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UIC participates in International Railway Summit Event during InnoTrans 2018

As part of the InnoTrans, the world’s leading transport trade fair, held from 18 – 21 September, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Mr Simon Fletcher, Director Standardisation - Coordinator European Region, participated in a panel of an International Railway Summit event organised by IRITS. Among others points Mr Loubinoux said:

“As our world is shifting from possess to access, transportation is moving to accessibility within an integrated and connected chain of mobility.”

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UIC participates in China Pavilion Day during the InnoTrans event in Berlin

UIC was invited to participate in China Pavilion Day, an event organised by China Railways (CR) focusing on the urban rail transit industry in China, at the InnoTrans convention on 19 September in Berlin.

The event was opened by Zhang Qiping – Deputy General Director of Rolling Stock Department, CR. He introduced the keynote speakers for the opening session and informed participants about CR’s achievements in the rolling stock development – focused on high speed services. He then invited the General Director of Science, Technology and IT application at CR, Mr Zhou Guotang, who highlighted CR’s high speed network expansion and the innovations and service development recently observed. He spoke about the perspectives and interoperability efforts to connect the CR system and other modes. He also mentioned the conventional rail progress as well us CR’s huge freight capacity. Next, Mr Zhou Xiaoquin, Vice President of CAMET (metro system) reported on future perspectives and interconnectivity with railway systems to conduct smooth door-to-door journey using a modern IT system.

Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Fundamental Values Department Director, represented UIC at this event, sending apologies from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General for his absence due to his important duties scheduled a long time ago. He expressed thanks to China Railways for the invitation given to UIC where CR as a major stakeholder and CARS are actively involved. He appreciated CR’s engagement in several UIC R&D projects as well as dynamic participation with UIC working bodies. He congratulated CR for the enormous progress with the development of the HS network – being the world leader in the area and a major UIC stakeholder. Mr Wisniewski also expressed his thanks to CR for hosting the next UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in Beijing in 2020.

The conclusion was delivered by Mr Wang Weidong, Minister-Counsellor of the Economic and Commercial Department of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, who confirmed the government’s determination to boost development of the railway system in the country with strong emphasis on interoperability, interconnectivity and international rail corridors.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniezski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department:

wisniewski@uic.org

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies team meeting held on 17 September 2018 in Munich

UIC was invited to take part in the Hyperloop transportation Technologies team meeting organised by TUV SUD AG on 17 September in Munich. The meeting was attended by Mr Dirk Ahlborn co-founder and CEO representing Hyperloop Transportation Technologies; Christian Hoft representing Munich Re (insurance framework and future commercial systems) and Ferdinand Neuwieser and others representing TUV SUD AG (first set of safety requirements and certification guidelines). The hazard and safety risk assessment were developed by TUV SUD in the form of a guide which constitutes a base for further regulations and standardisation.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, was represented by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department. Mr Wisniewski apologised for the absence of Mr Loubinoux confirmed UIC’s involvement in the project especially in aspects of safety and security and technical standardisation. He extended thanks from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux to the Hyperloop TT CEO for agreeing to attend UIC HQ in Paris from 6 – 7 December.

About 40 participants had the opportunity to be briefed on the project’s progress report which was started in 2013.

The involvement of worldwide industries, R&D providers, academia and transport associations brought promising results.

Achievements to date: 39 patents and 56 trademarks, several dozen governmental agreements around the world, about 1000 experts work on the project development and more than 40 corporate partners.

Today the technology is ready to be demonstrated. In March 2019 the first Hyperloop test will take place on the 300-metre track at the Saint Exupéry IRT Research Institute of Technology.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department:

wisniewski@uic.org

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UIC participated in the IHHA’s (International Heavy Haul Association) strategy group for the future of heavy haul railways from 15 – 16 September 2018 in Lulea, Sweden

From 15 – 16 September, the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) held its first strategy session to develop a common vision of heavy haul railways for the year 2030.

The impetus for this cooperative effort has been the anticipation that the fourth industrial revolution, characterised by cloud computing, big data analytics, the Internet of Things and 3D printing offers an opportunity to transform heavy haul railways.

The strategy workshop took place in Lulea, Sweden and was attended by representatives from Australia, Europe, India, Russia, South Africa and North America, with submissions as well from China Railways and VALE Brazil.

