Cooperation Reporting

UIC Rail System Department and Standardisation Unit: Cooperation within the APRA Region

UIC attends and assists ERA/OSJD Contact Group

ERA and OSJD & UIC experts attended the ERA/OSJD Contact group meeting held from 13 – 15 March 2018 in Lille

On behalf of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, the UIC delegation expressed assurance in the strategical visions of the organisations to be shared and coordinated within the areas of international standardisation and certification.

The meeting adopted the following agenda:

  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Noise”.
  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for passenger service (TAP)”.
  • Exchange of practical experience for the purpose of coordinating measures to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border.

When discussing the topic "Analysis of the parameters of the Noise subsystem”, the meeting participants addressed version 4 of the document presented by ERA, considered the technical information presented by the Russian Federation and agreed on a number of additions to Appendix 2 of version 5 of the document.

The meeting asked the delegations of the ERA/OSJD Contact Group to supplement, if necessary, the list of documents used in their countries regarding individually taken basic parameter of the “Noise” subsystem including requirements for maximum permissible values for noise and methods for it to be measured.

Experts of the Russian Federation are to summarise provisions of the GOST standards regarding permissible noise limits, noise measurement distance values from the track axis, noise speed measurement ranges, formulas applied for harmonising the results for noise measurements, dynamic properties of measuring track and wear of the wheels’ test for noise regarding each separately taken basic parameter of the subsystem “Noise”.
ERA is going to provide the ERA/OSJD Contact Group with an updated version 5 of the document at the next meeting from 15 – 17 May 2018 in Warsaw.

During the meeting participants addressed an additional piece of information from the delegations of Moldova and the Republic of Kazakhstan as well as preliminary ERA proposals for inferable conclusions on some points of the document “Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem Telematics Applications for Passenger Transport (TAP)”. Additional information has been agreed and included in the 11th version of the document. A more detailed discussion is going to be conducted at the 47th meeting of ERA/OSJD Contact Group on 15 – 17 May 2018 in Warsaw.

Additional information is going to be provided to ERA on the following points for the 11th version of the TAP document to be released:

  • By the delegation of the Republic of Moldova - with a request for clarification of materials on items and;
  • By the delegation of Georgia - requesting information on items and;
  • By the delegation of Ukraine - with a request for clarification on item;
  • By the delegations of the member countries of the ERA/OSJD Contact Group using the Express-3 system - with the request to complete the information on items 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.9 and 4.2.11;
  • By all delegations of the member countries of the ERA/OSJD Contact Group, who previously provided information on the TAP subsystem, with the request to supplement, as necessary, the remaining items.

ERA will analyse the information received and is going to release an updated 11th version of the TAP document by 30 April 2018.

Technical Regulation and Standardisation

Following the meeting agenda, experts exchanged on practical experience with a view to coordination measures aimed to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border:

  • "Updating information on the implementation process of the EU 4th Railway Package” – presented by ERA;
  • “Temporary Working Group on Vocational Training / Education in Rail Transport” – presented by Ukraine;
  • “Normative requirements for railway specialists” – presented by Latvia;
  • “Issues of Competences’ Management of railway personnel within EU” – presented by ERA.

The meeting took note of “Conference on Vocational Training/Education in Railway Transport” to be held under auspices of OSJD on 22 – 23 October 2018 in Russian Federation.

The representative of DG MOVE, Mrs Cornelia Vasauskaite, called for a deeper study of EU experience to be promoted to OSJD bodies in charge of vocational training / education in rail transport to be carried out in cooperation with ERA and other interested parties.

Within the framework of the discussion on the railway terminology glossary UIC representative, Mr Vytautas Kinderis, invited the meeting’s participants to test the RaiLexic tool (dictionary) developed by UIC and which is available on its website.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, Standardisation and East/West Relations Coordinator:

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East-West Relations: Cooperation and Standardisation – UIC shares its experience

UIC HQ and Lithuanian Railways leadership meeting

On behalf of Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, the UIC HQ delegation and Mr Mantas Bartuska, Director General of Lithuanian Railways (LG - Lietuvos Geležinkeliai), exchanged views on current issues and specific challenges to be met by the Lithuanian rail network. The meeting’s participants also analysed UIC’s experience to be shared with LG for its network’s specific situation to be supported by the available UIC tools. The meeting was held on 19 March 2018 in Vilnius in the frame of the UIC and OSJD expert meetings on IT & Coding hosted by LG on 20-23 March 2018 in Vilnius.

