Safety Steering Committee

The UIC Safety Platform Steering Group meeting took place on 22 May in Paris under the leadership of the chairman Jean-Michel Richard (SNCF).

During the “informal session” (first part of the meeting) the participants were informed about significant developments in the field of railway safety, accidents and incidents.

The chairman of the common UIC “System Safety Management Group” (SSMG)/CER Safety Support Group, Jean-Francois Meunier (SNCF), presented the latest activities of this Working Group, especially the development in the field of “Risk acceptance criteria” (RAC-TS), the way to a “Single Safety Certificate” and the proposal to extend the mandatory “Certification of the Entity in Charge of Maintenance” (CECM) to all types of vehicles. These topics were also discussed with the representatives of the “International Liaison Group of Governmental Railway Inspectorates” (ILGGRI) during the last common meeting in March.

The activities of the “Occupational Health and Safety Group” (OHSG) were presented by its former chairman Colin Clifton (Southeastern Railway/UK). The proposed new leader of this WG, Benoit Joly (Infrabel), was confirmed; Colin Clifton will henceforth assume the role of Vice-Chairman.

The participants were informed about the following documents, published by UIC ETF:

  • Guidance on the management of distressing events and post-traumatic stress
  • Guidance on the use of portable electronic devices
  • Updated guidance on the development of policies for the management of alcohol and drugs

Christian Neveu (SNCF), the chairman of the Human Factor’s WG of the Safety Platform, presented the finalisation of the study “The analysis of the Human, Organisational and Social Dimension of an incident”, which will soon be published by UIC ETF.

The study on Safety Culture will be a main topic of the Human Factor’s WG over the next two years. The second UIC workshop on this topic takes place on 11 September 2012 at UIC HQ.

Concerning the Safety Performance Group/UIC Safety Database (SDB) the participants confirmed the new SDB Policy Statement. The SDB activity report 2012 is being prepared, and will be presented to the UIC Safety Platform Plenary meeting on 11 October 2012 in London.

Hans Vogt (SBB), the chairman of the International Railway Safety Network (IRSN) presented the safety issues discussed in this WG; as examples he mentioned the following surveys which had been conducted or that were in the pipeline:

  • Safety measures in order to reduce risk for persons on platforms
  • Obstacle detectors at level crossings
  • Preventive measures against suicide
  • Attacks by laser pointer

Isabelle Fonverne, Coordinator of the UIC Safety Unit of the “International Level Crossing Awareness Day” (ILCAD), spoke about this worldwide event which will be held on 7 June in 42 countries worldwide under the common message “Act safely at level crossings”. The international launch conference for ILCAD 2012 will be hosted by RFF in Paris and can be seen on 7 June from 16:00 to 17:15 in streaming at

For further information please visit:

John Abbott (RSSB) announced the following International Railway Safety Events which will take place on 7 – 12 October 2012 in London, hosted by RSSB, Network Rail and ORR (Office of Rail Regulation/UK):


The UIC Safety Platform Plenary Meeting takes place on 11 October 2012, also in London.

The participants were informed by Peter Gerhardt about the global activities of the Safety Unit. Safety seminars and workshops are organised in various regions especially in the field of human factors and to establish regional safety databases.

Finally he also presented the first draft of the Safety Platform Work Programme 2013.

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UIC Security Platform: New Technology working group and PROTECTRAIL joint workshop Rome, 31 May – 1 June 2012

At the invitation of FS, a New Technology working group and PROTECTRAIL joint workshop was held in Rome on 31 May and 1 June 2012.

This was the opportunity to bring together rail security representatives (FS/RFI, Indian Railways IR, French Railways SNCF, Dutch operator NS, UK transport authority TRANSEC, Italian metro operator ATAC and the UIC security division) and industry representatives (Alstom, Ansaldo, Bombardier, Thales and Selex).