UIC was represented by Bernard Schmitt and Teodor Gradinariu, technical experts, who were designated to lead the themes of Customer Service, Network Planning, and Cyber-Security (Jacques Colliard, in future), respectively. These presentations will contribute to the IHHA common white paper – Digital Heavy Haul Railway 4.0 – which will focus on the IHHA’s development strategy for future heavy haul railways.

The heavy haul strategy group recognised the enablers of the Heavy Haul 4.0 vision. Among these are the challenges of transforming the skill sets of the rail workforce to align to the new digital rail platform and raising the capabilities to process big data. The Digital Railway 4.0 will require much greater communications capabilities and bandwidth to handle real time monitoring of train and track status and condition. Cybersecurity will need to evolve in relation with this growth of IT command and control of heavy haul rail operations.

The International Heavy Haul Association is looking to dialog further with suppliers, researchers, educators and regulators to help move heavy haul railroading forward.
The details of the strategy workshop will next be presented to an invited group of decision-makers in a parallel session coinciding with the next IHHA conference, to take place in Narvik, Norway in June 2019.

The International Heavy Haul Association, Inc. (IHHA) is a non-profit, non-political entity organised to facilitate and participate in the development or acquisition and distribution of knowledge germane to heavy haul railroad technology and operations. Membership is open to any heavy haul railroad regardless of country of origin. A heavy haul railroad is defined as one that meets at least two of the following requirements:

  • Regularly operates or is contemplating the operation of unit or combined trains of at least 5000 metric tons.
  • Hauls or is contemplating the hauling of revenue freight of at least 20 million gross tons per year over a given line haul segment comprising at least 150 km in length.
  • Regularly operates or is contemplating the operation of equipment with axle loadings of 25 tons or more.

UIC Director General, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, is Member of the IHHA Board.

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Technical Advisor:

gradinariu@uic.org

For more details about Narvik 2019 please visit: https://ihha2019.com/

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UIC Intercity & High Speed Committee met on 17 September 2018 in Berlin

The Intercity and High-Speed Committee Plenary meeting took place in Berlin, at the invitation of DB International & Consulting, on 17 September 2018. Held twice a year, these meetings are a forum for all UIC members active in the field of high-speed rail.

The Committee was chaired by Andrew McNaughton, HS2, and UIC was represented by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General and Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department. There were more than 30 participants at the meeting, representing several railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, policymakers, consultants and research institutes from the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, USA and the UK.

Mr Loubinoux thanked CR for hosting the 11th High-Speed Congress in Beijing. This next congress will explore new topics and focus on artificial intelligence and block chains.
Among other points, he mentioned that the financial situation of the High-Speed Committee in terms of projects had been clarified and a committee could now build on this sound basis. He invited Members to support a number of initiatives, including the activities of the group, opt-in projects and the Alliance for Universities. Members were asked to finalise and market the next book on high-speed rail which is currently being prepared. Mr Loubinoux also thanked the IRS group for all the groundwork they had carried out.

Mr Guigon presented the new organisation of the Passenger Department, and the best way of working within this new structure. He welcomed the new Senior Advisor for High-Speed Rail: Mr Paolo de Cicco, recently appointed. He also informed the attendees of the UIC Chairmanship given to Mr Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman of Italian Railways FS Group.

Mr Guigon encouraged the members of the Committee to participate in the next main event relating to high-speed rail: the 6th Training Session on High-Speed Systems Level II, to be held from 10 – 14 December 2018 at the Spanish Railway Foundation in Madrid.

https://events.uic.org/6th-training-on-high-speed-systems-level-ii

The Committee discussed various topics concerning intercity and high-speed trains.

Focus was put on the “High-Speed Rail Atlas" which is a detailed collection of geographic maps that shape the high-speed network worldwide, extended to include other elements of the railway system and treated with a marked visual nature of graphs, tables and maps. Its general objective is twofold: on the one hand, to provide the reader with a vision of the high-speed rail network and its evolution in these 36 years of implementation and service; and on the other hand, to reinforce the technical and informative work of the High-Speed Rail Committee of the International Union of Railways. The document is close to its final validation and is planned to be delivered at the next Plenary Committee on 27 November 2018.

