Canada and Robert St. John, Chief Asset Management Officer.

FRA was represented by Barbara Klein Barr, Director, International Programs at the FRA, and Robert Lauby, Associate Administrator & Chief Safety Officer. Martha Lawrence, Transport specialist at the World Bank, attended the meeting as an observer, as well as Benjamin Aleman Castilla, Chairman and Chief Executive, Jose Luis Mayen Martinez, Director of Special Projects and Estanislao Sandoval Bosch, Director General, Legal Affairs of the Mexico’s Regulatory for Rail Transport ARTF.

UIC was represented by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer, Jean-Michel Evanghelou, Head of UIC Telecom & Signalling activities and Marie Plaud-Lombard, Director of Communications.

Robert Lauby, Associate Administrator & Chief Safety Officer of the Federal Railroad Administration FRA opened the meeting with welcoming remarks and gave the floor to Pierre Le Fevre, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of VIA Rail Canada. Both presented the latest developments in the region, highlighting in particular rail investments, by underlining the need to eliminate silos between players, to have a broader view of stakeholders and to try to know why governments invest more in roads and don’t invest more in favour of rail. Peter Lauby said was one of the main challenges was Positive Train Control (PTC) as “Safety is a priority”. Pierre Le Fevre presented the passenger and freight point of view, with rail as a solution to pollution and congestion. Ten current projects focusing on travel time and frequency in the USA and Canada were also highlighted.

They concluded with the key trends: the UIC North American region is characterised by the revitalisation of passenger rail, growing freight activities and infrastructure improvements, the evolution of relationships between freight and owners and passenger operators towards maximising benefits through optimisation.

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Chairman of the UIC North American Region, said:
“UIC plays an essential role in gathering and disseminating information among the key players in the railway industry. Early on in my mandate as VIA Rail’s President and CEO I became the chairperson of the UIC’s North American Region, led by my strong belief that rail transport is the smart choice for the future. The railway has always been a means of connecting communities as well as bolstering economic success along its route in a safe, efficient and reliable way. Let’s continue this great tradition and ensure its strong future by working together to grow our businesses and our national economies. The rail industry is currently at a crossroads, or perhaps a better term would be at a “diamond”. Railways control the most valuable of transportation assets: rights of way. They are the passages through which goods and people flow to support the mobility essential to the growth and development of our countries. As such, these private assets have a public vocation as well as a private obligation to financial return. When our governments granted us these rights of way it was with the understanding that we would do our best to exploit them for the common good. We railroaders have a duty to all our stakeholders to ensure that rights of way are used to their full potential. This duty to serve shareholders and citizens can only be achieved through cooperation, interoperability and cohabitation. Our countries cannot afford to let rights of way remain underutilised. It’s bad business, it’s bad economics, and it’s bad stakeholder management.
I am greatly looking forward to exchanging ideas, technologies and innovations and forging new ties with all of you”.

He added that the Strategic Vision for North America, a document prepared by UIC for the meeting and grouping together priorities of Members as well as facts and figures, would be released in the coming weeks.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, mentioned the dynamism of the sector. He said: “We have to be modest and continue to share best practices. I’m particularly happy to feel that new actors could join our big family in the coming times. You all need standards, and I’m very pleased to inform you about the recent creation of the UIC Standardisation Unit”.
He presented Members with UIC’s global activities such as corridors, training, security, sustainability and invited them to provide UIC with their input. He also presented the DIGIM project and the key messages of the Global Signalling conference of Milan held this year were given by Jean-Michel Evanghelou. Taking into account the importance of research, which could bring coherence to UIC’s coordination in the region, he suggested that the next regional meeting next year should take place at TTCI Headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado. TTCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads and a world-class transportation research and testing organisation, providing emerging technology solutions for the railway industry throughout North America and the world.

