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1st UIC Global Signalling Conference: Less than two weeks to register!

http://uicsignallingertms.org/register

Final programme can be consulted here:

http://uicsignallingertms.org/detailed-speakers-programme

Welcome to Milan!

Following the long successful history of ERTMS Conferences (Brussels February-March 2016, Istanbul April 2014, Stockholm March 2012, Malaga March-April 2009…), the International Union of Railways (UIC), in close cooperation with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Group), is organising the 1st UIC Global Conference on Signalling, focusing on “The Evolution of ERTMS” in Milan, from 25 – 28 March 2018.
This will be a worldwide forum for stakeholders, professionals, local authorities, research institutes and anyone interested in understanding the current trends of modern railway signalling and how the ERTMS system is evolving in the world.

Delegate registration:
http://uicsignallingertms.org/register

Schedule of the conference:

Sunday 25 March: 18:00 Drinks reception at Milan MiCo Convention Centre
Monday 26 to Tuesday 27th March included: Programme sessions
Monday 26 March: Gala dinner
Wednesday 28 March: Technical visits

The welcome and the opening sessions will be delivered by high-level keynote speakers:

  • Welcome introduction Mr Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX - Director General, UIC
  • Welcome by Mr Renato MAZZONCINI - Chairman UIC and CEO
  • FS Welcome by Mr Giuseppe SALA - Mayor of Milan
  • The political and technical authorities will address the participants and provide their vision on the main key drivers for the next development of ERTMS across the world

Keynote speeches by:

  • Mr Renato Mazzoncini - President of UIC and CEO of FS Group
  • Mr Karel Vinck - EU Coordinator for ERTMS overall program
  • Mr Josef Doppelbauer - ERA Executive Director
  • Mr Philippe Citroën - UNIFE Director General
  • Mr Libor Lochman - CER Executive Director
  • Mr Massimiliano Salini - Member of European Parliament

http://uicsignallingertms.org/IMG/pdf/programme_final.pdf

For further information please contact:

Dr Marc Antoni, Director of UIC Rail System Dept.: General Supervisor, antoni@uic.org

Mr Piero Petruccioli, Coordinator of the UIC CCS & TLC sector Sector: program, technical content, technical visits, petruccioli@uic.org

Mrs Barbara Mouchel, General Coordinator of the event: overall organisation, mouchel@uic.org

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High-Level Passenger Meeting held from 7 – 8 March 2018 in Madrid

At the kind invitation of Renfe, the HLPM (High-Level Passenger Meeting) evening event of 7 March was held at the “Museo del Ferrocarril de Delicias” (Madrid Railway Museum) in Madrid. Juan Alfaro Grande, Renfe President, welcomed the participants followed by speeches from:

  • Alberto Garcia Alvarez, Director General, Renfe, Chair of the HLPM, Chair of the Passenger Forum
  • Julio Gomar-Pomar, State Secretary for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General
  • Libor Lochman, CER Executive Director

A tour ride and a dinner were organised on-board the historic “Al-Andalus Expreso” train, where guests had the opportunity to network in the train coaches.
The HLPM plenary session of 8 March was held at the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE) in Madrid.

Introductions and opening remarks were given by Juan Alfaro Grande, Alberto Garcia Alvarez, Libor Lochman and Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

Mrs Heike Luiten, the NS passenger CEO, introduced the International Women’s day and highlighted the importance of the place of women within the transport industry. She then shared her experience as woman-CEO and her views about women in rail, especially in leading positions.

Marco Kampp (DB Fernverkehr) presented the distribution topics FSM, MERITS, TSGA and the UIC passenger activities.

  • Jeannine Pilloud, SBB passenger CEO introduced the Full Service Model (FSM) initiative. FSM was launched by the Passenger CEOs in 2013 when in Spiez, it aims at technically enhancing data exchange among operators to improve the distribution of rail products. It was developed together with ticket vendors.
  • Heike Luiten (NS): outlined the UIC “MERITS” European Timetable Database. The MERITS Timetable database is managed by UIC. UIC has developed a business model to make MERITS integrated data available to whoever wants to use it (railways, ticket vendors, other third parties).
  • Jan Sigurdur Christenen (DSB) enlighted the “TAP TSI Service Governance Association” (TSGA). The aim of the TSGA is to allow us all to meet our duties and enjoy our rights under the TAP TSI regulations. The TSGA was created by DB, SNCF and Trenitalia in December 2016.
  • Marc Guigon, UIC Passenger Director, explained the current UIC passenger activities from timetable to accounting and clearing. Under the Passenger Services Group the Technical and commercial groups are very active in maintaining and updating standards used for e-ticketing, tariffs, and interfaces between distribution systems.

