Successful 4th UIC Security Week held from 18 – 21 June 2018 in Paris

A vision for the future and preparation for the future by focusing on new threats that have emerged. After all, 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

With this statement UIC General Director Jean-Pierre Loubinoux opened the fourth UIC Security week.

He also took the opportunity to congratulate Prof Gerd Neubeck from DB AG for his important involvement as chairman of the security platform over the last two years. The platform will now be chaired by Marc Beaulieu from VIA Rail Canada and vice chaired by Piotr Kurcz from PKP SA.

Over the four days, 84 participants from 23 countries shared information and discussed inter alia issues on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) threats, cybersecurity, staff and public awareness, Business Continuity Management (BCM), and the upcoming Security Hub. Enclosed you will find the main results of each topic.

Seminar on CBRNE terrorism – 18 June 2018:

On Monday 18 June, UIC organised the Seminar on CBRNE terrorism which dealt with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. This was the fourth thematic seminar on terrorism following the topics addressed in previous years: Human Factors (2015), Crisis Management (2016), and Radicalisation (2017).
This was the first time that UIC publicly addressed the CBRNE security issue. The decision to address this topic was in line not only with the growing interest of some UIC members to prepare against CBRNE attacks on railway property, but also with the recent failed attempts of such attacks in Europe and with the European Union Action plan on CBRNE preparedness.

Six presentations gave the state-of-the-art on this issue and facilitated exchanges of information between UIC members, railway security experts, practitioners, researchers and members of academia.

The first three presentations were more institutional, focusing on current research actions in Europe and beyond. Dr Spyros Karakitsios (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) presented the activities of the JRC ERNCIP Thematic Group on Detection of Indoor Airborne Chemical-Biological Agents and gave some insight on using sensor technologies to detect chemical or biological attacks in railways. Mr Denis Luyten (UITP, Belgium) shared the results of a survey on the CBRNE threat among the members of UITP and highlighted some of the challenges for the public transport sector, especially for metro operators. Dr Brigita Kairiene (National Public Health Centre, Lithuania) presented the EU Healthy GateWays Joint Action and the planned activities for ground crossings, including rail border points. The UIC Security Division is part of the Advisory Board of this action and will support the working groups.

The last three presentations focused on the results and recommendations from past research projects, providing scientifically validated inputs, tested solutions, and specific examples of preventive solutions which can be used in the railway environment to prevent or respond to CBRNE attacks. Prof José Luis Perez-Diaz (University of Alcalá, Spain) presented Counterfog – a device for large scale counteraction of chemical or biological contamination. This low-cost device is applicable in the railway sector both in closed spaces such as stations or tunnels, but also in open spaces. Mr Walter Schmitz (Universität der Bundeswehr München Consultant, Germany) shared insights gained into the French-German project RE(H)STRAIN and discussed two types of sensor technologies to detect CBRN agents. Last but not the least, Mr. Stéphane Couturier (SNEF Group, France) and Mr Bernard Leibovici (SDS Group) presented a prototype device that can be used as a preventative answer to the nuclear and radioactive threat and that could be tested very soon by railway operators if they wish.

Overall, the participants agreed that the seminar helped them share knowledge and best practice, but also to stimulate collaborative work, to foster a more robust research and preparedness for the CBRNE threat in the railway sector.
One central question in the discussion was whether preparing for a CBRNE attack scenario should be a railway stakeholder problem or a state problem. The present UIC members mentioned that they would like to implement security measures that could tackle several threats simultaneously and that a certain overlap between safety and security would be beneficial. This request reflects the UIC integrative railway protection approach which includes preparedness against all risks and threats, including events with lower probability but high impact.

Another main point was that railway stakeholders should prepare for CBRNE both in terms of threat detection (mainly through adapted sensors) and effective response. The latter element is closely linked to good levels of staff training and public awareness.

During the discussion it was concluded that UIC would conduct a survey through the Network of Quick Responders to check which members are willing to continue to work on this topic and in which way.

For further information about the CBRNE topic, please contact Grigore Havarneanu:

Workshop on Cybersecurity – 19 June 2018:

The second day of this fourth security week was dedicated to Cybersecurity. During his welcome speech, Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Director of the Fundamental Value Departments, highlighted the importance of tackling this issue that can impact rail operations, safety, data, and moreover the rail business in general .

Leon Brain from DG Move presented the ongoing EU Rail Security Developments. A new EU Rail Passenger Security Platform will be implemented by the end of 2018 to collect relevant information on rail security and provide good practice guidance for Member States. Regarding cybersecurity, a proposal for a new EU Regulation “the Cybersecurity Act” has been drafted. Moreover, DG MOVE is in the process of launching work to develop an interactive cyber-security toolkit to help raise capacity to identify and mitigate cyber-security risks in the transport sector. Leon Brain also mentioned a recent new initiative to develop a rail sector cyber ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Centre) that is led by European Rail Infrastructure Managers with strong support from ENISA and EU Rail Agency.