On the afternoon of 12 June, a digital session was organised to mainly discuss IoT, cybersecurity in protection of critical network operations for some of the largest governments, financial and critical infrastructure. Two proofs of concept, on digital level crossings and for sight impaired and disabled passengers in Ottawa station, were also presented. More information about this session will be published in a later issue of UIC eNews.

For further information please contact Marie Plaud-Lombard, UIC Communications Director:

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UIC opens its fourth Security Week from 18 – 21 June 2018 in Paris

The fourth UIC Security Week is taking place this week from 18 – 21 June 2018 at the headquarters of UIC in Paris.

This year’s topics, selected by the steering committee of the UIC Security Platform, will focus on CBRNE Threats (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), Cybersecurity, Staff and Public Awareness and Business Continuity Management (BCM) in the shape of a themed seminar, two workshops and an Awareness Day featuring a dedicated session on “Women in Railway Transport”.

Attended by around 50 participants from Europe and beyond, the audience this week will include UIC members, railway security experts, representatives of railway companies, infrastructure managers, as well as relevant external parties such as practitioners, trainers, communications experts, researchers and academics.

The Security Week was opened this afternoon by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General.
He said: “When it comes to security, it’s not just about preventing known incidents or attacks that have already been carried out from re-occurring; it’s also about being constantly proactive and thinking about what might happen, and how to prevent or manage it.” […]
He concluded by saying: “Security Week is an important week, then, for all players involved in railway security, but it is much more than that: the vision for security that we are developing is one that supports business and is designed as an element of service quality rather than as an external, punitive restriction. It is in this way that we can do our part to meet the legitimate expectations of our fellow citizens, for whom the train is a suitable - indeed essential - means of transport for getting around in normal conditions.”

The opening address was followed by a series of presentations addressing the issue of CBRNE terrorism, focusing on future collaborative work to foster a more robust research and preparedness for the CBRNE threat in the railway sector.

The rest of the week will include a workshop on Cybersecurity looking at strategy and organisation to deal with, the Security Awareness Day on Wednesday 20 June with the aim of improving awareness among staff and the public on security aspects in public spaces, behaviour in trains, and dedicated campaigns. A special session on “Women in Railway Transport” will be held in collaboration with UITP on this day. The final day, 21 June, will look at Business Continuity Management (BCM) in order to share approaches and experiences across the different components of BCM. Different presenters will provide an insight into their BCM policy, organisation, programme and experience.

Finally, it was announced that the next UIC Security Congress will be held in Bled, Slovenia, from 16 – 18 October this year, hosted by Slovenian Railways. It will include a workshop dedicated to security and safety in tunnels and after that, the main topic on the agenda will be crisis management.

For further information please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division:

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Blockchain: the key to a new era of trust in freight leveraged by UIC Member railways

Blockchain, which groups together developments in cryptography, decentralisation and trust management, has been presented as one of the most disruptive technologies since the previous revolution dating back to the birth of internet and later usage of P2P networks.

Taking into account its characteristics in terms of transparency, traceability, trust and distributed governance, this tool could potentially allow the development of a better mobility as a service interoperability and bring substantial advantages/benefits to the transport system.

Today, railways, at the heart of this chain of mobility and related ecosystems, represented by the worldwide railway organisation UIC, could take the opportunity to differentiate itself as an agile leader by sharing a common vision on this strategic subject. Railways could deploy these amazing changes by encouraging actors to open their data, by connecting each other’s game changers around a fluidity of systems and through a real cooperation mode benefiting the entire ecosystem’s stakeholders well beyond boundaries.

Railways are indeed probably one of the most relevant fields to encourage a blockchain approach in order to create a disruptive competitive advantage, and therefore an additional leverage to rail freight leadership.
Corridors, and more particularly the one belt one road (OBOR), are particularly a great application case, as freight transport has to face manual processes, mismanagement and fraud, minimise delays, secure information, increase trust and develop safe archiving along with smart contracts to automate time consuming processes.

