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UIC Workshop on Digital Technology and Railway Security to take place from 4 – 5 May 2016 in Washington

On the UIC North America 2016 programme of activities, UIC will be in Washington on 4 and 5 May for a couple of issues.

The 1st Regional meeting of UIC North American Members will be held on 4 May while UIC will take also advantage of its presence and of the presence of the other guests to organise a Workshop dedicated to Digital Developments and Security.

This issue is becoming increasingly topical around the world and UIC Members are very involved and concerned about these issues for which rail transportation must be totally prepared.

This Workshop will be organised on the premises of the World Bank with UIC North American Members, from the California High Speed Railway Authority, Amtrak, the AAR, to Canadian and APTA Members, Mineta Transport Institute, as they are also part of this Regional group.

More information on this dedicated workshop can be found here:

http://events.uic.org/IMG/pdf/programme_digital_workshop.pdf

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6th Edition of Transport Research Arena (TRA) held in Warsaw: UIC demonstrated its know-how and expertise

Moving Forward: Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility!

The 6th Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2016, the only European transport research conference co-organised by the European Commission covering all surface modes – road, rail and waterborne and their links to airports – was held from 18 – 21 April 2016 at the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland.

This 2016 edition, following the 2012 edition in Athens and the 2014 edition in Paris, was the opportunity for the International Union of Railways (UIC) and its members to show their continuous investment in research and innovation as part of the development of the future European railway system.

Attended by around 2100 participants involved in research and innovation in transport across Europe, TRA 2016 was organised by the European Commission, the Conference of European Road Directors, and the four European Transport Technology Platforms including ERRAC – the European Rail Research Council – and was hosted by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Development and the Road and Bridge Research Institute (IBDiM) of Poland.

The conference opened on 18 April with introductory presentations by the following speakers:

Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development, Poland
Kazimierz Smolinski, First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Construction, Poland
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport
Jerzy Buzek, Member of European Parliament, Chair of the ITRE Committee
Greg Nadeau, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), USA
Jean-Luc di Paola Galloni, Co-Chairman, European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), Corporate Vice-President, Valeo Group
Leszek Rafalski, Road and Bridge Research Institute of Warsaw, Poland

In her speech, Violeta Bulc, European Transport Commissioner, said “Why do we innovate – what drives us? What are the needs we need to address? What values are we creating?” She talked about the importance of helping people stay connected and the need to build a reliable, cost-effective and sustainable transport system. Among the projects to focus on she listed decarbonisation, digitalisation, people-focus and globalisation.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, participated in the third plenary session on the morning of 20 April dedicated to Energy and Transport: How to meet Decarbonisation, Fuel Security & Efficiency Targets of the Future. The panel also comprised the following energy and transport experts:

Jos Dings, Policy Team Director, Transport & Environment, the Netherlands
Marcus Bollig, BMW Research and Innovation, Germany
Susanne Leifheit speaking on behalf of Jens Ocksen, CEO, Volkswagen Poland
Mario Dogliani, Ministry of Transport, Italy
Robin Nelson, Science Director, Concawe, UK

The session focused in particular on the topics of energy efficiency, alternative fuels, future optimal energy sources and progress in electrification and other clean vehicles.
According to Mr Loubinoux: “Research is regarded as a core and fundamental task of UIC, supporting the efforts of its members in their need to resolve operational questions and problems –

  • Through exchange of information based on the results of research projects collected from our members’ efforts
  • And from leading rail research institutes and academia, benchmarking and actively carrying out studies and research, development and innovation…
    UIC plays a crucial role as driver, disseminator and knowledge manager, as well as a platform for discussion and exchange of experience and best practice… UIC takes a holistic approach, considering the railway system as a whole, and is already preparing the various possible solutions to achieve the future digital railway.” In his concluding remarks, Mr Loubinoux underlined the importance of interoperability and the complementarity of interfaces.

TRA was also the opportunity for UIC, via its own exhibition stand, to promote the technical expertise that can be brought to the development of research and innovation through the European framework programmes. A number of UIC technical specialists gave presentations on the stands of UIC and the European Commission, notably Laurent Schmitt, speaking about the UIC-coordinated Capacity4Rail project (working to achieve an affordable, resilient, innovative and high-capacity European railway system for 2030/2050), Grigore Havarneanu, speaking about security projects such as Graffolution (awareness and prevention solutions against graffiti vandalism in public areas and transport) and Bodega (providing solutions to enhance the performance of border guards), and Jonathan Paragreen, speaking about NeTIRail (developing technologies and best practices tailored to the needs of different categories of rail systems), in which UIC is leading the dissemination.

The BODEGA project (Proactive Enhancement of Human Performance in Border Control) was also presented on the UIC stand. The project aims to enhance the border checks efficiency at Schengen borders and to improve the travelling experience in all transport modes: air, rail, road and maritime. The presentation pointed out the progress on the field studies which are coordinated by UIC and some expected impacts on the solutions to enhance the performance of border guards in view of the EC Smart Border Initiative.

The UIC-coordinated Restrail project was one of the four concluded research projects selected by the European Commission to be presented on the EC stand as a success story during the conference. UIC, represented by Jacques Colliard and Grigore Havarneanu, held a five-minute media briefing session with international and Polish journalists about the project and a live demonstration of the Restrail toolbox (www.restrail.eu/toolbox) was also given during the four-day event.

In addition, the “RESTRAIL Toolbox – An innovative solution for safe, secure and resilient railway operation” was presented by Jerzy Wisniewski and Grigore Havarneanu during the “Rail Infrastructure and Operations” technical session chaired by Yves Amsler from ERRAC.

The UIC-coordinated Capacity4Rail project was also the focus of a dedicated session entitled “Assessment methods for innovative operational measures and technologies for intermodal freight terminals” chaired by Stefano Ricci, from Sapienza University of Rome. The session addressed the topics of reducing transit time in terminals and creating scenarios to improve the way goods are transferred from trucks to trains (and vice versa) in freight terminals.

