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UIC Digital Days held on 3 – 4 October 2019 at UIC Paris headquarters

The UIC Digital Days were successfully held on 3 and 4 October 2019 at UIC Headquarters. Organised by the UIC Digital Platform and co-sponsored by MERMEC and Dassault Systems, this event was attended by some 100 participants over the two days, with some 20 high-level speakers.

The major issues and major trends such as big data, digital modelling, digital twins, quantum computing including cyber-security were discussed during this third edition. The opening speech was delivered by UIC Director General François Davenne followed by Gianluigi Castelli, FS Chairman and UIC President, who delivered a keynote.

During an Executive round table, Eugenio Fedeli, Evgeny Charkin, Björn Westerberg and Francisco Cardoso Dos Reis presented the digital strategy of their companies, the role of digitalisation as a new element of competitiveness for the rail industry, its impacts on the different procedures and the use of new technologies to reduce operations and maintenance costs.

The importance of the UIC Digital Platform was discussed as a place to share best practice, with attendees from all around the world sharing different experiences and expertise to go beyond rail. The importance of culture and recruitment of talented students and new skills such as data mining and big data analysis and changing the old image of the railways and making it more attractive for young people was discussed as one of the essential pre-requisites of digitalisation.

In the first session, the speakers outlined the role of IoT, big data and digital twins in predictive maintenance and improving the efficiency of operations. Dassault Systems presented their 3DExperience platform, the capabilities of the platform and the different use cases such as DIGIM II-connected level crossing. Further presentations were delivered by SNCF Réseau about using digital twins for complex mass transit system design integration.

Alain Jeanmaire (UIC) presented the “OntoRail” project as a common digital dictionary which involves all current projects for digital standardisation and their stakeholders. Bertrand Minary (SNCF Fret) presented reinventing rail freight with lean digitalisation; he mentioned the importance of digitalisation as a key to achieving the goal of 30% of rail freight in 2030, presenting the successful experience of SNCF in the Digital Freight Train. Luca Carotti (MERMEC) presented the impressive MERMEC/Almaviva asset digitalisation and monitoring system and explained the procedure to design a digital model and its advantages.

The second day focused on the enablers to the new digital systems, knowledge management and artificial intelligence and their use in maintenance, e-ticketing and traffic management.

The second session began with a keynote by Evgeny Charkin followed by the presentations of Matteo Pertosa from SITAEL, Luca Mariorenzi ( FSTechnology - UIC Chairman Passenger Technical Group) introducing major digital innovations in the area of passengers. Thomas Chatelet (ERA) underlined the importance of cybersecurity in rail, Hirotaka Yokouchi from JR West shared the Usage of Vision System Technology in maintenance systems, Amir Levintal from CYLUS presented detecting cyber threats in rail signalling and onboard networks and Rokia Belkebir from ONCF presented Digital Transformation and ONCF’s adopted strategy.

In the third session Evgeny Charkin presented artificial intelligence technologies on Russian Railways; Didier Guillonnet presented semantic web from Inter-Linked Data to Computer Reasoning; Jonathan Partouche from ORIGONE shared a real rail use case of AI-empowered by Quantum Computing and Lucas Philibert from SNCF introduced “OpenGov”, a digital approach for traffic management in stations in real time.

The meeting was concluded by Evgeny Charkin and Francis Bédel who thanked the participants and speakers for their interesting discussions and exchanges, assuming that this third edition of UIC Digital Days had allowed to share, to open and to connect.

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

bedel@uic.org

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UIC-CER High-Level Passenger Meeting (HLPM) held from 3 – 4 October 2019 in Barcelona

Last week UIC and CER organised the High-Level Passenger Meeting (HLPM) in Barcelona.

The HLPM is aimed at European Passenger CEOs to discuss strategic topics relating to challenges faced by the European railways.

The HLPM started with an evening event on 3 October at the Catalonia Railway Museum in Vilanova, near Barcelona, and was organised at the kind invitation of Renfe. Travel was organised to the museum on a heritage train with the participation of Mr Isaías Táboas Suárez, President of Renfe and Mr Manel Villalante i Llauradó, Director General of Development and Strategy, Renfe, where guests had the opportunity to network in the train coaches.

