2nd UIC World Conference on Standardisation will be held on 9 June 2015 in Paris

The UIC Standardisation Platform is organising the 2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation, which will be held on 9 June 2015 at Paris UIC HQ.

The 2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation is intended to be a working session to discuss and debate strategies and actions to achieve integration of the rail system through convergence of standards.

This event brings together the different families of stakeholders within the sector – railway operating companies, manufacturers, global standardisation organisations, research centres, institutions and associations.

Following high-level keynote opening speeches, four sessions with a number of presentations will develop a logical path through the tactical and strategic approach to standardisation in the years to come.

The concept of progressive integration is the leitmotif around which collaborative working will take place, and the conference will offer wide-ranging opportunities for lively discussion of participants’ contributions.

The detailed programme of the conference is available at the following link:

If you are interested in participating in the 2nd UIC World Conference on Railway Standardisation please register at this link: http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1474

For more information please contact Gianfranco Cau: cau@uic.org
or Roberto Tieri: tieri@uic.org

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UIC represents the rail sector at the 2015 World Summit of the ITF-OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig

UIC actively participated in the 2015 World Summit of the ITF-OECD International Transport Forum held from 26 – 29 May 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.
Every year in the German city this annual summit brings together all ministers, leaders of international institutions and associations and players committed to the development of mobility and transport systems across the world.

More than 1,050 participants were present at the International Transport Forum summit which attracted 54 Ministers of Transport from all parts of the world.
The 2015 World Summit was chaired by Mr Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport of New-Zealand, who had succeeded the French presidency, together with Mr José Viegas, ITF Secretary-General.
The overall theme of the 2015 Summit was “Transport, Trade and Tourism”.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of UIC, was invited by ITF to represent the rail sector and express views from the railway operating companies, in several important parts of the programme of the Summit, providing UIC with a unique opportunity to present to a high-level panel of participants (Ministers, leaders of international organisations) the challenges and strategies of the rail transport sector in connection with the topics selected for this summit.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux actively participated in:

  • The Panel Session on 27 May on “Crossing continents: How new routes and technology can improve Surface Transport”
  • The Press Conference of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) on 27 May
  • -The Open Ministerial Session “A Series of Perspectives from Sector leaders in exchange with Ministers” on 28 May

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux presented to the attending 54 Ministers from all continents the perspectives of growth of rail passenger and freight transport across the world (in particular based on OECD-ITF forecasts), with a focus on connectivity, optimised multimodality, and sustainable transport. He invited all attending ministers to support railways in their efforts to become a successful transport mode serving the economy and the society as a whole. He emphasised on this occasion that the “Train to Paris” international campaign would highlight all the initiatives of the rail sector aiming to contribute to an effective climate protection and CO2 emission reduction policy. The climax of this campaign will be on 28 November as a series of international “Train to Paris” trains, including trains from Asia, will travel to Paris for COP 21.

The Restricted Ministers’ Round Table: Rail Connectivity, Capacity, Liberalisation.
This Round Table provided opportunity for intensive exchanges between participants, Ministers and leaders from the rail sector.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stressed: “There are many possible and different approaches to the theme of connectivity, so I will try to bring a global approach and share with you some findings from our own members around the world or from our own studies. Beyond the fact that we have all learned here that the need for mobility of goods and people will treble or quadruple in the years to come, I would like to share some interesting figures with you.

Two billion people in the world will become urban in the next 10 years; two billion people in the world (not the same ones) have no access whatsoever to mobility; and two billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day. So this means that if the need for mobility increases we will have to re-invent some mobility towards more capacity and more productivity.

This means that we will have to bring new connectivity which links to accessibility, which is the UN’s definition of sustainable development. So in terms of passenger traffic, this urbanisation will need to focus on investment and strategy for intra-city transport, and intra-city by rail needs to be connected with the other modes of transport within the city. And when you’ve done that you need to link with the other cities – with inter-city transport – hopefully by rail and high speed rail within the range of 1500km for instance.

For freight, the issue as was discussed on other panels is that of corridors. Corridors with their advantages of capacity and productivity are the backbone, with a connection through hubs with other modes of transport for the last mile or the first mile.

So you can see that stations and logistics hubs are really the key to the new connectivity. In past years they were usually considered as pieces of architecture or the last additions when there isn’t any money left, but now they have become the front piece because they are the real keys of the web.