Then Laurent Maurice from Emis Conseil gave an overview on the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is mandatory for all European companies since 25 May 2018 and on its application in the rail sector.

To finish this first session on the European framework, the achievements of the EU funded project CYRAIL in the framework of SHIFT2RAIL rail transport call, were presented by three of the partners of the project (UIC, AIRBUS cybersecurity and FORTISS). A security assessment and a threat analysis were performed on a rail operational scenario (“worth scenario” in term of security) prepared by UIC. Attack detection techniques as well as alert and incident management techniques and Mitigation strategies and countermeasures were proposed and assessed for the rail context by the member of the consortium. The final results of the project will be presented during the CYRAIL final conference that will be held in Paris on 18 September 2018.

Then the industry point of view was given by Emin Simsek from Bosch Security and Safety Systems who described their approach to secure the security systems such as cameras and to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the information.

The afternoon session was dedicated to the railway experience and organisation regarding cybersecurity. Gerd Neubeck from DBAG, Marc Beaulieu from VIA Rail Canada, and Andrea Valente from FS SpA shared the organisation that was deployed within their company for tackling this issue. Denis Luyten from UITP presented the results of the UITP working group on cybersecurity and the recommendations published last year for public transport operators on incident management, monitoring, home mobile working and tendering processes and contract.

This was followed by a discussion with all the participants. It was often highlighted that cybersecurity needs to be addressed at the top management to get their support. Dedicated cybersecurity units/teams are more and more implemented within the rail companies to manage and coordinate all the relevant actors (IT, Security, Operations, Rail Systems, Maintenance, Digital, Human Resource…). Mention was made of the need to include specifications for cyber security in contracts for public tender/suppliers as well as requirements to be added in external maintenance contract to keep the level of cybersecurity as initially planned.
Sharing detailed on past attacks or tentative attacks is a very sensitive topic and these exchanges need to be held in a restricted and adapted format. Another important prevention measure is to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues towards all the staff, it was proposed to address it during next year security awareness day.

Finally, Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, presented the outcomes of the UIC ARGUS project. Recommendations were issued to better protect the signalling system against cyberthreats. Marc Antoni highlighted the importance of having a systems approach and to integrate safety and security especially when addressing cybersecurity.

For further information about the cybersecurity workshop, please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

2nd UIC Security Awareness Day – 20 June 2018:

On 20 June 2018, the second UIC Security Awareness Day was organised on various security topics to raise awareness among staff and public. This interactive day was a good opportunity to exchange best practice and to share several experiences from UIC members thanks to the good presentations and demonstrations of creating awareness among employees and customers. This year, the UIC Security Awareness Day brought together 10 speakers from Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France and Hungary.

VIA Rail Canada presented the awareness campaign on “every VIA Rail employee is part of the security team”. The goal of this campaign was to raise the awareness of employees on security measures already in place, to ensure safety and security, to help employees be attentive and to recognise, record and report the security events.
From Infrabel’s point of view, the awareness day was the opportunity to develop an approach to “make the security staff aware”. From them, the collective behaviour is the sum of individual behaviour of each employee. They focused their campaign on “locked door” and “badge management”.

NS and SNCF used skype live connection to show the audience the awareness day in their network and from the point of view of the people on the frontline.
In parallel to the UIC security awareness day, NS organised an awareness campaign in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Schiphol in stations and for onboard personnel and safety services. The campaign was about “what to do in case of a terrorist attack”. During the skype session we saw NS staff making passengers more aware; their goal was to create more personal contact with passengers in order to better draw their attention and raise their awareness.

SNCF held an action day for railway staff on how to raise security awareness among railway companies. For that they provided three awareness stands, one to introduce the new visual identity of security, another to introduce the new secure mission guides and the last one about IT security. This action day was interactive and stressed the importance of a direct and more individual contact with the staff.
DB AG presented the Corporate Security Awareness via Social Intranet. In April 2017, Deutsche Bahn AG launched the interactive communication platform “DB Planet” for their employees. In 2018 a diverse Data Protection Campaign has been launched. This campaign contains a security toolbox of data protection, which includes among others web-based training sessions, tutorials and short awareness movies regarding different risks like social engineering.

PKP S.A. presented the “Unattended left luggage and increasing of the awareness of railway users”. They focused on the consequences of unattended luggage in station and on board a train and highlighted the importance of raising awareness among passengers and employees to avoid unattended luggage.

Regarding SNCB, a large awareness campaign against pickpocketing ‘Beware of pickpockets” was launched in Belgium from 20 June to 15 August 2018; they displayed a series of leaflets and a short film against pickpocketing to raise awareness among customers and give them short and clear recommendations. SNCB also used two professional actors who played the role of pickpocket in a train in order to raise the awareness of passengers about their luggage.

