UIC participates in ITF (International Transport Forum) consultation on 24 January 2019 at the OECD

Each year in May, the International Transport Forum (ITF) organises a global event in Leipzig bringing together ministers from around the world to share policy perspectives with CEOs, heads of international organisations, thought leaders from civil society and academia, and media.

On 24 January, UIC participated in a consultation organised by ITF, at OECD Headquarters.

This consultation day, bringing together international organisations, gave Mr François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, the opportunity to participate in the discussions and to provide some input in relation to the theme of the 2019 Summit: Transport connectivity for regional integration – in particular the challenge to better manage interfaces with public transport. The MOU between UITP and UIC signed in 2018 is the relevant framework for bringing concrete solutions.

The themes of the Forum are fully in line with UIC’s major concerns: connectivity, regional integration, and sustainable development.

UIC will also be pleased to participate in this Forum from 22 – 24 May in Leipzig to extend these discussions.

Please click below to watch the video interview of Mr Davenne on interfaces with public transport:

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UIC participated in the second ITF consultation meeting on “Women in Transport” held on 23 January 2019

This meeting follows a joint work effort launched at the 2018 ITF Summit and is handled within the UIC Fundamental Values Department by the Security, Sustainable Development and Safety Units.

In 2018, the UIC Security Network of Quick Responders was used to give feedback on actions taken by its members, and the results were published in the ITF brochure “Women’s Safety and Security – a Public Transport Priority” under an article “Women’s Safety and Security in the Railways.”

In 2019 the goal of the second consultation was to bring together key stakeholders in preparation of the May 2019 ITF Summit.

Two main ideas were addressed:

  • The place of women employees within rail companies (gender equality)
  • Women as rail users (security, safety, sustainable development, education, awareness)

The 2019 ITF Summit on Transport Connectivity for Regional integration will be held from 22 – 24 May in Leipzig, Germany.

Within this framework, the UIC Fundamental Values Department will study the topic globally with its members and proposes to work on “Better appropriation of rail by women as a preferred means of transport, using a societal and cross-cutting approach.”
The Security, Safety, Sustainable Development and Training Units will collaborate to work on this topic, regarded as a key issue for the sector.

Beyond the technical aspects linked with transport connectivity, the confidence that customers place in rail transport, and particularly women (their perception of reliability, comfort, safety, security and convenience of rail) should be reinforced compared to other modes), have to be taken into account to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of the rail system.

For further information please contact

Carole Escolan-Zeno, Manager of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

Bernard Penners, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit:

Virginie Papillault, Senior Security Advisor:

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UIC participated in the launch of the IEA “Future of Rail” report in New Delhi

Railways could provide much greater benefit to energy and the environment, according to IEA analysis

Report includes a central focus on India, where rail is the dominant mode of transport

Rail is among the most energy efficient modes of transport for freight and passengers, yet is often neglected in public debate, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) prepared in cooperation with UIC.

In 2018, UIC actively contributed to “The Future of Rail” report and was glad to host a successful key workshop to develop that report, in September 2018 in Paris.

The Future of Rail is the latest in the IEA series shining a light on “blind spots” in the energy system, which are issues that deserve more attention from policymakers. It was released today in New Delhi by IEA Executive Director, Dr Fatih Birol, at an event opened by India’s Minister of Railways, Shri Piyush Goyal.

The transport sector is responsible for almost one-third of final energy demand, nearly two-thirds of oil demand and nearly one-quarter of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fuel combustion. Therefore changes in transportation are fundamental to achieving energy transitions globally. While the rail sector carries 8% of the world’s passengers and 7% of global freight transport, it represents only 2% of total transport energy demand, highlighting its efficiency.

“The rail sector can provide substantial benefit to the energy sector as well as the environment,” said Dr Fatih Birol. “By diversifying energy sources and providing more efficient mobility, rail can lower transport energy use and reduce carbon dioxide and local pollutant emissions.”

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was honoured to be invited to speak at this event as UIC and IEA successfully cooperated throughout the year 2018.