Mr Bartuska was introduced along with UIC’s ongoing activities within the area of international standardisation and certification to be applied in the development of international corridors and transportation.

UIC shares experience

During discussion the participants pointed out some specific topics linked to the international dimension of standardisation and certification.
In the railway field, standardisation and certification are some of the main tools to consolidate the achievements obtained, to allow for development and dissemination and, thus, it constitutes a key asset in the hands of the regulatory bodies and various railway companies.

For many years UIC, thanks to its associative nature, has undertaken a path to enhance its natural vocation of the Standards Setting Organisation (SSO) in respect of its traditions and of the heritage of railway knowledge accumulated in more than 90 years of history.

In this line, UIC has introduced the International Railway Standardised Technical Solutions (IRS), which naturally constitute voluntary tools of credibility between interfaces [industry – railway companies – customers], that allow UIC Members [railways companies] to pool specifications and processes among different users, to define the basic functions, interfaces and performances of railway systems and to assist stakeholders in their implementation, application and management.
Those tools, subject to be applied by certification processes, must prevent components of inadequately quality or “marketing lock-in strategy” to be supplied to railway networks and, thus, to provide UIC Members with enhanced safety, interoperability and increased cost-benefit efficiency.

EU cross-border countries: more opportunities mean more challenges with safety first

Since 2005 Baltic States rail networks have been legally part of the EU-1435 regulatory area but still remain technically integrated in the OSJD-1520 rail network. According to Mr Bartuska, LG needs to keep the legal interoperability with the EU network while maintaining the existing technical compatibility with OSJD-1520. The implementation of Rail Baltic project financed by EU funds results in a dual rail system to be operated within the Baltic States territories. It will require a dual system of technical requirements for hard rail components (infrastructure and rolling stock subsystems) and dual professional requirements for soft components (human resources). The meeting’s participants agreed that staff vocational training is of the highest priority which ensures the network’s safety.

Following Mr Bartuska’s request, UIC is the only platform which is supposed to develop and propose the special professional training programmes for the staff of railway companies (UIC Members) operating both 1520 & 1435 systems in order to meet the safety and interoperability requirements. “The operation of a dual 1520/1435 system may provide many new business opportunities and benefits but at the same time requires specific challenges to be met and safety is the first one”, concluded Mr Bartuska.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, Standardisation & East/West Relations

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UIC Rail TopoModel Project and Standardisation Unit: Cooperation within the APRA Region

UIC/SSZD video-conference on BIM-technologies

On 4 April 2018, a video-conference was held by representatives of UIC and the Union of Railway Constructors (SSZD). The topic of discussion was the interaction between SSZD and UIC in the framework of initiatives and projects on BIM-technologies to be introduced within railway transport infrastructure.

From UIC the video-conference was attended by Mr Airy Magnien, Head of Data, Statistics and Economics, Mr Alain Jeanmaire, SNCF Deputy Head of the Digital Continuity Department, Mr Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations, and Ms Irina Petrunina, UIC Advisor for CIS countries and APRA international organisations.

From SSZD the video-conference was attended by Mr Alexey Stepanenko, Vice-President of the Union of Railway Constructors, Mr Vasily Kupriyanovsky, Deputy Head of the National Centre for Digital Economy of Moscow State University, Mr Alexander Alkhimovich, Deputy Chief Engineer, Head of the Technical and Technological Development Service of Roszheldorproekt, which is part of the 1520 Group of Companies, and Mr Dmitry Chilin, Head of the Zheldorenergo Energy Support Centre, which is a subsidiary of Roszheldorproekt.

UIC and SSZD commitments in line with the digital progress of the international railway community

The participants of the video-conference discussed the possibilities, priorities and directions of cooperation between the two organisations within the framework of the Memorandum between the UIC and SSZD on the projects of implementing BIM-technologies on railway transport infrastructure. The issues of development and application of standards to be related to various stages of the life cycle of railway facilities were also touched upon: design, construction, operation. As a result of the video-conference, it was decided that the SSZD experts would participate in the UIC Rail TopoModel Project and the general principles of experts’ interaction towards BIM-direction were defined.

