Working Group on Sabotage, Intrusions & Attacks met from 31 October – 1 November 2018 in Lisbon

The Working Group (WG) Sabotage, Intrusions and Attacks (SIA) deals with various topics concerning railway system disruptions. At the latest meeting, the WG concentrated on “security concepts of storage depots”. Under the chair of Marita-Annegret Grosser (DB AG) and in contribution with UITP, the participants deliberated about:

  • Threat assessment: What are the main security issues (e. g. unauthorised access, vandalism, graffiti) you have to deal with? Which kind of trains (e.g. passenger, freight) are mainly affected?
  • Architectural/Structural measures: What kind of architectural/structural measures does your company use, e. g. fences, plants? Which measures are planned or implemented to secure the trains and the freight (e.g. additional door lock)?
  • Technical measures: Which security technology does your company use, e. g. CCTV, noise detection, air drones?
  • Human resource measures: How is the patrol concept of the security guards organised?
  • Procedural measures: How is the access control to and within the storage depot organised?

A very interesting presentation about rolling stock depots protection was given by the Portuguese intelligence services. The WG meeting ended with a technical visit to a storage depot.

The next meeting is planned for February 2018 and the WG remains open to UIC members.

If you are interested in participating or for further information, please contact Kathrin Faber:

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Rail’s leading figures, including UIC, to debate the future of digitalisation at 7th International Railway Summit in Frankfurt

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the International Union of Railways (UIC), and Rolf Härdi, CTO of Deutsche Bahn will deliver keynote speeches during a session exploring the railway sector’s long-term vision for digital transformation entitled “What is the endgame of digitalisation?” at the 7th International Railway Summit. The summit, whose two-day conference focuses on how to achieve an efficient railway system in the digital era, takes place on 20-22 February 2019 at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Hotel in Frankfurt.

In addition to the high-level interventions of Messrs Loubinoux and Härdi, Dr Tobias Miethaner, Head of Digital Society at the German Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), will lay out the host country’s hopes and plans for how digital, from A.I. to sensors, virtual reality, and the Internet of Things, could change the way transport operates and the way citizens live.

An in-depth debate, which will be moderated by conference chair Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer of UIC, will follow. This discussion, open to questions from attending delegates, will include further insights from the keynote speakers as well as the perspectives of Alistair Dormer, CEO of Hitachi Rail Europe, the rolling stock manufacturer and signalling experts, and Raphael Cavalcanti, Chief Product Officer of Hack Partners. Hack Partners’ HackTrain hackathons, and partnerships with major operators and infrastructure owners, enable startups to disrupt and invigorate the sector with new ideas, and established organisations to realise their digital dreams more quickly.

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about the agenda for the International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit or contact the organisers, IRITS Events.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a ’matchmaking’ service between rail industry leaders (’buyers’) and technical experts, based on buyer delegates’ project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events. The 7th International Railway Summit will take place on 20-22 February 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany. The 8th International Railway Summit will be hosted on 20-22 November 2019 in New Delhi, India.

For further information please contact

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Last chance to register for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

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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:

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UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

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This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions. UIC Members are encouraged to register and to actively contribute to the event.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions” (2018 – 2020) that will be presented during the workshop.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a Service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will bring together UIC Members and key stakeholders from the door-to-door economy..

This event is recognised as contributing to the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue.


9:30 - 10:20 - Introduction

Welcome speech 9.30 - 09.50

  • Jerzy Wisniewski, Director Fundamental Values - Coordinator Middle-Eastern Region, UIC (10 minutes)
  • Andrzej Żurkowski, Director of Railway Research Institute (IK) Poland
    The UIC door-to-door project 9.50 - 10.20
  • Carole Escolan, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit,
  • Raimondo Orsini, Director of Sustainable Development Foundation

10:20 - 11:00 Session 1: Opening session

International overview: International stakeholders and organisations bringing insights at worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

  • Francisco Furtado, International Transport Forum, OECD
    Presentation on door-to door/sharing mobility projects
  • Maas Alliance
    World urban mobility and examples from cities
  • Michel Arnd, Polis Network
    European overview on innovative transport solutions

11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Best practices

Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview about several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging.

