Modern Railways 2017 opened on 26 October 2017 in Shanghai

Modern Railways 2017 opened in Shanghai on 26 October and is a landmark in rail congresses. It is approved by the Ministry of Commerce and China Railway (CR) and is organised by China Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS). The trade exhibition, showcasing the main achievements of CR including the 18 regional railway administrations under CR, was also attended by exhibitors from around the world such as Bombardier, Siemens, Faiveley, Knorr Bremse, Huawei etc. All in all over 15 nations were present. The focus was clearly put on innovation and developments in all the fields of railway passenger and freight operation ranging from intelligent travelling, to intelligent stations, intelligent construction technologies, wheel/rail interaction technologies etc.

In parallel to the exhibition which ran over four days, a High Level Forum followed by a series of thematic seminars were organised in cooperation between China Railway, CARS and UIC. The sessions were organised under three headings:

  • Railway Cooperation and Development Forum
  • Intelligent Railway Forum
  • New Railway Technology Forum

The High Level forum focused on Railway Cooperation and Development. It was opened by Mr Wang Tongjun, Deputy General Manager of CR, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC and Mrs Xiang Xin, Ministry of Commerce.
Mr Wang Tongjun’s keynote speech underlined how railway innovation and cooperation boost the implementation of the “Belt and Road Initiative”. He shared the remarkable achievements which CR has made in the past several years, especially how the rapid development of high speed railway has driven the social and economic growth. He then stressed the importance of collaboration reiterating CR’s commitment to continue the excellent work undertaken within UIC. He gave a vision of CR including the development plan, the improvement of service quality, the research and application of new technology.The joint forum, and the cooperation between CR and UIC creates win win situations thanks to cooperation.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux reiterated that UIC comprises 200 members in 100 countries and is focused on interoperability, standardisation, research and asset management for the rail system. UIC is promoting rail as sustainable backbone of a new transportation mix of mobility through more than 70 conferences or workshops a year. Rail needs interoperability, high investment, space and time stability for long term projects.

Rail is now developing again in the context of the digital revolution of the 21st century and contributes to sustainable growth and GDP where it is developing. With the development of urban mobility, all modes have to work together taking into account social, economic and environmental issues. There will be major issues: renovation of infrastructure, construction of new lines, high speed lines.

Major trends can be identified as better complementarity rather than hyper competition, development of corridors, according to the OBOR initiative, being actors and vectors of the new industrial and digital revolution, sustainability of rail, research and innovation. It will contribute to social and economic growth of globalised exchanges.

The second part of the main forum focused more concretely on Eurasian corridor development with addresses by Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director, who presented the results of the study recently completed and commissioned by UIC on Eurasian rail routes, including the so-called silk roads, and their interconnections with European Rail Freight Corridors. She indicated that the study identified that after growing with CAGR 140% between 2014-16 to a volume of around 140,000 TEU in 2016, Eurasian rail transport is forecasted to reach around 640,000 TEU in the long-term (2027). Interviews with relevant stakeholders confirmed that the success factors for Eurasian rail freight have stayed largely constant in the last years. The establishment of regular services has improved their focus in the coming years should be on efficiency gains in operations as well as on a broader differentiation in services.

The southern routes, also commonly referred to as “Silk Roads”, are forecasted to take over only a small share of the general Eurasian rail transport, around 3%. Their potential lies mainly in the connection of new markets like Turkey, Iran and South Asia to the EU and to East Asia.

Mr Aubakiov Yerik, Head of JSC Representative Office in Beijing for Kazakhstan railways (KTZ) then took the floor and provided the audience with an insight into KTZ ‘transit development strategies and its increasing container service to and from Chinal. Dr Koung Soukaloun, Director of Lao National State Railway gave a wealth of information on the various infrastructure projects in Laos both for freight and passenger services.

The High Level Forum’s concluded with a presentation by Mr Wang Qing, Deputy Chief, Institute of Market Economy Development Research Center of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China who led the audience towards the next steps after the OBOR Initiative and general economic development. He particularly stressed the changes needed to mirror those in consumer patterns in China and explained the goals to emphasise the development of Western parts of China, the improvement of the supply side, the need to increase added value for the industry. He stressed the changes rail has to make to be able to respond to the new demand and to capture key segments such as pharmaceuticals and e-commerce.