Mr Loubinoux stated that: “It is recognised that the sustainable development goals for the global railway sector are achievable, such as: rail as the safest mode of transport, rail reduces congestion, rail improves access to mobility, railway companies are responsible and attractive employers (rail is the largest employer in India) and last but not least rail has a low impact on the environment and climate change.”

The Future of Rail includes a Base Scenario that projects the evolution of the railway sector to 2050 on the basis of announced policies, regulations and projects. It also includes a High Rail Scenario to demonstrate the energy and environmental benefits of a more significant shift of passengers and goods to rail transport. While the High Rail Scenario requires about 60% more investment than in the Base Scenario, global CO2 emissions from a transport peak in the late 2030s, air pollution is reduced and oil demand is lowered.

Mr Loubinoux explained that “In the High Rail Scenario, by minimising cost per passenger or ton km, maximising revenues from stations and ensuring that all modes of transport pay for the negative impacts that they generate (polluter pays principle), an aggressive deployment of rail could lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions in transport. This scenario leads to the reduction and shift of 11.5 trillion passenger-kilometres from airplanes, cars and two/three-wheelers, and 7.4 trillion ton-kilometres from trucks in 2050.”

The report includes a specific focus on India. “Rail serves as a vital lifeline of India, playing a unique social and economic role,” said Dr Birol. Rail remains the primary transport mode in the country, providing vital connections within and between cities and regions, and guaranteeing affordable passenger mobility that has long been a government priority. Rail passenger traffic in India has increased by almost 200% since 2000 yet prospects for future growth remain bright. Construction has started on India’s first high-speed rail line, the total length of metro lines is set to more than triple in the next few years, and two dedicated freight corridors are on track to enter operation by 2020.

In all countries, including India, the future of the rail sector will be determined by how it responds to both rising transport demand and rising pressure from competing transport modes. Rising incomes and populations in developing and emerging economies, where cities are growing exponentially, are set to lead to strong demand for more efficient, faster and cleaner transportation, but the need for speed and flexibility tend to favour car ownership and air travel. Rising incomes also drive demand for growth in freight, where higher incomes have sharply increased demand for rapid delivery of higher value and lighter goods.

You can access the report here:

Speech given by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux during the launch of the report

It is a great privilege and an honour

  • to be part of this event, co-hosted by the Ministry of Railways and the International Energy Agency (IEA),
  • and to represent UIC as the key contributor to “the future of rail” report, that is officially launched today.

What is UIC?
UIC is the association of the worldwide railway community, encompassing 200 railway networks and the majority of railway traffic…
… our members provide mobility for 7 billion people around the world.

With over 200 members and 80 partners in 100 countries on 5 different continents, we are in a position to not only observe, but also to influence major trends in mobility and help the world move towards a more sustainable future.
UIC is well known as a technical organisation which develops international standards, research and innovation.

Environmental issues and sustainable mobility are embedded in the core functions of UIC and are one of the fundamental values, which has been at the forefront of our agenda since Rio 1992.

We have been working closely with a variety of groups, from NGOs, governments, research institutes and of course all kinds of businesses involved in the industry to ensure that rail is promoted and developed to meet the needs of sustainable mobility.

What are the issues?
As we all know, the climate is changing and humanity is possibly facing the most difficult challenge we have ever had to overcome, with temperatures rising globally and records being broken every year.

Floods, droughts and the extreme weather events we see with more and more frequency and increasing severity.

The majority of the international community, from scientists to governments to businesses are coming together, recognising that something must be done, and creating sustainability goals and plans to achieve these goals.
That said, each year carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions still continue to rise, and transport plays a large role in this, contributing for almost one quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions.

The need for sustainable transport is not limited to global warming, as the world’s population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and the rapid urbanisation which is occurring now is expected to continue, with 43 mega cities, (that is cities with more than 10 million inhabitants), coexisting in the same year.
This is particularly relevant for India.

