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Presentation of the study carried out by Roland Berger for UIC held on 29 September 2017

“Eurasian rail corridors: what opportunities for freight stakeholders?”

On 29 September, UIC held a press conference at its headquarters to present the findings of the study carried out by Roland Berger consulting group for the UIC Freight Forum on Eurasian rail corridors.

The presentation was attended by various railway media journalists, representatives of UIC and member railways as well as a number of international organisations committed to facilitating operations along these intercontinental corridors.

The aim consisted in describing the current situation and evolution trends on each of the Eurasian route linking China / the Far East to European rail freight corridors, over the Trans-Siberian routes or the ‘New Rail Silk Roads’.

The press conference was moderated by Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director, who welcomed the guests and participants – notably Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, who gave a welcome address, and Mr Andreas Schwilling, Partner at Roland Berger’s Transportation Competence Centre in Munich, who presented the findings of the study.

In his introductory speech, Mr Loubinoux emphasised, among other points:

“As the worldwide railway organisation, UIC has always been particularly committed to supporting the successful implementation of international rail freight services linking Asia to Europe, with a focus on technical interoperability and standardisation, harmonisation of processes and simplification of cross border operations.

Already in 2011, the ICOMOD study was commissioned to evaluate the potential of these services. Now, six years on, the development of intercontinental rail freight corridors is increasingly becoming a reality. Every week sees its share of announcements of new initiatives and logistics services linking Asia to Europe.

Rail Freight Corridor development is also part of the Action Plans of our UIC Regions – Europe of course, but in particular the Asian-Pacific and the Middle-East Regions.

The Corridor study has also clearly identified gaps to be tackled by the various actors of the chain. As an International Organisation whose aim is to support its members, UIC has had to make corridor development one of its priorities.”

The study, presented by Andreas Schwilling on behalf of Roland Berger, assesses the viability and the actions needed to promote existing and South-Eurasian routes and their connection to rail freight corridors.

During the presentation, Mr Schwilling mentioned, among others, Eurasian rail freight’s big growth potential, new routes being developed for rail cargo, what can be done to improve the quality of the different rail corridors, forecasts, areas where improvements can be made in terms of operational efficiency and recommendations for operators and railways. In his conclusions he mentioned:

“If the stakeholders in Europe & Asia are able to work on the levers, they will then be able to run trains over a much longer distance than American operators and achieve a much-improved cost position than today. This will make rail transport much more attractive than sea freight.”

The findings of the study were followed by a series of presentations by the following guest speakers:

Mr François Davenne, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

Mr Abbas Nazari, Director General International Affairs, Iranian Railways (RAI), Director of the UIC’s Middle-East Office in Tehran

Mr Rafi Papo, Responsible for Turkey and Head of Partner Management, Rail Cargo operator – representing the Chairman of the UIC Freight Forum, Mr Clemens Först

Mr Karl Gheysen, Director Europe of KTZ Express, Kazakhstan Railways

Each presentation was followed by a dedicated question and answer opportunity.

The press conference was concluded by Mr Loubinoux, who summarised the key messages of each presentation and reminded the audience that the results of the study would form the backbone of the work of a dedicated stakeholder group, which is to meet in Paris on 22 November, and is to be attended by all the stakeholders of the transport chain.

To consult the study please follow this link:

http://uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/corridors_exe_sum2017_web.pdf

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

gehenot@uic.org

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Launch of the book: “Dream Stations, a Worldwide Odyssey”

Save the date: 10 October 2017 at UIC Headquarters

Dream Stations, a Worldwide Odyssey, published by Langages du sud editions, presents a selection of fifty-four of the most beautiful and emblematic rail stations in the world.
This brand-new work was conceived in collaboration with UIC and its members: railway companies from every region of the globe. We visit five continents to discover these historic monuments which are not merely places of transit between trains, but the great witnesses of our time.

These stations are extensions of the urban space, and truly palaces of the modern era. We admire the daring history of certain stations, their grand architecture or simple charm, and the dazzling style of others. Rail stations, symbols of journeys and motion, are the theatre of thousands of lives, from all ages and cultures. Within these pages each rail station, selected from the heart of a city, country or continent, transports the reader to a place of beauty and humanity.

This work also pays homage to rail stations by way of the cinema, as an enduring proof of their universal dimension.