Highlights of the conference included:
Environment – Decarbonisation; Sustainability and Energy Efficiency; Vehicles and Vessels Technologies; Design and Production; Urban and Long-Distance People Mobility – Systems and Services; Urban and Long-Distance Freight Transport and Logistics; Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems; Transport Infrastructure; Human Factors, Socio-Economics and Foresights; Automation and Connectivity; Enabling for Innovation Implementation.

The conference ended on 21 April with the Conclusions and Overview Session, chaired by Magda Kopczynska, Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility at the European Commission. In her conclusions, Mrs Kopczynska stressed the fact that TRA was designed to become an international forum and gave as an example the strong cooperation that already exists between the European Union and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), a US organisation based in Washington, D.C. Neil Pederson, Executive Director of TRB highlighted the many commonalities existing between the US and the European organisation and invited the audience to take part in the forthcoming TRB general assembly.

Chris Irwin, European Policy Advisor to Transport Focus, London, gave a concluding speech on the conference outcome. Mr Irwin stressed a number of important points in his conclusions including:

  • Mobility as a fundamental right for all EU citizens
  • The issue of funding should never be a barrier to innovation
  • Users’ needs must be met in a more affordable and efficient way
  • Focus should be placed on the potential of digitisation

The conclusions were followed by the Closing Ceremony, in which Jacek Wojciechowicz, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, delivered a farewell address. Piotr Stomma, Polish Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Construction, handed over to the next TRA host, at which point Gerald Klug, Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, gave some words of welcome and announced the next TRA conference – which is to take place from 16 – 19 April 2018 at the Reed Exhibitions Messe Wien in Vienna, under the theme of “A Digital Era for Transport – Solutions for Society, Economy and the Environment.”

TRA is an excellent opportunity for all stakeholders in the field of transport, and especially for those dealing with research and innovation, to network and discover new ideas which could pave the way towards tomorrow’s transport system.
UIC will continue to relay the message from all its members about the fundamental role for railways in sustainable mobility for future generations and the need to invest in research and innovation both on a European and global level.

Jean Pierre-Loubinoux’s presentation during the panel discussion on 20 April can be consulted at this link: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/speech_jean-pierre_loubinoux_tra_20_april_2016.pdf

For further information please contact:

Isabelle De Keyzer, Dissemination Coordinator of EU co-funded R&D projects: dekeyzer@uic.org

UIC Communications Department: com@uic.org

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Commercial and Distribution Forum held on 20 April 2016 in Paris

The Commercial and Distribution Forum meeting took place in Paris on 20 April. Mr Ruetger Fenkes, President of the Forum, chaired the meeting. Representatives from RENFE, TRENITALIA, SNCB/NMBS, CFR, SBB/CFF/FFS, SNCF, ATTICA GROUP, TRAINOSE, NS, DSB, ATOC and CIT were present.

The new projects launched by the CDF, to be proposed as opt-in projects were discussed, and also new activities within the ongoing projects were decided. The presidents of the Commercial and the Technical Group, Mr Hilario and Mr Querée, reported on the work and meetings in their groups and subgroups. The MERITS PRIFIS project was also featured on the agenda, as did the practicalities of the technical agreement between ERA and UIC, and the PASSAGE working group. A report of the auditing activities and the decisions taken by the PATRIC Steering Board was also given, and finally, there was a presentation by UIC headquarters about the new Quality Management System. As it was the first plenary meeting of the year, budgets for the 2017 working groups were decided.

The next Commercial and Distribution Forum will take place in Vienna on 16 November 2016, kindly hosted by OBB.

For more information please contact Luis Casado Presa, Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport: casado@uic.org.

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The 15th High Level Freight Meeting (HLFM) took place 20 and 21 April 2016 in Vienna, ÖBB Headquarters

The annual Freight CEOs gathering opened on Wednesday 20 April with a cocktail reception hosted by RCG. Ferdinand Schmidt, RCG Board Member, welcomed all and gave the floor to the guest speaker, Ralf Charley Schultze UIRR General Director, whose message stressed the importance of the combined transport segment and evoked the possible revision of the Combined Transport Directive.

Although this edition of the HLFM focused largely on European corridor related issues, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, reminded in his opening statement that at last year’s meeting, CEOs and representatives of UIP had a dedicated session to discuss the way forward on the issue of liability of railway undertakings and wagon keepers for damages caused by wagons during railway operations, under COTIF 1999 and the General Contract for Use for wagons (GCU). He reported that, after lengthy discussions, an agreement was found between UIC-UIP-ERFA on a suitable phrasing for this topic. He thanked all those involved, experts, CEOs, and particularly the High Level Freight Meeting Chairmen for their personal involvement. Mr Loubinoux also stressed UIC’s know-how as a technical platform and put to the fore the coordination and harmonisation work achieved by UIC run projects like ECCO (efficient cross corridor organisation) which actively support the CEO Task Force on a number of key topics.

This year’s High Level Freight meeting agenda points actually focused on priority topics dealt with by the so-called CEO Task Force set up in May 2015. Under the Chairmanship of Reinhard Bamberger and coordinated by UIC and CER, the CEO Task Force represents the CEOs’ commitment and personal engagement to progress key issues impacting the productivity of rail freight. The topics under discussion were ETCS, short-distance cross border interoperability, timetabling, vehicle authorisation, train parameters and coordination of work. For all these issues, the need for a system approach was emphasised and the importance of a pro-customer approach underlined. The messages and proposed actions developed by the Task Force were also discussed with Sian Prout, Head of Unit “Single European Railway Area” at DG Move.

This year’s edition of the HLFM marked the end of Reinhard Bamberger’s Chairmanship. He was warmly thanked by all CEOs for his incredible work and personal engagement in relation to the CEO Task Force which, after only several months of existence, came to some concrete breakthrough in key areas of rail freight operation such as ERTMS, the issue of driver language in cross border operation etc.
Mr Ferdinand Schmidt has now taken on the Chairmanship of the UIC-CER High Level Freight meeting.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, Senior Freight Advisor: gehenot@uic.org

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Germany: Digital Developments at Deutsche Bahn

An app to guide train travellers

The DB – Bavaria region has launched a new application for smart phones and tablets, to help train travellers with their journeys. Replacing an e-mail newsletter, the app aims to give real-time and more precise information about the railway traffic. This has been made possible thanks to all the data input into the application, both from DB employees and from the 60,000 Bavarian rail users.