Regarding ERTMS, Renfe provided its own experiences in implementing ERTMS/ETCS on its high speed lines. In some cases, trains can only operate on certain lines in Spain, due to the incompatibility of ERTMS systems on different lines. Alberto Garcia Alvarez reminded the audience that this incompatibility within version and system can generate significant loss of revenue.

Keir Fitch, security and interoperability unit of the European Commission, involved in the implementation of the Fourth Railway Pillar, presented the current status of the harmonized implementation of ERTMS in Europe.

Renfe highlighted the Renfe situation to the EC officer, Eurostar, CFL and SNCB shared their own experience and complained about the complexity and the costs generated by the multiple ERTMS system versions that need a lot of tests and the authorisation to run new trains.

Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift²Rail, presented the key challenges and the innovation capabilities of the Shift2Rail initiative. Shift2Rail is active in infrastructure, freight and passenger. The aim is to create an opensource framework. Shift2Rail is looking at what will happen in 2020, in terms of research and innovation.

Michel Jadot, CEO, SNCB Europe, introduced the security issues (terrorism, cybersecurity). Security is crucial subject for railways and the EC, but regulations are not foreseen in the near future. UIC reminded the meeting that there are currently active working groups dealing with security activities; SNCB added that it is important to share tools and solutions.

Marc Guigon thanked the audience and was very pleased about the good collaboration in place between CER and UIC. UIC will to take into account within its working groups all the subjects and issues highlighted during the HLPM.

He reminded the meeting of the forthcoming UIC events (High Speed Training Sessions, Passenger Forum, World High-Speed Congress in Ankara…) and invited the HLPM participants to attend. The meeting ended with a conclusion by Alberto Garcia Alvarez.

CER expressed thanks for the organisation of the HLPM meeting.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC passenger Department:

guigon@uic.org

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1st Forum on UIC Tourism Opportunities for Railways to be held on 20 April 2018 in Barcelona

One week left to benefit from the early bird special rates

The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) entitled “The business of Rail Tourism” will be held in Barcelona during the Tourism Fair B-Travel http://www.b-travel.com/en/ on 20 April with a technical visit to the new Railway Museum of Catalunya on 21 April.

TopRail is a project of the International Union of Railways, UIC, dedicated to the field of Rail Tourism at international level. The approach is very broad encompassing different areas: train-cruises, panoramic trains, railway heritage, etc. http://toprail.org/

After several years of workshops and internal meetings, the TopRail member group has decided to open its activity to the public and get in touch with the rest of the stakeholders interested in the business opportunities derived from rail tourism. That is why in 2018 and with the collaboration, among others, of the Fira de Barcelona, the first TopRail Forum will take place within the framework of the B Travel fair.

TopRail Forum was created with the aim of establishing itself as the international event of reference for Railway Tourism in its broadest sense. The business vision will be very present and is intended to be the meeting point of all the actors involved: from the railway industry (operators, manufacturers) and the tourism industry (tour operators, wholesalers) to international, national and regional policy makers, to the final customer.

In this first edition, the programme will consist of a single intense day of morning and afternoon sessions, complemented by a visit on Saturday to the new Vilanova Railway Museum.

Tourism is an inherent activity of the railway of the future, necessarily linked to its image and the customer experience. Rail tourism is intimately linked to sustainable tourism, regional development and the preservation of heritage, which will be the topics to be discussed in the three panels of the Forum.

The attendees will learn about the latest news in this special type of tourism at global level from the handful of representatives from all parts of the world, such as India, Russia, Japan, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, among others. The event will feature presentations from operators, tour operators and institutions at the highest level willing to share ideas about the future of the different tourism experiences linked to the railway through three round tables. Likewise, there will be appropriate moments to favour networking among the participants. They will also have free access to B Travel Fair and to the technical visit on Saturday.

More information about the programme and online registration is already available at

https://events.uic.org/1st-toprail-forum

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez@uic.org

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Save the date: UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy

www.uicgrfc.org

After a series of successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010), Tangier (2012), Vienna (2014) and Rotterdam (2016), the International Union of Railways (UIC), in partnership with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. (FS), are organising its 6th Edition of the Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy at the Palazzo Ducale.

