Croatia: Work to begin on the largest railway infrastructure project on the Dugo Selo – Križevci section

HŽ Infrastruktura will soon begin work on the Dugo Selo – Križevci Railway Section Upgrade and Construction of Second Track. This is the largest railway infrastructure project with an estimated value of a billion and 517 million HRK, with 85 % of the co-financing obtained from EU funds.

After the State Commission for Supervision of Public Procurement Procedure issued a complete rejection of the bidder’s appeal regarding the selection of the work contractor on 8 April 2016, conditions were met for a work contract to be signed between HŽ Infrastruktura with the chosen consortium, made up of the following Croatian companies: DIV d.o.o., DALEKOVOD d.d., and ZAGREB-MONTAŽA d.o.o. Work is to begin during the summer of 2016, and the project is to be completed by the end of 2019.
The value of the contract is HRK 1,239,557,818.93.

“This is a big step for HŽ Infrastruktura, as well as for the entire Croatian economy. We are proud that this has made HŽ Infrastruktura into the body responsible for the largest project in the Republic of Croatia so far, which is co-financed by EU funds. This is a big day for our company, and I would like to thank everyone who has worked on this project. We are finally beginning with the work and we are extremely pleased because of it. This is a strategic project, with the help of which HŽ Infrastruktura will surely contribute to GDP increase, revitalisation of the civil engineering sector and the improvement of the railway traffic quality in Croatia. Additionally, we are happy about the fact that the project was also recognised by the European Union, which provides 85 % co-financing of the work and project supervision. This regards the section, which is a part of the Mediterranean Corridor, one of the two European transport corridors, which pass through Croatia and are a part of the European transport network. We are focused on priority investments, which are potentially the largest generator of growth and revenue.

The most reasonably priced offer was chosen and I believe that Croatian companies, which were chosen as contractors, together with the team of HŽ Infrastruktura, led by project manager Tihomir Lažeta, will do a great job”, said the President of HŽ Infrastruktura Management Board, Renata Suša.

Further project details:

  • Planned activities within the project include, besides the railway section upgrade and construction of second track on the entire 38.2 km long line section, the construction of six bridges, including two road bridges and the reconstruction of seven existing bridges, cancellation of 17 level crossings and two passenger crossings and the construction of 11 new overpasses, one underpass and six subways, upgrade of electric traction fixed installations, modernisation of signalling and interlocking, as well as telecommunication devices and the construction of 25 kilometres of service roads. Upon project completion, the journey time from Dugo Selo to Križevci will be reduced from 30 to 18 minutes.
  • The “Dugo Selo – Križevci Railway Section Upgrade and Construction of Second Track” project has been recognised as one of the priorities of railway network modernisation in the Republic of Croatia, and it is a part of a big project of setting up a high efficiency double-track railway line for mixed transport along the entire Mediterranean corridor RH2, which connects the Iberian Peninsula via the Port of Rijeka, Zagreb and Budapest with the Hungarian-Ukrainian border and TEN-T European network. Upon Croatia’s EU accession, the Port of Rijeka has become a point of entry/exit for the single European market, therefore, an increase of traffic volumes towards central European countries is expected, and this is the first project which connects Rijeka and Zagreb to the Hungarian rail network.
  • The purpose of this project is the construction of a double-track line, with much more favourable characteristics for use, which will meet the requirements of corridor traffic and receipt of interoperable freight trains, enable the increase of line capacity and the quality of life for people living next to railway lines, with significant investment in noise protection, according to European standards.

(Source: HŽ Infrastruktura)

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Freight Forum held its first meeting of the year on 12 April 2016 in Paris

On 12 April the Freight Forum held its first meeting of the year at UIC in Paris. UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux opened the meeting and warmly welcomed the participants. He highlighted events and key activities in the area of freight and invited forum members to the first international Oil Rail & Ports Conference hosted by RAI in Tehran from 15 – 16 May. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux thanked the outgoing Freight Forum Chairman Reinhard Bamberger for his excellent services to UIC and its members.