Transport activity in India is one of the highest in the world and is set to grow more than any other country, rail transport being regarded as the main transport mode (the lifeline of the nation).

It is clear that we have to rethink the structure of transportation globally to face the challenges that changing demographics bring, along with the impacts of climate change.

Goals for the report
Both today and over the past seven years we have been in collaboration with the IEA, who I again want to sincerely thank for their tireless work, helping to give a fair and objective view of the importance of the railway sector as the backbone of sustainable mobility.
This report indeed gives a positive view of its role and place among all transport activities.
International cooperation and organisation are the only way that we will be able to achieve the demanding goals we have set for ourselves.

Why Rail?
As this report states clearly, rail is uniquely positioned to handle these challenges.
Despite having a modal share of 8% for passenger transport, 7% for freight transport, rail contributes to only 2 and 3% of CO2 emissions from transport for passenger and freight respectively (out of these 25%).

This shows how rail is already a leader in terms of sustainability and efficiency due to a variety of reasons such as economies of scale and technical development.
It is recognised that the sustainable development goals for the global railway sector are achievable, such as:

  • Rail as the safest mode of transport
  • Rail reduces congestion
  • Rail improves access to mobility
  • Railway companies are responsible and attractive employers (rail is the largest employer in India)
  • Rail has a low impact on the environment and climate change

A vision for 2050
But this report goes further: it gives a vision of how rail’s place in the global transport system can be changed, in a context of rising transport demand and rising pressure from competing transport modes.

In the High Rail Scenario, by minimising the cost per passenger or ton km, maximising revenues from stations and ensuring that all modes of transport pay for the negative impacts that they generate (polluter pays principle), an aggressive deployment of rail could lead to a peak in transport CO2 emissions.

This scenario leads to the reduction and shift of 11.5 trillion passenger-kilometres from airplanes, cars and two/three-wheelers, and 7.4 trillion ton-kilometres from trucks in 2050.

Moreover, if the power sector were to decarbonise more rapidly, in line with the Paris agreement, GHG emissions due to electricity demand for rail operations could be further reduced.

What rail transport needs
Achieving the modal shifts outlined in this scenario requires both increased policy effort and substantial investment.

  • The investments needed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of rail transport can be lightened by the reduction of bottlenecks, the modernization of signalling systems, the increase of axial loads and loading gauge in some strategic sections of the network.

The investments can also be on building or improving the inter-modal nodes dedicated both to freight (ports, logistic centres) and to passenger traffic (stations, parking facilities, connections with public transport).

  • Green investments should be oriented towards rail activities, because rail transport is well positioned and the potential to fulfil the requirements linked with green bond issuance or any other type of green funding requirements.

That is the reason why UIC recently launched its first working group on green financing, with the aim of defining the “best-in-the-class” standards for the railway industry (chart, sectorial guideline, methodology to access green funding, etc...).

  • Thinking multimodality is key.

Rail can’t work by itself, bring our societies towards a decarbonised and sustainable mobility by itself.

We have to think of mobility globally, holistically, each mode bringing its own environmental, social and economic strength.
Thinking in the context of multimodality to offer customers journeys that are safe, reliable, comfortable, seamless and affordable to all is the best way to fulfil the Paris agreement.

That is also a topic widely studied by UIC and its members (a state-of-the-art and best practice report should be published in 2020).

The advent of the train was one of the most important technological innovations of the nineteenth century, and became a symbol of modernity, entering the daily life of citizen.
It was then the transport of the future.
In the twenty first century it is about to be the future of transport, the backbone of an intelligent sustainable chain of mobility.

For further information please contact Carole Escolan-Zeno, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit:

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UIC and its Combined Transport Group presented its “2018 Report on Combined Transport in Europe” on 30 January 2019 in Paris

Almost 22 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) transported in combined rail road transport in Europe in 2017, an increase of 7.3% compared to 2015

The “2018 Report on Combined Transport in Europe” launched on 30 January 2019 as part of a dedicated workshop, is the seventh in this series. It was researched and prepared on behalf of UIC by BSL Transportation Consultants GmbH and provides a thorough insight into the combined transport industry in Europe.