The Memorandum of Cooperation between the Union of Railway Constructors and UIC was signed in September 2016. UIC was founded in 1922 as an association of railway companies created to unify and improve technical facilities and organise an efficient operation of railways. UIC remains the one of the most suitable and potent platforms for the cooperation of international railway business and for the fundamental principle of technological neutrality (as an antidote against the industrial “lock-in technological strategy”) to be promoted and developed in the interests of UIC Members.

Mr Genady Talashkin, SSZD President and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General were informed about the results achieved during the video-conference and confirmed commitments to be adhered to by both organisations with regard to digital progress in the international railway community.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

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

UIC marks 100th meeting on reducing railway noise through the development of composite brake blocks

Since the creation in the late 1990s of a working group dedicated to the issue of reducing railway noise caused by freight traffic, UIC has played a key role in the work to replace cast iron brake blocks with composite material.

On 22 February 2018 the group held its 100th meeting, which highlights the importance of the subject and the work conducted over the last 20 years.

The first meeting of B126.13 was held on 6 and 7 January 1999, following a decision taken by SC5T (the sub-committee 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 coefficient of friction 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 – 35 years) noise reduction would only become evident after 15 – 20 years.

This is why after the system approval of the K block the WG (different working groups) 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 change.

To bear 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 conditions, the system approval of LL blocks was achieved allowing the 1:1 replacement of cast iron brake blocks in existing rolling stock.

However, 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 its creation the WG has published 42 technical reports and documents and five new editions of Leaflets.

For further information please contact Sophie Serodon:

Or Estelle Dos Santos:

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SAFER-LC: Second workshop held on 27 March 2018 at UIC HQ

Reminder: SAFER-LC project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723205. It is led by UIC and will last 36 months. It aims to improve safety and minimise risk by developing a fully-integrated cross-modal set of innovative solutions and tools for the proactive management and design of level-crossing infrastructure.

Around 40 road and rail safety experts from 13 countries attended this second SAFER-LC held on 27 March 2018 at UIC, the project coordinator.

The workshop was organised around two sessions: the morning session focusing on “Human centred safety measures” led by DLR and the afternoon session on “Cost Benefit analysis” led by IFSTTAR.

Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Director of Fundamental Values, opened the day and welcomed the participants. Then Marie-Hélène Bonneau, coordinator of the project, gave an overview of the SAFER-LC project followed by Sarah Walley from FFE who presented the first results of WP2 on “human factors at LC and design for self-explaining and forgiving infrastructure”. More than two hours were then dedicated to a brainstorming session organized by Annika Dressler and Jan Grippenkoven from DLR on innovative human centred measures: six groups were arranged to think about three types of level crossing (full barrier, half barrier and/or flashing light, and passive) with different scenarios: motorised users (car drivers, motorcyclists, truck drivers) and vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists, disabled persons. Each of the groups composed of six to seven experts generated and documented around 20 ideas to enhance safety. The collected ideas were afterwards evaluated by another group on three criteria: how effective, how low cost and how innovative.

The afternoon session started with Reginald R. Souleyrette from the University of Kentucky in the US. He explained the ongoing work related to level crossing safety within the National University Rail (NURail) Centre which is a consortium of seven partner colleges and universities. He presented a study on In-Vehicle Alerts (how best to warn drivers), another one on Integration of Driver Simulator and Naturalistic Driving Study Data as well as projects on risk analysis and evaluation of solution related to infrastructure.

This presentation was followed by a brainstorming session on cost-benefit analysis (CBA) animated by Mohamed Ghazel and El-Miloudi El Koursi from IFSTTAR. Work Package 5 dedicated to CBA and final recommendations was presented by El-Miloudi El Koursi as well as lessons learnt from past projects (RESTRAIL, SELCAT) on CBA.
Then, 10 questions were presented, discussed and answered by the participants on various components of the CBA such as values of life, accident cost (property damage), values of delays, LC data, factors to determine risky LC, cost of measures, effects of accidents which usually are not monetarised accidents, social analysis and ethical issues.