The following issues in particular were discussed:

  • The Freight Forum’s three-year work programme
  • CEO Task Force, created by HLFM in May 2015 to tackle the most important issues that freight is currently addressing in Europe
  • Quality Management System implemented at UIC and changes to the Opt-in Process

New Projects for 2017:

  • e-Wag, interoperability for intelligent wagons through a standardised and harmonised communication
  • eRail Freight 2: adaptation to UCC, RID and TAF and Europe-wide roll-out
  • Brake tests for the holding force of composite brake blocks
  • EU Project SETRIS (Strengthening European Transport Research and Innovation Strategies)
  • EU Project THRIVE: “Technical Horizons” for rail services and products
  • Upcoming Global Rail Freight Conference in Rotterdam (22 – 23 June 2016)

Status reports on issues from the Freight Study Groups and Special Groups

  • Study Group Wagon Users (Nicola Czernecki)
  • Combined Transport Group (Sandra Géhénot)
  • Study Group Operation (Roland Hartkopf)
  • ATTI (Bernard Schmitt)

All presentations are available for the Freight Forum members on the UIC extranet.

The next meetings are:

  • 20 – 21 April 2016: High Level Freight Meeting/Vienna
  • 10 October 2016: Freight Steering/Paris UIC HQ
  • 15 November 2016: Freight Forum/Paris, UIC HQ

For further information please contact Patrick Mantell:

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Poland: New Management Board of PKP appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction

On 7 April a new Management Board of PKP was appointed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Construction.
The new CEO of PKP is Mr Mirosław Pawłowski, who will be supported by four Board members: Ms Cecylia Lachor, Mr Michał Beim, Mr Marek Michalski and Mr Jarosław Kołodziejczyk.

Biography of Mr Pawłowski:

Mr Pawłowski graduated in economic studies from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and went on to postgraduate studies in the field of management, among others. He has been associated with the railway industry and the companies of the PKP Group for many years. In 2001 he became Director for Economics and Finance at PKP JSC, with responsibility for railway infrastructure. From 2001 to 2009 he was a member of the Management Board of PKP Polish Railway Lines JSC (PKP PLK JSC) with responsibility for economic and financial issues, during which time he successfully restored the financial position of the company. He also coordinated the implementation of the ERP SAP system at PKP PLK JSC, for which the company was awarded “Implementation of Year 2008”. From 2006 to 2009 he served as Vice-President of the Railway Employers’ Union (ZPK). More recently he managed one of the firms in the energy sector, directing major infrastructure projects in the eastern part of the Mazovian voivodship.

On 30 March the PKP PLK Supervisory Board also appointed a number of new Management Board members:

Mr Ireneusz Merchel, President of the Management Board;
Mrs Małgorzata Kuczewska- Łaska, Member of the Management Board, Director for Financial and Economic Affairs
Mr Antoni Jasiński, Member of the Management Board, Director for Infrastructure Maintenance
Mr Włodzimierz Żmuda, Member of the Management Board, Director for Investment Quality and Operational Risk
Mr Andrzej Pawłowski continues his duties as a Vice-President of the Management Board, Director for Operational Affairs

In April PKP PLK’s Management Board will be joined by one more member – Director for Investment Implementation.

(Source : PKP)

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Workshop on Sustainable Mobility and Network Meeting to be held on 27 April 2016 at UIC Headquarters in Paris

Rail is often quoted as one of the most sustainable means of transport. While a modal shift and an increase of rail is expected on railway networks in the coming years, the good management of railway sustainability is of major importance, as it is a key determining factor in the consumer choices.
Therefore the rail sector needs to learn the best approach to offer targeted options for the consumer.

The first session “Integrated Sustainable Mobility” will provide best practices on this subject. The audience will hear from the most innovative door-to-door solutions.
The second session on “Railways and Green Tourism” will provide an insight into how the digital market can help to combine rail offers with a more customised demand.
The third session on “Relations with customers and stakeholders on environmental topics” will focus on how communications departments convey corporate sustainability initiatives to internal and external stakeholders.

The fourth and last session on “Railways and Green Growth Approach: the Benefits of Investing in Railways” will emphasise the importance of investing in railways and the reasons why the sector is in an advantageous position for driving shift towards sustainable transport.

The outcome of this workshop will be the guidelines for defining ideas and proposals for UIC projects run between 2016-2018.