Designed by the DB – Bavaria region with the help of the Bayerischen Eisenbahngesellschaft (BEG – Bavarian railway company), which plans, funds and monitors the traffic of regional and suburban trains, the application has also been developed to meet passengers’ needs more appropriately. From now on, they will be informed of any disruption in real-time by push notifications and offered several itineraries in accordance with their preferences, registered in the app. It is the first time that this kind of application is available in Germany.

“This is a true milestone for the comfort of passengers in Bavaria, this is why we did not hesitate to fund this project. Nothing is more important for travellers to be quickly and clearly informed of disruption which could have an impact on their journeys or their connections.” said Wolfgang Oeser, Quality, Marketing and Press Manager at BEG.

Four winners present their products

The four start-ups which won the first round of the innovation contest launched by DB (Dynamic Components, eMio, naturtrip.org and SIUT) have presented their products before a jury of 100 experts, or at least prototypes or concepts developed during the past few months thanks to the financial and personal support of DB.

Dynamic Components offered connected sensors to allow automatic and permanent exchange of data and SIUT their lights embedded in concrete, while eMio presented its electric scooters sharing concept and naturtrip.org its platform gathering all dynamic itineraries (without using cars) to go to fun and environment-friendly activities.

KONUX and senvisys, two of the first contest’s winners, are already a perfect example of a successful cooperation between start-ups and DB. Both companies are working hard on field tests to make their products ready for the market.
Next step for the DB Accelerator programme: start-ups can apply for the third part of the contest, “Next Station” before 1 May 2016.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)

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Meeting of the Expertise Development Platform held from 21 – 22 April 2016 in York, United Kingdom

The spring meeting of the UIC Expertise Development Platform (EDP), which took place at York Training Academy on 21 and 22 April 2016, brought together training executives/representatives from 20 different rail training centres/institutions.
As for the previous meetings, one part of the meeting was dedicated to an update on the latest developments of the Expertise Development unit/platform, including progress of work for the activities at the focus of the Expertise Development Platform for the next three years.

The co-ordinators reported on their respective projects as follows:

1) Trainer development group (co-ordinator from Railinfra Opleidingen). The group which was set up after the first WCRT in 2011 is continuing its activities with financial support from EC funds (Erasmus plus). The purpose of this project is to cooperate for the group “signalling engineering" trainers on new approaches in technology (technical and in learning), exchange of expertise and sharing ‘good practices’, as well as the delivery of tangible products (such as a European behavioural competence framework for trainers in the Railinfra structure…)

2) “ERTMS/ETCS” (co-ordinator from DB training). Interest in this topic was raised at WCRT 2015 in Lisbon and was confirmed by participants of EDP meeting in Oslo, September 2015. Purpose of the project is to develop an ERMTS/ETCS basic training (targeted at young professionals, students, apprentices...) for all functional areas of the European railways, which should ensure standardisation of knowledge.

3) “The use of simulation in developing train drivers” (co-ordinator from NS). Interest in this topic was initiated by APRA (Asia Pacific Regional Assembly) and first workshop in Moscow in February 2015 as well as WCRT 2015 in Lisbon. Interest was confirmed by participants of the EDP meeting in Oslo and a project group was set up. The purpose of the project is to identify how the industry uses simulation to achieve the required learning and competence outcomes for the safety critical train driver role, as well as to provide information and guidance for companies/countries who are either starting new in train driver simulation or are in the process of upgrading existing technology

4) The fourth World Congress on Rail Training will be organised from 5 – 7 April 2017 at the DB Akademie, Berlin/Potsdam currently in partnership with DB Training, Learning and Consulting and SNCF.
The procedure for becoming a partner/sponsor will soon be published.
The call for abstracts is currently underway with a deadline for submission postponed until 10 June 2016
http://events.uic.org/4th-uic-world-congress-on-rail-training

5) TALENT project. An update of the project was given as follows:
- Second networking and collaborative meeting is scheduled on 1 and 2 June 2016 in Milan, in cooperation with WCRR 2016.
Deadline for registration is 20 May, 2016.
Further information about the event can be found at:
http://www.wcrr2016.org/railway-talents/
- Rail Talent Ambassadors Programme. The Programme which has been recently launched has raised a wide interest amongst different stakeholders from different regions. The event in Milan will also be the occasion to “induct” the Ambassadors , as well as discuss the possible areas of cooperation.
- Further developments of the online TALENT platform are under consideration, such as e-careers and development of e-learning courses.

Another important purpose of the EDP meetings for the attendees is to share rail training features and developments across the industry, as well as to get up-to-date information with current international developments regarding the rail sector.
The ERA (European Railway Agency) representative gave an update of ERA advice on Changes to the Train Drivers Directive.

Part of the meeting was dedicated to presentations of Network Rail’s professional training and development activity, a tour of the training academy as well as of the Route Operations Control Centre.
A series of workshops were also organised on topical issues, which were an excellent opportunity for the attendees to exchange experiences, ideas and good practices on “Apprenticeships”, “Digital Railway” and “training materials development”.
The next meeting of the Expertise Development Platform is scheduled to be held on 20 and 21 October 2016, at ONCF, Rabat (meeting organised in cooperation with ONCF and SNCF).

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit – Expertise Development: amirault@uic.org

For further information on the activity please consult:
http://www.uic.org/expertise-development-training
www.railtalent.org

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Australia: Waiting times at level crossings leading to motorists’ risky behaviour

Written by Gregoire Larue, Research Fellow at ACRI. Road congestion at level crossings has worsened in recent years due to a combined increase in both train frequency and road traffic. The congestion issue is particularly acute during peak periods, when both road traffic and train frequency are at their maximum.

