UIC brings together in Paris the key actors of the telecom & signalling world for the 1st Global UIC Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) Conference

UIC is organising for the first time a Global Conference on FRMCS, the Future Railway Mobile Communication System. FRMCS is the future worldwide telecommunication system designed by UIC, in close cooperation with the different stakeholders from the rail sector, as the successor of GSM-R as well as a key enabler for rail transport digitalisation.

Over 250 participants, 40 speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, from 25 countries and from many diverse areas such as the telecoms and signalling domains, regulation authorities and standardisation bodies, railway infrastructure managers and railway undertakings, as well as industry leaders and manufacturers are attending this international conference, whose aim is to facilitate an open, relevant and comprehensive exchange of information between the numerous actors of the rail sector.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General said: “If you may compare the railway system to a human body, the heart of the system that regulates the flows between its different components, infrastructure and rolling stock, is the signalling system. This modern IT technology cannot work without a good articulation with the telecom, like the veins and vessels bringing blood to the heart which will regulate the network. UIC is evidently happy to coordinate with all its members and its partners this Future Railway Mobile Communication System that will be the new international standard to bring efficiency and safety to railway operations.”

Mr François Davenne, UIC Deputy Director General, said during the opening session held on the morning of 14 May:
“FRMCS will be a key driver for rail digitalisation. It will optimise the infrastructure cost of ownership while improving service quality and available capacity for users, all within the context of complete interoperability.
It is opening the way towards the mobility of the future by breaking down barriers between transport modes and usage. It will be a key enabler for the creation and operation of digital twins.”

Among the main topics, UIC is addressing the following:

  • GSM-R in ERTMS: State of the Art & Evolution
  • Enabling Digitalisation: FRMCS Drivers & Rationale
  • FRMCS Railway Initiative: Key Players & Activities
  • FRMCS Specification & Standardisation Process
  • The Engagement of Industry
  • FRMCS Migration

The key speakers during the opening session as as follows:
François DAVENNE, Deputy Director General, UIC
Matthias RUETE, European ERTMS Coordinator, European Commission
Luis ROMERO, General Director, ETSI
Josef DOPPELBAUER, General Manager, ERA
Giorgio TRAVAINI, Head of Research & Innovation, Shift2Rail

A dedicated film explaining FRMCS is available on the UIC YouTube channel:

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Cooperation Reporting

Development of the interface between UIC and OSJD – production of joint IRSs

UIC teams representing the Standardisation Unit, Rail System and APRA (Asia Pacific Region Assembly) together with members of the Standardisation Platform met OSJD.

At the invitation of Russian Railways (RZD), the UIC Standardisation Platform Core team met in St Petersburg on 17 – 18 April 2019 with a range of points related to the migration plan for Leaflets to IRSs, the UIC Code, the Guidelines document setting out the managerial processes for the production of International Railway Solutions (IRSs) and the revision of the document M1 which in effect is the standard for standards, on the agenda.

In accordance with the Cooperation Plan for 2019 agreed between UIC & OSJD (Organisation of Cooperation of Railways), the opportunity was taken for the UIC team to meet with the OSJD team and to further the discussion linked to the conversion of the UIC-OSJD joint leaflets into IRS. This was all held over a very intense series of days just before Easter.

The chairman of the UIC Standardisation Platform, Mr Laurent Schmitt (SNCF) welcomed all the participants, thanked RZD for the extremely thorough arrangements and extended a special welcome to colleagues of the OSJD Committee (members of the UIC).

The UIC Standardisation Platform was informed that amongst the key items on the core UIC agenda are Standardisation, Digitalisation and High-Speed transport, all of which, along with freight transport being key activities to be developed jointly as part of the strategic partnership with OSJD.

A representative of the ISO TC 269 secretariat Mr Paul Tcshernjavskij was also invited. As agreed it was necessary to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each organisation. The Eurasian Railway Operating Community is very keen to develop not only freight traffic (see further on) but also high-speed passenger traffic and whilst this was not discussed in detail, there will be a further development in the near future.

