Standardisation Plenary Meeting to be held on 17 September 2019 in Paris

Railway 4.0: standardisation for a fully-integrated digital railway system

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Digitalisation is now unanimously recognised as a key lever to increasing system performance, to achieving cost reduction and to enlarging the range of personalised services offered to end-users.

This is why our 2019 Standardisation Plenary Meeting is dealing with the key topic “Railway 4.0: standardisation for a fully-integrated digital railway system.”

You are invited to join us for this meeting and to discuss this issue with a high-level panel of keynote speakers who will give their vision of the future digital railway eco-system and how standardisation can support the evolution of railway transport.

This event will take place at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 17 September 2019 from 11.00 16.00.

There is no charge for participation but the number of places is very limited.

Registration will be on a “first-come, first-served basis”, therefore in order to secure your place, you are invited to register as soon as possible by clicking on the following link:

The deadline for registration is 3 September 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

For further information please contact:

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UIC is organising its fourth Digital Awards to be held on 10 December 2019 in Paris

For the fourth consecutive year, UIC is organising the UIC Digital Awards.

This global competition is open to all start-ups within three categories:

  • Productivity
  • Services
  • Security

All start-ups can apply by submitting their projects via the UIC website by 15 October 2019:

The three winners will be invited to present their project during the UIC Digital Conference to be held in Paris on 10 December 2019.

For further information please contact Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:

Or consult the UIC website:

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Save the date: UIC is organising its third edition of the UIC Digital Days from 3 – 4 October 2019 at its Paris headquarters

Unleashing the potential of digital railway

Current game-changing technologies and future innovations

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For the third time, UIC is organising, via the Digital Platform, the UIC Digital Days. This important digital event will take place from 3 – 4 October 2019 at Paris UIC headquarters.

The event will be the opportunity to discover the latest trends that are already influencing the future of rail and have to be considered as the enablers to achieve our digital transformation.
It refers to major issues such as big data, digital modelling, digital twin, telecoms, and so on. The impact will be felt throughout the whole of the rail sector.

Influential actors and decision-makers will take part in delivering keynotes or exchange in breakout sessions.

This outstanding event is being organised in cooperation with MERMEC as Platinum Sponsor, who summarise the event in the following words:

Digital experience. Analytics. IoT. Cyber Security. Artificial Intelligence. These powerful forces are proving to be far more than a trend by rapidly evolving from promising innovations and novel approaches into full-fledged solutions for railways’ operations, maintenance & renewal, passenger and freight services. Today, these forces are demonstrating their disruptive potential and are considered foundational components not only of railway’s technological infrastructure, but of corporate strategy. Let’s make the point of the situation on how railways are embracing these state-of-the-art technologies to achieve competitive advantage, and stay ahead of the game by sensing future innovations and possibilities.

Please find below a brief outline of the programme:

Thursday 3 October 2019
13:30 Registration
14:00 Welcome speech – François Davenne (UIC), Vito Pertosa (MERMEC)
14:10 Keynote speech
14:25 CEOs Panel – Strategy behind Digitalisation
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Breakout Session 1 – Big data & digital modelling
18:30 Conclusion
18:35 Exhibition Area Visit - optional
19:30 Networking Dinner

Friday 4 October 2019
09:00 Keynote speech
09:15 Breakout Session 2 – The enablers to new digital systems
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Breakout Session 4 – Knowledge management & AI
13:15 Conclusion

For further information please contact Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:

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The Digital Rail Revolution Conference is taking place on 7 November 2019 in London

UIC is proud to once again be partnering with the Digital Rail Revolution Conference, taking place on 7 November in London. This year’s exciting and refreshed programme will feature case studies from leading rail operators and infrastructure owners, as well as a keynote address from our very own Technical Director, Christian Chavanel.

New features for this year include deep dive round-table discussions and a new networking app, designed to help attendees pre-schedule meetings. We have secured a 20% discount for all UIC members, please use code UIC20 to avail this offer.