After welcoming the participants, the chairman of the new technology working group Franco Fiumara, Central Director, Security Department, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group, explained the group’s principles and expected goals.
The “New Technologies” working group was set up to focus on the following main aspects using the experiences gained by the most important railway groups:

  • Identification of the most dangerous threats against the railways
  • Search for effective solutions to counter these threats by means of:
    in-depth study of best practices and in-depth study of the more effective technological innovations proposal for new technological tools

Stefano de Muro, Manager of the RFI Technical Security Unit, proposed four new main areas of work:

  • Set up a Technology Observatory which would monitor and scout new “security technologies”, suggest technologies for specific issues on demand, release a “New Technologies Update Brochure” yearly
  • Draft a UIC leaflet on Technologies to be used for the protection of railway assets
  • Work out a method to assess the reliability of video analytics
  • Organise trials of new technologies

This workshop was also the occasion to take stock of the ongoing work on the PROTECTRAIL project, submitted to the EU Commission as part of FP7 (7th Framework Programme for research and technological development), which started on 1 October 2010. Several presentations were given by the project partners on train/ground integration, the demonstrator site in Poland, the Security and the Railway Traffic Management System and the expectations and ongoing work on standard aspects of Security.

Railways deploy many efforts to search new technologies that are user-friendly for the railway environment and cost effective. The discussions held during these two days where very useful in providing the supply industry with end-user requirements in order to integrate these elements into their work.

Presentations are available in the UIC extranet system, in the private workspace dedicated to security at

For more information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

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UIC participates in the 7th International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership”

On 31 May, UIC participated in the 7th International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership”, organised by Russian Railways (RZD) at the kind invitation of its President Mr Vladimir Yakunin.

This conference, which brought together over 1000 participants, was of particular significance this year as it addressed the central theme of developing corridors linking Europe and Asia. In view of this, it is worth noting the participation of Mr Siim Kallas, European Transport Commissioner, as well as several other transport ministers and European participants.

Among the major strategic panel sessions the topic of intercontinental interoperability featured on the agenda.

Against this backdrop, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, recalled how UIC could contribute to this issue of interoperability. This technical issue, which was already a concern for UIC at the time of its founding, continues to be a priority in its future work conducted in its various regions.

Taking into account all the actions already undertaken and agreements made with a large number of other institutions and stakeholders on this subject, UIC can combine these efforts in a collective endeavour with a view to developing the project to build international corridors. This initiative would be based on studies already conducted by UIC and its members, in particular based on the results of the ICOMOD study, and thanks to the relations that UIC fosters with OSJD on track gauge issues, with OTIF and CIT on the issue of the consignment note, with UNECE and UNESCAP on technical and administrative issues at the UN, to ties recently strengthened in the area of safety and security, and to training with CCTT.

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UIC Documentation Group

The annual meeting of the Documentation Group was held in Berlin on 22 and 23 May at the invitation of German Railways. The Documentation Group brings together information management professionals from railway companies: heads of documentation centres, archives and libraries. The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to exchange experience and good practice in the area of information management in the railways.

The Documentation Group steering committee had chosen to focus participants’ discussions on the effectiveness of the marketing strategies applied by information professionals to showcase their services and products to both their customers and decision-makers within their companies. Mr Martin Cordes, in charge of the archives at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Heritage Foundation, and Mrs Inta Berke, head of the documentation centre at Latvian Railways (LDZ), illustrated how they had implemented strategies targeting customers and managers in order to promote their activities.

This meeting was also the occasion to discover various aspects of the information management system at Deutsche Bahn AG.

Mr Folker Wendt, in charge of information systems and telecommunications at DB Projektbau, presented Deutsche Bahn’s strategy with regard to Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and how this strategy is deployed within the DB Projektbau GmbH subsidiary through the application of an electronic Document Management System. ECM aims to manage an organisation’s entire stock of information. This involves dealing with electronically stored information that is unstructured, such as electronic documents, as opposed to the information in databases (which is already structured).

As an example, a content management application would be used to manage all the information contained in a customer’s portfolio: physical mail, emails, faxes, contracts, etc., in the same infrastructure. The content management aims to cover the whole lifecycle of unstructured information: its collation, organisation, use, publication and availability, and archiving for records management purposes.

