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UIC and Iranian Railways (RAI) have successfully organised the 7th UIC nextstation Conference in Tehran under the theme Railway Stations Boosting the City

More than 400 participants from 20 nationalities

From 11 – 13 November 2019, Iranian Railways, RAI, together with UIC, are hosting in Tehran the 7th edition of the UIC nextstation Conference, the global reference for leaders and decision-makers to share their latest experiences and best practice regarding the design, financing and operation of railway stations.

Between two nextstation conferences, UIC capitalises its approach by completing the vision of railway station development by a complementary aspect of the issue at each conference. Having discussed the issue of station financing in Moscow in 2013, rethinking Stations for Future Intermobility in Marrakech in 2015 and Smart Stations in Smart Cities in Madrid in 2017, this year the delegates are discussing “Railway stations boosting the city”.
Beyond these conferences, a UIC dedicated working body, the Station Manager Global Group (SMGG), catalyses these developments and gives the opportunity to participants to continue to work together on the subject.
Marc Guigon, UIC Passenger Director, moderated the opening ceremony:
"The Iranian Railways have many plans for station development. Iranian Railways have proposed to be the host of nextstation 2019 to make the most of the opportunity to exchange experiences of station specialists around the world in their development plans. I hope that this plan will be implemented in the most appropriate way for Iranian Railways."

The organisation of this event in Tehran on this issue was indeed the right place at the right time, as Iran is currently preparing a programme involving around 30 railway stations, which is based on the Transit oriented development (TOD).
Among the personalities who launched the conference, Mr Mohammad Eslami, Minister of Roads and Urban Development of I.R Iran, said that happiness and trains are linked. The big family of Railways creates the opportunity to travel safely around the world and within cities. Iran has a long history of railways. In previous years, we have focused to extend the network around the country. We have invested a lot in order to develop passenger transport. This shows the strong determination of the Islamic Republic of Iran to extend the network.

He said: "It is crucial in the agenda to implement the rail-based city model. This new model intends to shift policies and programmes in order to increase the opportunities for travellers to use railways within as well as between cities, including subways, in a sustainable way. Iran is focused on reducing the costs and time consumption, to resolve congestion and make cities more efficient, more liveable. In this context stations should also be beautiful, since beauty is also key to successful architecture both outside and inside stations."

Mr Saeid Rasouli, Vice Minister for Roads and Urban Development, and President of Iranian Railways said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been considered as one the first countries in the region concerning railway and railway construction. In Iran the idea of constructing the railway has emerged since the second half of the nineteenth century during which railway and its function was defined with the aim of boosting economic, social, cultural and political ties with the rest of the world.

For vast countries such as Iran, rail transportation is one of the best practices to meet the needs of passenger and freight transportation. In today’s world Iran could be considered as one of the key players in the field of rail transport in the region; moreover regarding its extensive railway network, it links north Europe to the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean and it is also located on the Silk Road.

During this event the experience and ideas of the experts in the field of rail transportation and urban development will be exchanged and discussed focusing on sustainable development based on rail transportation in various fields such as the design and operation of railway stations, station governance, development of multi-purpose stations, promotion of the station location in cities and defining efficient links between railway stations and intracity transport networks, improving the services offered to the passengers at and around stations.
Expansion of applying modern technologies and methods in offering services is one of the achievements expected at this event."

Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General, particularly insisted on: "Railways being the backbone of mobility – it’s not only about capacity but also about stations. Stations are both a living part of our cities and also a crucial part of the rail system. The 7th UIC nextstation conference is covering the station as an integral part of cities and its role in defining the urban setting while emphasising the approaches to leverage the potential of stations to boost the growth of the city."
He added: "The digital revolution is here. We need to be able to model digitally the complex station ecosystem for designing the stations of the future.” And then: “Accommodating the rapidly growing urbanisation will require a major modal shift to railway and public transport. There are high expectations. Stations are in the middle of the urban and transport ecosystem to meet with these expectations. This conference will bring concrete solutions for building TOD (Transit oriented development). Stations are interfaces with cities, and with other modes. They are both a place and a node, and it is our responsibility to make them flexible, adapted and an integrated part of the city."