The participants were also informed of the High-Speed International Railway Solutions (IRS) meeting held during the morning and chaired by the Chairman Romo Eduardo (Fundación Caminos de Hierro – Spain) and the co-Chairman Huo Baoshi (China Railway Corporation).
The present status of the H-S IRS was presented along with the approval process, which encompasses several steps.
The first series of eight IRSs is nearly completed.
Two new leaflets were proposed to be put in the pipe line for migration and the first draft of IRS 60680: Design of a High Speed Railway – Infrastructure was presented and discussed during the meeting.
The fresh new document “Guidelines for the UIC standardisation process” was presented. This guide has been written for all of us by the Standardisation team in order to set out the roles and responsibilities of the various internal and external stakeholders, the processes for producing IRS, the transverse and harmonised organisation within the UIC as well as our role as an expert, a Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) and/or a manager.

The special Report EN2018 n. 19, publicly available, – set by the European Court of Auditors - titled: “A European high-speed rail network: not a reality but an ineffective patchwork” was presented and the recommendations given to the Commission were discussed.

Finally, a large number of studies and project proposals were discussed and will be finalised by the UIC Passenger Department. Some of these studies will be undertaken by the Alliance of Universities, while others will be carried out by members and consultant companies.

The next Intercity and High-Speed Committee meeting will be held in Hangzhou (China) on 27 November 2018.

For further information please contact Paolo de Cicco, Senior Advisor for High-Speed decicco@uic.org, Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department guigon@uic.org or Beatrix Perrot, his assistant perrot@uic.org

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Conference of Passenger Claims Departments held on 19 September 2018 at UIC Headquarters

On 19 September 2018, CIT in collaboration with UIC held their yearly Conference of Passenger Claims Departments at UIC Headquarters.

The conference was led by Enrico Trapazzo (DCGPE – Legal and Corporate Affairs Business Partner, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. – Italian Railways Group).
The various topical themes discussed were addressed to the claims, sales and legal departments of their members.

The speakers’ high-level knowledge was a big asset to the event.

Isabelle Saintilan (Legal Counsel for Passengers Matters, SNCF Voyages) started the conference with a presentation on the revision of the PRR. She explained the main issues faced by the railway sector.

Jan Svensson (Expert Passenger Traffic, CIT) and Sandra Dobler (Legal Adviser, CIT) presented the latest modifications brought to the AIV (Agreement concerning the Relationships between Transport Undertakings in respect of International Passenger Traffic by Rail) and which will enter into force on 9 December 2018. They also outlined the significance of the GDPR in claims handling.

Patricia Padey (Responsable Qualité traitement des réclamations, SNCF Direction Relation Client – complaints handling division) explained how SNCF was processing complaints, giving in particular the example of the strikes which paralysed a large part of the French railway traffic those last months.

This topic was investigated further during the workshop, which closed the morning session. The workshop was moderated by Isabelle Saintilan, Oliver Hirschfeld (Legal Counsel and Mediator - Recht Personenverkehr und Einkauf, Deutsche Bahn AG), Bjarne Lindberg Bak (Deputy Director Int. Affairs, DSB) and Jan Vávra (International Tariff and Conditions of Carriage, Ceské dráhy a.s. (CD)). In addition to the legal framework, the participants discussed the following subjects: communication between railway undertakings and with customers, assistance to provide, delay compensation and refund. Those brought interesting exchanges between the participants and with the moderators and showed how complex it can be to handle big strikes.

After lunch, the afternoon started with a presentation of Henriette Chaubon (Médiatrice, SNCF Mobilités – Mediator). She explained the role of mediation and the positive impact it had on claims handling.

The afternoon continued with a presentation by Martin Kojinkov (Financial Controller, Eurail Group G.I.E) on the handling of delay compensation for reservations bought as a complement to rail passes.

Jan Vávra presented the challenges faced when confronted with unexpected timetable changes and the way to manage them with regard to PRR obligations.
These two last topics were also the subject of the cases discussed during the afternoon workshop. Participants and moderators brainstorm on solutions undertakings could develop to solve issues that may arise.

Marc Guigon, UIC Director of UIC Passenger Department, concluded this conference.
The conference was a great success, with more than 70 participants from railway undertakings across Europe. This allowed fruitful exchanges between the different participants.

The next conference will take place on 25 September 2019. The location has yet to be determined.

