UIC promotes its rail talent activities at the CEO Summit on 6 July 2018 in Vienna

As part of the CEO Summit held on 6 July in Vienna, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux had the opportunity to explain to the CEOs present the actions that UIC is promoting, beyond the technical projects and standards, as part of its fundamental values.

One of them is training. This is because all members and all railways in Europe and around the world in both developing and developed countries have not replaced the previous generation when it comes to training and have not prepared the next generation for the basic principles of operations and maintenance to the new needs of mobility and the impact of digital technology.

At UIC within the training platform, to which 20 members belong, a study was organised on professional skills, managerial skills through workshops, training sessions and now e-learning sessions. In addition, some sessions have been held at training centres in Korea, Turkey and Africa or at UIC Paris headquarters.

However, this is not considered to be enough. The next step is to further attract or retain talent and this is why the talent programme, which fits in to UIC’s philosophy of “Share, Open, Connect” among members, there are a number of concrete objectives.

Among these objectives we want to go beyond our industry and open up our railway eco-system in order to link up with research centres through the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) with start-ups, through the Digital Platform, or universities through the Rail UniNet alliance comprising some 40 universities.

Seven actions are being developed: raise interest in rail, promote rail courses, organise rail training sessions, use young experts on projects, offer career opportunities and invite them to our awards to create visibility and, last but not least, harness external innovation.

This programme, specifically developed by UIC, will serve as a basis for a proposal developed during this CEO meeting to conduct a study in order to identify ways to cooperate with regard to a virtual European rail academy.

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UIC takes part in Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) from 9 – 12 July 2018

In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between UITP and UIC, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, was invited to participate in the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) organised every other year in Singapore.

The conference this year also ran parallel to this year’s World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week.

This was an opportunity for UIC to participate in a wide number of discussions on rail’s sustainable contribution to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), to take part in various workshops on artificial intelligence and digitalisation, as well as to deliver a keynote address on the topics of regional connectivity and rail’s input to develop better intra- and inter-city connections.

This was also the occasion for Mr Loubinoux to further explain the work conducted within the UIC station platform and regional platforms to improve services within stations as well as interfaces between the various modes in cities.

These themes were already developed during the Next Station Conference last year and further discussed during this UITP conference. The work developed in conjunction with UITP within the frame of the MoU recently signed at the UIC General Assembly in Madrid will cover a number of topics ranging from the organisation of stations, the management of interfaces, connectivity, services offered to customers, as well as digital input and training sessions.

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UIC strengthens Eurasian rail freight corridor development through cooperation

On 17 July, Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director, was invited to participate in the First Eurasian Connectivity and Industrial Cooperation Forum in Zhengzhou, China. The Forum was jointly organised by the People’s Government of Zhengzhou and FERRMED.

The main goal of the event was to identify the key issues to be solved in the Trans-Eurasian corridors and terminals for an efficient development of the European and Eurasian railway system, with particular regard to the “Silk Road” in the framework of the One Belt, One Road initiative (OBOR).

The wide attendance encompassed dignitaries from the municipality of Zhengzhou, representatives from PKP Cargo, FELB, Hupac, CCTT, UIRR, logistics companies, universities, representatives from the Chinese cities of Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing, representatives from the Port of Hamburg and European cities, the World bank, SLoCaT and representatives of EU mission to China, to name but a few.

The one-day conference was followed by a guided tour at the Urban Planning Department which provided an insight into Zhengzhou’s multimodal offer with its international airport (including cargo) and included a visit to the intermodal rail hub. This very dynamic town is situated at the crossroads of the Chinese rail network and counts one of the largest highspeed stations in the country.

On 18 July, UIC and FERRMED were invited to strengthen their cooperation with the city of Zhengzhou through the signature of a Letter of Intent to promote cooperation in railway transportation and technology under the framework of China-EU regional policy cooperation mechanism.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, welcomed this initiative and said: “This collaboration with FERRMED and the city of Zhengzhou is an important step in the work done by UIC on the approach to OBOR corridors.”

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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Talent and Expertise Development activity

Talent training session on “Design Thinking”: deadline for registration postponed to 31 July 2018

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: 31 July 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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Cooperation Promoting Products & Services

Publication of position paper on the Common Occurrence Report Safety Management Data system (COR SMD) – A European Safety Database

On 17 June CER, EIM and UIC published a position paper concerning the Common Occurrence Report Safety Management Data system (COR SMD).

This document reflects UIC’s commitment to the subject and is acknowledged by UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux who highlights the importance of the data collected, processed and analysed over the last 12 years by the Safety Unit and its members.

CER, EIM and UIC support a form of enhanced safety management data capture at
European level, underlining that we fully believe that exchanging safety related data at European level is beneficial for the European railway sector and its stakeholders. CER, EIM and UIC believe that the exchange of appropriate safety related data brings added-value to all parties in the sector.

