6th International Conference on Railway Stations: do not forget to register!

UIC International Conference on Railway Stations NEXTSTATION 2017: all the key players involved in the development and operation of railway stations will meet in Madrid on 19-20 October

The theme of the conference is “Smart Stations in Smart Cities”

On 19-20 October during NEXTSTATION 2017, the UIC International Conference on Railway Stations, Madrid will be station capital of the world.

Under the High Patronage of the Spanish Ministry of Development, Madrid will host this Conference, jointly organised by the Spanish Rail Infrastructure Manager (Adif) and UIC.

The conference will address the key issues under the main theme “Smart Stations in Smart Cities”. The latest developments in railway station design and operation, and also the integration of the station in the city will be presented by world-class speakers, including decision-makers and representatives of leading industries. They will have the opportunity to share experiences and good practices on many topics: linking cities, services and technologies such as low carbon stations, city services, competitiveness, innovation, Big Data, governance, accessibility, intermodality, business, security, urban integration, social networks, etc.

In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, which will be attended by high-ranking Spanish Government officials, NEXTSTATION 2017 will include two round tables during the plenary session. The themes of the first and second round tables will focus on “Smart stations in a connected world” and “Smart stations, the manager’s perspective”.

The conference programme will also feature eight parallel sessions, as well as a professional exhibition for all railway partners specialising in products and services related to railway stations. On 21 October, a programme of technical visits (Madrid Atocha, Malaga and Toledo Railway stations) will be offered to participants.
Sponsors of the event are Renfe, Ineco, Acciona, Areas, Indra, Saba, Sopra Steria, Telefónica and Siemens.

NEXTSTATION 2017 will take place at Eurostars Madrid Tower Hotel, located next to Chamartin Railway Station in Madrid’s new financial district.

For further information please consult the dedicated website:

Or contact

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10th UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail - UIC HIGHSPEED 2018

UIC and the Turkish State Railways TCDD are organising UIC HIGHSPEED 2018, the 10th UIC World Congress on High-Speed Rail hosted by Turkish State Railways to be held in Ankara on 8-11 May 2018

The theme of the congress is “Sharing knowledge for sustainable and competitive operations”

UIC HIGHSPEED 2018, the 10th UIC world congress on High Speed Rail, is being organised by UIC, the worldwide railway association, and the Turkish State Railways (TCDD), in close cooperation with all UIC member railways. The congress will be held on 08-11 May 2018 in the Turkish capital Ankara, at the Congresium International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Congress was initiated by UIC in 1992. Twenty-five years later, this 10th edition will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all High-Speed Rail professionals including decision makers, authorities, railway industry, railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, research institutes, universities and others to envision the future worldwide.
The Congress will be organised around the opening ceremony, 3 round tables, 25 parallel sessions, and the closing ceremony. A trade exhibition will be organised to illustrate the latest developments in high speed rail systems across the world. Several technical visits will be proposed on the last day of the Congress.

Since the introduction of this transport mode, more than 15 billion passengers have travelled on high speed trains at global level – twice the world’s population. High Speed is still experiencing development around the world. Turkey was particularly relevant for the location of this 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. High speed rail operations in Turkey started in March 2009 on the Ankara-Eskisehir line, followed by Ankara-Konya in 2011, Konya-Eskisehir in 2013, Ankara-Istanbul and Konya-Istanbul in 2014.

Nowadays there are nearly 24,000 km of high speed lines operating in the world. In the next 20 years, this figure will double. This means a significant challenge from industrial, technological, financial and social points of view.

For further information please consult the official website:

CMS Project Turkey on behalf of UIC and TCDD,

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8th edition of Market Place Seminar 2017 to be held in Duisburg, Germany on 14 and 15 September 2017

UIC and FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, are jointly organising the 8th edition of the Market Place Seminar, and kindly sponsored by FELB.

