Free photo exhibition “Russia through a Train Window″

From 12 December 2013 to 4 January 2014, the International Union of Railways will host a free photo exhibition on the theme “Russia through a Train Window″. The exhibition, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Russian Railways, will feature two projects separated by a century-long period: a contemporary image of Russia through the camera of Anton Lange, and a historical view through pictures taken by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky at the beginning of the 20th century.

The photos have captured almost all of Russia to give a lively image of the country. You’ll travel through the most impressive Russian regions, such as Central Russia, Lake Baikal, Sakhalin Island, Siberia, the Urals, the Black Sea Coast, the Volga regions, the Baikal-Amur Mainline, the Golden Ring, the Kola Peninsula.

Dozens of photos will combine a variety of art photography genres: landscape and genre photography, architectural photos of cultural monuments and skyscrapers of modern Russia, reports on the life of regions and everyday routine of major cities.
This free exhibition will be held in the lobby of the UIC building headquarters and can be visited from Monday to Friday, between 9:00 and 17:00.

To kick off the event, Mr Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways and Chairman of UIC, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of UIC, will inaugurate the exhibition on 12 December.

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Railway Safety Management training successfully held in Turkey in the frame of the UIC Middle-East Railway Training Centre (MERTCe)

The Railway Safety Management Training was successfully held at MERTCe, Eskisehir, Turkey from 5 – 8 November 2013

The training was organised in cooperation with TCDD/MERTCe and SESRIC (the Statistical, Economic, Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries).
The training, which was mainly, but not exclusively, addressed to the Middle-East Region, attracted participants from 10 countries, including countries from the Middle-East (Turkey, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, United Arab Emirates), Africa and Asia.
The training was a follow-up of the two previous Safety workshops organised for the Middle-East.
The objective was to introduce in detail the European Railway Safety Organisation and Management. Throughout the three-and-a-half day training, the different aspects that encompass a Railway Safety System were addressed: from its organisation to its management – including risk assessment, accident and incident investigation integrating human factors approach – and its monitoring and supervision.

The different presentations thus allowed the attendees to obtain thorough knowledge about:

  • How to develop a Safety Management System
  • The main common Safety methods in European member states
  • How to assess risk in order to be sure that risk is acceptable
  • The Human Factors approach
  • Which method can be used for Safety monitoring and Safety supervision
  • Which method can be used for accident and incident investigation
  • The training requirements for a sustainable Safety Management
  • UIC Safety date base: scope and perimeter; analysis of trends

For further information please contact: uicmertce@tcdd.gov.tr or amirault@uic.org

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Great success of the 9th UIC World Congress on Railway Security held in Paris

The 9th UIC World Congress on Railway Security, which was held in Paris, France at UIC Headquarters from 13 – 14 November 2013, was a great success. Around 170 delegates from 33 countries all over the world attended the event, representing the major players involved in rail and transport security issues: railway security managers, delegates from transport and police authorities, as well as representatives from international organisations, rail supply industry, and universities.

Jointly organised between UIC and SNCF, this important Congress was mainly dedicated to “Security policy: what strategies, regulations and partnerships for railway companies?”.

In the current world context, railway security is expected to play an increasingly omnipresent and strategic role. The changing nature and shift in threats are the reasons why rail stakeholders (infrastructure managers and operators) are seeking more efficient solutions in order to adapt their organisational methods to the new “ground rules”. Security is under the shared responsibility of national authorities and railway companies. Each country divides tasks between security stakeholders according to its own prerogatives, in line with its specific national situation and constraints, enabling partnerships to be established in an international context.

Jean Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC pronounced the opening speech emphasizing UIC’s role in bringing together its members to take part in joint measures and policies, share their experience concerning major issues and make full use of their diversity to feed into coherent policies that meet the needs of their customers, take into account their staff and make optimum use of their assets.

Today’s congress is devoted to security policies and the relevant partnerships. Security has now become a key element of railway services. We therefore need to effect change in the concept of security and consider it in terms of threats and vulnerabilities in our systems, responsibilities of various stakeholders and cohesion between these stakeholders for the benefit of the system as a whole.

