2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation successfully held in Paris

Strategies and actions to achieve integration of the rail system through convergence of standards

The 2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation, organised by UIC, was successfully held on 9 June in Paris, bringing together all major stakeholders in the field of rail standardisation among them railway operating companies, manufacturers, global standardisation organisations (ISO, IEC), research centres, institutions (European Commission, ERA…) and associations (UIC, UNIFE…).

The conference enabled an open discussion to be held on the latest developments, on the needs of the railway sector in the field of standardisation and to discuss and debate strategies and actions to achieve integration of the rail system through the convergence of standards.

Railway standardisation is a fundamental component for the implementation of the railway service expressed both in the achievement of the expected level of performances, like safety and quality, and in overall sustainability. Standardisation also forms a bridge between research innovation and the market which will in turn bring significant economic benefits.

UIC has been present on the stage of the international railway standardisation since 1922 and with its globally recognised UIC Code consisting of 700 “Leaflets” and with its International Railway Standards, has significantly brought out the railway knowledge at worldwide level promoting the technical cooperation among the members and, consequently, facilitating coherent worldwide development of the railways.

In his opening message to participants Mr Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD), UIC Chairman, underlined that “the newly created International Railway Standards (IRS) of UIC, that are based on a range of UIC leaflets created by its members for years, formulate requirements for railway systems, define the boundary conditions and are focused on the definition of functional possibilities and railway performance targets. They set out clear requirements of producing modern railway equipment and infrastructure elements, as well as provide for harmonised rules and procedures for the railway themselves.” He also mentioned that if “the spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation is kept and the work started completed, in the near future direct transportation between China, the Republic of Korea, India and other Asian countries on the one hand, and the European countries on the other to redistribute cargo flows from the sea, road and air to the railways will be witnessed”.

On behalf of Mr Michele Mario Elia, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FSI), UIC Vice Chairman and UIC Europe Chairman, Mr Alberto Mazzola, Senior Vice President International Affairs of FSI, underlined that “Railway Operating Companies invest a lot of money in standardisation at any level and need a concrete return from it, therefore it is necessary that concepts like cooperation among standardisation organisations, complementarity of the different kind of standards, convergence of the solutions, support the business and the investments, service orientation be the basis of this activity”.

The International Rail Standards (IRS) are developed by UIC in full complementarity with the standards issued by the other Standardisation Organisations, and consider the vision of the different stakeholders. Cooperation Agreements allow for full coherence in terms of programmes, work and developments with existing standards valid at regional or global level. Considerable progress and concrete results have been achieved together with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and OSJD. Many relations are ongoing with ISO in order to start an active cooperation on a number of items of common interest.

Mr Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the European Rail Agency (ERA), gave an overview of the rail standardisation process in the European Union. He said that “the importance of rail standardisation is fully recognised and that its role is to migrate to optimal harmonisation in the single European rail area”. He stressed “the need for closer cooperation between the main organisations in charge of railway standardisation, at mandatory or voluntary/professional level”. Four working sessions focused on discussing the interaction between the international organisations, common standardisation methods for passenger and freight services, cooperation and interface between manufacturers and railway operating companies and technical innovation input for railway standardisation.

Mr Gianfranco Cau, UIC Senior Advisor Standardisation & Interoperability, gave an introductory presentation on the recent developments within the context of standardisation.

In his closing speech, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, stressed that “the rail operating community, together with all actors, have a big responsibility to provide the tools to steer the railway transport towards a major breakthrough. Thanks to its global dimension, UIC is inclined to offer its structure and competencies to create cooperation and integration of best practices, outcomes and processes around a representative consensus. Cooperation is the prerequisite for convergence, complementarity is the key to improvement and railway standards are the necessary support for business and investments”.