On 4 October, during the HLPM plenary session, the welcome and opening remarks were given by Mr Manel Villalante i Llauradó, Director General of Development and Strategy, Renfe, Mr Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER and Mr François Davenne, Director General, UIC. Mr Davenne highlighted the importance of quality, multimodality and digitalisation as well as the crucial question of ticketing.

The second session was dedicated to the quality of passenger service during which participants were invited to share best practice on how to ensure operative excellence. Mr Marco Kampp, CEO, DB Long Distance International, gave a presentation on what the process excellence looks like in DB with the project PlanStart which aims to create more efficiency in maintenance. He also gave an insight into the FSM (Full Service Model) project development.

Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department, then took the floor and talked about the main evolutions of the MERITS Model which guaranties that the timetable data are shared with a high number of retailers. He also presented the new Tariff Model (nTM) and how it could be coordinated with FSM: HLPM welcomed the analysis and mandates UIC and FSM to provide a roadmap for integration and development of distributions standards. He spoke about e-ticketing and innovation workshops on blockchain, intermodality, digitalisation and AI.

Mr Claes Lindholtz, Director of Business Development, SJ AB, presented a new way of bringing digital services to the market with the launch in the SJ Labs Mobile App. He talked about the more delicate points regarding the fact that many customers feel uncertain about how to get to and from the train station.

Mr Cesare Brand, Secretary General, and Ms Sandra Dobler, Legal Advisor, CIT gave a presentation on Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the legal challenges. Ms Dobler gave food for thought concerning blockchain.

The third session concerned the role of rail in the EU mobility strategy.
Mr Libor Lochman, Executive Director, CER, provided an overview of the existing landscape of EU legislation and potential new rules. He talked about the 4th railway package (4RP) and its new challenges concerning safety certificates, vehicle authorisation, PSO (Public Service Obligation) deadline, through-ticketing. He also added that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is increasingly developing: it is an opportunity for rail passenger services to become the integrator of MaaS and the backbone of the multimodal travel chain.

Mr Eddy Hartog, Head of Unit for Smart Mobility and Living, European Commission, talked about how Europe’s funding can help and address its recommendations and the need to focus on HPC (High Performance Computing), blockchain, cybersecurity and 5G/connectivity in the near future.

The afternoon session concerned sustainability, the environment and climate-friendly travel. The presentations showed recent figures about the environmental advantages of rail and the business potential of tourism for the railway sector.

Mr Libor Lochman introduced the rail’s role in transport decarbonisation. European railways already deliver zero-emission transport, as rail combines energy-efficient and mobility. Rail is leading the way to climate-neutral mobility in Europe.

Mr Carlo Boselli, General Manager, Eurail BV, spoke about Interrail and Eurail as a tool to strengthen railway’s positioning. He highlighted that Interrail can be a means to increase European identity.

Finally, Ms Vanessa Perez, UIC Passenger Advisor, gave an overview of rail tourism and explained the aim of the UIC sector “Toprail” as a means to increase attractiveness for railways among other modes of transport and to identify new market opportunities. She also proposed opportunities and strategic actions.
The next HLPM will be hosted by MÁV-START, Hungarian Railways.

Mr Manel Villalante i Llauradó and Mr Marc Guigon thanked the audience for the fruitful meeting.

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

guigon@uic.org

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UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Public Service Obligation held from 23 – 27 September 2019 in Seoul, Korea

The UIC Asia-Pacific Training Session 2019 on Railway Public Service Obligation, kindly hosted by KORAIL in the framework of IRaTCA (International Training Center for UIC Asia), took place in Seoul, Korea, from 23 – 27 September 2019.

22 participants from Azerbaijan (ADY), China (CARS, CR), Indonesia (KAI, MRT Jakarta), Japan (JR East), Kazakhstan (KTZ), Malaysia (KTMB), Mongolia (MTZ), Philippines (PNR), Russia (NIIAS, RUT, RZD), Thailand (SRT) and Vietnam (VNR) attended this training.

After an introduction from Inchul Beom from the International Cooperation Department of KORAIL, Ms Choi, Mi-Sook, head of the International Railway Training Centre at the International Cooperation Department of KORAIL welcomed the participants and presented KORAIL’s activities.

Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department, presented UIC and the determinant factors which can influence commuter and regional train services: urbanisation, spatial planning, financing, quality of service, multimodality, competition, etc.

