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Belarus: Belarusian Railways participate in OSJD annual meeting on freight transport from 13 – 15 October in Warsaw

The following issues were considered at the meeting: improvement of the Agreement on the unified transit tariff (ETT), Agreement on the international railway transit tariff (MTT), Agreement of the use of freight wagons in international traffic (PGV), Harmonised system code (GNG), arrangement of container transportation on the Europe-Asia route, cooperation on ESCATO UN-OSJD projects, competitive abilities and marketing. In addition, the participants negotiated and approved a draft report on the results of freight transport activities of the OSJD Committee in 2015, developed a draft decision of the XXXI meeting of the General Directors (authorised representatives) Conference on freight transportation activities, and considered and approved a draft work plan of the OSJD Committee for 2016.


The OSJD was established in 1956 at the meeting of railway transport ministers in Sofia (Bulgaria). The Ministers Conference is the highest governing body of the OSJD. The General Directors Conference governs OSJD activities at the level of national railways. The executive bodies comprise five commissions, permanent and temporary working groups. The OSJD consists of 28 member states: Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Vietnam, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, DPRK, Cuba, Kirgizia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Estonia. In addition, there are observers: German Railways (DB AG), French Railways (SNCF), Railways of Greece (OSE), Finnish Railways (VR), Serbian Railways (ZS), Győr–Sopron–Ebenfurth (GySEV), JSC, FPK, JS (affiliate of JSC RZD).

The OSJD develops international agreements and treaties regulating international cargo and passenger traffic on the Europe-Asia route and deals with economic, financial, operational and technical issues with regard to the railway transport.

Belarusian Railways became a member of the OSJD in 1992.

(Source: Belarusian Railways)

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United States: Amtrak announces comprehensive development and improvement program for Chicago Union Station

As part of the ongoing work to improve Chicago Union Station, Amtrak, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago area transportation leaders from Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announced on 16 October a set of initiatives aimed at advancing the master plan to redevelop the station. The initiatives announced on 16 October include a Request for Proposal (RFP) for designing the major improvements and a Request for Information (RFI) for a master developer to lead redevelopment efforts.

In addition, $14 million in Amtrak-funded 2015-16 improvements were unveiled, including the completion of the restoration of the station’s grand staircases and plans for a new passenger lounge to open next summer with direct access from Canal Street.

“Chicago Union Station is an enormous asset to Amtrak as well as the City of Chicago,” said Stephen Gardner, Amtrak Executive Vice President/Chief of Business Development.
“Amtrak is committed to working in partnership with our stakeholders to launch strategies and make investments that deliver value for the company and help realize the full vision a vibrant transportation hub interwoven within an integrated mixed-use urban district.”

“Union Station provides an essential link to jobs and economic opportunities for Chicagoans. Modernizing Union Station is a positive development for residents, travelers, and businesses across the city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This is another step forward in building a 21st century infrastructure to power Chicago’s growing economy, and an opportunity to strengthen the investments we’ve made in the West Loop and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Near-Term Improvements (RFP)

Gardner and the Mayor said Amtrak, the City of Chicago, Metra and the RTA have agreed to jointly fund design services for improvements to address the most immediate passenger capacity, service, safety, accessibility, and mobility issues at and around the station. These 13 near-term (Phase 1) improvements were identified in the City-led master plan.

This will advance work for renovation of an expanded concourse, expanded and added entrances, widening of platforms, disabilities compliance, pedestrian passageways and consider ventilation needs in the track and platform areas.

“I understand the importance of this work on Union Station as both RTA Chairman and as a rider,” said RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard. “I take Metra in and out of Union Station daily. It is a key transit station that serves Metra as well as CTA and now Pace Bus on Shoulder express riders. We must move this project forward both to restore this iconic building to its former glory and to assure the safety and comfort of our customers.”

“This is a significant step towards a revamped Union Station, which will provide new and wider and therefore safer platforms for more than 50,000 daily Metra riders and new concourses to facilitate safe and quick pedestrian movement so riders can more easily get to and from their trains,” said Metra Chairman Martin Oberman.

The work to advance these improvements, called Phase 1A, includes planning, historic review and preliminary engineering services, up to 30 percent design, with an option to complete. A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to provide these services is on, with a selection to be made this winter and design work is expected to be completed in 2017.