Please find below the links to three speeches by Vladimir Yakunin, UIC Chairman and President of Russian Railways; Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General; and Alberto Mazzola, on behalf of Michele Elia:

Chairman’s message: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/chairman_s_message.pdf
Speech by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/speech_loubinoux.pdf
Speech by Alberto Mazzola on behalf of Michele Elia: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/speech_mazzola.pdf

Presentations from this conference will be available soon on the website at: www.uic.org/standardisation

For further information please contact:

Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department: antoni@uic.org

Gianfranco Cau, Secretary of the Standardisation Platform, Secretary of the Rolling Stock and Energy Sectors: cau@uic.org

Roberto Tieri, Junior Advisor: tieri@uic.org

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China: New railway to link Beijing-Hebei-Tianjin

Northern Chinese transport authorities are aiming to build a second intercity railway between Beijing and neighboring Tianjin municipality this year, with a route incorporating a stop in Hebei province.

Intercity trains started transporting passengers between the two cities in 2008, but that route does not stop in Hebei. The new service forms part of the region’s development plan, based on integrating Beijing and its surrounding areas.

Tianjin-bound trains on the route will stop in Hebei’s Xianghe County and Tianjin’s Baodi District before reaching the destination of Binhai New District in eastern Tianjin, Liu Bozheng, an official with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, said on 8 June 2015.

Last year, state-owned enterprise China Railway and other investors from Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin pumped 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) into establishing an intercity train company that is now drafting transportation development plans for the region.

The company will launch an intercity railway between Beijing and Hebei’s Tangshan city this year.

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News from UIC members

United States: High-Speed Rail Authority appoints new communications team member

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announced the appointment of Justin Chechourka as its new Multimedia Manager. As Multimedia Manager, Chechourka will develop and implement a statewide multimedia strategy to educate the public about the high-speed rail program through enterprising stories, video production, animation and social media.

“Multimedia enhances our ability to educate the public of the many benefits of high-speed rail,” said CEO Jeff Morales. “Justin brings with him a wealth of experience and will be an integral part of our communications team.”

For the last 14 years, Chechourka has worked as a television producer at stations throughout California. Most recently he served as a senior producer at KCRA (NBC) in Sacramento where he wrote and developed newscasts, stories, promotions and online content. He was in charge of launching a new morning newscast that is now ranked as one of the top shows in the market.

(Source: CHSRA)

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Germany: DB Schenker Opens “Terminal of the Future” in Finland

57 million euro investment is one of the company’s biggest worldwide

DB Schenker Logistics opened one of its largest and most modern terminals on the third of June in Finland. The new location, near the capital of Helsinki, represents one of the largest investments that DB Schenker has made worldwide at 57 million euros.

“Combining four locations and operations such as land transport, air, and sea freight in one building will improve our efficiency and productivity and streamline our cargo flows between the different transport modes,” said Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Management, Schenker AG.

The new premises will house 650 employees in the Viinikkala logistics area within 51,000 square meters. The warehouse will offer 31,940 square meters of storage, including 28,630 square meters of heated buildings and an unheated hall of 3,310 square meters.

“The new location has various advantages,” added Dr Rausch. “It is near the airport, closer to the harbour than before, and it has a better connection to the road network.” The terminal also has one of DB Schenker’s biggest sorters – 35,000 to 40,000 deliveries will be processed per day.

Part of the DB Group’s 2020 strategy, Environmental Protection was central to the planning of the new facility. The terminals were built according to TAPA requirements (Transported Asset Protection Association) and they follow the standards of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) at both Good and Very Good levels. For example, solar energy will be used to recharge the batteries powering the forklifts.

In addition, only the highest safety standards will be observed. A two-floor concept ensures that pedestrians and trucks are never on the same level.

(Source: DB Schenker)

News from UIC members

Qatar Rail launches awareness programmes for foreign employees and workers in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior, and in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, hosted a conference announcing the launch of its awareness programme dedicated to foreign employees and labourers working on Qatar Rail projects.
Aiming to help people integrate well into Qatar and make the expat move from home countries less challenging, Qatar Rail’s programme serves to brief foreigners on Qatari customs and laws, and give them an overview on their personal contribution to maintaining security and stability, and preventing legal offenses.
The two-day conference held at La Cigale Hotel in Doha, introduced the Qatar Community Policing arm as well as the customs and traditions of the Qatari community. Attendees, undertaking a new career journey in Qatar, had the chance to know more about traffic safety programmes, drug and alcohol control, as well as internet law and cybercrimes, which have become more common with the heavy reliance on e-commerce and the use of the local Metrash service.