MAV presented the topic of “accidents at level crossings” during this day and presented to the audience how they raised public awareness on the dangers of misbehaviour at level crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. They also raised awareness among children through the campaign “children as railway personnel”.
ProRail offered us the interactive session “Information security awareness campaign – Are you Secure?” From their point of view awareness about security is of increasing importance. Human behaviour is critical in information security. For that they developed a mind game with 10 questions, 30 seconds per question. The topics used in the mind game were: weak password, conversation in public places, cloud application, privacy, email phishing and viruses and physical access.

Finally, UITP presented the “counter terrorism awareness training” dedicated to operational and on field staff. This one-hour training course developed by UK police was adapted to UITP. This training covered several topics: threat level, extremism, terrorist profile and vulnerabilities, operation Fairway, hostile reconnaissance and sector advice.

This awareness day included a session on security of women in railway transport, a theme which was already addressed during the International Transport Forum in Leipzig (23 – 25 May 2018). ÖBB, SNCF and UITP gave interesting examples of different measures regarding this topic. It was concluded to foster the exchange on this topic with the members. Therefore, ways to develop this topic further on the feeling of security in public transport and take a deeper look at different customer groups, which also include security and non-security staff, will be studied.
During this very fruitful and rich UIC Security Awareness Day, we decided that a third awareness day on the main topic of cybersecurity will be organised next year. Of course, the day will be open to other security topics too.

For further information about the 2nd UIC Security Awareness Day, please contact Virginie Papillault:

Workshop on Business Continuity Management – 21 June 2018:

The morning of the fourth day was dedicated to Business Continuity Management (BCM). At the request of the Members of the UIC security platform, a series of dedicate topics regarding Crisis Management & Resilience are planned for 2018 in preparation of the UIC security Congress which will be held in Bled (Slovenia) on 16 -18 October 2018 and will address crisis management as the main theme. After the fruitful meeting concerning crisis communication and social media in February 2018 (see eNews 585), this workshop concentrated on BCM and a third one concerning blackout situations will be organised during the Bled Congress.

Regarding BCM, a generic BCM Strategy doesn’t exist. Therefore, it is even more relevant to share approaches and experiences across different components of BCM. After the welcome from Prof Gerd Neubeck (DB AG), Prof Dr Stefan Pickl (UniBw München) delivered an opening speech, which gave the participants an overview about the different BCM-elements and the relevance. Afterwards, Kathrin Faber presented the results of a member survey regarding the current status of BCM within the member companies.

The second part of the workshop concentrated on sharing information and best practices. Therefore, Pia-Dorothee Haars (DB AG), Jean-Pierre van Eekelen (ProRail) and Maarten Plasschaert (INFRABEL) provided an insight in their BCM-policy, organisation, programme and experience and explained how they converted the requirements of the ISO 22301 “Societal security – Business continuity management systems” into practice. All speakers pointed out, that they had chosen a practical approach for their BCMS.

The workshop was concluded with the following statements:

  • A unique and holistic BCM-Strategy doesn’t exist, which makes it more relevant to share approaches and experiences
  • BCM is always based on worst case (event that occurs / can occur at the most unfavourable time)
  • BCM is a long-term and iterative process, which is subject to continuous adjustment
  • A BC-plan is only as good as it is tested

Since it was the first meeting regarding BCM organised within UIC, and based on the fruitful presentations and discussion, it was suggested to create a joined working group (WG) together with the UIC Safety Department. The goal of this WG is to build up a BCM-Railway-Community, exchange about different BCM-Components and to share best practices and lessons learnt.

For further information about BCM, please contact Kathrin Faber:

Presentation about the Security HUB – 21 June 2018:

During a special session held on Thursday, a mock-up of the upcoming UIC Security Hub web platform was shown to the audience and fruitfully discussed among the development team and the participants.

The main goal of the Security Hub project is to make available information about security measures to railway security professionals worldwide in a secure, comprehensive and handy way. Therefore, a large catalogue of security solutions -covering each railway sub-domain- will be drafted and permanently updated by the UIC Security Division, while a flexible search function and a handy browsing interface will allow the end-users (UIC Members, institutional partners, academia) to effectively explore the contents and find useful information about existing security solutions.

In accordance with the UIC legacy and its core values of cooperation and sharing, special emphasis has been put on the interactive functions of the Hub: thus, every user will be able to rate the contents of the web platform, to interact with others through comments and to share with colleagues worldwide their feedback and work experience regarding the security solutions featured in the Hub.

Furthermore, other important projects brought by UIC security division will be integrated in the Hub: railway security professionals will thus be able to explore the contents of the Training Awareness and Communication Toolbox in a new convenient layout, and to take advantage of the Network of Quick Responders posing questions to their colleagues worldwide about arising concerns and quickly getting back the advice of the users’ community.

The participants in the session showed their interest and appreciation for the initiative and engaged in a fruitful conversation about the functions and the contents of the web platform. The discussion also provided valuable inputs to the development team, helping to ensure that the Security Hub will meet end-user expectations and effectively address their professional needs when it will be launched during the 14th UIC Security World Congress in Bled (Slovenia) in October 2018.