Thanks to the active participation and contributions from the attendees, the day was very fruitful with a lot of ideas produced and evaluated on how to make level crossings safer. The results will be useful for the next deliverables to be published on human factors centred on low cost measures and on CBA.

At this stage, four deliverables are available on the SAFER-LC website at

  • Analysis of level crossing safety in Europe and beyond (D1.1 – FFE)
  • Level crossing accidents and factors behind them (D1.2 – VTT)
  • Needs and requirements for improving level crossing safety (D1.3 – UIC)
  • State of the art of LC safety analysis: identification of key safety indicators concerning human errors and violation (D2.1 – FFE)

SAVE THE DATE: The next event will be the mid-term conference to be held on 10 October 2018 in Madrid at FFE HQ.

All the presentations given during the day are available at

For further information on the SAFER-LC project please contact Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

Or consult the dedicated website:

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KORAIL Tourism Development Team welcomed at UIC headquarters in Paris on 5 April 2018

UIC was very pleased to welcome the KORAIL Tourism Development Team, which is one of the interrelated companies of KORAIL in South Korea, at its headquarters in Paris on 5 April.

KORAIL Tourism Development is a culture and leisure company which consists of five business units including Tour and Leisure business, MICE (Meeting, Incentive tour, Convention, Exhibition), Theme Park business, Crew (SM) business, etc.

The delegation was led by Mr Han Junhee, Director of the train crew, Head of KTX-high speed trains and many kinds of tourist train onboard services as well in South Korea.
The delegation from KORAIL Tourism Development was welcomed at UIC by the Passenger Department. This meeting provided an opportunity for a comprehensive overview of projects and cooperation activities currently coordinated by UIC.

Due to their activity, they were especially interested in the TopRail (Tourist Opportunities for Railways) project activity, whose new events (1st TopRail Forum and the book “Around the world in 80 Tourist Trains”) were explained by its UIC project manager Vanessa Perez.

KORAIL is one of TopRail’s members and has collaborated over the last two years in the creation of the TopRail website ( and the TopRail Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism last year. The KORAIL CEO was also one of the initial signatories of the UIC TopRail Charter on Sustainable Rail Tourism.

For further information please contact Juhyung Lee, Senior Advior:

Vanessa Perez, Advisor for the Passenger Department:

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1st UIC Forum on Tourism Opportunities for Railways – 10 days to go!

The 1st UIC TopRail Forum, jointly organised by UIC and FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) under the theme “The Business of Rail Tourism”, will be held at the Fira de Barcelona congress centre within the framework of the B-Travel Fair

TopRail is a project of UIC dedicated to the field of Rail&Tourism at international level. It intends to put together all the stakeholders in order to raise awareness of this market potential and contribute to the growth of existing and new tourist offers. The approach is very broad encompassing different areas: train-cruises, panoramic trains, railway heritage, etc.

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

Welcome and opening delivered by:

  • Pere Calvet, CEO of FGC and President of UITP
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General

Presentations by the following guest speakers, among others:

  • Peter Haxton, Policy Analyst, Regional Development and Tourism Division, OECD
  • Tim Fairhurst, Director of Policy, ETOA
  • Supinder Singh, President, Palace Tours
  • Jordi Tresserras, Director, LABPATC, Barcelona University and Advisor for UNESCO
  • Urs Wieser, Sales Manager, Stadler Rail
  • Fares Ben Cheikh, Head of the Business Unit for Mainline Services, SNCFT

With the collaboration of our partners and sponsors:

Renfe; Stadler; OECD; ETOA; OBB; Rodalies; Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles

With the participation of:

  • Orient Express
  • Belmond
  • Mauro Moretti, former CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and current Chair of Fondazione FS, among others


Register online until 16 April:

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

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

Don’t forget to register!

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:

Registration is available online until 18 April:

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

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Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop to be held from 7 – 8 June in Madrid and from 18 – 19 October in Bristol

At the initiation of the PoSE-Group, UIC is organising a Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop at the Fundación de los Ferrocariles Españoles (FFE) in Madrid from the afternoon of 7 June to the morning of 8 June 2018.

