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14th UIC World Security Congress on the theme “Crisis Management and Resilience” held from 16 – 18 October 2018 in Bled, Slovenia

The 14th edition of the UIC World Security Congress was jointly organised by the Slovenian Railways, Slovenske železnice, together with UIC, under the umbrella theme “Crisis Management and Resilience”, which focused on the handling of (partial) blackout situations.

Over 100 participants from 23 countries attended the conference. Among them were police, Slovenian security agencies and railway representatives of the UIC Security Platform, Chaired by Mr Marc Beaulieu, Chairman of the UIC Security Platform from VIA Rail, Canada and by Piotr Kurcz, Vice Chair of the UIC Security Platform.

During the congress opening, Mr Kranjc, Director of SŽ-Infrastructure, Ms Kocjan, Director General of Land Transport Directorate, Ministry of Infrastructure Republic of Slovenia, Mr Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Mr Beaulieu, Chairman of the UIC Security Platform, and Mr Piotr Kurcz, Vice Chairman, welcomed the participants of the 14th Security Congress. Mr Kranjc presented inter alia the Slovenian railway network and its future development including the importance of Koper Port for Slovenia. Ms Kocjan focused on the importance of crisis management and particularly underlined the blackout situation involving an ice storm in Slovenia in 2014. During his speech, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux highlighted in particular the tunnel safety and security workshop on 16 October 2018, followed by the theme of the congress, “Crisis Management” and the relationship between UIC and the Members. To conclude the opening session, Mr Beaulieu, and Mr Kurcz underlined the importance of the UIC Security Platform, its activities and projects.

Technical sessions:

This year, the congress was organised among four technical sessions with various presentations on the following topics:

  • Blackout Situation in Slovenia in 2014
  • Ice storms and impact on railways
  • Blackout Situation – Railway experience and challenges
  • Crisis Management

Within the closing session of the UIC Security Congress, the participants were informed about the upcoming Rail Security HUB, the activities within the network of quick responders and UIC research projects.

  • The Rail Security HUB platform will enable its future users to access a variety of security solutions in an efficient and user-friendly way, using search keywords to describe the security concerns they’re called to address (ranging from daily crime to serious offences). In addition to that, the Hub will integrate various interactive features with the aim of fostering and improving cooperation and sharing of operational practices and experiences among its users. The Rail Security Hub will soon be available at: www.RailSecurityHub.org.
  • Since the implementation in 2017, 10 member requests were already discussed effectively within the network of quick responders and gave the opportunity to receive answers within a short time and to organise suitable follow up activities for the members.
  • The project SHERPA “Shared and CoHerent European Railway Protection Approach”, funded by the European Commission, will start on 13 November 2018 and will address consistent security policies among the UIC members.

At the request of the Slovenian railways, in advance of the 14th UIC Security Congress, a dedicated workshop about safety and security of tunnels was organised and served as an opportunity to underline the need to develop congruence between security and safety.

The presentations given during the congress are available within the private UIC security workspace at https://extranet.uic.org/index.php?idx=list&id=169&gr=Y&path=Security%2F01+-+Security+Platform+-+Annual+Congresses%2F2018+-+14th+UIC+World+Congress+on+crisis+management+and+resilience+-+Bled%2C+Slovenia+-++16+-+18+October&tg=fileman

Conclusions & next steps:

At the request of the Members of the UIC Security Platform, a series of dedicated topics regarding Crisis Management & Resilience was planned for 2018. On 13 – 14 February 2018 a first workshop about crisis communication and social media was organised (see eNews No. 585). Within the 4th UIC Security Week a workshop regarding Business Continuity Management took place on 21 June 2018 (see eNews No. 605). Awareness-raising of the impact of (partial) blackout situations on the railway environment and their handling were presented vividly through the 14th UIC World Security Congress.

All the information gathered among these activities will be enriched and summarised in recommendations and guidelines to improve the current crisis management activities and plans as well as to show the interfaces to related themes. The publication is scheduled to be released at the latest by the beginning of 2019.