Master Development (RFI)

An Amtrak Request for Information (RFI) is also posted on and sent to local, regional and national developers includes the opportunity to redevelop the Amtrak-owned station and surrounding land parcels, as well as improvements to both passenger and employee facilities - all integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods.

The RFI represents the first step in the evaluation of interested parties capable of all aspects of project delivery including an implementable Master Development Plan, design, construction, financing the potential operation and maintenance of non-rail assets, as well as identification of expansion opportunities and commercial development in surrounding areas in the West Loop.

The RFI and future phases of the Master Development process is part of a larger corporate program to leverage the substantial Amtrak asset portfolio. Focused on innovative strategies for sustainable financial performance and infrastructure reinvestment, this program includes additional future opportunities at other Amtrak-owned properties that will undergo a similar Master Development process.

Immediate Improvements

Gardner, standing in front of one of the just-renovated landmark staircases, also released plans for Amtrak-funded station improvements. These include the relocation of a passenger lounge in order to double the space available for business class and sleeping-car passengers and to allow expansion of coach seating at the concourse level; replacement of door systems and heating upgrades; restoration of the 219-foot-long barrel- vaulted skylight that soars 115 feet over the Great Hall; and the creation of banquet and event space in the former women’s lounge.
These projects will be finished by the end of 2016 and will help reestablish the Great Hall as a key passenger service location.

Reaction from the Illinois Congressional Delegation

“Union Station serves as the gateway to Chicago for thousands of commuters and visitors every day. I commend Mayor Emanuel and Amtrak for having the vision to reimagine a Union Station that is safer and more efficient for all passengers. The initiatives announced today will help improve the passenger experience inside the station and help Union Station remain an economic engine for Chicago for many decades to come,” said Sen. Dick Durbin.
“The economic potential of Union Station can be realized under the Mayor’s development plan. I have contacted the Secretary of Transportation to make sure the city can access an under- utilized loan program to enable further expansion,” said Sen. Mark Kirk.
“Union Station is a vital transportation center for hundreds of thousands of people in the region and the improvements announced today will improve the experience of everyone who uses it. As the House Transportation Committee works on the Highway and Transit reauthorization bill next week and on future transportation legislation, I will do everything I can to further revitalize Union Station and the surrounding area,” said Rep. Dan Lipinski.

“Chicago’s Union Station is the heart of our city’s rail system and a pillar of our economy. The new initiatives announced today will enhance economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life for Chicago’s residents and visitors. I look forward to continuing to work with Amtrak, Metra, RTA and Mayor Emanuel to improve and grow Chicago’s transportation infrastructure,” said Rep. Mike Quigley.

(Source: Amtrak)

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UIC Safety Platform Plenary meeting held in Paris

The UIC Safety Platform Plenary meeting took place on 22 October 2015 in Paris.

25 representatives from 15 railway companies attended the meeting, among others East Japan Railways (JRE), Russian Railways (RZD) and Iranian Railways (RAI). This meeting was preceded by the Steering Group meeting on 21 October and was led by its Chairman Peter Kleinschuster (ÖBB).

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

The participants of the plenary meeting were informed by the chairmen of the following Safety Platform Working Groups about the results of their work items in 2015 and the planned activities in 2016:

  • System Safety Management Group”(SSMG)/CER Safety Support Group
  • Safety Performance Group (SPG)/Safety Database (SDB)
  • International Railway Safety Network (IRSN)
  • Human Factors WG
  • Occupational Health and Safety Group (OHSG)

Information was also presented about the progress of the following three common Task Forces, established this year, to be finalised in 2016:

  • Signals passed at danger (SPAD)
  • Safe contractor management
  • Safety culture and safety management

Olivier Georger, UIC Safety Database manager, presented the UIC Safety Database Report 2015, which is available on the UIC website
Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor informed the meeting about worldwide activities on Level Crossing Safety:

  • International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on 3 June 2015, next edition on 10/11 June 2016 respectively hosted by LDZ in Riga and Operation Lifesaver Estonia (OLE) in Tallinn: visit
  • The Global Level Crossing & Trespass Symposium, hosted by TRAFI in Helsinki 12 –16 June 2016
  • UNECE Group of experts on safety at level crossings, 6th session, Geneva, 5 – 6 November 2015

Peter Gerhardt presented the following safety events at the global level:

  • UIC Asian-Pacific Railway Safety workshop, Kuala Lumpur, 19 November 2015
  • UNECE workshop on railway safety, Geneva 24 November 2015,
  • supported by UIC

José Pires, Senior Advisor UIC Security Unit, and Grigore Havârneanu, PhD Research Advisor, reported on the “RESTRAIL Tool Box, and on EC founded projects on security with interfaces to railway safety.