According to recent facts and figures, railways could gain and add value to their ecosystems of up to 100 million dollars a year just in these corridors thanks to improved freight performance, through

  • “Reduced frictions at all operational transit bottleneck points with harmonised validation consensus
  • higher values of freight containers
  • improved cash-flow and capital management
  • timed information exchange with smart contract, facilitating customs controls, clearance, etc …” as researched and mentioned by our experts.

Along with the UIC Digital Platform created in 2015, and the Freight Stakeholder Group focusing on Transcontinental Corridor development, railways today have an amazing opportunity to improve the attractiveness of rail benefits within the freight ecosystems, to effectively and efficiently engage all freight ecosystems with blockchain technology, with rail at the centre of the multimodal set-up.

The subject will be discussed in particular through a keynote given by our blockchain expert Gilbert Réveillon during the #UICrail Global Rail Freight Conference GRFC to be held in Genoa from 26 – 28 June:

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One week left until the 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:

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:

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ATTI: Key for Freight Interoperability

The annual General Assembly of the ATTI special group was held on 12 June at UIC in Paris.

The ATTI (Agreement on freight Train Transfer Inspection) group was founded in 2014 and now has more than 100 European Railway Undertakings as members. The purpose of the group is to facilitate the transfer of wagons between participating Rus, reducing time and cost.

The GA approved the Strategy for the coming years for:

  • An efficient implementation of more interoperable, safer services
  • A complete quality control loop with optimal use of resources
  • The implementation of an ATTI quality standard
  • The application of certified procedures

Benefiting from digital solutions and technical innovation.

The GA also decided to extend the Quality Management System to not only cover the technical train inspection but also the quality of train operation and dangerous goods in close collaboration with the respective UIC groups.

For further information please contact Patrick Mantell, Senior Freight Advisor:

Or visit:,

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SMGG meeting held on 13 June 2018 in Madrid

The SMGG (Station Managers’ Global Group) met on 13 June in Madrid, organised by ADIF under the direction of the SMGG chairman, Carlos Ventura, at the Spanish Railway Foundation.

Representatives from ADIF, SBB CFF FFS, SNCF, RZD, SNCB/NMBS, FS & RAI attended the meeting. UIC was represented by Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department and Clément Gautier, Project Manager for this department.

The initial feedback on the Security Handbook were presented by Ekaterina Kozyreva from RZD. The handbook was used to prepare the 21st Football World Cup and to share with all the Station Managers of Russia. In order to prepare all 33 stations for this event, RZD held a discussion with SNCF about the 2016 European Football Cup held in France. The position of the station staff is also based on the experience of the German colleagues because they know how welcome one million people on one day due to the Summer Jam Festival held every July in Cologne.

After the final of the World Cup, RZD will analyse all the experiences to improve aspects of security and announcements as much as possible. This analysis will be shared with UIC members.

The second point on the agenda was the potential synergies with the other UIC working groups, from the Passenger Forum as well as also other UIC platforms. A synergy diagram of the SMGG is therefore in preparation and will be unveiled in the coming months. On this occasion was the question of inviting non-UIC members to broaden the vision of the working group to exchanging experience, share best practices and improve the LTDRS project (Long-Term Development for Railway Stations).

Then RZD presented the draft of the first work package of the LTDRS project on the quality assessment of passenger railway stations. With the duration of the project lasting six months, SMGG members will provide a final version of a call for tender and look for a company to manage this specific topic.

Finally, a discussion was held on the preparation of the next 2019 NEXTSTATION event in Iran. Mr Vahid Alighardashi, Director General of the Engineering and Supervising the Infrastructure Bureau of RAI, was part of the discussion concerning the exact date and location of the conference, the set-up of the Scientific Committee, the slogan and the first potential topics for the event. On this occasion, SMGG members will include university bodies within the Scientific Committee.

The next SMGG meeting and the first NEXTSTATION 2019 Scientific Committee will take place in Iran from 8 – 10 October 2018.