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

colliard@uic.org

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UIC Workshop on Tunnel Safety and Security held on 16 October 2018 in Bled, Slovenia

Before the official opening of the 14th edition of the UIC Global Rail Security Congress, jointly organised by the security directorate of Slovenian Railways, Slovenske železnice, together with UIC, a workshop on Tunnel Safety and Security is being held today in Bled, Slovenia.

The main focus of the workshop is to underline the coherence and synergy between security and safety, even if these notions and responsibilities are different. Tunnels may be seen as a sub-complex system, and the railway system needs to be considered as a whole in constant interaction with the external world.

The workshop opened with speeches delivered by Mr Bernard Penners and Mr Marc Antoni representing UIC, and underlined the fact that tunnels need a comprehensive protection approach, and that there is a need to manage risks and threats in a systemic way.

UIC presented the main tunnel pathologies and the proposed innovative methods in order to minimise:

  • Risk of tunnel collapse (strengthening)
  • Risk when carrying our work (phasing)
  • Other operational risks (TIT, AWT)

Specific emphasis was placed on the risk management approach including safety and security: prevention, attenuation, evacuation and rescue aspects. If the TSI is only applicable for new or refurbished tunnels, UIC strongly supports all “existing tunnel securing” actions in application, complete or partial, of the measures proposed by the TSI Tunnel.

Mr Stanislav LotriČ, from ACPDR, Slovenia, gave a presentation on fire safety in public railway infrastructure.

Mr Denis Luyten from UITP, Belgium shared his report about an initial experience using drones in the Belgian underground system.

At the end of each session, a solution provider presented some technical answers: Mr Emin Simszek from BOSCH, Turkey, about BOSCH security and safety applications in tunnels and Mr Steffen De Muynck, from FLIR, Belgium, about thermal safety systems for rail tunnels.

Safety and security have to be increasingly considered together. This is the reason why the Rail System Department strongly supported the 14th Security Congress.

Reminder of the five main roles of the RSD:

  • Forums: give experts from all over the world the opportunity to discuss project management, research, benchmarking, address problems...
  • Anticipation: Define possibilities of common rail technology strategies on a regional level but also worldwide = common rail standards
  • Third neutral party in different contractual or technical aspects
  • Communication, dissemination / training of future railway staff
  • Representative of the railways at governmental organisations to support the railway sector. Our vision for the railway: transportation, mobility, accessibility to mobility, collaboration between modes

Studies: Second speech of Marc Antoni: Safety in Tunnels – Repair work in tunnels

  • Presentation of the results of a working group of more than a dozen members, led by the Rail System Department (PoSe group) for the maintenance of tunnels. This subject is particularly important in view of the risks described above and the strong impact of this work on the regularity of rail networks.
  • This is why it is necessary to update our knowledge and techniques
  • Need for an optimised management of maintenance works

This work was reported on guidelines: repair work in tunnels, Report – Main Topics: General data of tunnel assets/current operations in tunnels (minor repairs, maintenance)/ Modes of intervention for repair works in tunnels/ Repair techniques on railway platform/Tunnel crow / Innovative methods/ Feedback about repair work techniques/ future outcomes

For further information please contact Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department: antoni@uic.org or Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division: colliard@uic.org

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BODEGA consortium participates in a joint conference co-organised by eu-LISA and FRONTEX on 17 October 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia

On 17 October 2018, the BODEGA consortium participated in a conference entitled “EU Borders – Getting Smarter Through Technology”, held in Tallinn, Estonia. The event was co-hosted by eu-LISA and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference provided key border control stakeholders with an opportunity to explore future trends, technologies and challenges related to the management of the EU’s external borders from both a strategic and operational viewpoint.