A report of the conference will be published in the CIT-Info. More information can be found on the website of the CIT: www.cit-rail.org

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:
guigon@uic.org

Or Sandra Dobler:
sandra.dobler@cit-rail.org

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CYRail Final Conference held on 18 September 2018 in Paris

European Project CYRail on rail cybersecurity presents its results during its Final Conference in Paris at UIC headquarters

The CYRail consortium and UIC held the CYRail Final Conference on 18 September at UIC Headquarters in Paris. The conference brought together around 50 participants – including railway suppliers, research groups, railway operators (undertakings and infrastructure managers), EU bodies and standardisation representatives to learn more about cybersecurity for rail and obtain recommendations to address this issue.

Launched in October 2016, and ending on 30 September 2018, CYRail is a two-year collaborative R&D project that has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730843 addressing the topic “Threat detection and profile protection definition for cybersecurity assessment”. The Consortium was composed of a well-balanced group of 6 partners (Evoleo as coordinator, Euskoiker, Fortiss, UIC, Airbus and ATSEC) from 5 European countries (Portugal, Spain, Germany, France and Sweden) with complementary skills.

The conference was opened by Mr Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division, who gave an introductory speech on behalf of UIC. He highlighted UIC’s important role of disseminating the project results, as dissemination is an integral part of its core business of sharing knowledge with its Members. He said: “In the context of increasing digitalisation in the sector, Cybersecurity is a growing constraint and our members are very concerned by the topic and very interested in getting recommendations and standards”.

Mr Thomas Chatelet, representing the European Union Agency for Railways, gave an opening address in which he spoke of the key challenges of cybersecurity and described ERA’s strategy focusing on cooperation building and regulation considerations.

Mr Denis Miglianico, Cenelec TC9X and IEC TC9 Secretary, described the existing framework for standardisation and the ongoing work within TC 9X – WG 26 which was created in June 2017 to produce technical specifications regarding lifecycle, cybersecurity risk assessment, security requirements, acceptance process, operational and maintenance requirements.
To conclude the opening session, Mr Francisco Marques, on behalf of Mr Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department, underlined the importance of considering Security and Safety together, saying that “There is a real need for a “railway system” approach to address cyber security issues”.
The developments and achieved results in the project were then presented by the various work package leaders. The presentations covered risk assessment methodology, early attack and anomaly detection, risk mitigation and countermeasures specification, enhanced alerting and collaborative incident management, cyber resilience mechanism and security requirements specified in protection profile for network separation mechanism.
CYRail results will benefit:

  • Shift2Rail which has funded the project: CYRail has worked together with Shift2Rail X2Rail-1 Project, providing inputs for WP8 – Cybersecurity, to create baselines for future Cybersecure railway signalling systems.
  • Public transport infrastructure managers and operators: CYRail raises awareness on cyber security issues and provides a methodology to access the associated risk, and examples of tools and their integration for Threats Identification and Management.
  • Standardisation Bodies: CYRail provides guidance, based on the best IT industry approaches, for a truly interconnected public transport mode.
  • Rail system providers: CYRail showcases, how threat identification and management, along with countermeasures and mitigations techniques and resilience mechanisms, can greatly decrease the risks of railway transport.
  • Passengers: CYRail contributes to safer public transport with less disruption to daily lives.

The public deliverables, CYRail recommendations brochure, and the presentations given during the day are available on the dedicated website at http://www.cyrail.eu/

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For further information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Advisor Security Division:

bonneau@uic.org

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IRRB Plenary Meeting held on 18 September 2018 in Berlin

Almost traditionally linked to the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology – INNOTRANS – the members of the UIC IRRB met for a plenary meeting in Berlin. The meeting again was held at the Hotel “Die Alte Feuerwache”, originally an old pre-war fire-depot.

Among the issues reviewed – all of global importance – were topics such as the UIC “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”, which will be held in Warsaw, Poland on 15 and 16 November 2018, hosted by the Polish Rail Research Institute IK. The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The participants agreed on the programme lay-out as well as on the proposed key-note speakers. A draft list of speakers for the five thematic sessions was also presented. Some of them are well known railway experts while others have their expertise in other modes of transport or even beyond transport. The outcome of the discussions and debate will contribute to the update of the UIC GVRD report – the Global Vision for Railway Development – which will be due during the latter part of 2019.

