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New Year’s wishes from the UIC Director General

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, wishes all our members, our partners, their teams and their relatives a very good year for 2018.

2017 was a very important year for the activities of UIC at the service of the worldwide railway community, with a large number of projects and various activities to help serve our community.

Let us all hope that 2018 will provide us with enough mutual involvement to continue this positioning of rail as a sustainable, integrated and connected backbone of modern mobility, and to develop UIC’s future as a strategic, technical and cultural platform, putting rail at the forefront of a new Sustainable International Connected Integrated Chain of Mobility.

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Message from the UIC Vice-Chairman Mr Isa Apaydin

Dear Colleagues,

Since the very first appearance of railway tracks in ancient history, when wheeled vehicles were pulled by men and animals as a result of the need to transport goods, basic rail technology developed not only continually but also gradually and has today reached its existing high speeds, high technology and transformed itself into an indispensable transport mode.

Ever since, the need to improve the capacity, quality and effectiveness of rail transport has been evident and numerous so various studies have been done to do so.

In this digital era we have been experiencing and as a result of globalisation, I believe that it is crucial to emphasise sustainable railway policies within regional developments, the need for standardisation, interconnectivity and interoperability of the projects conducted in each country to take better advantage of international corridors, the investments in railway research and development bearing in mind the need for the eco-friendly railway to take its place that it deserves among the other transport modes.

Over the last year, I have had the honour to work in full cooperation and synergy with all our colleagues as the Vice Chairman of UIC, which I believe is the most important actor in the railway community.

As we are all aware, UIC has been making every effort to promote rail transport, interoperability, and having the required competencies, create new standards for railways with the objective of optimally meeting current and future challenges of mobility and sustainable development while creating and supporting all forms of international cooperation among members by setting up all possible opportunities for sharing both experiences and best practices.

Among the great number of events organised within UIC and the railway sector, needless to stress, the UIC World Congress on High Speed is the most prominent and large-scale global event on high-speed rail which is held in every two to three years. The congress addresses strategic issues linked to the national and international development of high-speed rail systems.

In this framework, I would like to remind you that the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail, together with Trade Exhibition, will be hosted by Turkish State Railways-TCDD, under the High Patronage of Turkish Prime Minister and with the support of Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications from 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, with the motto: “Sharing Knowledge for Sustainable and Competitive Operations”.

The goal of the congress is to provide an opportunity for the exchange of information on techniques and applica¬tions of high speed rail technology and to systematically explain the theoretical and practical interpretations, reflections, and inferences for the future, with an emphasis on new technology and new approaches. The scope and concept of work to be submitted will be under the areas of Infrastructure, Railway System, Operations and Stations, Trains, Commercial, Economic Aspects and Society and cross-cutting themes such as accessibility, implementations, engineering…etc.

Within the scope of the congress, parallel sessions, round table meetings, technical visits will be held with the engagement of 150 speakers.

During the congress, a “Students’ Competition”, in which the students’ participation will be fostered by giving them a chance to show their new ideas that may lead to a new invention, innovation or a start-up, will also be organised.

Furthermore, together with the congress, a trade exhibition will also be organised. The latest technological developments and innovations will be displayed in an 8000 m² trade exhibition area with the participation of many of the world’s best known companies.

We hope to see you at the congress and believe that you will contribute by sharing your knowledge and expertise.

Within this context, I am convinced that the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail will meet all the expectations as a unique platform to benchmark and exchange on all issues and challenges connected with high-speed rail and its benefits for the market and society.

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A New Year Message from the Chair of the European Region

Francisco Cardoso dos Reis, at the start of his two-year mandate as chair of the European region, sets out a number of points for the development of rail in Europe.

As the UIC moves ever closer to its 100th anniversary, it is more and more relevant to guarantee that the association that represents the railway operating community (ROC) is enabled to fulfil the mission that we set for its in developing the railway of the future, facing the challenges of the present.

Considering the complexity of the European environment, we are challenged to evolve, strengthen and improve what we are able to achieve with the aid of our association. The European regional assembly has agreed that the focus needs to be on increased development of automation, harnessing the opportunities of the digital agenda as well as ensuring that the low environmental impact of rail remains as one of the sector’s key strengths.