During the conference, the BODEGA consortium presented its Organisational and Human Factors vision of “smart borders” in the context of a session themed “Future outlook”. The presentation focused on several topics addressed by BODEGA:

  • The Human Factors framework adopted throughout the project
  • The results of the field studies conducted at several Schengen border crossing points relying on either manual or automated checks
  • The main challenges associated with border guards’ decision making
  • The organisational model devised by the project in order to highlight the interactions between different stakeholders in the border control process

One of the key messages delivered by BODEGA with regards to the increasing digitalisation of EU borders concerned the importance of Human Factors for supporting more effective and efficient border checks in the future.

The research carried out during BODEGA was also acknowledged during the Industry Roundtable, which took place on the following day and where consortium members had the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions with participants regarding the human dimension of new border control technologies.

After the event, BODEGA held its final physical consortium meeting before the official end of the project, scheduled for 31 October 2018. Progress was made in the development of a roadmap for future research and development as well as of the Proper Toolbox, the platform whereby the main findings and solutions developed by BODEGA will be made available to the community of border control stakeholders.

For further information please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Advisor – Organisational and Human Factors:

papillault@uic.org

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UIC is participating in the International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) from 22 – 26 October 2018 in Dublin

Theme of the conference this year: “Organisational Culture that values safety”

180 delegates from over 20 countries are participating in IRSC 2018 from 22 – 26 October in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

The IRSC logo (triangle) is symbolic of the three key elements of ‘Operator’, ‘Equipment’ and ‘Rules’ working together in the safety management system.

Investigations clearly show how human factors are often precursors to major disasters. It is recognised that to achieve improvements in safety performance a mature safety culture that successfully integrates human factors in railway safety management is required. However, safety culture is a facet of the broader organisational culture which expresses leadership styles and priorities. Best practice in safety management acknowledges that organisational effectiveness depends on the important relationship between ‘Organisational Culture’, ‘Leadership’ and ‘Systems’.

The theme for IRSC 2018 Organisational Culture that values Safety brings together the two triangles of ‘Operator-Equipment-Rules’ and ‘Organisational Culture-Leadership-Systems’.

Speakers at IRSC 2018 presented papers in 8 different sessions from 22 to 24 October on the important relationship between organisational culture and safety outcomes; both from the perspective of lessons learnt as a result of accidents, and initiatives taken to improve railway safety.

The three sub-themes were:

The important relationship between organisational culture and safety outcomes

Effects of corporate culture on safety and the role of leadership:

  • How Mission, Vision and Values shape a railway organisation’s high level strategies, goals and standards for safety
  • How direction and oversight provide an organisational climate that establishes a strong safety culture underpinning safe operation
  • How directors and senior managers demonstrate commitment to safety through their activities and in their relationships with staff
  • How safety is considered when identifying and managing the railway organisation’s business risks, and how is conflict between safety and other goals recognised and resolved

Lessons learnt as a result of accidents arising from organisational failure

Failings in risk control system during routine activities:

  • Operation, maintenance, inspection and testing
  • Safety critical communications
  • Clarity of roles, responsibilities and goals
  • Work activities – shift patterns and fatigue
  • Further failing after risk control system failure has occurred
  • Level of collaborative maturity
  • Factors influencing decision taking

Organisational initiatives and innovations to improve railway safety

People – Individual & Team:

  • Improving corporate safety governance
  • Organisational change — challenges to safety system defences
  • Methods for the control and influence of behaviour
  • Effect of employee recognition on safety
  • Improving behavioural safety

Systems:

  • KPI’s in the measurement of safety
  • Risk perception vs safety culture
  • Methods of injury prevention
  • Root cause analysis in identification of accident causal factors

    Safety Promotion:
  • Promotion of an organisational culture that enables and sustains a mature safety culture
  • Organisational culture as a support to system defences
  • Initiatives for promotion of close call reporting

Opening of the conference
Minister’s address

Mr Shane Ross Ministry for Transport, Tourism and Sport of Ireland
opened the IRSC 2018 Conference in Dublin.

He said: “The raison d’être of the International Railway Safety Council is to share experiences in order to lead to enhanced understanding of safety and safety management. As we stand here at the opening of the IRSC 2018, we bear in mind the lessons we have learned from the past. And we use these memories to help ensure continued vigilance now and in the future.

