UIC, together with Renfe, jointly organised the first Global Passenger Forum plenary meeting in Toledo, Spain

The role of the Global Passenger Forum is to focus on the main priorities in the passenger field, using a very practical and “systemic” approach. Ultimately it is oriented towards the service provided to customers/passengers. The future of mobility is through the railways, not only due to the climate crisis, that will drastically reduce emissions but also because mass transit, if well organised, will free our city’s public space from congestion and pollution. As a matter of fact, railways are in competition with the automotive industry to promote a better vision of mobility.

The Global passenger forum will be the forum, where the CEO of the passenger activities will provide UIC with an ambitious drive for this vision to come into being.

One of the key issues of the creation of the Global Passenger Forum is to develop synergies among the sectors of the PGF in order to avoid duplication and bring more value to the topics.

The synergies will be established:

  • Among different sectors (Distribution, Railway Stations, High-Speed rail, Tourism opportunities, Commuter and regional train Services, accessibility, door-to-door service, customer experience)
  • With the other platforms (UIC Freight Forum, Rail System Forum), Environment Energy and Sustainability, Safety, Security, Talent and Expertise Development,
    Research Innovation and Coordination, Standardisation, Finance, Digital Platform
  • With other organisations (UITP, IATA, OSJD, EUAR and CER)

During the day’s meeting, the participants analysed the situation of Passenger Activities in the world and proposed strategic actions for the years to come.

Furthermore, the strategic vision of the Passenger Global Forum shall focus on:

  • Multimodality
  • Mobility as a service
  • Sustainability
  • Multiregional projects
  • Digitalisation
  • Cooperation with universities

A welcome and opening speech delivered by Manel Villalante i Llauradó, Director General of Development and Strategy of Renfe, Chairman of the Global Passenger Forum (GPF), as well as by François Davenne, Director General of UIC and Marc Guigon, UIC Passenger Director.

Presentations by the following guest speakers included:
HUO Baoshi (CR), chair of the Intercity and High-Speed Committee (ICHSC)
Bartłomiej Buczek (PKP/ SKM), chair of the Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS)
Roberta Rizzo (Trenitalia), chair of the Passenger Services Group (PSG)
Carlos Ventura (ADIF), chair of the Station Managers Global Group (SMGG)
Carles Casas (FGC), chair of the Tourism Opportunities (Toprail)

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

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Election of François Davenne as Board Member of the SLoCat Partnership

In July 2019, the members of the SLoCaT Partnership and the supporters of the SLoCaT Foundation elected a new cohort of Board Members to serve for the next three years.

The new SLoCaT Board brings together a diverse group of experts in terms of geographical representation and wide-range of experience from transport, energy, and cities sectors. François Davenne is one of the new members elected. He succeeds Jean-Pierre Loubinoux who was previously Member of the Board. SLoCat helps UIC to represent rail at international level, and particularly at conferences on climate change (COP).

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies. SLoCaT consists of a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organisations, which is supported by the SLoCaT Foundation.

The SLoCaT Partnership on Sustainable Transport is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organisations (representing UN organisations, multilateral and bilateral development organisations, NGOs and foundations, academies and the business sector).

The thematic scope of the Partnership is land transport in developing countries, including freight and passenger transport. Both motorised and non-motorised transport are included. The policies proposed by SLoCaT are universal but the geographical scope of the Partnership is mainly for developing countries. The Partnership’s current focus is Asia, Latin America and Africa.

(Source: SLoCaT)

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Technical Passenger Experts Subgroup meetings held from 24 – 27 June 2019 hosted by Linkon/Silverrail in Stockholm

The Ticketing Layout Group (TLG) meeting took place on 24 and 25 June 2019 with 20 participants representing 15 railways companies.

Focus was placed on the new UIC IRS 90918-8 which contained the technical standards for the layouts of cross border passenger train tickets. Layouts are defined on secure CIT paper (RCT2 and RCCST) and on blank paper and screens (A4RT and FST).

The meeting discussed a new layout ticket definition for bicycle or dogs alike. This new layout is now standardised and the IRS 90918-8 should now be updated accordingly.
For screen or blank paper, a proposal was made to allow willing railways to combine several adults, children, bicycles and dogs on a single ticket.

The meeting of the TSG took place on the afternoon of 25 June.
Kurt De Vriendt gave a presentation about the implementation of the IRS 90918-9 and the upcoming potential developments in the leaflet.