Previous NEXTSTATION Events:




For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Project Manager:

Or the UIC station unit at this address:

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TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways meeting held on 12 June 2018 in Paris

TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways was held in Paris on 12 June. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from the railway operators of Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Spain as well as representatives from the European and the World Tourist Trains and Trams associations (Fedecrail and Wattrain).

On this occasion, there were also two special guests at the meeting: Mr Gaucha from Transdev and Mr Moreau from the most important luxury cruise trains operator, Belmond.

The group had the opportunity to enjoy a presentation from each of the guests and from Korail about the DZM Train, a very special train which goes from Seoul to the North Korea border.

As this was the first meeting after the first TopRail Forum, the participants had the opportunity to analyse the event. The positive feedback was unanimous and the wish to organise a second TopRail Forum in 2019 validated.

The main tasks to be accomplished in 2018-2019 were presented and approved:

  • Collaboration between UIC and the editor Languages du Sud to produce a book with the most impressive tourist trains around the world
  • Second TopRail Forum to be held in Italy in spring
  • Guidelines on Increasing Rail Attractiveness for Tourism

Over the next few months, the group will work continue working on those three topics. This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate.

For further information please contact Clarisse Kapferer, Advisor, Passenger

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Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group meeting held on 14 June 2018 in Paris

The latest meeting of Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) group was held on 14 June at UIC Paris Headquarters. There were representatives of PKP SKM, Korail, BLS, Renfe, Euskotren and FCG. UIC was represented by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department, Clément Gautier, Fabrice Setta and Amin Saadaoui and Vanessa Pérez, from the same department and Kathrin Faber from the Security Department.

The meeting had two main focuses regarding the topics of the triannual main activities of the group:

  • Training on CRTS: analysis of the excellent feedback of the last CRTS Training that was held in Warsaw, kindly organised by PKP S.A. and proposal for the organisation of the fourth Training on Commuter and Regional Trains Services that was planned to be held at the beginning of June 2019 in Barcelona, hosted by FGC.
  • Handbook on CRTS: Over the next few months, the group will continue working in a continuous process of comparative evaluation of products, services and processes common to the railway operators of commuter and regional trains in collaboration with other UIC departments like Safety and Security and other organisations such as UITP.

During this meeting the general organisation and chapters of the handbook were approved and the first discussion on the chapter about “Ticketing” took place.

This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate.

For further information please contact Clarisse Kapferer, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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UIC Finance Committee held on 7 June 2018 in Paris

The annual UIC Finance Committee took place on 7 June. It brought together the Finance Directors of the UIC European active members and gave an opportunity for the eight working groups to report on their work.

The meeting was chaired by David Sitruk, SNCF, President of the Finance Committee and Thierry Béra, UIC Finance Director. Presentations included reports made by the groups: PATRIC (audit passenger group) during which the speaker underlined an urgent need to recruit more auditors for the work of the group; RCF 1 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Passenger Working Party) spoke about an updated version of the leaflet 301; RCF 2 (Accounting and Financial Regulations – Freight Working Party), mentioned that the leaflet 304 was ready to be translated into three languages and published; RCF 3 (Financial relations between railways undertakings - Principles and terms of application) reported on the work of corrections of the leaflet 311; ODC (Office of Debt Clearance) explained that further to the work of the group the general level of debt was going down; the Statistics group focused on finance and railway statistics; the Taxation group focused on strengthening the positions in exchanges with the tax authorities and the Legal Group, which works on the request of members, with the current request coming from MERITS Project on the opening of MERITS to third parties.

Special presentations were given by David Sitruk on a new project of the SNCF renovation and Thierry Béra on the work of the Africa Region. He went through numerous successful events organised in Algiers, Rabat, Djibouti and other locations in 2018.

The meeting allowed participants to exchange views on the evolution of Railway Finance activities, GDPR – General data Protection Regulation and its implementation and enlarge their knowledge of the UIC projects and perspectives.