In addition, Ms Christiane Hertel, Records Manager at DB Konzernorganisation, presented the strategy for information and documentation security through the application of the Records Management system implemented within DB Konzern.
She highlighted the company’s increasing need for a Records Management system that was both efficient and in line with current standards.
The following observation was made:

  • External requirements for archiving in commercial enterprises had multiplied
  • The inability to find documents is a source of legal or economic risk
  • There were no rules on how to deal with the rapidly increasing proportion of digital documents
  • Internationalisation generated further requirements due to international and local prescriptions

The Records Management project, deployed since 2006, has led to the introduction of an effective system enabling DB Konzern to efficiently and systematically manage documents that the company needs in order to keep records of its activities in three main areas:

  • Documents to meet legal requirements
  • Documents for protecting evidence vis-à-vis third parties
  • Documents to safeguard internal process “knowledge”

Finally, under the lead of Mrs Susanne Kubeneck, Product Manager for Archives and Records Management, the participants visited DB’s largest archives centre in Thyrow in the suburbs of Berlin, which covers an area of over 3000m² and is managed by DB Kommunikationstechnik GmbH.

For more information on the Documentation Group’s activities please contact:

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RZD joins UIC Terminology Group

UIC is happy to announce that RZD has decided to become a member of the UIC Terminology Group. The Terminology Group is the UIC body in charge of the organisation and translation of the RailLexic database which comprises 22 languages at present. Correspondents from more than 20 Member railway companies meet once a year to report on progress made and to define future priorities.

The Russian translation of RailLexic started in 1994 with BC, the Belarusian Railway administration, which was joined two years later by CNIITEI, the Russian Institute for technical and scientific information and studies, RZD not yet a member of UIC. From now on, RZD representatives will update the Russian language in the RailLexic terminology database.

Since RZD decided to take actively part in the Terminology Group, a workshop was organised at the end of April 2012 in Moscow to demonstrate the use of the new web-based tool destined for the input of terms. The UIC terminologist gave a detailed overview of all the functionalities and features of the web-based interface for terminology input. This tool, exclusively created for the Terminology Group Members, is a big step forward in terminology cooperation since any changes and new terms can be seen in real time. RZD representatives present at the meeting welcomed the new tool which will make it easier to coordinate the translation, updating and revision of Russian railway terminology in RailLexic. They were looking forward to putting the new tool to use and to participating in the next Terminology Group Meeting planned at PKP headquarters in Warsaw in October 2012.

For more information please contact Rosalinde Taucher, UIC Terminologist: or
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Second UIC World Congress on Rail Training 2013 “Learning for the future”

Further to the success of the First World Congress on Rail Training which brought together 170 attendees from 34 countries, UIC is pleased to announce the second World Congress on Rail Training, which will be held at the St Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Matthias Corvinus Strasse 15), along with technical visits in Vienna from 24 to 26 April 2013.
The World Congress on Rail Training 2013 is organised at the initiative of the UIC Expertise Development Platform, which draws its expertise from the regional rail training centre networks (Europe, Asia, Middle-East, etc.). Its main purpose is to enhance workforce development through sharing best practice in rail training across the entire industry.

The key congress aims are to:

  • Promote excellence in railway training through best practice models
  • Highlight research findings in this area which bring innovation and have practical application to the industry
  • Identify new challenges for training and training technologies
  • Provide a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experience amongst training professionals and managers

The Congress is targeted at human resources and training directors, training executives, and training and workforce development experts. The 2013 Congress will be held in English, French and German.

More information about submission of abstracts and modalities for sponsorship at the following link:

For further information, please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of Unit – Expertise Development:

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Request for Information – United Nations Questionnaire on Climate Change Adaptation

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is conducting a study about Climate Change Adaptation. They have asked UIC members to complete a short Questionnaire which asks general questions about how much railway companies are doing on this important topic.

The Questionnaire is available on the UIC website here:

For any questions about the study please contact Konstantinos Alexopoulos, UNECE Rail Secretariat:

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High-Speed Rail: “Connecting People, Building Sustainable Prosperity”

More than 1,000 attendees expected from across the globe to exchange views on the development and achievements of high-speed rail worldwide

UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 will be hosted in Philadelphia, PA (USA) on July 10 – 13, 2012. The international event is the world’s largest global gathering focused around successful strategies, latest developments, best practices and innovative technologies in high-speed rail. This year, the 8th World Congress & Trade Exhibition on High-Speed Rail will address strategic issues linked to the national and international development of high-speed rail systems.