The final programme, a map of how to get to FFE, a list of hotels in Madrid and the registration form can be found at:

Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges

Railways in Europe possess more than 200,000 masonry arch bridges and culverts on their lines which represent almost 50% of their total bridge stock with an inestimable asset value.
Many of them have reached the end of their theoretical service lives when judged against current codes.
The replacement of these old structures is experiencing difficulties due to economic reasons and the fact that many of them belong to the civil engineering heritage of the railways.
Good solutions are therefore needed in optimised management and maintenance strategies and better assessing of the bridge stock.

UIC has conducted the Masonry Arch Bridges project to respond to these requirements. The principal objective of the workshop is to present the results, i.e.:

  • Development of an assessment framework that enables bridge owners to determine the safe working load and residual life of Masonry Arch Bridges;
  • Development of tools for a predictive Life Cycle Management and Maintenance Planning of Masonry Arch Bridges;
  • Best practices, case studies and new developments regarding maintenance and repair of Masonry Arch Bridges.

The results of the project are of interest to railway infrastructure owners, asset managers, bridge engineers responsible for the inspection, assessment or repair of masonry arch bridges as well as for contractors involved in masonry arch bridge projects.
This workshop will be free for UIC members and will cost 200€ for non UIC members.
If you are unable to attend this first workshop, there will be a second one in Bristol from 17 – 18 October 2018.


Dr Adrienn Tomor University of West of England, UK, Senior Lecturer
Dr Jose Martín-Caro INES Consultores, Spain, General Director, Chief Engineer
Dr Paul Fanning University College Dublin, Ireland, Associate Professor
Prof M Gilbert Univ. of Sheffield, UK, Full Professor
Prof W. Harvey Bill Harvey Associates, UK, Full Professor
Dr Zoltan Orban University of Pécs, Hungary, Associate Professor

Schedule of the workshop:

7 June: 13.30-18.30
13.30 – 14.00: Welcome and introduction
14.00 – 14.30: General information on the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges project
14.30 – 15.30: Behaviour, inspection and assessment of masonry arch bridges
15.45 – 17.00: Inspection and testing for assessment
17.00 – 18.30: Analysis tools for assessment

8 June: 08.30 – 13.30
08.30 – 10.30: Serviceability, permissible load, life expectancy
10.45 – 11.30: Maintenance and repair
11.30 – 13.30: Case studies, new developments and discussions

Link to the full programme:

Please feel free to contact Christine Hassoun for further information at

Or register at:

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Bengt Sterner, “founding father” of ETCS and former chairman of the UIC signalling sub-committee, has passed away

It is with great sadness that UIC learned of the passing on 27 March of Bengt Sterner, “founding father” of ETCS and former Chairman of the UIC Signalling Sub-Committee 7A.

Bengt Sterner, one of the chief architects of the electronic train control system ETCS, was active in the introduction of the first electronic interlocking system in Sweden at the end of the 1970s. He also took part in the development of the Nordic automatic train protection system now used in Sweden and Norway in 1974.

At the beginning of the 1990s he moved to the European Railway Research Institute (ERRI) in Utrecht to chair the A200 group in charge of the development of ETCS System Requirement Specifications. He was responsible for inventing major principles of ETCS that were finalised in 1997. In parallel he was involved in the A201 project to harmonise interlocking systems, before he retired in 1999.

In 2009, Bengt Sterner was presented the European Railway Award in the category for technical achievements by then UNIFE Chairman Hans-Jörg Grundmann. In his address, Mr Grundmann said:

Bengt Sterner can truly be called a founding father of ERTMS and the railway industry, rail operators and infrastructure managers are extremely proud to recognise his achievements with the European Railway Award 2009.

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3rd Training on Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) to be held from 28 – 30 May 2018 in Warsaw

The 3rd Training on Commuter and Regional Train Services will take place from 28 – 30 May 2018 in Warsaw.

After the success of the first and the second edition, the third Training on Commuter and Regional Train Services, jointly organised by UIC and PKP, will take place in Poland.

The aim of the training programme will be to examine all the constituent elements, as well as the different types of Commuter and Regional Train System (CRTS) around the world and to measure their impact impartially and objectively from political, social and economic standpoints.