To register for this important UIC event, please visit the dedicated website: https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society The event will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw city centre. A special rate for participants of the Global Debate will apply until 1 October. Register soon to benefit from this special rate.

Note that on the day preceding the Global Debate, 14 November, UIC is organising yet another interesting event at the same venue: the UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop – Business to business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility”. To register, please follow this link:

https://events.uic.org/uic-1st-door-to-door-solutions-workshop -

Mr Guven Kandemir, IRRB Vice-chairman, gave a very interesting presentation about his work within the task of describing the challenges the railways will have to face in the future and the priorities for research and innovation. The findings were based on an ongoing analysis of many important research projects, policy documents and research and innovation roadmaps. Following this, the Czech members, representing CD-VUZ gave an update on the developments of the WORC database containing global information on research institutes, their fields of expertise and their projects. A demo version is on line and can be found through a link from the UIC Research Portal www.railway-research.org or directly through
http://www.rworc.org/WORC4_test1/.

UIC members are invited to check out this database and if possible to upload information regarding their research capacity and expertise.

UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards 2018 – closing date prolonged until 15 October 2018!

Following a short discussion and requests in this direction, it was decided to prolong the closing date of the Call for submissions for the 4th edition of the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards. The Awards ceremony will be held on the occasion of the UIC General Assembly in Paris on 6 December. Railway researchers will now be able to upload information about their innovative research projects for the 6 thematic Awards as well as for the Young Researchers Award 2018 using the following link: http://uic-innovation-awards.org/.

A Call for Sponsors has at the same time been opened and a sponsorship package describing the various way to support the Global Awards and their winners can be requested at the email contact mentioned below. Two organisations – JR RTRI and KRRI – have already informed the IRRB of their wish to act as Award sponsors!

Other interesting topics on the agenda were for instance an overview of recent innovation within RZD Russian Railways, presented by Prof. Efim Rosenberg of NIIAS as well as a presentation on the innovative topic of “Horizon Scanning” by IRRB members Sharon Odetunde and Claire Shooter of RSSB, conducted in close cooperation with ACRI from Australia. Remember also to consult the UIC dedicated webpages www.railway-research.org – the UIC Railway Research Portal, with ist many links to among others the SPARK research database, the Australian Rail Knowledge Bank and the above mentioned WORC test-webpage.

For more information concerning the IRRB please contact Dennis Schut:

schut@uic.org

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UIC Creditor’s Forum held on 18 September 2018 in Belgrade

On 18 September 2018 UIC organised a Creditor’s Form meeting in Belgrade, hosted by ZS, Serbian Railways.

The forum brings together European Railways who are active members of the UIC and concentrates on the issue of debt settlement between the railways.

UIC was represented by Thierry Bera, UIC CFO, and Maria Lafont, Secretary of the meeting. The aim of the Forum was to establish what work had been done so far and solve some of the outstanding issues.

Apart from UIC which acted as moderator, the Forum was attended by the moderator of the Debt group/ODC who followed the historical background of the issue and the moderator of the RCF 3 group responsible for leaflet 311 which focused on the interest rates.

The major part of the forum was devoted to bilateral negotiations between the companies – the aim of which was to find a solution to the unresolved issues.

The railways which attended included ZS, SV, SK, HZPP, HZCargo, CD Cargo, HSH, SNCFR Marfa and CFR Marfa.

For further information about the Creditor’s Forum meeting please contact Thierry Bera:

bera@uic.org

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Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

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

schut@uic.org

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Last opportunity to participate in the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards 2018

Closing date for submissions – 15 October 2018

Apply here:

http://uic-innovation-awards.org/

Rail transport faces present and future challenges for which research and step changes are necessary.

Research is a core value of the International Union of Railways (UIC) and is at the heart of the whole railway sector to provide the best answers and solutions to meet the challenges that will lead railways to become the backbone of tomorrow’s transport through its innovations, especially in safety, energy efficiency or customer services etc.

It is in this dual perspective of developing efforts in research and innovation,
especially among students and young engineers, as well as in the promotion of railways as a safe, sustainable and economically dynamic mode of transport, that have led to organising the UIC Research & Innovation Awards.

The UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB) took the initiative to establish these UIC Innovation Awards following the objectives set out in its ambitious work programme.