The meetings were attended by representatives from the following railways and organisations:

  • Belarus Railway (BC)
  • Railway of Moldova (CFM)
  • Russian Railways (JSC RZD)
  • Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ)
  • International Standardisation Organisation (ISO)
  • International Union of Railways (UIC)
  • OSJD Committee
  • as well as the representatives of JR-East, RTRI, DB Cargo Nederland N.V. and SNCF

Some UIC-OSJD documents were analysed and discussed during the meetings. It was noted that IRS and ISO documents are produced following a similar structure which is considered as an asset for future UIC-OSJD collaboration in development of joint documents where the railways consider it would be an advantage to have the joint IRS produced as an ISO standard. This was part of a proposal presented by VNIIZHT who have been asked by RZD to analyse possible future opportunities.

In order to move forward, the meeting accepted to publish the completed part of IRS 50502 “Carriage of exceptional goods in international railway traffic with the participation of the 1435 mm and 1520 mm railways” and decided to develop the new version of IRS including the provisions for 1520 mm railway systems. This could either be as part of the main structure of the IRS or in a dedicated annexe. The working group of the UIC Freight Forum responsible for this IRS was represented at the meeting and will take the necessary action to enable this to happen.

As part of the effective liaison between the UIC, OSJD and ISO, it was noted that the UIC, with its Liaison A is a strong position for the railway operating community but it was noted that OSJD can have a Liaison B (observer) establishing a strong joint position for the sector.

The next meeting of UIC-OSJD Joint Group on IRS will be held from 2 – 3 October 2019 in Warsaw. There will be a one-day preliminary/catch-up meeting on 16 September 2019 in Paris, the day before the planned plenary meeting of the UIC Standardisation Platform at which OSJD will be invited to make a keynote presentation.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, Standardisation & East-West Relations Coordinator:

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Digital Intelligent Rail Conference

Unfortunately, the Digital Intelligent Rail Conference, which was initially scheduled to be held from 3 – 5 June in Brussels, and then re-scheduled for 6 – 7 June in Paris, is cancelled due to a conflict with other events on the same date.

UIC invites you to stay tuned for the forthcoming digital events. The 3rd UIC Digital days will be held in Paris at UIC Headquarters in October 2019. Further information on this event will be available in the near future.

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Roma Tiburtina: Noah’s next station stop!

On 7 May, Noah’s journey passed through Italy and promoted the messages and commitment of Rail Freight Forward, the coalition of rail freight companies and associations from across Europe committed to help save up to 290 million tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next decade.

The Italian event is another landmark in Noah’s journey which started in Katowice on 14 December 2018 in the context of the World Climate Conference. Since then, Noah has travelled across Europe and called at Vienna, Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Further stops are planned in Luxemburg and Munich and maybe more.

As pointed out by Dott. Gianluigi Castelli, President of FS Italiane and UIC Chairman, this unique initiative demonstrates concretely the ambition of the sector to boost modal shift and increase rail’s market share towards an ambitious target of 30% by 2030. It is “a challenge which requires the full support of policy makers at national and supra national levels. It may also mean taking drastic measures, in particular in the field of interoperability improvement.”

In the presence of Sergio Costa, Environment Minister, Gian Paolo Gotelli, CEO Mercitalia Rail, explained that the ambition of the Rail Freight Forward Coalition to make rail the backbone of mobility for a sustainable society relied on three pillars: the continuous improvement of rail products, the need to have sufficient and easy to use infrastructure, the need to have adequate framework conditions. He then explained the measures already taken by Mercitalia and FS Group in that context.

Sandra Géhénot, as representative of UIC, explained how this initiative came about and how it has become the cornerstone for a concrete freight work programme of operational and digital topics to progress collectively, as a sector, within a short term horizon. In addition UIC, with its consultative status to the UN High Level Group on Sustainable Mobility, actively supports this message at global level as well.