For further information please contact:

contact@langagesdusud.com

com@uic.org

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UIC takes part in TRAKO 2017: International Railway Fair held from 23 – 26 September 2017 in Gdansk, Poland

TRAKO is the largest and most prestigious rail industry meeting in Poland and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe, supported inter alia by Polish State Railways (PKP). A presentation of the state of the art in transport systems and railway infrastructure in Poland, Europe and round the world. The Fair takes place every two year and is a meeting place for rail and tram businesses: organisers and operators, technology providers, manufacturers, distributors, central and local authorities, experts, engineers, investors and railway enthusiasts. It is also a platform for discussion, exchange of information and a search for innovative solutions in infrastructure, the transport management system and rolling stock equipment technology. TRAKO 2017 has 700 exhibitors from 25 countries. TRAKO participants are both multinationals and the leading Polish rail and tram companies, including private and local government operators, suppliers of rail technology and rolling stock.

At the opening session of the event, attended by more than 2000 participants, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General was invited as a keynote speaker to present the UIC stand point on development of railways in the context of the recent and future challenges. He thanked the organisers for the invitation and said that UIC is based on: unity, universality and solidarity – this last word is especially meaningful here in Gdansk.

Among other things, he underlined:

“The railways facilitate the crossing of borders between nations, strongly contribute to creating interoperability between countries and their populations. This is in many cases a reward for the tenacity and the daily engagement of the railway professionals – including all of you – that design, research, construct, operate and maintain the railway in their respective areas. In fact, stakeholders in Europe and all over the world recognise that mobility by rail is the backbone of an effective, integrated, multimodal transportation system, thanks to its advantages in terms of capacity, safety, reliability and environmental-friendliness. The huge challenge is the technological revolution aiming to optimise all parameters which influence performance, capacity, speed and reliability of the rail transport system. In the core of this process is the digital revolution. All sectors, all products of railway operations should embrace all the latest developments of this revolution. Let us just mention customer information and ticketing, track and rolling stock maintenance, traffic management, security (cybercrime)… We need a genuine multi‐modal mobility system - this will allow us to provide a base for comfortable digital applications to satisfy the end user. The progress in the digital area will bring innovative solutions with the same speed and this rapid change of our daily life will be one of the most important influences of the future”.

More than 40 events – debates, seminars, conferences and presentations were organised at the “Gdansk Amberexpo” area – with international attendees addressed the industry’s most current priority subjects. UIC was invited to present the future possibilities and possible threats for digitalisation on railways. Moderated by Mr Adam Wieladek – Honorary UIC Chairman, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Mr Francis Bedel – UIC IT manager & Chief Digital Officer, spoke about the “UIC digital strategy” in detail. During the debate a prestation was also given by Mr Andrzej Zurkowski – Director of the Polish Railway Research Institute and Vice Chairman of the UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB), who described IRRB’s activity and announced the “Global Conference – a Debate on Rail Research and Development “scheduled for November 2018 in Poland.

Following the events of Day 1 at the TRAKO venue area, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was received by Mr Krzysztof Maminski – PKP SA CEO – to talk about future cooperation. The parties agreed that there is still room for closer collaboration. Mr Loubinoux invited Mr Maminski to participate in the upcoming UIC statutory events such as the General Assembly in December. He also encouraged PKP’s experts to participate actively within the UIC working groups.

PKP was one of UIC’s founding members in 1922. Over the last 100 years Polish Railways has significantly contributed to the worldwide organisation, and is involved in and benefits from many UIC projects/activities.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Director for Fundamental Values Department:

wisniewski@uic.org

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SAFER-LC: First workshop on “end-user requirements” held on 28 September 2017 in Paris

Reminder: SAFER-LC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205. It is led by UIC and will last 36 months. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure.

The First SAFER-LC workshop on “end-user requirements” was held on Thursday 28 September 2017 at the headquarters of UIC, the project coordinator.

Around 40 participants from 12 countries attended the workshop organised around two sessions: the morning session dedicated to presentations and then a brainstorming session in the afternoon.

In his introductory speech, Marc Antoni, UIC Director of the Rail System department, welcomed the participants from the Advisory Board and from the consortium. He stressed the fact that in the medias, accidents at level crossings (LC) are presented as rail accidents whereas more than 90% are due to road drivers and pedestrians dangerous/risky behaviours. Level crossing accidents are the second cause of fatalities on rail infrastructure after suicides and trespasses, already addressed by UIC within the European project RESTRAIL; so, it was logical for UIC to address this aspect after the successful RESTRAIL toolbox creation. The SAFER-LC consortium gathers road and rail experts to have a holistic view, enabling to address both human and technical innovative answers. According to the differences between the signalling principles country by country, the workshop aims to list the needs and requirements on road and rail taking into account the disparities in the different countries in Europe.