Book your place now:

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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

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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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FINE 1 & OPEUS Final Conference to be held on 17 October 2019 at UIC Paris headquarters

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This joint final event will be the opportunity to present the results achieved in the projects and to discuss how these results may improve the energy consumption of rail systems in the future and advance the state-of-the-art in noise modelling.

The FINE 1 project ( aims to reduce operational costs of railways by a reduction of energy use and noise related to rail traffic. The project results will enhance the attractiveness of railways in relation to other modes of transport. The focus is the development of practical and standardised methodologies for prediction of noise and vibration performance and energy consumption at system and vehicle level.

The OPEUS project (, in which UIC is in charge of the dissemination, aims to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation.

Don’t miss out on this important event and register now!

The agenda and practical information will follow beginning of September!

Please note that registration is open until Friday, 11 October 2019!

Looking forward to seeing you in Paris!

For additional information on the event, please contact FINE 1 coordinator Haike Brick:

Or OPEUS dissemination coordinator Christine Hassoun:

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Third UIC Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop to be held from 17 – 18 October 2019 at the University of Pécs, Hungary

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After two successful editions of the “UIC Masonry Arch Bridges” Workshop in 2018 (Madrid and Bristol), UIC, at the initiative of the PoSE-Group, is organising the third edition from 17 October pm to 18 October am, 2019. This workshop will be one of the main events taking place during the “MIK Partners’ day”, a sustainability event organised and hosted by the University of Pécs.

Registration for this workshop is mandatory and free of charge. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Some background on Masonry Arch Bridges and the UIC Workshop:

There are over 200,000 masonry arch bridges and culverts in the European railways network, representing almost 50% of the total bridge stock in Europe with an incalculable asset value. Most of these bridges are over 100 years old and would be considered to have reached the end of their theoretical service lives if compared to current design codes.

Masonry arch bridges have, however, stood the test of time and proved to be highly sustainable long-lasting structures, not only with high aesthetic value, but with considerable resilience and capacity reserve.

Appropriate management of masonry arches is key to maintaining them in a safe and serviceable condition. Infrastructure managers and bridge engineers have to find ways to preserve these beautiful bridges in a manner that will allow them to continue to serve their function, without altering their appearance or architectural integrity.

To respond to these requirements, UIC has carried out a project on ‘Masonry Arch Bridges’ and published the IRS 70778-3 “Recommendations for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges”.

Renowned bridge experts and scientific researchers will present the main outcomes of the project, focusing on:

1. Structural behaviour
2. Deterioration, inspection, monitoring
3. Assessment
4. Serviceability, permissible load, life expectancy
5. Repair, strengthening, extension of service life
6. Further research activities for sustainability

This third workshop is likely to be of great interest to railway and road infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers and contractors responsible for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges in the transport network.

Please contact Christine Hassoun for further information:

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5th WCRT edition “Unite, Inspire, Connect” to be held from 9 – 11 October 2019 in Rabat, Morocco

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UIC, together with its partners ONCF, IFF (Institut de Formation Ferroviaire), EMI (Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs), SNCF and FS have the pleasure to inform you that the 5th edition of the World Congress on Rail Training “Unite, Inspire, connect” will take place from 9 – 11 October2019 in Rabat, Morocco.

Based on previous editions, WCRT 2019 is targeting around 200 participants from all over the world.

With an average of 40 speakers from 20 countries, WCRT2019 is a unique occasion for education, training and HR professionals to learn and exchange:

  • Around best practice in education, training and human resources development
  • New and innovative technologies, systems and methods to promote effective learning

As well as:

  • Expand and reinforce international networking within training and development professionals and organisations
  • Enhance cooperation with rail educational & vocational institutions, in order to showcase the different initiatives towards youth
  • Help training and development professionals design and implement training and development programmes that contribute to increase organisational effectiveness

WCRT2019 will cover a wide spectrum of topics, including the transfer of knowledge, research & development, human factors, attraction & retention of new generation, innovation, digitalisation, development of competences, cooperation between academia and industry, challenging mindsets, internationalisation, safety & security.
NEW! WCRT 2019 is supporting talent attraction & retention through a new partnership option.
An excellent occasion to promote and give recognition to your young talented colleagues!

