UIC participates in 11th Intergovernmental Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia

2 – 5 October 2018 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Every year UIC is invited to participate in the EST Forum. The theme of the 2018 edition was "Sustainable Urban Design and Development”. Mr Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative participated actively in the event.

On 4 October, Mr Papazoff contributed to the Plenary session: “Railways for Sustainable Urban Development”, sharing UIC international perspective and giving examples of railway activities in South-East Asian countries. Other speakers in this session discussed topics related to railways in urban areas in countries such as Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Today, about half of total passenger transport activity takes place in urban environments, serving a global urban population that exceeded 3.9 billion in 2015. By 2050, urban population is expected to have grown by another 2.5 billion people, reaching 66% of the total global population, up from 54% in 2015 (UNDESA 2014). Urban areas in all global regions are expected to grow, but Africa and Asia, currently the least urbanised regions, together will make up nearly 90% of this increase until 2050 (UNDESA 2014). This is expected to lead to a significant growth of urban transport activity, primarily in developing economies. In that context, during the EST Forum, UIC presented railways and its interfaces with the urban areas. UIC shared data and commitments aiming for a more sustainable future and how railway can be the backbone of an integrated transport system by improving multi-modal hubs at rail stations. The rapid urbanisation that the world is witnessing in developing countries, the growth is both a challenge and an opportunity to steer the world towards a more sustainable trajectory.

UIC also presented new paradigms for railways in a digital world. Stations are at the heart of this new world: smart stations for smart urban areas. Mr Papazoff explained to the audience how stations are the ideal interface between various modes of transport and truly represent the possible heart of the mobility web. Those multi-dimensional hubs are where the modern world meets history and where railways can realise a dream of future mobility for smart mobility.

Moreover, with time and urbanisation, new travel experience adapted to the digital era’s standards. Digital connectivity is changing the game and its continued development has expanded the demand for mobility. Digitalisation on the mobility aspect is modifying deeply the behaviour of travellers and UIC is ready to respond to this challenge.

The railway community has the opportunity today to share experience and best practice to contribute to the cities and the mobility of the future.

To learn more about sustainability and stations have a look at the UIC website.
Sustainability: and Stations:

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

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UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly held from 26 – 28 September 2018 in Luxembourg

UIMC develops new international railway standards for mental fitness assessment

During their annual conference this year at CFL in Luxembourg from 26 – 28 September, medical experts of UIC members developed new international guidelines regarding the fitness of drivers and other railway staff with mental disorders.

Doctors from all over the world accepted common standards for assessing the impact of alcohol and drugs (both prescriptions and misuse) on rail safety. Other topics of interest at the high-level conference were the special workplace-attitudes and expectations of young employees, occupational health issues like particulate matter dust in tunnels and various other advances in health promotion and medical/psychological fitness assessment.

The updated UIMC railway medical guidelines will be published and available to all UIC members by May 2019. Preliminary drafts for comments and revision can be obtained by email from UIMC vice chairman Dr Christian Gravert (

UIMC is the organisation of rail medical specialists and a special group of UIC. All railways are sincerely invited to send medical representatives to UIMC, either from own staff or preferred medical service providers.

For further information please contact Meryem Belhaj-Clot, Senior Advisor International Training & Human Factors – Safety Unit:

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Register for the UIC Conference on Standardisation on 6 November 2018 at Paris UIC headquarters

Rail being the inherently systemic network that it is, needs to be able to work in seamless harmony with a wide range of stakeholders so that trains are able to operate with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency.

UIC has been in the business of supporting the railway sector in achieving these objectives ever since its first ‘UIC Leaflet’ was published in 1928.

Evolving the railway system to ensure that this multi-modal objective is achievable in the digital era, is important to this. Understanding the role that standards can play in contributing to this innovative evolution will be the topic of the standardisation event that UIC is hosting at its Paris HQ on 6 November.

With an overview of the role that the UIC has in this activity and with the contributions of a variety of speakers from the operating community, standards bodies and innovation programmes, the event will seek to answer the question.

Whilst the number of places at the event is limited, participation is free and you are invited to click on this link: before 31 October. Once the places have gone, they’ve gone!

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

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UIC IRS 90930-90940 Stakeholder Workshops to be held on 5 and 6 November 2018 at Paris UIC headquarters

On 5 and 6 November 2018, UIC will host at its headquarters in Paris two stakeholder workshops dedicated to International Railway Solutions (IRS) currently in development. The aim is to present and discuss with all stakeholders the structure and high-level content of the work that is being done. Both IRSs deal with matters related to energy consumption and energy efficiency.

5 November 2018, 11:00-17:00 – IRS 90940 (SFERA Project: Communication with Driver Advisory Systems)

The adoption of Driver Advisory Systems (DAS) throughout Europe is increasing. DAS can significantly improve the energy efficiency of traction: Connected-DAS (C-DAS) in particular – i.e. DAS connected to Traffic Management Systems – can give the most benefits.