Developments can be foreseen in the areas of improved security (elliptical curve DSA and dynamic barcodes) as well as the possibility to integrate so-called “urban tickets”, since city transport companies show interest in using the FCB, which is an opportunity to integrate this kind of transport in international ticketing (door-to-door travel).

The group decided that Kurt should study more in depth how these evolutions could be implemented and what the consequences will be on the existing systems, already using FCB.

The meeting of PSS took place on 26 and 27 June. The main topics covered the data exchange for reservation, online control of tickets and the current work on a New Tariff Model. The recent changes and implementations of reservation systems were discussed and the upcoming new systems of MAV, SZ and ÖBB were presented. The current status of the new IRS on ticket control (IRS90918-4) was presented. UIC is currently tendering a central service option to simplify the implementation for the members. The New Tariff Model is a temporary joint work group with the fare experts of the Sales Progress Group to allow the exchange and booking not only of static fares data but also of dynamic fares data. The current status was presented and discussed.

The next technical Passenger Experts Subgroup Meeting will take place from 21 – 24 October 2019 in Chur, Switzerland, kindly hosted by RatishBahn.

For further information please contact Fabrice Setta, Senior Distribution Advisor Passenger Department:

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7th UIC nextstation international conference to be held in Tehran from 11 – 13 November 2019

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) give their patronage to the international event

Register here:

The 50% early bird rate for the conference is available until 22 September 2019. After this date the full rate will apply.

UIC is organising the 7th edition of the international conference on railway stations, UIC nextstation, to be held in Tehran from 11 – 13 November 2019 with “Railway Stations Boosting the City” as the main theme. The conference will be hosted by the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI).

At international level, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) have just given their patronage to this international event.

The purpose of this event is to understand how railway stations can/should impact the city in a positive way. In order to make the most of all opportunities, the UIC scientific committee proposes that the panellists and speakers share their expertise and best practice through eight parallel sessions, namely: Station Design (urban planning), Sustainability, Smart Solutions for Stations, Services & Commercial activities, Station Design (building approach), Mobility, Accessibility & Door-to-Door Solutions, Security & Safety, Station Management & Financing.

UIC invites experts in these fields to submit their paper through the UIC nextstation conference website: The deadline for submission has been extended to 30 July 2019.

There is also the possibility for sponsors to support this international event as well as for exhibitors to register and claim their exhibition space.

All information about the conference, registration, the programme, speakers and any other practical and required information such as getting visas, reserving accommodation and so on are available on the dedicated website:

For further information please contact Clément Gautier, Station Project Manager, Passenger Department:

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The Shift2Rail Funded IP5 project OptiYard will hold its final event on 25 September 2019 at UIC in Paris

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The Shift2Rail Funded IP5 project OptiYard, led by UIC in collaboration with 13 partners from seven European countries, is developing an innovative framework to optimise, in real-time, operations in railway freight yards. This 24-month project will end in September 2019.

We are pleased to invite you to the final event of OptiYard to be held at UIC in Paris on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Project Overview

OptiYard provides decision support tools to Yard Managers that consider the surrounding network, in a view to ensure smooth marshalling that is essential for the global efficiency of the transport chain.

OptiYard uses a three-pronged approach to develop an optimised decision support system for yard dispatchers by:

  • Providing enhanced, automated yard management by analysing existing processes and operations and developing appropriate optimisation algorithms to improve operations for both single wagon load and block train traffic
  • Improving information and communications processes between the Yard Management System, RUs and the Network (IM) by analysing data feeds and modelling an enhanced communications environment
  • Enhancing real-time interaction with the surrounding network, giving the yard dispatcher better visibility of pending perturbations and major disruptions to the yard production schedule

Conference Programme

Wednesday 25 September 2019
Venue: UIC, 16 rue Jean Rey, Paris, France
10:00-10:30 Registration and welcome
10:30-10:50 Opening and Introduction
10:50-11:30 Optiyard Project specifications
11:30-12:20 Innovations - new data exchanges, innovative simulation-optimisation integrated framework
12:20-12:40 Demonstration
12:40-13:00 Results
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Conclusions and Open issues
15:00-16:00 Round table
16:00 Closing

To know more about the Shift2Rail Funded IP5 project OptiYard, please consult our website:

For more information about the conference, please contact Christine Hassoun, Senior Advisor, Project dissemination:

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UIC to be among the professional partners of InnoRail from 12 – 14 November 2019 in Budapest

Tradition and Progress – Railways in the Digital Age

The InnoRail conference organisers cordially invite you to participate in InnoRail 2019, the fourth event in a series of railway innovation conferences.