An initial round table dealt with “Rail based city” and the second one will be focused on “Generating added value for cities: main challenges”. Four parallel sessions are also organised on:

  • Station design and the urbanistic approach
  • Sustainability, Smart solutions for stations and the impact of digital
  • Services & commercial activities
  • Station management & financing

Mr Pirooz Hanachi, Mayor of Tehran, insisted on the need to develop a multi-centred city around the railway backbone. Targeted investment and savvy use of resources are key success factors. In this framework, Tehran is implementing an urban toll, in order to decrease the presence of cars. The town planning should also be amended in order to liberate space for the citizens for a friendly and sustainable city. He also highlighted the need to develop satellite towns linked to megacities, such as Tehran, to face the congestion. In this model, transport links are essential.

More content on these subjects will follow.

On 13 November, a technical visit will give the possibility to the participants to discover the railway station of Isfahan.

Publication of a new Handbook on Railway stations
On the occasion of this conference, UIC has prepared a handbook on “Boosting the city” available here:

https://bit.ly/2Kgbopn

UIC warmly thanks the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) for the perfect organisation of the event.

The conference is sponsored by KONE: www.kone.com/rail

Description:

KONE is an innovative leader in the elevator and escalator industry. The purpose of public transportation is to provide safe, reliable, and eco-efficient ways for people to move within and between cities – and this aligns perfectly with KONE’s long-standing mission: to improve the flow of urban life.

In public transportation, reliability, accessibility, maintainability, and safety are the key priorities. By identifying the right blend of equipment and services we help cities and transport-system operators to meet citizens’ expectations and enable a better quality of life for all.

Working closely with partners and customers around the world, we deliver value for all the stakeholders involved, including the owners, developers, and operators of public transport systems. Metro and railroad stations and mixed transport hubs all have unique people flow requirements, so it our job to help customers to fulfill the vertical and horizontal transportation needs of these demanding environments.

Keeping everything running on time is all about optimizing the design, equipment, and services according to the project in question for each individual project. With our planning and consulting services we can add value right from the early stages of the project life cycle by optimizing vertical and horizontal flows to ensure smooth, safe movement of people around the clock. During construction and commissioning our world-class project management capabilities and dedicated team of experts help to keep everything running smoothly, on schedule, and on budget.

In order to contribute to a better quality of life in urban environments, public transportation systems need innovative, eco-efficient, and durable solutions that are tailored to their precise needs. Our solutions include elevators, escalators, and automatic building doors – all of which can be kept running smoothly around the clock and help to enhance asset management with smart services that enable predictive, proactive maintenance.

Our solutions can be seen in use in some of the world’s busiest and most complex public transport systems – such as Washington, London, Singapore, and Shanghai – helping to deliver safe, reliable people flow that keeps people and cities moving around the clock.

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

gautier@uic.org

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Conference on “Low carbon mobility: making modal shift desirable” to be held on 13 February 2020 in Brussels

UIC actively promotes at international level a multimodal vision shared with public transport and supply chain stakeholders.

Based on its members’ expertise, UIC is developing the technical enablers to transform this concept into reality. In order to share the initiatives already taken and to find the ways to make modal shift desirable, UIC is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference on 13 February 2020 in Brussels. It will also be an occasion rediscover an unexpected advantage inherent to railway, the virtue of frugality.

The programme including speakers from Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Europe will be soon available.

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UIC participates in 41st ASEAN Railway CEOs’ Conference from 28 – 31 October 2019 in Bangkok

The 41st ASEAN Railway CEOs’ Conference, annual rotating event among six South East Asian Nations, was hosted in Bangkok by SRT, the State Railway of Thailand, on 28 – 31 October 2019.

UIC has now been invited as a Guest of Honour organisation for many years, and was represented again by Mr Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative.

This 41st edition also marked the return of the Philippines to the ASEAN Railway Grouping, through PNR, the Philippine National Railways, and which is therefore now composed of eight active members:
MPWT-DR of Cambodia, PT. KAI of Indonesia, LRA of Laos, KTMB of Malaysia, MR of Myanmar, PNR of the Philippines, SRT of Thailand and VNR of Vietnam.

In the spirit of ASEAN unity, and its vision “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”, SRT has placed this year under its own vision of “Make Bold Moves”, and as Thailand has embarked on an ambitious long term programme of development of its public transport systems, with a privileged place for the railway sector (on both urban lines and main lines, including high speed rail projects).

The event was the occasion to, once again, share experiences, pool the members’ respective expertise and charter the regional progress that has been accomplished, as well as forge firm and productive bonds between them.