To better understand the congestion situation at level crossings, ACRI commissioned research to investigate the effect that longer waiting times have on driver behaviour. This project, entitled Impact of Waiting Times on Risk and Standardisation of Waiting Times, evaluates the amount of time motorists are prepared to spend waiting at crossings before violating road rules and engaging in risky driving behaviour.

Observations at congested crossings showed that urban level crossings are characterised by a large variety of train types, ranging from metro (express or not) to regional and freight trains. These trains travel at different speeds, meaning that the time they take to reach the crossing following activation of the crossing lights varies considerably. The length of time level crossings are closed is also impacted at peak times because of the closer running of trains, which reduces the time available to safely re-open the crossing between consecutive trains.

It is well known that excessive waiting times can lead to frustration and non-compliant behaviour by motorists, including driving through the flashing lights, driving around the boom gates, stopping on the yellow crossing marking, etc.

These driving behaviours can result in significant safety risk at railway level crossings. Although collisions at level crossings are relatively infrequent, risk is high due to the number of crossings in Australia, the magnitude of traffic flowing through these and the severity of any incident that does occur between a road vehicle and a train. The continued increase in congestion is likely to increase this risk through its effect on waiting times and, potentially, driver behaviour.

The correlation between waiting time and road rules violations is not well understood, and it is this relationship that is the focus of the research undertaken by ACRI. Specifically: how long are motorists prepared to wait at level crossings before engaging in risky behaviour?

ACRI tested the effect of different waiting times on driver decisions and risk-taking behaviour in an advanced driving simulator. Participant drivers were asked to drive a simulated course involving a level crossing. They drove the route multiple times and experienced various waiting times at the crossing, from the minimum necessary to let a train traverse the crossing, to excessive waiting times of up to ten minutes with multiple consecutive closures of the crossing and a variety of road congestion scenarios.

The outcomes of this project will be made available to all ACRI Participants for consideration in their management of localised congestion around the road-rail interface upon completion of the Impact of Waiting Times on Risk and Standardisation of Waiting Times report, due to be finalised in Q2 2016.

(Source: ACRI)

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Czech Republic: Track section rebuilt at Česká Třebová Station

The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration has rebuilt the railway superstructure and adjoining switches on the so-called “Fourth Set” of sorting sidings at Česká Třebová freight yard. The project helped fulfil the general objective of Operational Programme for Transport - Priority Axis 1, which aims to improve rail transport on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).

The project involved upgrading the railway substructure and superstructure, specifically track brakes and track cables, as well as reconstructing the track brakes on sorting tracks. Safety and signalling equipment, air conditioning distribution and local cabling were also enhanced. The electrical substation, the catenary and sorting track lighting were also rebuilt. Builders also installed a new electrical heating system for switches and completed the remote diagnostics system.

“Česká Třebová is an important railway junction on one of the most heavily used railway lines in the Czech republic: Praha – Kolín – Česká Třebová. The primary aim of rebuilding the sorting tracks was to increase station capacity and ensure both higher operational reliability of the tracks and operating safety“, said Railway Infrastructure Administration Director-General Mr Pavel Surý.

The replacement of the current pneumatic track brakes by modern hydraulic ones has cut operating and energy costs. The new brakes on the Fourth Set form the basis for modernisation of the hump yard as a whole, and enable integration with the new KOMPAS system, which will be used to manage safety in the yard in future.

Reconstruction of the Fourth Set of sorting tracks at Česká Třebová railway station cost a total of 316,639,211 CZK (excluding VAT). The project was eligible for co-financing by the European Union under the Operational Programme for Transport, with a contribution from the Cohesion Fund set to amount to 247,509,701 CZK. National funding came from the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The company contracted to perform the work was Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice a.s.

(Source: CZDC)

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Finland: Finnish Transport Agency publishes first sustainability report

Sustainability is an integral part of the Finnish Transport Agency’s activities and decision-making. Road to Sustainability, the agency’s first sustainability report, gathers all sustainability themes, objectives and actions in one place.

The purpose of the sustainability report is to describe the impacts of the Finnish Transport Agency’s activities in an open and transparent way. The sustainability report complies with the international GRI (G4) guidelines (Core level).

“The idea of sustainability reporting has arisen from the need for more information about the impacts of the Finnish Transport Agency’s activities. Work on sustainability has, however, not started from scratch. We wanted to gather all existing information in one easily-accessible place”, says Finnish Transport Agency Sustainability Expert Katri Uimaniemi.

Sustainability at the Finnish Transport Agency has been summed up in six themes, reflected throughout the agency’s strategy. The themes are: customer-orientation; contributing to and supporting societal change; sustainable mobility, transport and transport infrastructure management; responsible procurement and financial management; safety and personnel.

Sustainability work highlighted through practical examples

The Finnish Transport Agency is responsible for maintaining well-functioning and safe roads, railways and waterways, and for the comprehensive development of the transport system according to customers’ needs. In its significant role as transport infrastructure asset manager, the Finnish Transport Agency’s decision-making and actions have widespread impacts on society and well-being, now and in the future.

“Since we are responsible for the Finnish transport system, the results of our actions are visible in citizens’ everyday lives. Sustainability and openness permeate all our activities and our statutory task. With this sustainability report we want to describe the impacts of our activities in a transparent way”, says Finnish Transport Agency Director-General Antti Vehviläinen.

The sustainability report describes the economic, social and environmental impacts of the Finnish Transport Agency’s activities. The report presents the sustainability themes addressed by the Finnish Transport Agency in the form of practical case studies.

(Source: FTA)

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United Kingdom: Landslip means railway between Farnham and Alton likely to stay closed until early May

Network Rail is reminding passengers to check before they travel as the railway line between Farnham and Alton is likely to remain closed until Monday 9 May following a landslip at Wrecclesham.

Network Rail’s Orange Army has been on site since Wednesday evening assessing the impact of the landslip and at the end of last week observed that the site was continuing to deteriorate further. Following additional investigations over the weekend, Network Rail has developed a clear programme of works to reopen the railway safely for passengers as soon as possible.