The intermodal rail freight segment has shown an outstanding performance for the last 12 years. This makes intermodal rail freight the only market segment in European total rail freight that is growing at the moment.

This edition contains a focus on the European CT-wagon fleet including current figures as well as the expected trend by the year 2025.
The report also includes spotlight analyses on the development of the hinterland market and seaport activity and on national measures in support of combined transport.

Combined Transport, once again, proves how buoyant a market segment it is with 50% growth (in tonnes) since 2005.

The market dynamics of unaccompanied combined transport are continuing, making it the only growing market segment in total rail freight transport. Since the decline in the context of the global economic crisis in 2009 there was a continuously upward trend, also in the last two years. Compared to the previous years, the positive development picked up speed, with a volume increase in the unaccompanied CT market stronger than some years ago.

Even market disturbances like the 2017 Rastatt incident could not stop and reverse this trend.

The UIC Combined Transport Group (CTG) aims to develop cooperation at international and community level between all Railway Undertakings with a view to advancing and promoting intermodal techniques and making them reliable, competitive and better-suited to the requirements of the market and the environment.

For more information about the 2018 Report or about the Combined Transport Group, please consult the website

Please click below to watch the video of the meeting:

For further information please contact Eric Guenther, Senior Freight Advisor:

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Executive Scientific and Organising Committees met on 24 January 2019 to prepare UIC HIGHSPEED 2020

The Executive Scientific and Organising Committee meetings of the UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail, UIC HIGHSPEED 2020, to be held in Beijing, were held at UIC HQ on 24 January.

Representatives from Chinese Railways (CR) as well as from CARS (China Academy of Railway Sciences) joined the UIC team working on the organisation of this UIC major event, led by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department. Both the UIC Passenger and Communications Departments are involved in the preparation of this event. During the executive scientific meeting, a roadmap for the 2019/2020 congress preparation was presented. The strategy for the call for papers was also discussed. The process will be launched before summer in order to select the speakers. The overall programme of the congress was agreed. In parallel, the High-Speed Alliance of Universities will be in charge of organising a competition for students or any enhancement of student achievements.

The organising meeting met on the same day, 24 January. The aim of this first meeting was to discuss together the first decisions to be taken concerning the organisation of the Congress. The motto of this congress is “Augmenting Intelligent Mobility”. Among the subjects discussed, participants at the meeting talked about the identity of the event, the communications aspects, in order to be able to promote the event in the near future. The organisational aspects were also introduced. The discussions will be continued during the next executive scientific and organising meetings to be held at UIC HQ on 12 March.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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UIC Director General meets CARS (Chinese Academy of Railway Sciences) on 24 January 2019 in Paris

On 24 January 2019, UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux met the representatives of CRS (China Academy of Railway Sciences).

The meeting was an opportunity to highlight the excellent continuing relations between UIC and CARS, as shown through the preparation of the next high-speed congress, UIC HIGHSPEED 2020, the involvement in the scientific committee and the contribution to the UIC book on high-speed which is currently being prepared.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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UIC Day held on 29 January 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal

A “UIC Day” in Lisbon was organised with the Chairman of the UIC European Region Mr Francisco Cardoso Dos Reis, Member of the Board of IP (Infraestruturas de Portugal) and brought together a broad representation from companies and officials. The UIC management team shared concrete developments concerning digital asset management, intelligent wagons, standardisation and digital solutions for passenger and freight.

François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, on behalf of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, highlighted the core role of UIC as a platform for developing seamless transport and multimodality. Key projects undertaken by UIC such as FRMCS will be the enablers for establishing rail as backbone for mobility.

After a first UIC Day organised in Washington at the Federal Railroad Administration last June, this second UIC Day will be followed by other ones in 2019 in order to better know the needs of UIC Members, to discuss their priorities and to offer them a better direct added-value and more benefit from UIC technical expertise.