The objectives of this training were to:

  • Share best practices of Railway Public Service Obligation
  • Find out ways to pursue Railway Public Service Obligation

All the attendees delivered presentations of their company activities and followed presentations from UIC, KORAIL, Tra Consulting (Italy), PKP (Poland), BLS (Switzerland) and RENFE (Spain) experts. In addition, KORAIL, the session’s host, organised some technical visits to Seoul Station, the KORAIL education centre, the KTX Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot, etc.

At the end of the training session, all participants received a certificate during the closing Ccremony chaired by Mr Marc Guigon and Mr Kang, Gyu-hyun, Executive Director of Trans Korean Railway and Overseas Business Division of KORAIL.

A special session was organised at KORAIL headquarters so that KORAIL managers could discuss with UIC experts the theme of the development of regional transport, including financing and legal issues.

During the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly held on 23 May 2019 in Manila, Philippines, KORAIL announced the next UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2020 which is to be held in Seoul in April 2020.

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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EU SHERPA project: Third workshop on “How to protect stations against terrorist threats” held from 1 – 2 October 2019

Reminder: The SHERPA project has received funding from the European Union’s Internal Security Fund Police under grant agreement No 815347. It is coordinated by UIC, started on 1 November 2018 and will last 24 months. It aims to improve the overall protection level for stations and trains in Europe against terrorist attacks by implementing multiple synergistic actions towards the relevant stakeholders. The SHERPA Consortium is composed of 6 partners: UIC, DB AG, FS SpA, PKP S.A., SNCB, and SNCF.

The third SHERPA workshop on “How to protect stations against terrorist threats” was held from 1 – 2 October at the headquarters of PKP, leader of the fourth technical work package. Around 50 participants from nine countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) attended this workshop which was organised in a very interactive manner.
The main objective of this workshop was to share experiences on solutions to better protect stations and discuss on existing and innovative security technologies and processes (including fostering cooperation with other stakeholders such as police, first responders…).

After a brief overview given by Marie-Hélène Bonneau (Head of the UIC Security Division and SHERPA project coordinator) on the first results achieved in the project, the Commander of the Polish Railway Security Guard (SOK) – Paweł Boczek gave a presentation about the SOK activities for ensuring security in the area of railway stations. At the end of his presentation, he showed a film prepared for the 100th anniversary of the SOK’s creation. Within the SOK there is a special unit called Operational and Intervention Group (GOI), which surprised all participants after the film by entering the room in full uniform and armament.

Then Prof. Maria Haberfeld (John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York), focused on “Security Measures for the New York City Railway Systems – Operational and Tactical Analysis of What’s in Place and What Should be Done”.

Prof. Gerd Neubeck (Deutsche Bahn AG, Corporate Security) focused on intelligent camera systems and video analytics. A joint test of Deutsche Bahn AG and the German Federal Police is ongoing at the Berlin Südkreuz station. He underlined that the use of intelligent video technology is helpful, but it does not replace the presence of local security personnel. Moreover, the physical presence of security personnel also contributes significantly to the passengers feeling of security.

The afternoon session was dedicated to the solutions implemented in Poland for protecting the stations ranging from the measures used in the railway Station Security Centre such as dosimetric detectors, intrusion alarm systems etc. to the crisis management system using a solution called SMS Alert that can be widely used to alert the public to risks. In addition, an external expert reiterated the challenge to implement necessary measures, without giving up the open nature of railway station.

During the interactive session, Mr Stefano De Muro, Technical Area Manager at FS security department, explained the results of a research on the mitigation of the effects of an explosion in a station with several levels.

Mr Radoslaw Olszewski, representative of the EU Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, also attended the workshop. His presentation focused on the assessment of vulnerability as well as the detection of explosives and protective measures which must be constantly adapted and innovated.

The workshop was supplemented by a technical visit to the very impressive and effective Railway Security Centre of the PKP. Participants gained insight into the work of people accessing hundreds of cameras and other observation and surveillance systems at train stations across Poland. As soon as something is observed or detected, PKP security staff or, if necessary, the authorities will be informed. A very fast intervention can be guaranteed.