Participation is free of charge – please register at the following link:

We look forward to seeing you in Paris on 27 April!

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi:

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2nd UIC International Workshop on Vegetation Management to be held on 24 and 25 May 2016 at UIC Headquarters in Paris

UIC, in partnership with SNCF, will hold an international workshop dedicated to “Weed Control on Railways: What future for herbicides?” on 24 and 25 May 2016 at UIC headquarters.

This workshop follows the successful edition held in October 2013 in Coventry hosted by Network Rail. This event is being organised by the UIC Sustainable Land Use Expert Network and will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of herbicides in the railways.

Topics will include the state-of-the-art in weed control management, health regulatory framework, health regulations, procedures for approval of active substances and marketed products, alternative methods to chemical treatment, traceability system & data management and impact of railway herbicides. Speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, EFSA, national chemical authorities, environmental agencies and chemical suppliers.

The event is free of charge; however seats are limited.

Secure your place by registering at:

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit:

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Fourth UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2017 “Unite, Inspire, Connect”

Deadline for submission of abstracts extended until 10 June 2016

Following the success of previous editions of WCRT (over 200 participants from 40 countries (Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Middle East) attended the third WCRT in Lisbon in 2015), UIC and its partners DB Training, Learning & Consulting and SNCF are pleased to announce the fourth UIC World Congress on Rail Training, which will be held at DB Akademie, Potsdam/Berlin, Germany, from 5-7 April 2017.

The World Congress on Rail Training 2017 is to be held at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, which draws its expertise from the regional Rail Training Centre Networks (Europe, Asia, Middle East, etc.). Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.
The key congress aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings in this area which are innovative and have practical application in the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers
    The Congress is targeted at human resources and training directors, training executives, and training and workforce development experts. The Congress will be held in English, French and German.

Click the link for more information about the call for abstracts, or to submit one: Please submit them before June 10th, 2016.

Further information about the Congress (how to be a partner/sponsor, registration fees, etc.) will follow later.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Contact: Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit - Expertise Development:

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Connecting railway talents throughout the world: Railway Talent event joins WCRR 2016

Connecting railway talents throughout the world:
Railway Talent event joins WCRR 2016.

Less than five weeks left to register for the second TALENT collaborative and networking event! (deadline for registration: 20 May 2016)

On 1 and 2 June 2016, the second TALENT collaborative and networking event will take place as part of WCRR 2016 in Milan, Italy.

The UIC TALENT project (Global Network of Railway Talents) has been set up to tackle the various challenges faced by the rail industry (an ageing population, image problems, the war for talent, loss of corporate knowledge, skills mismatches, knowledge transfer, etc.) and support its members in their national approaches and efforts to improve the image of the rail industry, as well as attracting and retaining the best talents. The project endeavours to address the following top three priorities:
-  Ensuring that knowledge is passed on to the next generation
-  Developing workforce skills/capabilities
-  Attracting and retaining valued talent

At the core of the project is the creation of a strong and sustainable foundation for fostering international cooperation amongst talent in the railway sector.
The second event aims to build on the success of the first TALENT event (Newcastle upon Tyne, July 2015), which brought together participants from 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America.
The purpose of the event is to reinforce the core values of the network (attractiveness, creativity and performance) and boost the global network through varied training methods and tools aiming at triggering action, participation and a sense of ownership.

During the event, the attendees will, inter alia:
-  Explore the challenges of international work through both face-to-face and remote communication and learn how to avoid cross-cultural pitfalls,
-  Develop cultural awareness and self criticism,
-  Learn to adapt their way of working to meet the unique demands of working virtually and optimise the quality of virtual interactions. Attendees will be provided with tools to facilitate experience-sharing and virtual closeness.
Attendees will also have the chance to participate in one of the technical visits organised as part of WCRR.
Last but not least, the event will also be the occasion to “induct” the Railway Talent Ambassadors (for more information about the Ambassadors programme, see:

For further information, or to register, please visit:

Contact: Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit - Expertise Development

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GYSEV participating in new EU Rail Freight Corridor; Ancient Amber Road may be back on the rails

On behalf of Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland, the Hungarian Ministry of National Development submitted to the European Commission a Letter of Intent for the establishment of a new Amber Rail Freight Corridor No. 11 with the aim to facilitate cross-border rail freight. The corridor links, inter alia, GYSEV’s intermodal terminal in Sopron with the Slovenian seaport of Koper, and with key terminals and industrial regions in Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland.