Eng. Hamad Ibrahim Al Bishri, Deputy CEO of Qatar Rail, inaugurated the “Security Awareness & Traffic Safety forum for Foreign Workers at Qatar Rail” extending gratitude to the Ministry of Interior for the fruitful cooperation through both Community Policing and Public Relations arms, in the presence of Colonel Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Interior, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Mohamed Al Kaabi, Assistant Director of Community Policing Department, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Radi Al-Hajri, Director of Traffic Awareness Department, and Captain Hadi Mohammed Al-Hajri, Director of the Security Media Department.

Speaking at the occasion, Eng. Al Bishri said: “Through these awareness programmes, we aim to better integrate our foreign employees into the Qatari society, make their move to Qatar much easier, and combine efforts to prevent the occurrence of any law-related offenses that residents may not be aware of. We chose this period preceding the holy month of Ramadan to launch the awareness programmes to help in respecting the customs and traditions of the Qatari society, share insight on the implications of drug and alcohol consumption, and present an overview on traffic law programmes and cybercrimes detection”.
From his part, Colonel Abdullah Khalifa Al Muftah, Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Interior noted that community partnership is one of the main tools on which the Ministry of Interior relies to achieve security and spread awareness through the close coordination with various institutions of the state.
He said: "The Ministry of Interior is only able to achieve its goals in maintaining security and safety of the community and protecting people’s lives and properties with the solid cooperation with the various institutions and society members. The Ministry considers awareness in different security fields an important tool to maintain social safety. A number of awareness campaigns and programmes are being provided by the Ministry through conventional and advanced communication methods aiming to fully deliver its messages to the target audience”.

Colonel Al Muftah said that maintaining safety of community members is a top priority, highlighting the efforts being made to raise awareness on safety measures among workers of companies operating in Qatar. Praising the Qatar Rail initiative towards its foreign employees and workers, Colonel Al Muftah also noted that Qatar Rail and the companies working on the railway projects get full attention of the Public Relations Department.

He concluded: We have constant communication and coordination with all communities in Qatar and many educational projects to spread awareness and raise the level of safety among the people of those communities are well underway”.

The awareness sessions were led by experts representing various departments of the Ministry of Interior, where officials also agreed upon to provide special sessions for Qatar Rail contractors in the coming period. Among the speakers were Captain Rashid Mubarak Al khayarin, Community Policing Social Support Officer, Lieutenant Shaheen Rashid Al Atiq, Public Relations Directorate Officer, Lieutenant Fahd Sherida Al-Abdullah, Traffic Awareness Officer at the General Directorate of Traffic, Lieutenant Mohammed Hamad Al Asiri, Anti-Drug Directorate Officer, Lieutenant Moudawi Saeed Al Qahtani, Officer of Anti-Cybercrimes Centre – CID, Lieutenant Jassem Saleh Al Sulaiti, Information Systems Directorate Officer, and Mr Faisal Al Hadawi, Coordinator of communication with expat communities at Public Relations Directorate.
In the same context, Eng. Hassan Ahmed Al Marwani, Technical Interface Senior Manager at Qatar Rail, indicated that this conference is the first step within an integrated Awareness Program coordinated with the Department of Public Relations at the Ministry of Interior.
He said: “I would like to start by thanking the two Departments of Public Relations and Community Policing at the Ministry of Interior for the close cooperation and the remarkable support given to our Awareness Programmes. We are happy to announce that the programme’s next step will be dedicated to the 18,000 foreign workers at Qatar Rail. This is an indication of the company’s interest in these members of our team who are working hard to implement the rail projects.”