The next steps are as follows:

  • 20 – 22 November 2019: Informative session on SHERPA during the 16th UIC Security Congress (Prague, SZDC) focusing on “Security and Safety of Stations”
  • 22 January 2020: Workshop (WS4) on “How to protect trains against terrorism threats” (Berlin, organised and hosted by DB)
  • 23 January 2020: Workshop (WS5) on “Define best practice on the use of digital media for raising security awareness among the public of customers” (Berlin, organised and hosted by DB)
  • 25 – 27 March 2020: Three-day international training (T1) for operational security staff on security risks and crisis management both during regular services and big events (also considering cross-national interdependencies related to international services” (Rome, organised and hosted by FS)

For further information on the SHERPA project please consult the website:
www.sherpa-rail-project.eu

Or contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Head of the UIC Security Unit:
bonneau@uic.org

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UIC Loading Guidelines Group held its 2019 plenary meeting in Clervaux, Luxembourg

The UIC Loading Guidelines Group (LGG) held its plenary meeting from 24 – 26 September in Clervaux, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This year’s meeting was marked by the farewell to its chairman, François Crelo, who chaired the LGG for many years and will retire soon. For this occasion, François Crelo invited to his home region, where his company, CFL Cargo, enabled him to organise the meeting in a marvellous environment, that was very much appreciated by all the participants.

During his chairmanship, the UIC Loading Guidelines made important steps forward. Historically born as an agreement of terms and conditions between former state railways, the document evolved to become a reference for the safe loading of goods on railway wagons in general. This was possible thanks to allowing any interested expert to participate in the working groups, independently from a UIC membership. The UIC Loading Guidelines are updated yearly (by 1 April), and the main task of the plenary meeting is to approve the amendment proposals submitted by the product groups.

Today, the LGG is subdivided into three product groups: “Wood and Paper”, “Iron and Steel”, “Combined Transport”. This subdivision is simply the result of the challenges of the past and does not mean that other goods are not taken into account. The LGG will tackle any question that may come up in the context of the development of new methods for securing loads in or on railway wagons and will create ad-hoc groups if appropriate.

Currently, the LGG unites technical experts not only from UIC members, but also from non-UIC railways, wagon keepers and loading consultants from all over Europe.
François Crelo emphasised in his opening speech that the continuous exchange of railway know-how is of utmost importance and that this know-how must remain in the sector, albeit to be shared with any concerned party. He was happy that new members brought in their expertise and ideas into the group and encouraged anyone who is interested in the development of new technologies of securing loads on railways to use the LGG as a forum for discussion with experts.

In the further course of the meeting a number of amendments for the 2020 version of the UIC Loading Guidelines were approved and proposed loading examples were discussed. The latter are no intrinsic part of the UIC Loading Guidelines, but proposed methods of how to secure specific types of loads. They are not of universal application but are subject to approval by each individual railway undertaking that finds them appropriate and can accept them in the framework of its safety management system.

The meeting closed on time after two-and-a-half days of fruitful discussions and decisions taken for the update and development of the Loading Guidelines. The participants and the UIC team thanked François Crelo for steering the LGG for so many years in a very professional way and for the active role he has taken in this group which allowed the UIC Loading Guidelines to become a well-established Code of Practice, downloadable free of charge from https://uic.org/freight/wagon-issues/loading-rules.

For further information please contact Dirk Oelschläger, Senior Advisor Wagon Issues:

oelschlaeger@uic.org

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Visit to UIC by Korean Ambassador to France on 19 September 2019

On 19 September, the Korean Ambassador to France, Mr Choi Jong Moon, visited UIC.

He met the Director General Mr François Davenne and the Coordinator of the UIC Asia-Pacific region Mr Vincent Vu.

He extended a warm message to Mr Davenne regarding his appointment as the new Director General of UIC and requested a continuous collaborative relationship with Korean members, including Korail, which sits on the management committee of the UIC Asia-Pacific region.

He gave great support to the IRaTCA training session which was to be held from 21 – 25 September in Korea.

Finally, he focused on the development of interoperability among South Korea, North Korea, China and Russia. He said “After denuclearisation in the Korean peninsula, railway business will dramatically increase. So let’s prepare together and give support to the Korean railway society.”