This year’s edition of the seminar will take place in Duisburg, Germany on 14 and 15 September under the heading: “Inland Hubs: Key towards rail Freight Corridor Development” and with a special focus on the development of transcontinental corridors. It will be organised around four thematic sessions:

  • Transcontinental corridors: myth or reality for business development?
  • Connecting land-locked regions;
  • Accessibility of Freight Corridors;
  • Paperless, online and real-time.

The UIC-FIATA Market Place Seminars offer a business oriented platform for all stakeholders of the logistics chain and foster interactive and lively exchanges on transport solutions and business opportunities.

Slots will include speakers from renowned companies from the logistics industry, from railway undertakings and corridor development organisations.

The detailed programme is available at

For further information please contact:

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“Railway is an integral part of the national landscape” - Photo contest for UIC Asia-Pacific Members

For the third time, UIC is organising a photo contest for the UIC Asia-Pacific members.

Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures on the topic of “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”, to be voted by 5,200 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2018 with the twelve best photos.

The gallery will be published in the UIC e-News on 3 October 2017 for the voting process.

The award ceremony for the photo contest will take place at the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on 31 October 2017.

Do not hesitate to apply and send your format-free and copyright-free material to Béatrice Ségéral by 28 September 2017:

To participate fill in the form:

For further information please


Béatrice Ségéral:

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Early bird special rate before 13 September for the UIC Asset Management Global Conference

The Asset Management Working Group of the International Union of Railways (UIC) is organising its third international conference dedicated to Asset Management, in Paris at UIC Headquarters, from 4 – 6 October 2017.

This conference is open to the whole Asset Management world and will present the latest developments in various industries (roads, waterways, energy…) and on different continents.

Our recently issued UIC Railway Application Guide “Practical implementation of Asset Management through ISO 55001” will be the backbone of this conference and will underlie its programme.

UIC is pleased to invite you and your representatives to attend this conference. Looking forward to meeting you there.

Conference purpose:

  • Provide Railway Infrastructure Managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities;
  • Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World;
  • Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking.

Technical sessions on Asset Management:

  • Introduction and context
  • Frameworks and maturity models
  • Strategic decision making
  • Methods, tools and information systems
  • Planning and delivery
  • Innovative approaches

Speakers confirmed:

  • Jean Pierre LOUBINOUX: Director General, UIC
  • Patrick JEANTET, SNCF Réseau Director
  • Vincent MAUMY, Director Rail System Department, UIC
  • IAM Chairman (Institute of Asset Management) - UK
  • Andy KIRWAN, Network Rail, UK
  • Jude CAREY, Irish Rail - Ireland
  • Gian Piero PAVIRANI Head of Asset Management, RFI (Italian Railway) - Italy
  • Manisto VESA, Finnish Transport Agency - Finland
  • Alexey ZAMYSHLYAEV, NIIAS - Russia
  • Serigne Amadou GAYE, TERADATA – France
  • Rémy JACQUIER, General Manager, OXAND - France
  • Dan-Marian COSTESCU, Former Ministry of Transportation - Romania
  • Celso de AZEVEDO, Director of IFRAMI (Asset Management French Institute) - France
  • And Asset Managers from Australia, Sweden, Ireland…

DAY 3, Friday 6 October 2017 is optional:

  • Option 1: Technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF
    Participants will discover a strategic SNCF site from an Asset Management point of view
  • Option 2: Training on Asset Management Implementation,
    The whole day will combine workshops, training sessions, showcases, business games focused on Asset Management and UIC Asset Management guidelines.
    Facilitators, moderators and trainers: UIC, AMCL, Oxand…
    UIC will launch its Online course in Rail Asset Management after this Training Day.

For further information please contact Teodor Gradinariu:


A new step has been made on the path from Proof Of Concept to project

The UIC POC on “Shunting Default Detection” has been installed in the operational environment of one UIC Member at its request.

Initial tests that took place last week were successful.

This is a major and significant step in the POC process, jointly managed by UIC Rail System Department and UIC Digital Platform.