The chief concern is to provide staff with the resources that will enable them to take action as efficiently as possible in accordance with regulatory documents, ethical principles and other priorities. These aspects should therefore be addressed regularly and benefit from coherent action and synergy. Secondly, the aim is to bring clarity. While railway companies have to develop increasingly extensive and sophisticated security policies, these policies are closely connected to a body of national and sometimes international legislations and regulations.

The security of persons and goods in a particular country or region is the responsibility of the public authorities but action taken by companies is also important. Costly as it may be, it must remain subordinate to and coherent with public action, on the basis of partnership. We invest in security for the benefit of our customers and staff, in order to develop our business. In this respect our priorities cannot be the same, or at least exactly the same, as those of public authorities, hence the importance of fostering partnership, cohesion and complementarity.

Railway security is part of an increasingly complex context. The progressive liberalisation of the transport market in Europe, the evolution of company structures and the increasing separation between activities even outside of Europe mean that the number of stakeholders involved at a given time and place, in a same station, is always increasing. A transition has taken place, or is taking place, between a traditional system with two public stakeholders, the state and a national railway company, and a complex system in constant evolution involving the state, several public or private carriers from different countries and other private stakeholders in charge of other aspects and with other roles in the running of a station. The security system will only function correctly if all stakeholders fully assume their role (and their role alone), with shared responsibility and commitment.

The development of international traffic calls for ever greater coherence. In conveying passengers as in conveying goods, the security of the transport system must obviously be conceived with the entire journey in mind. The challenge is thus to ensure coherence between national policies, beyond a mere juxtaposition of agreements that are bilateral or geographically limited and are concluded to answer specific needs.
The scale of the infrastructure and the significant financing involved call for greater protection. For this purpose, sharing experience and best practices (or even failures or insufficiencies) among different countries and different types of organisation must lead to solutions.

Tomorrow’s security has to follow two courses: from the stakeholders’ point of view the focus must continue to be on research projects bringing together in a cross-disciplinary manner the relevant railway stakeholders, suppliers of solutions and universities or research institutes. A certain number of European projects are underway in the Security Division, and the PROTECTRAIL project is being presented during the conference. From the customers’ point of view the demand is obviously that nothing untoward happen during transport, and even if something does occur, that the consequences be mitigated as far as possible and that services may continue or resume as soon as possible. In this regard, although security and civil protection concepts and other potential risks affecting services have to be studied separately, as they represent different areas of responsibility and a variety of responses, these responses must themselves be cohesive and synergetic to avoid contradictions and to respond to customers’ demands by making optimum use of the available resources.

Then Mr Claude Baland, Director-General of the French National Police, Representative of the French Home Minister, took the floor and apologized for the absence of the Home Office Minister, Mr Manuel Valls. He described the role of the security forces and the essential partnership between the State and SNCF. This partnership is absolutely necessary because 2.3 % of all delinquencies occurs in the rail transport.

First of all, there is an exchange of staff with the Security Division of SNCF, joint training sessions to promote mutual understanding, exchanges and agreements on tactical intervention schemes, and common exercises (operational simulation). During the technical visit of the first day of the Congress, participants will attend a joint exercise of the Suge (SNCF’s security services) and civil police forces.

This cooperation is part of daily business (31229 shared operations in 2012) and aims at leading actions in specific domains: metal theft (35 million euros prejudice and 350 000 minutes delay in 2012) – prevention measures, shared monitoring and international actions; graffiti; terrorism – terrorism prevention, passenger and luggage control; and incivilities, precursor of potential delinquency.

Thanks to this successful cooperation, 64 460 persons were apprehended in 2012. Indeed, between 2010 and 2012 delinquency in rail transport dropped by 4.1 % and thefts by 26.2 %.

Nevertheless, joint efforts must be reinforced by creating new rail security brigades (1st one created in Perpignan in September 2013). International cooperation should also be promoted in the framework of an exchange of experience and the implementation of an action programme.