A sub-forum was organised to discuss on the theme: High speed railway transport efficiency and service quality. It was moderated by Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department at UIC.

The main issues concerned the enhancing of high speed railway efficiency in China, Germany, South Korea and France.

Other sessions were organised concerning intelligent station technology, development of intelligent railways, technologies for intelligent mobility, technologies for intelligent construction, technologies for future railways and wheel-rail interaction technologies.

Modern Railways is one of the most impressive conferences and exhibitions in the world with very rich sessions in the framework of the 2nd Railway Cooperation and Development forum, and a huge exhibition showing the latest technologies in the field of railways.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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Intercity and High Speed Committee met in Shanghai on 24 October 2017

At the kind invitation of CARS (China Academy of Railway Science), the ICHSC met in Shanghai on 24 October 2017, on the occasion of the Modern Railway Conference, one of the biggest rail congresses in the world.

The meeting was chaired by Andrew MacNaughton from HS2. UIC Headquarters was represented by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department.

UIC members and consultants also attended the meeting.

The main points discussed during the meeting were as follows:

  • Alliance with universities will meet once a year in one university. They will have a special place in the High Speed congress of Ankara. Universities are welcome to contact UIC to participate in the Alliance
  • The High Speed Congress will be hosted by TCDD (Turkish Railways) from 8 – 11 May 2018. The scientific committee asked UIC members to propose some lectures concerning High Speed activities before 17 November 2017
  • Three studies are now quite completed. They will be available on the UIC website at the end of this year:
    • Charge4Rail (University of Lisbon)
    • New modal competition (SNCF/SYSTRA)
    • Boosting Innovation for High Speed Rail (FFE)
  • After the completion of these three studies, Marc Guigon proposed to set up a framework programme for the three next years concerning High Speed (2018 – 2020). An “executive committee” will be created to define the main lines of the studies for the next three years.

CARS kindly hosted a visit by the Committee to the Shanghai Control Centre and HS Train Maintenance Depot. Delegates experienced travel at 350km/h on the new Fuxing HS train.

Next meetings
The next ICHSC meeting will be held organised in Paris (UIC HQ) on 23 January 2017.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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2nd International Conference on Train-Track Interaction and Wheel-Rail interface organised by CARS in Shanghai

The UIC Train-Track Interaction Sector participated in the 2nd International Conference on Train-Track Interaction & Wheel-Rail Interface organised by CARS – China Academy of Railway Science, with the high level support of the Science and Technology Management of China Railway.

The Conference was dedicated to the current research activities all over the world in Train-Track Interaction. About 150 people attended the conference in Shanghai, which took place from 25 – 27 October at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre as a part of the Modern Railways Conference.

The participants of the TTI-Conference had the opportunity to attend more than 20 presentations from experts from China Railways, CARS, CRCC (Changchun Railway Vehicles) and main Chinese technical Universities. Europe was represented by UIC and University of Lisbon. Further input came from Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute and the Australian Universities of Queensland and Wollongong.
At the opening session Mr Pierre-Etienne Gautier, Director of Innovation at SYSTRA and Chairman of the UIC Train-Track Interaction Sector, presented the role of the sector and highlighted the principles and direction of the sector’s action in the fields of exchange, research and standardisation.

He then presented the on-going activities of the TTI-Sector for 2017 / 2018 like “Measuring and upgrading the clearance gauges of railway lines” and “PMD - Prevention and Mitigation of Derailment”. He also gave a quick introduction on C4R and an overview about the activities carried out in SP1 like “Track design for VHST” and “Structures dynamical effects due to very high speed”. In a second presentation on “Instabilities of wagons equipped with composite brake blocks” he explained the effects of instabilities on track resistance and fatigue.

Besides the participation of Mr Gautier, further European experts presented TTI-related activities developed in Capacity4Rail:

  • Mr Harald Sattler, UIC Senior Advisor Infrastructure, gave a more detailed general introduction to the aims and structure of Capacity4Rail. He then introduced under “Design, Prototyping and Demonstration of new concepts for slab track” the two resulting slab prototypes “3MB” and “L-Track”. He also gave an insight into the carried-out static & dynamic tests in the CEDEX Track Box and into some results of the simulation of freight trains.
  • Ms Patricia Ferreira, Professor at University of Lisbon, presented with “Impact of an increase of the train operating speed on the performance of HS ballasted track” the optimised track design for very high speed on the basis of numerical simulations and their validation by real scale laboratory test (also carried out in the CEDEX Track Box).