Two days of plenary and working group sessions (divided in three: CEOs, Marketing & Operations, Technical), to which were added cultural and technical visits, as well as convivial and memorable dinners, allowed the ASEAN Railway Community to gather together for both professional and social activities.
UIC presented its Digital Platform and its Digitalisation Programme during the CEOs working group.

The visit to the Bang Sue Grand Station project site, future masterpiece of the Thailand railway network, with 24 tracks on two platforms dedicated to the Bangkok urban lines, as well as the National SRT lines and the future HSR lines, impressed the delegates with its current state of progress and its global scope. Please consult the official ARCEO’ 41 video, prepared by SRT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6HP8Dk8vVk

See you in Vietnam for the ARCEO’42 in 2020 and in the Philippines for the ARCEO’43 in 2021!

For further information please contact Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative:

fapmilko@gmail.com

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UIC participates in 2nd Philippine Railway Modernisation and Expansion Summit was held from 16 – 17 October 2019 in Manila, Philippines

The 2nd Philippine Railway Modernisation and Expansion Summit was held from 16 – 17 October 2019 in Manila, the Philippines, and, like in 2018, UIC was closely involved in this event focusing on the renewal of the railway sector (on both main and urban lines).

Mr Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative, chaired the two-day summit for the second time in a row, and Mr Francis Bédel, UIC Chief Digital Officer, was been invited to present the UIC Digital Platform and then the Digitalisation Programme of UIC, that is rapidly developing across Europe and soon in Asia.

This event was the occasion to make a detailed review on what is happening and going on in the Philippines, in terms of main line railway projects and urban line projects (rehabilitation, line extension, new lines). We may mention in particular the approval for a new line linking Manila to the Clark Airport and the Clark Economic Zone, as well as the first Metro Manila subway project (now under construction) that is going to complete furthermore the existing urban rail network of the Philippine capital city.

The Department of Transport of the Government of the Philippines, especially with the support of PNR (Philippine National Railway), a new UIC member since late 2018, has also embarked on a major rehabilitation plan as well as for railway network extensions across the major islands of Luzon, Mindanao and Cebu.
UIC is going to play an active role in supporting these projects and will be again partnering upcoming railway events in the Philippines in 2020.

It is also worth noting the active participation and contribution of UIC in the ASEAN Region in the past months, such as the ASEAN Rail Infrastructure & Expansion 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam, the 5th Thai Rail Industry Symposium and Exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand and the 21st Special Working Group Meeting on the Singapore-Kunming Rail Link (SKRL) in Vientiane, Lao PDR, with various presentations related to the ASEAN rail market and the role of UIC in ASEAN, the future mobility of ASEAN and the role of UIC in the railway standards and standardisation.

For further information please contact Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative:

fapmilko@gmail.com

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Online Questionnaire for Ground Borne Noise: UIC Network Noise and Vibration

The UIC Network meeting on Noise and Vibration was organised by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) on 23 and 24 October in Utrecht. Participants discussed the EU developments for noise and vibration issues, technical measurements for acoustic track parameters and other EU organisations and projects.

Trafikverket in Sweden gave some information about their study which is being conducted to establish national guideline values for ground-borne noise from railway traffic in tunnels at night-time.

As agreed by members, to get a broader picture before deciding on what indicators and values to use, the online questionnaire has been prepared on the UIC website for all noise and vibration experts.

Please complete the questionnaire at the link below before 14 November.

https://events.uic.org/questionnaire-for-ground-borne-noise

The results of the questionnaire and the outcome will be communicated and discussed at the next noise and vibration meeting. The next meeting will be held on 11-12 March 2020 in Berlin.

Thank you very much for your feedback.

For all matters related to the UIC Network Noise and Vibration, please contact Pınar Yılmazer:

yilmazer@uic.org

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UIC Safety Platform Plenary meeting held on 5 November 2019 at UIC in Paris

Mr François Davenne, Director General of UIC and Mr Rolf Härdi (DB AG) Chairman of the UIC Safety Platform welcomed the Platform Members.

Mr Davenne underlined: “Safety is a fundamental value at UIC. Nothing is possible in our system without safety and the work carried out in the Safety Platform is outstanding.”

He then gave some information on the future UIC General Assembly meeting to take place at UIC HQ in December 2019 and the future work programme of UIC as a whole. The UIC Safety Database is one of the values of UIC in this work programme.