Mr Stéphane Volant, Secretary General of SNCF, then explained that Security has been a shared responsibility of the State and railways for one century. In a few months, a security law will be discussed that aims to cover technical domains. Even with the opening of the network to third-parties, security will still be assured by the State and SNCF, who are also responsible for the security of every new operator.
UIC has made security a core value and as for the European projects RESTRAIL and PROTECTRAIL, we can see that cooperation is essential.

Incivilities are always disturbing for customers and agents: they must be monitored closely because they can develop into more criminal actions. Even if the figures are satisfactory, customers have a feeling of insecurity; there is a strong need for improvements in this domain with intensive collaboration between all the networks.
Then, Mr Lubomir Hradisky, chairman of the UIC security platform, welcomed the participants and underlined the fact that the issues of Strategy and Regulation in the area of security, which are the main themes of this year’s congress, play an important role and complete together with other important elements the complex picture of Rail Security.

The cooperation of all security stakeholders needs very clear and pragmatic rules. It is inevitable to coordinate our common approach with all relevant national and international rail security stakeholders. The railway sector has to look for answers and solutions to new issues and challenges that we face in our security business every day and this year’s congress will offer an excellent possibility to share and exchange valuable knowledge and “best practice”, which will be used in your future professional work.

The two-day conference was organised around six sessions with 30 speakers:

Session 1 on “Professional partnerships” chaired by Maria Cristina Fiorentino, Responsible for Civil protection in FS (Italian railways), gave the opportunity to have the point of view of the passenger activity (presented by Ignacio Barron, Director of the UIC Passenger Department) and especially high speed needs regarding security and the freight activity with the presentation by Bertrand Geoffray of the activities of the BIC (Bureau International des Containers/International Container Bureau) and the current developments initiated by the BIC with IMO (ACEP) and Customs Authorities (e-register) which represent a significant step forward in the fields of Safety and Security.

Then the UIC special group COLPOFER (Collaboration of railway police and security services) were presented by its chairman, Didier Schwarz from SNCF who described the COLPOFER missions and working groups based on professional partnerships between rail companies, security services and police.

Finally Alena Havlova, CER Policy Adviser Security, presented the CER (Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies) position regarding rail security. CER is in favour of voluntary measures, supports the exchange of best practices and experiences, welcomes stronger European coordination and cooperation between security authorities, police forces and transport operators but is opposed to new EU legislation and wish to focus on metal theft and vandalism.

Session 2 on “Institutional Partnerships” was chaired by Andrew Cook from the UK Department for Transport. This session gave the opportunity to have an overview of the existing institutional groups dealing with rail security and their role:

  • IWGLTS (International Working Group on Land Transport Security) which group together 20 Member countries, including G8 countries, Spain, Israel, Singapore, Australia and also UNECE, EU, UIC, and UITP. IWGLTS provides an international forum that allows countries that have been affected by terrorism to share information, experiences and best practices.
  • UNECE Working Party on Rail Transport with an annual workshop on rail security was presented by Konstantinos Alexopoulos.
  • The DG MOVE land transport security advisory committee (LANDSEC) which brings together Member States and stakeholder organisations to discuss the development of EU land transport security policy. Jacques Zachman recalled that the Commission makes the proposal of legislation to the Council and to the Parliament and DG Move is the entry point to bring the message of rail security stakeholders to the relevant authorities.
  • The World Customs Organisation and the AEO (Authorised Economic Operator program) presented by Georges Cantone
  • RAILPOL (Network of RAILway POLice organizations) which, under the responsibility of the competent national authorities, are in charge of carrying out police tasks related to the railway transport in the EU member states was presented by Arend Bannink, Chairman of RAILPOL.