IRS 90940 aims to facilitate the use of DAS for international traffic by standardising the data exchange between on-board systems and Traffic Management Systems (TMS). The scope includes both ERTMS/ETCS Limited Supervision and Class B train protection systems. The format is also useful for Standalone DAS (S-DAS) by standardising data interfaces between Infrastructure Managers and Railway Undertakings. It will also be possible to express ATO over ERTMS messages (Subset-126) in SFERA format.

The interested stakeholders (e.g. RUs, IMs, DAS and rolling stock manufacturers) can register here:

6 November 2018, 09:00-15:00 – IRS 90930 (Traction Energy Settlement and Data Exchange)

IRS 90930 will be replacing most of UIC Leaflet 930. The work intends to outline a common European way of settling the energy use of trains and locomotives, by defining roles, processes and requirements for all parties involved (Infrastructure Managers, Railway Undertakings, etc.). It includes commercial and technical requirements, recommendations and common solutions, and specifies requirements for the exchange of data and information between the parties and their systems.
This IRS is being developed in line with the latest relevant European regulations and standards: new amendments to EU Regulations 1301/2014 and 1302/2014, TSI Rolling Stock and Energy, CENELEC standard EN 50463 “Energy Measurement on Trains”.

The interested stakeholders (e.g. RUs, IMs, energy suppliers, traction unit owners) can register here:

For further information please contact Philippe Stefanos, Eco-Scoring Advisor Sustainable Development Unit:

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News from UIC members

International Federation for Culture and Leisure (FISAIC) held its General Assembly from 6 – 7 October 2018 in Athens

The General Assembly of the International Federation for Culture and Leisure (FISAIC) was held in Athens from 6 – 7 October 2018. The meeting was opened by Deputy President General Kurt Neuwirth.

The welcome speech was addressed by the chairpersons of the Greek Railways Cultural Education Centre.

The General Assembly approved the new President General Mr Philippe Rouche. Mr Rouche works at French national association UAICF as Secretary General. In addition, Mr Kurt Neuwirth (AT) was re-elected as the Deputy President General, Mr Jan Niemann (DK) was re-elected as Secretary General and Mr Pedro Neuenschwander (CH) was re-elected as the Treasurer. The position of Vice-President was approved to Greece rather than France.

Based on the proposal of the Croatian national association, the General Assembly discussed and approved English as the official language.

The Task Force Communication addressed findings and proposals on how to make FISAIC more visible in today’s world.

The General Assembly approved new FISAIC members from Spain and the Netherlands.

Mr Roman Štěrba, Coordinator of the Technical Commissions, addressed the current developments within the individual technical categories: Music, Photos, Films & Videos, Bridges, Choir, Art, Folklore, Railway Heritage & Railway Models, Esperanto (IFEF), Philately (CIP) and Radio Amateurs (FIRAC).

The General Assembly approved the 2017 Accounts, the 2017 Annual Report, and the Auditor’s Report. The budgets proposed for both 2019 and 2020 were approved.
Reports from individual national associations brought many innovative and inspiring activities for the community.

Based on the proposal of the Bureau, the Czech national association OSŽ was presented the “Venus of Arles” award. Former President General Mr Guy Gieres (LU) was made an honorary member. The medals of honour were awarded to Mr Pedro Neuenschwander (CH), Mr.Emile Lutgen (LU), Mr Serge Dechet (FR), Mr Michel Guinan (FR) and Mr Stanisław Bartniczak (PL).

FISAIC is the Federation of Railway Personal for Culture and Leisure. FISAIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UIC on 1 December 2016. FISAIC aims to promote and support the cultural activities of railway personal of all nations in their leisure time, to establish relations among the creative railway personal of the national associations and unions in order to organise cultural events and contribute to the development of cultural motivation and activities. The international FISAIC cultural organisation was founded in Strasbourg in 1952 under the motto “one for each other and not against each other”.

(Source: SZDC)

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News from UIC members

Russia: Russian Railways to invest over 200 billion roubles in infrastructure development to quadruple freight transit

Russian Railways is to spend more than 200 billion roubles on the development of infrastructure in order to achieve a fourfold increase in the volume of transit container shipments by 2024.

The decision was announced by Alexey Shilo, the Director of Commercial Activities and the head of the Centre for Corporate Transport Services at OJSC Russian Railways and is in response to the task set in a decree issued by the President of Russia.

According to Shilo, Russian Railways has a plan for the development of transit traffic which provides for the creation of 26 new railway stations and strengthening the power supply system along 1,300 kilometres of track, as well as a number of other infrastructure measures.

