Nr 281 - 7 March 2012

Railway noise reduction / EuropeTrain

EuropeTrain begins its 12th run

(© ÖBB)

EuropeTrain’s twelfth run started with the Scandinavian winter loop for the second time, passing through Denmark and possibly a short trip to Norway.

The “Europe Train” test train, which has been travelling across Europe since December 2010 to test low-noise brakes – equipped with composite “LL” brake blocks” – before it goes into series production to retrofit the existing European freight wagon fleet, recently completed its eleventh run through Switzerland and Germany.

“Europe Train” is a project managed by UIC on behalf of the international railway community. To date, 29 railway companies, four industry suppliers and the sector organisations UIC, CER and EIM have signed the resolution for the preparation of “Europe Train”. This UIC project is managed by Mr Johannes Gräber from Deutsche Bahn.

Thanks to the great effort and additional contributions of Trafikverket, GREEN CARGO, VR, JBV, Banedanmark and UIC, the second run to Scandinavia finally became a reality. After intensive activities at the DB Systemtechnik test centre, the train started out again on 2 March from Minden, travelling through Denmark on its way to the North.

After crossing the border in to Sweden, the train started its operation on 3 March, travelling from Malmö up north to Vassijaure, on the Norwegian border via Boden and Kiruna. After that it will shuttle several times between Vassijaure and Gävle in the same way as for the first run (with perhaps one short side trip to Narvik) before returning to Germany on the weekend of 17 March 2012.

Pictures and current information on the EuropeTrain project can be found under http://EuropeTrain.uic.org.

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High Speed Rail / Africa

Maghreb high line speed project progresses with a meeting in Tunis

Tunisia’s Minister of Transport Abdelkarim Harouni (© Flickr)

The technical study for the achievement of the Maghreb high speed railway line was the focus of a working session held in Tunis on 29 February 2012. The meeting was attended by Tunisia’s Transport Minister Abdelkarim Harouni along with representatives of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Transport Ministers Group of the Western Mediterranean (GTMO 5+5).

The 800-kilometre high speed line on the Tunisian territory is to link the Algerian borders in the north and the Libyan borders in the south.

Taking the floor, Abdelkarim Harouni pointed out that the transparency conditions prevailing in Tunisia constitute a guarantee for the achievement of joint projects. He also spoke of the difficulties confronting the transport sector in Tunisia as a result of bad management before the Revolution. The minister underlined the need to urgently proceed with in-depth reforms in the sector, including in particular restructuring companies, improving their profitability and upgrading infrastructure. The European delegation voiced readiness to offer the necessary assistance in logistic means and in know-how for the achievement of the high speed line.

(Source : TAP)

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Rail Freight and Logistics / Africa

Morocco: car-carrying trains begin services between Melloussa Renault factory and Tangier-Med

The first car-carrying train between Morocco’s Renault factory in Melloussa – recently opened by the authorities – and the port of Tangier-Med departed yesterday, 6 March 2012. In opening this line – the result of a strategic partnership between Moroccan railways, ONCF and the port of Tangier-Med – the aim is to make rail an essential part of the supply chain for both imports and exports passing through this hub port.

ONCF has established rail terminals at the Renault factory and at the port of Tangier-Med, which can handle 400,000 vehicles a year by offering safe and environmentally-friendly conditions. Traffic levels are expected to reach a capacity of three trains a day from the fourth quarter of this year – that is 720 vehicles carried – with a view to raising the figure to six trains a day by 2014.

(Source: MAP)

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International transport associations

UITP: Alain Flausch succeeds Hans Rat as the new Secretary-General of the International Association of Public Transport

01.
Mr Ousmane Thiam, Chairman of the Executive Council of CETUD, Senegal, was elected new UITP Chairman in November 2011
02.
Mr Hans Rat held the position of UITP Secretary-General for 14 years from 1998 to 2012. He strongly contributed to the consolidation of UITP, enhancing its profile and transforming it into a genuinely international association
03.
Mr Alain Flausch, former CEO of the Brussels public transport system (STIB) and recently UITP Chairman, succeeds Hans Rat as the new UITP Secretary-General

A farewell reception was held on 28 February in Brussels at the “Bozar” (Centre for Fine Arts) to pay tribute to UITP Secretary-General Hans Rat, who is leaving the association after holding this position for 14 years, from 1998 to 2012. His successor is Mr Alain Flausch, CEO of Brussels Public Transport Company (STIB) until the end of 2011, and who was also UITP Chairman in recent years.

The farewell reception took place in the company of the new UITP Chairman Mr Ousmane Thiam from Senegal.

The academic session and reception that followed in the “Bozar” were attended by many guests from the public transport world, national and European authorities, transport industry as well as institutions and associations from all over the world, including UIC.

During the academic session UITP Chairman Ousmane Thiam paid tribute to the strong and successful personal commitment of Hans Rat for the development of the association over all these years. Hans Rat continuously consolidated the public transport association, enhanced its profile and transformed it from a European into a genuinely international organisation. Another successful development was the creation of regional UITP networks and the setting-up of a series of UITP regional offices.