Beyond the further evolution of technology to improve interoperability and beyond these issues which UIC – as the technical platform for all railway undertakings and infrastructure managers, whether they are integrated or separated – I personally think along with a number of members that the new evolution will not be technological per se. It will not be on the rail, or the catenary, or the wheel, or the engine. It will come from IT – from information technology – and this is indeed a new form of connectivity.

The definition of connectivity is very broad: it is access to information; it is sharing information and the dematerialisation of information. And this can be done through a number of systems and databases such as the MERITS database for timetables, the PRIFIS database for prices, the HERMES system for sharing market prices and what the e-ticket is going to become. This is linked to the study that we are developing at UIC on the Universal Railway Ticket (URT) that can be one and unique among all operators. And this definition of connectivity will certainly improve services and certainly cut costs.” }

Abstracts of presentations by UIC Director General will be available in the following edition of UIC e-news.

A video interview by ITF-OECD Media Team summarises the messages that the UIC Director General wished to deliver at the 2015 edition of the ITF-OECD World Summit: http://2015.internationaltransportforum.org/videos

Further side events were organised on the premises of the Leipzig ITF Summit, in particular by the SloCat association.

For more information, please contact Paul Véron, Director of Communications: veron@uic.org

Or visit the website of the International Transport Forum: www.internationaltransportforum.org

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Mineta Research: How underground urban rail systems can manage pedestrian traffic in increasingly crowded stations

How can urban rail systems manage pedestrian traffic in increasingly crowded stations? This is especially problematic in subway systems, where spaces are confined. This congestion can result in passenger inconvenience, delays, and at times danger. A new Mineta Transportation Institute report, Passenger Flows in Underground Railway Stations and Platforms, addresses that challenge and offers several recommendations. Authored by Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, PhD, Brian D. Taylor, PhD, and Carole Turley Voulgaris, the peer-reviewed report is available for free download from http://transweb.sjsu.edu/project/1230.html

“An important goal of this report is to explain how transit system managers, planners, and designers can provide optimal passenger flow,” said Dr. Loukaitou-Sideris. “Many subway and elevated transit stations have been in service for decades, so they often must accommodate in the same physical space more passengers than they originally were designed to handle. Thus, transit station designers and transit operators not only must devise strategies to provide safe and comfortable passenger movement through the stations, they also must implement these strategies within physical and financial constraints.”

The study had three objectives: 1) Understand the particular infrastructural, operational, behavioral, and spatial factors that affect and may constrain passenger queuing and flows in different types of rail transit stations; 2) Identify, compare, and evaluate practices for efficient, expedient, and safe passenger flows in different types of station environments and during typical (rush hour) and atypical (evacuations, station maintenance/refurbishment) situations; and 3) Compile short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for optimizing passenger flows in different station environments.

The researchers conducted a review of relevant literature, interviews with experts in transit rail station design, and an online survey of 18 transit professionals representing all 16 transit agencies in the United States and Canada with heavy rail transit stations. They then made observations and developed recommendations in each of four topic areas: (1) agency planning for passenger flows; (2) data collection and forecasting; (3) analysis; and (4) design.

Recommendations included:

  • Encourage coordination and knowledge sharing among various specialists responsible for aspects of the passenger experience, including construction and emergency evacuations.
  • Routinely assess assumptions used to estimate pedestrian volumes and pedestrian characteristics.
  • Select analysis tools and methodologies based on each particular question requiring a solution.
  • Consider the impact that each design strategy implemented in one station area will have in other areas of the station and on the adjacent street environment.

The 110-page report includes lists of those who were interviewed or surveyed, an explanation of methodology, and 11 figures and 26 tables to illustrate. Copies of the interview and survey instruments are also included.