I must pay tribute to the excellent work that was done by previous chairmen of the region. We are now well-placed to harness the UIC´s Core values of Unity, Solidarity and Universality are put to good use in the work of the association in delivering the objective of a competitive, stronger and efficient ROC in a programme of unified, focused and cohesive actions.

My plan for the next two years is to ensure that UIC is positioned as the irrefutable technical partner not only for its constituents but also with a wide range of interested stakeholders within and outside the railway sector. As a region, the twelve ‘capabilities’ for the sector of tomorrow have been agreed and are there to be intelligently developed.

This means:

  • Continuing to be focused on the business needs of our members – infrastructure managers, or railway undertakings
  • Increasing UIC’s European role vis-à-vis Institutions and stakeholders and promote a coordinated and unified strategic development action of the ROC through R&D, the development, publication and benchmarking of solutions for system operations
  • Increase our collective technical investment in the increasingly important area of digitalisation, working with and learning from actors in other modes. Mobility of people and goods is essential and working on delivering a range of customer-friendly transport products is essential to the services that the railway sector must continue to provide directly and in partnership with other modes
  • We must be constantly attentive to maintain our enviable level of safety and environmental impact, whilst keeping a very close watch on the security issues, including the ever-present and often invisible threat of cybersecurity
  • Increase the information, cohesion, knowledge transfer and transparency among the member of UIC’s European region as well as learning from the experiences of our colleagues in other regions as well as from other transport modes

It is important that we are able to grow our technical capability as a sector. UIC has a very important role to play in that and you can count on me to ensure that the challenges we face are tackled to the benefit of all. We all have a voice as European companies and I encourage you to take the opportunities that membership of UIC provides you in developing our railway sector.

I intend to make myself fully available to really drive this programme and to ensure that we are maximising our collective energies in this exciting but equally potentially disruptive period for the railways and for the transport sector as a whole.

This cannot be done by one person alone and I look forward to the full support of you all as we collectively innovate and develop our sector and the services we offer to our customers.

For further information please contact Simon Fletcher, Coordinator UIC Europe:

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Cooperation Reporting

More details on the AFNOR certification obtained by UIC

In a collaborative process with our members, UIC has undertaken a quality management process.
This has enabled several areas of mutual progress to be identified.

It has also been the opportunity to question our members and receive a pretty good level of recognition of our services, image and activities.

Based on this, UIC has undergone the very strict process of quality certification.

According to the strict rules of AFNOR, UIC was presented the quality certification at the December 2017 General Assembly.

This professional acknowledgment will help us in our development vis-à-vis our members and third parties worldwide.

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UIC partners with the 6th International Railway Summit – special discount available

UIC is delighted to partner with IRITS Events for the 6th International Railway Summit, taking place at Hotel Boscolo Prague, Autograph Collection from 21 – 23 February 2018.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of the world’s key rail sector buyers and carefully selected technical experts. The event features:

  • A full conference programme delivered by thought leaders
  • Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with technical experts
  • High-level networking over coffee, lunches, dinners and a site visit

The conference programme of the 6th International Railway Summit brings together a wide range of key topics under the theme “Improving Passenger Experience and Customer Satisfaction”.
UIC’s Director General, Jean-Pierre-Loubinoux, will participate at the summit and give a keynote speech on “Is High Speed Rail delivering on its promise of improving society?”

Other key speakers include:

  • Dan Ťok, Minister of Transport, Government of the Czech Republic (TBC)
  • Elisabeth Werner, Director Land Transport, DG Move, European Commission (EC)
  • Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, EU Agency for Railways
  • Pavel Krtek, CEO & Chairman, Czech Railways
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
  • Carole Coune, Acting Secretary General, European Rail Freight Association
  • Jean-Pierre Peuziat, Head of Unit for Public Affairs, UNIFE
  • Marc Antoni, Director Rail Systems, International Union of Railways (UIC)
  • Simon Fletcher, Director & Coordinator, European Region, International Union of Railways, UIC
  • John Laene, Secretary General, RAILPOL
  • Peter Köhler, CEO, LEO Express
  • Enrique Fernandez, CIO, Go-Ahead Group
  • Joachim Winter, Senior Scientist & Project Manager “Next Generation Train - NGT”, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Rail sector leaders will debate on:

  • Is High Speed Rail delivering on its promise of improving society?
  • Does competition benefit customers?
  • Can rail travel be seamless, safe and secure at the same time?
  • Is rail doing enough to respond to global megatrends?
  • Can urban rail operators afford to prioritise passenger experience?
  • What will the passenger-friendly rolling stock of 2030 look like?