Minister Costa concluded that fighting climate change means fostering and encouraging modal shift towards rail and being committed to take this message to the next G20 in Japan at the end of June.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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Cooperation Reporting

From Electronic Seals to Smart Containers for reliable door-to-door solutions

The transport of goods on Eurasian corridors is a very dynamic and competitive sector in which rail has clear advantages vis-à-vis other transport modes. This was highlighted by Ekaterina Kozyreva from IEC Consultancy who presented the results of the study recently conducted with the support of UIC Freight on Eurasian traffic development.

Nevertheless, Railway Undertakings (RUs) also need to intensify their work on quality, flexibility and ease of use to convince more customers to shift further volumes towards rail. Only by offering rail products that outperform competition will RUs be able to attract customers towards rail. One of the levers which can help improve the attractiveness and productivity of the rail product is digitalisation.

Key to the success of innovation projects will be for the RUs to work together to drive standardisation. In the light of what is happening in the field of wagon and assets in general, seals, used to ensure the integrity of containers, are benefiting from digital technology.

In order to take stock of existing developments and possible use cases, UIC Freight & Security in cooperation with CCTT (Coordination Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation) organised a workshop in Paris on 24 April.

The workshop, opened by Natalia Stepanova, CCTT Deputy Secretary General, was attended by approximately 50 people and brought together manufacturers from China, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Europe, Railway Undertakings, Security experts, representatives from Customs, CIT (International Rail Transport Committee) and BIC (Bureau International des Container).

After having reviewed existing technologies and their current use cases for market door-to-door operation, the workshop focused on the administrative landscape and the discussions led by Bénédicte Meille (BIC) and Erik Evtimov (CIT) highlighted best practices as well as current bottlenecks especially in the domain of customs processes and procedures where clearly container users should join forces in order to better voice the hurdles they currently face regarding the acceptance of containers fitted with devices.

The last part of the workshop concentrated on border crossing aspects and action coordination in the event of an intrusion.

At the end of the extremely rich and intense discussions, Sandra Géhénot summed up the day and the agreed next steps as follows:

  • The exchanges clearly highlighted the need for seamless trade and thus to focus on door-to-door solutions
  • To continue the close work with international organisations and in particular with BIC (on a business case for container users) and CIT (for including digital technology in legal processes)
  • The need to engage more systematically with customs authorities;
  • A user specification to help interoperable technology development should be developed
  • Action coordination at borders in cases of intrusion should be mapped
  • Existing technology and processes should be tested in pilot projects. On this matter the stakeholders present are invited to support CCTT

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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11th edition of ILCAD “International Level Crossing Awareness Day” on 6 June 2019 in Amersfoort, Netherlands

On 6 June, the International Union of Railways (UIC) together with various stakeholders from the rail and the road sectors, road safety authorities, academics and international institutions will join efforts around the 11th edition of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day. After Brussels, Warsaw, Paris, Geneva, Lisbon, Istanbul, Riga, Montréal and Zagreb, Amersfoort will host the international conference on safety at the road/rail interface during an event organised jointly by UIC and ProRail, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager.

Every year, partners of ILCAD choose a core theme to prepare their awareness campaign. This year it was decided to target “professional drivers of trucks, buses, coaches, farming, industry or emergency vehicles …)”.

Our 2019 prevention message: “The most important stop of the day!” is for all professional drivers who are in a hurry to drive from Point A to B to prevent them from taking tremendous risks. Better lose a few minutes than lose one’s life!

On this occasion and with the kind contribution of PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PKP PLK) UIC produced a series of three videos based on CCTV footage of near misses, or collisions of various long or heavy vehicles in Poland. The objective is raise awareness among professional drivers (of buses, coaches, trucks, industry, farming or emergency vehicles) of the risks that they may encounter at level crossings and the severe consequences that errors or misbehaviour may cause.

