The first UIC training session to be organised in the frame of the newly founded UIC Middle-East Railway Training Centre (MERTCe) will take place from 1 – 5 October 2012 in Eskişehir and Ankara in Turkey. The first part of the training session on a “General introduction to Railway Business: legal, operational and commercial framework” will take place in Eskişehir, while the second part “RAME High-Speed Seminar” will take place in Ankara. The two towns are connected by a high speed train, which will be a very good opportunity for one of the technical visits.
The training is targeted mainly, but not exclusively, at staff from Middle-East countries:
- Senior officials of the transportation companies intending to make investments in the railways
- Senior officials of infrastructure undertakings
- Heads of freight and passenger departments of railway undertakings of the Middle-East Region
- Wagon and locomotive producers, track design and building firms, track equipment producers (sleeper, rail, signalling etc.)
- Those responsible for transport planning in the ministries, and in regional and local authorities
By attending the training, the participants will:
- Obtain information and practical knowledge about liberalised rail transport market
- Share experiences in the field of separation between infrastructure managers and operators
- Get a good overview and understanding of current and future trends for rail passenger and freight transport, at global and regional level
- Get in-depth information about high speed rail systems, focusing on strategic elements (stations, environment, traffic forecasting,..)
These training activities are being prepared in close cooperation between UIC HQ and Turkish State Railways (TCDD), the chair railway of the UIC Regional Assembly Middle-East (RAME).
The programme, as well as further details, will soon be available on the UIC website.