Peter Gerhardt gave feedback on the “International Railway Safety Council” (IRSC), which took place from 4 – 9 October 2015 in Johannesburg:
The next IRSC will take place from 2 – 7 October 2016 in Paris, joint organised by SNCF and EPSF, supported by UIC: (available soon).

The participants were also informed about the preparation of a common workshop with the “European Federation of Railway Trackworks Company” (EFRTC) on the subject of “Safety protection on the track during work” (EN 16704), which will take place from 18 – 19 February 2016 at UIC, Paris.

The participants confirmed the proposed Safety Platform Work programme and budget for 2016.

The UIC Safety Platform Plenary meeting in 2016 is scheduled to be held on
9 November at Paris UIC HQ.

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Kazakhstan: Railways of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran agree to establish competitive tariff conditions for a new international railway line between Uzen - Bolashak - Serhetyaka - Akyayla-Incheburun

A trilateral meeting was held in Teheran (Iran) between the heads of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ), the Ministry of Railway Transport of Turkmenistan and Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the meeting the sides reached an agreement on the establishment from 15 October 2015 of uniform rates across Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran for container trains from China to Iran, and the transit through its territory. The implementation of this measure will help to attract freight traffic from maritime transport and increase the attractiveness of land transcontinental corridors.

They also agreed preferential tariff conditions on the territories of the parties for the transport of grain, ferrous metals, aluminium and ferroalloys from Kazakhstan to Iran in transit via Iran to the port of Bandar Abbas.

Granted preferential tariff conditions for Kazakhstan’s exports will contribute to the development of new markets in India and the Gulf.

The Parties agreed that they would seek to establish single comprehensive rates for 2016 on their territories with the increasing volume of cargo in wagons and containers.
A trilateral meeting of the heads of railways of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran is scheduled to be held in the second half of December 2015 in the city of Ashgabat (Turkmenistan).

(Source: KTZ)

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Global Talent Management: how to engage and retain talented and experienced rail professionals within the rail industry

Please take 15 minutes to fill in the survey. Your contribution is important as we hope that this work will result in key findings regarding strategies for retaining the best professionals in the rail industry!

One of the components of the UIC TALENT project is to find solutions to enable the rail industry to retain the best talents. Demographic changes of ageing workforces and difficulties in attracting new industry entrants could lead to serious shortages of skilled employees in the transport sector in the foreseeable future. This important issue should be considered in conjunction with the career aspirations of talented professionals so that organisational strategies can be developed to keep rail professionals engaged in their careers and specialised knowledge and skills retained by the industry.

Economic globalisation and reform of the rail transport systems create new requirements for workforce development in all organisations. Railway undertakings need people to be able to operate on the global stage and to collaborate across functions as well as cultures.

Amongst the possible tools that UIC can set up at the international level to respond to these new requirements created by the increasing connectedness of railways are the:

  • Establishment of an international network of rail professionals (TALENT network) to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience, as well as to stimulate the active dialogue between cultures and generations
  • Development of appropriate international training/management development schemes (training sessions, collaborative and networking events, workshops…) for different target groups
  • Identification of best practices across the whole industry

In the age of digitalisation, there are ways to support and address the diverse needs of all people currently working in the rail industry while meeting the workforce needs and skill requirements.

As a consequence, this survey has been developed to understand the aspirations of rail professionals considered to be in the mid-term of their career. The goal of the survey is to identify the factors influencing engagement with the rail industry and therefore, the skills and policies required by organisations to keep them continuously engaged.

The predominant age group of mid-term rail career professionals is usually between 40 and 50 years of age. However, if you are not in this age group, we would still like to hear your views through this survey, which is aimed at individuals not organisations. All data will be kept confidential including names of participants and the respective companies.

Please follow the link to the survey (before 16 November 2015)

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


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UIC issues yearly report 2015 on Railway Accidents 2014 in Europe

The UIC Global Safety Index (GSI) shows that the positive trend of railway safety in Europe continues

This month, UIC issued its yearly report on Railway Accidents 2014 in Europe. The UIC Safety Database has been collecting data since 2001 and now contains data from 22 European UIC member railways. 4.1 billion train-kilometres in the year 2014 were operated on the networks, with 400 billion passenger-kilometres of traffic volume and more than 200 billion tonne-kilometres. The database managed by the Safety Unit aims to create an inventory of information containing not only accident statistics, but comprehensive detail about causes, circumstances and consequences of accidents.