UIC organises these awards to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in the railway sector
  • The development of international cooperation in the field of rail research and innovation
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport agencies, government bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways

The first edition of this event was held in Paris in December 2012 on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the UIC, the second in December 2014, the third in December 2016, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The 2018 edition of the award ceremony will take place in connection with the UIC General Assembly. The award ceremony will take place on 6 December at the prestigious Automobile Club de France premises on Place de la Concorde in Paris as part of the UIC General Assembly. All CEOs of UIC member organisations are invited to the dinner and awards ceremony.

Don’t hesitate any longer and submit and upload your innovative research results to this website http://uic-innovation-awards.org/ and show all rail stakeholders the way forward to the railway system of the future! The winners will be well rewarded and your research publicised widely. You will find all relevant information on the dedicated website.

Sponsor package available

It is still possible for interested organisations and companies to sponsor the 2018 UIC Research & Innovation Awards. It is possible to have one of the award categories bear the name of your organisation, but there are also other possibilities.

For more information about sponsoring the Award scheme, please visit the following website:

https://www.railtech.com/infrastructure/2018/05/09/uic-we-need-expertise-from-sources-beyond-railway-companies/

For more information please contact Dennis Schut: schut@uic.org

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11th OSJD International Freight Conference to be held from 2 – 3 October 2018, hosted by RAI, in Tehran

The 11th OSJD International Freight Conference will be held from 2 – 3 October 2018, hosted by RAI, in the city of Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran) with the cooperation of OSJD.

This conference is one of the important conferences of OSJD for developing and completing international rail freight transport in the Eurasia Region and it will try to exchange ideas and experience on improving the efficiency of freight transport by rail, enhancing the transport services for customers, identifying perspectives for cooperation between railways and freight forwarders.

During the Conference, discussions are planned on the following topics:

  • Cargo potential in the countries of Asia and Pacific region for the organisation of railway traffic between Europe and Asia
  • Perspectives for the development of container transportation – experience in creating a railway product
  • Legal framework for railway freight transport and its improvement; tariff policy and marketing
  • Information technologies in the field of railway freight transport
  • Ways to increase the attractiveness and competitiveness of railway transport
  • Modem logistic solutions; interaction with other modes of transport (combined, intermodal, multimodal transportations)
  • The current situation on the freight market shared by different modes of transport
  • Technological aspects for the organisation of international freight traffic

The Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) hopes that this conference will bring about tangible and fruitful results in increasing rail transportation between Europe and Asia and also increasing cooperation between RAI and other international organisations, railways and freight forwarders. Therefore, RAI would like to invite all UIC members, freight forwarders and logistic companies to participate in this international conference.

Hereby we would like to announce that the venue for this event will be the Azadi Hotel in Tehran.

Please note that RAI will reserve the hotel for the participants and we will also arrange airport pick up for the participants.

For any further information please contact Mr Ali Abdollahi from International Affairs Department of RAI.

ali.abdlhi@gmail.com

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SLoCaT Partnership welcomes Maruxa Cardama as the New Secretary General

SLoCaT is pleased to announce the appointment of Maruxa Cardama as the new Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT). Maruxa has been selected by the SLoCaT Board after an extensive, international search of strong candidates and is starting her tenure on 1 October 2018.

Maruxa offers a strong vision for the future of SLoCaT, building on the successful trajectory of its founding Secretary General, Cornie Huizenga, and Holger Dalkmann, who led the organisation during the recent interim period after Cornie stepped down earlier in the year. Looking forward, Maruxa will continue to work closely with SLoCaT members and partners to leverage the Partnership’s mission to promote sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change.

In 2017, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was appointed new Board Member of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT).

UIC has developed a close partnership with SLoCaT over the last few years, seeking to
promote sustainable transport in worldwide policies on climate change and sustainability.

(Source: SLoCaT)

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United States: FRA announces $46.3 million in PTC (Positive Train Control) Grant Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration announced on 12 September Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for at least $46 million for Positive Train Control (PTC) Systems Grants. This NOFO represents the balance of the $250 million PTC Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program that remained after selections were announced in August.

The purpose of the NOFO is to solicit applications for at least $46,301,702 million in PTC Systems Grants to fund the deployment of PTC systems technology for intercity passenger rail transportation, freight rail transportation and/or commuter rail passenger transportation. Eligible projects include: back office systems; wayside, communications and onboard hardware equipment; software; equipment installation; spectrum; any component, testing and training for the implementation of PTC Systems; and interoperability.