Click here to view the agenda:

“Through its well-balanced agenda, the presentations of keynote speakers, which I was happy to be part of, the panel discussions and the bilateral contacts, the latest edition of IRS in Vienna was certainly a particularly interesting event.”
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC

“A well-organised event with excellent networking opportunities. A good mixture of conference programme and 1:1 sessions in superb surroundings."
Jan Grothe, Head of Procurement Principles & IT Systems, Deutsche Bahn

Click here to view the list of participants:

As a UIC member, you are eligible for a special discount. Book today to receive 12% off.

Please follow the link to receive the discount code in your inbox. Valid for a limited time only:

For further information please contact the organisers at

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Appointment: Mohamed Mezghani is named the new Secretary General of UITP

UIC welcomed the appointment of Mohamed Mezghani, the new Secretary General of UITP (International Association of Public Transport) during his visit and meeting with Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, on 17 January 2018 at the Paris headquarters.

The two executives expressed their willingness to continue the fruitful exchanges that have been held between the two organisations until now, and to strengthen them through a future cooperation agreement which is set to be established this year. This agreement will cover the area of railway stations, the environment, security and training. Other subjects such as digital technology in public and railway transport, ticketing and telecommunications could also be taken into account.

(Source: UITP)

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), member of the UIC North American Region

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News from UIC members

United States: High-Speed Rail Authority names new CEO

As the California High-Speed Rail Authority continues to move from the planning phase to full construction of the nation’s first high-speed rail system, the Board of Directors announced on January 16, 2018 that it has selected a new Chief Executive Officer, Brian P. Kelly, to lead the organization, effective February 1, 2018.

“Brian Kelly is a proven problem-solver and the leading expert on California’s transportation sector. He has been a dynamic Transportation Secretary, leading strategic approaches to modernize the state’s passenger and freight rail systems, and effectively dealing with natural disaster impacts on roads, bridges and highways,” said Chairman Dan Richard. “Brian has been a keen advocate for the development of high-speed rail as a core component of California’s future transportation networks. As a respected leader and skilled manager he will provide the right leadership as the project moves into the delivery and commercialization phase.”

“Brian has ably led the California State Transportation Agency since its inception and is uniquely qualified to move the nation’s first high-speed rail project forward,” said Governor Jerry Brown.

Kelly has served as Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency since the Agency was created in 2013. As Secretary, Kelly oversaw one of the largest portfolios in the State of California with more than 38,000 employees and a total budget of more than $18 billion. During his tenure as Secretary, the Agency led efforts to:

  • Enact Senate Bill 1, the single largest investment in California’s transportation infrastructure;
  • Implement AB 60, a Department of Motor Vehicles program to provide an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for and receive driver licenses in California;
  • Develop first-in-the-nation autonomous vehicle regulations for the testing and deploying of this new transformative technology.

Prior to his appointment to the Brown Administration, Kelly was at the center of major transportation policy decisions in the State for more than two decades, having served as chief transportation policy consultant for four successive Senate President pro Tempores. The compensation is $384,984 for this position.

With Kelly’s departure at the California State Transportation Agency, the Governor has named Brian Annis as Acting Transportation Agency Secretary. Annis has served as Undersecretary at the Agency since 2013.

(Source: CAHSRA)

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News from UIC members

United States: Amtrak names Ken Hylander Chief Safety Officer

Experienced safety leader to implement safety management system

Amtrak has named Ken Hylander Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. Hylander most recently served as Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and previously served as the Chief Safety Officer at Delta Air Lines. He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson and be responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS) at Amtrak.