For further information about the Finance Committee please contact Thierry Béra:

Or Maria Lafont:

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Don’t miss the dates of the forthcoming Training, Education and Workforce Development events

Railway Talent: 4th Networking & Collaborative Event

If you happen to be in Berlin as part of InnoTrans, take the opportunity to boost your skills!

The 4th Networking & Collaborative Event on 20 September 2018, which is being organised in cooperation with DB, UITP and ETCR 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 crash course training, you/your employees will learn about the innovation method Design Thinking and thus get a feel for their its 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.

Deadline for registration: 30 June 2018

For more information and to register please click on:

UIC Talent and Expertise Development Platform

The next UIC Talent and Expertise Development Platform, organised in partnership with LDZ, will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 29 and 30 October 2018.

The first day will be a conference addressing the topic “How to attract new staff in a situation of growing competition and opening-up markets”, and will be held at Riga Technical University.

The second day, addressing the Talent & Expertise Development work programme and activities, will be held at LDZ headquarters.

For more information and to register please click on:

5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training: call for abstracts is now open!

The UIC and its partners ONCF and IFF have the pleasure to inform you that the 5th World Congress on Rail Training “Unite-Inspire-Connect” will take place in Rabat, Morocco, from 9 – 11 October 2019.

The key congress aims are to:

  • Share best practice in education, training and human resources development
  • Raise awareness in new and innovative technologies, systems and methods to promote effective learning
  • Expand and reinforce international networking within training and development professionals and organisations
  • Enhance cooperation with rail educational & vocational institutions, in order to showcase the different initiatives towards the younger generation
  • Help training and development professionals design and implement training and development programmes that contribute to increase organisational effectiveness

The Congress is targeted at:

  • Training directors, executives and experts
  • Human resources and human performance and development professionals at all hierarchical layers in the organisation
  • Rail educational and vocational institutions
    You can view the selected themes and topics for WCRT 2019, as well as submit your abstract (until 14 September) by clicking on:

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

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WCRR 2019 Congress Announcement and Call for Papers

We are very pleased to announce that the 12th World Congress on Railway Research, WCRR 2019, will be held in Tokyo, Japan, at the Tokyo International Forum from 28 October to 1 November 2019, hosted by the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), of the Japan Railways (JR) group.

WCRR is the world’s largest international congress on railway research, where railway researchers and engineers gather together with managers and executives of railway-related organisations in one congress. WCRR 2019, with the congress theme “Railway Research to Enhance the Customer Experience,” will provide a perfect opportunity for railway delegates from around the world to gather and share their views regarding the roles that research and development are expected to play in order to further elevate the value of railways, while railway experts are able to share information and expertise.

We invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts of papers for presentation at the congress. Abstracts are being accepted at the WCRR 2019 official website up until 10 August 2018.

For details, please see:

Session Topics are as follows, under which there are Sub-Topics (please refer to the Call for Papers for details):

  • Improvement of Service Quality, Speed, Time to Destination, and Functionality
  • Economics, Policy and Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Safety and Natural Hazard Management
  • Rolling Stock
  • Infrastructure
  • Railway System Interface
  • Maglev and New Transport Systems

WCRR 2019 Call for Papers Timeline:

Deadline for Abstract submission: 10 August 2018
Confirmation of accepted Abstracts: By 8 February 2019
Date for submission of full papers to be provided for review: 10 May 2019
Deadline for submission of full and final paper: 31 August 2019

If you have any questions please contact the congress organisers as shown below.