All information available at:

Wish to become partner or sponsor? Email

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the Expertise Development Unit:

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TrainRail official launch will take place in the frame of WCRT 2019 from 9 – 11 October 2019 in Rabat, Morocco

TrainRail is a worldwide effort to offer all railway stakeholders a ‘one-stop-shop’ for education, training and learning resources, as well as pool expertise and resources of rail academia, corporate training centres and rail associations at worldwide level.

The main objectives of TrainRail include reducing the gap between education offers and employer’s needs as well as to support and boost, at international level, initiatives towards youth to raise the attractiveness of rail jobs & professions.

Among the range of activities that TrainRail can provide industry are:

  • Resources made available at global level to promote rail learning worldwide: mapping the existing rail education & training institutions and their offers
  • Draft appropriate learning schemes and tools for future competences and skills
  • Development of global courses and setting of quality recognition criteria of rail training and education
  • A world rail skills promotion
  • Young rail professionals and talents attraction, promotion of worldwide youth transport contest

The official launch will take place in the frame of WCRT 2019 from 9 – 11 October 2019 in Rabat (

Want to express your interest? Go to:

Want to register your training or educational organisation? Go to:

For further information (draft regulations, short presentations), please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the Expertise Development Unit:

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Eastern region appoints the Route Directors who will be responsible for putting passengers and freight customers first

Region & Route:

London North Eastern & East Midlands

Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region, announced on 19 July several appointments to his new senior management team.

Eastern region is made up from the current Anglia and LNE & EM routes. Later this year it will move to four routes to support the drive to be closer and more responsive to customers and what they need.

Making the announcement, Rob said: “I am delighted that we have got a team of great balance, who I know will bring a step change in delivery of our outcomes for passengers and our freight customers

Ellie Burrows will be route director for Anglia. Ellie is currently train services director at Southeastern and brings a wealth of industry experience, having previously held Area Director roles in Network Rail.

Gary Walsh will be route director for East Midlands. Gary was previously Area Director for East Midlands and, latterly, Head of Maintenance South. Gary’s priority will be to work with our colleagues at Abellio to mobilise and deliver the exciting East Midlands Railway Alliance.

Matthew Rice will be route director for North and East. Matt has been the LNE & EM Principle Strategic planner for two years and has helped me develop the strategy for our network. Matt has great experience in timetable development and will work closely with our TOC colleagues across the north to deliver franchise transformation-commitments.

Paul Rutter will be route director for East Coast. Paul needs no introduction, having held the LNE&EM COO role for over two years and, of course, starting his railway career in Anglia. Paul will focus on working with all ECML operators to deliver a much-needed improvement in performance and work towards delivery of the route upgrade.”

Appointments to the rest of the regional executive team will follow in the coming weeks.

(Source: Network Rail)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: Improved system of e-railway ticket sales has been introduced

Since 1 July 2019, JSC Passenger Transport has switched to an improved system of sales of electronic travel documents (tickets). The automated system of ticket sales has undergone significant changes in order to eliminate the influence of the human factor.

Thus, the system is improved and significantly reduces the likelihood of fraud in the field of ticket sales.

One of the main points in changing the operation of the railway ticket sales system was the introduction of a single waiting list, which allows the implementation of tickets without the influence of the human factor.

In general, to date, it has been possible to purchase tickets through 233 ticket offices of JSC Passenger Transport and more than 4,500 private ticket offices, as well as through more than 4,000 self-service terminals. In addition, tickets can be purchased on 10 digital channels, including through the official website for the sale of tickets without fees and

(Source: KTZ)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Almost a Billion Crowns for Better Safeguarding of Railway Crossings

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) invests approximately CZK 1 billion per year to better safeguard of all types of railway crossings. Every year, the level of safeguarding gets better at approximately 150 level crossings. Due to serious collisions caused by inobservance of road traffic rules by its participants, SŽDC also currently re-evaluates regulations for the preparation of further constructions related to increasing safety at railway crossings.