Rail transport is the safest land transport mode and continuously improves its safety. The efforts of the UIC Safety Database Members to optimise safety levels in all fields of railway operation have led to a 33% decrease in fatalities since 2006.

One new feature of this year´s report is the UIC Global Safety Index (GSI). The GSI reflects more than the number of events: each accident is weighted according to type of accident, number and category of victims, and responsibility. This allows the overall safety trend to be depicted without being excessively influenced by isolated, infrequent major events.

The UIC Global Safety Index (GSI) shows that the positive trend of railway safety in Europe continues. The many safety-related initiatives taken by the railways are bearing fruit amongst the 22 members of the UIC Safety Database.

Railway accidents causing fatalities

The graph show that less than 1% of the fatalities in 2014 were passengers, 2% were staff and the remaining 97% were mostly trespassers (any person present on railway premises where such presence is forbidden) and level crossing users (any person using a level crossing to cross a railway line by any means of transport or walking).

By comparison, “CARE” (the official road accidents database at DG MOVE) shows that 25,700 road fatalities happened in the EU 27 during the year 2014.

Main causes of significant railway accidents in 2014

From the figure above, it is possible to note that 82% of all accidents had external causes in 2014.
Most of these accidents were caused by trespassers and level crossing users.

In fact, only the 18 % of the total significant accidents recorded in the UIC Safety Database had internal causes comprising technical, organisational and human failures inside of the railway operation system, which includes passengers and other rail users.

The UIC Safety Database Report is available at:

The UIC Safety Unit is also the coordinator of the “International Level Crossing Awareness Day” (ILCAD) with the objective to further improvement of safety at level crossings.

Activities in the UIC Rail System Department (Infrastructure, Rolling Stock, and Signalling) are also linked to further improvement of safety in the railway sector.
Some projects of the UIC Security Unit also have interfaces to railway safety.

Members of the UIC Safety Database are:

ADIF (Spain), ADIF-AV (Spain), CFL (Luxembourg), CFR-SA (Romania), DB AG (Germany), Eurotunnel, HZ (Croatia), Network Rail (UK), Infrabel (Belgium), JBV (Norway), MAV (Hungary), ÖBB (Austria), PKP (Poland), ProRail (Netherlands), REFER (Portugal), SNCF Network (France), RFI/FS (Italy), SBB (Switzerland), SZ (Slovenia), SZDC (Czech Republic), Trafikverket (Sweden), ZSR (Slovakia)

For further information please contact Peter Gerhardt:

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) held on 20 October 2015 in Marrakech, Morocco

On 20 October 2015 the SMGG meeting took place in Marrakech, in conjunction with the Nextstation2015 conference, at the kind invitation of ONCF.

SMGG is the UIC group dedicated to railway stations. It comprises station managers of UIC members.

UIC members represented at the meeting were: ADIF, ONCF, NSB, RFI, RZD, the Spanish railway foundation and Japanese Railways.

UIC Headquarters was represented by Iñaki Barrón (Director of the High Speed and Passenger Department) and Marc Guigon (Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport).
The main points discussed at the SMGG meeting were:

  • The leaflet concerning information and signage in stations (413) will be updated and extended at global level.
  • Governance of stations. RZD and UIC proposed documents describing the different types of governance for stations
  • Point on the Nextstation2015 conference

The next meetings will take place in Madrid on 15 December, then in Paris on 2 February 2016.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

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Executive Committee of the UIC African Region meeting held in Marrakech

The Executive Committee of the UIC African Region was held on 20 October 2015 in Marrakech, Morocco, under the chairmanship of Mr Mohamed Khlie (Director General of Moroccan State Railways ONCF), with 16 participants representing the African Region. The members reviewed the work results of the last five years.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, underlined that the African Region had made significant progress thanks to the effective involvement of its members. The UIC Director General also expressed his gratitude to Mr Mohamed Khlie for leadership and to his support staff for their contribution, which resulted in even more achievements than expected from the planned actions.