The Amber Rail Freight Corridor No. 11 is the first new EU Rail Freight Corridor to be established since the setting-up of the nine initial Rail Freight Corridors, which were defined in 2010 by EU Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European Rail Network for Competitive Freight.

The countries and railway infrastructure managers participating in the new corridor undertake to develop it as an integral part of the network of Rail Freight Corridors, to the benefit of freight train operators, rail logistics companies and shippers.

Regulation (EU) 913/2010 leaves room for expansion of the existing Rail Freight Corridors, meaning that the Amber corridor may be extended and enhanced by adding line extensions to further Member States in the future based on market demand and, of course, the mutual consent of the respective Member States.
The GYSEV rail network is at the heart of this corridor, which links, inter alia, GYSEV’s intermodal terminal in Sopron with the Slovenian seaport of Koper, and with key terminals and industrial regions in Slovenia, Slovakia and Poland.

GYSEV CEO Mr Kövesdi underscores that: “The Amber Rail Freight Corridor No. 11 has strategic value for us and will help GYSEV to strengthen its position on the North-South axis, which following investment to electrify the North-South line and ongoing and planned infrastructure upgrades on the GYSEV network, is becoming an increasingly attractive route for international North-South rail freight east of the Alps and for combined traffic services to and from our intermodal terminal in Sopron”.

On the East-West axis, GYSEV already participates in the Orient-East Med Rail Freight Corridor No. 7 and will also be part of the future Rhine-Danube Rail Freight Corridor No. 9. GYSEV Head of International Relations Ms Mosóczi explains: “Based on this experience, we have actively supported efforts to set up an EU Rail Freight Corridor on the North-South axis; with the signing of the Letter of Intent by the Ministries of all four Member States, we now see the fruits of our work and our excellent cooperation with the Ministry and European Commission experts.”

GYSEV Cargo CEO Mr János Skala adds: “As a freight train operator and customer of the Rail Freight Corridors, we are familiar with all the challenges and hurdles cross-border rail freight is facing today. We very much welcome the establishment of the Amber Rail Freight Corridor in order to tackle these issues, and see it as an important instrument to develop and implement smooth and harmonised solutions for the provision and management of international rail freight capacity”.

GYSEV Cargo Business Development Director Mr Péter Schöberl very much welcomes the initiative, since GYSEV Cargo is currently putting increasing emphasis on a project which aims to develop connectivity between Poland and the Adriatic ports of Slovenia and Northern Italy via the hub of Sopron. He is convinced that the establishment of the new Amber Rail Freight Corridor will help to strengthen the competitiveness of rail and help shift long-distance traffic from road to rail.

(Source: GYSEV)

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ARA, Australia: Rail Industry Welcomes Brisbane Cross River Rail Announcement

Rail Industry Welcomes Brisbane Cross River Rail Announcement

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) applauds the Queensland Government’s announcement regarding the multi-billion dollar Cross River Rail project today.

“The Cross River Rail project will provide the much-needed second rail crossing of the Brisbane River,” said Danny Broad, Chief Executive Officer of the ARA.

“With Brisbane’s population expected to approach five million people within twenty years, the Cross River Rail project will increase the capacity of Brisbane’s rail network, allowing additional trains to run through Brisbane’s CBD, thereby meeting the forecast demands of the city’s population,” said Mr Broad.

Although the creation of a statutory authority charged with delivering the project does not guarantee the project’s certainty, the ARA commends the Palaszczuk Government’s approach to securing the project’s future.

The ARA recognises the budgetary demands facing governments across Australia in funding transport infrastructure. The use of innovative funding to deliver Cross River Rail has the full support of the ARA. The opportunity to realise value-capture opportunities through a Federal, State and Local government co-investment alongside private sector funding is a sustainable and forward-looking approach.

The Cross River Rail alignment will create significant economic benefits for the region, create thousands of construction jobs, as well as ensure post-construction operational and maintenance jobs and lead to urban revitalisation and growth with the delivery of five new station precincts.