The event is organized by UIC and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with the cooperation of UIC North American members: American rail operator Amtrak, Association of American Railroads (AAR), U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and VIA Rail Canada.

Opening Session (Wednesday, July 11, 2012)

The 8th World Congress will be led by Yoshio Ishida, UIC Chairman and,
Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, who will be joined by Gary Thomas, Chairman of APTA, and Michael Melaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of APTA. The co-hosts will lead the discussions with high level representatives from the United States and world rail leaders that will take you on a high-speed rail tour throughout the world:

  • Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation of the United States
  • Ana María Pastor Julián, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Spain
  • Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport of Canada
  • Takeshi Maeda, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan
  • Slawomir Nowak, Minister of Transport of Poland
  • Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey
  • Huawu He, Chief engineer, Ministry of Railways, P.R. China
  • Marcel Verslype, Executive Director of European Railway Agency
  • Mauro Moretti, CEO of FS, UIC Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
  • Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways RZD
  • Guillaume Pepy, President of French Railways SNCF
  • Marc Descheemaecker, CEO of Belgian Railways SNCB

Round tables

Two round table discussions will be led on the financing of high-speed lines and competition between modes in which the following guest participants will take part in the debates:

Round table 1 (12 July 2012) “How to Deliver a High-Speed Rail Project in Today’s Economic Context”

  • Enrique Verdeguer, Chairman of the Spanish rail infrastructure manager ADIF
  • Satoshi Seino, Chairman of JR East
  • Kent Rowey, Americas Energy & Infrastructure, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Joseph H. Boardman, President & CEO of Amtrak
  • Jianping Zhang, Chinese Ministry of Railways
  • Michele Elia, CEO of the Italian rail infrastructure manager RFI/FS
  • Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer for HS2 UK
  • Andy Kunz, President & CEO of USHSR
  • Marc Juhel, Sector Manager, Transport, World Bank

Round table 2 (13 July 2012) “What part can high-speed rail play in the future transport market?”

  • Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator of Federal Railroad Administration
  • Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SNCF Voyages, France
  • Adrian Corry, Senior Consultant Public Transportation BMW Group Designworks, USA
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chung Chang-Young, CEO & President of Korail, Korea
  • Julio Gomez-Pomar, President of the Spanish rail operator RENFE
  • Neil Peterson, Executive Adviser, CH2M Hill
  • Vincenzo Soprano, CEO of Trenitalia/FS

Expert Panel Sessions

More than 130 experts from 18 countries were selected from an overwhelming number of abstracts received and are covering 25 sessions to discuss all issues linked to high-speed rail development: political and strategic planning, innovative financing solutions, technological innovations, energy and carbon balance, standards and interoperability, safety and security management, research, trends in commercial concepts and services, and partnerships. Special emphasis will be put on high speed corridors in the world such as the North American, Scandinavian, Eastern Europe, North African and Middle-East corridors.

UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 International Trade Exhibition

The trade exhibition will be held simultaneously with the World Congress and will provide a meeting platform where the latest technologies and developments in high-speed rail will be showcased. Railway manufacturers, railway undertakings, infrastructure companies, consultants, the supply industry and service companies will demonstrate their innovative products and services to visitors to the exhibition as well as the high-level congress participants.

Student Competition

Twelve students from China, Germany, Finland, Portugal, and the USA have been selected to attend the World Congress and will give, during the Closing Session on Friday, July 13, their impression of the conference and make a presentation of their submitted papers on the proposed issues:

  • What are the primary obstacles to having new dedicated high-speed rail infrastructure built in the United States?
  • Can the US afford not to invest in high-speed rail?
  • What does an ideal high-speed rail station look like?
  • What are the major reasons for limiting the commercial speed of high-speed rail and how can these be overcome?

The UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 program will also include technical tours facilitated by Amtrak.