For more information about the UIC Security Hub Project, please contact Bruno de Rosa:

Upcoming security related events:

The UIC Security Division thanks all the people involved and the participants for their engagement, which made this week so successful.

For questions about the Security Week please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the Security Division:

The address is also permanently available

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Safety Platform Steering Committee meeting held on 21 June 2018 in Geneva

23 participants were present at the UIC Safety Platform Steering Committee meeting kindly hosted by SBB/CFF/FFS in Geneva on 21 June 2018.

Safety is one of the fundamental values of UIC, shared by all members and railways in the world.

The UIC Safety Platform is a place to share ideas where the UIC core values “Unity, Solidarity and Universality” are reflected through information on the latest news and safety events presented by its members.

During this meeting several innovative and promising ideas were formalised under the dynamism of its Chairman, Frédéric Delorme, SNCF Safety Director:

  • An increasing global dimension of the UIC Safety database. New entrants such as Iran and Turkey are already actively participating in this extension policy
  • The peer-review notion took place through audits carried out by safety experts of member companies
  • The development of training sessions based on the principles of safety culture and occupational health and safety

The meeting included many valuable presentations:

Mr Mario Werren, Director General, Lémanis SA and Mr Philippe Serrano presented “Factors of success and Challenges in cross-border transport France/Switzerland with CEVA as an example; e.g. with regard to train safety, operational differences, rolling stock approval, equipment, communication”
SNCF/CFF Cross-border project called Leman Express
The future LEMAN Express will be a great boost for mobility, whether it’s used for work, study or tourism. It will connect 45 stations across 230 km of lines on both sides of the French-Swiss border.

You can consult the following press releases:

Platform members then had the opportunity to present innovations, accidents and incidents in their respective countries.

Chairpersons of the UIC Safety Platform working groups gave an overview of their activities:

  • System Safety Management Group (SSMG)/SSC - CER Safety Support
  • Group with monthly meetings: Jean-François Meunier (SNCF)
  • Human Factors including safety culture: Christian Neveu, SNCF plus Bernard Penners, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit

On this occasion Christian Neveu informed members of the publication of volumes 1 and 2 of the UIC Study on Safety Culture (available for Members of the UIC Safety Platform)

  • International Railway Safety Network (IRSN): Doris Horvath (CFL)
  • European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF): Isabelle Fonverne reported on behalf of Jeroen Nederlof (ProRail) on the most innovative ideas presented at the ILCAD launch conference held in Zagreb on 7 June and gave a summary of level crossing safety activities carried out in the world during ILCAD. She also announced that the ILCAD 2019 launch conference shall be hosted by ProRail in the Netherlands, exact date to be communicated later: for more information please read

Grégory Rolina, from the European Railway Agency (ERA) presented the Safety culture issue and gave feedback on the ERA Dubrovnik Summit and Safety culture declaration, April 2018.

Information on the topic “UIC safety database/ ERA COR” (B Hoogcarspel/ JF Meunier): issue which is still ongoing, particularly discussed in SSMG group.

Finally UIC reported on the replies to the questionnaire on automated trains jointly developed by the UIC Safety Unit and the RSF Department and that was sent early May to the UIC Safety Platform members. The deadline for responding will be postponed to enable more members to complete it. Automation surely represents after the high speed trains the innovation of the future in the railway domain.

Next meetings:

  • 14 November 2018: Safety Platform Steering Group at UIC HQ
  • 15 November 2018: Safety Platform Plenary at UIC HQ

For further information please contact Bernard Penners, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit:

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Save the Date: International Railway Safety Council to be held from 21 – 26 October 2018 in Dublin, Ireland

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25th meeting of the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA) was held on 21 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea

The 25th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA), in conjunction with the Workshop on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2017-2019 and the UIC-Korail Training Session 2018 on Railway Maintenance and Operation in the Digital Era, hosted by Korail (Korea Railroad Corporation), successfully took place on 21 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea.

In the absence of the APRA Chairman, Mr Oleg Belozerov, Chairman of RZD, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC chaired the APRA. On behalf of its Chairman, Mr Vyacheslav Pavlovskiy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RZD, expressed his sincere regrets for his absence due to the Russia-Korea Summit in Moscow the same day and wished all the participants a fruitful meeting. For the same reason, Mr Oh Young-sik, Chairman of Korail was represented by Mr Cho Hyungik, Acting CEO of Korail who, as the host, welcomed all the delegates to Seoul.

In addition, the UIC APRA Vice-Chairman, Mr Lu Dongfu, General Manager of CR represented by Mr Guo Zhuxue, Vice President, China Railway (CR) wished to extend his sincere greetings to all the attendees and announced that the 11th edition of the UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail would be held in China. Due to a train accident in Kazakhstan, Mr Alpysbayev Kanat, Chairman of KTZ and UIC APRA Vice Chairman was absent.