“The ARA looks forward to the finalisation of the business case and the subsequent investment decision. We urge the Palaszczuk Government to work hard towards a 2016 investment decision that facilitates construction beginning in 2018,” said Mr Broad. “The ARA has been a long-time advocate for a Cross River Rail project in Brisbane and the significant economic, social and urban benefits the project will provide.”

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FTA, Finland: Winter navigation project WINMOS entailed acquisition of the new Finnish icebreaker

Initiated in 2012, the WINMOS winter navigation project will culminate in the final seminar held today (7 April 2016). The new financial model and icebreaker concepts developed in the project will guarantee cost-effective winter navigation and timely renewal of the icebreaker fleet. The project also entailed the construction of a new icebreaker, Polaris.

Year-round maritime transport plays a key role in EU trade. The main objective of the WINMOS project was to ensure effective winter navigation in the EU’s northernmost waters, as well as to develop the winter navigation system as a whole in the Baltic Sea area. The project comprised seven activities. The most important activity from an economic point of view was the building of the new Finnish icebreaker, Polaris. The Finnish Transport Agency played an active role in almost all of the activities.

Part of the WINMOS project was to find means to reduce both fuel consumption and emissions from icebreakers. The next-generation icebreaker Polaris is the first icebreaker powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The use of LNG significantly reduces both carbon emissions and fuel costs.

Closer icebreaker cooperation between nations
An important part of the WINMOS project was to develop operative modelling and financial modelling in winter navigation. The actions to enhance winter navigation will be put into effect in international icebreaker cooperation.

At the end of last year, Finland, Sweden and Estonia signed an MOU by which they undertake to examine possible ways of putting such cooperation into action. The three countries have also submitted a new application for EU funding for the next step of the WINMOS project (WINMOS 2). The decision on EU funding will be taken next summer.

In addition to the icebreaker acquisition, the WINMOS project also examined future needs for icebreaking capacity, next-generation icebreakers, and lifecycle extensions of old icebreakers. The project also included development of winter navigation simulation training and training systems for seafarers.

WINMOS is a Swedish/Finnish/Estonian project co-financed by the European Commission. The total project budget is 139 million euro, of which 29.6 million euro is funded from the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea (MoS) budget.

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BJTU, China: BJTU Held the International Symposium of the Future of Renewable Energy and A Forum Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of BJTU

From 6 - 8 April 2016, Hanergy School of Renewable Energy (HASRE) held an International Symposium on the Future of Renewable Energy & a Forum celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Beijing Jiaotong University. Vice President Chen Feng attended and addressed the symposium, which was also attended by a total of 13 world-famous experts and scholars from 11 world-renowned universities and institutions. Taking as its theme the “Future of Renewable Energy”, the symposium focused on development trends in the renewable energy industry, helping promote the development of Electrical Engineering as a discipline as well as enhancing international exchange and cooperation in the area of renewable energy.

Before the symposium, President Ning Bin met with Philip Krein, Vassilios Agelidis, Chen-Ching Liu and Dae Mann Kim. He said BJTU would spare no efforts to build HASRE into an international demonstration school, and hoped that all the experts would offer suggestions on disciplinary development and faculty construction to promote the internationalisation of HASRE.

Chen Feng welcomed and expressed his gratitude to all the experts on behalf of BJTU. He pointed out that the symposium provided a platform for global experts to discuss and share their experience on renewable energy. It was a precious gift in celebration of the 120th anniversary of BJTU. He hoped that HASRE would take this as an opportunity to further promote the ongoing internationalisation of the university.

Prof. Jin Ho Kwak, Dean of the Hanergy School of Renewable Energy, briefly introduced current developments and future plans at the school, adding that all the experts and scholars were welcome to take an active role in the construction of HASRE.

During the symposium, 11 global experts and professors from such universities as UIUC, Washington State University, University of Manchester, University of New South Wales, Korea Institute for Advanced Study and POSTECH, as well as Prof. JIANG Jiuchun, Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering (BJTU), gave academic reports.
After the symposium, the experts also toured the new HASRE offices at the Science and Technology Building, and visited the National Active Power Distribution Grid Technology Research Centre and the university museum.
During the three-day symposium, HASRE principals and experts conducted in-depth academic exchange and development consultation, and successfully achieved their goals.