South West Trains will continue to operate replacement buses between Farnham, Bentley and Alton stations. For more information on these and to plan your journey, passengers should visit the South West Trains website.

To reduce the inconvenience to passengers as far as possible, South West Trains is postponing work to extend Farnham railway station’s car park until Monday 9 May. This will allow passengers to continue to park at the station while emergency work takes place.

“We’ve now completed our ground investigations to understand what is going on underground and started on site to clear vegetation which will allow our machinery to operate safely. We’ll be starting work to stabilise the ground today (Tuesday, 19 April).

Our Orange Army will be working around the clock until we have restabilised the ground, so that we can safely reopen the railway, and we’re looking at all opportunities to bring forward the opening date.

I’d like to thank passengers and our neighbours for their patience while we resolve the problem, and ask that all passengers remember to check before they travel,” said Stuart Kistruck, Network Rail’s director of route asset management.

Network Rail’s Orange Army will at times be working 24 hours a day on site. Once the bank is stable, engineers will begin testing ahead of reopening the line.

(Source: Network Rail)

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Register for the First Oil Rail & Ports Conference Programme

15 & 16 May 2016 Tehran, Iran

http://oilrailports.com/register-now/

For the first time, UIC, jointly with ITE and RAI, the Iranian Railways, are organising the first Oil Rail & Ports Conference.

The First Oil Rail & Ports Conference will be hosted by the Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran (RAI) and held under the Patronage of the Minister of Roads and Urban Development, Ports and Maritime Organisation, as well as the Minister of Petroleum of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The conference will be co-located with RAILEXPO 2016, the largest international rail transportation exhibition in Iran. Exhibition passes for the First International Oil Rail & Ports Conference include entrance to RAILEXPO 2016.

The First International Oil Rail & Ports Conference will be hosted by high-ranking authorities such as the Transport Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran and attended by top managers and directors from the global energy and transport market.

The conference will take place at Tehran, on 15 & 16 May 2016.
The programme of the conference will be as follow, 2 days of sessions
To see the complete programme online: http://oilrailports.com/agenda/

DAY ONE, 15 MAY 2016

09.00-10.30 Opening Remarks & Patron Welcome

  • Mr. Eshaq Jahangiri, Vice President of Iran
  • Mr. Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, Minister of Petroleum Iran
  • Mr. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, Minister of Transport Iran
  • Dr. Mohesen Pour Seyed Aghaie, Vice Minister Road and Urban Development, President of RAI
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
  • Mr. Francois Davenne, Secretary General OTIF (Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail

10.30-11.15 Developing Rail Transit with the participation of the Ports of Iran
Presented by Mr. Hossein Ashourri, Vice President for Operation and Movement of Iranian State Railways

Overview. The presentation will cover several aspects of the development of the railways within Iran
About. The Iranian State Railways Mission is to create a modern, progressive and efficient rail transport system for passengers, freight and the entire railway.

11.15 -12.30 The Challenges of Keeping Position in a Fast Changing Environment
Presented by Mr. Armand Toubol, Honorary Deputy Director General, SNCF

Invited Panel:

  • Mr. Hervé de Tarade, International Intermodal Services IIS
  • Mr. Hervé Cornede, Haropa Ports
  • Mr. Zeno D’Agostino, Commissioner, Trieste Port Authority
  • Mr. Mohammed Saeedi, Managing Director, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL)

Overview. This presentation will give an overview of the global vessel evolution, the intermodal market and port infrastructure development including success stories and best practices from cargo owners around the globe.

12.30-14.30 Executive Networking Luncheon and RailExpo Exhibition Visit

14.30-15.00 Strategic Action Plan 2013 – 2020 for the Middle East Railways
Presented by Mr. Abbas Nazari, General Director International Affairs of Iranian State Railways

Overview. This presentation will outline the Iranian State Railways Strategic Action Plan including planned Iranian infrastructure development, energy and transportation investment.

About. The Iranian State Railways Mission is to create a modern, progressive and efficient rail transport system for passengers, freight and the entire railway.

15.00-16.00 Investment Opportunities Created by the Present Environment of Low Global Oil and Gas Prices
Presented by Mr. Ed Osterwald, Senior Partner, Competition Economists Group (CEG Europe)

Overview. Mr. Osterwald will share his expertise during this dynamic period and present some examples.
About. Mr. Osterwald applies deep commercial and technical experience in the oil, gas and chemical industries to understand the economic drivers in these sectors aiding in evaluation transactions, green field investments and strategic decisions.

16.00-16-30 Networking Coffee & Tea

16.30-17.30 Iran Project Case Study
Presented by Mr. Siovash & Mr. Ali Sangian, Owners of Seven Seas Shipping Agency and International Transportation Co. Ltd

Overview. This hands-on, solution-focused panel of logistics experts will take a look at a challenging Oil & Gas-related project as well as cargo movement from the standpoint of all major logistics stakeholders.

About. Seven Seas Ltd was established in 1990 by its founding members whose logistics expertise in the Iranian market dates back to the 1970s. The company was predominantly engaged in the container liner agency representing the leading global operators.

19.00 Gala Dinner

DAY TWO, 16 MAY 2016

9:00-10:30 The Legal and Regulatory Framework for International Oil Transport – Interoperability and Safety Standards
Presented by Mr. Jean-Georges Heintz, Industrial Risk Expert SNCF and UIC & Mr. Jochen Conrad, Head of Dangerous Goods Section, OTIF

Overview. An in-depth look at how cooperation between multimodal transport operators of dangerous goods can help reduced the challenges and risks associated with safety and security.

Invited Panel:

  • Mr. Jean-Georges Heintz, Industrial Risk Expert SNCF and UIC
  • Mr. Jochen Conrad, Head of Dangerous Good Section, OTIF
  • Iranian Speaker

10.30-11.00 Networking Coffee & Tea

11.00-12.30 Navigating Iranian Sanctions Microseminar
Taught by Mr. Nigel Kushner from W Legal Limited

Overview. This comprehensive session will help your organisation sort through the legalities, opportunities and best framework for doing business in Iran including an explanation of key elements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the remaining US and EU Sanctions Laws targeting Iran, and the implications of these recent developments.