Then, Edward Rollings gave the Network Rail perspective regarding safety of LC in the UK. LC in the UK are very regularly assessed to improve safety by managing and mitigating the risk at crossing. Network Rail is continuously developing and deploying risk reduction measures to enable and encourage safe use. Several measures on the technical side and human side were presented as well as the new opportunities that digitalisation of railways can bring such as speed supervision, near continuous train location reporting to radio block centre, Internet of Things (IoT) and smart access systems.

This was followed by the road perspective with a presentation given by Helena Rådbo from Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration. Helena Rådbo explained the “Toward Zero in Sweden” safety strategy, which is applied at all levels in the country: political, industry and end users. A database for all LC has been implemented with information from both road and rail and reporting of all incident/accidents at level crossings. This makes it possible to view the system and define the strategy for implementing prevention measures at LC.

These keynotes speeches on end-user perspectives were followed by the presentation of the first results of SAFER-LC project regarding the analysis of LC safety in Europe and beyond (by Sarah Whalley from FFE) and the identification of typical factors behind LC accidents (by Anne SILLA from VTT).

All the presentations of this session are available on the SAFER-LC website at http://safer-lc.eu/safer-lc-first-workshop

During the afternoon, a brainstorming session dedicated to situations at risk or leading to dangerous behaviour at level crossings and innovative solutions was organised.

The aim was to work on a questionnaire in small groups to prioritise the risks at LC, identify new ones, and discuss possible innovative solutions. Animators from each of the five tables presented short accounts of the findings on the higher risks identified and some possible innovative solutions. This workshop enabled some valuable contributions from the participants. It was a fantastic opportunity to consult end-users to better define the expectation and requirements for safer LC.

The next steps are as follows:

  • Workshops at national level will be organised to collect other requirements from both road and rail
  • Deliverable on requirements will be ready by the end of the year
  • Next workshop will be held in March 2018 at UIC HQ focusing on human factors at LC

All the presentations given are available at http://safer-lc.eu/safer-lc-first-workshop

For further information on the SAFER-LC project please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau, Senior Advisor Security Division:

bonneau@uic.org

Or consult the website: www.safer-lc.eu

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3rd UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest – Voting Process:

We invite you to click on the photo you have chosen by 10 October 2017!

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 to be voted by 5000 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2018 with the 12 best photos.

In order to vote please click on the link below:

http://events.uic.org/3rd-uic-asia-pacific-photo-contest

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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Delegation from Indian Railways visits UIC on 26 September 2017

Mr Akhil Agrawal, Director General (Signalling & Telecoms) and Mr P. Venkata Ramana, Senior Professor (Signalling) from Indian Railways, visited UIC Headquarters in Paris on 26 September 2017 and met Mr Marc Antoni, Director Rail System and Mrs Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor Institutional Relations Department and Asia-Pacific Region.
The Indian delegation was particularly interested in understanding the fields of scientific and technical cooperation with UIC and their applications in signalling and telecommunication activities.

As a member of the UIC Asia-Pacific region, they wanted to be informed about the new projects undertaken in the region and the opportunity to be more involved in the activities.

Mr Agrawal also announced the appointment of a new Chairman of Railway Board, Mr Ashwani Lohani.

This visit was the opportunity to strengthen the links with this active member of 1.3 million employees.

For further information please contact:

Béatrice Ségéral, Senior Advisor, Institutional Relations Department & Asia-Pacific Region:

segeral@uic.org

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Chinese Government and China Railway Corp benchmark European railway financing mechanisms from 25 – 26 September 2017

UIC Asia-Pacific, together with the French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition, organised a study tour for the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China and China Railway Corporation, in the framework of the reform process currently undergoing in China.

Among many responsibilities, the NDRC is responsible for the regulation of the overall price level and the optimisation of major economic structures, recommendations on the employment of various economic instruments and policies to the National People’s Congress on behalf of the State Council: macroeconomic performance, coordination of major issues in economic operation, adjustment of economic performance of transport, implementation of price policies, tariffs and charges supervision, price regulations, etc.

At the same time, CR is in the process of reforms due to fast-growing high-speed rail activities and needs adjustment in its management mechanisms. Pricing should be the first item to be reformed with the following challenge: How to leverage pricing policy and improve the revenue of the company.