The bandwidth of themes during the conference reached from rail defects and damage of fastening systems over optimization of wheel and rail profiles, treatment of wheel polygons and grinding strategies to research on adhesion properties and bogie lateral alarm. Thus, many facets of the TTI-sector were covered.

The conference provided a unique occasion for a rich and comprehensive exchange of experiences and the participation in lively discussions to gain a better understanding of the complex sector of train-track interaction. Additionally, it opened up the opportunity to develop further cooperation between China and UIC, as our Chinese partners showed great interest in creating and supporting a TTI subdivision focused on highspeed subjects.

For further information please contact Harald Sattler, Senior Infrastructure Advisor:

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Chief Digital Officers and related people in charge of digital issues, please take few minutes to participate in our new UIC Digital Benchmark!

Following two years of activity of the UIC Digital Platform, it seems the right moment to launch a new worldwide benchmarking survey aimed at all UIC members.

The main expected benefit is to collect the most up-to-date and accurate vision of the digital developments in the rail sector.

The results of this survey will be documented and included in the next edition of the UIC Digital Progress Paper.

This benchmark will allow UIC to better respond to its members’ expectations and to identify and plan accordingly the next milestones of the UIC Digital Platform roadmap for 2018.

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Meeting of the Talent & Expertise Development Platform hosted by FS from 26 – 27 October 2017 in Rome

The autumn meeting of the UIC Talent & Expertise Development Platform (TEDP) which took place at the kind invitation of FS, was held in Rome on 26 and 27 October 2017 and brought together training executives/representatives from 16 different rail training centres/institutions.

As for all TEDP meetings, one part of the meeting was dedicated to topical presentations and workshops, the other part to the update on the latest developments of the Expertise Development unit/platform, including progress of work for the activities at the focus of the Expertise Development Platform for the next three years.

The first part dedicated to topical presentations and workshops started on the first day morning with presentations of FS group professional training and development activity.

RFI presented the EU benchmark they conducted in the area of training, benchmark which resulted in the recent opening of a new Training Academy.
Italferr demonstrated how they changed the culture of safety and health within the company playing “comedia dell ’arte”.

FS eventually presented the strategy and different activities of the group towards young talents.

Two workshops were organised in the afternoon on two EC financed projects: “Trainer development” project and “skilful” project.

The purpose of the trainer workshop was to disseminate the final results of the project. The Trainer project which was set up after the first WCRT in 2011 is ending its activities after a three-year project with financial support from EC funds (Erasmus plus). The purpose of the project was to cooperate for the group “signalling engineering" trainers on new approaches in technology (technical and in learning), exchange of expertise and sharing ‘good practices’, as well as the delivery of tangible products (such as a European behavioural competence framework for trainers in the rail infrastructure…). The coordinator demonstrated that the project had positive financial, commercial, technical as well as didactical impact.

The TEDP will examine the possibility to apply the process and lessons learnt in another rail training.

The aim of the skilful workshop was to present the audience with the first results of the project and check their pertinence vis-à-vis the railway sector. The project is targeting future competences in all transport modes and UIC is one partner representing the rail sector out of 25 partners.

The second day, which was hosted at la Sapienza university, was the opportunity to get acquainted with the specific educational programmes dedicated to transportation

The day then continued with information and reporting about the latest developments in the UIC in general and within the framework of the Talent & Expertise Development Platform.

  • A new organisation chart was presented to the group, reflecting the latest developments which occurred in the activity (talent project’s developments, cooperation with academia, on-line courses...).
  • “GRTMS training”. The purpose of the project is to develop a GRTMS basic on-line training course (targeted at young professionals, students, apprentices..) for all functional areas of the European railways, which should ensure standardisation of knowledge. First modules should be available on-line mid-2018.
  • Railway Talent Project is continuing its activities, namely with the release of a revamped website in November 2017, the organisation of third networking & collaborative event in Moscow (with a focus on intermodality and digitalisation) on 7 and 8 December in the frame of the Transport Week (, the start of a four week RAM on-line course on 15 January 2018.
  • Presentation of a new topic dedicated to “New Learning Concepts” was delivered and a small group volunteered to start a project in this area.
  • Report was made on the fourth World Congress on Rail Training which was organised from 5 – 7 April 2017 at DB Akademie, Berlin/Potsdam currently in partnership with DB Training, Learning and Consulting, SNCF and FS.