Mr Said Chandid, Director for Strategy and Communication at ONCF, presented the African Region activities report for 2015, focusing on where the Region was involved, participated or organised the following events:

  • 1st International Conference on Railway Interoperability in Doha
  • 3rd World Congress on Railway Training in Lisbon
  • 3rd edition of the Training Session on Railway Safety in Rabat
  • ILCAD 2015 – regional safety on border crossing awareness actions in Africa
  • 1st Colloquium on International Cooperation held in Rabat
  • 5th International Conference “Next Station” in Marrakech
  • Bilateral meetings organised by ONCF during the year to strengthen cooperation between members of the region

The Representative Bureau for the African Region, recently transferred from Tunis to Rabat, starts work to support more efficient regional activity and planned actions for this year and the years to come. As the effect of this the publication of the communication papers, the update of the website, etc. Under preparation is the next session of the training course for African region members to be held in Rabat from 2 – 15 November on the subject “Maintenance of the railway track”.

After the meeting, Mrs Sabiha Derbel, President of Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) and Mr Mohamed Khlie, CEO of Moroccan Railways, and Chairman of UIC Africa, signed the “UIC Sustainability Pledge”, a document with reference to Paris COP21 events, in which UIC is deeply involve, in particular within the framework of the “Train to Paris” global campaign.

The UIC African Executive Committee members have decided to hold their Regional Assembly meeting in Paris on 30 November (event begins at 9:00 at UIC HQ) to discuss the Regional Work Plan for 2016 and beyond.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Director, Coordinator of the UIC African Region:

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: A new overtaking station for crossing of trains is being built at Harrachov

The Railway Infrastructure Administration launched work on building a new overtaking station at Harrachov on the line from Liberec through Tanvald to the Polish railway station Szklarska Poręba Górna. The construction will be finalised this year so that assets of the project will be appreciated already in winter by passengers journeying on this line which is popular among tourists.

Building an overtaking station at Harrachov je is a necessary step for the implementation of the Liberec Region transport model on the line Liberec – Tanvald with a journey continuation of selected trains further in direction to Harrachov and Poland. Precisely Harrachov which is situated quite near the state border is the most suitable place for crossing of trains due to its position exactly between railway stations Tanvald and Szklarska Poręba Górna.

Modernisation of the Harrachov overtaking station will include a partial exchange of the railway superstructure and at the same time improving the parameters of the railway substructure. Given the altitude of 740 metres above sea level, switches with resetting point operating mechanisms will be equipped with electrical heating. The current dead-end manipulation track No 3 will be replaced by a relief track with the same designation which will acquire an external platform 110 metres long with atypical wooden roofing for passengers. The project also includes reconstruction of the current platform at track No 1, and the system of orientation will be renewed and lighting will be adapted. Access to trains will be barrier-free.

The total cost of investment for the construction designated as Building an overtaking station Harrachov amounts to 34,790,000 CZK (VAT excluded). The investor is the Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation. The project is proposed for co-financing by the European Union from its Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Transport to the amount of 27,478,958 CZK. The remaining financial means from domestic resources will be provided by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.

(Source: SZDC)

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Urgent: Reminder for the 11th UIC Security World Congress, from 8 – 10 December, Delhi, India

“Security at the service of rail Business activities”

Online registration:

We are pleased to confirm your invitation to attend the 11th edition of the UIC World Security Congress, to be held in cooperation with the Railway Protection Force of Indian Railways in New Delhi, India, at The Leela Palace Hotel, New Delhi, from 8 – 10 December 2015.

During the congress, two days will be dedicated to theme sessions. After a cocktail reception that will be held the evening of 8 December, the programme will be held on 9 and 10 October.

Call for papers: It is still possible to give a presentation. In order to enable us to finalise the agenda, please send your proposed topic to Mrs Bonneau at

Main topics of the programme:

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

  • Official Opening session in presence of high level Indian authorities Asia-Pacific regional security issues and consequent challenges to Railway Systems
  • Growing Complexity of railway systems and the importance of security in achieving short, medium and long term goals.
  • Resource constraints and burden of expectations on security agencies, especially in the context of South Asia
  • Crisis Management and mitigation of consequences of security – related incidents

Thursday 10 December: Morning

  • Passenger Security Issues: Problems and Solutions
  • Freight Security Issues: Problems and Solutions
  • Panel Discussion: International Cooperation in developing best practices, implementation of modern technology and training of personnel
  • Valediction by eminent expert
  • Conclusion by UIC Director general

Thursday 10 December: Afternoon

Technical visit in New Dehli organised by IR

Friday 11 December

Social event: visit to Agra (Taj Mahal) on payment basis

Venue: The Leela Palace, New Delhi,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110066, India


You have the possibility to book a room at the congress venue. To reserve at The Leela Palace Room please contact:

For any specific queries please contact

The UIC Security Division team will be fully available to help in any situation!