More information is available on the UIC HIGHSPEED 2012 website:

1 - Mr Yoshio Ishida, UIC Chairman; 2 - Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director-General; 3 - Mr Gary Thomas, Chairman of APTA; 4 - Mr Michael Melaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of APTA; 5 - Mr Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation of the United States; 6 - Mrs Ana María Pastor Julián, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Spain; 7 - Mr Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport of Canada; 8 - Mr Takeshi Maeda, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan; 9 - Mr Slawomir Nowak, Minister of Transport of Poland; 10 - Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey; 11 - Mr Marcel Verslype, Executive Director of European Railway Agency; 12 - Mauro Moretti, CEO of FS, UIC Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER); 13 - Mr Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways RZD; 14 - Mr Guillaume Pepy, President of French Railways SNCF; 15 - Mr Marc Descheemaecker, CEO of Belgium Railways SNCB

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UN World Environment Day: UIC supports the UN World Environment Day “Green Economy: Does it include you?”

Release of the UIC sustainability report, “Railways and Sustainable Development – A Global Perspective”

The UN World Environment Day is taking place today under the slogan “Green Economy: Does it include you?” Through this Day, UIC would like to show our strong commitment to environmental issues, and to emphasise that rail is an essential part of the solution for sustainable development.

The growth of mobility has delivered economic growth, but has also created environmental and social challenges. This trend in car ownership and use can be seen on a global level where transport already accounts for over 50% of world fossil fuel use. This share is expected to increase to over 60% by 2035.

The majority of fossil fuel is used in the road sector; railways can help address this issue by providing lower-carbon mobility: rail has approximately a 6% share of the world transport market, but only produces 2% of transport greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions .
Today UIC releases its new sustainability report, “Railways and Sustainable Development – A Global Perspective”. The brochure provides examples and case studies from many of the 50 UIC member signatories to the UIC Declaration on Sustainable Mobility, which was officially launched at the United Nations in May 2011 in the presence of UN Under-Secretary-General Mr Sha Zukang. It is the first publication in what will become a regular series of such reports, to be produced every two years.

Highlights include:

Meeting the expectations of society

  • Massive investments in renewable energy including a “Solar Tunnel” in Belgium where solar panels cover a railway tunnel eight football fields in length and investments in wind farms for railways in Germany and Japan
  • Innovative approaches to wildlife management including “Green Bridges” for migrating animals in Poland: Bald Eagle protection schemes in the USA and Bird Nesting sites on catenary poles in Bulgaria

Meeting the expectations of customers

  • Massive investment programmes to improve accessibility for persons of reduced mobility, for example Indian Railways are improving accessibility at over 1,500 stations
  • Roll-out of WiFi internet access on many rail services including for example the Acela Express service on the North East corridor of the United States

Governance and responsibility

  • Being stable and attractive employers – Chinese and Indian Railways are two of the largest employers in the world with 2 million and 1.65 million staff respectively
  • Efforts to attract a more diverse workforce including the French “Equal Opportunity Train” which has toured the county four times promoting careers in rail in less advantaged areas

The publication can be downloaded here:

In addition to this new publication, UIC has developed a strong programme of events at Rio+20, with a conference, workshop and speech planned on consecutive days from 14 – 19 June.

For more information on UIC activities for Rio+20 please visit our web page:

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UIC participated in the 9th OSJD International Rail Freight Conference (Baranovichi, Republic of Belarus, 23-24 May 2012)

The 9th OSJD International Conference was held on 23 and 24 May in Baranovichi, Republic of Belarus and was attended by around 120 participants from 12 countries. UIC was represented by Mr Miklos Kopp, UIC Director for Freight, who presented UIC freight activities, the key developments in this field and took this opportunity to promote the next UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held in Tangier from 17 to 19 October 2012 at the kind invitation of Moroccan Railways (ONCF).

Among other participants were several representatives from OSJD, the International association “Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation” (CCTT), OSJD affiliated enterprises (JSC “Rail Cargo Hungaria”, JSC “CTL Logistics”, LLC “JERID”, JSC “Railtech Slavjana”, JSC “PLASKE”, “Freightliner”) as well as representatives of national associations of freight forwarders and operators, transport companies and freight forwarders of Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia. Also in attendance were representatives of railways such as Belarusian Railways (BC), Hungary (MAV), the Federal Republic of Germany (DB Schenker Rail), the Republic of Kazakhstan (KZH), Latvia (LDZ), the Republic of Lithuania (LG), the Republic of Poland (JSC “PKP Cargo”, LLC “PKP LHS”), Russian Federation (JSC “RZD”), the Czech Republic (JSC “CD Cargo”), the Republic of Estonia (EVR), and the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic.