For that purpose, UIC and the French Ministry organised a full coverage of the French experience from the point of view of operations and pricing policy, on conventional and high-speed trains, on subsidised and non-subsidised links, on the regional and national networks.

While CR HS lines tariff policy is liberalised, the priority is still classic trains whose current regulation dates from 1995 and has not changed, with little or gradual improvement and flexibility on pricing for certain added-value services (first class, sleeping berths, …). The next reform will target second class tickets while NDRC is auditing the costs of operation of classic trains.

The purpose of this study tour was to know the points of view of national and regional transport authorities such as the Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition, Ile-de-France Mobilités and TER in France and how they supervise train ticket pricing, cost structure and how this has changed with time. The experience of SNCF showed very modern practices and policies, not only in revenue management but also in cost-controlled operations, and mature agreements with authorities, taking into account the current rules and using the latest IT tools and improved services.

Finally, Vincent Vu, Director Institutional Relations & Coordination UIC Asia-Pacific, presented a summary of all those issues from an international and historic perspective while Marc Guigon, UIC Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, presented the activities of the passenger department, especially concerning ticket distribution and timetable exchanges. Discussion of the different ways of distribution in Europe raised high interests from the Chinese delegation as modern distribution system is the one of the keys for revenue management and cost savings.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, highlighted that:

Such experience shared with our members is valuable for everyone.
In this particular case it will help the next steps of the future pricing of Chinese railways as well as for other fast-growing railway companies.
UIC was honoured to contribute to these exchanges between the Chinese stakeholders and their French counterparts, which are also important for the development of railways in the world.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu, Director Institutional Relations & Coordination UIC Asia-Pacific:

vu@uic.org

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Invitation: Kick-Off Meeting of the WG Sabotage, Intrusions, Attacks to be held 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 2011. Since then, this group has developed 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 a 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 at the following link:

http://uic.org/metal-theft

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. Even if 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 the railway infrastructure should be addressed according to contacts we have had with some members.

Therefore, we warmly invite you to the Kick-Off meeting of the WG Sabotage, Intrusions, Attacks (current working title). The goal of this meeting is to define the priorities within this scope of the WG as well as to discuss the main topics for 2018. The WG Meeting will take place on 15 November 2017 from 1 – 5 pm in Vienna.

If you would like to participate or for further information, please contact Kathrin Faber, Security Division – Senior Advisor:

Faber@uic.org

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Conference of Passenger Claims Departments held on 28 September 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

On 28 September 2017, CIT in collaboration with UIC held their yearly Conference of Passenger Claims Departments in Frankfurt am Main, at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bahn.

The conference was led by Ms Carmen Filipescu, International Affairs Director at Regiotrans and President of the CIV Committee.

The various topical themes discussed were addressed to the claims, sales and legal departments of their members.

The first presentation of the day was given by Ms Isabelle Saintilan, Legal Counsel for Passengers Matters at SNCF Voyages. She presented the latest developments on the Passengers’ Rights Regulation (PRR). The proposal for a recast of the PRR having been published on 27 September 2017, Ms Saintilan explained the key points and most important changes resulting from that revision, like the introduction of a force majeure clause, but also the question of the continuation of the journey of passengers in case of delay and cancellation and the increased obligation of information for the railway undertakings in particular with regard to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility.

Mr Jan Svensson, Passenger Traffic Expert at CIT, continued with a presentation of CIT’s latest products. He presented the modifications of the GCC-CIV/PRR, the RID Notice and the RID Info-Table, which will all come into effect on 1 October 2017. He also discussed the question of data protection. Mr Svensson ended his presentation by talking about the changes we can expect for 2018, like the revision of the PRR.
Ms Sandra Dobler, Legal Adviser at the CIT, then presented the best solutions to ensure the continuation of passenger journey, in case of delay and cancellation of services.

Dr Daniel Schreiber, Leiter Entwicklung Kundenschnittstellen at DB, explained afterwards the Conceptual development of DB customer services and the main focus points in the operational work of the service centre for passenger rights.
Mr Kris Vierstraete, Teamleader of the Customer Relations at SNCB, presented the internal processes for complaints handling at SNCB.

Two workshops then took place, one held by Mr Oliver Hirschfeld, Legal Counsel and Mediator in the Recht Personenverkehr und Einkauf at DB and Mr Bjarne Lindberg Bak, Deputy Director Int. Affairs at DSB, the other by Ms Isabelle Saintilan and Mr Kris Vierstraete. The participants addressed different cases, which gave them the opportunity to exchange their views and to note the national legal particularities of each country.