  • A short version (UIC, ILCAD and ProRail logos) with various vehicles at an accelerated speed
  • A short version showing a bus that stopped on tracks at a level crossing and is hit by a passenger train (UIC/ILCAD logo)
  • A long version (UIC/ILCAD logo) with various vehicles

With the kind contribution of CDV, the Czech Ministry of Transport and the Czech road safety authorities, UIC published a series of three videos to raise awareness among truck drivers of the risks that they may encounter at level crossings and the severe consequences that errors or misbehaviour may cause.

1. The first video is about a truck driver being trapped between barriers. The safety message is: Always respect road signs and signals before crossing. Always wait for the red lights to stop flashing and barriers get up to cross.
2. The second video: Barriers may be broken by a road vehicle when trapped between barriers.
3. The third video: A truck driver must always wait for enough space on the crossing to enter the crossing, and always wait for enough space in front of him before crossing!

You may find all videos on the ILCAD playlist on youtube
We also produced 11 posters in four languages with level crossings from various countries.

It is still time to register for the event in Amersfoort, click here:

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


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Register now for the 5th UIC Security Week to be held from 18 – 20 June 2019 in Paris

Marc Beaulieu (Via Rail), Chairman of the security platform and Piotr Kurcz (PKP), Vice-Chairman of the security platform are pleased to invite you to the 5th UIC Security Week that will take place from 18 – 20 June 2019 at Paris UIC HQ.

The topics already selected by our steering committee are as follows:

  • Linking police and emergency services in the event of an attack involving numerous victims
  • Active shooters/armed aggressors
  • Staff and public awareness
  • Security and feeling of security

You will find a draft agenda of this three-day event at

Please note that for this event priority will be given to UIC Members.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Security Advisor:

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak continues multimillion dollar infrastructure renewal program at New York Penn Station

Amtrak will continue its Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station this summer by performing state of good repair work on JO railroad interlocking which directs Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and NJ TRANSIT trains heading east and west from the East River Tunnels.

“Amtrak has made record levels of capital investment to improve the reliability of our infrastructure and overall customer experience, and we continue to do so in New York Penn Station for all the users of this important station,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson. “We appreciate the continued support and confidence from our commuter partners and patience from our customers as we continue to deliver this important work safely, on time and within budget, improving the commutes for the many users of Penn Station.”

The total cost of the projects is estimated at $30 million, which will keep this important infrastructure in a state of good repair and benefit all users of Penn Station with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad and more reliable service. The work on JO Interlocking will occur between Friday, June 28, and Monday, Sept. 2, including the renewal of critical infrastructure such as switches and turnouts at North America’s busiest train station.

Amtrak schedule adjustments will include:

  • Northeast Regional Train 110, operating from Washington, D.C. (WAS) to New York Penn Station (NYP), and 127 operating from NYP to WAS will be cancelled.
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 is terminating at Newark Penn Station (NWK).
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 is originating at NWK.
  • Southbound Keystone Train 653 is departing NYP early.
  • Cardinal Train 51 will depart NYP early on weekdays only.
  • Maple Leaf Train 63 and Adirondack Train 69 will be combined on the regular time slot for 63 and will split at Albany, N.Y. (ALB).

Customers booked on trains with a modified schedule will be contacted and accommodated on other scheduled services.Additional information and updates will be posted on and To be notified of service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor (including Acela Express, Northeast Regional and other corridor services), follow @AmtrakNECAlerts on Twitter.

While Amtrak has maintained and repaired this aging infrastructure, some of which dates back to the 1970s, full replacement is now required. During the summer of 2017, Amtrak kicked off its Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station, and continued it in early 2018 and during the Summer of 2018. The Infrastructure Renewal program is one element of Amtrak’s overall plan to modernize stations, infrastructure and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

Germany: Sustainable Logistics – DB Schenker opens first low-carbon distribution terminal in Norway

On 8 May, Global-leading logistics service provider DB Schenker opened its first low-carbon city distribution centre in Oslo, the new Oslo City Hub. The centrally-located new terminal will reduce CO2 emissions of city goods distribution by 80%, using electric cars and e-bikes. Oslo City Hub is part of Electric City, the Oslo district’s focus on activities associated with its status as European Green Capital 2019.