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UIC participated in the Climate Train initiative (France, 5 – 23 October 2015)

This month UIC was on board the Climate Train, a travelling exhibit train launched by Trains Expo Evénements SNCF – the events subsidiary of SNCF – to raise awareness about the issues of climate change in the lead up to the United Nations COP21 event later this year in Paris. Endorsed by the COP21 Intergovernmental Committee, the Climate Train is a national event as part of France’s Science Week, taking place from 7 – 11 October 2015. Three coaches were dedicated to partner companies or organisations, including the International Union of Railways UIC.

The official inauguration was held at Paris Gare de Lyon railway station on 6 October, in the presence of Mrs Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Research Thierry Mandon.

The train, with on board the scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), travelled to 18 destinations and 13 regions across France to raise awareness about climate change among the general public.

This train was composed of three coaches dealing with climate issues and impacts on our way of life; one coach was specifically dedicated to conferences – UIC presented in the town of Libourne (near Bordeaux) its actions in favour of the climate issue – to educate citizens on sustainable development issues and their own role in the upcoming event. The train, as a clean public mode of transport, corresponds exactly to the focused message: “A train such as this is the equivalent of taking 48 articulated lorries off the road. It is a tonne of CO2 emissions less for every 1000 km (…) SNCF has reduced its CO2 emissions by 40% over the last 10 years per passenger km, reiterated Jacques Rapoport, member of SNCF’s management board and chairman and CEO of SNCF Réseau.

On 10 October UIC attended the welcome event of the Climate Train in Lyon railway station. Several speeches were given by representatives from the railway and business sectors including SNCF (Laurence Eymieu, Regional Director SNCF Rhône-Alpes), University of Lyon, Météo-France meteorological service, AXA insurance company, Armonia Group …

Among the points mentioned, emphasis was placed sharing knowledge and best practice from the results of the research on climate change in order to help other companies and sectors. Laurence Eymieu from SNCF spoke about rail as one of the most energy efficient transport modes. Even though rail transport is responsible for 9% of global transport activity, it generates just 3% of transport greenhouse gas emissions. She said another aim was to raise awareness about climate change among the younger generation by targeting education in schools.

During the day on 10 October the Climate Train welcomed school groups and the general public of Lyon. The activities on board included a series of talks held in one of the coaches, explanations given by a team of scientists and researchers on the climate change exhibition inside the train, as well as a number of stands both inside and in front of the train showcasing the initiatives of various companies from the railway sector and the industry.

UIC had the opportunity to inform different audiences about its activities, its role in the Train to Paris campaign and its commitment to climate change and sustainable transport systems at global level.

UIC continued to take part in the Climate Train initiative, notably in the towns of Libourne (near Bordeaux) and Nantes.

In one month’s time, UIC will coordinate at the global level its campaign “Train to Paris” on behalf of its 240 Members.

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NEXTSTATION 2015, the 5th International Conference on Railway Stations, successfully held in Marrakech:

Railway Stations become “Slices of connected cities”

The 5th International Conference on Railway Stations, NEXTSTATION 2015, was successfully held in Marrakech and was attended by 350 participants representing 30 countries from all over the world in the presence of many high level representatives from the political and economic world, including several African Ministers.

NEXTSTATION 2015, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Moroccan State Railways (ONCF) under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, is a unique global event entirely dedicated to the planning, development and management of Railway Stations. The main theme of this 5th edition of NEXTSTATION was “Rethinking Stations for Future Intermobility”.

The first round table dealt with “Opportunities for International Cooperation in the field of Stations” and was moderated by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Farida Moha from Morocco, with the participation of Mr Carlos Ventura, ADIF, Chairman of the UIC Station Managers Global Group (SMGG), Mr Patrick Ropert, Director General, Gares & Connexions SNCF, Mr Vitaliy Votolevsky, Director General of Passenger Stations Directorate, Russian Railways RZD, Mr Paolo Gallo, CEO, Grandi Stazioni, FS, Italy.