During session 3 on “National examples of partnerships” chaired by Pradeep Kumar Mehta, Vice Chairman of the UIC security platform, four national best practices were presented:

  • the partnership between Italian Railways Group and Civil Protection (by Maria Cristina Fiorentino),
  • the national partnerships with Indian railways which carries more than 23 million passengers a day (by Pradeep Kumar Mehta),
  • the security action plan of Moroccan Railways that is currently implemented on the basis of the global security policy that has been developed (by Moha Khaddour)
  • and finally the manpower and means implemented for ensuring transport security on Russian Railways (by Vladimir Kuznetsov). Thanks to RZD, chair of the WG “Human Factors” of the UIC security platform, a leaflet on Preventive Measures Against Terrorist Acts on Railway Premises was created and distributed during the congress. Another leaflet for Passengers on Actions in Emergency Situations is currently prepared by the working group.

On the second day, session 4 moderated by Pr. Gerd Neubeck, DB AG was dedicated to the specific partnerships against metal thefts. Metal Theft is a main concern for railways and this session gave an overview on the measures taken by DB AG in Germany, by SNCF together with the National Gendarmerie and National Police, by Pol Primett (police-private sector partnership to reduce metal theft across Europe) and also by Orange, French telecom operator, which is also affected by these thefts. Referring to the importance of the topic, the UIC working group on “Metal theft” chaired by DBAG has produced a leaflet that was distributed during the congress on how to tackle the problem by a collaborative mitigation effort involving all relevant stakeholders.

Session 5 dealt with Border crossing management and was moderated by Hendrik Vanderkimpen from SNCB.

First, Delphine Beatse from SNCB presented the UIC security platform working group on Strategy, procedures and regulation and raised some questions about the impact on security of the liberalisation of Rail Transport in Europe. Mandatory European/International transport security legislation are rejected by the sector but “is the exchange of best practices the most relevant solution to ensure the security chain in the context of the cross border?”. The proposal is at minimum, to raise awareness among governments about the need for them (1) to introduce national rules that do not impede the free circulation of security services or (2) at least, to explain how the role sharing could work with the introduction of railway liberalisation.

Then a presentation was given by Gaëtan Carlens on the preparation of the Olympic & Paralympics Games London 2012 within the COLPOFER working group on “Management of big events” which is a good example of international cooperation at operational level.
Moreover the new UIC working group BIRC on “Security – Borders crossing, International Railway Corridors” chaired by Tadeusz Kaczmarek from PKP PLK will focus on the security of the Europe-Asia corridors with a bottom-up approach by establishing links between railways and national authorities in each area along the route in the event of a security alert, and by laying down the conditions for action in their area.

Session 6 moderated by Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Director for Fundamental Values UIC was dedicated to Research and Projects. 5 research projects co-funded by the European commission in the FP7 program were presented:

  • RESTRAIL: Reduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property
  • PROTECTRAIL: the Railway-Industry Partnership for Integrated Security of Rail Transport
  • SECUR-ED: "Secured Urban Transport – European Demonstration
  • SECURESTATION: Passenger station and terminal design for safety, security and resilience to terrorist attack
  • SECRET Project: SECurity of Railways against Electromagnetic aTtacks

The conference was also an opportunity to present an exhibition of the PROTECTRAIL project, one of the largest integration projects on security and probably today’s most relevant initiative in railway security and its results. This project is aimed at developing a global framework, taking existing solutions, making them interoperable, testing them in demonstrations with real-life scenarios.

The technical visit was organised by SNCF on the following theme: How to manage an incident on an international rail service travelling towards Paris Gare du Nord railway station that could result in public disorder on arrival at the station. This technical demonstration at Gare du Nord was an excellent experience for all participants and at the same time a possibility to demonstrate how the railway sector and other security partners can react or be prepared to the risks and challenges railways face in the security area.

This global event has been shown that railway security is becoming a key element in the sector. In particular the two specific issues of metal theft and the security of international corridors must continue to be priorities for action by the UIC Security Platform. The event highlighted the increasing number of actors and the relation between security (intentional actions) and safety (unintentional actions), who often have similar measures of detection and prevention.

For the first time we had the chance to benefit from an external point of view: a representant of the ENPC “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées” presented his concluding remarks. Railway security is part of an increasingly complex context: the progressive liberalisation of the transport market in Europe, the evolution of company structures and the increasing separation between activities even outside of Europe mean that the number of stakeholders involved at a given time and place, in a same station, is always increasing.