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CHSRA, United States: High-Speed Rail Authority and City of San José Enter Into Station-Area Planning Agreement

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) and the City of San José announced today an agreement that will infuse $600,000 in federal and state funds into San José’s historic Diridon Station. This station area planning agreement ensures a collaborative effort between local and regional transportation partners to develop new, intermodal transportation opportunities for the region and encourage transit-oriented development and smart growth policies surrounding the station in San José.

“Our Diridon Station Area Plan envisions a vibrant and urban mixed-use setting that serves as a regional hub of jobs, housing, transportation and entertainment,” said San José Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I thank High-Speed Rail for investing in the implementation of the City’s vision for this area, and look forward to working with them and stakeholders throughout the community to create a world-class destination in and around Diridon Station.”

Located on the west side of downtown San José, Diridon Station today serves as a major transit hub for Caltrain, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight service, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), the Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) light rail and bus service, and Union Pacific. Future plans include high-speed rail services and a future BART extension. Previous station planning has resulted in the development of the Diridon Station Area Plan.

The Diridon Station Area Plan lays the groundwork for high-density, transit-oriented development surrounding the station. Through this agreement, the City of San José is receiving $400,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds and an additional $200,000 of state funds to advance the Diridon Station Area Plan process.

“This agreement will provide vital connections and development opportunities that will ensure that the high-speed rail station in San José becomes one of the major transportation hubs in the Bay Area,” said Board Chair Dan Richard. “This station will deliver passengers from the Central Valley and Southern California to the heart of the Silicon Valley and will provide new economic opportunities and improve mobility.”

The Authority provides station-area funds through a combination of federal and state funds to help a number of partner cities conduct planning efforts and develop conceptual designs to provide connections between high-speed rail station areas and the communities that surround them. Other partner cities that have entered into similar agreements include Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, Gilroy, Burbank and Palmdale.

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Algerian and French railways cooperate on training and engineering

Signed in Algiers, the SNTF-SNCF agreement on training forms part of a broader General Cooperation Protocol drawn up by the two railways in September 2015. SNCF will assist SNTF in modernising the latter’s training system.
A draft shareholders’ agreement setting up a joint venture between SYSTRA and SNTF has also been signed to build on the engineering part of the 2015 protocol.

Today in Algiers, SNCF Strategy & Finance Director Florence Parly and SNTF Chief Executive Yacine Bendjaballah signed a partnership agreement covering training activities. SYSTRA Vice-Chairman for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean Nicolas Kaeser and Mr Bendjaballah also signed a draft shareholders’ agreement setting up a SYSTRA-SNTF joint venture.


As of this year, Algerian trainers will receive training at various SNCF training centres and other facilities across France, thus drawing on SNCF’s expertise in railway training.

Professional training programmes meeting SNTF’s needs have been identified in four major areas: train driving, infrastructure, operation and stations, and management. The aim is for the SNTF trainers to be able to teach courses themselves in at least one of these areas (e.g. train driving or infrastructure maintenance) from start of 2017.

The newly-minted trainers will then be mentored by a contact at SNCF throughout their first year of teaching.

In order to maintain professional standards and ensure quality in the longer term, SNTF has asked SNCF for assistance in overhauling its teaching apparatus (developing training programmes, writing curricula, and using innovative learning aids).

The partnership also comprises a number of other training-related aspects, one of which will see SNCF assess the training provided by SNTF to its staff.
On 10 September 2015 in Algiers, SNCF and SNTF signed a memorandum of understanding defining a general framework for cooperation and collaboration and providing for a partnership in the fields of training, railway engineering, passenger transport and freight transport/logistics.
Two parts of the partnership have been executed to date, in the shape of the agreement on training and the agreement setting up a SYSTRA-SNTF joint venture on railway system engineering.

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All Rail Freight and Global Logistics actors to meet this June in Rotterdam for GRFC – register now!

Fifth UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held under the patronage of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on 22-23 June 2016 in Rotterdam – Main theme is “Shaping Together the Business of the Future”.