Al Marwani confirmed that the Qatar Rail initiative comes in line with the State of Qatar’s attention to the workers’ rights and their need to a safe, and secure work environment in the State of Qatar.
“We are planning with the help of Qatar Rail’s contractors to set a timeline for awareness programmes dedicated to workers in the various sites of the company. We have already coordinated with the Community Policing Department to make these programmes accessible in different languages for the many nationalities of our workers. In addition, the awareness sessions were categorised according to the employees’ nature of work,” Al Marwani continued.

(Source: QRC)

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UIC holds Workshop on Standards and Guidelines for Energy Efficiency

Paris, 8 June 2015

On 8 June 2015, the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Experts Network of UIC organised a Workshop on the Implementation of the TecRec 100_001 analysing the best practices, experiences and challenges for the assessment of the energy consumption of new rolling stock during the procurement process.

The workshop was moderated and supported by Roland Nolte, Managing Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT) based in Berlin, who participated in relevant rail and UIC related projects, such as EVENT, ARISCC and RailEnergy.

The Technical Recommendation 100_001 “Specification and verification of energy consumption for railway rolling stock” produced by UIC and UNIFE as an output of the RailEnergy Project is a voluntary standard for companies in the rail sector. The general purpose of this TecRec is to provide the framework to generate comparable energy performance values for trains and locomotives on a common basis and thereby support benchmarking and improvement of the energy efficiency of rail vehicles.

On Monday 8 June, more than 10 UIC member companies attended the workshop which took place at UIC Headquarters in Paris. The workshop presented an overview of the TecRec 100_001 and the existing application experiences as a basis for discussing the challenges for a further understanding and deployment of this standard in the rolling stock procurement process.

The participants discussed the challenges for rail companies in using the standard and the long-term advantages for the evaluation of rolling stock and reduction of energy consumption. The case studies from SBB and OBB were analysed in order to identify main procedures, indicators and requirements for the energy evaluation of new rolling stock.

Participants in the workshop exchanged opinions regarding the future worldwide and regional future trends on the topic, including the existing practices in other countries such as Japan. Another topic covered was the actual process of transforming the TecRec/Technical Specification in to the European standard EN 50591. The process has just started and will be continued over the next two years. Railway operators should participate with their energy experts in order to shape and improve the European standard.

As a final output of the workshop, IZT will produce some guidelines for the implementation of the TecRec 100_001 regarding the main requirements of rail companies.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández: castanares@uic.org

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UIC is partner in BODEGA (BOrdDErGuArd) research project launched on 10 – 11 June 2015 in Tampere, Finland

BODEGA is a three-year research project co-funded by the European Commission within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020 under the topic BES-14-2014: Ethical Societal Dimension, Human factors in border control - Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control.

The project started on 1 June 2015 and is coordinated by VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) with a consortium consisting of 15 partners from seven European countries: VTT, CEA, AIT, Thales, UIC – International Union of Railways, CEIS, University of Namur, ATOS, Zanasi & Partners Ubium, Happywise, Hellenic Border Guard, Finnish Border Guard – RAJA, ADM.

The aim of the project is to build expertise at the European level about Human Factors at border lines in a way to enhance its efficiency without side effects to the end users (border control agents and managers and land, air and maritime travellers).

This project is important for the rail sector since it will contribute to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of rail transport by facilitating the flow of regular travellers and speeding up border crossing for regular travel saving time for these travellers. For this reason the UIC Security Division decided to attend the consortium to represent the interests of the railway companies within the organisation of the border controls at railway border points.

The main objectives of BODEGA’s project are to:

