Information published on 29 July 2011 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 248.

Message from UIC Chairman Mr Yoshio Ishida

  • Chairmanship

On behalf of all of the members and staff at UIC, we express our heartfelt condolences to the families and relatives of the passengers who were killed and to those who suffered injuries from the very tragic railway accident. We also express our deepest sympathy for the train crew member who was killed in the line of duty.

To establish the cause of this tragic accident, investigations by the Chinese Government, especially under the Chinese Ministry of Railways, are still being conducted.

Through the investigation of the cause of this tragic accident, we strongly hope that railways in China as well as throughout the world will further develop as an even safer and even more highly reliable means of transportation.

In recent years, while we have experienced enormous technological progress in various fields, we believe this tragic accident may open the way to a review of the vital roles that railway companies should take on as initiatives in rail technology and innovation.

This is because it is a fact that providing safe and highly reliable transportation services is the duty of railway companies and the ultimate responsibilities to the end users are with the railway companies, and therefore we must never overlook this fact.

Together with these points of view that I have mentioned above, we cannot help hoping that the Chinese Ministry of Railways, one of UIC’s very important members, will share the analysis of this tragic accident with all railway colleagues around the world, and that they will contribute even more than before to the development of railways worldwide.

UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, who shares and fully endorses Yoshio Ishida’s message to the MOR and the international railway community, also wishes to express his solidarity towards the Chinese Railways at this time.