The meeting was mainly focused on the ongoing and future projects presented in detail the morning during the Workshop on 2017-2018 projects. Mention was also made of the official call for candidates to apply to the UIC Executive Board, the UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee (APMC) and for the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairmen of the UIC Asia-Pacific region for 2019-2020.

At the end of the meeting, the future meetings were announced by Mr Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations and the Asia-Pacific region, especially the next Regional Assemblies which should be hosted by our partners UNESCAP and ADB which were represented by Ms Abel Ariadne, Economic Affairs Officer, Transport Division of UNESCAP and Mr Zander Ruediger, Senior Railway Specialist from ADB.

Members were requested to take note that the 26th APRA meeting would be held in Thailand in November 2018 and the 27th APRA meeting would be held in the Philippines in June 2019.

Technical Visit

On 22 June, a technical visit was organised during the day for the participants, hosted by KORAIL (Korea Railroad Corporation). The participants had the opportunity to visit the following:

  • Seoul Station
  • The Korean Demilitarised Zone
  • Dorasan Station

For further information please contact Mr Vincent Vu, UIC Director of Institutional Relations:

Or Ms Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor Institutional Relations & Asia-Pacific Region:

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Workshop on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2017-2019 was held on 21 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea

In conjunction with the 25th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA), the Workshop on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2017-2019 was held on the morning of 21 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea.

Chaired by Mr Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations Department and the Asia-Pacific Region, the meeting started with the presentations of the finished projects and the projects undertaken in 2018. Eight projects on different topics were approved by the APRA members to be undertaken in 2018:

1. Modern Technical Rail Maintenance by VNIIZhT
2. Methods of Assessment of Signalling Systems for Cybersecurity by NIIAS
3. Integration of Reservation Systems by FPC
4. Diagnostic System for the Railway Infrastructure installed on Locomotive by KTZ
5. Exploratory study of New Rail-Type Transportation Systems and their impact on sustainable development, railway technology and standards by RUT
6. Research on Application of Big Data Technology in Wheel Rail Force Identification by CARS
7. Measures for the effective development of intermodal transport in APR aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the railway transport by RZD
8. UIC Asia Pacific Control Command and Signalling (CCS) Workshop held in Sydney (Australia) on 3-4 May 2018.

The second part of the workshop focused on the project proposals for 2019. This time, 12 projects for the Asia-Pacific Region and 13 projects for multi-regional actions were proposed. The final decision will be taken in the next UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in November 2018.

All the reports of the projects undertaken by the Asia-Pacific Region are available on the UIC Extranet or on:

For further information please contact:

Mr Vincent Vu, UIC Director of Institutional Relations:

Mrs Béatrice Ségéral:

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UIC-KORAIL (IRaTCA) Training Session 2018 on Railway Maintenance and Operation in the Digital Era held from 18 – 22 June 2018 in Seoul, Korea

In parallel to the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly, the UIC Asia-Pacific Training Session 2018 on Railway Maintenance and Operation in the Digital Era, kindly hosted by Korail (IRaTCA), took place in Seoul, Korea, from 18 – 22 June 2018.

20 participants from India (IR), Japan (JR East), Kazakhstan (KTZ), Korea (Korail, KRNA, ETRI), Malaysia (SPAD), Mongolia (MTZ), the Philippines (ADB), Russia (RZD, NIIAS), Vietnam (VNR) attended this training session.

The objectives of this training session were to:

  • Share knowledge and best practice of IT application in the railways
  • Understand IT trends of international railways
  • Strengthen cooperation and understand each other

All the attendees delivered presentations of their company’s activities and followed presentations from UIC, Korail, JR East, KRRI and NIIAS experts. In addition, Korail, the session’s host, organised some technical visits to Seoul Station, the KTX Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot in Goyang and the CTC Centre in Guro.

At the end of the training session, all the participants received a certificate during the closing ceremony chaired by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General and
Mr Jang Young Chul, Head of Human Resource Development Institute, Korail.

During the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly held on 21 June 2018 in Seoul, Korail announced the next UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 which will be held in Seoul on Railway Publicity (dates to be decided later).

For any further information, please contact Mrs Béatrice Ségéral:

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The yearly NRT (Non-Integrated Reservation Tickets) working group meeting was held from 5 – 7 June in Athens

The yearly NRT (Non-Integrated Reservation Tickets) working group meeting was held from 5 – 7 June in Athens, Greece. Around 40 participants were present for the common part with mixed night trains/day train-topics, as well as the exclusive NRT-part.

The joint NT/NRT-part of the meeting began with the possible reorganisation of the UIC-working group structure. Over the last few years, the fading distinction between Integrated Reservation Tickets, Non-Integrated Reservation Tickets, Night Train Tickets and East West Tickets has been identified, with a multitude of shared topics for all the above-mentioned working groups. This would therefore be an argument in favour of the creation of sub-groups for each topic, less linked to the distinction between NRT/IRT/NT/EWT and would mean more concrete interaction with technically-focused specialists.