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First pilot demonstration of the SAFER-LC Project held on 30 January 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece

During the 6th progress meeting of the EU SAFER -LC project held in Thessaloniki from 29 – 30 January 2019, the CERTH Team jointly organised with TRAINOSE a demonstration of their real‐world pilot test. This aims to improve safety at level crossings by providing alerts to drivers in the surrounding area with regard to trains approaching the LC. This implementation is one of the first in Europe to test multimodal cooperative services.

In more detail, a solution based on mobile communications has been developed by CERTH and is being tested at 30 level crossings in the surrounding area of Thessaloniki by a fleet of up to 1000 taxi vehicles from the TaxiWay taxi association and 25 – 30 trains from TRAINOSE.

The warning system based on mobile communication detects that a train is approaching an LC and sends an alert to the taxis nearby about the risky situation. The trains are equipped with Galileo-enabled devices in order to be monitored in real time. The taxis are already equipped and monitored for dispatching purposes. The warning system is provided through a dedicated popup window generated by the dispatching and navigation application already used by the taxis. The alert informs the driver about the approaching train and the expected time of arrival (ETA) to the LC, which is calculated using the speed of the train and the distance to the LC amongst other variables. Three pieces of advice are generated when the distance between the train and the LC is at either 1000, 500 or 200 metres away, providing the ETA as estimated using the speed of the train.

The demonstration was very successful; the participants went to the level crossing and could see on a tablet the alerts and the estimated arrival time of the train approaching the level crossing.

The European Union’s SAFER-LC project, led by UIC, addresses the issue of safety at level crossings. It started on 1 May 2017 for a duration of three years. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level crossing infrastructure.
SAFER-LC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205.

Consult the website at

For more information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau from the UIC Security Division, coordinator of the project:

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Second Cluster meeting of European projects SAFER-LC, SAFE STRIP and SAFE-10-T focusing on infrastructure innovation to increase road/rail transport system safety

31 January 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece

The second cluster meeting of the SAFER-LC, SAFE-10-T and SAFE STRIP projects was organised on 31 January at the CERTH premises in Thessaloniki.

The three projects, supported by INEA in the framework of Horizon 2020, met to share information on the ongoing work of each project and look for complementary activities and common communication and exploitation possibilities.

The meeting was attended by EC officer Rafal Stanecki from DG MOVE, who gave a short introduction and put emphasis on transport priorities for the research area with three main layers: Infrastructure, Digital and Energy Supply.

Then the participants gave an update on their respective projects. It was also the opportunity to attend the SAFER-LC demonstration organised by CERTH at a level crossing (described in the previous article) and to learn more about the SAFE STRIP road unit which is being developed at CERTH. It has been agreed to take advantage of the test site in Thessaloniki to install the SAFE STRIP road unit in a Level crossing and integrate some data produced by both projects.

SAFE-TEN-T proposed to organise a common workshop in February 2020 to share the results of the three projects with their respective advisory board. In addition, a proposal for a joint session at ITS 2019 has already been submitted and a proposal for a common invited session will be submitted to TRA 2020. In addition, several common dissemination and exploitation activities have been identified.

SAFER-LC (Safer Level Crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure and design) aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure. More information about SAFER-LC can be found on the SAFER-LC website:
SAFE-10-T project will develop a Safety Framework to ensure high safety performance while allowing longer life-cycles for critical infrastructure across the road, rail and inland waterway modes. More information about SAFE-10-T can be found on the project’s website:
SAFE STRIP aims to introduce a disruptive technology that will embed C-ITS applications into existing road infrastructure, including I2V and V2I communications as well as VMS/VSL functions into low-cost, integrated strip markers on the road. More about SAFE STRIP can be found on the website:

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

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Results from the 4th edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of the UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The 4th edition of the Awards came to an end through the organisation of the award ceremony, held in Paris on 7 December 2018, as part of the UIC General Assembly.