“This expedited solicitation will provide commuter and intercity railroads an additional opportunity to request grant funds for positive train control,” said FRA Administrator Ronald L. Batory. “By reissuing these funds, FRA is showing our continued commitment to work with railroads and suppliers in fully implementing PTC.”

Under this second solicitation, applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on October 12, 2018, 30 days after the NOFO is published in the Federal Register.
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

(Source: US DoT)

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Russia: Russian Railways counts on increasing freight traffic with Japan

Russian Railways is intensively developing relations with Japanese partners in the field of freight traffic, said Alexei Shilo, Director for Commercial Activities at Russian Railways.

Shilo was speaking at the session “Russia-Japan Partnership: Implementing Euro-Asian Transit Potential,” which was held during the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok.

“We were in Tokyo in May and, with the support of our trade mission, held a meeting with shippers and operators in Japan. Our goal was to demonstrate the opportunities offered by the Trans-Siberian Railway and Russia’s railways in general,” said Shilo.

Shilo noted that over the last five years, shipments on the Trans-Siberian Railway had increased by 33%, including container transportation, which rose by 49%. In the eight months to the end of August 2018, the shipping of containers on the Trans-Siberian increased by 23%. The volume of shipments between Russia and Japan since the beginning of the year amounted to 169,000 tons, a rise of 22%.

“We see that we have very great potential to cooperate with our Japanese colleagues. We also realise that the opportunities that the Trans-Siberian Railway offers this market are not being fully exploited. As a result, the main thing for us today is to build trust,” said Aleksey Shilo.

OJSC Russian Railways is working intensively on developing the Trans-Siberian route.

“Over the past five years, we have invested more than 300 billion roubles in modernising the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway. Shipments have increased by 69.9 million tons since 2012. We plan to implement the second phase of the project, which will enable us to increase shipments by an additional 94 million tons by 2025. We would like to use this infrastructure, among other things, to increase the volume of goods transported from Japan,” said the Director for Commercial Activities at Russian Railways.

Speaking about the tariff policy on Russia’s railways, Shilo noted that clear, transparent and predictable price conditions for consignors had been in place for several years now. In order to attract additional freight volumes, Russian Railways has not increased the rates for transporting transit containers since 2012. In addition, the Company is ready to provide additional preferences if shippers can guarantee certain levels transportation volumes.

According to Isao Takahashi, the president of Toyo Trans (Japan), Japan is carefully studying the experience of transit traffic via the Trans-Siberian Railway, including from China to Europe.

The main requirements on the part of consignors are ensuring speed, safety and environmental friendliness.
In this regard, rail transport is extremely attractive.
Freight dispatched from Japan to Europe by sea takes over 50 days, but just 20 days by rail.

To assess delivery conditions and build new logistics chains, Japanese shippers are testing the delivery of goods by container.

“Together with Japanese partners, we are conducting test runs, which showed good results with regard to delivery times for these cargoes. The containers were equipped with special sensors, and now our colleagues are assessing the impact of the journey on the freight. After that, we shall look at making any necessary adjustments to the transportation organisation,” said Alexey Shilo.
Shilo said that Russian Railways provides high speeds and reliability of delivery. The guaranteed route speed of container trains is not less than 1,000 km per day, but the target is to reach 1,150 km per day before the end of this year.
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, has set a target of providing transit between Russia’s eastern and western borders in just 7 days by 2025, which is equivalent to a route speed of 1,400 km per day.

“Over the past year, we have ensured 98% delivery reliability. Some foreign rail companies have a lower level of performance with regard to passenger train timetables. On average, we now receive one complaint from our customers for every 65,000 shipments, each of which we investigate carefully in order to avoid a similar repetition in the future,” emphasised Alexey Shilo.

Transportation by Russian railways also has a very high level of security.
“We are implementing the project “Security Train” – this provides a completely different level of monitoring regarding the movement of freight and involves the use of satellite-based technologies and electronic locking and sealing devices. We are doing this in order for the users of our services to be able to can follow the progress of their goods online and see that everything is in order,” said Alexei Shilo.

(Source: RZD)

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