For a free, no-registration download, go to http://transweb.sjsu.edu/project/1230.html

Tweet this: @MinetaTrans report: How underground #rail station operators can improve passenger flow. Free download. http://ow.ly/Na9ru

About the Mineta Transportation Institute

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) conducts research, education, and information transfer programs regarding surface transportation policy and management issues, especially related to transit. Congress established MTI in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation
Efficiency Act. MTI won national re-designation competitions in 2002, 2006 and 2012. The
Institute is funded through the US Department of Transportation, the US Department of Homeland Security, the California Department of Transportation, and public and private grants. The internationally respected members of the MTI Board of Trustees represent all major surface transportation modes. MTI, the lead institute for the nine-university Mineta National Transit Research Consortium, is affiliated with San Jose (CA) State University’s College of Business. Visit transweb.sjsu.edu

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United States: Freight rail industry, shipper organizations honor hazardous materials handlers

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced on May 20, 2015 the 2014 recipients of the Holden-Proefrock Award, Non-Accident Release Grand Slam Award, and Perfect Game Award. In addition, TRANSCAER® announced their National Achievement Awards. The awards were presented at the 28th Annual AAR/BOE Hazmat Seminar in Addison, TX.

Romano DeSimone, a CSX Transportation employee, received the Holden-Proefrock Award. This award is given annually to a person associated with the railroad industry who has made lifetime contributions to the field of hazmat safety by rail. Throughout his more than 30 year career with CSX, DeSimone has demonstrated great leadership while contributing to numerous advances in the field of hazmat emergency response. His accomplishments include: educating first responders, developing relationships with local emergency management personnel and contributing to industry advances such as commodity specific training, tank car enhancements and response preparedness.

The award is named in honor of Roy Holden, a former AAR employee and a pioneer in tank car design and safety, and Art Proefrock, a former Hulcher Emergency Services employee who was a pioneer in hazardous materials transportation emergency response.

2014 AAR NAR Reduction Awards winners:

The 2014 Non-Accident Release Grand Slam Award went to Celanese Corporation, CF Industries Holdings, Inc., Keyera Corporation, Koppers Inc. and Pembina. AAR and the BOE bestow the Non-Accident Release Grand Slam Award annually to companies that are exemplary shippers of hazardous materials. An award winner must have been recognized by at least four Class I railroads and have had zero non-accident releases (NARs) involving their shipments the previous calendar year. A hazardous materials non-accident release is an unintentional release of a hazardous material while in transportation, but not involving an accident.

The 2014 Perfect Game Award went to Aux Sable Liquid Products LP, Canexus Corporation, Centennial Energy, LLC, Global Partners LP, Linde Group, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, NOVA Chemicals Corporation and Styrolution America, LLC. To be eligible to receive the award, a shipper must be honored by at least four Class I North American railroads and have had zero NARs from rail shipments both to and from a consignee over a calendar year.

Six Class I railroads including BNSF Railway Company, CN Dangerous Goods Team, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad recently received the 2014 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award in recognition of their extraordinary efforts in support of the TRANSCAER® initiative. Additional winners of the TRANSCAER® Award were California Traction and the Renewable Fuels Association. Kansas City Southern took home a Regional Achievement award. TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and to respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident. TRANSCAER® members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

(Source: AAR)

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QRC: Qatar Rail and Civil Defence discuss safety measures and evacuation plans for Doha metro tunnels

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) organised a cooperative workshop at the Civil Defence headquarters demonstrating the safety procedures and evacuation plans for personnel working in the Doha Metro tunnels.

The workshop came as part of the ongoing collaboration between Qatar Rail and the Civil Defence Department to address occupational hazards and challenges during the Doha Metro works. The event was attended by representatives of Civil Defence administration, with Eng. Hassan Ahmed Marwani, Technical Interface Senior Manager at Qatar Rail; Eng. Hamad Habib Al-Qahtani, Technical Interface Manager for the Doha Metro Red Line, Mr Ali Al-Shuraim, Civil Defence Coordinator at Qatar Rail; as well as numerous contractors working on Qatar Rail projects.

Qatar Rail recently announced that it has received all 21 state-of-the-art tunnel-boring machines for its Doha Metro project, with most of them currently operating in the tunnels. Before tunnelling began, ‘Pre Condition Surveys’ were carried out by Qatar Rail on buildings along the route. Key Monitoring Points were installed and actions taken to ensure that all works are carried out under the safest conditions.

This workshop was held for the Doha Metro Red Line South tunnels, which, in its first phase, extends from the Hamad International Airport to the Msheireb main station. This is the third assembly to be held by Qatar Rail in collaboration with the Civil Defence Department, with the participation of representatives from the Internal Security Force (ISF).