GRFC is one of the leading and most prestigious events dedicated to rail freight and logistics at world level. After Rotterdam two years ago where the GRFC took place in parallel with the TEN-T Days of the European Commission, the GRFC is moving to Genoa, another historical landmark of modal integration and multimodal development. Not only is Genoa one the key entry points to the busiest European Rail Freight Corridor – Corridor Rhine Alpine – but it is also a key hub offering a natural link between European Rail Freight Corridors, Eurasian Corridors and the New Silk Roads.

The main conference topic, “Modal Integration at the service of Global Distribution” will be addressed by a host of prominent speakers representing the political and economic sectors, international institutions and all actors of the logistics chain, among them railways, ports and shipping lines, multi-modal operators, shippers.

Guest speakers will hold panel discussions on topics such as:

  • Mega trends shaping the future of global logistics
  • The race towards smart mobility
  • Rail Freight Corridor development including the new Silk Roads
  • How digitalisation and blockchain technology are reshaping the business
  • Security of the Logistic Chain
    to name but a few.

Over the two days of the conference, the sessions will propose lively debates, also offering the audience the opportunity to interact with panellists.

As in previous editions, a professional exhibition will run in parallel to the conference.

More information is available on the GRFC website: www.uicgrfc.org

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UIC High Speed Training 2018 Level I to be held from 23 – 27 April 2018 in Paris

Still places available so don’t forget to register now!

As in previous years, the UIC Passenger Department is preparing the 14th Training Session on High Speed Systems which will take place from 23 – 27 April 2018 in Paris.

Around 40 participants are given the opportunity each year to interact with more than 40 high-level speakers during a week-long training session that reviews all of the components of a high-speed rail (HSR) system in detail. The Training on High Speed Rail systems (THSR) is aimed at decision-makers and is held every year, divided into two different stages.

If you are interested in acquiring a comprehensive overview of the high speed system or if you are a manager in a decision-making role in the transport sector in general, and in the railways in particular, the seminar will:

  • Give a global vision on HSR to experts on some particular elements of the system
  • Provide managers with all the information needed to facilitate decision-making on the subject of HSR
  • Definition on path/way to implement a HSR
  • Foster exchange of experience and information about the latest developments in the field

Seminar participants need not have in-depth knowledge of any specific subject relating to high speed systems. Speakers are all experts in the subjects addressed and are drawn mainly from the railways, universities and industry. They represent all the countries and world regions with experience in the field of high speed rail systems.

The registration fee of €1,600 including tax, comprises the training session, working materials, as well as technical visits and lunches. Please contact us for the UIC member special price.

This year, for the very first time, the participants will benefit from a 30% discount in the fees if they decide to join level I (to be held in Paris in April 2018) and level II (to be held in Madrid in December 2018). Notice that both levels are complementary as level I focus on in-depth lectures while level II provides group dynamics and a practical vision of the high speed rail systems.

Consult both programmes here:

https://events.uic.org/IMG/pdf/programme_high_speed_training_lev_1_2_final.pdf

The registration on line is already possible. For further information about the programme please visit:

https://events.uic.org/14th-training-on-high-speed-systems-level-i

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

perez@uic.org

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100th edition of the B126.13 meeting held on 22 February 2018

Mr Marc Antoni, Director of UIC Rail System Department, introduced the 100th edition of the B126.13 meeting and underlined the importance of this Working Group which was one of the key players for the replacement of cast iron brake shoes with composite material.

The creation of this working group took place in the late 1990s when Mr Raison, former chief engineer of the SNCF braking department, was approached by Mr Heinisch, a former member of the board of DB and responsible for research and development within DB with the aim of reducing noise emission caused by freight traffic by 10 dB.

The first meeting of B126.13 was held on 6 and 7 January 1999, following a decision taken by the SC5T in June 1998.

With regard to the longevity of the service life of railway material the objective of this Working group was twofold:

  • Development of a brake block with high friction level to be used on newly-built Rolling Stock in place of the formerly used cast iron brake block (the so-called “K” block)
  • Development of a brake block with a friction coefficient similar to cast iron allowing the replacement of cast iron brake blocks on existing freight wagons

The coefficient of friction of cast iron is not constant but depends on both application force as well as speed. As it was more difficult to develop a brake block with these requirements than a brake block with a constant coefficient of friction, the work in the beginning was dedicated to the development of a “K”-block allowing the design of “quiet” new wagons. This first phase of the project ended in 2003 with the system approval of K blocks. From 2004 onwards new wagons were equipped with composite brake blocks.