The three-day training programme will revise the main aspects of this kind of service:

  • Main principles of the Commuter and Regional Train Systems around the world
  • Stations and railway infrastructure
  • Legal framework
  • Financing
  • Safety, Security and Customer Communication
  • Ticketing
  • Rolling Stock

This training will allow the participants to meet and exchange experiences with other participants from different areas of the world and to attend lectures from representatives of railway companies, the supply industry, university, international organisations and public authorities.

Do not forget to register!

Secure your place by registering online on the link below, where you will also find the programme and practical information on the venue.

Please visit the link:

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

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News from UIC members

Romania: Mr Leon Bărbulescu is appointed General Director of CFR Călători

On 21 March 2018, the Administration Board appointed Mr Leon Bărbulescu as General Director of CFR Călători, the Romanian state-owned passenger railway transport company.

Mr Leon Bărbulescu, who has a diploma in engineering and a 36-year career in the railway field, has replaced Mr Iosif Szentes, who is currently International Affairs Director at CFR Călători.

The previous position held by Mr Leon Bărbulescu was Director of Projects and Contracts at S.C. Electrification CFR S.A. In addition, from 1996 – 2013 he held various management positions within CFR Călători, and between 2013 – 2014 he held the position of Director for European Projects, Deputy General Director for European Projects and Director for Procurement and Contracts at CNCF “CFR” S.A., the Romanian railway infrastructure manager.

(Source: CFR)

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News from UIC members

Czech Republic: Mr Jiří Svoboda appointed new Director General of SŽDC

On 22 March 2018, the Administration Board of Správa železniční dopravní cesty (Railway Infrastructure Administration - SŽDC) appointed Mr Jiří Svoboda Director General of this state organisation.

Mr Jiří Svoboda was born in 1970. After graduating from the High Technical School in Česká Třebová he started working at Československé státní dráhy (Czechoslovak State Railways) as a train dispatcher. Since 1997 he has been working in various managing positions of České dráhy (Czech Railways), at regional working places (Česká Třebová, Pardubice) and then at General Headquarters in Prague. He held managing positions at SŽDC as well: in November 2011 he became Director of the Purchase and Public Tender Section; in July 2016 he was appointed Deputy Director General for Rail Operability.

The Administration Board chose Mr Jiří Svoboda based on his high expertise and long-term experience in the field of railway transport. According to his own statement, Mr Svoboda intends in his new position to concentrate among other issues on the modernisation of regional railway lines, railway station buildings and a thorough scrutiny of current IT systems.

(Source: SŽDC)

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News from UIC members

Turkey: Superstructure works started on brand new Yerköy (Yozgat) - Sivas High Speed Line section in Turkey

Turkey, which started to embrace railways as a state policy in 2003 and has invested around $14.5 billion in railways so far, started high speed train operations in 2009.

Since then, 38 million passengers have been transported with high speed trains on Ankara-Eskişehir-İstanbul, İstanbul – Konya and Ankara – Konya high speed lines in Turkey.

Today, around 12,600 km of rail network is being operated in Turkey and 1213 km of this total network is High Speed Lines. By 2023, Turkey aims to expand its total rail network and increase it to 25,000 km, 3500 km of which will be High Speed Lines and around 10,000 km of which will be Rapid Lines (to be operated between 160-200 km/h).

As one of the legs of this rail-network-expanding plan, track laying was started on the Yerköy-Sivas section of the Ankara-Sivas High Speed line after the infrastructure work was finished. The Ankara-Sivas HSL is the one connecting Istanbul and Ankara, the prospective hub for HSLs in Turkey, to the east. The line is also on the main line of the Iron Silk road stretching to Asian countries in the east.

The Ankara-Sivas Line is 405 km in total and will be double track, signalled, electrified and operate at line speeds of 250 km/h. The superstructure works on the Yerköy-Sivas Section, one of the two sections on this line, started with the first-track laying on 25 March 2018.

The line includes 49 tunnels (66.2 km long in total), 52 viaducts (28 km), 216 over and underpasses. The longest tunnel on this line will be 5,120 m and longest viaduct will be 2,216 m long.

100 million m³ excavation and 25 million m³ embankment have been carried out so far on this line.

The line will use ERTMS/ETCS Level 1 and Level 2 when operated.

The line, which is around 86% complete, is expected to be finished at the end of this year or at the beginning of next year and will enter operation in 2019.