Mr Kalman Somodi, Secretary of the OSJD Committee, opened the Conference and addressed a welcoming speech to the participants, noting that “Belarusian Railways has deep historical roots and traditions of 150 years of activities”.

Welcoming the participants, First Deputy Head of Belarusian Railways Mr Vladimir Mikhailuk underlined the importance of the event for all participants in the transport process in order to further improve the efficiency of freight transport by rail between Europe-Asia-Europe, as well as informed participants about the activities of Belarusian Railways.

Presentations, reports and information addressed:

  • The overall situation in the freight market, promising routes of international rail freight traffic, interaction with other modes of transport, the development of logistic centres
  • Freight basis, the tariff policy and marketing, the competitiveness of rail transport, training and logistic customer service
  • Technological aspects in organising cargo transportation on international routes, infrastructure and management of the transportation process, information support for freight traffic

The conference considered it advisable to continue holding conferences on freight transport in order to exchange experiences, discuss current issues of further cooperation on the basis of partnerships, long-term development and organisation of rail freight in the Eurasian rail space with the participation of international organisations, railways, transportation companies, shippers, operators, freight forwarders and other organisations involved in the transportation process.

At the end of the second day of the conference Belarusian Railways organised a technical tour to the Railway Museum in Baranavichi, where the participants could see the historical legacy of the “Belarusskaya chygunka” (Belorusian Railways) and the main stages of its development within the 150-year period.

For more information please contact Miklos Kopp, UIC Freight Director:

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National Rail Safety (Australia): Ministers support Law Provisions and Regulations for Fatigue

Australia currently has seven rail safety regulators operating across the country. The recent passing of the National Rail Safety Law through the South Australian Parliament marks a historic achievement for the Australian Rail Industry towards a single National Rail Safety Regulator.

Fatigue and Drug & Alcohol are key areas addressed in the new Rail Safety National Law. Whilst New South Wales will continue its current approach to these issues, all other States and Territories are expected to adopt the new national law provisions.

The CRC for Rail Innovation (in conjunction with the ARA and RISSB) has played an important role in supporting the development of a national Industry approach to risk based fatigue management. This approach was based on a CRC research project that identified world class fatigue management practices. The research that was successfully completed in 2011 provided valuable input to the COAG committee charged with formulating the draft national fatigue policy for the NTC and COAG. The key elements of the CRC research involve a shift away from a prescriptive approach to working hours to a more systematic approach based on the principles of risk and safety system management. This material will provide a basis for the development of a RISSB Guideline to assist Industry in the development of fatigue management plans.

David George, CEO, CRC for Rail Innovation recognised the importance of the passing of the National Rail Safety Law and the move towards new National Regulations for key areas like fatigue. David George said “The mission of the CRC for Rail Innovation is to provide the Australasian Rail Industry with practical world class research outcomes”. Our research has made a major contribution towards achieving increased harmonisation of fatigue policy and is an excellent example of research achieving practical outcomes for the rail industry.

(Source: CRC)

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News from UIC members

Tunisia: Mokhtar Sadok, new Central Manager for Main Lines at SNCFT

Mr Mokhtar Sadok, hitherto Manager of the Department of Communications and International Relations at Tunisian Railways (SNCFT), has just been appointed Central Manager of the Main Lines Affairs Unit. He will continue to act as interim Manager for Communications and International Relations.

In addition, Mr Mokhtar Sadok is the Head of the UIC Regional Office for Africa based in Tunis. He will continue in this role and thus work in close collaboration with UIC and its African members.
UIC warmly congratulates Mr Sadok on his appointment.

(Source: SNCFT)

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Two new publications in the field of ERTMS

The UIC Terminology and the UIC Rail System Department are pleased to inform you of two new publications in the field of ERTMS.

ATLAS of ERTMS implementations

The UIC ERTMS Atlas was published for the first time in 2007, with a second version issued in 2009. This atlas is the result of a joint venture between UIC and UNIFE aiming to merge the UIC ERTMS database with the UNIFE ERTMS database to avoid inaccuracies and provide a more realistic representation of ERTMS and ETCS equipment throughout the world. Since 2009 UIC has been managing an ERTMS database with all the data on ERTMS lines and ETCS trains currently in commercial service, subject to pilot tests, under construction, contracted out or at the planning stage across the world.