Mr Mariorenzi, chairman of the technical group, presented the UIC’s work on Intermodality, describing two new projects, namely the “Air+Rail” and “Door-to-Door”. The final aim of the projects is to create a win-win situation for both rail and other transport-sectors, attracting more customers by providing integrated services. He and Mr Clemens Gantert also gave an overview of the activities of the e-ticketing workgroup within UIC, combining the input of both commercial and technically-focused participants.

The PRIFIS-related needs from the members were addressed, in order to verify if the current application for uploading/downloading data still meets their requirements. After discussing the opinions of the participants, there were several suggestions for more flexibility and more available slots during the year.

In addition, a discussion was held on tariff-setting and the impact of being given the freedom to set tariffs for NRT-international, as well as the proposed amendments for the SCIC NRT (by PKP, MAV-START, DB). The validity of RIT-tickets has been changed and is now aligned with the general NRT rule.

DB raised the need to rejuvenate the RAILPLUS brand, which they will kindly take care of.

On the final and third day, CIT presented the annual report on legal changes which impact the NRT landscape. The new GDPR is a hot topic, with a lot of consequences on ticketing and regulation. The important glossary items in the SCIC NRT were discussed.

Yearly reports from UIC, EWT, IRT were presented, with a final overview of the new project of Trenitalia, expanding and promoting the tourist train routes within Italy.
All topics on the relatively full agenda were discussed on time, and the meeting ended with a final word of thanks by the current NRT chair Mrs Natascha Hooft, who will end her role as chair this year: the organisation of this year’s meeting by Trainose was outstanding.

As discussed during this meeting, the working groups NRT, NT and IRT have decided to organise a joint meeting in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of October 2018. Next year’s spring meeting for NRT, IRT and NT will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, with the exact date still to be confirmed.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, Senior Distribution Advisor, Passenger Department:

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News from UIC members Reporting

Obituary: Marek Zaniewicz, Head of Technical Security at PKP Intercity AG, passed away on 11 June 2018

On 11 June 2018, Marek Zaniewicz, Head of Technical Security at PKP Intercity AG, died suddenly during a business trip to the UIC working group in France.

Marek was born in Warsaw. He graduated from the Institute of Railway Vehicles of Warsaw University of Technology. He was involved in rail transport throughout his professional life.

He started working in 1981 and worked in various positions at Polish Railways, at Warszawa-Grochów coach depot, Inspection of the district coaches of the Ministry of Transport, the headquarters of Central Poland in Warsaw Traction and vehicle management, Traction and Wagon of PKP and the Office for Sales and Freight, PKP CARGO AG, and most recently at PKP Intercity AG.

For many years, he worked for international organisations in working groups, such as ERA, OSJD and in particular for UIC. Marek Zaniewicz contributed to numerous projects and activities of various UIC working groups, including:

  • RIV WGs, in charge of technical questions on the exchange and use of freight wagons in international traffic (RIV, later GCU),
  • RIC WGs, in charge of technical issues relating to the interchange and use of passenger cars in international traffic (RIC, later RIC/A).

He contributed to the technical solutions of the use of wagons and coaches in international traffic, he participated in the drafting of many UIC leaflets.

During his work at PKP, he was responsible for implementing the first reliable trains without stopping at borders on the western and southern border crossings of Poland. He participated actively in the work of a V4 regional working group (Poland-Czech Republic-Slovakia-Hungary) whose aim was to facilitate the exchange of railway vehicles.

At the heart of Marek Zaniewicz’s interests were railway vehicles. The railway was also his hobby: he collected miniature trains, train tickets, timetables and rail magazines. He was also active in environmental movements and environmental protection in Poland.

He liked to travel abroad, including using trains. Modesty was typical of Marek; he was a caring human being for all those who worked with him and worked every day. He had a large circle of friends not only in Poland, but also in other countries.

Our good friend, colleague, unforgettable collaborator and simply good person we miss, left us unexpectedly.

(Source: PKP)

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United States: FRA hosts railroad symposium on PTC’s statutory requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on 7 June its first-ever positive train control (PTC) symposium. The symposium will be held on June 15, 2018, in Washington, DC, and is intended to bring together FRA’s PTC experts and all 41 railroads congressionally mandated to implement PTC systems. Discussion will focus on the requirements for the December 31, 2018, statutory deadline and answers to industry questions.

“The PTC Symposium is the latest effort from FRA to ensure that each and every railroad is aware of their obligations and is equipped to meet the Congressionally mandated deadline,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory.

In addition, FRA will hold two other PTC symposia this summer on important PTC-related matters. FRA will hold a second symposium on July 16, 2018, to discuss best practices for PTC system field testing and interoperability testing. The third symposium, on August 20, 2018, will cover lessons learned and best practices for PTC Safety Plans, which are necessary for host railroads to obtain PTC System Certification from FRA and to achieve full PTC system implementation under the statutory mandate.

