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UIC participates in CES in Las Vegas

This week UIC is in Las Vegas to participate in the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) and several events organised on this occasion.

This will be an opportunity for Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, together with UIC Chief Digital Officer Francis Bedel, to benefit from this worldwide event to share views with start-ups, and to continue to position UIC in the digital eco-system.

The objective is to continue building bridges between railways and the digital world.

More specifically, UIC will participate this year in CES Government, by taking the floor on 11 January in two round tables, among them one dedicated to the subject of cybersecurity.

Within this worldwide event, the UIC delegation will meet three American governors in order to discuss the intrinsec benefits of railways, and to highlight the digital dimension as one of the ways for railways to continue to bring value to society.

Further information will be published soon in the next edition of UIC eNews.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:

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Launch of the Second Security Awareness Day

Within the framework of the June 2018 Security Week, the preparation for the second Security Awareness Day has henceforth been launched!

The aim of this awareness day is to bring together the UIC members and their staff and customers around concrete actions on security awareness in order to involve all of them in improving their own security.

The UIC security platform members are invited to make their topic proposals before 30 January 2018 to the UIC Security Division.

For further information please contact Virginie Papillault, Senior Advisor Organisation and Human Factors:

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The UIC Security Division has created a temporary Task Force “Crisis Management & Resilience”

Save the Dates

Crisis Management (CM) is one of the core issues of the security organisation. Following the daily news, we unfortunately regularly see the importance of an efficient and workable CM-Structure. In April 2017, the UIC security division published the first recommendation for crisis management. According to this and the above-mentioned importance of the subject, our members requested to work further at this topic. As was announced during the 13th Global Security Congress in Potsdam, “Crisis Management & Resilience” will be the overarching term of the next Security Congress, which will be taking place in Slovenia at the end of October 2018. Due to the request of our member, the following three topics will be the main topics in 2018:


  • Main points: External and internal communication incl. key words, reaction times, design of websites, preparation of communication channels such as a special hotline and the use of social media.

Business Continuity Management (BCM):

  • Main points: Recommendations for the framework of BCM and the close connection to CM incl. business impact analyses, devising plans and strategies to continue business operations (incl. information communication and technological systems, high-voltage network) and recovering quickly and efficiently from any type of disruption.


  • Main points: Recommendations for the handling of (partially) blackout situations (e. g. cyberattacks) regarding to the CM-Organisation (backup systems for CM-Organisation incl. redundant communication and computer network, alternative locations, emergency generators).

Task Force “Crisis Management & Resilience” - Activity plan 2018:
In order to manage the process in the best way, the UIC Security Division will create the temporary Task Force “Crisis Management & Resilience”. Under this umbrella we will pool together the experience of specialists and researchers from different sectors depending on your needs. Please save the following dates to be part of this Task Force.

  • Crisis Communication & Social Media: On the 13 – 14 February 2018 we will organise a 2-day lasting workshop in Paris (UIC HQ).
  • BCM: 1-day Workshop within the Security Week 2018, which is taking place from 18 – 22 June 2018 in Paris (UIC HQ).
  • Blackout: This topic as well as the results of the first workshops will be themed during the 14th Global Security Congress 2018 with the core topic “Crisis Management & Resilience”, which will be held from 22 - 26 October 2018 in Slovenia.

The recommendation for crisis management is available at the following link:

If you are interested in participating in the meeting, or for further information, please contact:

Kathrin Faber (Senior Advisor Security Division) at

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Meeting of the New Technology WG took place on 15 December 2017 in Prague

Thanks to the host of SZDC, around 25 participants came together on 15 December 2017 in Prague. The aim of this working group (WG) is the exchange of best practices, to follow the development and innovation of security technologies, the on-going and outcomes of research projects (H2020) and the cooperation on a technical basis with EU institutions and relevant bodies in close relationship with e. g. CER and EIM.

After the warm welcome of the participants by SZDC and UIC, Anna Kodysova, Head of SZDC International Relations Department, gave an interesting presentation on the SZDC action plan, including the upcoming corridors and in this light the options and challenges. The UIC Security Division presented the latest publications, EU-projects and the conclusion of the 13th UIC global security congress regarding security technology innovations and measures.

Based on the results of the second member questionnaire of the network of quick responders, the DB Sicherheit GmbH (subsidiary company of the Deutsche Bahn AG) and the aviation service of police of the Czech Republic gave a detailed presentation about their purpose of use of air drones, the benefits and limits. Some very interesting issues were addressed on the different existing legal regulations and the plurality of possible applications of the air drones.

The afternoon was dedicated to a workshop with security technology providers. Five companies presented their solutions for different security as well as safety issues. They talked inter alia about thermal imaging, fibre optic sensing, intelligent video analytics, smart sensors, face detection and recognition. Within their presentation, the features of real time awareness, the useful combination and interoperability of different technical measures / systems were also discussed.