To achieve an audible reduction of the rolling noise emitted by wagons a minimum of 75% of the wagons in a train have to be equipped with composite brake blocks. With the slow renewal rate of the freight wagon fleet (useful lifetime of freight wagon is between 30 and 35 years) a reduction of the noise would only become evident after 15-20 years.

This is why after the system approval of the K block the WG continued their efforts on the development for the so-called “LL” blocks with the goal to find a solution to replace cast iron blocks in existing wagons without any other need for modification.
To keep in mind the complexity of the task a few requirements need to be met:

  • Identical braking performance under all operational circumstances (dry, wet, snowfall, long inclines)
  • Thermal protection of wheel in case of brake failure
  • No negative influence on running behaviour (equivalent conicity)
  • Faultless function on track circuits
  • LCC not higher than cast iron with regard to the difficult economic situation of freight transportation on rail

Finally, in 2014 after numerous tests on dynamometers and on tracks on long alpine inclines as well as under arctic (or extreme weather) conditions, the system approval of LL blocks was achieved allowing the 1:1 replacement of cast iron brake blocks in existing rolling stock.

But the work of the WG is not yet over. A number of persistent problems (exchangeability of K-blocks, braking behaviour in winter from low initial speeds in shunting yards, clear definition of threshold between S- and SS-brake) are still awaiting a solution.

Since the beginning the WG has published 42 technical reports and documents and five new editions of Leaflets.

During the meeting six presentations were shown giving an overview over the work during the past 20 years as well as a perspective on future tasks and objectives.

For further information please contact Marc Antoni, Director of the UIC Rail System Department:

antoni@uic.org

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Kick-off meeting of SIA held on 7 March 2018 in Prague

On 7 March 2018 the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded SIA project was held at the GSA (European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency) in Prague in the presence of more than 20 participants representing its eight consortium partners from five European countries.

SIA (System for vehicle-infrastructure Interaction Assets health status monitoring) is a 3.4 million Euro project, led by the Asociación Centro Tecnológico CEIT-IK4 in collaboration with eight other international partners from Spain, France, Germany, Austria and UK. This 36-month project began on 1 March 2018 and includes partners from the railway sector, high-tech information and communication industries and research organisations, namely:

  • Asociación Centro Tecnológico CEIT-IK4
  • Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft – und Raumfahrt EV
  • Ingeniería y Control Electrónico SA
  • Teléfonos Lineas y Centrales SA
  • Vias y construcciones SA
  • ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Nottingham Scientific Ltd

SIA project aims at developing four ready-to-use new services (iWheelMon, iRailMon, iPantMon and iCatMon) to provide prognostic information about the health status of the railway’s most demanding assets in terms of maintenance costs (wheel, rail, pantograph and catenary).

Mr Daniel Lopour, officer of GSA responsible for the SIA project, gave the welcome address, explaining the relevance of the use of new EGNSS technologies (based on Galileo and EGNOS) for non-safety related applications in the railway domain, such as asset management.

Mr Unai Alvarado, coordinator of the project, presented the project’s context and its main objectives, addressing the importance of having potential end-users of the systems to be developed within the consortium.

The project challenges will concern the exploitation of the new EGNSS services to leverage a more accurate and reliable positioning of trains and assets in four new end-to-end services. These services will optimise the maintenance operations of a wide range of potential customers, such as Infrastructure Managers (IMs), Train Operating Companies (TCOs), Integrated Operators (IOs) and Maintenance Subcontractors (MSs).

SIA claims to reduce the maintenance costs related to the most critical assets in the railway domain by 15%, reducing the service unavailability due to maintenance-related non-planned actions by 10%, while reducing by 15% the risk of derailments associated with broken rails.

This project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement 776402.

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, Senior Advisor, Project dissemination:

hassoun@uic.org

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UIC encourages its Members to apply for the 2018 Momentum for Change Awards!

Winners Will Be Celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland in December

Organizations, cities, industries, governments, and other key players that are taking the lead on tackling climate change can nominate their game-changing projects for a United Nations Award starting today.