About. W Legal’s mission statement is to help leading law firms to grow strategically worldwide by introducing M&A prospects, strategic alliances, open new offices, launching new practices and growing existing offices and practices by hiring practice groups and partners.

12:30 – 14:30 Executive Networking Luncheon and RailExpo Exhibition Visit

14:30 -15:45 The Multimodal Revolution in Oil & Gas Transport

Overview. The oil and gas industry requires complexity, skill and logistics management of the highest degree both in the project stage as well as in the transport of product. This panel of experts will discuss the booming O&G investment in Iran/ GCC and the five-year plan to revolutionise the transport of O&G throughout the region.

Presented by:

  • Mr. Grigore Havarneanu, PhD Research Advisor, UIC Security Division
    Discussing: Security of critical structures, the role of UIC, achievements and perspectives
  • Mr. Vasco Paul Kolmorgen, CEO Bahnkonzept, Germany
    Discussing: Improved rail links between oil exploration and port – Improved capacity through digitalised planning and intelligent operations

15.45-16.30 Closing Session and Summary


General Information:

Registration: http://oilrailports.com/register-now/

Complete programme: http://oilrailports.com/agenda/

Information on official website: http://oilrailports.com/

Hotel accommodation: http://oilrailports.com/hotel-accommodations/

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News from UIC members
  

United Sates: FRA announces $25 million available for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it is accepting applications for $25 million in competitive grant funding available to railroads, suppliers, and state and local governments for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation. The funding is part of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act that funds the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Positive train control is a long overdue technology that prevents accidents and saves lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These funds will help us get closer to implementing PTC, and I encourage applications that can make these limited dollars go as far as possible.”

Applications will be accepted until May 19, 2016, and FRA will give preference to projects that would provide the greatest level of public safety benefits. As part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, FRA requested $1.25 billion to assist commuter and short line railroads with implementing PTC.

PTC prevents certain train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into established work zone limits, and trains going to the wrong tracks because a switch was left in the wrong position. In 2008, Congress mandated PTC implementation on certain railroad main lines where railroads transport poisonous-by-inhalation hazardous (PIH) or toxic-by-inhalation hazardous (TIH) materials, or any line where a railroad provides regularly scheduled passenger service. Last October, Congress extended the original deadline from December 31, 2015 to at least December 31, 2018.

“Any Congressional funding and investment to make Positive Train Control active on our nation’s railroad network is a worthwhile investment,” said FRA Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg. “But it will take even more significant funding to achieve this important, life-saving goal. We look forward to working with Congress to find these resources and encourage railroads to submit strong applications.”

Since 2008, FRA has provided significant assistance to support railroads’ PTC implementation. Those efforts include:

  • Providing more than $650 million in grant funds to passenger railroads, including nearly $400 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding;
  • Issuing a nearly $1 billion loan to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to implement PTC on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad;
  • Building a PTC testbed at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado;
  • Working directly with the Federal Communications Commission and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to resolve issues related to spectrum use and improve the approval process for PTC communication towers; and
  • Dedicating staff to work on PTC implementation, including establishing a PTC task force.

(Source: FRA)

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News from UIC members
  

Czech Republic: Czech Railways trains to receive European Train Control System (ETCS)

Czech Railways (ČD) will equip up to 663 rail vehicles with the mobile part of the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2. Thanks to communication between trackside equipment and a controller in the train cab, this will further enhance safety on Czech railway lines. The new control system makes it possible to stop trains in a timely manner ahead of a stop signal even if the train driver is incapacitated, and to reduce a train’s speed before taking a diverging track or before a speed reduction on the line, for example before a tight curve requiring a significantly lower speed than that in force on the previous track section.

“The safety of ČD trains is a priority for us. We have already equipped 1,191 vehicles with the GSM-R European communication system and 1,535 vehicles with the TRS national radio communication system. This enables traffic controllers and dispatchers to stop a train during an extraordinary event, even remotely by means of a general stop, and thus contributes significantly to the high level of safety on the Czech railway network,” says ČD Chairman Pavel Krtek, who goes on to explain the benefits of the new control system: “The most modern interoperable ETCS control system further enhances the safety of our trains. For example, the system is able to stop a train in time even before a stop signal, i.e. before a ‘red light’, beyond which there may be another train. At a speed of 160 km/h, the brakes must be deployed hundreds of metres in advance. The system also eliminates human error in the case of reduced speed when taking a diverging track, for example when arriving at stations or on the line before a significant speed reduction when entering a tight curve,” added Pavel Krtek.

ČD plans to install the mobile part of the ETCS control system on 663 vehicles of 33 different types. The list encompasses the fastest locomotives and electric multiple units of classes 151, 371, 380, 660/661 (InterPanter) and 680 (Pendolino), CityElefant and RegioPanter electric multiple units, the control cars of non-traction railjet units, as well as other locomotives, multiple units and control cars.

The contract is worth an estimated CZK 6.6 billion, up to 85% of which is eligible for co-financing from European CEF funds, which support projects interconnecting European transport and communication networks. Equipping Czech trains with the mobile part of ETCS is also in accordance with the national implementation plan for introducing the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

As part of ETCS pilot testing in the Czech Republic (on the Poříčany – Kolín line section), this system was previously installed in three other vehicles (151.008, 362.166 and 471.042).

Vehicles will be able to use ETCS on the “spine” of the Czech rail network. The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) is to introduce the system gradually on at least 2,000 kilometres of track. At present, for example, it is being installed on Corridor 1 between Kolín and Břeclav.

(Source: CD)

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News from UIC members
  

Australia: The new Rail Industry Worker website and app have been launched!

The Rail Industry Worker (RIW) program is a competency management system that aims to minimise the risk of untrained personnel carrying out any work on the Australian rail network.

ARA is pleased to announce that the newly designed RIW website has been launched. Pegasus, the online service providers of the Rail Worker system (Onsite), have developed the new site, which has a fresh, simpler look and a more user-friendly functionality. Designed with the user experience firmly in mind, visitors can now benefit from its fast and easy navigation.