After that, Mr Martin Kojinkov, Financial Controller of Eurail Group, gave a presentation on a difficult subject: how to handle the claims of delay compensation for rail pass holders (Eurail and Inter Rail Passes).

A second workshop ended the conference. The themes discussed were rail passes and the question of assistance, delay compensation and reservations connected to rail passes.

Marc Guigon, UIC Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport, concluded this conference.

The conference was a great success, with 61 participants from railway undertakings across Europe. This allowed fruitful exchanges between the different participants.
The next conference will take place on 20 September 2018. The location has yet to be determined.

A report of the conference will be published in the CIT-Info 3/2017. More information can be found on the website of the CIT: www.cit-rail.org

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

guigon@uic.org

Or Sandra Dobler:

sandra.dobler@cit-rail.org

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Study Group “Wagon Users” met from 4 – 15 September 2017 at OSJD in Warsaw

The Study Group “Wagon Users” which represents UIC freight railway companies that apply the “General Contract for the Use of Wagons” (GCU; learn more about it at www.gcubureau.org) held its autumn meeting on 14 September 2017 in Warsaw, at the kind invitation of OSJD and PKP Cargo. On this occasion, the meeting was followed on 15 September 2017 by a Joint UIC/OSJD workshop on wagon use.

Managing the haulage of wagons from hundreds of keepers in trains by different railway undertakings throughout Europe is a complex undertaking in terms of responsibility, liability and maintenance, underlined Study Group chairman Mr Nicolas Czernecki from Fret SNCF (France). More than 10 years ago, the GCU replaced the RIV – the agreement among former state railways – in order to respond to market opening and competition in the EU. And during all these years, it is in continuous development due to evolving European legal framework and technological development.

Other than the former RIV, today’s GCU does not contain any tariff issues or commercial agreement, but focuses entirely on responsibilities between railway undertakings and wagon keepers in cases where either technical failures are detected at a wagon during the operation of a freight train or a wagon not being at a given moment where it should be (e.g. due to lateness, re-routing, loss…). Any relationship regarding pricing and tariffs is strictly kept out of the contract and is left to individual, undisclosed commercial agreements between involved parties and between them and their customers.

As the GCU focuses on the railways of the European Union, the PGV Contract (Dogovor polzovanii gruzovymi vagonami v mezhdunarodnom soobshchenii – Contract on the use of freight wagons in international traffic) is governing the use and exchange of wagons between the OSJD members, i.e. in general the railways of the former Soviet Union, of Asian and European countries. PGV Contract is the one and only document for the most railway companies, contracting parties to PGV Contract, which makes it possible for them to transfer wagons in the international railway traffic between Europe and Asia. “Managing and administrating millions of wagons in an enormously large area of the world is an impressive challenge”, said Mr Czernecki towards his OSJD colleagues during the workshop. “Since we are today talking about trans-continental corridors from Western Europe to China, we must keep in mind that UIC and OSJD railways will have to intensify their cooperation”, he continued.

However, it became evident that the exchange of wagons with gauge-adjustable wheelsets has not yet met expectations. Transhipment of goods or changing bogies are still the predominant measures at border stations between the 1435 and 1520 mm gauge railway systems. At the Polish-Lithuanian border, cautious optimism is expressed towards Rail Baltica, the project of a new standard-gauge high-speed line for passenger and freight across the Baltic countries. However, the project is still in too early a stage for preparing investment in new standard-gauge wagons, said the representative of Lithuanian Railways.

All in all, the Joint UIC/OSJD Workshop has proved to be a good forum to exchange views and keep both railway “worlds” up to date about developments in trans-continental freight transport. The dialogue should be intensified.

For further information please contact Dirk Oelschläger, Senior Freight Advisor:

oelschlaeger@uic.org

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Appointment: Bernard Penners to succeed Peter Gerhardt as the new Manager of the UIC Safety Unit

UIC is most happy to announce the arrival of a new collaborator, Bernard Penners, seconded from INFRABEL, Belgium where he was an expert in human factors, to succeed Peter Gerhardt (seconded from DB AG) as the new Manager of the UIC Safety Unit.

UIC wishes to thank Peter Gerhardt very much for his valuable contribution to the management of safety issues at UIC from 2001 to March 2017.