The purpose of the International Railway Safety Council, founded in 1990, is to improve railway safety by providing delegates with a forum to facilitate the exchange of information on new developments, experiences and safety lessons. The IRSC makes a significant contribution to the ongoing improvement of rail safety management and performance around the world. Equally as important is the fact that the IRSC provides a regular opportunity for those with key responsibilities in the rail sector to develop strong personal working relationships with each other. These personal networks further enhance continual safety improvement through an ongoing exchange of safety information and advice.

The value of the IRSC as a forum for learning and sharing experience has long been recognised by those involved in the railway sector here in Ireland, with representatives from key Irish railway bodies participating and contributing regularly at annual conferences over the year. “

Welcome and introduction of participants:
Brian Higgisson, Commissionner, Commission for Railway Regulation, Ireland thanked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Irish Rail, sponsors (including UIC). He also welcomed all participants and invited participants to go and visit the exhibition where UIC also had a corner.

UIC had the opportunity to present two topics:

First one with Bernard Penners in session 2

  • Dr Gregory Rolina European Union Agency for Railways: “Evaluate to Learn and Improve: A Safety Culture Model for European Railways”
  • Mr Jesse Baker, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB), Australia: “RISSB helping to foster positive organisational culture
  • Bernard Penners, Head of UIC Safety Unit at UIC and Christian Neveu, SNCF, Chairman of the UIC Human Factors WG: “Towards a positive railway safety culture”

Second one with Isabelle Fonverne in session 6

  • Philippa Murphy, Charlotte Kaul: “Improving operational decision making for front line rail staff”
  • Isabelle Fonverne: “Level crossing safety worldwide” and including information about the SAFER-LC EU project
  • Eunkyung Chae, Chan-woo Park, Duck-ho Shin, Sanglog Kwak: “Planning for smart railway safety management”
  • Cathal Mangan, Irish Rail, Iarnrod Eireann’s Management of earth structures

The conference will be followed by technical visits on 25 and 26 October 2018.

For more information: http://irsc2018.com
For the programme: http://irsc2018.com/uploads/files/Updated%20IRSC%20Scientific%20Programme.pdf

For further questions please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor:

fonverne@uic.org

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2nd UIC Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges held in from 18 – 19 October 2018 in Bristol, UK

After the first edition of the UIC Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges which took place in Madrid in June 2018 (see e-news #603), we successfully held the second edition in Bristol.

The workshop provides the relevant results of the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges projects from 2004 to 2015, placing special emphasis on “serviceability assessment”, “determination of permissible load” and “lifetime expectancy” issues, which are included in the IRS 70778-3, published in March 2018.

We had the same enthusiastic and experienced experts as in Madrid with Dr Zoltán Orbán, Dr William Harvey, Prof Matthew Gilbert, Dr José Antonio Martín-Caro and Dr Adrienn Tomor. Only one exception: Dr Niamh Gibbons took the place of Dr Paul Fanning this time and presented in an equally competent way, adding some new information.

The opening and welcome of the participants was followed by an insight into the responsibility and role of UIC also using the UIC video “What are International Railway Solutions (IRS)?” to promote our activities (by Infrastructure Advisors David Mirayo & Harald Sattler).

After a general overview on the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges projects and the resulting IRS 70778-3 “Recommendations for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges” the participants then followed with great interest the technical presentations covering “Structural behaviour”, “Deterioration, inspection, monitoring” and “Assessment”. On the second day we caught the attention of the meeting with “Service loading & dynamic effects”, “Maintenance and repair” and selected case studies, followed by a discussion with the speakers. The contents of the individual sessions have already been described in more detail in e-news #603 https://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/603/.

Nevertheless, the workshop had several main changes compared to the first edition in Madrid. The most important is that we recorded the speeches in order to have each of the 20 speeches edited and published as a separate UIC video. The aim is to have a higher impact of dissemination, reach many experts and enable UIC and the involved public institutions to distribute the content via their communications channels. The videos will be published on our internet platform and on our various social networks. There’s little knowledge on masonry arch bridges and thus the recorded presentations are a great added value, which will underline the positive activity of UIC.