  • Develop a round approach to incorporate ethical, societal and legal considerations into the set of human, organizational and technical factors to support the effectiveness of EU border control from different perspectives.
  • Construct a greater understanding of border guard’s work and border control by adopting a long-term perspective and taking into account different end-users’ needs and requirements for future Smart Borders, e.g. border guards, border control authorities, and passengers (regular travellers).
  • Gather new knowledge about psychological factors, which might affect border control efficiency and effectiveness at all border types: land (both road and rail), sea and air by performing in-depth human factors analysis.
  • - Co-design and develop new guidelines, recommendations and specifications, based on refined understanding of the border control task allocation between human and machine.
  • Develop and validate a toolbox with novel methods and methodologies: a set of practical tools for empowering border guards in their work for better EU border control efficiency, security and effectiveness, work-related well-being and job satisfaction, as well as improved decision-making by border control authorities, faster and positive border crossing experience of passengers.
  • Border control is a complex and security-critical environment. To achieve its objectives, BODEGA will adopt an authentic co-design/multi-stakeholder approach to build new concepts, practices and structures for all types of borders in EU. BODEGA has built a multi-disciplinary consortium including experts in Human and Organisational Factors in complex systems and specialists in cognitive ergonomics, representative end-users and experts in smart borders systems engineering.

BODEGA has made the strong choice to include several important end-users, each of them being representative of the different types of border crossing which can be met in Europe: railway borders out of the Schengen area, maritime borders and their specificity in detection of goods, road borders and air borders in the Schengen area.
Within this framework, the role of the UIC Security Division will be to:

  • represent the railways in the management of the constraints related to border control in order to reinforce the relationship between border guards and railway staff, facilitate the control operations for improving the efficiency of rail transport,
  • implement railway field studies for defining concrete guidelines to be implemented,
  • disseminate the results to the members in order to enable them to develop the right solutions at minimum cost and to have coherence between them.

For further information please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Advisor for Organisational and Human Factors: papillault@uic.org

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Finance Committee meeting (Paris, 4 June 2015)

The annual Finance Committee meeting took place on 4 June 2015 at UIC. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, opened the meeting in front of over 20 representatives from the Financial Departments of European UIC members. After a warm welcome from the President of the Committee, David Sitruk, SNCF, and the UIC Finance Director, Thierry Bera, the group moderators of seven regular finance groups gave presentations on the results of their work for the previous year and an upcoming programme for the next year.

Antoaneta Galabova, BDZ, moderator of the group PATRIC (audit passenger group), explained that the most commonly noted deficiencies during audits are in connection with fraud prevention (stock control, leaflet 361), after sales procedures (refund, cancellations) and accounting systems.

Sabine Dambuyant, SNCF, moderator of the group RCF 1, Accounting and Financial Regulations – Passenger Working Party, and coordinator of the groups PATRIC, RCF 1, 2 and 3, underlined that the ambition of the group RCF 1 will be to start of a new study on UIC 361 in order to take into account new distribution channels. She also made a presentation of the group RCF 2, Accounting and Financial Regulations – Freight Working Party, replacing Kurt Gründler, ÖBB.

Markus Sahli, SBB, presented work of the group RCF 3, Financial relations between railway undertakings – Principles and terms of application, which renewed its activity after a six-year pause. He explained that the group concentrated on the revision of leaflet 311, taking into account the negative Euribor and negative interest due for late payments.

Dénes Kovac, MAV, moderator of the Debts Group, presented working progress of ODC (Office of Debt Clearance), results of the inquiry about the remaining debt from the period 1991-1995, new debt levels in 2014 and 2015, and discussed the organisation of the Creditors Forum in the autumn of 2015.

Roman Sterba, CD, presented the work of the Statistics Group which focuses on finance and railway statistics. He went through the railway publications, collection of data and news on Railisa.

Herwig Rausch, ÖBB, who replaced the Taxation Group moderator Karl Fally, ÖBB, and Audrey Davodeau, SNCF, explained the work of the group which emphasised international passenger transport, taxation of energy and the weight of tax in the railway sector.

The meeting was further animated by Nicolas Craven who presented the COP 21 programme and its targets; Oana Patraulsecu, who presented Quality Management System programme at UIC; and John Lutz, who talked about SHIFT²Rail.

For further information about the Finance Committee please contact Thierry Bera: bera@uic.org

Or Maria Lafont: lafont@uic.org


Chairman of ISO Technical Committee on Railway Applications meets UIC Director General in Paris

On 10 June 2015, the day following the 2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation, Mr Yuji Nishie, Chairman of the ISO (International Standardisation Organisation) Technical Committee 269 on Railway Applications, met Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, at UIC Paris Headquarters.