The development of international traffic calls for ever greater coherence.
The scale of the infrastructure and the significant financing involved call for greater protection. For this purpose, sharing experience and best practices (or even failures or insufficiencies) among different countries and different types of organisation must lead to solutions.

Tomorrow’s security has to follow two courses: from the stakeholders’ point of view the focus must continue to be on research projects bringing together in a cross-disciplinary manner the relevant railway stakeholders, suppliers of solutions and universities or research institutes. From the customers’ point of view the demand is obviously that nothing untoward happen during transport, and even if something does occur, that the consequences be mitigated as far as possible and that services may continue or resume as soon as possible. In this regard, although security and civil protection concepts and other potential risks affecting services have to be studied separately, as they represent different areas of responsibility and a variety of responses, these responses must themselves be cohesive and synergetic to avoid contradictions and to respond to customers’ demands by making optimum use of the available resources.
Addressing all these concerns together depends on a close partnership between national authorities and railway undertakings, while remaining within the framework of international organisations or requirements without reducing the efficiency of the transport system.

Even if each country has its own realities and dedicated means, the Congress strengthened the idea that we should work together. Mr Mehta, the next UIC Security Platform Chairman concluded saying that these two days fruitful conference showed that security is really a universal subject.
The date and place of the next UIC World Security Congress will be communicated soon.

All presentations are available in the private area at https://ovidentia.uic.org/index.php?tg=fileman&idx=list&id=169&gr=Y&path=Security%2F01+-+Security+Platform+-+Annual+Congresses%2F9th+UIC+World+Congress+on+Rail+Security+-+Paris+-+November+2013

For further information on the UIC Security Division, please visit www.uic.org/security
and contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org

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News from UIC members

Switzerland: SBB and Starbucks team up in pilot project – the world’s first Starbucks Coffee House on rails offers its famous coffee creations on the move

The project is to launch a Starbucks Coffee House on two InterCity trains travelling between St. Gallen and Geneva. The first two-level “Starbucks train” will run twice a day, with a second carriage set to be brought into service on the same route in spring 2014.

In a pilot project set to launch on 21 November 2013, two restaurant cars will be converted into travelling Starbucks cafés with take-away on the lower deck and table service on the upper deck.

SBB is constantly improving its selection of existing food and beverage services on Swiss trains. Switzerland is the first country in the world in which the coffeehouse chain has launched a “Starbucks on rails” service.

“Starbucks is a perfect complement for our own range of services, especially for young guests and business travellers”, says Jeannine Pilloud, Director of SBB Passenger Transportation. SBB aims to increase the attractiveness of rail travel as well as create a “third place” between home and work where our passengers can feel comfortable and can relax as if they were at home.”

(Source: SBB-CFF)

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UIC attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP19, in Warsaw

UIC attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP19, in Warsaw to advocate greater investment in rail as the backbone of sustainable low-carbon transport systems.

UIC side event at COP19

On Saturday 16 November, UIC jointly organised a side event in partnership with Embarq (NGO working to promote Sustainable Transport) held at the COP19 venue, the Polish National Stadium. The side event title was ‘Sustainable Transport & Low Emission Development Strategy, mitigation & adaptation to climate change’. An introduction to the role of rail in low-carbon transport was provided by Willy Bontinck (SNCB and Chairman of the UIC Energy, Environment & Sustainability), the event also featured presentations by:

  • Mr Szymon Grabowski – Director of Infrastructure, PKP Intercity S.A. on reducing carbon emission through the procurement of energy efficient rolling stock
  • Mrs Ewa Makosz – Director of Environment Protection, PKP PLK S.A. on the risks posed by extreme weather events and climate change adaptation.
  • Mr Jean-François Gagne – Head of Energy Technology Policy Division International energy Agency on Global transport outlook to 2050: opportunities and costs in the transport sector under low carbon scenarios

The event was attended by representatives from a range of transport organisations, NGOs and professionals working on climate change solutions. UIC used the event to demonstrate that investment in rail can help to de-carbonise transport and also to show the steps taken by the sector to adapt to climate change. It concluded with a engaging question and answer session.