Mr Davenne and Mr Vu replied that UIC, on behalf of the large railway community around the world, would support the Korean railway society as best it could.
UIC, which continues to fulfil its role as the world’s railway community leader, has good relationships with other organisations such as OSJD. In addition, the IRS which UIC is focusing on will help significantly in the future.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu: vu@uic.org

Or Yong-Joo Jeon: jeon@uic.org

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Only a few weeks left to register for the 7th UIC nextstation international conference from 11 – 13 November 2019 in Tehran

Register here: https://nextstation.org/

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).

The purpose of this event is to understand how railway stations can/should impact the city in a positive way. Sessions will focus on: 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.

Technical visit: Isfahan

The participants of the technical visit will stay in the beautiful Abbasi Hotel of Isfahan, the oldest 400-year-old hotel in Iran (http://www.abbasihotel.ir/en) on 12 November.

  • The participants will pay in cash for the hotel or they may have an online reservation on the hotel website
  • Isfahan, Iran’s top tourist destination, with many tourist attractions
  • Isfahan, a historical city with impressive monuments, buildings, architecture
  • Isfahan, a museum where people live
  • Isfahan is like a piece of jewellery among the cities of Iran
  • All the participants interested in the technical visit of Isfahan should announce their intention to go to Isfahan on the registration form of the conference
  • A charter flight will leave from Tehran to Isfahan on the evening of 12 November.
  • The participants will return to Tehran by air on the evening of 13 November.
  • It is recommended that the participants reserve their flights back to their destination in the early morning of 14 November; otherwise please ask RAI for more coordination and information (ali.abdlhi@gmail.com).

https://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/7th_uic_nextstation_2019_-_tehran-3.pdf

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

gautier@uic.org

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Invitation to workshop entitled “The End of Fossil Fuels” to be held on 13 November 2019 in Zürich

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the next workshop “The End of Fossil Fuels” that will be held on 13 November 2019 hosted by SBB in Zürich.

Background
Following the previous workshop that addressed the role of the infrastructure managers in traction energy transition, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by all stakeholders to push rail to full decarbonisation of traction energy.

It will therefore discuss alternatives to diesel traction and in particular, the hydrogen fuelling and battery charging innovations and their best combination with the railway network and rolling stock.

Ample time will also be dedicated during the day to exchanges and discussions between the speakers and the participants.

Workshop highlights:

  • Biofuels
  • Future trains & alternatives for electrification
  • Energy storage
  • Tools/methodology to select the appropriate technology
  • Government’s point of view

Registration and draft agenda
The draft agenda, practical information and registration form are available here:
https://events.uic.org/the-end-of-fossil-fuels

For more information contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

stefanos@uic.org

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Czech Republic: Mr Nebesky appointed Chairman of the Board and Director General of České dráhy

On 25 September 2019 the Supevisory Board of České dráhy, a.s. (CD) appointed at its meeting Mr Vaclav Nebesky as the new Chairman of the Board and Director General of České dráhy, a.s. with effect from 1 October 2019.

UIC congratulates Mr Nebesky on his apointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

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Russia: “Russian and Turkish railways have significant potential for cooperation,” says Oleg Belozorov

Oleg Belozorov, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, and Ali Ishan Uigun, the CEO of Turkish State Railways (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları) have held a meeting in Moscow.

The two company heads noted an increase in the volume of freight between Russia and Turkey, with the total volume of traffic dispatched between the two countries on the network owned by Russian Railways amounting to 20.2 million tons in 2018. In addition, 95,000 Twenty-Foot Equivalent units (TFUs) consisting of general export-import and transit cargo containers were shipped between Russia and Turkey last year, 22.9% or 18,000 TFUs more than during 2017.

The CEOs also stressed that Russian and Turkish railways have significant potential to implement joint projects.

“The pace of trade between Russia and Turkey is increasing, but I believe that as railway companies, we have not yet decided on the best way to realise the full potential of our cooperation – we need to implement that as much as possible,” said Oleg Belozorov.

According to the heads of Russian Railways and Turkish State Railways, this will be facilitated by tariff incentives, as well as the development of the infrastructure of the International Transport Corridor between Baku in Azerbaijan - Tbilisi in Georgia - Kars in Turkey. The parties agreed that this would reduce freight delivery times and increase the attractiveness of the route, thereby attracting the necessary traffic volumes. All this would help to establish a regular container service which will connect Turkey to the system of Eurasian corridors from the eastern part of the country.