The aim of the visit was an important discussion on the development of a fruitful cooperation between the international standard organisation ISO and UIC.

After establishing the ‘A liaison’, the two organisations are working on the preparation of a consortium agreement to harmonise their final programme and the development of railway standards.

UIC proposed a draft document to ISO based on the positive experiences with IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and is contributing today to the specific ISO ad hoc group in order to speed up the signing of the agreement.

The forecasted time schedule is represented by the TC 269 plenary meeting in October, preceding the UIC General Assembly of December.


Successful ATTI General Assembly (Paris, 10 June 2015)

The ATTI Special Group held its second General Assembly on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at UIC Paris headquarters.

This special group is focusing on the hand-over process and interchange of wagons on previously agreed trains. Through their commitment to apply the same set of rules issued by the GCU (General Contract of Use of freight wagons) and UIC leaflets, the members are speeding up the hand-over process at any cross border or interchange station.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, opened the General Assembly in front of around 40 representatives. Since the first kick-off meeting in June, 2014 specific tools and guidelines have been drafted by the ATTI executive committee.
Guidelines regarding the safety of freight trains, measures required for Quality Management Systems, and adjustments to be taken immediately in the event of quality shortcomings have now been agreed and endorsed by the ATTI community.

Furthermore the members agreed the budget and the proposal to start developing a Quality Assurance System (QAS). This will be the most important challenge until 2016. It should lead to a pilot run between voluntary ATTI Railway Undertakings (RUs).

To become a member of the ATTI Special Group, any RU – UIC member or not – may apply if a safety certificate and certified SMS are established:

For further information please contact Bernard Schmitt: schmitt@uic.org

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Capacity4Rail holds First Dissemination Workshop

10 – 11 June 2015, UIC Paris

The Capacity4Rail project, co-funded by the European Commission, and addressing the issue of railway capacity, held its first dissemination workshop from 10 – 11 June in Paris.

This four-year project (1 October 2013 to 30 September 2017) aims to bring today’s railway system to a future vision for 2030/2050 where enhanced capacity and performances will enable it to successfully face the challenge of the growing demand for goods and passenger transportation. In particular, it will define a comprehensive roadmap to describe the necessary steps to develop and implement innovation and to progress from the current state-of-the-art to a shared global vision of the 2050 railway along realistic scenarios.

Attended by around 40 representatives from the railway sector, European bodies and academic institutions, the workshop served as an opportunity to promote the project’s objectives, take stock of the achievements to date and look towards future activities, as well as discuss the expected potential improvements from the project’s results.

The workshop was opened by Isabelle De Keyzer, followed by a general presentation by Laurent Schmitt, Project Coordinator at UIC. The presentations given by the researchers covered the various ways in which the project is addressing the capacity issue through its various sub-projects (infrastructure, freight, operations, advanced monitoring), giving an overview of the latest progress and developments within each area, and explained the objectives and strategy towards achieving a common vision for a more efficient future rail system.

Highlights of the workshop included:

Upgrading infrastructure
New concepts for freight systems
Operation for enhanced capacity
Developing advanced monitoring technology
Vision, roadmap and assessment framework

The presentations from the workshop will be available soon on the project’s website: www.capacity4rail.eu

For further information please contact Laurent Schmitt: schmit@uic.org

Or Isabelle De Keyzer: dekeyzer@uic.org

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China launches freight train service connecting Europe by linking Harbin and Hamburg

A freight train service between the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin and Europe was launched on 13 June, opening a new trade route between China and Europe.

The train left the railway station in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, at 10 am on Saturday 13 June, carrying 49 containers of domestic goods such as electronic products and auto parts from northeast and north China, worth 3 million US dollars.

During the 9,820-km-long travel, the train will pass Russia and Poland before reaching its destination of Hamburg, Germany, said Tu Xiaoyue, general manager of HAO Logistics Co., Ltd, a joint venture which runs the service.