Among the issues discussed, the speakers emphasised:

- How to make passengers actors of their own security, taking into account that security is a key issue
- The need to work on smart, more business-oriented stations
- How to make our railway stations 2.0, for example by making the most of the potential number of visitors

Mr. Etienne Tricaud, an architect at AREP, France, made a comment from the floor which summed up the conference and delivered a motto: “Stations: slices of cities; we architects structure a public space which changes very quickly; tomorrow, stations will play hybrid roles. Our mission: build “capable spaces”, ready to absorb all future modes of travel."

A second round table on day two, moderated by Mr Carlos Ventura, Director of Stations, ADIF, and Chairman of the UIC SMGG, was dedicated to the theme “Trends and challenges of Intermobility”. It brought together Ms Dounia Houssini Squali, Ministry of Transport, Head of the Strategic Studies Division, Kingdom of Morocco, Mr Alain Flausch, Secretary General, UITP (International Organisation for Public Transport), Ms Pauline Robert Etcheto, Project Manager, Systra, France, Mr Henry Marty-Gauquié, Director, Liaison with International Organisations, European Investment Bank (EIB), and Mr Robert Tasiaux, Partner at A.T. Kearney, Belgium.

Speakers agreed that intermobility was probably the main challenge and that main priority actions should make stations highly connected. Beyond that, the station issue comprises three challenges: economic, urban and social. Intermobility, as an urban solution, is the correct answer to metropolisation, the urban sprawl. We must see these hubs as facilitators. It is urgent because our cities are becoming hellish. Choose the right mode at the right place. Policies are missing in this type of conference and we must spend more time developing them!

- How to move from an intermobility constraint (place-break) to an intermobility opportunity (place-resource).
Examples: Atocha railway station,
SNCF: pianos in stations.
Several examples where time is important:
- time in terms of speed
- time in terms of punctuality (achieved thanks to robust timetabling, etc.)
- time in terms of waiting (enjoying time as an opportunity)
- time as it is perceived: cultural dimension

Parallel Sessions

More specialised issues were dealt with during parallel sessions.

Session 1A: Development and management of stations
Moderated by Iñaki Barrón, Director of UIC Passenger/High Speed Department

  • Station management to deliver intermobility
  • Development of railway stations in Korea
  • From station to hub management: DB Station and Service’s new approach to railway stations in the digital age
  • From intermodality to intermobility: how research and innovation trends frame stations’ adaptation to post-urban challenges
  • Station management in your pocket
  • Computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) in stations

The session reflected exactly what the title indicates: major stations are complex entities shaped by a long list of issues and actors, many often not clearly identified. The concepts of development and management can come to mean almost anything when presenting and discussing stations.

The six presentations showed this reality through three aspects: two conceptual presentations on theoretical approaches (UK and Korea), two further presentations describing real cases, and two more focused on a current trend: smart stations, the ability to use new technologies to improve and optimise the operation of a major railway station. The title of one of these presentations reflects the spirit of this edition of Next Station: “from intermodality to intermobility” captures the conceptual change needed in the main approach for railway decision-makers as they seek the station of the future.

Session 1B: Comprehensive protection
Moderated by Jacques Colliard, UIC, Manager of Security Platform

  • The new challenges of rail security
  • Security and crowd management at Paris Gare du Nord and St Denis/Stade de France
  • Comprehensive protection of stations
  • Railway station control and protection: experiences in China
  • Interaction between security and safety within stations
  • Solutions for all your needs in terms of prevention

Session 2A: Territories
Moderated by Marc Guigon, UIC Senior Advisor, Passenger Transport

  • Urban integration and impact of new stations
  • Balancing territories through development of ecotonic railway hubs
  • Comparative study between two different urban integration patterns around high speed stations in China
  • Development of Ecoste, eco-friendly station
  • Can rail tackle urban sprawl? A look at territorial strategies around suburban stations in France
  • Massy-Palaiseau versus Le Bourget station: a comparison of major transit hubs in two important sub-centres of the future Greater Paris urban area

The main aim of this session was to underline the impacts of railway stations on cities and regions (urban planning, territorial divisions, enhancing the value of the station area, etc.) for several scales of stations: small, medium, sub-urban and high speed.