Professional congress organiser (PCO) of WCRR 2019
The WCRR 2019 Headquarters of RTRI has appointed ISS, Inc. to take care of logistics for this congress. Correspondence regarding WCRR 2019 should be addressed to:

ISS, Inc.
Mita MT Bldg. 8F, 3-13-12 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073, Japan
TEL: +81-3-6369-9984 FAX: +81-3-3453-1180
For questions about abstracts/papers, please contact:
For questions about sponsorship and exhibitions, please contact:
For other general questions about WCRR, please contact:

Learn more about WCRR 2019 at:

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Cooperation Promoting

UIC confirms partnership with Intelligent Transport and Global Railway Review

On 22 May 2018, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, signed a wide-ranging new partnership with Russell Publishing, the independent, international publishers of Intelligent Transport and Global Railway Review. The breadth of this exciting agreement offers a platform for both parties to deliver collaborative, industry-led events as well as insightful multi-media cooperation in print and online.

Speaking at the formal signing ceremony, Clare King, Head of Events at Russell Publishing, stated: “This new partnership will benefit our audience by bringing them closer to the UIC’s vast knowledge base and established network of key industry figures. Equally, the UIC and its members will now have exposure to our magazines and websites, which are designed to keep the wider transport community up to speed with all the latest developments. We are looking forward to working with the UIC across our network to forge the future of mobility across cities and continents.”

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the UIC described the association’s commitment to partner with the wider railway community and the globally inclusive foundations the UIC has been built on: “The UIC was created in 1922 to rebuild a fragmented Europe on the basis of interoperability and with a global vision. We now have 200 members, we cover 100 countries and we represent over 1 million kilometres of infrastructure and 7 million people. We have three values: unity, universality and solidarity and we have three pillars of philosophy, which are; to be open, to share and to connect.”

Digital Rail Revolution & Intelligent Transport Conferences

Spearheading the collaboration with the UIC will be two industry-leading events in 2018 - Intelligent Transport Conference held in London on 1-2 November and Digital Rail Revolution Conference, to be held at the UIC Headquarters in Paris on 21 November. Each event will attract hundreds of attendees from across the globe, to discuss the latest breakthroughs, innovations, challenges and developments in the public transport industry.

Intelligent Transport Conference London | 1-2 November 2018

Having attracted more than 350 attendees last year, with presentations from leading organisations such as; Google UK, MaaS Global, UITP, Transport Focus, Polis and many more, Intelligent Transport Conference will once again take place in London on 1-2 November 2018.

The conference will discuss, deliberate and showcase the new technologies that are shaping the future of the transport sector.

Key speakers for 2018 include:

● Andy Byford, President, New York City Transit ● Christian Wolmar, Award-Winning Writer and Broadcaster ● Matthew Hudson, Head of Strategy Technology and Data, TfL ● Chris Perry, Head of UK Expansion, MaaS Global ● Carlos Gonzalez, Strategic Partner Manager, Google UK ● Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Corporations, European Business ● Andreas Schönström, Deputy Mayor of Malmo City, Malmo City Council ● Alistair Lenczner, Director at Expedition and Lead on HS4Air ● Jyri Niemimuukko, COO, Travel Services, Oy Matkahuolto Ab ● Sebastian Hofer, Innovation Manager, Hochbahn AG ● Jan Lüdtke, Director, Business Development Europe, Via Transportation and ViaVan ● Ivan Grumelli, ICT Manager, Arriva Italy ● Carol Schweiger, Chairperson, New England ITS

Learn more about Intelligent Transport Conference 2018

Digital Rail Revolution Paris | 21 November 2018

Digital Rail Revolution will bring together over 300 railway professionals from across the world to network, learn, discuss and debate the effect of digitalisation in the railway industry. The event will explore how the rail community and the public transport sector can maximise the potential of new technology and continue to lead the digitalised revolution.

This year’s topics include:

● Cyber securing the digitalisation of rail ● Blockchain technology
● Artificial intelligence ● Predictive maintenance ● Big data analysis ● Modernising existing infrastructure ● Improving passenger satisfaction ● Investing in new technologies ● Signalling and communication

Learn more about Digital Rail Revolution 2018

About Intelligent Transport

Exploring new technologies and the latest developments within this vitally important sector, Intelligent Transport provides high-quality analysis across core topics: Smart Cities, Digitalisation, Intermodality, Ticketing and Payments, Safety and Security, The Passenger, The Fleet, Business Models and Regulation and Legislation. With articles from across the globe, Intelligent Transport reviews how and why industry decision makers operate the way they do, and examines how technology is changing the dynamics of transport. The expansion in technology and our international reach are the reasons we’ve transitioned from Eurotransport to become Intelligent Transport. We continue to bring the latest news and views from industry insiders and experts, but with a global reach that will offer insight on developments and projects from all seven continents.