The 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference, organised by UIC with the support of Europoint (NL) under the patronage of the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, will be held on 21-23 June in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, at Van Nelle factory.

GRFC has become a worldwide reference for all actors in the rail freight and logistics sector, and is officially supported by OTIF, UNECE and ITF, the International Transport Forum of the OECD.
Many European and international associations representing the transport and rail sector are partners in this 5th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference.

This edition of GRFC will be held in Rotterdam and will run back-to-back with the TEN-T Days organised by the European Commission (20-21 June) and the European Rail Freight Corridor event (21 June) organised by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment under the Dutch Presidency of the EU.

The concept

Business professionals representing the entire transport chain will engage in a concrete discussion on the positioning of rail freight as a sustainable and competitive solution in a global world of increasing volumes of trade.
Through best practice examples and individual business cases, they will discuss the role of corridors as one of the tools with which to boost the efficiency and productivity of rail freight. They will also demonstrate with specific examples that rail is looking to the future in terms of new business models, new forms of cooperation and expertise development of its workforce. Innovation, automation and digitalisation are shaping the rail freight business.

To support the business discussions, a small group of young professionals will follow the debates and will deliver their view of and for the industry during the conference closing session.

The Business Conference
The main theme of the 5th UIC GRFC: “Shaping Together the Business of the Future”

The main conference topics will be addressed at a series of high-level panel discussions organised around the following themes and moderated by Paul Barrett (, who has considerable experience in hosting and moderating high-level events with a global dimension.

“From Shanghai to Rotterdam: the landbridge concept 10 years on”

Key stakeholders in the transport chain will review the latest transport volume projections between Asia and Europe and will discuss opportunities for rail freight and innovative business models with the maritime sector and share best practices.

“Strategies to deliver opportunities and enhance effectiveness”

The transport industry is a very competitive sector and rail freight is facing many challenges. In order to secure a prominent position in the 21st century, rail freight has to tailor its approach to business accordingly, maybe revisit its business models, and forge partnerships. These concepts will foster lively debates between key stakeholders in the transport chain and the audience.

“Rail Freight 4.0: innovation and digitalisation for global solutions”

Being competitive in the rail freight business of the 21st century implies adapting processes and rolling stock to the era of digitalisation, innovation and automation. It also means ensuring their suitability to the operational requirements of the future. Automation also implies data generation, which in turn needs to be managed, filtered and protected.

“The workforce of the future: digital skills and human capital”

Adapting processes to the digital era requires the appropriate skills to be developed at the right time. Training is essential. New models also need to be developed.
Young professionals will share their vision of / for the rail industry, which they will have formed through interviews with GRFC participants and speakers. They will then engage in a discussion with the audience and business professionals.

Speakers will include

  • Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Secretary of State, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (invited)
  • Violetta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport (invited)
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director–General, UIC
  • Salman Babayev, Vice-President of Russian Railways (RZD)
  • Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam in charge of Mobility
  • Emile Hoogsteden, Vice-President, Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V.
  • François Davenne, Secretary-General, OTIF
  • Eva Molnar, Director of the Transport Division, UNECE
  • José Viegas, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum, OECD
  • Olivier Onidi, Director, DG Move
  • Fraenz Benoy, CEO CFLMM
  • Oliver Sellnick, VP European Corridor Management, DB Netz
  • Rodan Senekl, Presidium Member, Czech Logistics Association
  • Jari Kauppila, Head of Statistics and Modelling, International Transport Forum, OECD
  • Johannes Nanninga, COO, IJS Global/Gefco
  • André Thiniéres, Managing Director, Objectif OFP
  • Paweł Wojciechowski, European Coordinator of the Rhine-Alpine Core Network Corridor
  • Ferdinand Schmidt, CEO, Rail Cargo Austria
  • Baher El-Hifnaw, Senior Economist in the Transport Unit, World Bank
  • Joris D’Inca, Partner at Oliver Wyman
  • Robert van der Waal, Director Logistics Operations, Samsung
  • Bernhard Kunz, Managing Director, Hupac
  • Fabrice Walewski, General Partner & CEO, Touax Group
  • Miroslav Obrenovic, Head of Asset Strategy & Programs, DB Cargo
  • Cédric Lévy-Bencheton, Expert in Network and Information Security, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
  • Peter Boom, Manager Business Development, RailWatch
  • Harald Jony, Director of Energy Management, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
  • Esther Marconi, Chair of the UIC Expertise Development Platform
  • Thierry Vanelslaner, BNP Fortis & University of Antwerp
  • Patrick Philipp, Head of IRU Academy
  • An interview with Yves Tyrode, Chairman of the UIC Digital Platform, and Brogan Bambrogan, Hyperloop