Session 2B: Design 1
Moderated by Etienne Tricaud, (Chairman of AREP Group), France

  • How to define and implement accessibility policy
  • Station renovation with the inauguration of the “Ueno-Tokyo line”
  • New approach to road and railway attractiveness
  • Sensory differentiation dedicated to “mobile living space: applied in rail transport environment”
  • Design and implementation of rail stations in the sustainable cities of the future
  • Functional determinants in the design and construction of major transport stations

Session 3A: Enhancing the customer experience
Moderated by Mohamed Chahid, ONCF, Director of Heritage and Assets

  • Stations as new public living space
  • Tourism, a business opportunity for stations
  • Managing intermodality in railway stations, a key factor in the development of tourism linked to high speed rail services: the case of French cities
  • Ticket distribution: from station to apps
  • Enhancing the travel experience with culture
  • A parking space at your disposal: a service appreciated by customers

Session 3B: Technologies
Moderated by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of UIC Fundamental Values Department

  • Smart railway stations and smart cities (dedicated retail facilities, access to ticket counters/machines, new solutions for smartphone applications)
  • Research & Development on future issues in accessibility for disadvantaged persons (support for elderly and persons with reduced mobility, focus on easy access to station facilities/trains – tactile, sound and visual guiding paths – Japanese example)
  • Multimodal station as a new city centre. Case study: Iranian station in Hamedan (spatial planning and advanced market study taking into account intermodality and accessibility solutions)
  • Crowd dynamics and pedestrian trajectories in public transit – French student analysis and proposed computer simulations to control crowd flows with stations)
  • Global Taxi Network (global apps for contacting, booking and paying for taxi rides as part of a global network - IRU)
  • Low-carbon stations for low-carbon cities (environmentally oriented study for reducing CO2 emissions generated in stations, as well as modern technological solutions for energy saving)

Session 4A: Stations for high speed services
Moderated by Mohamed Smouni, ONCF, Director of Development

  • The first high speed project in Morocco
  • New stations on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line
  • Urban integration of peripheral HSR stations in Spain. Planning strategies, urban integration of rail
  • Before – Station design: a lesson learnt from North European project processes
  • Introduction of services as concerns JR East’s Shinkansen, high speed stations
  • Past and future of stations on high speed network

Session 4B: Design 2
Moderated by Carlos Ventura, ADIF, Chairman of the UIC Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG)

  • A conceptual design to improve the quality of Tehran Railway Station Precinct
  • Planning user friendly main railway stations: the SBB approach
  • Rehabilitation projects in the USA: Los Angeles Union Station and Washington D.C. Union Station
  • The interconnection of public transport networks in central stations: a key issue for metropolitan areas
  • Representations of users in the fabric of commuter train stations: from moving mass to anchored multitude
  • Casa Port Station as an archetype for the modern city-centre intermodal hub

This session was really very interesting and examined various of the approaches taken in station design, e.g. in Iran, Switzerland, the USA, France, and ending with Casa Port Station in Casablanca, Morocco, and its integration into the city.

These sessions were complemented by a presentation of academic posters.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, closed the conference by saying:

Closing this 5th session is first a pleasure because everything went well.
The round tables, parallel sessions, questions and their answers.
And this is the goal and pride of UIC, I mean serving its members. And I want to publicly say tonight that I am proud of my team, who worked in friendship with ONCF. [...] It is a pleasure but also worthwhile because it’s over. After much work we will go back and move on. We opened the conference with the elegance and poetry of words and pictures. We all shared the Station of Dreams. Then for two days with 60 players we designed the stations of our dreams. Stations like the pieces of a city.
Connected stations, intelligent, interactive, inclusive, exchange catalysts.
Stations are part of a new financial dynamic and not just as cost centres, with the development of business centres in an innovative socio-economic context.
Stations where customers, travellers or not, can become actors of their own mobility and actors responsible for their own safety. Open and accessible stations, spaces of freedom for all, customers and citizens. Living stations that form an international network as a chain linking their values and teachings.
It is the role of UIC to ensure this.
“What will tomorrow bring?”
There is at least one door I can now open for tomorrow. Where will the sixth NEXTSTATION International Conference take place? In Spain, in 2017, probably between Madrid and Toledo.
Thank you, gracias, grazie, danke, arigato, xièxie, shoukran!”

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-20 March 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 March 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 4 April 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 12 April 2019 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 12 April 2019 SHERPA WS2 - Emerging threats Paris, UIC HQ
  • 16-17 April 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 18-19 April 2019 First meeting of MENRTC (Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres) Istanbul
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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