Mr Härdi said: “I thank all the members of the UIC Safety Platform for their dedication and passion to continuously improve the safety of our railways. Our truly open and profound international exchange of experiences, best practice and safety initiatives represents a unique source of safety knowledge. The UIC Safety Platform is an advisory body open to all UIC members with a core objective to put in place recommendations and actions to help control, mitigate or eradicate the risks and eliminate their underlying causes and effects.”

The six working groups of the Safety Platform reported on their activities in 2019 and presented the outlook for 2020

1) Occupational Health and Safety Group (OHSG) chaired by Maria Hedqvist, Trafikverket
2) Human Factors Working Group (HFWG), newly chaired by Bernard Penners, Infrabel
3) System Safety Management Group - CER Safety Support Group (SSMG) chaired by Jean-François Meunier, SNCF
4) International Railway Safety Network (IRSN) chaired by Doris Horvath, CFL
5) European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) chaired by Allan Spence, Network Rail read https://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/640
6) Safety Performance Group (SPG) chaired by Bart Hoogcarspel (ProRail)

For more information visit https://uic.org/safety/

To acknowledge the publication of:
a) The UIC safety report 2019, the public version is available here https://safetydb.uic.org/IMG/pdf/sdb_report_2019_public.pdf

b) A study “Towards a positive railway safety culture” that will be available soon on our ETF website https://www.shop-etf.com/

Members unanimously endorsed the proposal to nominate Bernard Penners (Infrabel), as the new Chairman of the UIC Human Factors Working Group.
Rolf Härdi and the participants took this opportunity to thank him for his valuable contribution to the Safety Platform work as former UIC Safety Unit Manager.

Then members had the opportunity to present different subjects:

  • “Women in the railways” by Doris Horvath (CFL), an item that we already discussed on 27 March 2019 at UIC with a presentation by Lauren Kahn (SNCF) + a video “Women in railway safety”, and in our Steering group meeting on 26 June at DB in Berlin with a presentation by Dora Peralta (CP) and Luca Granieri (Trenitalia). Read https://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/641 and https://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/653
  • Safety events with presentations from SNCF, East Japan Railway, Network Rail, ProRail, RZD and SBB.

The Safety Platform Calendar 2020 was confirmed as follows:
a) Steering Group meeting: 25 March 2020 (09:00-17:00)
at UIC HQ, Paris
b) Steering Group meeting: 25 – 26 June 2020 (tbd) at
DB AG, Berlin or another host member
c) Steering Group meeting: 16 November 2020 from 13:00 to 17:00 (tbd) at UIC HQ followed by
d) Plenary meeting/workshop: 17 November 2020 09:00- 17:00 at UIC HQ

Christian Chavanel, Director of UIC RSF Department gave a presentation on “How the digitalisation of the railway system will rely on relevant TSIs and standards.”

Grigore Havarneanu Research Advisor, Security Division, UIC finally presented “Safer-LC project state of the art”.
He gave an overview and an update of the project, measures proposed to improve safety at level crossings. He also informed the meeting that a tool-box with elected safety measures will be available at the end of the project on http://safer-lc.eu/
There is a tool-box evaluation on 13 December 2019 at IFSTTAR in Lille and a final conference of the project on 22 April 2020 at UIC HQ to which all members are most welcome.

Allan Spence, Network Rail reported on the International Rail Safety Council (IRSC), which take place each year on a different continent, and whose Steering Committee has included UIC as a member. This year it took place from 13-18 October 2019 in Perth, Australia http://www.irsc2019.com/ The next edition shall take place in October 2020 in Glasgow.

Isabelle Fonverne, UIC Senior Safety Advisor, gave a short debrief on the ILCAD 2019 worldwide level crossing safety campaign and its very successful launch conference hosted by ProRail on 6 June 2019 in Amersfoort, Netherlands. More info here: https://uic.org/com/uic-e-news/650

Allan Spence invited all members to the 12th ILCAD launch conference hosted by Network Rail on 11 June 2020 at the National Railway Museum in York, Great Britain.

Our next ELCF meeting to take place on 21 November 2019 at the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Rome will discuss the organisation, the theme and the public to target in ILCAD 2020.

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

fonverne@uic.org

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LOCATE kick-off meeting held from 4 – 5 November 2019 at EVOLEO in Porto

The kick-off meeting for the Shift2Rail JU funded project, LOCATE, was held at EVOLEO headquarters from 4 – 5 November 2019 in Porto.