Commenting on the occasion, Eng. Hassan Ahmed Marwani, Technical Interface Senior Manager at Qatar Rail, said:
“Qatar Rail makes sure to inform the Civil Defence on all the latest developments in its projects, in line with its vision to maintain close communication with all concerned stakeholders in order to achieve the successful implementation of the rail network”. He added: "The presence of local contractors and experts was very productive, as the workshop stressed the importance of assistance services supporting emergency situations and immediate response, especially during the tunnelling phase. The focus is, of course, on the safety of the workers, who are playing a major role in completing the Doha Metro project and accomplishing the Qatar Rail vision”.

Marwani also provided a brief explanation on the Doha Metro project (underground, at-grade and elevated), in addition to the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Long Distance Rail for Passengers and Freight. He also stressed that this session is part of a series of upcoming workshops that will address each project individually, discuss the safety procedures for the workers, and set emergency evacuation plans carried out by the Contractors onsite. These workshops will be followed by Civil Defence field visits to Qatar Rail’s project sites, to make sure that work is advancing according to the highest standards.

With the launch of the tunnel works, Qatar Rail stresses the safety measures that would be applied throughout the drilling phase. The planned procedures involve elements that can guarantee a safe working environment, far from the risks of injuries, including managing emergency cases and treating them swiftly. To this end, Qatar Rail is providing emergency and contact information panels equipped with emergency phones, first aid boxes and breathing apparatus every 250 metres and Emergency lights every 50 metres in the tunnels. Moreover, medical equipment and rescue teams are available to assist and respond during all shifts. The safety procedures also describe arrangements for segregation of plant and equipment from workers by including a separate walkway inside the tunnel for labour force. The TBM is also equipped with a rescue chamber that can accommodate 20 people and includes an air filtration system that operates up to 30 hours, a dynamic water shield fire protection system and four surveillance cameras.

Besides, the Safety and Security Director of the Doha Red Line (Southern section) gave a complete presentation explaining the operational approach of the tunnel boring machines, the number of employees working on this phase, the technique used in the construction of tunnels, and the most important safety procedures applied for emergency evacuations in case of fire.

(Source: QRC)

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Belgium: SNCB continues to invest in the refurbishment of its fleet

At a time of cost-reduction, SNCB continues to improve the quality of the equipment used by its customers. The refurbishment of its fleet is a concrete example.

In the last 15 years, the number of passengers has increased by 60%. SNCB has made significant investments recently in the purchase of new equipment (Desiro railcars and M6 double-deckers) to absorb this passenger growth. Over the next few years the railway operator will continue to invest in rejuvenating and developing the fleet (expanding it by adding M7 double-deckers). When taking into account the decommissioning of the old equipment, the seat capacity will be boosted to 400,000 by 2025-2030.

At the same time SNCB is continuing to refurbish its fleet. Following the Break railcars, M5 double-deckers and Sprinter railcars, SNCB is planning to upgrade the AM75 EMUs over the next five years. The refurbishment of 44 EMUs will cost 147 million euros.

The prototype of the upgraded railcar was presented on 21 May by SNCB’s CEO Jo Cornu at the main workshop in Mechelen. Depending on when the certification process is completed, the first railcar will probably enter into operation in the second half of the year.

In addition to this presentation, Jo Cornu reiterated SNCB’s desire to improve availability. SNCB is thus working to increase availability from the current 80% to 86% within the next five years (expanded fleet with 25,000 seats) through structural measures. This involves revising working procedures, upgrading workshops and maintaining strict contracts with suppliers in terms of operational performance.

(Source: SNCB)

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Superfast Ferries celebrates 20 years since its first sailing!

Setting sail for the next 20 years

After 20 years of travelling experience, having transported more than 12,000,000 passengers, 2,500,000 cargo units and 2,500,000 private vehicles on the Adriatic, Baltic and North Sea, Superfast Ferries is setting sail for the next 20 years, aiming to develop new routes, design and build new vessels, always providing high quality service.

On 15 April 1995, Superfast I, bearing the Greek flag, sailed for the first time from Patras to Ancona, setting new standards in maritime transportation between Italy and Greece. Superfast Ferries reduced travelling time by 40%, from 36 to 20 hours, upgrading the services of the ferry industry. The quality and professionalism of the human element of the company contributed to offering passengers a premium product, with ultramodern vessels.

In the following six years, the fleet continued to grow, with the delivery of Superfast II, Superfast III, Superfast IV, Superfast V and Superfast VI, increasing capacity and routes in the Adriatic Sea, and improving the onboard product.