“We are improving safety at Amtrak. Keeping our customers and employees safe is our most important responsibility and a high quality Safety Management System is a requirement for Amtrak,” said Anderson. “Ken is a recognized leader in the implementation and operation of SMS, and his experience will be instrumental in helping build our safety culture.”

SMS is a proactive risk management system which builds on predictive safety management methods. SMS has been a cornerstone of improving safety in many industries, including aviation, health care and energy. Recently, the NTSB recommended that Amtrak implement a SMS Program. Amtrak endorses this NTSB recommendation.

Hylander has more than three decades of experience in the aviation industry. He retired as a senior vice president from Delta Air Lines in 2014, where he successfully oversaw the SMS implementation at Delta and managed the occupational, operating safety, security, quality and environmental compliance programs.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Flight Safety Foundation and is an independent member of the Board of Directors of Monroe Energy in Trainer, Pennsylvania, an oil refinery subsidiary of Delta Air Lines.

Hylander was Northwest Airlines’ Chief Safety Officer prior to the airline’s merger with Delta. Before joining Northwest in 1997 as the Vice President of Quality, Reliability and Engineering, Hylander spent nearly 17 years at United Airlines where he held a variety of engineering, quality assurance, and operations management positions.

(Source: Amtrak)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Eurostar appoints Mike Cooper as its new Chief Executive Officer

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, today announced the appointment of Mike Cooper, currently CEO of the delivery service firm, Yodel, as its new CEO. Mike will succeed Nicolas Petrovic who will be leaving Eurostar at the end of February to become CEO, Siemens, France.

Mike brings a wide range of experience and expertise to Eurostar having been CEO of Yodel and Deputy CEO and MD Mainland Europe of Arriva, where he led the European transport business with responsibility for rail, bus and trams across 13 countries. Prior to Arriva, Mike was Chief Commercial Officer of EasyJet from its flotation in 2000 until 2005. Before EasyJet, he was MD, Portland Travel, part of the Thomson Travel Group.

Over the last seven years under the leadership of Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar has introduced a new fleet of trains, extended its reach to new destinations and made a significant investment in its service. The Board of Eurostar would like to thank Nicolas for his considerable contribution and to wish him every success in his new role.

Clare Hollingsworth, Chairman of Eurostar, said:
“We are delighted that Mike will be joining Eurostar as CEO as he brings a wealth of expertise to our business. With his strong track record of leading a major European transport business across multiple countries and his extensive experience of key consumer travel brands he is perfectly placed to lead the company into its next phase of growth”.

SNCF Mobilités, Patina, a consortium comprising Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) and Hermes Infrastructure, and SNCB, the shareholders of Eurostar, would like to take this opportunity to thank Nicolas Petrovic for his valued guidance and contribution during his tenure and are very pleased to welcome Mike Cooper as the new CEO of Eurostar International. The shareholders are confident that with his strong experience, Mike will build on recent successes and consolidate the leadership of Eurostar in European high speed rail passenger services.

Mike Cooper will join Eurostar on Monday 12 March 2018.

(Source: Eurostar)

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News from UIC members

China: Commercial operation of Old Nanjing-Shanghai and Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo railways

The old Nanjing-Shanghai and Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo railways only once totalled over 620 km. But as the lines went through developed regions in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, they “attracted attention from home and abroad”, and promoted agricultural, industrial and business development along their way since put into operation in 1908.

In October 1936, the owner of both railways asked 11 highway transport organisations, 11 waterway transport organisations, and one air transport organisation to attend the joint meeting between the railway sector and their industries and negotiated on cooperation, joint development and issues concerning the establishment of an intermodal combined transport network.

(Source: CR)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 11-12 September 2019 TEG Plenary Meeting Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 17-19 September 2019 UIC PoSE Meeting Vienna
  • 17 September 2019 Plenary meeting and Standardisation international Conf Paris UIC
  • 23-28 September 2019 UIC-KORAIL Training Session 2019 on Railway Accessibility for the Public Seoul, Korea
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 September 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Rome- Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 28 October 2019 - 1 November 2019 WCRR 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
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 12 November 2019 TTI Sector Meeting Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 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
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris

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