We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability:

fonverne@uic.org

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New terminologist at UIC

Nicolas Raynal arrived at UIC earlier this year to update the existing railway terminology on a continuous basis and to manage the UIC Terminology Group. He is a trained terminologist with an MA from Paris university Diderot 7 in specialised translation and terminology. After having spent some years freelance, as well as a year as an in-house translator with the French standardisation body AFNOR, he is now happy to continue the work of Rosalinde Taucher, his predecessor at UIC.

Nicolas Raynal speaks French, his mother tongue, and is fluent in English and German as well as Japanese. He also knows some Spanish and Italian.

He is responsible for RailLexic, the online dictionary featuring railway terms in 20+ languages. Currently he is focusing – among other things – on turnouts and crossings, a project initiated by a UIC members. He has revived the Terminology Workspace with a special forum on the UIC Extranet for the Terminology Group to share news, experiences and solutions among those interested in railway terminology.

The terminologist also supports UIC’s departments whenever they need guidance in dealing with terms and definitions as well as compiling glossaries.

Nicolas Raynal can be contacted at: raynal@uic.org

Please also see: www.uic.org/terminology

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Turkish translation of UIC’s terminology database RailLexic completed

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Turkish colleagues from TCDD, Turkish is to become the 23rd language in the next edition of RailLexic, the UIC online dictionary of railway terms.

Turkish railways has been a member of the UIC Terminology Group for many years whose aim is to translate, update and revise the railway terminology of UIC. Despite several drawbacks, this spring TCDD managed to complete the translation of over 12,000 terms into Turkish.

The Turkish translation is already available for the staff of TCDD via an online application as well as for the general public at www.raillexic.com. It will be a helpful tool for all Turkish railway experts who participate in international meetings or discuss documents in that context.

UIC would like to thank TCDD for their contribution and invite them to continue the work within the UIC Terminology Group.

For further information please visit the dedicated website:

http://uic.org/terminology

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China: Beijing-Shanghai railway speed rises to 350 kph

On 21 September 2017 China increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to 350 kph, making it once again the world’s fastest train service some six years after it was reduced to 300 kph.

The route will be operated by China’s Fuxing, or Rejuvenation, bullet trains.

The speed increase will cut the journey between Beijing and Shanghai to four hours and 28 minutes.

A Fuxing train departed Beijing at 9 a.m. on Thursday 21 September, beginning the formal 350kph service.

“These trains are so popular that the tickets for today’s services sold out a week ago,” Huang Xin, an official with China Railway Corporation (CR), said Thursday.

Connecting the Chinese capital in the north with the country’s major financial and trade hub in the south, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is one of the busiest in the country, carrying more than 100 million passengers a year.

“The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway was built to the world’s highest standards, and the Fuxing trains were designed to run at a maximum speed of 350 kph. Operating the Fuxing on this route at a speed of 350 kph is without question in terms of safety, reliability and comfort,” said Lu Dongfu, CR general manager.

The Fuxing trains are a substantial upgrade on the previous bullet trains, known as Hexie, or Harmony. Entirely designed and manufactured in China, the Fuxing is more spacious and energy-efficient, with a longer service life and better reliability.

“The ticket price for the service will not be raised for the time being”, said He Huawu, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, who is a special technical advisor to CR general manager.

“The Fuxing has completed 600,000 kilometres of performance tests and has a designed service life of 30 years”, said Yu Hongliang, a mechanic with Beijing Railway Bureau.

It is fitted with more modern features such as power outlets, USB ports and free WiFi. Compared with the Hexie 380, its power consumption per 100 km is 10 percent less when running at 350 kph, said Zhang Bo from the China Academy of Railway Sciences. The train also has a sophisticated monitoring system that automatically slows the train in case of emergency or abnormal conditions.
China has the world’s longest high-speed rail network, with 22,000 kilometers currently in operation. About one-third of the country’s high-speed railways were designed to run at a speed of 350 kph.
Chinese-manufactured high-speed trains have been sold to Indonesia, Russia, Iran and India.

“The Fuxing trains can be adapted to various geological and operational situations, including extreme climates, a core competitive strength in the global market”, He said.

(Source: Xinhua news agency)

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Canada: Via Rail celebrates Alexandria station’s centennial

On September 22, 2017 Federal Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin; Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Grant Crack; Mayor of the Township of North Glengarry, Chris McDonell; and President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail), Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, marked the 100-year anniversary of the heritage Alexandria train station.

To celebrate this major event, VIA Rail gave a gift of 10 sugar maples to residents of the Township of North Glengarry, representing the Station’s 10 decades of history and the collaboration between the township and VIA Rail. The sugar maple tree is the emblem of Canada and was selected for its sturdiness and stately beauty. A commemorative plaque marking this anniversary was also unveiled at the press conference.