After the first day we had a rapidly organised visit of the nearby Clifton Suspension Bridge, whose towers and foundations are built in masonry. On the bridge and in its small but highly interesting visitor centre Dr Bill Harvey gave us priceless insights into the design, construction and inspection details of this landmark of Bristol.

Once again, the workshop showed that masonry arch bridges behave very differently compared to steel and concrete bridges, but on the other hand are resilient and robust constructions. Thus, they can be kept in service for a very high lifetime while producing low maintenance cost if treated in an appropriate way.

The know-how on design, construction and maintenance of these bridges has to be carefully protected, not only to protect the existing bridges but also to build new masonry arch bridges.

The workshop was followed by more than 60 participants from the UK, Spain and France, which had very fruitful discussions during the pauses and most of all in the open questions session which closed the workshop. The workshop received a very positive feedback and we plan to have the videos ready before end of the year 2018 to begin the next step of the dissemination.

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29th PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe) Working Group meeting took place on 16 and 17 October 2018 in Budapest

The 29th PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe), Working Group meeting took place on 16 and 17 October, under the direction of Mr Adam Drabik from MAV-START. Mrs Paola Negri (Trenitalia) chaired the PASSAGE meeting after the retirement of Mr Hans Christian Kierketeerp Moller from DSB. UIC was represented by Mr Clément Gautier, Advisor for the Passenger Department. Representatives from Trenitalia, MAV-START, Trafikverket, SNCF, SBB, RFI, Eurostar, PKP, RENFE, ÖBB, NMBS/SNCB and Avancial attended the meeting.

During the first part of the meeting, Mr Gautier introduced the DIGIM project. One element of DIGIM has transformed autonomous mobility for blind people within railway stations through BEACON technologies. This proof of concept is being developed in Ottawa Railway Station by VIA Rail. The purpose of this is to give the opportunity for each PRM to select their journeys and thus get guided by their smartphone without assistance in station. Now, the POC is turning into a Pilot and it will be developed in different railway stations in Canada. PASSAGE members are very interested in developing new way of autonomous mobilities for PRM. VIA Rail will present the final deliverable during the General Assembly in December, including recommendation guides and white papers. The purpose of the next step is to involve PASSAGE and SMGG members in a work programme in order to produce an International Railway Solution (IRS) for PRM issues in railway stations and perhaps take this concept further.

As usual, Mr David Sarfatti (Avancial) presented the latest statistics in the use of the UIC Booking Assistance Tool as well as the potential interest to develop a Smartphone Application in order to fulfil the new Passenger Rights Regulation about the spontaneous assistance in Railway Stations for Person with Reduced Mobilities (PRM). For now, the discussion is still on-going, and the PASSAGE Members will keep talking about this opportunity during the coming meetings.

The second day of the PASSAGE meeting focused on EU regulatory developments on PRM issues and the New General Data protection regulation. UIC would like to give special thanks to Mrs Sandra Dobler from CIT for sharing her expertise on the new European regulatory development on PRM issues and on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the PRM Assistance Booking Tool.

Finally, the participants went on a well-organised technical visit to Budapest-Keleti Station led by Mr Dabrik. During this visit, the Hungarian staff explained the new projects and objectives for MAV-START about the accessibility in station as well as within the trains. Moreover, MAV-START now has the opportunity to introduce the new rolling stock for the commuter services.

The next meeting will take place in Prague on 5 and 6 February 2019.

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Advisor for the Passenger Department:

gautier@uic.org

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UIC Conference on Standardisation to be held on 6 November 2018 at Paris UIC headquarters

How does Standardisation facilitate the innovative rail system of tomorrow?

Only a week left to register!

https://events.uic.org/standardisation-conference

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.