Following the various presentations, the WG decided to work further on the combination of various technological measures in the best way in order to find the most relevant solutions for the railway company’s needs. Beyond that the legal and ethical aspects as well as the trust and the acceptance of the customers need to be addressed.

All the presentations are available in the security dedicated private workspace of the UIC extranet system at

Please save the date of the next security events:

  • 18-22 June in Paris, UIC HQ: UIC security week
  • 22-26 October 2018 in Slovenia: 14th UIC Global Security Congress focusing on crisis management and resilience, and beside a specific meeting on security and safety of rail tunnels will be organised.

If you are interested in participating in the next events, or for further information, please contact the Security Division at

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Latest news about the TALENT project

The TALENT project deals with the need of the rail sector to better attract and retain the best talents in the job market.

In view of the several HR challenges facing the railway industry (demographic challenge and skills shortage, corporate knowledge, attractiveness, gender diversity...), UIC reckons that it has an important role to play by engaging at the international level an active dialogue and support across the rail sector, attracting talented staff to make a career in the railways.

At the core of the project is the development of a powerful international network of railway talents aiming to prepare a new generation of railway talents working on domestic and international challenges, with a deep understanding of business approaches, multi-language and intercultural skills, well known and recognised by the international railway community.

Recent & upcoming developments/activities:

One: The digital platform has been revamped in order to create a strong & sustainable foundation for international cooperation and transmission amongst railway talents. The platform has the following objectives of *Guiding and Connecting Within and Beyond the Railway Industry, *Helping Rail People and Companies Learn, Transmit & Develop, *Promoting Innovation and Careers in the Railway Sector
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Two: Staff Development programme

The 3rd Networking & Collaborative event was held in Moscow from 7 – 9 December in the frame of the transport week, which is an annual business event that includes a series of nationwide and international activities dedicated to the transport industry.
The three-days event held in co-operation with Russian University of Transport RUT (MIIT) was very dense. It was organised around five activities:

  • Networking
  • Presentation of the best results of the youth contest 2017. The contest targets children between 12 – 19 years. Railway Talent has been an official partner of the “Transport of the Future” youth contest since its first edition
  • Training session
    The training day focused on multimodality with a business game dedicated to the “Organisation of work of a passenger transport-interchange hub”.
    By attending the training, the participants practised their skills in decision-making, problem solving, communication and team work, as well as learnt modern approaches in the field of marketing research.
  • 11th International Exhibition Transport of Russia. The Talent group had the possibility to visit the exhibition as well as attend a round table presentation with the participation of UIC (Nathalie Amirault) dedicated to Education 2.0 in transport industry.
  • Technical and tourist visit
    The 2017 Talent event gathered young professionals and PHD students from 15 countries from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Online training
UIC has created a new learning environment which is flexible, self-paced, collaborative (benefit from the collective intelligence of a community of practice), evolving (the course grows over time through the contributions of the participants) and recognised [credentials (Open Badges) enrich participants’ professional profile].

Save the date! The first online UIC course will start on 15 January for a duration of one month. The course is dedicated to RAM (Railway Asset Management) and has been developed in collaboration with La Sapienza University and Oxand. You can find more information and register at the following address:

You can discover many more possibilities offered by the project by visiting:

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

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News from UIC members

Italy: Anas joins the FS Italiane group

On 29 December 2017, the Shareholders’ Meeting of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane approved the share capital increase of 2.86 billion euros as a result of the contribution of the Anas equity investment held by the Ministry of the Economy and Finance.

With a transport network of roughly 44,000 kilometres in total, FS Group has become the leading integrated European hub of railway and roadway infrastructure both in terms of served inhabitants and business plan based investment.

Alongside Anas, the FS Italiane Group has become an industrial operator with:

  • EUR 108 billion in investments over the next 10 years
  • EUR 8 billion in investments during 2018
  • EUR 11.2 billion in turnover in 2018
  • EUR 50 billion in invested capital
  • 81,000 employees

Concomitantly, a new Board of Directors has been nominated, chaired in continuity by Gioia Ghezzi as President and Renato Mazzoncini.

(Source: FS Italiane)

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak begins next phase of infrastructure renewal at New York Penn Station

Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station, as part of the Infrastructure Renewal program, will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, with revised scheduled train operations commencing on Monday, Jan. 8.