Alain Flausch, who has been chairing UITP in recent years, described the future challenges for the association in a changing world, in particular the need to cope with developments in terms of economy and mobility, and for UITP to develop an entrepreneurial spirit.

UIC expresses its sincere thanks and very best wishes to Hans Rat, and warmly congratulates the new UITP Chairman Ousmane Thiam as well as the new Secretary-General Alain Flausch, who take up their new positions at the head of UITP.

UIC is looking forward to further developing fruitful cooperation between both worldwide associations – UITP and UIC – particularly in the fields of sustainability and regional rail transport, etc.

For more information on the 125th anniversary of UITP, please visit: http://www.uitp.org/about/125.cfm

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ERTMS

10th UIC ERTMS World Conference: an attractive programme

More than 300 participants and speakers have already registered and confirmed their participation at the 10th UIC ERTMS World Conference.

Some interesting topics that will be presented:

  • Political vision of ERTMS by the European Commission, the European Railway Agency, the Community of European Railways
  • The latest results of the UIC ERTMS Benchmark project by Vincenzo Carpinelli, Technical Adviser at UIC
  • The issue of testing, certification and authorisation of ERTMS by Hanspeter Hänni of the National Safety Authority in Switzerland
  • Several country projects such as South Korea, Poland and the United Kingdom will be presented to give an overview of the various solutions adopted
  • How ERTMS level 2 acts on interlocking to boost traffic over legacy system by Wim Bakker, ProRail and Paul Visser, Alstom
  • Fast migration using limited supervision in Switzerland by Andreas Zünd, SBB and Bernhard Stamm, Siemens AG Mobility

A large number of exhibitors will present their solutions and technologies. Among them: Trafikverket and UIC, Thales, Invensys Rail, Siemens Transportation, Mermec SpA, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, GE Transportation, Kapsch CarrierCom AG, Multitel, Frequentis AG, ERSA, Pixy et ERTMS Solutions, AZD Praha SRO, Sagem Communications, Wenzel, EurailPress

There are still some exhibition booths and a few sponsoring opportunities left! http://www.ertms-conference2012.com/

For more information and online registration, please visit the ERTMS 2012 conference website: http://www.ertms-conference2012.com

Contact for exhibition and sponsoring: ertms2012@congrex.com

Please find below the ERTMS Key Speakers

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Combined Traffic

Switzerland: Basel-Nord terminal is the answer to forecast growth in traffic

The results of the study commissioned by SBB Cargo and the Swiss Rhine ports on the operation of the Basel-Nord site are now available. The future Basel-Nord terminal is to become a trimodal hub for sea containers, thus making the seaport-rail transport chain the focus of the project. In future, containers will be loaded from ship to rail or from one freight train to another. According to the study, the terminal will operate as a trimodal centre once it is completed, with a connection to rail, road and the Rhine. This will guarantee maximum flexibility during operations, enabling capacity to be adapted to traffic fluctuations in cases where one mode of transport is temporarily facing a bottleneck.

In order to build and make the terminal operational as quickly as possible, construction is scheduled to take place in two stages. The initial phase consists in building a basic terminal connected to the railway network and introducing a service to transship containers between freight trains or from rail to road. In its final configuration the facility will be connected to the Rhine and developed into a fully functional railway terminal. The connection between the terminal and the waterway will effectively link these two environmentally-friendly modes of transport.

(Source: SBB)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 14-18 April 2014: SIAFI First session (UIC HQ, Paris)
  • 14-17 April 2014: Transport Research Arena 2014 (Paris - La Défense (CNIT))
  • 17 April 2014: TRA 2014 - RESTRAIL invited session (Paris, La Défense)
  • 28-29 April 2014: Intercity and High Speed Committee (Paris UIC HQ)
  • 29 April 2014: Rail System Forum Plenary Session (UIC -Paris)
  • 29-30 April 2014: Workshop 50th anniversary on High Speed in the world (Paris UIC HQ)
  • 12 May 2014: 6th Asia Pacific Technical Directors meeting (Taipei)
  • 13 May 2014: 13th Asia Pacific Management Committee (Taipei)
  • 13-14 May 2014: Meeting Expertise Development Platform (SNCF, Paris, FRANCE)
  • 13 May 2014: 17th Asia Pacific Regional Assembly (Taipei)
  • 14-16 May 2014: 1st UIC Conference on Natural Disaster Management of Railway System (Taipei)
  • 14 May 2014: Freight Steering Committee (Paris)
  • 15 May 2014: Freight Forum (Paris)
  • 20 May 2014: 84th General Assembly Preparatory Group (Paris (UIC HQ))
  • 20 May 2014: European Group of Assistants (Paris (UIC HQ))
  • 21-23 May 2014: Rail logistics chains and private-public partnership Training (Moscow, RUSSIA)
  • 21 May 2014: 2015 project work programme workshop (Paris (UIC HQ))
  • 22 May 2014: Assistants European Management committee
  • 26-31 May 2014: 10th Training session on High Speed Systems (Paris UIC HQ)
  • 27-28 May 2014: PROTECTRAIL Final event (Paris)

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English Editor: Helen Slaney
UIC Communications Department, Paris, 7 March 2012

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