Urban mobility providers invited:

  • Gianni Martino, Managing Director Italy/Spain & Country Manager Europe South, Car2go
  • TBD, DriveNow GmbH & Co. KG
  • Torben Bursinski, Product Tribe Lead Strategy, MyTaxi
  • Derrien Gauthier, Head Europe, Lime
  • De Feo Mirko, Head of Business Development, Free2move
  • Emiliano Saurin, Founder Urbi
  • Alessandro Felici, Ceo Evolnet - Mobike
  • Maurizio Pompili, Italy country Manager, eCooltra
  • TBD, Clearchannel
  • Markewitz Victoria, Business Development Principal, Via
  • Pietro Peyron, Business Development Manager Italy, Nextbike

Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
Open debate: Q&A session

12:30 - 14:00 Networking lunch

This moment gives UIC members and urban mobility providers the opportunity to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

14:00 - 15:30 Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models

The challenges introduced by the new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable of providing the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile (home-rail station; rail station-final destination) in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way.
Some EU rail companies have already taken steps in this direction, while others are now starting to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set up of partnership with urban mobility providers.

The following companies will be represented:

  • SBB Swiss Federal Railways - Switzerland
  • FS - Italian State Railways - Italy
  • DB - Deutsche Bahn - Germany
  • NSB - Norway railways - Norway
  • Bane Nor - Norway
  • Gares&Connexions, SNCF - France
  • ADIF - Spain
  • Slovenian Railway - Slovenia
  • Sustainability Affairs, CER
  • NUGO
  • Warsaw transport authority
  • UIC Station Managers Global Group (SMGG)

Open debate with UIC members motivated to launch door-to-door partnerships

15:30 - 16:00 Conclusions and next steps

  • Raimondo Orsini, Director of Sustainable Development Foundation (10 minutes)
  • Wrapping up
  • Carole Escolan, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit (10 minutes)
  • Next steps



To register, please follow this link:

Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration for the door-to-door workshop does not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link:

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

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Register now for the Shift2Rail-JU Funded IP3 Project In2Track Final Conference to be held on 22 January 2019 in Paris

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This project is working to develop new methods and techniques to optimise the track systems, improve the operational performance of existing switches and crossings and extend the life of bridges and tunnels, researching new methods for maintaining and upgrading these structures.

This project focuses on developing new, more accurate methods for inspection and assessment of structures. In2Track is developing new techniques for repair and upgrade to reduce traffic disruption, and the project is working on methods to reduce noise and vibration. The project focuses on developing safer methods of assessment for tunnels and bridges that include the use of embedded sensors for self-diagnostics and condition monitoring.

The project will be over in a few months and we will be very pleased to have the opportunity to present the results of this exciting project.

Event Programme
09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome
09:30-10:20 Welcome and introduction - Mr Sam Berggren, Trafikverket
10:20-11:20 WP2 - Enhanced switches and crossings, Mr Ian Coleman, Network Rail
11:20-11:40 Coffee break
11:40-12:40 WP3 - Enhanced track, Mr Anders Ekberg, Trafikverket
12:40-13:50 Networking Lunch
13:50-14:50 WP4 - Structures, Mr Carlos Hermosilla, Acciona
14:50-16:00 Round table, wrap-up and conclusions

More information on the conference and registration form is available on the UIC website at

The event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, UIC Rail System Department:

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Register now for the 4th Asset Management Global Conference to be held from 17 – 19 April 2019 in Paris

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The Asset Management Working Group of the International Union of Railways (UIC) will organise its fourth international Global Conference dedicated to Asset Management at UIC Headquarters in Paris from 17 – 19 April 2019.

The conference will be held over a three-day period:

  • Day 1 and 2: keynote speakers, case study presentations and discussions to provide Railway Infrastructure Organisations with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities
  • Day 3 (optional): technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF

Aims of the conference:

  • Based on the UIC guideline, provide Railway Infrastructure Managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities
  • Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World
  • Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking
  • Among the potential subjects, UIC plans to address the following topics:
  • Strategic Asset Management Plan
  • Asset Management for signalling
  • Relations between asset managers and suppliers
  • Big data for Asset Management
  • Asset Breakdown Structure

More information on the conference and registration form are available on the UIC website at

For further information, please contact Christine Hassoun, UIC Rail System Department:

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Register now for the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards, 14 – 15 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand

UIC is pleased to invite you to the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14 to 15 November, 2018.