From the mid-term point of view, the number of collisions at railway crossings is decreasing thanks to extensive investment activities conducted by SŽDC, although the number of registered road cars is increasing as well as equipment and devices diverting the attention of drivers (mobile phones, navigation etc.).

“Our main priority is completing or installing barriers to railway crossing signalling equipment on roads of Category I, II. and III and on local and purpose-created road communications anywhere where it is technically feasible, advisable and all participants of the building licence procedure can agree on it”, explained Mr Jiří Svoboda, Director General of SŽDC. At the end of last year, 117 crossings out of a total number of 164 on roads of Category I were equipped with barriers. Up to the end of this year, 15 more should be added and the majority of the remaining ones should get barriers up to the end of 2023. In some cases, adding barriers is not possible for technical or capacity reasons; this may also concern a line where railway operation is practically not active.

All crossings under reconstruction where tracks cross asphalt roads will be newly equipped not only with light warning signals but also with barriers. “A price analysis demonstrates that the financial difference between crossings with barriers and without them equals 10 - 15% of total investments which is quite acceptable considering the important contribution in safety from the all-society point of view”, added Mr Svoboda. Composite barriers with modern and durable reflexive components will be used for equipping railway crossings.

Every year, SŽDC prepares preventive events pointing out the need to observe road traffic regulations in the vicinity of railway crossings. For the holiday months this year, it prepared videos reiterating the rules for a safe railway. These also contain photographs from real accidents; one of them is focused on consequences caused by inattention of a road car driver in the vicinity of a railway crossing. The videos can be found on the website:

As of 31 December 2018, the Czech railway network had 7,858 railway crossings in total, from which 3,720 were safeguarded by St. Andrew’s crosses and 4,138 were equipped with light and sound signalling (from which 1,418 moreover with barriers). 164 railway crossings were situated on roads of Category I, 570 on roads of Category II and 1,466 on roads of Category III. Further 1,774 level crossings are situated on local roads and 3,884 on purpose-created roads.

(Source: SZDC)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 4 February 2020 UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 4 February 2020 UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 13 February 2020 Low-carbon Mobility: Making Modal Shift Desirable SQUARE - Brussels Convention Center Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 10 March 2020 Rail System Forum Steering Board UIC HQ
  • 23-28 March 2020 UIC Asia--Pacific Training Session 2020 on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology Seoul, Korea
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee Paris
  • 25 March 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 25-27 March 2020 SHERPA : 3-day International training for operational staff Rome, Italy
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 9 April 2020 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ
  • 22 April 2020 SAFER-LC Final conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 13 May 2020 29th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Perth, Australia
  • 14-16 May 2020 UIC Asia-Pacific Conference on Digital Perth, Australia
  • 19-21 May 2020 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting DB AG, Berlin
  • 19 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 19 May 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 20 May 2020 Preparatory Group 96th General Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 27-29 May 2020 International Transport Forum (ITF) Leipzig, Germany
  • 27-28 May 2020 High Level Freight Meeting (HLFM) Vienna or Paris
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 2-4 June 2020 Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) Riga
  • 11 June 2020 ILCAD York National Railway Museum
  • 16 June 2020 EMC & 30th European Regional Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 24-27 June 2020 7th International Rail Human Factors conference London
  • 25-26 June 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 29 June 2020 Executive Board Beijing
  • 29 June 2020 96th General Assembly Beijing
  • 30 June 2020 - 4 July 2020 World Congress on Highspeed Rail Beijing
  • 9-10 July 2020 Global Passenger Forum Moscow
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin
  • 29 September 2020 Rail System Forum Steering Board UIC HQ
  • 30 September 2020 Standardisation Conference Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 October 2020 30th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • 22 October 2020 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ
  • 22-23 October 2020 Talent & Expertise Development Platform Athens
  • 12 November 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 12 November 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 13 November 2020 97th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 16 November 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 17 November 2020 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 24-25 November 2020 RSF Steering Board WEBCONFERENCE
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 2-3 December 2020 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC HQ, Paris
  • 3-4 December 2020 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC HQ, Paris
  • 15 December 2020 European Management committee Rome
  • 16 December 2020 31st European Regional Assembly Rome

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