Click here to consult the programme:

https://www.uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/uic_program_event_2018-11-06.pdf

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

standardisation@uic.org

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Group for International Travel Facilities for Railway Staff (FIP Group) plenary meeting held on 12 October 2018 at UIC

The FIP group’s plenary meeting was held at UIC on 12 October, bringing together 37 participants from 17 countries. Amongst the delegates were representatives from lead member ÖBB, chairman Thomas Leeb, secretary Martin Pecina, and Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Filomena Nunes representing UIC.

During his speech, Mr Loubinoux, Director-General of UIC, welcomed the members of the FIP group and recalled its last meeting at UIC in 2016. At that meeting, the then Secretary-General, Karl Glaser, had introduced his successor, Martin Pecina, prior to his retirement.

Mr Loubinoux highlighted the importance of the General Assembly taking place at UIC. He stressed that UIC is an association that works on behalf of its members (more than 230 around the world), supporting innovation, coordinating projects and disseminating project results.

The shared values of the railway community are promoted through 12 different fora and dedicated platforms, around one hundred working groups and a dozen special groups such as the FIP.

Each of these groups works towards the shared objective of interoperability and mobility. The FIP group is central to efforts in this regard because mobility of experts, personnel and stakeholders from the railway world is essential to ensure solid, sustainable cooperation.

Mr Loubinoux thanked the lead member and the many participants for their work and emphasised that their activities would require continuous adaptation to new cultures and contexts. This includes the revision of standards and leaflets in cooperation with UIC, represented within the FIP group by Filomena Nunes.
Against a backdrop of ongoing evolution, the group’s values remain unchanged. Established in the 1950s, the FIP is a dynamic group with a long history of cooperation for the overall benefit of the railway sector.

For further infromation please contact Filomena Nunes:

nunes@uic.org

Or martin.pecina@oebb.at

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DB news appNew Barrierefrei app from Deutsche Bahn: Improved service for passengers with reduced mobility

Deutsche Bahn CEO Dr Richard Lutz has launched DB’s new app, “Barrierefrei”, representing a further milestone towards accessibility at DB. Attending the launch were Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Jürgen Dusel, German Federal Government Commissioner for Issues Affecting People with Disabilities. A representative from the German Disability Council was also in attendance, and the work of the group that supported and consulted on the initiative was commended.

Dr Richard Lutz said, “I’m delighted that the new DB Barrierefrei app has been launched, marking a major step towards mobility for all. For the past 15 years, the working group has been developing tangible improvements for people with disabilities in trains and stations. As experts in their own domain, I thank them wholeheartedly for their work.”

State Secretary Enak Ferlemann said, “It’s really impressive to see what DB has achieved to improve accessibility over the past 15 years. It would not have been possible were it not for the expert, critical involvement of the experts from the working group that supported and consulted on the process. Congratulations to all involved!”

Jürgen Dusel added, “I very much welcome Deutsche Bahn’s initiative and the work of the group that supported and consulted on the programme. Achieving accessibility is a demanding but vital task, particularly since people are affected by many different types of disability. The concept of “Design for All” is a key requirement for the future.”

Representing the working group that supported and consulted on the process, its representative, Karl-Hermann Haack, explained that “Despite some initial scepticism, the open and partnership-based dialogue that has taken place over the past 15 years has resulted in a relationship based on mutual trust.”

With the entry into force of the German federal ordinance on barrier-free information technology in 2003, DB’s contact centre for customer queries on disability issues began its work, collaborating closely with people with disabilities in the process. A working group to support the programme was also established.

Milestones towards accessibility
For the first time, using DB’s Barrierefrei app, passengers with cognitive, physical or sensory disabilities can access information throughout the entire chain of travel in a form suitable for them. Information is provided both visually and by means of audio. Users can check whether lifts and escalators are in working order, and push notifications are used to inform customers of important timetable changes. The app is also useful for passengers with prams, buggies or heavy luggage. For details, visit bahn.de/app-barrierefrei

Accessibility is also a key consideration when purchasing and modernising trains and buses. The ICE 4 is setting a new benchmark in Europe in this regard. Regional trains and buses are also designed accordingly.