Through these Awards, UIC aims to support and promote:

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

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport as well as to support the creation of favourable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers
  • Honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award

In a series of articles in the next issues, we will focus on the Award-winning submissions as well as on some of the other high scoring ideas for innovation of the railway system. This first article is focused on the 2018 Award-winning team of researcher in the category of “Safety & Security”. This research team from RTRI in Japan consisted of the following experts:

Mr Masahiro Korenaga, Assistant Senior Researcher, Seismic Data Analysis Laboratory of RTRI, Mr Hiroyuki Miyakoshi, Researcher, Disaster Prevention Research Laboratory, East Japan Railway Company, Japan, Mr Shunroku Yamamoto, General Manager, Seismic Data Analysis Laboratory of RTRI, Japan and Mr Shin Aoi, Director-General, Network Center for Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience.

Their Award-winning topic of research was entitled: “The Development of Algorithms for Earthquake Early Warning System Using Ocean Bottom Seismic Network”. The results of this research are of course of high importance for the Japanese railways, but with the present obvious changes in the climate, it will be interesting for many other regions in the world.

The RTRI team has developed new algorithms to stop the Shinkansen High Speed trains quickly and reliably by utilising the real-time data observed at the bottom of the ocean and put them to practical use. To secure the safety of running trains at the time of earthquake, the earthquake early warning (EEW) systems that detect tremors of an earthquake and rapidly issue warning signals have been installed for Shinkansen throughout Japan. On the other hand, the world’s largest ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) networks have been recently developed by governmental organisations in Japan. Since the OBSs are installed close to the epicentre of earthquakes which occur beneath the sea, it was expected that the OBSs can detect tremors of the earthquakes more rapidly than seismometers installed on the land.

Based on the above-mentioned data, they have developed new algorithms for EEW system using the data of the OBS networks. They have proposed a judging algorithm for EEW by using the data from OBS networks, a monitoring algorithm to prevent false alarms, and a communication algorithm to transmit data from the OBS networks to railway EEW systems. As there is a significant difference in characteristics between the seismic data from the OBSs and those from land seismometers due to different installation environments, the above-mentioned algorithms have been developed in consideration of those characteristics. By using the observed data, they have confirmed that the new EEW system with new algorithms can issue a warning signal about 10 seconds faster than the present system. The new algorithms for OBS have been installed in some EEW system of Shinkansen line and are now in operation. It is expected that the EEW systems with new algorithms will increase in number to secure safer operation against earthquakes.

The newly developed algorithms are as follows:

1) To judge the risk of earthquakes occurred beneath the sea, we developed a new attenuation relation by adding a correction term to the attenuation relation of inland earthquakes.
2) To prevent false alarms, we developed a new algorithm in which a warning is issued only when one seismometer observes a large signal that exceeds the threshold level and another seismometer observes a smaller signal that exceeds the noise level at the same time.


The result of improving the algorithms to estimate the seismic source parameters for the EEW system is that the accuracy rate of alarm is increased about 6% and the false alarm (excessive alarm) is reduced by about 87% compared with the conventional algorithms. Furthermore, the minimum time to issue the alarm is one second earlier. Using the observed OBS data, the researchers have verified the effect of improving the rapidity by introducing the warning algorithm using OBS data. As a result, it was confirmed that the new EEW system using the new algorithms by OBS data can issue a warning signal about 10 seconds earlier than the previous system which used solely on-land data.

One railway company has already made the findings operational and has begun operation to stop high speed trains in cooperation with the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, which operates an ocean bottom seismometer network.

For more information about this specific research project, please contact Mr Masahiro Korenaga at

For more information about the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards scheme, please contact Dennis Schut at or check out the Award webpages (to be updated soon)

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Workshop on Energy Efficiency to be held on 11 February 2019 in Rotterdam

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop “The role of Infrastructure Managers (IMs) in Traction Energy Transition” that will be held on 11 February 2019 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Following the previous Workshop on Energy Efficient Infrastructure, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by IMs to improve energy efficiency and decarbonisation of traction energy and to accompany railway undertakings to reduce the use of diesel traction. Thus, this workshop will also focus on energy storage innovations and their best combination with the railway network.
Finally, actors from the energy market have also been invited to talk about their point of view in the frame of optimising the electricity network with railways for renewable energy.