Oleg Belozorov and Ali Ishan Uigun also discussed cooperation within international organisations and agreed on the need to pay special attention to the standardisation and digitalisation of the railway sector at the international level.

(Source: RZD)

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United Kingdom: Free station WiFi to benefit millions of rail passengers

Passengers at Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations are set to benefit from a fast, free and reliable WiFi service thanks to a significant digital investment announced on 30 September by Network Rail.

A key part of Network Rail’s plans to put passengers first, the new WiFi service will offer seamless connectivity and single sign-on at all Network Rail stations*, automatically connecting passengers to WiFi across Network Rail’s 20-strong station network from Spring 2020, kicking off with London Victoria. The service is child-friendly and can also be used on more than one device.

Free WiFi has been identified by passengers as one of the key improvements that could be made to enhance their station experience, along with free toilets and more seating. With toilets in Britain’s 20 busiest stations now free, and seating being installed across the network, the rail operator is taking significant steps to improve the experience for the 900 million passengers who pass through these stations each year.

Planning for the roll-out of free WiFi is already underway, with Network Rail awarding a contract to telent technology to deliver the scheme. The partnership with telent will ensure the digital infrastructure is future-proof, with a view to providing longer term benefits and commercial opportunities for Network Rail going forward.
Network Rail chief executive, Andrew Haines, said: “We all have smart phones and tablets now which means that journeys are no longer dead time, so the station experience shouldn’t be either. Our passengers expect seamless connectivity from their train to our stations, to their place of work, and to their homes, so I am pleased that millions of passengers who use our stations will soon have access to free, fast and secure WiFi.

“This investment also supports the Government’s approach to delivering a fully connected rail and transport sector and will help accelerate the development of the digital cities needed in the future.”

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “We are putting passengers at the heart of the railways, delivering the improvements to punctuality, comfort and customer service they expect. Making WiFi fast and free, benefitting millions of people in stations across the country, is part of creating a more modern, better-connected railway which works for passengers.”

Steve Dalton, Managing Director, Transport, at telent, said: “We are delighted to support Network Rail in delivering this important project, with the appointment demonstrating our experience of delivering best-in-class networks in complex environments. We’re installing a fast service that will offer enhanced security on the next generation of mobile devices - the project will greatly enhance the customer experience for today’s tech-savvy passengers who expect always-on connectivity, wherever they are.”

Euston and London Bridge stations already provide free WiFi to passengers following an earlier pilot scheme. WiFi will be phased in to the remaining stations across the country from Spring 2020 and will take around one year to fully deploy.

(Source: Network Rail)

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China: Poem-themed Train launched in Nanning

At 9:15 on 19 September, the first poem-themed train operated by China Railway Nanning Group Co., Ltd. gradually moved out of Nanning East Station and headed for Shanghai Hongqiao Station. On the train there was an HSR poem cultural activity named “Take Chinese HSR in pursuit of Poetry and Dreams”, jointly held by China Railway Nanning Group Co., Ltd., China Federation of Railway Literary and Art Workers, Guangxi Writers Association, etc.

More than 100 poets together with literary and art workers from China and abroad recited poems in praise of the remarkable achievements made in China’s HSR construction and railway development, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

(Source: CR)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 14-16 October 2019 INTERTRAN 2 Vladivostok, Russia
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 22-23 October 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR Tokyo, Japan
  • 28 October 2019 17th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group 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
  • 12-14 November 2019 InnoRail Budapest, Hungary
  • 13 November 2019 UIC Best Practice Workshop - The End of Fossil Fuels in the Railway Sector Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 14 November 2019 UIC Energy and CO2 Network Meeting Hohlstrasse 532, Zürich
  • 20-22 November 2019 8th International Railway Summit New Delhi, India
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 21 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28-29 November 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board - Webconference! UIC HQ, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10-11 December 2019 24th UIC Middle-East Region Regional Assembly UIC Headquarters
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 10 December 2019 UIC Digital Conference Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee Paris
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 19 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants
  • 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
  • 2-5 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 2-5 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)
  • 29 June 2020 Executive Board Beijing
  • 29 June 2020 96th General Assembly Beijing
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin
  • 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)
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 15 December 2020 European Management committee Rome
  • 16 December 2020 31st European Regional Assembly Rome
  • 16 December 2020 Executive Board Rome
  • 16 December 2020 97th General Assembly Rome

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