Transport Day 2013

On Sunday 17 November, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux represented the rail sector during the Plenary Session of Transport Day 2013. UIC was invited to speak on behalf of the rail sector by the co-organisers; the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport SloCat and the Bridging the Gap initiative.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message to Transport Day, called for “new ways of moving goods and people. I have called a Climate Summit in September 2014 to raise political will and catalyse concrete action on all climate-related issues, including sustainable transport”. The Secretary General commented that the $175 billion voluntary commitment of the world’s eight largest development banks at Rio+20 “has helped to make sustainable transport a significant feature of discussions on the post-2015 development agenda”.

Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, commented that “The arguments for low-carbon transport are strong. The challenge is finance. And that’s where the international community can help to scale up sustainable transport,” says. “Efficient, safer, and low-carbon transportation is essential for addressing climate change. We owe it to ourselves and our children to get this right.”

Mr Loubinoux used his appearance to explain how modal shift to rail transport can help to mitigate Climate Change, illustrating this point with key statistics, including;

  • Rail transport is responsible for just 3% of transport CO2 emissions but moves 9% of people and goods, in stark contrast to the road sector which is responsible for 72% share of transport emissions but moves just 34% of people and goods.
  • At world level, between 2000-2010, the rail sector has reduced CO2 per passenger-km by 32%, and per freight tonne-km by 18%.
  • Within the EU the railways now consume 21% of electricity from renewable sources, significantly exceeding the 2020 target of 10%: this compares favourably to the transport sector as a whole which is at just 5%.

UIC launched the 2013 edition of the UIC-IEA Railway Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions at Transport Day. This book presents compelling evidence, validated by the International Energy Agency, of the rail sectors low carbon performance.

Interesting presentations were given on railway investment projects in South Africa and Ethiopia as solutions to climate change, to be part funded by the UNFCCC as National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

The audience at Transport Day included Nikhil Seth, Director Sustainable Development Division, UN-DESA & Donald Cooper, Coordinator of the Mitigation, Data and Analysis Programme UNFCCC in addition to numerous Development Banks and representatives of the Sustainable Transport Community.

For further information please contact Nick Craven: craven@uic.org

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Infrastructure Workshop (Amman, 12 November 2013)

In the frame of the RAME General Assembly, UIC organised a day’s seminar for the participating RAME experts on Infrastructure Maintenance.

The themes touched upon a wide range of issues in the area of Infrastructure. Two UIC experts covered subjects in the areas of Track & Structure, Operations, SATLOC (Applications of Satellite Navigation for Railways), Asset Management and cost benchmarking for Maintenance and Renewal.
The TCDD International affairs director presented the implementation of the High Speed line in Turkey.

Animated, interactive and useful discussions were held among the 60 participants and the two UIC experts Laurent Schmitt and Teodor Gradinariu.
The general feeling was that this kind of exchange is very useful, UIC having the technical force and knowledge to disseminate its activities, projects and the rich heritage and added value included in the UIC Leaflets.

Teodor Gradinariu invited the participating RAME members to join the UIC benchmark on maintenance and renewal for a better understanding of their cost drivers and to compare with other similar railways to control and better explain their expenditures.
The general conclusion was that this kind of workshop is useful and could be extended to other relevant subjects.

For further information please contact Paul Veron, UIC Coordinator for Middle-East: veron@uic.org

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UIC participates in the 22th Plenary Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT)

On 13 and 14 November 2013 in Budapest, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the CCTT (Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation), the general assembly of this association was held. It brought together more than 300 people from 25 countries under the chairmanship of Mr Alexander Misharin, Vice-President of RZD, the management of Mr Gennady Bessonov, Secretary-General of CCTT, his deputy Ms Natalia Stepanova, and the hosting of Mrs Ilona David, CEO and Chair of Hungarian Railways MAV.

This meeting – since the last one held in Helsinki a year ago – was the occasion to hear from over 40 speakers on the progress made on all aspects of development of Trans-Siberian corridors.