LOCATE (Locomotive bOgie Condition mAinTEnance) is a €1.5 million project led by EVOLEO Technologies (SME dedicated to the development of critical electronic systems) in collaboration with five other European partners from Portugal, the United Kingdom, Spain and France, namely: the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), the University of Huddersfield, UIC, and VIBRATEC (SME dedicated to sensing technologies).

The main goal of this 24-month project starting in November 2019 is to develop a set of tools to access the condition of freight locomotive bogies to implement a condition-based maintenance programme. It is the goal of LOCATE to contribute to an optimisation of the availability of rolling stock, the quality of service, maintenance costs and return of investment.

At UIC, the project is managed by the UIC Rail System Department and UIC is leading the work package on dissemination and exploitation.

The meeting started with an overview of the LOCATE project given by its coordinator (Magno Santos from Evoleo) and by Ms Laura Piani, Shift2Rail JU programme manager, who presented the Shift2Rail JU programme and how LOCATE fits into this context.

All the partners of the consortium then presented their work plan for the next two years.

This overview was followed on 5 November by a technical meeting to prepare the work for the coming months.

This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail JU under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under Grant Agreement 881805.

For more information please contact Christine Hassoun, Senior Advisor Project Dissemination at:

hassoun@uic.org

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UIC Digital Conference to be held on 10 December 2019 at UIC in Paris

Register here:
https://uic.org/events/uic-digital-conference-2019

Following the previous editions 2016, 2017 and 2018, UIC - the worldwide railway organisation is pleased to invite you to the UIC Digital Conference at UIC HQ on 10 December 2019.

This event will give the opportunity to group together representatives from UIC Members and actors from the digital ecosystem to learn more about current digital trends, projects & developments.

Programme
Opening of the conference by François Davenne – UIC Director General
Opening speech by Gialuigi Castelli – Chairman UIC and Chairman FS
Keynote by Jean-Michel Mis – Member of French Parliament
Presentation by SNCF
Presentation by Bill Nie – CEO FATRI - “What about Quantum Sensing in the new Smart City Transportation paradigm?”
Joachim Bürkle (DB Systel/Product Owner ZERO.ONE.DATA): A success story for innovative way of working: cooperation of Rail industry, Corporate Startups and Startups
UIC Digital Platform by Francis Bédel – UIC Chief Digital Officer: overview 2019 activities and draft roadmap 2020

UIC Digital Awards 2019
Presentations of their projects by the three selected startups
Digital Awards ceremony
Conclusion by François Davenne
The digital awards will be presented during the event.

For further information please contact digital@uic.org

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Hungary: Cooperation agreement signed between Semmelweis University and MAV Co.

On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Semmelweis University, a strategic cooperation agreement was signed by Mr Róbert Homolya, President-Director General of MAV Co. and Dr Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University on 7 November 2019.

Following the signature of the agreement, a Taurus locomotive decorated with a vinyl wrap labelled “Semmelweis 250” was inaugurated.

The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen the relationship between MAV and Semmelweis University by raising health awareness of the customers and employees of MAV Co. and MAV-START Co. With the comprehensive and high-level expertise in medical and health sciences, the University provides support, among other things, to develop the health promotion programme of Hungarian State Railways.

In addition, a national public health screening programme will also be developed jointly as a result of which the introduction of a mobile screening railway coach is foreseen.

The vinyl wrapped locomotive with the motto “Semmelweis University - 250 years of excellence in medical education, research and innovation and healthcare” will be operated on the Budapest-Hegyeshalom-Vienna, Budapest-Sopron, Budapest-Szombathely and Budapest–Békéscsaba-Lőkösháza routes.

(Source: MAV Co)

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Hungary: Classical music mini concerts at the Western, Eastern and Southern Railway Stations of Budapest

From November to May, the MAV Symphony Orchestra will provide classical music mini concerts twice a month at the Western, Eastern and Southern Railway Stations of Budapest. The mini-concerts will be 20 minutes long organised around different thematic areas during which not only different periods of classical music, but also the most beautiful pieces associated with the holiday season in December will be presented.

The artists of the ensemble will perform classical music in a chamber composition. The audience will have the chance to listen to a horn quartet, a wind and brass quintet and a string quartet for more than half a year.

Concerts will be held on Wednesdays every second week at the main railway stations of Budapest.

The mini-concert series are part of a programme supported by the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary.

(Source: MAV Co)

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Russia: Russian Railways and CargoBeamer AG sign memorandum of cooperation

Alexey Shilo, the Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways and the head of the Centre for Corporate Transport Services, and Marcus Fischer, a member of the CargoBeamer AG Board, have signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two companies.