DB Schenker is aiming to achieve zero emissions in all city distribution in Norway by the end of 2020. The Oslo City Hub project is the first blueprint of how to achieve this.

“Digitisation and more sustainable solutions will be key competitive factors for future logistics. We at DB Schenker already started this future,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker. “With the low-carbon Oslo City Hub, we are taking another step to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions in our day-to-day logistics business.”

Oslo City Hub will be located at Filipstadkaia in the centre of Oslo. The building is being constructed from containers and is organised for effective goods handling. The building will cover 457 m2. All goods will be delivered by electric trucks and e-bikes.

DB Schenker has a high commitment to sustainability. As a member of the EV100 initiative, it aims to successively replace Diesel drivetrains by electric ones in collection and distribution transport by 2030. DB Schenker sets new standards for intelligent mobility in its partnership with Swedish start-up Einride and its worldwide-first fully electric and autonomous truck in commercial operations. In Air and Ocean, DBS is partnering with its carriers bilaterally and in different cooperation platforms on sustainable transport solutions. Since 2010, we offer green transport solutions based on best researched data ( for our customers.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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News from UIC members

Hungary: MAV Group participates again this year in the nationwide Bike and Breakfast programme

This spring, the Hungarian Cyclists’ Club organised the well-known Bike and Breakfast programme nationwide to create a healthier and happier community, a more liveable environment and to foster cycle commuting to work. Similar to previous years, MAV Group joined this initiative.

On 6 May 2019, between 7am and 9am, the representatives of MAV Group awaited commuter cyclists with delicacies and refreshments at the Headquarters of MAV Co. and at Boráros square in Budapest.

In many countries cyclists are an important feeder of public modalities. By joining this initiative, MAV Group wishes to draw the attention to the link between rail and bicycle transport and to highlight that MAV-START Co. passenger transportation company considers the continuous development of the service for the carriage of bicycles as a priority.

In recent years, MÁV-START Co. has spent millions of euros on the establishment of rolling stock fit for the transportation of bicycles. In addition, MAV Co. is also making the effort to represent the interests of cycling passengers during station development activities – renovations, environmental management – and pays special attention to the development of bicycle parking stations in the case of investment.

(Source: MÁV.)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: KTZ NC JSC discussed the transport of grain cargo

The heads of KTZ Express JSC held a working meeting with the grain producers, sending their cargo to the countries of Southeast Asia, Caucasus, China and Turkey.
Issues of optimising export logistics and improving the mechanism of cooperation were discussed during the meeting.

Currently, much attention is paid to improving the quality of transport services provided to Kazakh agricultural producers.

The participants of the meeting noted the growing demand for the transport of grain in containers and the importance of effective logistics processes in the organisation of transport to reduce the time and stable provision of shippers with rolling stock.

Chairman of the Board of KTZ Express JSC Dmitry Abdullayev answered the questions of shippers and shared plans of the company.
“Now we are in the process of forming the further development strategy of the company. We are setting a goal to speed up and simplify the entire process for our client - from application to delivery of cargo to the final point. To do this, we are trying to actively develop services and related services, develop a personal account, work on the possibility of concluding electronic contracts and creating a call centre 24/7,” said Mr Abdullayev.

The meeting also discussed the establishment of competitive rates, preferential tariff conditions for attracting new volumes of traffic and increasing speed. The sides also exchanged plans for the development of exports in 2019.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 30 September 2019 UIC security platform - Steering committee Warsaw, Poland
  • 3-4 October 2019 UIC Digital Days Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria

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