Superfast Ferries, the Greek established company, welcomed the new millennium with the inauguration of its Baltic operations in 2001, marking its presence in Northern Europe. The newly built Superfast VII and Superfast VIII, ice class type, connect Rostock, Germany, with Hanko, Finland, on a daily basis. In 2002, Superfast IX and Superfast X, also ice class type vessels, were delivered, expanding the operation on the North Sea, linking the port of Rosyth in Scotland with Zeebrugge in Belgium, providing the first direct ferry route between Scotland and continental Europe. Two more vessels, Superfast ΧΙ and Superfast ΧΙΙ, joined the fleet, completing an investment programme of over €1 billion, launched in 1993, including the building of twelve Superfast vessels in total and establishing Superfast Ferries as one of Europe’s leading ferry operators.

In 2007, a new era began. Superfast Ferries, member of the Marfin Investment Group (MIG), the largest Greek business group, continued its investments with the new generation of vessels Superfast Ι and Superfast ΙΙ, once more pioneering in the sector’s developments and securing its business and continuing to offer an exceptional service.

Setting sail for the next 20 years Superfast Ferries aims to offer top class service powered always by its people who have always been the soul of the company and the bearer of its objectives and vision. The company’s employees, with their experience and expertise in the shipping sector are committed to meet the future challenges.

Superfast Ferries is a member of Attica Group operating four ultra-modern car-passenger ferries. Attica Group is engaged in the passenger shipping industry in the Adriatic Sea and in the Greek Domestic Lines. The Attica Group fleet consists of 13 modern and technologically advanced vessels, providing high quality transportation services for passengers, cargo and private vehicles. Attica Group is a member of the Marfin Investment Group, the largest Greek business group.

(Source: Attica Group)

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Israel Railways sets new passenger record: 7.5% more passengers carried in 2014

Israel Railways continues to break passenger records with 48.5 million passengers carried in 2014 (compared with 45.1 million in 2013, and 40 million in 2012) and is expecting to pass the 50 million threshold in 2015.

Freight haulage has also increased by 12% to 7.5 million tonnes.

Five new railway lines are under construction: Ashkelon – Beer Sheva line in the south (70 km double track) has been open to traffic as far as Netivot since 15 February and is due to be completed by the end of the year while track laying has recently started along the Haifa – Bet Shean (60 km single track) line and Akko – Carmiel line (20 km double track) in the north. Tunnelling along the new fast line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (56 km double track) has been completed and works are underway on the new suburban line from Kfar Saba – Ra’anana – Tel Aviv (22 km double track).

The electrification of the first 420 km line and the supply of electric locomotives have been put to tender and a tender for double-deck EMUs is to be published soon.

When works are completed by the year 2020 more than 70 million passengers are expected to use the rail system every year and the number of daily services will grow from 450 currently to 860.

(Source: Israel Railways)

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Central Japan Railway Company and West Japan Railway Company will be launching the “Takayama‐Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass”

The Central Japan Railway Company and West Japan Railway Company will be launching the “Takayama‐Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” for foreign travellers visiting Japan allowing them access to the internationally popular Takayama, Shirakawa‐go, Gokayama in addition to the Hokuriku areas Kanazawa and Toyama. Travellers will be able to freely access these areas from Nagoya and Osaka.

The “Ise‐Kumano Area Tourist Pass” will also be launched allowing convenient access to the tourism resource rich areas in Mie Prefecture, Ise, Toba, Kumano Kodo, from Nagoya.

Aside from visiting famous tourist spots, make stopovers as you wish and experience a train trip enjoying the many attractions along the railway.

(Source: JR Central and JR West)

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Capacity4Rail will hold its first dissemination workshop from 10 – 11 June 2015 at UIC HQ, Paris

Reminder – secure your place by registering online

Capacity4Rail will hold its first dissemination workshop from 10 – 11 June 2015 at UIC headquarters in Paris.

The programme will include the following topics:

  • Building a vision for the 2030 and 2050 railway
  • Requirements for an efficient freight system
  • Capacity4Rail roadmap and key aspects
  • Current progress
  • Next steps and perspectives

Ample time will be reserved for discussion and exchange with the project partners
See “Workshop 2015” for details and online registration.

Secure your place and register for the 1st Dissemination Workshop of the Capacity4Rail project.