It clearly demonstrates the high interest of such an initiative for the Rail sector.

A success for the sole benefit of UIC Members.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, CDO:


Appointment: Young Tae Kim takes office as ITF Secretary-General

First non-European to lead international transport body vows to make organisation a “truly interactive platform” and expand global membership

The International Transport Forum at the OECD has a new Secretary-General. Dr. Young Tae Kim, a Korean national, has taken up his position at the organisation’s Paris headquarters on 21 August.

Kim is the first non-European to lead the world’s only all-modes transport organisation.

The ITF acts as a policy think tank for its 59 member countries and organises the annual summit of transport ministers. Created as global intergovernmental transport organisation in 2006, the ITF evolved out of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport founded in 1953.

“It is a privilege to lead an organisation that drives global dialogue for better transport”, Secretary-General Kim said upon taking office. “I thank the ministers of transport of ITF member countries for entrusting me with the leadership of ITF. I will work with all of them to consolidate what has been achieved, to make our work even more relevant for them, and to further strengthen the ITF’s global impact.”
“Transport technology and services are changing in dramatic ways that require new policy responses. I want ITF to be a global pioneer of advanced transport policies for the 21st century”, Kim added.

“The ITF is the only global body with a mandate for all transport modes. We are known for our cutting-edge research and policy analysis. Our annual summit is already the world’s leading platform for global transport policy dialogue.”
“My ambition is to develop the ITF into a truly interactive platform that will be able to develop core orientations for the future of transport in a time of change and disruption.”

“The ITF should continue to grow and become even more global. I want to reach out to further countries in emerging world regions. I will aim to strengthen links with International Organisations, Multilateral Development Banks And research institutions. And I plan to systematically engage the private sector in policy dialogue via the ITF Corporate Partnership Board.”

“As I am taking over the leadership of ITF, I also pay tribute to my predecessor, José Viegas. His achievements over the past five years provide a strong foundation to build on.”

Prior to becoming ITF Secretary-General, Kim served as a Director-General in Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. His career also included roles working for the President and the Prime Minister of Korea as well as three years at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Kim holds holds a doctorate degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques (Science-Po) in Paris, France.

UIC congratulates Young Tae Kim on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: ITF)

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UIC took part in EUROASIA WEEK in Astana

EUROASIA WEEK took place in Astana (Kazakhstan) from 24 – 25 August at the kind invitation of Mr Zhunusov, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure.

UIC was represented by Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer.

During his presentation, he presented UIC and the Digital Platform activities, focusing on the opportunities of the digital revolution for the rail industry.

Francis Bedel mentioned the risks linked to the Digital issue that had to be considered, particularly the important issue of cybersecurity.

Digital is a unique chance for the rail sector to face new challenges and to remain one of the key actors of the 21st century.

Mobility is the challenge, Rail is the answer, Digital is the lever!

The conference was attended by a large audience with the active participation of politicians, institutional organisations and industry.

The next day, a bilateral meeting was held between KTZ and UIC focusing on the sharing of the digital approach.
A very fruitful exchange was achieved which should lead to stronger cooperation between KTZ and UIC following the UIC philosophy: Share – Open – Connect

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, stressed the importance of the KTZ network and the impact of digitisation on all rail networks and operators. UIC is at their service and is developing its system and services activities for this purpose.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, CDO:

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SMGG (Station Managers Global Group) and AREP designlab held their third workshop for the renewal of leaflet 413

The SMGG (Station Managers Global Group) and AREP designlab held their third workshop for the renewal of leaflet 413 concerning “information for passengers in stations”.

Representatives of various railway undertakings (SNCF, SNCB, DB, SBB-CFF and Korail) shared their remarks and worked together for the final step before the presentation of the new leaflet.

Important changes have been decided in order to adapt information principles to the new standards of our times: information for everyone, in compliance with regulation, and easy to adapt on digital devices.