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat opened the call for applications for the 2018 Momentum for Change Awards from now until 30 April to showcase action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Selected initiatives, called ’Lighthouse Activities,’ shine a light on innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The winning activities will be recognized and celebrated during a series of special events in December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP 24).

The 2018 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities will recognize climate action that is already achieving real results in four categories:

1. Women for Results recognizes the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change, implemented in collaboration with Masdar’s WiSER initiative.

2. Financing for Climate Friendly Investment recognizes successful financial innovations for climate adaptation and mitigation, implemented in partnership with the World Economic Forum Global Project on Climate Change.

3. Planetary Health recognizes novel solutions that balance the need for both human health and a healthy planet, implemented with support by The Rockefeller Foundation.

4. Climate Neutral Now recognizes efforts by individuals, companies and governments that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality, implemented with the secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative.

The Momentum for Change Advisory Panel, made up of senior experts from various fields and countries, will select the 2018 Lighthouse Activities.

Help Spread the Word

Help us find the world’s best climate solutions by sharing our call for applications. High-resolution images, social media posts, and webcards are available for download at our Trello Board.

Questions? Feel free to contact us at momentum@unfccc.int

How to apply

Who can apply?
Organizations, cities, businesses, governments and other key players that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2018 Lighthouse Activity.

Why should you apply?
If your project is selected, you’ll receive a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Attendance to the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland (COP 24)
  • Access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference
  • Public recognition by the UN Climate Change
  • Public relations support and media training
  • Digital assets such as professional photos and videos
  • A dedicated page about your project on our website

How to apply?
To start a new application, you’ll need to first register in our application portal. It will take at least an hour to complete an application but you can save your progress at any time and work on it at your convenience. Completed applications must be submitted by 30 April 2018.

Applications for the 2018 Momentum for Change Awards are being accepted from 22 February until 30 April 2018 at: https://momentum.unfccc.int

For further information please contact:

https://momentum.unfccc.int

UIC contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC Middle-East Region:

philippe@uic.org

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Let’s join the learning session on Mobility 3.0 given by Mines Telecom

The French higher education institution Mines Telecom has just updated its Mobility 3.0 MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) dedicated to the different aspects of intelligent transport systems, featuring video interviews with heads of transport operators, manufacturers of autonomous shuttles, companies offering ticketing solutions, an account of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on-board information systems and start-ups, etc.

This is the last time that this MOOC will be in French, as Mines Telecom is intending to develop a new version in English in the very near future.

The MOOC is available free of charge here:
https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/course-v1:MinesTelecom+04015+session03/about

Autonomous shuttles have been trialled just recently in a number of French cities. The rapid evolution of technology has made the purchase of tickets possible with a smartphone or a connected object. Whole swathes of society have started using car-sharing schemes – this isn’t just another development in transport: mobility itself is undergoing the 3.0 revolution! Well aware of this upheaval, France’s leading experts have worked together on this MOOC entitled “Challenges and issues of Mobility 3.0” with the support of Telecom Evolution.

This free online course was launched on 12 March. Mobility professionals, public and private transport operators, infrastructure managers of roads, motorways, railways, vehicle manufacturers, land planners: do you wish to understand and anticipate rather than passively accept? By following this online MOOC on FUN, you will have a chance to understand the key factors of the current revolution. You will master the fundamentals of intelligent transport systems. You will be capable of taking decisions in the light of these latest developments in mobile ticketing and automation of public transport.

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United States: California High-Speed Rail continues important geotechnical explorations in Santa Clara County

As part of the effort to advance the Silicon Valley to Central Valley Line of California’s high-speed rail program, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), along with its geotechnical consultants Kleinfelder, Inc., and Fugro Consultants, have been conducting geotechnical explorations in the City of San Jose and Santa Clara County starting in January and continuing into the spring.

This work – which will result in over 60 test locations – is a continuation of the work that began in 2016 in the Pacheco Pass along State Route 152 that will assist the Authority in determining geological and hydrological conditions near locations close to the proposed alignments in the San Jose to Merced project section. A final alignment alternative through this area has not yet been selected, and will be done so through a public environmental review process.

Unique to this work, Fugro crews performed geophysical surveys to measure surface wave velocity, also known as Rayleigh Waves, at three locations in the project corridor. Rayleigh Waves are track and ballast movement resulting from train-induced vibrations. The track ballast forms the bed upon which the train rails are laid.