“VIA Rail today marked the 100-year anniversary of the heritage Alexandria train station. From left to right: Grant Crack, MPP of Ontario for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell; Carma Williams, Maxville Ward Councillor, Township of North Glengarry; Francis Drouin, MP for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell; Brian Caddell, Lochiel Ward Councillor, Township of North Glengarry; Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO, VIA Rail Canada; Michel Depratto, Alexandria Ward Councillor, Township of North Glengarry; Chris McDonell, Mayor of the Township of North Glengarry; and Jamie MacDonald, Deputy Mayor, Township of North Glengarry”.

100 years of history

Alexandria Station opened in 1917 and welcomed its very first passengers. A century later, more than 15,000 travellers pass through this station every year, demonstrating that passenger rail transport is a smart choice for many tourists, families and business people.

“For the past 100 years, countless passengers have come to this station to take the train to visit family and friends, or travel for business. The ability to travel between urban centres like Montreal and Ottawa is crucial for rural communities like this one. This station has been an important part of this community and I am proud to be part of this celebration.”

MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin

“It is an honour to celebrate the addition of this plaque, commemorating the incredible centenary anniversary of this valuable landmark of travel and economic connection: the Alexandria VIA Rail Station in the great riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.”

MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Grant Crack

“On behalf of the Township of North Glengarry I am proud to recognize the contributions that the Alexandria Train Station has made towards our community. For over 100 years trains have served as strong economic motors for our community. They have helped to grow our population and our economy. When Glengarry County was founded in 1792 it was a very different community. The population was sparse and was primarily comprised of a group of hardy Scottish emigrants who settled here during the Highland Clearances. This first wave of Scottish Highlanders lasted until 1816, when emigration began to slow. In the late 1800s development in the region was greatly spurred by the development of a railway link between Ottawa and Montreal. Alexandria, Maxville and Glen Robertson profited, as they became key railway hubs for agricultural producers in the area. Our community continued to grow and prosper, and we can thank the Alexandria Train Station for helping us along our journey.”

Mayor of the Township of North Glengarry, Chris McDonell

“We are proud to mark this centennial of this heritage station. These 100 years of history remind us that today, the train is still the smarter way to travel to ensure a sustainable economic future for Canada, just as it was a century ago when Alexandria Station was built by the Grand Trunk Railway. VIA Rail hopes that Alexandria Station will remain a significant axis of sustainable mobility in the Township of North Glengarry. We will pursue our efforts to encourage people in the region to choose the train for their intercity travel.”

President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Multiple options between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City

Passengers using Alexandria Station have a choice of several trains they can take to the many communities between Toronto and Québec City that are served by VIA Rail.

  • To Ottawa: passengers can opt for one of five round trips offered Monday to Friday. On weekends, four round trips between Alexandria and Ottawa are available.
  • To Toronto:depending on the day of departure, one to four connections are available. A direct train from Alexandria to Toronto is always offered Monday to Friday.
  • To Montréal: five round trips are offered Monday to Friday. On weekends, travellers departing from Alexandria can choose one of four round-trip trains between Alexandria and Montréal.
  • To Québec City:Monday to Friday, three east-bound and four west-bound trains are available. Two round trips are offered on Saturdays; on Sundays, two trains go to Québec City while three return to Alexandria.

(Source: VIA Rail)

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France: Safety – Stéphane Volant appointed chairman of safety directors’ club

On 20 September, SNCF Company Secretary Stéphane Volant was elected Chairman of France’s Club of Company Safety Directors, succeeding Alain Juillet.

SNCF Company Secretary Stéphane Volant has been elected Chairman of France’s Club of Company Safety Directors (CDSE) at the club’s annual general meeting on 20 September. He succeeds Alain Juillet and has been appointed for a term of three years.

Founded over 25 years ago, the CDSE is an umbrella group of safety and security practitioners from a range of major French companies (currently more than one hundred). The club’s purpose is to foster synergy and share good practice in the field of safety.

Stéphane Volant joined SNCF in 1996, having previously run a lobbying firm specialising in providing advice to government. He was an advisor to the SNCF Chairman, then Director of Institutional Relations, before being appointed Company Secretary in 2008. In particular, he manages public affairs for SNCF and its subsidiaries. In 2015, he became a board member at SNCF Réseau and Chairman of SNCF Développement.