In this respect Mr Loubinoux, UIC Director-General, had the opportunity to explain to the audience the collaborative work undertaken with a number of other bodies and in particular with the CCTT on a common approach and in particular in the area of safety with the workshops on border crossings and international rail corridors and on a number of aspects examined by a group of technical experts which also took place on 14 November.

Mr Loubinoux also stressed the importance of the team approach and in particular the role played by the CCTT in a number of aspects such as legal, administrative, financial, geographical and technical. He was also very happy to work in an increasingly collaborative way with a number of bodies including CIT, OTIF, UN, NATO, and of course CCTT.

This general assembly was also the occasion for excellent networking among a number of participants, many of whom were already members or partners of UIC and Mr Loubinoux wanted to highlight the good spirit of cooperation and the very warm welcome by MAV at these meetings.

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Forum on Transportation with high level of service (THNS – Shanghai – 9 and 10 November 2013), and cooperation with Lanzhou University of Transport (Lanzhou – China – 11 November 2013)

The 6th International annual Forum on Transportation with high level of service was held on 9 and 10 November at the prestigious Tongji University in Shanghai.
Tongji University is one of the leading universities directly under the State Ministry of Education in China. It offers degree programmes both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It registers over 50,000 students at all levels in the specialised areas of science, architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, mechanical, environmental sciences, electronics, information…
The main lectures focused on:

  • Sustainable railway transportation where Marc Guigon (UIC) presented intermodality for ticketing:
    1. Importance of the standards
    2. Examples in Switzerland, Belgium and France
    3. Presentation of the MERITS and PRIFIS UIC tools
  • Urban transportation projects in China (Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Shenyang…)
  • Transportation policies and planning in the cities, railways, ports and waterways
  • Multimodality and hubs
  • Techniques and evaluation of transport

Lanzhou University of Transport (formerly Lanzhou Railway University), which is situated in the province of Gansu in China, produces over 50,000 highly trained engineers and managers for both the railways and local transportation concerns.
In the past 55 years, Lanzhou University of Transport has made great achievements in teaching, scientific research, management and personnel training.
The University’s current enrollment totals over 30,000 students, including over 20,000 in the railway field. More than 5,000 students in the railway field graduate each year and become engineers or managers in railway companies and manufactories.
The main topics of this University consist of Rolling Stock, Infrastructure, Mechanics, Signalling…

The University comprises research centres with laboratories focused on mechanics, bridges and signalling with the development of one of the most advanced signalling systems in the world which is used in the Chinese railways.
The University, represented by the dean, Mr SHI Guangtian, the party secretary of the school, Mr WANG Hong, the vice dean, Mr SHANG Yuejin and the Professor Mr REN Muhua expressed their wish to Marc Guigon to sign an agreement with UIC in order to provide some lectures and build other cooperative links (send students to UIC, technical research…).

On 11 November 2013 Lanzhou University, Marc Guigon gave a lecture to 200 students and professors on three topics:

  • Presentation of UIC
  • Telematics applications for passengers, ticketing, new technologies, working groups at UIC
  • MERITS and PRIFIS, central data bases for timetables, tariffs and fares

For further information please contact Marc Guigon: guigon@uic.org

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UIC participates in the Global Team of Experts (GTE)

UIC participated in the Global Team of Experts (GTE) in Budapest, Hungary on 15 November 2013, held during the 22nd Plenary Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT).

On behalf of UIC the meeting was attended by Miklos Kopp, Director of the Freight Department, and Roman Rebets, International Railway Advisor for Russian and CIS Affairs – Freight Department.

Many organisations also participated in this meeting, such as OSJD, RZD, CCTT, FIATA, DB, GEFCO, MAV, GYSEV, SNCF and CIT.

The meeting focused on the practical questions of increasing the competitiveness of railway routes, including IT standardisation, legal harmonisation in international border crossing procedures, developing minimal technical requirements for rail freight between Asia and Europe, market potential, and developing key elements of the work on the development of international transport corridors and interregional railway routes.
Members of the GTE group will define key elements of the work on the development of international transport corridors and prepare technical requirements for the analytical review of the international transport corridors which will help classify and develop the main multimodal transport routes.