The new leaflet will be delivered to the SMGG at the end of September 2017 and will be available for UIC members. A summary of the new principles will be presented during the UIC Next Station conference in Madrid on 19-20 October.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:


Save the date: Kick-Off Meeting of the WG Sabotage, Intrusions, Attacks on 15 November 2017

Under the chair of Christian Fortier (SNCF) and then Susanne Kufeld (Deutsche Bahn AG), the Working Group (WG) Metal Theft started its work in 2011. Since then, this group has had a number of achievements. Here we have listed the most important:

  • Establishment of a strong network between European railways.
  • Exchange on procedural and technical experiences and lessons learnt.
  • Understanding of metal theft as an European problem with many different industries and sectors affected.
  • Establishment of a cross-sectoral experts network, e.g. Pol-PRIMETT II/UK, PSAT/Portugal.
  • Inform the European Commission on technical aspects.
  • Issued a UIC leaflet on Metal Theft (November 2013) that illustrates the problem in the railway sector.
  • Cooperation with CER to organise a cross-sectoral European Coalition Against Metal Theft (May 2015).

Previously produced documents are available under the following link:

During the last WG Meeting, held on 6 June 2017, the participants presented the development of incidents regarding metal theft as well as their achieved measures. As the results revealed that the number of metal thefts has decreased over the last five years, the WG decided unanimously to continue the work and to expand its scope. The topics sabotage, intrusions and attacks regarding railway infrastructure should be addressed.

To define and specify the scope of the WG as well as to discuss the main topics for 2018, the UIC Security Division will organise a Kick-off Meeting of the WG under the temporary working title “Sabotage, Intrusions, Attacks”. The WG Meeting will take place on 15 November 2017 from 1 – 5 pm in Vienna.

If you are interested in participating or for further information, please contact Kathrin Faber, UIC Security Division:

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Project Group Security of Stations: first results of a specific survey

The aim of this project group is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and customer perception and to prepare a “security of stations handbook” to be presented during the NextStation conference planned on 19 and 20 October in Madrid. Further information about the conference is available at

Within this framework and in addition to the expert workshops (we have informed you regularly via UIC eNews), the project group launched a dedicated online survey which has been carried out to examine different practices in the field of security provision and security tools’ influence on different areas of station management.

First of all, we would like to thank everybody for contributing to this survey.

Experts from 15 companies, coming from Europe as well as Asia, participated in the survey and shared their experience. One result is, that human factor input into security assurance still seems to be a leading one, forming up to 40% of information transfer. That means that even if measures or tools used for security assurance are technical, they are subject to the quality of staff work. This leads to the idea that station security is currently defined by the role of employees by more than 50%. This is just one aspect of the results, which were presented on 27 July 2017. In total, the experts evaluated the impact of 32 different security measures on station business areas and they were also asked questions about aspects of general security strategies.

The complete results of this survey and the expert workshops will be presented during the NextStation Conference.

The next meeting with security and station manager experts will take place on the following date:

  • 5 September 2017 in Paris, France – Content of the handbook

If you are interested in participating in the meeting, or for further information, please contact:

Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division: or

Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

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News from UIC members

Yevgen Kravtsov appointed Acting Chairman of Ukrainian Railways

Following a decree by the Cabinet of the Ministers of Ukraine dated 9 August 2017, Mr Yevgen Kravtsov was introduced into the Management Board of of the Public Joint Stock Company “Ukrainian Railway” and was appointed Acting Chairman of the Management Board of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia.

UIC congratulates Mr Yevgen Kravtsov on his apopintment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: UZ)

News from UIC members

HŽ Cargo achieves positive and successful business results in 2017

In July, HŽ Cargo made a net profit of 4.2 million kuna (national currency).
Compared to last year, HŽ Cargo achieved positive and successful business results, especially in June and July 2017.
In accordance with the above mentioned, we dispose of the following data:

  • Income from transport in June is 4.9 million kuna greater than the same income for the same period last year. In July 2017, income was 2.7 million kuna more than in July 2016.
  • 757,412 tonnes were transported in June 2017 which means 24% more than in the same period last year. 820,000 tonnes were transported in July which means 21% more than in July 2016.