The next congress will take place in spring 2019 and candidates interested in hosting it still have the possibility to apply until 20 November 2017.

The last session of the meeting was dedicated to a round table dedicated to the “current situation at training centres”: each delegate gives an update of the latest developments and challenges facing their activity.

The next meeting of the Expertise Development Platform is scheduled to be held in spring 2018. More information will be provided at a later stage.

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

Or consult the dedicated website:

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Reminder: 11th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017 at Paris UIC Headquarters

UIC will hold the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017.

Registration is still possible, so do not hesitate to join us.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.

Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation.

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

Speakers include:
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER
Michael Müller, Euro Fleet Mang. DB Cargo
Martin van den Berg, Chiaramonte Noise and Transport Consult & WHO noise working group
Paul de Vos, Satis
Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra
Alf Ekblad, Trafikverket and chair of the UIC Vibration Expert Network
Baldrik Faure, SNCF
Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University

The registration link is

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

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UIC Rail System Forum held on 24 October 2017 in Paris

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, welcomed the members present at the meeting of the Rail System Forum on 24 October at UIC in Paris. He stressed the importance of occasions such as these to discuss future projects and activities.

Mr Loubinoux highlighted that the results of the projects in the years to come were good overall considering the portfolio of ongoing projects, the response for the new opt-in projects and in addition the positive results of the calls in answer to projects financed by other external programmes. He added that the responses for new projects had not yet all been received and that this situation made it difficult to evaluate the share of each member.

He mentioned that the sudden departure of members from ongoing projects or activities creates a very difficult situation for UIC to distribute the remaining project work among the other members, and that this should not be happening according to the principles governing UIC’s work.

Mr Loubinoux also mentioned the importance of the FRMCS project, which is the most important project for the next 20 years to come in the improvement of telecom and signalling input following GSM-R.

He mentioned a number of activities considered significant among the work of the Rail System Forum and highlighted that the Save the Date for the Global Signalling Conference in Milan next March had already been announced, inviting members to register quickly for this important conference in 2018.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department:

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UIC special group COLPOFER: Meeting of the Working Group “Security Corridor X” hosted by Infrastructure of Serbian Railways (JSC) in Belgrade

On 13 October 2017, the COLPOFER working group (WG) “Security Corridor X” was hosted by JSC in Belgrade. “Rail security and safety are one of our company’s priority tasks and in cooperation with our state authorities and other railway companies we are undertaking a number of necessary activities not only to preserve them but also to significantly improve them. From today’s meeting we are expecting a series of initiatives and suggestions on the basis of which we will increase the rail security to a higher level”, said Acting Director General of Infrastructure of Serbian Railways (JSC), Miroljub Jevtic, PhD, in the talks with COLPOFER representatives.

The representatives of 15 railway companies, state authorities and police administrations from Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Republika Srpska and Serbia discussed a number of important issues in the field of rail security, exchanging best practice, knowledge and information, with the main goal of raising the security and safety on Rail Corridor X to a significantly higher level.

The discussions were mainly focused on the issues of illegal migration flows in trains, cyber security, as well as railway equipment thefts.

The participants of the meeting were unanimous in their conclusion that the need for full cooperation, not only between the railway companies along Corridor X, but also full coordination with the state authorities and police administrations, is necessary in order to significantly improve railway security.

This and further topics will be also discussed within the 13th world security congress “railway freight security door-to-door”, which will be held from 29 November – 1 December 2017 in Potsdam (Germany). The congress is organised in partnership and hosted by Deutsche Bahn AG.

If you are interested in participating in the world security congress, please register at

For any further questions please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division:

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak names Tim Griffin Chief Marketing Officer

J. Timothy “Tim” Griffin joins Amtrak on 16 October as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for corporate marketing, sales distribution, network and consist planning, market research and pricing and revenue management.

“Tim brings a deep level of transportation marketing expertise to Amtrak,” said Richard Anderson, Amtrak President and Co-CEO. “Throughout his career, he has repeatedly shown that he knows how to build strong corporate brands that accelerate a company’s growth. At Amtrak, we are looking for Tim to help us identify and win new customers, while continuing to maintain our loyal base of current customers. We are delighted to have him join the company.”