Website: ​

About Global Railway Review

Global Railway Review, formerly known as European Railway Review, has been one of the leading sources of information in the rail sector since 1994. In 2017, we bid a fond farewell to the European Railway Review name, launching a brand new annual conference, and building on our established international focus. To reflect significant changes in the railway industry, driven by technologies and globalisation, Global Railway Review invested in new content, a new website and a broader circulation for our bi-monthly magazine.

Website: ​

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United States: Freight rail sector affirms commitment to local communities in letter to mayors

With federal policymakers increasingly eyeing midterm elections and rail industry observers still awaiting Congressional action to fill vacancies at the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the Association of American Railroads (AAR) today sent a high-level letter to mayors across the United States summarizing the foundation of the private freight rail sector’s business and external relations efforts – namely its economic impact, safety record and technological gains and aspirations. On the heels of its first ever RailxTech event, which included a white paper to summarize the state of affairs surrounding technology in the freight rail business, the AAR felt it was important to share this information with mayors, who stand at the frontlines of public policy and will be critical stakeholders as the industry pursues wider deployment of safety improving technologies.

“A significant portion of the industry’s operations are regulated by the federal government, but our impact is felt strongly in towns and cities across this country,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger. “While the industry will never stop in its pursuit to make our safe industry even safer, we are proud that our continued private investments help efficiently move goods throughout the U.S., serve myriad businesses that help support local economies and increasingly allow the industry to test and deploy innovative solutions. We feel it is important to extend our Washington-based dialogue to local policymakers to supplement the tireless work our members do every day in working with not just mayors, but their residents, businesses and safety officials.”

The letter makes particular mention of Positive Train Control (PTC), which the industry is on track to fully install as mandated by the U.S. Congress, as well as AskRail, the digital platform designed in concert with International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and made available to qualified first responders to access critical rail information in the case of an emergency. AskRail, along with constantly occurring training events held throughout the country, is some of the most tangible ways in which railroads interact with local communities.

The letter also makes note of continued, misguided efforts by select trucking interests to convince members of Congress to increase federal weight and length limits for large, commercial trucks – something that organizations such as the National League of Cities (NLC) and National Association of Counties (NACo) typically oppose.

(Source: AAR)

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News from UIC members

Iran: New Appointment within Iranian Railways (RAI)

Mr Hossein Ashoori has been appointed as the Acting President of RAI since 1 June 2018 and he will assist RAI president, Dr Saeed Mohammadzadeh, in developing rail transport plans and policies in the country and also in the international arena.

Mr Ashoori, was already Vice-President of RAI for operation and movement and also international traffic, and at the same time he is also member of the board of RAI.

Mr Ashoori has already attended several UIC global conferences as keynote speaker and is interested in developing cooperation with international rail organisations and also developing cooperation between RAI and other railways, especially for developing rail connections between Europe and Asia.

(Source: RAI)

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News from UIC members

Iran: Track and Technical structures department of Iranian Railways (RAI) now equipped with track recording web information

The Track and Technical structures department of Iranian Railways (RAI) has been equipped for the first time with a track recording web information system as well as quantitative and qualitative geometric parameters to analyse the railway track system.

Given the ever-increasing development of the rail industry and the use of modern technologies in track maintenance, RAI has launched a comprehensive system and database on the status of tracks at rail network level.

This system is supervised by the Evaluation Group of Mechanical Machinery of Track & Technical structures department of RAI in cooperation with the local experts and was set up on the 200-gigabit server at RAI HQ.