These tests will help in determining if the ground and embankment could be subjected to these Waves and whether the ground is strong enough to avoid the Raleigh Wave phenomenon.

(Source: CHSRA)

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on Renfe, member of the UIC Europe Region

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Iran: North-South Corridor is vital for Iran’s rail transport development

The CEO of the Iranian Railways (RAI) called for faster completion of the North-South Corridor as a vital element for the development of rail transport between Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.

“Completion of the North-South Corridor leads to the development of rail transport between Iran, the Republic of Azerbaijan and Russia”, said Saeid Mohammad Zadeh, CEO of RAI during his meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart in Baku.

The Deputy of the Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister also stressed the significance of this corridor as a vital element in increasing the transport volume between the three mentioned states.

He assessed the process of constructing the Astara Freight Terminal and Astara-Astara railway line which are under construction through cooperation with Azerbaijan, with the Azeri rail officials.

Mohammad Zadeh certified that the Azeri side has committed to the completion of the North-South Corridor.

Javeed Ghorbanov the CEO of Azerbaijan Railways, also stressed the Azeri side’s commitment to complete the North-South Corridor in this meeting and said: the agreement for construction and operating the Astara Freight Terminal between Iran and Azerbaijan has been signed and the Azeri side is allowed to rent the Astara-Astara railway line for 15 years and the freight terminal for 25 years from Iran.
It has to be mentioned that the Astara-Astara railway line is scheduled to be inaugurated between the two states before long.

According to the rail officials of Iran and Azerbaijan, North-South Corridor will link the three states of Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia to Scandinavia.

(Source: Iranian Railways)

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Latvia: LDz submits the electrification project to CFCA

On 28 February, Latvian Railways (LDz) submitted to the Central Finance and Contracting Agency the updated major railway infrastructure project “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network”.

On 5 December 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers took note of the information report provided by the Ministry of Transport “On the progress of preparation of the major project “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network” and the project implementation solutions”, which intends to implement Phase 1 of the Project (Daugavpils – Krustpils; Rēzekne – Krustpils – Riga) according to the planned scope and direction, but without affecting the State budget. The project implementation is intended to use resources of the European Union Cohesion Fund as well as LDz funding.

LDz was able to achieve this solution because it managed to reduce the total cost of Phase 1 of the Project from EUR 519 million to EUR 441 million, due to the technological development, allowing the company to attract the necessary co-financing on its own, without any involvement of the State. Negotiations about this are underway with the European Investment Bank.

The Project Application was updated in accordance with the new technical solutions and changes in the funding volume, without changing the Project outcome and results. This included updating of the cost-benefit analysis of the Project and coordinating the necessary documents with experts of the European Commission (JASPERS).

Implementation of the major project “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network” is to take place within the scope of the specific support objective 6.2.1 “To ensure a competitive and environmentally-friendly TEN-T railway network, promoting its safety, quality and capacity”, which provides for the available Cohesion Fund resources in the amount of EUR 347 million for the implementation of Phase 1 of the Project in the event of approval of the Project Application by the European Commission.

SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš is a public railway infrastructure manager and the Latvian Railways Group holding company. The group includes six subsidiaries: AS LatRailNet, which determines infrastructure charges and distributes railway infrastructure capacity; SIA LDZ CARGO, which provides rail freight and international passenger transport services; SIA LDZ infrastruktūra – an infrastructure construction and maintenance company; SIA LDZ ritošā sastāva serviss – a rolling stock repair and maintenance company; SIA LDZ apsardze – a security company; and SIA LDZ Loģistika – a logistics company.

(Source: LDz)

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10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held from 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey

The 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail, jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, and Turkish State Railways TCDD together with CMS Project, will take place from 8 – 11 May 2018 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

To register please visit the dedicated conference webiste:

http://www.uic-highspeed2018.com

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

guigon@uic.org

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 16-19 October 2018 14th UIC World Security Congress: Crisis management and resilience BLED, SLOVENIA
  • 18-19 October 2018 RSF Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 18-20 October 2018 Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop Bristol, UK
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Prague, CZ (SZDC)
  • 24 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 5 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90940 - Project SFERA: Communication with DAS UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group Rome
  • 6 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90930 - Traction Energy Settlment and Data Exchange UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 TopRail Meeting - Preparation of the forum Rome
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
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  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
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  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
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