Full implementation of a PTC system means that an FRA-certified and interoperable PTC system—including all hardware, software, and other components—has been fully installed, has been sufficiently tested, and is in operation on all route miles required to have operations governed by a PTC system under the mandate.
Since January 2017, the FRA has taken the following actions to help railroads with implementation of PTC systems:

  • Sent letters in May 2017 to the 17 railroads that, as of December 31, 2016, FRA considered at risk of neither meeting the December 31, 2018, deadline nor meeting the statutory criteria required to qualify for an alternative schedule, specifically because self-reported data from 17 railroads indicated that each railroad had installed less than 50% of its PTC system hardware as of December 31, 2016;
  • Sent letters in June 2017 to governors and state departments of transportation regarding any commuter railroad in the state that had installed less than 50% of its PTC system hardware as of December 31, 2016. FRA emphasized the importance of the state government ensuring these railroads have proper technical support and sufficient oversight of PTC system implementation;
  • Initiated enforcement actions in June and July 2017 against 14 railroads that either failed to complete the end-of-2016 hardware installation milestones that the railroad established in its PTC Implementation Plan or failed to submit a timely Annual PTC Progress Report to FRA by the statutory March 31, 2017, deadline;
  • Assisted the Federal Transit Administration in awarding over $197 million in grants to commuter railroads and state and local governments in fiscal year (FY) 2017 for the installation of PTC systems;
  • Announced the $73 million Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for rail capital projects funded through the FY17 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program;
  • Announced the $250 million NOFO for PTC system implementation funded through the FY18 CRISI Program;
  • Participated in NOFO webinars hosted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA);
  • Hosted stakeholder webinars to explain FY17 and FY18 grant funding;
  • Held face-to-face meetings with the major PTC system vendors and suppliers and all 41 railroads subject to the statutory mandate to implement PTC systems;
  • Sent letters in April 2018 to 15 railroads that FRA considered at risk of neither meeting the December 31, 2018, deadline nor meeting the statutory criteria required to qualify for an alternative schedule, specifically because self-reported data from 15 railroads indicated that each railroad had installed less than 80-percent of its PTC system hardware as of December 31, 2017;
  • Presented at several industry PTC meetings and working groups held by AAR and APTA, as well as supported a PTC Seminar with over 250 attendees sponsored by the Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. (RSSI);
  • Engaged with Class I railroads, intercity passenger and commuter railroads, and other railroads regarding compliance with the PTC regulations;
  • Sent letters in June 2018 to the 12 railroads that remain at risk of neither meeting the December 31, 2018, deadline nor meeting the statutory criteria required to qualify for an alternative schedule, specifically because self-reported data from 12 railroads indicated that each railroad had installed less than 85-percent of its PTC system hardware as of March 31, 2018; and
  • Sent letters in June 2018 to governors and state departments of transportation that have an at-risk commuter railroad in their states to encourage their direct involvement and support at this critical time.
    To view the public version of each railroad’s Quarterly PTC Progress Report (Form FRA F 6180.165, OMB Control No. 2130-0553) for Quarter 1 of 2018, please visit each railroad’s PTC docket on Railroads’ PTC docket numbers are available at

(Source: US DoT)

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United Kingdom: Network Rail streamlines procurement process to encourage SMEs

Network Rail has launched its new technology Supplier Qualification System (SQS), designed to improve market engagement, provide greater visibility of business opportunities and reduce the time it takes to award contracts.

The SQS –which includes IT services and goods across Technologies, Professional Services, Solution Delivery and Support Services – has been established following extensive market research, which showed that suppliers wanted a more efficient contracting process. Now, once suppliers have registered and qualified on the SQS, they will no longer be required to complete a set of prequalification questions each time they participate in a competitive process.

Network Rail is encouraging suppliers, especially small and medium sized businesses, to register for the SQS as it will be the primary sourcing platform for future procurement opportunities within the technology categories outlined above. It is forecast that £2.2 billion will be procured over the next 10 years.

Glen Combe, head of commercial for technology at Network Rail, said: “The feedback from vendors so far has been very positive and we are encouraging organisations to register. The new SQS will streamline the procurement process by removing the need for suppliers to go through a prequalification process each time they are invited to tender. It also provides greater visibility of business opportunities and reduces the time it takes to award contracts.”

(Source: Network Rail)

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Czech Republic: Trains on the Louny-Lovosice line will be made significantly faster and safer

Správa železniční dopravní cesty has started to overhaul the Louny-Lovosice line, thus responding to the transport design requirements of the Ústí nad Labem Region. After completion of all the work, it will be possible to introduce fast trains on the line from Louny to the regional capital Ústí nad Labem which represents an important source of job opportunities. Investments amounting to almost CZK one billion will bring not only an increase in railway line capacity by almost half, but will in particular reduce journey times and increase railway operation safety.