Freight corridors are developing throughout Asia-Pacific, linking east to west and involving different initiatives and projects from many stakeholders, including intergovernmental organisations, funding institutions and multimodal companies, with railways forming the backbone. However, successful business and operations should be supported by internationally recognised and applied interoperable solutions and standards.

The aim of the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop is to focus on:

  • Interoperability of railway corridors – Experiences and insights
  • Regional integration – Policy directions and capacity building
  • Digitalisation and innovation to meet customer needs
  • Market and business models for longer and faster trains
  • Seamless train operation best practices – Border crossing facilitation – Technical regulations for regional interoperability
  • Synergy of strategies of international organisations

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bangkok!

More information on registration is available on the UIC website:

For further information please contact Beatrice Ségéral:

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News from UIC members

Mercitalia fast new high-speed freight service presented

The Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Labour and Social Policies Luigi Di Maio participated on 29 October in the presentation of Mercitalia Fast, FS Italiane Group’s innovative high-speed rail freight service.

To illustrate the characteristics of the service, the Managing Director and General Manager of the FS Italiane Group Gianfranco Battisti and the Managing Director and General Manager of Mercitalia Logistics Marco Gosso were in the Mercitalia Terminal of Maddaloni-Marcianise (Caserta).

The Mayor of Maddaloni Andrea De Filippo and the Mayor of Marcianise Antonello Velardi were also in attendance.

Mercitalia Fast is the world’s first high-speed rail transport service for goods. Thus began a new era for the FS Italiane Group’s goods business.

From Wednesday 7 November, the new all freight service, managed by Polo Mercitalia (FS Italiane Group), will connect the Mercitalia Terminal of Maddaloni-Marcianise (Caserta), the natural logistic gateway to Southern Italy, with the Bologna Interport, one of the most important logistics hubs in Northern Italy using the Italian High Speed/High Capacity network, every day (from Monday to Friday), in 3 hours and 30 minutes,

"With the launch of the new Mercitalia service, the transport of goods enters the third millennium, as we implement a paradigm shift. We make the movement of goods in our country fast, remarkably safe and environmentally friendly. These are the concrete actions of a Government that strongly emphasizes intermodality in transport," underlined the Minister of Labour and Economic Development, Luigi Di Maio. “We are taking the first step of a broad and defined project that aims to make Italian high-speed freight transport a cutting-edge model in the European context. It is an important step for the South, which must increasingly be central to trans-European routes and which will have important employment effects”.

“The development and strengthening of freight transport, together with the transport of people with regional and long-distance connections, is FS Italiane’s priority”, said Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Manager of the FS Italiane Group.

“Mercitalia is already the largest Italian player in the European freight market, with a consolidated turnover of over € 1 billion a year and one of the most important fleets of locomotives and freight wagons in Europe. Through the definition of a new vision, a new strategy and a new business model that unites and integrates all its companies, Mercitalia has the primary objective of reorganizing and relaunching FS Italiane Group’s freight business, creating a real Italian ’champion’ able to compete on equal terms with other foreign giants in the sector”.

“Mercitalia Fast will be the first freight transport service to use the national High Speed/High Capacity railway network,” highlighted Marco Gosso, CEO of Mercitalia. “Our goal is to offer a tailor-made service to those customers who need to deliver goods quickly, reliably, and on time, features that are increasingly in demand with the current e-commerce boom. Today we are the only operator able to offer such an innovative service. We will start connecting Maddaloni-Marcianise to Bologna Interporto every night from Wednesday November 7th. In the future, we plan to extend Mercitalia Fast services to other terminals located in the main Italian cities serviced by the High Speed network”.

The Mercitalia Fast service was designed to meet the needs of customers such as express couriers, logistics operators, producers, distributors and real estate developers.

The goods will travel on board a High Speed train which has a load capacity equivalent to 18 tractor-trailers. The use of rolling containers will make loading and unloading operations quick, efficient and safe.

This first Mercitalia Fast service will lighten traffic on the main Italian motorway (Autostrada A1) by about 9,000 tractor-trailers annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by 80% compared to road transport.

Mercitalia Fast recently received the Logistic Award of the Year from Assologistica.

(Source: FS Italiane)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 5 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90940 - Project SFERA: Communication with DAS UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group Rome
  • 6 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90930 - Traction Energy Settlment and Data Exchange UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 TopRail Meeting - Preparation of the forum Rome
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 13 November 2018 SHERPA Kick-off Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 5 December 2018 Africa Regional Assembly UIC HA Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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