ARA invites you to visit the website and explore the engaging new platform, which offers ease of access to RIW program services.

In tandem with the launch of the new website, the new RIW mobile app has also been released. Pegasus, in collaboration with ARA, have developed a new mobile application which allows for greater user mobility, accessibility, speed as well as connection improvements. This app replaces the former web-based application.

If you have any questions or require further information about the mobile app, please visit the RIW website or contact Onsite via riw@pegasus.net.au

(Source: ARA)

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News from UIC members
  

Morocco: 4th Edition of Training Course on Railway Safety – Accompanying the Growth of Rail in Africa

From 18 – 29 April 2016, the Railway Training Centre of Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) in Rabat is hosting the 4th edition of the training course on railway safety for senior managers from a number of African countries including Algeria (SNTF), Cameroon (CAMRAIL), Djibouti (SDCF), Guinea (SNCFG), Senegal (ANCF), Tunisia (SNCFT) and Democratic Republic of Congo (SCTP).

The opening ceremony of this important training course was presided over by Mr Mohamed Rabie Khlie, Director General of ONCF and Chairman of the UIC African Region, in the presence of Ambassadors from several African countries and ONCF managers.

This edition, which ties in with the roll-out of the 2016 Action Plan for the UIC African Region, stems from the new strategy entitled “Revitalising rail in Africa: Towards 2040”, whose aim – through taking concrete steps – is to support African railway networks in their upgrade and development projects. The majority of sub-Saharan African networks are lagging behind in terms of upgrading their production facilities. According to the afore-mentioned study, this requires around 81,000 km of lines to be brought up to date as well as 13,200 km of new lines to be built.

To make this training course more relevant, more attractive and to achieve the intended goals, a host of educational techniques has been developed. This consists of theory classes, study cases and lectures focused on specific topics co-led by UIC and ONCF experts, as well as organised visits to project sites.

In addition, it should be noted that ONCF is continuing to increase the number of initiatives to share its expertise and know-how, in order to give fresh impetus and re-invigorate the South-South partnership in the different areas of the railway system. The aim is to boost the development of a reliable and viable African rail transport system, providing sustainable mobility and economic inclusion across the continent. The figures reflect this statement: over the last five years around 160 African railway staff have received cross-sector training within the Moroccan railway network, 60 senior managers have been on fact-finding visits and shared good practices (following recommendations by funders and specialist railway institutions) as well as the organisation of one to two seminars and/or targeted conferences per year focusing on topics of current interest for the African railways.

Initiatives such as these tie in closely with the policy outlined by His Majesty King Mohammed VI with regard to reinforcing the South-South collaboration and improving the position and the competitiveness of the African continent on an international level.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, highlights the importance given to the training course in Morocco – whether it is for professional reasons, to pass on know-how, or for managerial reasons, for the organisation and management of developing networks.

This training course, which is developed at UIC in the framework of the Talent project, is set to expand at regional level. The training programmes – whether in Asia, the Middle-East or in Africa – will demonstrate the relevance of the involvement of UIC regions vis-à-vis their members in the coordination of these programmes that are adapted to the specific regional context.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux wishes to thank the chairman of the UIC regions – and in particular Mr Khlie – for his personal commitment in promoting this fundamental value of training, passing on knowledge and professional continuity.

(Source: ONCF)

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Reporting
  

6th RailTopoModel and railML conference held on 19 April 2016 at UIC Headquarters, Paris

On 19 April, the UIC hosted over 80 stakeholders at the 6th joint RailTopoModel and railML conference in Paris, announcing the delivery and publication of a new International Rail Standard 30100 (IRS) for RailTopoModel (RTM). The RTM, tightly coupled with the railML standard, serves as an integral tool to structure and facilitate the exchange of rail infrastructure data, leading to greater efficiency, cost reduction and quality improvement of the rail system.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux opened the meeting and warmly welcomed the participants. He stated that since 1922, the UIC has been in the forefront of creating voluntary standards leading to rail interoperability and hailed the publication of this IRS as a “perfect example of how the UIC is able to facilitate interoperability of digital content, particularly relevant for achieving the gains expected with the implementation of the Digital Single European Railway Area.” He added that the UIC is actively addressing digitalisation topics for rail interoperability within this project as well as other in areas through the UIC Digital Platform.

The RailTopoModel is an industry standard that provides a foundation for digital continuity and collaboration amongst Infrastructure Managers. It clearly defines business objects and the relations between those objects. It is independent of any specific usage and therefore can be used by any stakeholder or application. It is designed to be the foundation for the virtualisation of a railway system, its life cycle and operations. Both IMs and Application Developers can use the model to easily create cost-effective software and GIS offerings.

The release of the railML version 3.1 was also announced at the conference. It will be published in autumn 2016 and revolutionise the transfer of infrastructure data. railML formats provide fast, accurate and efficient exchange of data between companies with their industrial suppliers, railway regulators and other authorities, based on the principles contained in the RTM. railML.org was founded in early 2002 to address the difficulty of connecting different IT applications. It delivers a universally applicable data exchange format, greatly reducing the number of interfaces needed for data exchange between railway applications.

Two important tools to facilitate interoperability of railway data were also presented at the conference:

  1. Quality Toolbox to check the quality and consistency of railML files
  2. Geographical Data Viewer in order to visualise railML files

RTM and railML are under permanent development and extension. Extensions for interlocking will be addressed in 2017. The next RailTopoModel conference will take place on 3 November 2016 in Paris (UIC headquarters).

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, gave a short speech during the conference:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Colleagues and Friends,

I am happy to welcome all of you to this 6th railML Conference at UIC.

You probably remember through my previous words of welcome the importance I personally give to data interoperability. Interoperability has been UIC’s raison d’être since its creation in 1922. Interoperability goes beyond technology – whether rolling stock, signalling or infrastructure. It is also administrative, legal, fiscal, and now covers data interchange.

This data can also be used for geography and topology, which is the purpose of RailML, which can have transverse applications for security, operation, maintenance, and asset management.