The signing took place in Sochi in Southern Russia on 29 October 2019 at the international railway forum PRO//Movement.1520.

The memorandum envisages the joint development of services in the field of freight rail transport between Europe and China with transit shipments through the territory of the Russian Federation and the formation of new logistics products in Russia using CargoBeamer technology.

CargoBeamer’s technology is designed for piggybacking – carrying trailers or semi-trailers on a train or flatcar, which enables high-speed loading and unloading, as well as the secure rail transport of road freight trailers through the use of special wagon platforms and transshipment equipment.

The parties intend to jointly identify railway stations suitable for the use of the technology, to certify CargoBeamer’s wagons for operation on the Russian railway network, and to develop an optimal list of services provided for Europe-China routes.

Piggyback transport will not only increase the volume of rail transport, but also take the load off the roads and reduce the impact of heavy vehicles on road infrastructure and the environment.

(Source: RZD)

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Czech Republic: Geodesists chart territory for high-speed line from Praha-Běchovice to Poříčany

Employees from companies with which Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) concluded contracts on carrying out the geodetic bearing of the terrain are already in the field between Prosenice and OstravaSvinov (HSL Moravian Gate), Modřice and Šakvice (HSl South Moravia) and since the end of September also between Praha-Běchovice and Poříčany (HSL Polabí). They are preparing the geodetic and map documentation for up to 130 kilometres of new lines.

“Terrain works will be going on throughout the whole autumn. They consist in the bearing of the current state of the terrain, existing buildings, greenery or roads on the territory which has to be charted in detail in a band several hundred metres wide. The bearing of the current territory state will serve as documentation for further stages of designing and preparation for the HSL in the pilot sections mentioned above”, said Mr Martin Švehlík, Head of SŽDC Department for HSL preparation and adds: “We want to provide maximum information on all preparation steps; that is why SŽDC created an email address vrt@szdc.cz where any questions on the current situation in HSL preparation can be sent.”

In accordance with the Construction Act, SŽDC as an entitled investor already submitted a proposal for updating Principles for territorial development of the capital city of Prague and for the related change of the Territorial plan of the capital city of Prague. These should determine and specify the suggested corridor for a construction of the HSL Polabí pilot section on the territory of our capital including the construction definition as publicly beneficial. The corridor should connect to the already defined one on the Central Bohemia Region and is a basic prerequisite for acquiring a territorial decision.

Launch of construction of the high-speed section from Praha-Běchovice to Poříčany which should constitute the first stage of HSL Praha – Brno is expected in 2025.

(Source: SŽDC)

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Kazakhstan: The first container train from Turkmenistan to China will follow via Kazakhstan

On 24 October, the first container train from Turkmenistan to China was sent from Kelif station (Turkmenistan), following in transit through Kazakhstan.

The train will follow the route Kelif - Serhetyaka - Bolashak - Altynkol - Khorgos - Qingdao. It consists of 45x40 foot containers with a load of potassium.

Initiailly, the plan is to send the container train in test mode once a month.

This project was implemented jointly by the Transport and Logistics Centre of Turkmenistan OJSC, KTZ-Express JSC, representative offices of KTZ NC JSC in Turkmenistan and the XUAR (China).

The Turkmen side highly appreciated the work done by KTZ NC JSC and expressed its gratitude for the support of this project and assistance in resolving the issue of reducing the rate on the PRC.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 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 SAFER-LC Workshop on the evaluation of the toolbox Lille, France
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris
  • 21-23 January 2020 TEG Plenary Meeting Brussels, Belgium
  • 22 January 2020 SHERPA Workshop 4 on "How to better protect trains" Berlin, Germany
  • 22-23 January 2020 PoSE Meeting Brussels, Belgium
  • 23 January 2020 SHERPA Workshop 5 on "Use of digital media for raising awareness" Berlin, Germany
  • 29 January 2020 Information Day – M2 – Experts, Drafters, WG Leaders, SPoCS Paris UIC HQ
  • 11 February 2020 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 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
  • 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
  • 6-11 April 2020 UIC Asia--Pacific Training Session 2020 on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology Seoul, Korea
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2-4 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 TEDP 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
  • 24-26 November 2020 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC HQ, Paris
  • 25-28 November 2020 16th UIC Global Security Congress Vienna, Austria
  • 26-27 November 2020 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC HQ, Paris
  • 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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