CER, EIM and UIC support the linking of national and European reporting in order to avoid any double reporting, additional costs or administrative burden.

CER and EIM suggest to openly consider UIC to set up and maintain the European safety database as a neutral service provider for the Agency.

In this case CER, EIM and UIC commonly believe that a European safety database, based on common/shared principles needs to be developed and agreed by the sector stakeholders and safety authorities as well as the Agency. The work will be carried out within the framework of the Agency’s common occurrence reporting project.

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

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4th edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards – 2018

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Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of the UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The first three editions of the Awards took place in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The official Award ceremony for the fourth edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards will be held on 6 December 2018 at the Historic Automobile Club, Place de la Concorde, Paris.

Through these Awards, UIC aims to support and promote rail researchers in:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organisations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The global recognition of the role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and therefore will become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favourable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers

And to honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The first official award ceremony was held in Paris on the occasion of the UIC General Assembly on 11 December 2012, during which we also celebrated the 90th anniversary of the founding of UIC and international cooperation between members within our association.

In the spring of 2018, UIC started communicating on the 4th Call for applications for the Award. Submissions can be uploaded to the special UIC hosted website until 15 September 2018:

Applications for the UIC Innovation Awards are inviting researchers from among rail transport operators, infrastructure managers, rail research institutes and academia specialized in rail research, rail supply industry, passenger transport (user-)organisations, public transport authorities as well as individual researchers. Any organisation or individual which feels they have contributed to the innovation of the railway system through their research activities are welcome to apply. There is one condition: the results of the research project need to have been tested, demonstrated and proven beneficial in actual service.

Submissions for the UIC Innovation Awards for rail research leading to innovations with proven implementation can be made towards six categories. These are:

  • Safety & Security (incl. signalling issues)
  • Sustainable development (incl. energy, noise, vibration, emission issues)
  • Rail System Technology (rolling stock, infrastructure and interaction)
  • Rail Freight Services
  • Customer services (incl. new business models)
  • Cost reduction (increasing competitiveness)

As mentioned above, there are two other – honorary - categories:

  • Young Researchers Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Applicants are requested to submit their application by using the on-line standard format which can be found on the dedicated UIC website Additional information can be forwarded via e-mail to the address of the IRRB secretariat, no later than 15 September 2018!

When selecting the laureates for the Awards the Jury will base its decisions on the following criteria:

  • Innovation should be of industry-wide nature (should be able to be applied globally)
  • Innovation should lead to the increase in efficiency or cost reductions for the railway companies
  • The innovation should have a clear practical and demonstrated value

The jury will consist of members of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) (composed of high-level representatives of the leading railway research institutes around the world) with the advice of technical experts from their organisation.

The winners in each of the six categories will be invited to the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Award ceremony in Paris on 6 December 2018 and will be presented the official Award and certificate as well as a money prize. Also, the winners of the two honorary categories will be invited to the ceremony to receive their Award and certificate of honour.

A very interesting Sponsor Package has been developed for those rail-related companies and organisations willing to support the stimulation of the innovation of the rail system through these UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards. This Award Sponsor information package can be sent to you at your request.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

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UIC will hold the 12th UIC Workshop on Railway Noise & Vibrations in Paris on 19 March 2019, at its Headquarters

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UIC will hold the 12th UIC Workshop on Railway Noise & Vibrations in Paris on 19 March 2019.

Towards the end of 2018 a major milestone in European railway noise control is expected to be implemented: the revised TSI Noise will provide a framework for quieter railway freight vehicles. While this is a significant step, not all noise issues will be solved. Therefore, it is appropriate to ask: What next? How much more noise mitigation do we need and how can it be achieved?

The planned UIC noise event will provide information on the TSI Noise revision as well as other topics such as the guidance on noise from the World Health Organization (WHO) and issues concerning the Environmental Noise Directive (END). The workshop will furthermore provide numerous examples of what individual railways and countries plan to do next as well as current (e.g. Shift2Rail) and needed research. Finally, an overview of current vibration issues will be given.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, the European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups as well as representatives from the individual railways and countries. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought. Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to pose questions directly to key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation, however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To register and find updates on the programme, please click here:

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

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News from UIC members

Russia: RZD Holding starts work on electrification of Garmsar to Ince Burun line in Iran

RZD Holding has began work on the electrification of the Garmsar - Inche Burun line in Iran following the ceremonial launch of the project on 2 July 2018 in Tehran.

The formal launch was attended by Oleg Belozerov, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, Abbas Akhoundi, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development, and Said Mohammadzadeh, President of the Iranian Railways.

“The electrification of this line will have a significant economic effect since by doubling speeds, it will increase the throughput four-fold to 10 million tons per annum. We also believe positive effects will result from increased transportation safety and security and a reduction of emissions into the atmosphere. All this will create the conditions for an increase of freight flows along the North-South International Transport Corridor (ITC) and an intensification of economic relations around the Caspian region,” said Oleg Belozerov.