Workshop Highlights

11:00 – 17:00, Lunch 12:35, Coffee break 15:15

Improving traction system

  • Higher voltages for Overhead Contact Line (OCL)
  • Bane NOR experience
  • New Direct Current Medium Voltage railway electrification system
  • Supra-conductor cable for reduced energy losses during transport

Energy storage

  • Battery development and super-capacitors
  • Reversible substations
  • SNCF & Japan experience (to be confirmed)

Replacing diesel traction by less emitting traction systems

  • Defining best line configuration
  • SBB experience
  • Hydrogen refuelling facilities (to be confirmed)

External point of view of DSO or TSO: Balancing changing market with more renewable and more need of storage; possible roles for railway (to be confirmed)


To register for the workshop and to consult a detailed agenda, please follow the link below:

For any further information please contact Philippe Stefanos, UIC Energy Advisor:

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News from UIC members Promoting

24th International Football Tournament for Railwaymen to be held from 20 – 25 May in Italy

The Hungarian-Austrian railway company and UIC-Member GYSEV will participate again this year in the 24th International Football Tournament for Railwaymen taking place from 20 – 25 May in Montesilvano in Italy.

GYSEV, together with a number of sport-friendly UIC Member companies, have been the initiators of these tournaments since 1996. GYSEV’s CEO Mr Szilárd Kövesdi is as a permanent Member of the Steering Committee strongly engaged in the work of the Union of European Football Railwaymen Association (UEFRA) which is in charge of the event’s organisation. In 2002, 2009 and 2014 the Hungarian State Railways MÁV and GYSEV jointly hosted the tournament, taking place for the first time in Zalaegerszeg, Western Hungary, and then twice on the shores of Lake Balaton in Balatonboglár and Balatonfüred.

The tournaments foster friendship and team spirit among railway staff from many countries and allow them to show their commitment to sports. Last but not least, thanks to the principle of rotation in the organisation, participants can enjoy an unforgettable week together with other railway colleagues in a marvellous place in Europe with a friendly atmosphere, as decided each year by the UEFRA.

Amateur football teams from the railway sector are warmly welcome to participate in the tournament, which is an open event to non-UEFRA members as well. The teams can already register for the 2019 tournament on the website of IRFT 2019,, where further information about the programme, the conditions, this year’s host and UEFRA can also be found.

(Source: GYSEV)

For further information please consult the website:

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Amber Rail Freight Corridor goes operational

With the publication of paths for international freight trains in mid-January 2019 the Amber Rail Freight Corridor reaches its operational phase. The main goal of the corridor is to facilitate competitive cross-border rail freight between important industrial centres and the intermodal terminals of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, including the Adriatic seaport of Koper, and to provide efficient links to Euro-Asian railway routes in Malaszewice on the border with Belarus and towards South-Eastern Europe via Kelebia, the border station to Serbia.

The Amber Rail Freight Corridor No.11 is the first new EU Rail Freight Corridor which has been established after the setting up of nine initial Rail Freight Corridors defined in 2010 by EU-Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight. In accordance with the requirements of the Regulation, the Amber Rail Freight Corridor has successfully accomplished all necessary steps to be established within two years after the Commission Implementing Decision was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 2 February 2017, following a joint initiative by Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. With the new corridor the four participating countries took the lead in closing some gaps which remained in the network of EU Rail Freight Corridors, increasing the resilience of the network as a whole by providing more route options. The four countries, five railway infrastructure managers and one capacity allocation body of the corridor are committed to developing the Amber Rail Freight Corridor as an integral part of the network of Rail Freight Corridors for the benefit of freight train operators, terminal managers, rail logistics companies and shippers.

From 14 January 2019 onwards the Amber Rail Freight Corridor offers pre-arranged catalogue paths for the timetable year 2019/2020. Capacity requests are to be addressed to the Corridor One-Stop Shop which provides all necessary information about the infrastructure capacity along the corridor.