Rail has lived through three revolutions. The first revolution in the 19th century saw the steam engine which created railways – which in turn created the development of the manufacturing industries.
The second part of the 20th century saw oil dependence and the oil crisis, which was the boost for the development of new technology and high speed technology.

And now in this 21st century we are now living in the digital era. Digital technology has strong implications for productivity, services and security, and these are precisely the three main objectives of our recently established UIC digital platform.

In addition to these key objectives of interoperability in the areas of research, innovation and dissemination, UIC is known for delivering International Railway Standards (IRS), and this again since 1922. More than 700 have been produced. So here we have the intersection of standards in the digital context and this can refer to the IRS 30100 which could be an excellent symbol of the pragmatic approach that we want to collectively adopt.

I will not report now on the digital survey of the European Commission because we have the pleasure and honour of having Kathrin Obst here with us, who will give the real keynote speech and who will remind us that digitalisation should be driven by the sector, as well as the role, position and importance of UIC in our production of voluntary railway standards.

Thank you.

For further information please visit Airy Magnien: magnien@uic.org

Or visit the dedicated RailTopoModel websites: www.railtopomodel.org, and the railML.org website: www.railml.org

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Cooperation
  

60th Anniversary of OSJD, the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways

The latest edition of the ‘OSJD Bulletin’, the official publication of the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways OSJD based in Warsaw, presents a comprehensive article by Mr Tadeusz Szozda, Chairman of the OSJD Committee on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary (1956-2016) of this international railway organisation.

In June 1956 Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, hosted the Conference of Ministers dealing with railway transport in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, People’s Republic of Hungary, German Democratic Republic, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Mongolian People’s Republic, People’s Republic of Poland, People’s Republic of Romania, USSR and Czechoslovak Republic. The conference took the unanimous decision to establish the Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (according to the Russian abreviation OSJD). This was the first session of the body known as “Ministerial Conference” of OSJD.
Over time, membership increased to 28 Member countries and welcomed in addition 7 railways from Europe with observer status (SNCF, DB, VR, ZS, OSE, GySEV, FPC Russia) as well as over 40 affiliated enterprises.

OSJD organises cooperation among its members in the fields of Policy and Development Strategy, transport Law, Freight and Passenger Traffic, Infrastructure and Rolling Stock, Coding and IT. Strong focus was placed among others on the development of Euro-Asian freight corridors, legal harmonisation between SMGS and CIM regimes, standardisation and interaction between 1520- and 1435 mm railway systems, cooperation with international organisations and associations from the rail sector.

UIC has a long tradition of fruitful cooperation with the OSJD, in the past – as Europe was divided – through a number of joint OSJD/UIC working groups (Automatic Coupling, IT and Coding, etc.) and in recent years in the framework of a cooperation agreement first signed in 1995 followed by the new Memorandum of Cooperation signed between UIC Director General Mr Loubinoux and the Chairman of the OSJD Committee Mr Szozda on 23 February 2016 in Geneva at UNECE Headquarters.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux expresses his warmest congratulations and wishes on behalf of UIC to its partner organisation in Warsaw in this year of the 60th anniversary of OSJD. He recalls: “the recent Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2016 in Geneva confirms a collaboration of over 50 years, whilst adapting it to the context of the 21st century and focusing on the fundamental aspects of the railways which are the long distance corridors, standardisation, innovation and interoperability. The years to come will bring positive results from a close and fruitful cooperation between both organisations, for the maximum benefit of the entire railway community”.

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Cooperation
  

Railway sector joins forces to deploy digital technology

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The members of CER, CIT, EIM and UIC are strongly committed to digitalisation as one of the top priorities for the rail sector and its future. Today, these four railway associations are presenting a joint Roadmap for digital railways to promote the proper use of digital technology, which is essential to enhancing rail’s performance and increasing its attractiveness for customers.

Railways see digitalisation as an opportunity to maintain a strong market position in Europe. With this Roadmap, the sector commits to digital transformation by strengthening cooperation, both within the sector and with third parties, and by calling on the help of EU institutions to collectively deliver on the objective of making railways digital. This entails:

  • offering connected railways by providing reliable connectivity for safe, efficient and attractive railways;
  • enhancing customer experience by offering better and added value for customers;
  • increasing capacity by enhancing the reliability, efficiency and performance of railways;
  • boosting competitiveness by making the most of transport data.
  • Railways are fully engaged in the digital revolution and dedicated to contributing to the creation of a true Digital Single Market for Europe.

The Roadmap can be downloaded here: http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/a_roadmap_for_digital_railways.pdf

UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux emphasised that “the principle challenge for the railway operating community is being able to determine, in a joined-up way, where the principle energies must be expended and which technological priorities will be most beneficial to developing the digital European railway system. It is vital that this involves a wide range of stakeholders, with our customers being first and foremost in the line-up. What the customer expects from their rail experience is crucial to the development of an attractive railway system. The UIC has developed its Digitalisation Platform for this express purpose and which will seek to identify best practice from right around the world so as to maximise the developmental opportunities for rail.”

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said: “Digitalisation offers major potential for
railways and for Europe’s economy. Railways are committed to working together and with other sectors in order to make the most of the opportunities offered by the digital transformation. It is essential that European institutions complement these initiatives by creating the corresponding policy environment.”

CIT Secretary General Cesare Brand said: "CIT together with its members is working on the implementation of the digital roadmap finalising the legal and functional specifications for the electronic consignment note. In parallel with that work, the CIT will further support RailData in its practical work to finalise the technical specifications as part of the e-RailFreight project. The use of the electronic consignment note alongside the various logistic chains will substantially contribute to improve the competitiveness of our member railways.”

EIM Executive Director Monika Heiming said: “Digitalisation will drive the railway’s agenda in the next years to come. The challenge will be to develop collaboratively joint visions for the future versus silo thinking in the past. Rail infrastructure managers will gain a lot from this collaborative approach. Innovation will help them boost their management, performance and deliverables in the interest of all.”

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 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
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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