The train will be run once every week and each single trip takes 15 days. It will transport goods from China, the Republic of Korea and Japan as well as European countries such as Germany, Poland, France, Spain and Italy.

Several Chinese cities, including Chongqing, Chengdu, Changsha, Hefei, Yiwu and Suzhou, have launched similar freight train services to Europe.

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IRRB Rail Research Survey

UIC works hard to provide you with a one way shop to provide you with railway research and innovation related information and data through our Railway Research Portal which you can consult at the following link: http://www.railway-research.org/
This Portal is directly linked with the SPARK website which was set up by RSSB.

SPARK is a free, interactive web tool for the rail industry. SPARK gives you access to a range of publications. It provides information on research projects and initiatives and gives pointers to test facilities, centres of expertise and data sources.

Materials are uploaded in SPARK from a wide variety of sources to give you access to the combined wisdom of organisations from across the globe. The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) members receive enhanced permissions, automatically providing access to a wider range of reports and materials.

SPARK also allows you to contribute your own information, meaning you can join a community of professionals working together to share knowledge, reduce duplication and speed up innovation.

The progress of the Rail Research Portal and SPARK is closely followed by the IRRB as part of the work as described in their 2nd Strategy Document. In relation to this the initiative was taken to send out a survey and see if this portal fits the needs and wishes of the users.

Would you please take a few minutes of your time to answer the survey so we can further improve our service.
NB: the information about the Call for the 2016 edition of the Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards will be updated soon and the Call will be open from early July, accepting applications for the 2016 Awards which will be presented in December 2016.

You can access the survey at the following new link as there seemed to be some problems with the previous link given: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JP9VWH6

Thank you very much for your cooperation!

For further information please contact Dennis Schut: schut@uic.org


United Nations High Level Group meets in Milan on 11 June 2015

The UN High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport met in Milan as part of the UITP General Assembly. This meeting was the occasion to develop the report following the various contributions from its members.

Several points were raised during the meeting, in particular those of urbanisation and innovation.

For his part Mr Loubinoux led a panel on the link between intra-urban and inter-urban transport, the specific role of logistics centres and stations in the context of the future development of transport. To this end Mr Loubinoux was able to reiterate the five “Is” which, according to him, are the principles of sustainable transport – namely:

Intelligence and

As part of these discussions, Mr Loubinoux also had the opportunity to highlight five key actions – the five “Cs” – namely:

Corridors and

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said, “We simply have to build better, safer, and more sustainable transportation systems if we are going to promote prosperity and greater social well-being while protecting the environment.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commissioned the group to issue a report and organise a world conference on sustainable transport for 2016. These will present actionable policy recommendations to further develop sustainable transport.

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Annual Meeting of Non Integrated Reservation Tickets (NRT)

Budapest, 9 – 11 June 2015

The annual meeting of the Non Integrated Reservation Tickets (NRT) working group was held from 9 – 11 June in Budapest, Hungary. The meeting was hosted by MAV-START and UIC was represented by Mr Luis Casado Presa, Senior Advisor within the Passenger and High Speed Department. Representatives came from Attica Group, CFL, ZSSK, CD, DB, TRAINOSE, PKP, DSB, NSB, NS, ÖBB, SNCB/NMBS, SZ, ZS, TRENITALIA and CIT.

Changes in the Special Conditions of Carriage, the Railplus discounts future and the graphic seat displays were subjects raised during the meeting. There was also an update on the TAP TSI; the CIT reported on the activities within their area, and there was a report of the RIT (Rail Inclusive Tour) working group which had met the day before, delivered by Mr Karl Winkler, chairman of this group. Presentations regarding new projects and developments were given by DSB – developments in ticketing – and DB on new anti fraud policies in cross border operations with France and the new ICE portal.

Alexander Masalowicz, president of the NRT meeting, announced his retirement from international affairs, so a new president had to be elected. Christiane Kraus (DB) and Natascha Hooft (SNCB/NMBS) presented themselves as candidates, and finally, after voting, Ms Hooft was elected.