Thanks to recent infrastructure investments such as electrifications, the Amber Rail Freight Corridor strengthens with its increasingly attractive route the position of international rail freight on the North-South axis in Central-Eastern Europe. The corridor contributes to developing and implementing harmonised solutions for the provision and management of rail freight capacity and helps to shift long-distance road traffic to rail.

(Source: GYSEV Zrt. / Raaberbahn AG)

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United States: Freight railroads have implemented PTC (Positive Train Control) on over 80 percent of required miles

At the end of 2018, the nation’s largest freight railroads were operating positive train control (PTC) across the vast majority – 83.2 percent – of the required Class I PTC route miles nationwide according to newly released data from the Association of American Railroads. With this progress, the Class I railroads met the 2018 statutory requirements and are well on their way to meeting the final deadline for full implementation and validation, December 31, 2020. Over the next two years, the Class I railroads will focus on testing to ensure that PTC systems are fully interoperable and work seamlessly across operations as railroads regularly run across each other’s tracks.

“Each day, the freight railroads expand PTC operations, further reducing the risk of accidents on the nation’s rail network,” said AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies. “By the end of 2018, the Class I railroads had installed and were operating PTC on the vast majority of their required networks, met all other statutory PTC requirements and remained on track to fully implement this critical safety technology by the final 2020 deadline. The railroads’ commitment to safety is unwavering, and this industry is proud of its accomplishments in this immense undertaking.”

As of December 31, 2018, the Class I railroads had invested $10.5 billion in the development, installation and implementation of PTC and had the technology in operation across 44,695 miles of their 53,732 miles of PTC required track. All seven railroads also had 100 percent of the necessary wayside, back office and locomotive hardware installed; had all spectrum in place; and completed all necessary employee training as required by the law.

(Source: AAR)

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Russia: Russian Railways Holding concludes new contract for design and construction of Serbia’s rail infrastructure

Oleg Belozerov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, and Zorana Mikhailovich, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Serbia, have signed a memorandum on the joint implementation of projects for the ongoing maintenance of railway facilities infrastructure on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

The signing took place during an official visit of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Belgrade on 17 January 2019.

On 17 January, a new contract was also concluded between Russian Railways International LLC, a subsidiary of OJSC Russian Railways, and JSC Infrastructure of Serbian Railways for the design and construction of railway infrastructure and a single dispatch centre for train traffic control.

The document provides for the implementation of work and the supply of materials within the framework of the second stage of the reconstruction, modernisation and construction of a double-track railway along the 40.44-kilometre section of the Star Pazova - Novi Sad stretch on the Belgrade - Budapest line and capable of handling trains travelling at speeds of up to 200 kph.

In particular, work will be carried out on the construction of electrical infrastructure, architectural structures and related facilities, power electrical facilities, work on the regulation of watercourses and arrangement of the land allocation and rights of way.
Under the terms of the contract, RZD International LLC will also develop a project for the reconstruction and modernisation of the 210-kilometre line Valjevo – Vrbnica - Montenegro border with a view to the carrying out the subsequent work.

In addition, RZD International LLC will design and build a single dispatch centre for train traffic control in the Republic of Serbia. According to expert estimates, the construction of such a centre will take about three years.

Since 2014, experts from the Russian Railways’ Holding have been carrying out the modernisation and reconstruction of a total of more than 200 kilometres of rail infrastructure in different regions of Serbia, including Trans-European Transport Corridor X and the Belgrade-Bar line, which connects Serbia and Montenegro. Most of the objects were commissioned ahead of the contract deadlines.

The construction of a viaduct on the floodplain of the Danube River and the Čortanovci double-track tunnel, as well as the reconstruction, modernisation and construction of a double-track railway on the Stara Pazova - Novi Sad stretch of the Belgrade - Budapest line, a distance of over 40 km, is designed for train speeds of up to 200 kph. More than 10 km have already been laid.

(Source: RZD)

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