The programme

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Project management at UIC: Ms Sandra Géhenot, Senior Rail Freight Adviser,

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OTIF: the Work Programme 2016-2017 for the Secretariat was approved

The Administrative Committee of OTIF –the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail - gave its views on the Secretariat’s proposal for a new work programme for 2016-2017 on 19 and 20 January 2016.

The work programme sets out the Secretariat’s strategic and operational objectives. It was well received and was approved with a few amendments. It is an important tool for the Secretariat; digital and paper versions are disseminated to its various partners so that they can anticipate potential legal developments and have a clear idea of OTIF’s role.

Following on from the 2014-2015 work programme, the Secretariat of OTIF will continue to extend and develop application of the Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF). OTIF will promote the Uniform Rules (CIV, CIM, CUV, CUI, APTU, ATMF) and the Regulation concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID).

In 2016-2017, interoperability beyond the European Union and its element of railway safety will be a project that will unify the Secretariat’s various sections.
OTIF will finally assert its role. Continuing to establish uniform railway law assumes that OTIF will become a forum, a place of exchange for developing an international rail system of connected and interoperable rail transport networks.

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Average rating: 2.5 / 5

“Future for Railway Finance” meeting

On Thursday 7 April, around 60 people from Switzerland, the EU and US attended the “Future for Railway Finance” meeting at UIC Headquarters.

After welcome speeches from UIC Director-General Jean Pierre Loubinoux and Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Paul Dühr, two sessions took place. Speakers from railway companies, leasing and rolling stock companies, national authorities, and the finance and banking sector stressed the challenges faced and the opportunities.

It is estimated that railways currently invest approx. € 48 billion per year in rolling stock. Private-sector funders of railway equipment require security that credit provided through loans or leases will be repaid and that their property rights will be respected so that assets can be repossessed by the creditor on non-payment or insolvency of the debtor.

UNIDROIT Secretary-General Mr José Angelo Estrella Faria and OTIF Secretary-General Mr François Davenne reiterated the improvements brought about by the adoption of the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. A new worldwide legal framework has been created to recognise and regulate the security interests of lenders, lessors, and vendors. The protocol applies to all rolling stock (from high speed trains to trams), and will create an international system of registration and priorities for secured parties with the Registry which is accessible 24/7 online, allowing them to register their interests and facilitating the task of prospective creditors checking any rival claims to the equipment being financed. It will also lower barriers to entry into the industry for private-sector operators, make existing operators more efficient and competitive, and reduce dependency on state funding.

The conference was moderated by Mr Howard Rosen, Chairman of the Rail Working Group. He is heavily involved in raising awareness of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol and works to promote its adoption in order to encourage greater and more cost-effective private-sector financing of capital investment in railway rolling stock.

For the text of the protocol as well as helpful articles, briefing papers and presentations, please see

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Average rating: 4.5 / 5

Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-21 September 2017 UIC PoSE Meeting Rome
  • 19 September 2017 EMCA Paris
  • 19-20 September 2017 UIC Legal Group meeting Rome - Italy
  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 203
  • 21-22 September 2017 Capacity4Rail final conference Madrid
  • 26 September 2017 Workshop on electronic rule books UIC HQ PARIS
  • 27-30 September 2017 UIMC scientific congress & General Assembly York - UK
  • 28 September 2017 First SAFER-LC Workshop on rail and road users requirements regarding safety of Level crossing Paris, UIC HQ
  • 28 September 2017 CDF Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee UIC Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Fourm Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Paris
  • 4-7 October 2017 UIC Asset Management Global Conference Paris UIC
  • 4 October 2017 APRA Web Conference Paris UIC HQ
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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