With more than 40 years of marketing experience in transportation and travel-related industries, Griffin’s areas of expertise include revenue maximization, strategic planning and budget control. He most recently managed a private investment company, consulting in the travel, transportation and distribution industries.

For nearly three decades, Griffin held marketing positions at Continental and Northwest Airlines, rising to executive vice president of Marketing at Northwest Airlines in 1999. In that role, he was responsible for $10 billion in passenger revenue production. Griffin also directed Client Services at Brierley and Partners, providing loyalty marketing for Hilton, Neiman Marcus and United Airlines. He began his transportation career in 1977 with American Airlines, where he led post-deregulation route and pricing strategies.

Griffin will report directly to President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson.
WASHINGTON – J. Timothy “Tim” Griffin joins Amtrak today as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, responsible for Marketing, Passenger Experience, Northeast Corridor Business Development, State Supported Services Business Development, Long Distance Services Business Development, and Product Support and Management.

“Tim brings a deep level of transportation marketing expertise to Amtrak,” said Richard Anderson, Amtrak President and Co-CEO. “Throughout his career, he has repeatedly shown that he knows how to build strong corporate brands that accelerate a company’s growth. At Amtrak, we are looking for Tim to help us identify and win new customers, while continuing to maintain our loyal base of current customers. We are delighted to have him join the company.”

With more than 40 years of marketing experience in transportation and travel-related industries, Griffin’s areas of expertise include revenue maximization, strategic planning and budget control. He most recently managed a private investment company, consulting in the travel, transportation and distribution industries.

For nearly three decades, Griffin held marketing positions at Continental and Northwest Airlines, rising to executive vice president of Marketing at Northwest Airlines in 1999. In that role, he was responsible for $10 billion in passenger revenue production. Griffin also directed Client Services at Brierley and Partners, providing loyalty marketing for Hilton, Neiman Marcus and United Airlines. He began his transportation career in 1977 with American Airlines, where he led post-deregulation route and pricing strategies.

Griffin will report directly to President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Germany: Fifty percent less CO2 emitted by 2030 – Long distance transport to use 100 percent renewable power starting in 2018

DB sets new climate protection target ahead of UN Climate Change Convention in Bonn

Deutsche Bahn has set itself a new, ambitious climate protection target. “By 2030 we will have reduced specific CO2 emissions worldwide by at least fifty percent. This is a major step toward becoming a completely climate-neutral group, which we will be in 2050,” said Dr. Richard Lutz, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, in Berlin ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Bonn on November 6-17, 2017. “Rail travel equals climate protection. Rail is already the most climate-friendly mode of transport and we are continuing to expand this environmental advantage. Nothing less than the future of successive generations is at stake. That is why we are amplifying our efforts and responding actively to climate change and its impact.”

The next milestone is being targeted by DB Long Distance, in that every passenger will travel using 100 percent renewable power on and after January 1, 2018. As a result, some 140 million passengers annually will travel entirely CO2-free. Previously, this was only the case for holders of BahnCards or monthly and annual passes and passengers who had paid an additional euro for green energy on each leg of their journey. Since 2013, DB Long Distance has invested around 100 million euros in sustainable wind and hydroelectric power purchased in addition to regular energy. Deutsche Bahn intends to increase the share of power it uses from renewable sources in all of its rail operations (local, regional, long distance and freight), from 42 percent currently to 70 percent by 2030.

It was already a goal under the DB2020+ Group strategy to reduce CO₂ emissions by 30 percent by 2020, relative to 2006 levels. The tangible and constant increase in renewable energy’s share in the traction current mix in particular is expected to lead to further reductions.

Deutsche Bahn has now launched the “Das ist grün” ("This is green") marketing campaign. More than 100 projects, addressing such wide-ranging topics as green long distance travel, biodiversity conservation and biodegradable workwear, are being presented in publications, at stations and on trains. By these means, DB is demonstrating the ecological nature of its products and services in all their diversity for the first time.

(Source: DB)

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Russia: Work completed on electrification of railway approaches to Ust-Luga seaport

Industrial operations on the Vaimarn – Luzhskaya electrified section in the Kuzbass-North-West region were launched on 18 October 2017.

During a meeting between the President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov and participants on the freight rail transportation market, a special satellite TV link-up was set up with Luzhskaya station and West Siberian Railways, where the main freight flows towards the port of Ust-Luga are formed.