When the line is completed and integrated into the existing high-speed lines in Turkey, the travel time between Yozgat and Ankara will be one hour and Sivas to Ankara will be two hours. It will take approximately four and a half hours from Yozgat and five and half hours from Sivas to Istanbul.

Besides Istanbul, the passengers will also have the possibility to travel to Konya city in the south and in the near future to İzmir city using the HSLs.

(Source: TCDD)

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News from UIC members

United Kingdom: Eurostar’s first commercial service sets off to Amsterdam

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service connecting the UK with mainland Europe, officially launches its new service direct from London to Rotterdam and Amsterdam today, with the first customers departing from St. Pancras International at 08.31 this morning.

The arrival of Eurostar’s new service marks a step change in the expansion of international high-speed rail, transforming the connection between London and the Netherlands. For the first time, passengers can travel from the heart of London direct to Rotterdam in 3h01 and Amsterdam in 3h41, at a speed of 300kph.

Offering highly competitive fares from £35 one-way, the new route provides travellers with a fast, comfortable, environmentally friendly alternative to the airlines. With a high speed rail journey from London to Amsterdam emitting 80% less carbon per passenger than the equivalent flight, Eurostar’s new service reinforces high speed rail as the most environmentally responsible choice for European short haul travel.

Mike Cooper, Chief Executive, Eurostar, said: “The departure of our first commercial service to Amsterdam represents a historic milestone for Eurostar and the growth of international high speed rail. With the Netherlands becoming increasingly popular as a business and tourism destination, the potential for our new route is significant and we look forward to offering our customers a fast, seamless connection between these key European cities.”

Eurostar’s state-of-the-art fleet of e320 trains, which are proving very popular with customers, will operate on the London-Amsterdam route. With a bold design, chic interiors as well as wifi connectivity and 300 hours of onboard entertainment streamed to customers’ personal devices, the new trains provide an unprecedented level of style and comfort.

Introducing Eurostar’s new destinations

The introduction of the new direct service to the Netherlands opens up a wealth of travel opportunities and experiences, cementing the link between the UK and mainland Europe.

With its iconic canals and picturesque old town, its enviable collection of world-class art, an array of boutiques and restaurants, as well as an extensive calendar of concerts and festivals, Amsterdam is perfect choice for a weekend getaway.

Renowned for its futuristic design, Rotterdam is fast becoming the centre for architectural innovation. Featuring a modern skyline, the city is home to a range of contemporary buildings an exciting international food scene. With pop-up bars, floating restaurants, and an expanding food market hall, Rotterdam is an exciting new destination for foodies.

(Source: Eurostar)

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News from UIC members

Kazakhstan: First container train operates between Altynkol station on the route between Lodz and Chengdu

A container train was operated for the first time between Altynkol station on the Kazakhstan border on the route from Lodz (Poland) - Chandu (China).

The train composed of 41 forty-foot containers, which passed through Altynkol station, was processed at the Dry Port of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gate”.

“A container train will make regular trips from Poland to China will travel regularly through the Kazakhstan station of Altynkol from Poland to China,” said A. Karimov, Director of the Container Transportation Department of KTZ Express JSC, and explained that “the redirection of cargo flows from the interstate point of the Dostyk-Alashankou crossing to Altynkol-Khorgos increases the processing speed of trains coming from a narrow railway track (1435 mm) to a wide gauge (1520 mm), including customs clearance.”

According to A. Karimov, the entire infrastructure of the Dry Port of the SEZ “Khorgos - Eastern Gate” and Altynkol station are ready to handle a large cargo flow in the direction of China-Europe-China.

The development of international cargo flows through the SEZ “Khorgos-Eastern Gate” and the availability of competitive transport products will contribute to the expansion of the geography of transportation along international transport corridors passing through Kazakhstan.

In 2017, 201 thousand TEU were transported through Kazakhstan by the direction of China-Europe-China. In 2018 this figure is expected to reach 346 thousand TEU.

(Source: KTZ)

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Today we are putting the spotlight on Lithuanian Railways (LG), member of the UIC Europe Region

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Passive or active device normally mounted close to the track for communication with passing trains. A standard for ETCS balises has been devised within the EUROBALISE project.

FR: Balise

DE: Balise

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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:

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

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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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