  • Author: UIC - Rail System Department
  • Date of issue: 2012
  • Available in English, 258 pages including 107 maps generated using GIS and more than 200 pictures

ERTMS Glossary

This glossary was initiated by the International Union of Railways (UIC) in order to meet a recurrent need faced by UIC members and by others working in the railway signalling sector. There is no escaping the fact that ERTMS as a system was designed and conceived in the English language. Many terms are thus unfamiliar and their meaning ill-understood in other languages. The UIC Control-Command, Signalling and Operations Sector therefore decided to compile a selection of the approximately 600 core English ERTMS terms which are used in the various formal or informal lexicons, and to define them with support from international experts specialising in ERTMS. This “dictionary” was then translated into French and German in order to meet a need for the precision and rigour which are vital in all matters pertaining to railway safety.

  • Author: UIC - Terminology
  • Date of issue: 2012
  • Trilingual publication (English, German, French) 192 pages

Both publications are on sale on the website of Railway Technical Publications (ETF):

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Results of the 2nd UIC international children’s drawing contest

Announcement of a new video on safety at level crossings

The second UIC international children’s drawing contest on safety at level crossings was recently organised on the occasion of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2012 (ILCAD) which will take place on 7 June.

The competition was open to all children (including those of UIC HQ colleagues and the
staff of UIC members) in the following age groups: 4-7, 8-12.

The team received 440 drawings from different countries: Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, India, Indonesia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, Italy, Lithuania, Israel, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mexico, and Serbia.

The team takes also this opportunity to thank all the participants, teachers, parents and railway colleagues for their excellent response and their contribution to the success of this contest. It also wishes to thank people who voted on internet – 393 votes) who chose from these fascinating and high quality drawings. This was not an easy task!

All the drawings can be consulted on Facebook. Please click on the links:

Category 4-7 years:

Category 8-12 years:

Each drawing on the ILCAD website in “Kids Corner” automatically received a number upon receipt in our mail box; votes were closed on 30 May. Below is the ranking of the winners in each category with their original number:

4 to 7 years (1st to 5th prize):

  1. Igor Debinski, 5 years, Poland, drawing N°10
  2. Hanna Kuzia, 6 years, Poland, drawing N°27
  3. Kacper Fijolek, 7 years, Poland, drawing N°43
  4. Nora Pilkova, 7 years, Slovakia, drawing N°74
  5. Igor Kmera, 4 years, Poland, drawing N°34

8 to 12 years (1st to 5th prize):

  1. Jose Pinto Sousa 9 years, Portugal, drawing N°80
  2. Biljana Grozdanova, 10 years, Bulgaria, drawing N°54
  3. Dhruvika Verma, 11 years, India, drawing N°68
  4. Julita Lukowiak/Alexandra Plociennik, both 12 years, Poland, drawing N°166
  5. Jatin G., 11 years, India, drawing N°129

The winning drawings have been uploaded to the ILCAD website.

Please click on,156.html and the dedicated ILCAD Facebook page in advance of the international campaign on 7 June.

For organisational reasons all the winners will receive their prize as soon as possible
after the International Level Crossing Awareness Day campaign takes place on 7 June
2012 worldwide.

The drawings may be exhibited by our ILCAD partners in their respective countries on the day of the ILCAD event or later.

Watch TV, listen to the radio, open your eyes: there will be TV shows, radio spots, a new video with children “Don’t play with trains!” will be displayed on the partners’ websites and in public areas, safety flyers will be distributed at level crossings and in schools, special events will be organised for children and adults in more than 42 countries.

An international press conference will take place at RFF HQ in Paris, France. You may watch it in streaming on 7 June from 16:00 to 17:15 French time on

One of the topics our partners in the ILCAD campaign are working on to reduce the number of accidents at level crossings is Education. It starts with children and the drawing contest has shown that children are reasonably aware of what kind behaviour is safe and what is not safe.

The UIC team takes this opportunity to thank the children and their parents (colleagues of UIC) who contributed to the issue of our new video on level crossing safety featuring those children who immediately accepted to contribute to this human adventure!