Numerous improvements can also be seen in train stations. Out of around 5,400 stations in total, 77% can already be accessed without using steps. Around 100 stations are added to this number each year. 4,900 of the 9,200 station platforms have already been equipped with a tactile guidance system consisting of indicators displayed on the ground.

65 DB travel centres are now also fully accessible. Important elements of accessibility include tactile wayfinding, an announcement system adapted for people with disabilities, seat modules and high-adjustable controls for wheelchair users or people of small stature, including audio induction loops.

Larger buttons and font and high-contrast menu control at ticket machines are employed to ensure user-friendly operation.

The most important information is summarised according to target group to give people with disabilities an overview of specialist services offered by DB. Information for blind and visually-impaired people can be found at bahn.de/blind-sehbehindert, while information for the deaf and hard of hearing is provided at bahn.de/hoerbehindert. People with reduced mobility can access relevant information at bahn.de/gehbehindert, and information in simple language is available at bahn.de/leichte-sprache.

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The Deutsche Bahn Stiftung celebrates its five-year anniversary: celebratory tours on the traditional Trans-Europe Express

Sightseeing tours in the legendary long-distance train from 22 to 24 October 2018 in Hanau, Nuremberg and Dessau/Magdeburg

Deutsche Bahn Stiftung gGmbH celebrates its five-year anniversary in 2018. When Deutsche Bahn AG created the “Stiftung”, its foundation for societal and social projects, in 2013, it brought its many years of philanthropic engagement together with the DB Museum under one roof so as to fulfil its corporate social responsibilities even more effectively. The stated aim of the Deutsche Bahn Stiftung is to help people in need through its projects and long-standing partners and to strive for greater equality of opportunity. In so doing, it is building upon the traditions of support and social responsibility that have always been a feature of the railway sector.

To celebrate its five-year anniversary, the Deutsche Bahn Stiftung is inviting guests to participate in exclusive sightseeing tours on the legendary Trans-Europe Express (TEE).

Members of management will be present on-board during the tours to present the Deutsche Bahn Stiftung and selected exciting projects of relevance to society and to answer questions on the work of the foundation.

We are pleased to invite you to this press event. Due to the limited number of places available, please register for your chosen date by 21 October 2018 via email: oliver.wasmann@deutschebahnstiftung.de

We request that participants arrive at the relevant station 30 minutes prior to departure - the exact dates and times are listed on the next page.

We would be pleased to send you photographs of the celebratory tours.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Activities during the tour

Readings by prominent reading mentors; guests will learn about the work of the foundation; opportunity for meetings with the press in the official vehicle used by former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

Tour participants

Children, young people and adults from facilities run by social services in the respective regions; well-known and volunteer readers, railway mission volunteers, DB employees, prize-winners, press representatives.

Hanau tour

Monday 22 October 2018, 12:04 – 14:14 (from platform 104)
Hanau Hauptbahnhof – Gelnhausen – Schlüchtern – Jossa – Spessartrampe – Aschaffenburg Hauptbahnhof – Hanau Hauptbahnhof

Nuremberg tour

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 11:40 – 14:16 (from platform 5)
Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof – Neumarkt – Parsberg – Regensburg Hauptbahnhof – Nuremberg Hauptbahnhof

Dessau/Magdeburg tour

Wednesday 24 October 2018, 10:22 – 14:21 (from platform 3)
Dessau Hauptbahnhof – Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof (boarding at 11:05, platform 13) – Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof – Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof (alighting 13:32) – Dessau Hauptbahnhof

Routes are displayed on the train station listings. It is generally possibly to board and alight only at the relevant points of departure and arrival. Exception: passengers may board and alight at either Dessau or Magdeburg on 24 October.