After completion of the overhaul, maximum line capacity will increase from 60 to 100 kph which will result in considerably shorter journey times from 76 minutes down to 50 minutes. Transportation capacity will increase as well from 37 to 57 train connections per day. Trains will no longer cross each other on this single-track line at Koštice nad Ohří Station but henceforth at Radonice nad Ohří so that their long stay at Libochovice will no longer be needed.

“From reducing journey times, we expect especially higher competitiveness compared to bus transport. The fastest bus can cover the journey from Louny to Lovosice in one hour so that the railway with its journey time of 50 minutes can present an interesting alternative for many passengers”, said Mr Petr Hofhanzl, Director of the Civil Engineering Administration West representing SŽDC as an investor.

After the construction is complete, trains will no longer have to slow down before railway crossings which will be made much safer by the reconstruction. 26 level crossings will be modified, some of them will acquire a new surface, others will be completed with warning lights and barriers. Another important safety component will be the construction of a new signalling and safety installation with remote control from the traffic control centre at Lovosice Station.

Railway stations on the line will undergo changes as well. For instance, Koštice nad Ohří Station will change to a railway stop, new barrier-free platforms with a boarding edge 550 mm above the body of the rail, i.e. at the height of a railway car floor, will be built at Čížkovice and Libochovice Station. Pátek, Křesín, Dubany and Libochovice město railway stops will also be reconstructed. All railway stations will acquire new roofing, lighting, a station radio and an information system for sight-impaired passengers.

From 30 May to 19 October, construction works require line closures on the section between Libochovice-Louny. The next stage should follow by stopping operations between Lovosice and Libochovice from 20 October to 7 December. The exact terms of closures will be specified in time; passengers will be duly informed by notices at stations and stops as well as on the carrier’s website.

The total expected investment costs of the construction amount to CZK 1,231,186,000. The work is beingco-financed by the European structural and investment funds under the Operational Programme Transport 2014–2020. The EU contribution can amount to CZK 974,365,453. National financing is provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The winner of the tender for suppliers was the company Společnost Louny – Lovosice, having as members STRABAG Rail, AŽD Praha and Swietelsky Rail CZ. All work should be completed by next August.

(Source: SZDC)

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Latvia: Latvijas dzelzceļš awarded the Platinum Category of the Sustainability Index for the first time

After evaluation of the activities of SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) in the fields of work environment, corporate governance, market relations, environment protection and community support the experts from the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility organising the annual Sustainability Index of Latvia have granted outstanding assessment to LDz. Thus, the company has achieved compliance with the Platinum Category for the first time.

LDz has participated in the Sustainability Index since 2011, and the assessment of experts has increased every year, thus allowing the company to rise to the highest level – the Platinum Category.

The highest evaluation marks by the experts were awarded to LDz for its performance in community support area, followed by corporate governance and market relations.

“When I assumed the office, I set a goal: Latvijas dzelzceļš must become the best governed company in the Baltic States. One of the ways to test the progress towards the goal is participation in the Sustainability Index. The high assessment of the experts by awarding Platinum Category confirms that we are on the right path. At the same time, we understand that we have to continue to improve. I would hereby like to express my appreciation to the management team and every individual at the company, who has contributed to achieve this result, and I hope that next year all the group companies shall participate in the evaluation,” said Edvīns Bērziņš, President of LDz.

The Platinum Category of the Sustainability Index is awarded to companies with indices exceeding 90% according to the experts’ assessment. These companies have fully integrated sustainable approaches in their practice, and they have appointed responsible individuals both at the level of the board and executive units. These companies are involved in systemic data collection and assessment of impact. They report their activity with high level of transparency and involvement of affected public, and their public data is approved by an external auditor.

“Platinum Category companies are companies whose management making the key decisions play a significant role in the achievement of the result,” underlined Dace Helmane, Head of the Institute for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility.

High assessment marks for their activities in the last year in the fields of work environment, market relations, environment protection and community support were also awarded to two subsidiaries of LDz. LDz Cargo Ltd. received a Golden Category award, whereas LDZ Ritošā sastāva serviss takes place among the Silver Category companies. For both companies the assessment results were a category higher than the previous year.

In addition, this year LDZ Ritošā sastāva serviss Ltd. received an award of Champion of Sustainability for achievements in environment protection.

“During the last two years we have taken a large step in the development of our company. The road has not been smooth; therefore I want to thank all the team of LDZ Ritošā sastāva serviss Ltd. for their contribution and professional work. These awards given to the company serve as proof of our professionalism and as an incentive for further growth and development giving significant contribution to the development of economic activity in Latvia,” pointed out Edgars Abrams, Chairman of the Board of LDZ Ritošā sastāva serviss Ltd..

The awards were given within the framework of the Responsible Business Week that also included an award ceremony of Family Friendly Businesses. This award by the Ministry of Welfare was received by all three companies of LDz group participating in the Sustainability Index assessment.

(Source: LDz)

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