We would like to emphasise that the company made a net profit of 4.2 million kuna on a monthly level, in July. This is the first time since 2013 that the company has had positive business results.

In order to continue this business success and in accordance with the restructuring programme, HŽ Cargo continues to implement business improvements which refer to business rationalisation and flexibility, investments into capacities and ensuring additional value of service for its users.

(Source: HŽ Cargo)

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News from UIC members

Germany: DB Cargo to invest a quarter billion euros in 60 new locomotives to bring more freight transport to rail

Deutsche Bahn is banking on growth in rail freight transport and is purchasing 60 Vectron multi-current locomotives from Siemens. The locomotives, which can be used in cross-border transport and are worth around a quarter of a billion euros, are part of a master agreement with Siemens for up to 100 new main-line locomotives for DB Cargo.

The first five locomotives will go into operation as early as December 2017. The additional 55 locomotives are scheduled to be delivered in the second half of 2018. The locomotives will be equipped with European Train Control System (ETCS) technologies and will be used on the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and the Netherlands, and beginning in 2020 in Belgium as well.

“Thanks to the new locomotives as well as other planned investments in modern freight wagons and additional operating staff, we are creating the optimal conditions to be able to shift more transport from road to rail,” said Berthold Huber, Member of the DB Management Board for Passenger Transport and Interim Member for Freight Transport and Logistics. “We are not only capitalising on the current increase in demand and the reorganisation of DB Cargo as part of the Zukunft Bahn programme; we are also translating the potential of the master plan for rail freight transport and much lower track access charges into better services for our customers,” he continued.

(Source: DB)

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News from UIC members

Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basle Railway: the major European railways, shoulder-to-shoulder

The major railways in Europe, shoulder-to-shoulder: The Heads of the German, Swiss, Austrian and French railways have agreed to cooperate closely in order to limit the impact of the blockage of the Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basle line on freight traffic as far as possible. After it was made known on Tuesday that the route cannot be reopened to traffic until 7th October, Deutsche Bahn (DB), Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and French National Railways (SNCF) agreed on a comprehensive package of measures.

The end of the holiday season is traditionally accompanied by a strong increase in freight traffic on the North - South corridor. Without coordinated action, demand could not be fully met in the coming weeks. With their initiative, the four railway Heads wish to keep the impact of the blockage of the Mannheim - Karlsruhe - Basle line on both freight customers and passengers to an absolute minimum. In addition, the four railway Heads, Dr. Richard Lutz (DB), Andreas Meyer (SBB), Andreas Matthä (ÖBB) and Guillaume Pepy (SNCF) have agreed to consult closely and regularly with each other. The four Chairmen were in agreement that overcoming the forthcoming challenges was only possible together.

DB Management Board Chairman Dr. Richard Lutz: “Rail freight traffic is an important backbone of the European economy. Together with our partners, we are acting in close cooperation to assure the flow of goods. I would like to express my thanks to the other railways and their Heads for their rapid and unbureaucratic assistance. This is not only a sign of the functioning of integrated railway systems, but also of the close and excellent partnership between the major European railways. With our intensive cooperation across the borders, we are showing that we are supporting our freight customers with all our strength.”

In addition to the measures already taken, the four railways are jointly providing additional locomotives and train crews for the corridors through France and Austria. This allows an efficient use of the various diversionary corridors, which are being coordinated together with our partner railways. To further facilitate running from Germany to Switzerland, we are looking intensively at the possibility of setting up freight shuttle services between Kornwestheim and Zurich. It is intended that the sites of planned engineering work should be adapted in the short term, in order to create additional paths on diversionary routes for freight services as quickly as possible.

Source: (DB)

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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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