Access the online registration form by clicking here: http://www.capacity4rail.eu/spip.php?article17

For more information on the workshop please contact: dekeyzer@uic.org

For more information on the project visit: http://www.capacity4rail.eu/

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Japan’s maglev train breaks world speed record with 600km/hour test run

Japan’s maglev train broke its own world speed record just days after it broke its previous 12-year-old record. The seven-car magnetic levitation train set a world record on 21 April when it hit 603km/hour and maintained this speed for 11 seconds. The train beat the 590km/hour speed it had set the previous week in another test. The maglev hovers 10cm above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets.

Central Japan Railways (JR Central), which owns the trains, wants to introduce the maglev service between Tokyo and Nagoya, 286km away. The service, which would run at a top speed of 500km/hour, is expected to connect the two cities in 40 minutes, less than half the present journey time in a shinkansen, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

By 2045 maglev trains are expected to cover the 410km between Tokyo and Osaka in one hour and seven minutes, cutting the journey time in half.
But estimates put construction costs at nearly € 91bn for the Tokyo-Nagoya stretch, with more than 80% of the route expected to go through costly mountain tunnels.

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UIC participates in the OSJD Rail Freight Conference

During the presentation for the 10th International OSJD Rail Freight Conference entitled “UIC Development in Euro-Asian Business” Miklós Kopp, Director of Development for East-West Relations, gave a short overview of the economic and logistic trends in Euro-Asian business processes.

He pointed out the main elements of international cooperation which need to be developed to increase railway traffic on intercontinental corridors in the sphere of transport policy and law, technical and operational issues of interoperability and harmonisation of processes in different regions, as well as between systems 1520 and 1435.

The UIC Regional Assemblies are preparing the Strategic Vision of integration and coherence, cooperating with governments, other international organisations and financial institutions and are also preparing a certain number of regional and multi-regional projects in the fields of:

  • Technology
  • Operations
  • Business and
  • Training

At the same event, Hans Günther Kersten, UIC Freight Director, delivered a presentation entitled “Customer Expectations on Eurasian Rail Freight Corridors” in which he pointed out three essential customer expectations, namely:

  • Short delivery time
  • Low costs of transport
  • Predictability, calculability of arrival time

In this digital age in particular, constant and predictable arrival times are of utmost importance. Production and supply logistics will be even more closely interconnected than before.

To achieve this predictability and calculability, there will be no alternative to IT based solutions. Such IT solutions will have to be interoperable throughout the Eurasian Rail Freight Corridors, not only on the territory of EU 28. For this purpose, IT experts from non-EU countries should participate in European Freight IT projects and should contribute their know-how as well. The relevant associations (UIC, OSJD…) should act as platforms for exchange and as a driver for the fast implementation of project results.

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Eress Forum takes place in Amsterdam on 27 May 2015

On 27 May 2015, the Eress Forum (European Partnership for Railway Energy Settlement Systems) was held in Amsterdam, where experts from railway undertakings, representatives from infrastructure managers, manufacturers, EU and national politicians, journalists and suppliers exchanged their experiences and points of view.

This year the Eress Forum presented the links of energy consumption and measurements and the opening of the railway market, including the best cases in energy improvement facing the mid-term and the targets set by the rail sector facing the climate change policies. In addition, the forum presented the latest experiences in the implementation of on-board energy metering systems.

The conference was opened by Dyre Martin, Director of Eress and Ralph Luijt, Manager of energy and environment of NS. Elisabetta Garofalo, Policy Officer of the European Railway Unit of DG Move provided a keynote speech presenting the 4th Railway Package and the interactions with the market opening.

The first panel introduced the requirements and experiences in measuring electricity consumption. Infrastructure managers and railway undertakings presented challenges and solutions to consolidate metering systems in an open railway market.

The second panel was moderated by Raimondo Orsini, Director of the Sustainable Development Foundation, who introduced rail’s pathways to improvement facing the EU Targets for 2030. Within this frame, UIC presented the experience of the energy data collection from European railways and the principle of dual reporting was delivered by Gabriel Castañares Hernández, Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2.

Furthermore, the panel benefited from the speeches of Ethem Pekin of CER, presenting the new targets of the European rail sector, Harald Jony from OBB, showing best practices in European Energy Management, Valerio Recagno from D’Appolonia, explaining the innovative business model of the Merlin Project and Benoit Bienfait from Alstom, presenting the advantages of ATO systems for reducing energy consumption.