Belozerov also stressed that the project was designed to be completed in four years and four months.

“I am sure that during this time a wide range of experience will be accumulated that will be useful for both our countries and become a good basis for implementing new joint projects in the field of infrastructure development,” said the head of Russian Railways.

The project provides for the electrification of the Garmsar-Ince Burun line, which has a total length of 495 km, including 203 km through mountainous terrain. The line has 31 stations and passes through 95 tunnels.

The contract also provides for the supply of electric locomotives and equipment for the maintenance of the contact network, the signalling arrangements, as well as the provision of technical support during the first year of operation.

The cost of the project is about 1.2 billion euros, including the supply of locomotives and track equipment.

The work under the contract will be performed by RZD International, a subsidiary of Russian Railways.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

China: China Railway starts intelligent railway ATO (Automatic Train Operation) test

China Railway initiated the onsite ATO (CTCS3+ATO train control system) test of high speed EMU on Beijing-Shenyang HSR on 7 June, a milestone for China Railway’s independent innovation in core technology of intelligent HSR, and an indication that China continues to be the world’s leader in HSR holistic technology.

The comprehensive tests of key intelligent technology of high speed railway have being carried out in full swing on Liaoning Section of Beijing-Shenyang HSR which has been under construction since this March. And the achievements were completed by the end of May, with 13 items of tests, of which 28 in total are completed, including a special test for 350km/h Fuxing Long-formation EMU, test for automised active control of pantograph of high speed EMU and test for metal sound barrier, etc. The achievements will be applied to the construction of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou HSR and the Bejing-Xiongan New Area intercity railway.

According to the relevant department of China Railway, the onsite ATO (CTCS3+ATO train control system) test of high speed EMU, lasting until the end of September, constitutes an important part of key intelligent technology of high speed railways, which will provide massive data for ATO in both stations and sections, such as the stop, start and running of high speed trains. Up to now, the early preparations including technical document release, lab test, type test and test review have been completed.

The ATO test of intelligent HSR is an important move of China Railway to achieve the goal that “Railway shall take the lead in building China into a strong country in transportation” by fully implementing the strategic plan of the 19th CPC Congress to build China’s strength in science and technology and in transport and the guiding principles of the 19th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the 14th Meeting of the Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. It is of great significance to boost the development of China’s intelligent HSR and keep China the world’s leader in high speed railway technology.

(Source: CR)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: A repaired passenger building serves travellers at Litoměřice Upper Station

On 10 July, Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) opened a repaired passenger building at Litoměřice horní nádraží (Litoměřice Upper Station) by cutting the opening ribbon. The building was extensively reconstructed in conjunction with an already completed major reconstruction of the trackage. This finalised a complete modernisation of the whole railway station and its immediate surroundings.

“This investment included one of the most important repairs carried out by SŽDC in the Ústí nad Labem Region, thus fulfilling long-term requirements of Litoměřice City and the Ústí nad Labem Region as a transport ordering entity. The repaired building contributes to a considerable travelling culture improvement in regional transport on an important railway connection of Litoměřice with Lovosice and Česká Lípa. Total repair costs amounted to CZK 11.5 million”, said Mr Tomáš Drmola, Deputy Director General of SŽDC for Asset Management. Construction works took a whole year and ended this June.

The passenger building is situated at the boundary of a listed building zone; that is why SŽDC cooperated closely with Litoměřice City during repairs iorder to create a pleasant a place as possible for almost 1,900 passengers passing daily through Litoměřice horní nádraží. Complex repairs of the building dating from 1898 included a renovation of the historical facade, an exchange of hole fillings and a restoration of the platform roofing and entrance stairs. The dispatching premises interior was changed considerably including new lavatories for the public. Works also included an exchange of paving and surfaces, lighting and the information and orientation system. The station has of course full barrier-free access thanks to repairs of the dispatching hall layout and the lavatories for handicapped passengers with the option to use the Euro key.

The repaired passenger building includes a dispatching hall with premises for the sale of travel documents, public lavatories and a restaurant; SŽDC train dispatchers have their workplace here as well. The overhead floors are occupied by flats with tenants. Litoměřice City placed an information panel with an overview of local cultural events in the hall. Commercial premises adjoining the dispatching hall are still waiting for occupants as a suitable partner has not been found yet. These could be used e.g. for selling the daily press or small refreshments.

This year, SŽDC also finished repairs on facades of other passenger buildings in Ústí nad Labem Region, namely at Velké Březno and Mlýny railway stations. At the same time, repairs of passenger buildings at Štětí and Dolní Žleb should start as well as another important passenger building at Litoměřice město stop on the railway line 072 in connection to the construction of a parking house for bicycle storage.

(Source: SZDC)

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

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris

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