The President of Russian Railways reminded participants that the project to electrify approaches along the section to the port has been underway since 2011.

During this time, more than 700 kilometres of the contact network have been built and reconstructed, while over 150 km of second tracks have been laid, 11 stations reconstructed and the Luzhskaya pre-departure and modern sorting station built.
“This will allow us to increase the volume of cargo transshipment by more than 11 million tons per annum and reduce cargo delivery times in the Kuzbass-North-West region by 12 hours. Everyone will benefit from this, including Russian Railways, which after completing the electrification of the stretch will gain an economic effect amounting to 450.3 million roubles a year. Today, together with you, we are launching industrial operations,” said the Company President.
The head of West-Siberian Railways Anatoly Reger said during the satellite TV link-up that a cargo route from Kuzbass to the ports of Russia’s North-West was in great demand among shippers based in the Kuzbass. About 20 heavy-weight convoys loaded with coal leave the Kuzbass every day, 75% of which arrive at the port of Ust-Luga.

“By completing the electrification of the Vaimarn – Luzhskaya section, we have already been able to increase through capacity by one third. Now, we can organise trains powered by electric traction along the whole route from Siberia to the North-West, a distance of almost 4,000 kilometres,” said Vladimir Goloskokov, the head of October Railways.

(Source: RZD)

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Kazakhstan: Interfacing of “Nurly Zhol” and “Economic belt of the Silk Road” forms a new architecture of transcontinental corridors

On 16 October a delegation of JSC NC KTZ led by Vice President for Logistics Sanzhar Yelyubaev took part in the investor day in Hong Kong, organised by the Samruk-Kazyna Fund.

The Vice President of the Company reported on the transit and transport capabilities of Kazakhstan and spoke about the activities of JSC NC KTZ as a national transport and logistics holding company implementing the state strategy for the development of the country’s transit potential.

JSC NC KTZ is one of the 15 largest railway companies in the world in terms of cargo turnover. At the end of 2016, the share of rail transport in the market of cargo transportation in Kazakhstan was 46%.

“Located in the centre of Eurasian continent between the world’s largest markets, Kazakhstan has a huge potential for growth in transit traffic,” said S. Yelubayev and noted that “the Company generates 35% of its revenues from transit traffic by attracting additional container freight flows and improving the commercial structure transported nomenclature.”

The Vice-President stressed that "the interconnection of the Kazakhstan’s “Nurly Zhol” program and the Chinese project “The Economic belt of the Silk Road” provides synergy of transport and logistics systems of two countries and forms a new architecture of transcontinental corridors."

On behalf of the Head of State, JSC NC KTZ is preparing a strategy of growth in transit and multimodal transportation, which provides for the integrated development of international transport and logistics routes from China to Europe through the territory of Kazakhstan.

S. Yelubayev reported on the development of transport and logistics infrastructure of trans-Kazakhstan corridors, expansion of logistics and terminal infrastructure on the border with China Altykol / Dostyk stations up to 40 million tons, the capacity of the existing railway lines from the Kazakhstan-China border with access to the Caspian sea infrastructure.

“To attract freight traffic, we are forming a network of transport and logistics centers at key points of cargo consolidation,” he said and noted that "the entry of COSCO-Shipping company and Lianyungang Port into the Dry Port development project in the territory of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gates” On the Kazakh-Chinese border opens a new stage in the development of transcontinental transportation."
“The most favourable economic and infrastructure conditions for the development of transport and logistics business and production have been created on the territory of Khorgos,” S. Yelubayev said and invited investors to develop business on the territory of the hub.

At present, JSC NC KTZ actively promotes a regular container service, working with 17 provinces of China, in Vietnam, Korea, Europe and the Persian Gulf.
"We offer competitive terms of delivery of goods. For example, from China’s provinces to European countries, the cargo is delivered from 9 to 15 days, to Central Asian countries and Russia - on average 6-8 days, "S. Yelubayev noted.
Today, the share of Kazakhstan on the China-Europe-China land route has reached 71% against 12% in 2011. New routes are being mastered in communications between China, Iran, Great Britain and Turkey through Kazakhstan.

By 2020, it is planned to increase the volumes of transit traffic to two million TEU in the directions running through the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

(Source: KTZ)

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