The next meeting will take place in Luxembourg in May 2016.

For further information please contact Luis Casado: casado@uic.org

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UIMC Medical Conference will take place in Berlin from 23 – 25 September 2015

Save the Date!

The forthcoming UIMC (International Union of Railway Medical Services) congress will take place in Berlin and Potsdam from 23 – 25 September 2015. Deutsche Bahn AG and its occupational health medical service IAS AG will host the international community of railway medical directors at this world conference.

UIMC is a special group of UIC and has been the scientific platform for railway medicine for more than 60 years now. At the conference, scientific presentations will range in a broad spectrum from medical aptitude criteria to the influence of psychiatric disorders on railway safety as well as health management of aging workforces. The traditional on-site visit will look closer into security issues and their implications for the health of staff and travellers. On 25 September, the UIMC General Assembly will elect a new management committee.

All railways are invited to send their chief medical adviser/head of medical service to this UIMC annual conference. Proof of this position/mandate of the railway company may be requested from applicants. The fee is €600 for one or two delegates, which covers the scientific and the framework programme. Please ask the organiser Deutsche Bahn AG for further details and registration at amelie.kohler@deutschebahn.com.

For further information please contact UIC Firdaous Outahr: outahr@uic.org

Or Dr Voumard SBB: Pierre-albert.voumard@sbb.ch

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PREDICT Project 1st Periodic Review

UIC represented by Mr José Pires (Senior Advisor within the UIC Security Division), participated in the PREDICT project 1st periodic review on 9 June at the Research Executive Agency (REA) in Brussels.

The main aim of the periodic review is to perform an overview of the project progress (following the delivery of the periodic report) by the consortium partners, including a publishable summary of the progress of work towards the objectives of the project, including achievements and attainment of any milestones and deliverables for the period.

The review panel was composed of an EC Project Officer and two designated technical reviewers, experts on crisis management and emergency response.

The PREDICT project started from an in-depth analysis of recent cases (over 8500 incidents worldwide), which will be accompanied by scenarios of potential crisis. Project partners will set up a generic approach (common framework) to prevent or mitigate cascading effects which will be applied in selected cases agreed with end-users. As modeling each phenomenon separately in a specific environment is not effective, the PREDICT project will propose cohesive and comprehensive models of dependencies, cascading effects and common mode failure which will include causal relations, multi-sector infrastructure elements and environment parameters, as well as the human factor aspects.

The main project results are to deliver software tools bundled in the PREDICT Incident Evolution Tool, which will consist of two core components:

  • Foresight and Prediction Tool (for simulation of the evolution of cascading effects and impact on multi-sector dependencies) and
  • Decision-Support Tool (for determining the best course of action and to calculate the risk associated with them)

The quality of the developed solutions will also be ensured by the strong involvement of end-users (UIC security division in the rail sector) in the project.

End-users will intervene at three levels:

  • Partners of the consortium
  • Members of the Advisory Board, and
  • Representatives from relevant organisations across Europe invited to regular workshops

The workshops will be focusing on understanding how the incident evolution can be observed, predicted and communicated at the prevention and response levels. Indeed, predicting and addressing potential cascading effects in crisis situation requires a comprehensive view of the evolution and a better understanding of the key phases of a crisis. By taking stock of existing solutions and exploring innovative methods in this field, end-users will be able to exchange best practices and express operational requirements on incident evolution solutions designed to improve their capability to mitigate potential cascading effects and thus facilitate their daily work.

Within that scope, a railway incident scenario will be analysed in a dedicated workshop (October 2015), to study how the Decision-Support Tool PREDICT will interact and possibly enhance with the crisis management protocols in place. That workshop will bring together the participation of railways, first responders, civil protection and local and national authorities.

Regarding the periodic review, the experts and EC Project Officer presented a positive opinion, providing good advice in a constructive way to consolidate and improve the good work presented so far.

The mid-term review of PREDICT will be around March-April 2016.

For further information please contact José Pires: pires@uic.org

Visit the website at www.predict-project.eu

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