Official conference languages: English, Hungarian and (for the first time) German.

Infrastructure and vehicle operators and their industry partners, researchers, designers, theoretical and practical experts are most welcome to attend the conference.

Please join our conference as a participant or as an exhibitor!

We look forward to seeing you in Budapest on 12 November!

Click on the link below to consult the programme:

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The 7th international IRFC 2020 (International Rail Forum & Conference) will be held from 1 – 3 April 2020 in Prague

“Let´s build a new generation of railways together”

The patronage of the IRFC 2020 Conference was taken over by significant European institutions and organisations.

The main topics of this upcoming conference are associated with the impending changes in the area of legislation, research and technology, which are decisive for rail‘s future with focus on all railway areas, i.e. on rail freight transport, infrastructure, passenger transport etc.

Conference topics:

1. Transport in the EU after 2021
2. ERA as a system authority
3. Research and innovation after 2021 – motivation for countries from Central and Eastern Europe
4. Perspective of TEN-T and Silk Road interconnection
5. Future high speed rail network within the CEE

The focus of this conference stems from an increased public professional interest in new trends that are going to influence the railways in the years to come. The event aims to offer participants the opportunity to exchange information and experience of companies, which are directly involved in innovative solutions for railways along with the implementation of news from the rail transport developments.

The coordinators are very pleased that the patronage of the IRFC 2020 Conference has been taken over by significant European institutions and organisations e.g. ERA, CER, UNIFE, Shift2Rail and OSJD headed by UIC.

Significant participation is expected by the highest representatives of major carriers, managers of infrastructure and railway undertakings, suppliers of railway systems, customers and forwarding companies, who keep pace with rapid developments in the transport market.

Basic information about the IRFC 2020 can be found on the conference website:

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Public invited to learn more about major accessibility upgrade at Mills Hill station

Region & Route

Passengers and residents are being invited to find out more about the multi-million-pound upgrade to make Mills Hill station in Greater Manchester accessible for everyone.

The multi-million-pound investment as part of the Government’s ‘Access for All’ scheme will see a new ramp built on the Manchester bound platform and a new lift and staircase installed on the Rochdale bound side.

This will help customers with reduced mobility, families with prams and those carrying heavy luggage.
Due to the limited space at the station, temporary buildings for construction staff have to be located in the station car park. This means there will be no parking available throughout the duration of the work from 23:00 on Wednesday 17 July until the end of March 2020.

On Thursday 11 July from 4pm to 7pm, Network Rail’s project team will host an information event at Mills Hill Baptist Church, Mills Hill Road, Manchester so residents and passengers can learn the latest information about the project which is due to start on 18 July.

Simon Smith, sponsor for Network Rail, said: “With the project due to start in the coming weeks we’re really keen to share with local people how we will carry out the work and explain how the improvements will transform rail travel for passengers in and around Mills Hill.

“We are working closely with the station operator, Northern, to ensure our work brings as little disruption as possible to neighbours and passengers.”
Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The improvements at Mills Hill will make our network more accessible than ever before and give more customers even more journey opportunities.

There will be no disruption to train services while work takes place and a temporary bridge will be built for passengers between the two platforms.

The major station upgrade is due to be finished by the end of March 2020 and has been funded by the Department of Transport’s ‘Access for All’ programme. The project was originally planned to start last year but was delayed after Network Rail chose a different contractor.

The accessibility improvements also form part of the wider Great North Rail Project – a rail industry effort to deliver better stations, track and trains across the North by 2020.

(Source: Network Rail)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Diagnosis of railway tracks in real time

JSC NC KTZ held a meeting on improving the quality of diagnosis of railway tracks.

Representatives of the media were briefed on the features of the new system of diagnosis and the progress of its implementation by Aslan Akashov, Director of the branch of the JSC NC "KTZ branch concerning diagnostic paths.

Within the framework of the Digital Kazakhstan state programme, a decision was made to replicate the project of ASU Magistral with the introduction of six units of Mobile Diagnostic Systems (MDK).

“The purpose of the project in the first place is to ensure the safe movement of trains, the timely detection of malfunctions of track and rail defects, and conducting complex diagnostic paths,” said Aslan Akashev.

New MDK enable to determine automatically and in real time the size of gaps in rail joints, the absence of butt bolts and quickly take measures to bring the speed of trains in line with the state of the track. Their distinctive feature is also an increase in speed of up to 90 km/h.

In May this year, the new MDK have already started to provide services for the diagnosis of the infrastructure of backbone networks. The system will be fully operational in November 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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