Shilo stressed that all these plans should be synchronised with the development programmes of all participants along the routes: the shippers, ports and border crossings etc.

He added that it was equally important to gain the trust of customers in order to achieve a multiple increase in transit volumes:

“The first term in the ideal formula for transit traffic is the stability and predictability of tariffs, which OJSC Russian Railways has not changed since 2011. The second aspect is to improve constantly the level of service. And the third is that each participant in the chain has to work to increase its efficiency on an ongoing basis. As a result, consumer trust is then expressed in the number of tons of freight and goods transported and the number of clients and so on”, said Alexei Shilo.

In order to solve these problems, Shilo said that the RZD holding would continue to develop electronic services aimed at both simplifying customer access to transportation services and improving internal processes. Even today, some standard operations, for example, booking empty wagons, occur automatically.

Another important area is the change to a universal CIM/SMGS consignment note, which will allow shippers to transport cargo between different countries on a single transport document and speed up border and customs operations.

Shilo said that from 2019, Russian Railways planned to switch to the registration of such invoices in electronic form.

“Together we have to create a system that will benefit everyone. Only integrative solutions can achieve success. And the results of our joint integration project with Belarusian and Kazakhstan railways, through the United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), make clear just how effective this approach is proving,” said Alexei Shilo.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

Germany: Alexander Doll to assume dual role as DB CFO

Supervisory Board to discuss strategy for future at meeting in late November

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG has adopted changes to the allocation of duties on the DB Management Board. At its regular meeting in Berlin on 26 September, the Supervisory Board appointed Alexander Doll to serve as the new DB CFO in addition to his role as the head of DB’s logistics and rail cargo division. Doll’s new responsibilities will take effect on 1 January of next year.

“Dr Richard Lutz has served as both CEO and CFO for nearly two years,” said Michael Odenwald, Chairman of the DB Supervisory Board, in Berlin today. “Our decision will give him the chance to focus in particular on the strategic development of the DB Group.”

The Supervisory Board discussed DB’s current situation in detail at today’s meeting, taking an especially close look at quality, service, punctuality and financial performance. The Supervisory Board will be holding a strategy meeting in late November, and the Supervisory and Management Boards have agreed that the Management Board will present a problem analysis at that meeting, as well as a strategy for the future of DB that builds on the analysis and includes further proposals for measures to take going forward. The objective will then be to ensure rapid implementation of the measures agreed.

(Source: DB)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Ejpovice tunnel construction nears completion – first train will run through the southern tube in November

Construction of the longest railway tunnel in the Czech Republic is near the final stage of completion. On 15 November, the first train will run through the southern tube of the Ejpovice tunnel. With the entry into force of the new timetable as of 9 December, operation of all trains through both tubes will start and passenger will thus be able to appreciate the most substantial of the construction’s assets – shorter journey times between Plzeň and Prague.

On 21 September, the Czech Prime Minister Mr Andrej Babiš visited the construction site together with the Minister of Transport Mr Dan Ťok and the Director General of Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) Mr Jiří Svoboda in order to be informed of the current progress of this project.

”The tunnel being finished just now will allow a speed of 160 kph which is nowadays the highest speed possible on the Czech railway. However, the tunnel’s route is designed for high-speed operation in the future so that trains will be able to achieve a speed up to 200 kph“, said Mr Dan Ťok, Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic.

“The tunnel is part of a relocation which will shorten the line between Plzeň and Rokycany by 6.1 kilometres. Its construction together with increasing line speed will have a substantial impact on shorter travel time between Prague and Plzeň. On average, the journey time will be reduced by nine minutes, for tilting trains by 10 minutes“, explained Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC. As he added, railway operation safety will increase as well as travelling comfort for passengers and ensure a required line capacity.

The Ejpovice tunnel is exceptional not only in length (each of the tubes is more than four kilometres long), but also by way of other components. A slab track is laid down in the tubes – the trackage is not embedded in the ballast but fixed within special concrete panels. If necessary, it will allow rescue service vehicles to arrive. Emphasis is placed on ensuring safety in the tunnels; train operation will be supervised by the most modern technology available. The tunnelling of the southern tube began in February 2015 and took 15 months. The tunnelling of the northern tube was started in September 2016 and was completed last October.

The modernised line section Rokycany – Plzeň is a part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and is situated on the western branch of the Czech Rail Transit Corridor III Prague – Plzeň – Cheb – state border with Germany. Total investment costs of the construction amount to CZK 6.783 billion. The project is being co-financed by the EU from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport. The contribution provided by the EU amounts to CZK 3.520 billion. The construction supplier is an association consisting of the companies Metrostav and Subterra.

(Source: SZDC)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 30 September 2019 UIC security platform - Steering committee Warsaw, Poland
  • 3-4 October 2019 UIC Digital Days Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR 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
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 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
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria

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