The bulk of the infrastructure renewal work for 2018 is occurring on weekends, as the project scope has not changed since November’s initial announcement. It is still expected to conclude on May 28, 2018, with minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station. Amtrak’s revised schedule includes:

  • Amtrak cancelled Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington, D.C. (WAS) to New York Penn Station (NYP) and 127 from NYP to WAS
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 is terminating at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 is originating at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Train 173 is stopping at Newark Airport
  • Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 are all having earlier departure times.
  • Train 170 is also departing WAS early, is stopping at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resuming its schedule from Trenton

The project is occurring in the area of Track 15, which requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement (similar to the work on Track 10 during the summer of 2017), and Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal. In addition, Amtrak is renewing and replacing three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

During the summer of 2017, Amtrak accelerated its Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station, which is one element of Amtrak’s plan to modernize stations, infrastructure, and equipment on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak’s reservation systems are updated to reflect these schedules and passengers who were booked on a cancelled or altered train have been contacted and re-accommodated. Additional information can be found on and

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Network Rail has announced the appointment of Mike Putnam as a non-executive director

Mike Putnam has been appointed by Network Rail as a non-executive director, replacing Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the Board in July 2016.
Mr Putnam was most recently President & CEO of Skanska UK plc, having joined the business in 1995. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Over more than 25 years, Mike has become experienced in infrastructure development as well as construction and operational delivery. He has a background of successfully driving operational performance and business improvements.

He will also sit on Network Rail’s Safety, Health and Environment committee.
Network Rail chair, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “I welcome Mike who will bring valuable engineering experience to the Board.”

There are two further senior appointments to announce with two new members of Network Rail’s executive committee:

  • Alison Rumsey has been appointed as group human resources director
  • Caroline Murdoch has been appointed group communications director

Notes to editors:

  • Mike Putnam is a non-executive director of Southern Water and his appointment to the Board is effective from 8 January 2018.
  • Alison Rumsey’s new role is effective immediately having joined Network Rail as HR director for infrastructure projects in 2015 and having held very senior HR roles in Government departments since 2009.
  • Caroline Murdoch will join on 26 February from her current role as deputy director (and director of corporate affairs) of the National Crime Agency and was previously the director of corporate affairs at Transport for London.

(Source: Network Rail)

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News from UIC members

China: Connecting line between South Xinjiang Railway and Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR put into operation

The connecting line between South Xinjiang Railway and Lanzhou-Urumqi High Speed Rail was put into operation on 30 November 2017.

Prior to that, five pairs of express trains used to run from Urumqi to South Xinjiang Railway by way of Turpan Station of Lanzhou-Xinjiang Railway. Since then, these trains have run on Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR and then South Xinjiang Railway. Although no high-speed railway has yet been built in South Xinjiang, passengers of all ethnic groups could take conventional-speed trains to experience one hour ‘HSR time’ on the Urumqi-Turpan Section of Lanzhou-Urumqi HSR.

(Source: CR)

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News from UIC members

Latvia: LDz becomes the first Baltic company represented in the UIC Management Committee

The General Assembly of the International Union of Railways (UIC) approved the Management Committee for the European region for 2018–2019 on 6 December in Paris. Edvīns Bērziņš, President of the SJSC (VAS) “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (LDZ), has become a member of this committee. Participation in the UIC Management Committee will allow LDz to internationally represent the interests of Latvia. Thus, LDz becomes the first Baltic railway company to be represented on the UIC Management Committee.

“During the development of the transport and logistics sector, there are no railway companies operating within the borders of their homeland only – we have both become part of the unified European railway space and are actively working in a wider Eurasian region. Besides successful promotion of previously established or upcoming partnerships in various Eurasian countries, it is important to agree on coordinated principles of activity, and participation in international organizations enables us to influence the kind of these principles and the application of these principles by the member states in their everyday work,” said Edvīns Bērziņš.

Activities in the Management Committee provides the opportunity for LDz to promote the recognition of Latvia and the Baltic region while cooperating with the largest European railway networks, express LDz position according to the interests of the transport sector of Latvia and to find new business opportunities. Within the framework of the participation in the UIC, LDz stands for the development of uniform standards, compatibility and digitalisation of the systems used in railway. Furthermore, research and talent management within the sector is among the interests of LDz.

Railways of Germany, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Russia and Poland are also represented in the Management Committee.

UIC has been active since 1922, and this organisation coordinates cooperation on topical matters globally among the railway networks, thus promoting coordinated operation of the railway systems. The organisation unites 194 members from across the globe. Members of the organisation are being informed on a regular basis on the main processes, documentation and new regulations, thus allowing forecast of legal and technical changes within the sector, furthermore, every member of the organisation is given an opportunity to express its position and promote the establishment of a regulatory basis improving the competitiveness of the railway sector.

Meanwhile, this autumn Edvīns Bērziņš was also approved in the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) Management Committee. This organisation represents interests of their members in the establishment process of the policy of the European Union, mainly for the purpose of support and promotion of more efficient business and regulatory environment in the railway sector.

(Source: LDZ)

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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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Editorial team: UIC e-News Team, Paris 9 January 2018

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