Deutsche Bahn Stiftung

“Forging links - making connections - setting the course”. Under these guiding principles, the Deutsche Bahn Stiftung pools together the philanthropic engagement of the entire DB Group. In so doing, it is building upon the traditions of support and social responsibility that have always been a feature of the railway sector. Against the backdrop of a rich railway history, its activities are setting the course for the future. It runs the DB Museum and supports the integration of people on the fringes of society, as well as voluntary engagement.
For more information, please visit: www.deutschebahnstiftung.de

The legendary Trans-Europe Express (TEE)

The Trans-Europe Express (TEE) was once the king of railway vehicles. Consisting entirely of first-class carriages, it connected major western European cities from 1957 onwards. It stopped running in 1987, much to the regret of its passengers and fans, who enjoyed its excellent comfort and the services offered, which included on-board secretarial services. One of the trains has been returned to operation by volunteers at the DB Museum in Koblenz.

The Deutsche Bahn Stiftung has chartered the train for travel throughout Germany on the occasion of its five-year anniversary. These special train services will feature the Rheingold club coach and the “Kanzlerwagen” carriage used by Helmut Schmidt.

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Czech Republic: Feasibility study assesses alternatives of new connection from Prague-Beroun

At the beginning of next year, the results of the feasibility study for the new route from Prague-Beroun ordered by Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) will be available. The document assesses individual alternatives for the new line between these two cities, especially from the point of view of economic effectiveness. There are three alternatives altogether: alternative C with a long tunnel between the Prague areas of Smíchov and Beroun, alternative B with a shorter tunnel on the Praha-Radotín-Beroun line section and alternative F with tunnels up to five kilometres long on the Praha-Radotín-Řevnice line section. The new line is designed for mixed transport with a maximum speed of up to 200 kph.

The optimisation of the current line along the Berounka River which will be launched next year and take several more years cannot meet sufficient transport capacity that would satisfy all requirements of entities ordering passenger transport as well as freight transport carriers in the long term. The extent of transport will be restricted considerably especially due to the noise burden; moreover, standard trainsets will not be able to meet the required journey times of 60 minutes between Prague and Plzeň. The situation is even more complicated by the attitude of cities situated between Beroun and Hořovice where the public does not agree with the high-speed corridor currently in place.

”The new line will reduce journey times between Prague and Plzeň considerably; current capacity will be freed for increasing regional transport, the noise burden in the most densely populated areas will decrease and a possible implementation of the F alternative will considerably reduce journey times for the Prague-Příbram route as well“, said Mr Radek Čech, Director of the SŽDC Strategy Section. However, the project also has its disadvantages such as considerable investment costs, especially in the case of alternatives B and C where only the tunnel between Prague and Beroun for alternative C would represent a financial sum exceeding CZK 50 billion. For alternatives B and F, all trains would remain on part of the current line which would mean more noise.

“The technical and transport solution is mostly finished; now we are preparing part of the transport prognosis and economic assessment. We assume that the study should be completed next January, the first economical assessment results of all alternatives should be available this October”, added Mr Čech.

(Source: SZDC)

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Kazakhstan: NC KTZ JSC will introduce a rating system for assessing the work of machinist-trainers

The rating system for evaluating machinist-instructors will improve the efficiency of the command and instructor structure of the depot.

“The experience and skill of this profession is decisive in the system of training and advanced training of locomotive crews, prevention of accidents in the locomotive industry”, said Bolat Ibadullayev, General Director of the Department of traction rolling stock of KTZ-Freight Transportation JSC.

As a result of the rating, approaches to the formation of a personnel reserve for the positions of Deputy Directors of operations and machinist-instructors will be revised.
Each month, according to the results of the rating, the best machinist-instructor will be determined in each operational locomotive depot, who will have the opportunity to participate in the national competition for the title “Best machinist-instructor”. The winner will be awarded with a special badge.

An electronic passport will be developed for each locomotive crew. The document will record information about the level of training and professional activity of each driver and his assistant. Passport data will reveal details of the locomotive crew in the transition from one depot to another.

According to Anatoly Kim, chief engineer of Zhambyl branch of KTZ-Freight Transportation JSC, the introduction of a rating system will be a good motivating factor in the work of machinist-instructors.

“Personal success allows us to achieve high production results”, said Anatoly Kim.

(Source: KTZ)

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