In this educational video the children play with a pretend train and level crossing in a park; they are enjoying their day, playing together, having fun. Then they walk with their parents to a REAL level crossing with REAL trains running. There they have to be cautious, respect road signs and signals and wait patiently for the barriers to open again before they are allowed to go through.

The motto here is “Act safely at level crossings, don’t play with REAL trains!”
This video is available in English, French, Spanish and Serbian. It will be used worldwide and free of charge by the 42 partner countries in the campaign on internet, on social networks, in public areas (press conferences, TV, and education campaigns in schools).

Should you wish to use the video and the posters with children issued from the video for your own campaign, please visit our website. You may use the ILCAD logo which exists in more than 25 languages and ask for yours if it doesn’t exist yet.,105.html

This video ILCAD 2012 has been published on YOUTUBE/VIMEO AND DAILYMOTION, please find the links below.



ILCAD 2012 in English (all children):


ILCAD 2012 in English (all children):

The UIC team wishes all ILCAD partners throughout the world a very successful campaign!

For more information please contact Isabelle Fonverne:

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News from UIC members

South Korea: Ceremony held by KRRI to unveil prototype next-generation 430 km/h high-speed train

The prototype HEMU-430X (High Speed Electric Multiple Unit-430 eXperiment), developed and produced through genuine domestic technology, was revealed for the first time on May 16 by KRRI and Hyundai Rotem at Joongang station in the city of Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province.

Unlike the locomotive-hauled, concentrated traction system of existing KTX trains or KTX-Sancheon trains, which are powered by a single unit at the front or back of the train, the HEMU-430X uses electrical multiple units in a distributed traction system in which power is supplied by units installed along the length of the train, resulting in superior acceleration and deceleration. Since it allows more flexible operations, this advanced technology has the benefits of reducing travel time and improving operating efficiency.

In the second half of 2012, a trial-run team will perform test runs of the HEMU-430 with speeds reaching 430km/h. Before commercialisation of the train occurs, 100,000km of test runs will be completed by 2015.

(Source: KRRI)

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Annual OSJD / UIC finance experts seminar

UIC attended the annual OSJD/UIC finance experts’ seminar, organised by Mr Petkov – Chairman of the OSJD permanent working group on finance and accounting, during the annual experts meeting hosted this year by Romanian Railways in Predeal from 28 – 31 May.

Many representatives took part in the meeting and seminar: Baltic Railways (LG, LDZ, EVR), Ukrainian Railways (UZ), Chinese Railways (MOR, KZD), Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ), Mongolian Railways (MTZ), Polish Railways (PKP Cargo), Russian Railways (RZD), Bulgarian Railways (BDZ), Hungarian Railways (MAV, RC Hungaria) and Romanian Railways (CFR Calatori and Marfa) to discuss several finance points:

  • What are the risks and financial impacts of rapidly developing newcomers with private company status and the privatisation of former railways
  • How to manage railway company capital sold to private interests
  • What kind of explanations and solutions to reduce long-term outstanding transport debts
  • How to increase the circulation and revenues of wagons

Mrs Lim – UIC Finance Director in charge of financial matters amongst members (also present at the Finance Committee), took part in the discussions and had the privilege of sharing UIC’s experience with OSJD’s remarks and questions, specifically on how UIC is:

  • Extending railway cooperation rules to newcomers
  • Dealing with TSI mandatory rules for all European union members, whether or not UIC members
  • Working in a win-win partnership with private interests such as wagon keepers, new railway associations (ERFA)
  • Promoting multilateral solutions instead of bilateral decisions in order to protect the interest of all members

Discussions took place regarding the high penalty interest rate for long delays in payments and payment penalty for long delays in payments and on principles promoted by UIC to:

  • Acquire information on debtors’ difficulties
  • Find quick solutions in order to avoid prolonging difficulties and mix between former and present transport relations
  • Give preference to traffic promotion rather than sanctions

After these broad discussions and sharing common difficulties and possible solutions, the decision was taken to widen the scope of participating railways involved in discussion. The annual experts’ meeting could take place in Paris in May 2013 in order to open the seminar to more European members.

For more information please contact Marie-Eve Lim:

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