The dates of the next GTE meeting will be set shortly.

For further information please contact Roman Rebets, Advisor for Russian and CIS Affairs – UIC Freight Department: rebets@uic.org

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Memorandum of Understanding signed between UIC and CRT (Chisinau, Moldova, 19 November 2013)

On 19 and 20 November, the 59th Assembly of the Council for Rail Transport of CIS States was held in Chisinau, Moldova. On this occasion, UIC and its Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux were invited to participate in the work of the members and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations, CRT-CIS and UIC.

Mr Loubinoux in his opening address thanked Moldovan Railways for their welcome and hospitality and Mr Peter Kucherenko, Chairman of the Directorate of the CRT for his invitation. He stressed that there were several things in common between our two associations: firstly that we are all railway professionals who are very involved and motivated by the development of railways internationally; second that we have a growing number of members in common and third that we also share the vision of the same chairman Mr Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of CRT and Chairman of UIC.

Mr Yakunin explained the work and programme of UIC, and the opportunities for members of CRT-CIS to participate in a number of workshops. This is possible through the signing of the MoU and will be submitted at the forthcoming UIC General Assembly for approval. This MoU also paves the way for further collaboration on a number of technical projects for interoperability and the possibility as well through better and common understanding to have new members within UIC.

Obviously the fact that the Russian language can now be used in technical workshops thanks to RZD will be a real factor in bringing us closer. He underlined that through a series of MoUs on legal, administrative, technical, financial, political and geographical issues the scope of work for UIC spans many issues and with a global dimension. He was very happy to add the participation of CRT for CIS countries in this opening phase of collaboration.

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PROTECTRAIL exhibition at the 9th UIC World Security Congress

On 13 and 14 November 2013, a PROTECTRAIL stand was set up for the 9th UIC world security congress in Paris UIC HQ, a two-day conference that brings together security stakeholders from all over the world. 170 delegates from 33 countries attended the event, representing the major players involved in rail and transport security issues: railway security managers, delegates from transport and police authorities, as well as representatives from international organisations, the rail supply industry, and universities.

After the final demonstration that was held in Zmigrod, Poland during the second week of October 2013, this stand was the opportunity to show one part of the supervision systems that were installed at the Zmigrod test site. The supervision system built was composed of three complementary supervisors: one dedicated to crisis management provided by Selex and the two others sharing the scenarios supervision, delivered by Thales Italy and Alstom.

During this two-day conference, Alstom installed their Integrated Security Manager (ISM) in the UIC meeting room in order to illustrate the integration of various security devices and the provision of common-share information, easy to understand and synchronised.
The demonstrator was composed of two servers, one dedicated to data acquisition and the other managing the video streams. A control desk allowed the security operator to manage the security of the site. As it was not possible to move the train, the depot or the gantry systems in UIC meeting room, a special simulation arrangement was prepared in order to show the running of the human-machine interface.
The demonstrator gave the opportunity to explain the principles of the Zmigrod tests and to give an idea of the scenarios management. Some videos showing the scenarios were presented on a separate screen.

In addition, a detailed presentation of the PROTECTRAIL demonstration was given by Carlo Dambra and Vito Siciliano from Ansaldo, project coordinator, during the 6th session of the congress dedicated to research and projects. He announced the organisation of a contest for demonstration of solutions for HPLI (High Probability Low Impact) events such as vandalisms (graffiti), trespassing, copper theft, “playing chicken”, etc. The objective is to propose innovative solutions (off-the-shelf only if never used in the railway context) that could be integrated using the PROTECTRAIL interoperability framework.

The next key events of the project are the following:

  • 11 February 2014, a satellite demonstration organised in France will be held to illustrate the protection of a tunnel and high speed train
  • On 13 – 14 May 2014, the final conference closing the project will be held at UIC HQ

For more information on the project, please visit www.protectrail.eu
and contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 5 December 2018 Africa Regional Assembly UIC HA Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 8-9 May 2019 Freight Forum Vienna
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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