UIC highlighted the methodology and the application of the Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) collecting data from European railways and the requirements to adapt this methodology to the latest standards and trends of the energy market.

Within this framework, the ESRS adopted the conclusions of the Zero Carbon Project, implementing a new dual reporting approach according to the Guidelines of the GHG Protocol. The main objective of the implementation has been to develop a solid and common reporting methodology with a dual approach, including the national production mix and the railway mix, containing the Guarantees of Origin (GOs) purchased by many rail companies.

The Environmental Strategy Reporting System (ESRS) collects the energy consumption data of railways, providing as output the aggregated performance of the key energy and carbon indicators of European railways. ESRS is the basis to set and monitor the sustainability targets aligning the methodology of the UIC members. ESRS is the main UIC source to provide environmental information to the IEA-UIC Handbook on Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions and for the online carbon footprint tools, EcoPassenger and EcoTransIT.

For further information please contact Gabriel Castañares Hernández castanares@uic.org

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12th session of the International Working Group on Land Transport Security (IWGLTS)

Jerusalem, 11 – 14 May 2015

This international group was created at state level, first of all as part of the G8 plan, and then extended to include: Israel (2015 chair), Netherlands (2014 chair), Canada (2013 chair), Singapore (2012 chair), Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Russian Federation, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria (observer), Philippines, People’s Republic of China, Spain, USA and the UK. The European Commission is also part of the group and the UIC Security Division participates to represent railway stakeholders.

The meeting, hosted by the Israel Ministry of Transport and Road Safety from 11 – 14 May, focused on terrorism and cyber criminality. Several national presentations were put forward, dealing with the security of public transport in Israel. Various aspects were addressed: comprehensive strategy at state level, counter-terror legislation and regulation process, technologies deployed for railways security (stations, tracks and trains), security by early design (architectural guidelines, coordination) and human factors (training of bus drivers to face terror, insider threat mitigation regarding cyber security).

Regarding IWGLTS business, discussions were held on

  • The toolbox to mitigate actions against rail: this toolbox was created two years ago for decision-makers; it contains threat scenarios and the key vulnerabilities of the rail sector and provides information on types of measures in force in the various member countries. It will be soon available on a website developed by the TSA. UNECE and the European Commission are also willing to integrate it in their information system.
  • The working group on cyber criminality that was established in May 2014; it aims to assist the member states in addressing issues of strategic importance to the protection of the land transportation system from cyber threats. A questionnaire was developed in this framework: there are quite few answers at the moment and government representatives as well as professional associations such as UIC were asked to circulate it to their members.

A table top simulation exercise (train derailment following sabotage) as well as various technical visits were also organised by the Israel Ministry of transport with the International Institute for counter terrorism, Israel Railways, Ben-Gurion International Airport Security Department, Soreq Nuclear Research Centre and the IMI Academy for Advanced Security and Anti-terror Training. In addition, a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) operation was simulated by the Israel Police special Patrol Unit.

The next IWGLTS will meet in April 2016 in Brussels under the chairmanship of the Belgium. It was agreed that the European Commission will host the meeting while Belgium formally chairs it.

Information on this 12th session will be given by a representative of the IWGLTS Chair during the workshop organised by the UIC Security Division on “Coping with terrorism: the role of human factors” in Paris from 16 – 17 June. In addition, representatives from the Israel Ministry of Transport will give two other presentations on “The Insider Threat and best practices for Mitigation – The Human Factors – Socio-technical Security in the Digital Age” and on “The Human Factors as a security sensor – passenger screening and security training. Best practices”.

If you are interested in this workshop, you may find further information and register online at http://www.uic.org/spip.php?article3393.

For more information please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau: bonneau@uic.org

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Portugal: REFER merges with Estradas de Portugal to become Infraestruturas de Portugal

As per a decree-law dated 29 May and taking effect as of 1 June 2015, Portugal’s rail infrastructure manager REFER, E.P.E. has merged with Estradas de Portugal S.S., the Portuguese road manager, creating a new company called ‘Infraestruturas de Portugal, S.A.’

All duties and competences of either Estradas de Portugal or REFER, E.P.E., have therefore been transferred to Infraestruturas de Portugal.

(Source: EP, S.A.)

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