One of the advantages of setting up this system is that the rail managers on the whole RAI network across the country could use it under the local network. The other most important output of this system is assessing the qualitative assessment of the performance of contractors in the track maintenance engineering section.

It should be noted that all the necessary standards for designing and implementing this system executed in accordance with the EN, RFI system as well as using the advanced formulas of ADA II software.

(Source: RAI)

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News from UIC members

China: New section of China Railway Express comes into operation

On 10 May, the first China Railway Express from Linhe to Teheran departed from Linhe station of Bayinnaoer city on Hetao Plateau of Inner Mongolia. Fully loaded with 1,150t of premium sunflower seeds, the 50-car formation trains entered Xinjiang province through the Linhe-Kumul line, left the border from Khorgos and arrived at Teheran, the capital of Iran through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Thanks to China’s deepening business cooperation with Europe and BRI counties, China Railway Hohhot Group Co., Ltd endeavours to further smooth out the freight traffic at Erlian international port, at the same time works to identify new trade resources within its jurisdiction to upgrade and enrich the operation scheme of China Railway Express. The train – jointly developed by the Bayinnaoer local government, Hohhot Group, the Hohhot subsidiary of China Railway Container Transport Corp. Ltd., and the Inner Mongolia Foreign Trade Development Limited Company – registers 15 days in the operation period and 8,352km in running kilometres, cutting the time of sea transport by around 25 days.

Located on teh Hetao plateau, the city of Bayinnaroer is well endowed with favourable natural conditions, as well as extensive agricultural and pastoral resources. As an important production area of sunflower seed, the city records a 180,000t seeds export annually, with 90% of the output going to Middle East, Europe and America.

The operation of the Express train helps promote the sales of premium agricultural and pastoral products of Inner Mongolia and the Western areas to the international market, poold together the related industries and cleard the path for equipment manufacturers of Inner Mongolia to access international trade.

(Source: CR)

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Cooperation News from UIC members

Germany: Getting closer to the Asian market – Deutsche Bahn and Georgian Railways sign agreement in Berlin

Strategic partnership opens up new opportunities for growth

Deutsche Bahn and Georgian Railways have entered a new stage of cooperation. On 12 June, an agreement was signed by Alexander Doll, Member of the Board of Management for Freight Transport and Logistics at Deutsche Bahn, and David Peradze, CEO of Georgian Railways, in Berlin which lays the foundation for future joint projects in the rail freight sector. By signing the agreement, Deutsche Bahn and Georgian Railway embark on a strategic partnership to strengthen the European and Asian multimodal transportation corridors.

“This strategic alliance is mutually beneficial and marks a cornerstone. Maintaining close ties with Georgian Railways will help us to further grow our business as it puts us closer to the Asian market and opens up new perspectives for future endeavours”, said Mr Doll.

“Georgian Railways is very active in developing Europe-Asia corridors. Therefore, it is logical that we partner up with Deutsche Bahn. Together with DB we are going to team up and foster international freight transportation and offer competitive products. This certainly will benefit us and increase the competitiveness of the Georgian logistics market”, said Mr Peradze.

With Deutsche Bahn, the largest rail freight provider in Europe, Georgian Railways cooperates with a reliable and strong business partner. In the context of this cooperation, Deutsche Bahn will be responsible for organising transport within the EU by rail freight. Multimodal transport will be handled by its subsidiary DB Schenker. Georgian Railways will be responsible for cargo transport with the destinations Middle East and India, coming from Constanta and passing through Georgia and Azerbaijan, as well as for transport to East Asia via the Caspian Sea.

The newly-formed partnership will foster the mutual support between the companies in multiple ways, including the exchange of resources such as knowledge, expertise, information as well as employees.

The partnership of Deutsche Bahn and Georgian Railways sets an outstanding example considering the continuous growth of the Asian-European rail cargo market.

(Source: DB)

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