(Source: SNCF)

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Hungary: Body cameras are tested by the conductors of MAV-START Co.

MAV-START Co. started to test body cameras in practice with the involvement of 25 volunteer conductors last month. Within the framework of the project, a total of 26 devices from three manufacturers are tested by the conductors. The management of the passenger railway company, MAV-START Co. may decide on the introduction of the system after the evaluation of the gained practical experience.

After analysing the risks, the management of MÁV-START Co. decided to use body cameras experimentally in order to protect the mobile ticketing equipment and passengers’ lives, safety and their belongings. In the testing project, three product-specific cameras specially designed for industrial use (Dahua MPT-100, VTQ and Koonlung K1S cameras) were selected for this purpose. For the tests, a total of 26 pieces were purchased with their additional technical equipment.

After the internal trials, testing started in practice this August. Over the next time period, 25 ticket inspector volunteers will use all three products at least ten times each. Testing takes place on the busiest suburban lines in Budapest, and the recordings are handled by the railway company in accordance with the legal obligations. The ticket inspector volunteers wear a badge to indicate to passengers that voice and video recordings are made. Employees participating in the testing will give a thorough assessment of the applicability of the technical devices including their advantages and disadvantages. The management of MÁV-START Co. will decide on the introduction of the system following the evaluation of the practical experience.

It is well known that conductors are subject to many oral insults and physical atrocities during their work, especially by the offending passengers not paying for their tickets. Up until August 2017 a total of 53 conductors became the victims of an attack this year. The perpetrators are not afraid of the fact that they may face sentence up to five years prison for violently offending a public servant. Of course, it is not only the life and physical safety of the conductors and their mobile ticketing equipment that is important, but also the security of passengers and their belongings.

(Source: MÁV-START Co.)

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Kazakhstan chooses Latvia as the main cargo logistics hub in Baltics

In a meeting with president Edvīns Bērziņš of VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) on 29 September in Riga, Kazakhstan Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin indicated that Latvia had been selected as the Kazakhstan’s main cargo logistics and distribution hub in the Baltic countries and invited to enhance cooperation to develop Khorgos Port at the border of Kazakhstan and China.

A. Mamin noted that when considering the increase in the number of containerised cargoes in the railway system of Kazakhstan, the number of containerised cargoes bound towards Latvia could amount to 200 thousand container units by 2020 with a further growing potential. “This is a significant amount. We have chosen Latvia as the place to establish a logistics and distribution hub for the Baltic region; therefore, we rely on close cooperation,” stressed A. Mamin.

During the visit of Kazakhstan Vice Prime Minister, LDz president E. Bērziņš and vice president Sanzhar Yelubayev of Kazakhstan railway signed a memorandum on cooperation in development of transit routes, also joint efforts to develop the new logistics centre of Khorgos Port at the border of Kazakhstan and China and to ensure new transit flow through it. According to the memorandum, both parties undertake to ensure containerised cargo transport from China through Kazakhstan to Riga, as well as to mutually cooperate to facilitate processing of the forwarded cargoes in the territory of Khorgos Port for their transportation to Europe and back to China.

On the other hand, LDz subsidiary LDz Loģistika signed a transport expedition contract with Kazakhstan Railway subsidiary KTZ Express.

As a confirmation of starting a successful cooperation, exactly today the first container train organised by Kazakhstan Railway was launched from Urumqi city in China in the route Urumqi-Altynkol-Riga-Rotterdam. From Riga, the cargo will be transported to Rotterdam by a sea route.

Edvīns Bērziņš, “Kazakhstan is a very important partner to ensure the transit flow between China and Europe, and establishment of a new strategic partnership is decisive for attraction of new freight traffic. Kazakhstan, similarly as Latvia considers that ensuring freight traffic from China is very significant, and Khorgos Port at the border of China is quite a farsighted solution. We should likewise be forward-looking and participate in development of this, as well as the Belarus oncoming Big Stone project and other strategically significant projects that would ensure increase in cargo flow.”

Negotiations about cooperation in relation to Khorgos Port were started this summer at events of the Transit and Logistics Week organised by LDz in the capital city of Kazakhstan during the international exhibition EXPO Astana 2017, where A. Mamin and the highest management of Kazakhstan Railway took part.

Khorgos Port is among the most important projects for development of logistics sector of Kazakhstan bringing future prospects for attracting and processing new cargo flows.

(Source: LDz)

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  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
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  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
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  • 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
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  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
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