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UIC discussed Safety and Security at the International Transport Forum (ITF) in Leipzig

From 26 to 28 May, UIC once again took part in the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany.

This international event, bringing together participants from governments, businesses, international organisations and academia, is always on the UIC agenda as “the place to be” to discuss at world level the issue of transport policy. Over the course of three days, ministers in charge of transport from the 59 member countries of the International Transport Forum underlined the critical importance of keeping transport safe, secure and resilient in order to enable societies and economies to prosper. The theme of this edition was “Safety and Security in Transport”.

UIC’s involvement
UIC, representing the railway voice at world level, was pleased to be involved in several discussions relating to this theme.
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, participated in a Ministerial Round Table entitled: “Dependency of transport on digital devices”. He said:

The first thing to note is that rail appears as a key factor in this 21st century. Rail is essential but in itself only, not in competition with other modes but as the backbone of a new mobility chain.
Rail has been used from its origin to survive to various revolutions: the industrial revolution at the very beginning. The energy revolution in the seventies. The information technology revolution in the 80s - 90s.
Today, we are now facing the so called 4th Revolution: the Digital revolution.
This revolution is generating very strong impacts on all the decision-making processes, all production and maintenance processes and obviously on the whole information chain itself.
Rail needs to take advantage of this technical revolution in order to rapidly and efficiently improve productivity, security and the services all this thanks to connectivity
One of the key words is “rapidity” since we are currently facing very strong demands from the markets.
It can be either intra-urban markets, inter-urban, inter-regional or even inter-continental markets if we consider the emergence of large inter-continental corridors.
Nowadays decision-making cycles are faster and faster. This can be seen as an contradiction with operating modes of rail since its investments are really important considering the size of its deployment.
Rail projects require a lot of time and to find an investment that allow a fair ROI.
This development obviously demands new competencies directly linked to the area of information. But these have to remain fully compliant with rail technologies.
We must admit that, today, whatever the economic context might be, rail sector is running out of resources that would allow the development and the implementation of these new emerging technologies.
Considering this statement, we definitely need to adopt new modes of cooperation.
Intermodal partnerships have to be enhanced in order to mutualise potential impacts on our interfaces, on our shared customers.
This can be achieved through incubators that would allow to work in a different way: focus on research and anticipation with the development of Proof of Concepts, demonstrators… Innovative funding modes have to be considered as well. New partnerships have to be developed with universities since it is within the universities that we need to train in transport, in the mobility chain, the talents that will express tomorrow the needs of the market. They are the ones who will be able to answer these demands with the emergence of new expertise.
That is the reason why UIC works in close partnership with major actors such as UITP, UNFC or IATA. Such cooperation enables a better design of our interfaces and the providing of seamless information to our customers, whether Freight or Passenger. We have now opened this 19th century pyramid focused on closed working modes leading to new circuits open to the outside world.

For the last three years, UIC has new initiatives to support digital development in rail.
This has been done via the setting-up of a Digital Platform. It has led to the design and development of demonstrators, via the organization of thematic seminars and workshops focusing on the most important digital trends such as IoT and Big Data, cyber-security, blockchain and in September, a major workshop dedicated to AI will be held in Shanghai in cooperation with Chinese Railways.
This has been done also via the organisation of digital tours and exchanges with major worldwide digital areas such as Silicon Valley last year and China in 2018.
These visits have allowed UIC to actively participate this year in Las Vegas CES and CESG, giving a unique opportunity to rail to be present in such outstanding events.
One of the impacts of these visits is also to have been able to meet and to create synergies with new partners. That is the reason of our participation in this friendly exchange this morning and we are most happy to facilitate the establishment of potential links with them.

His interview on the UIC input concerning Safety & Security in available here: youtu.be/gyy2YeUPFr8

UIC was also involved in this major event through a dedicated workshop co-organised together and for the first time with ITF, UNECE, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on Rail Security and the UIC Security Unit (see next article for more details on this workshop).

More than 50 exhibitors from around the world showcased the latest initiatives and technological developments. They represent governments, businesses, international organisations, research institutions, NGOs and business associations. UIC was very pleased to have this opportunity to promote its projects and activities in this way, to network with other stakeholders and to discuss subjects such as Women Security in Transport or Decarbonisation, among others.

Ministerial Declaration
“Safety and security are of fundamental concern for transport, both as the basis of a citizen’s right to travel without fear, and as a condition for the reliable and efficient transport of goods”, Ministers stated in a joint declaration agreed unanimously on 24 May. Specifically, Ministers pledged to join forces against both unintended and malicious disruptions to transport systems that cause death and injury. They committed to cooperation among public and private entities to combat human trafficking and terrorism involving transport services and infrastructure. In order to reduce crime involving transport networks, Ministers planned with others to foster cross-border cooperation between relevant agencies.

Ministers also emphasised the potential of digitalisation for making transport safer and more secure, but call on stakeholders to test, demonstrate and evaluate the effects of these new technologies. They also agreed to promote measures for real-time exchange and use of robust data to enhance safe and secure transport, while ensuring cyber security and data protection.

In their Declaration, Ministers took particular note of the need to further improve road safety. Noting that every day, 3500 lives are lost in crashes on the world’s roads, they called for “an integrated approach to reduce or eliminate road traffic fatalities and serious injuries backed by intermediate voluntary targets”.
Full text of the Declaration in English: https://www.itf-oecd.org/2018-ministerial-declaration-transport-safety-security

The 2019 Summit will discuss “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration” and will be held from 22 – 24 May in Leipzig.

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UIC-ITF-UNECE Workshop on Rail Security at the International Transport Forum Summit 2018

In the context of the International Transport Forum 2018, which was held on 23-25 May in Leipzig (Germany), UIC co-organized along with ITF and United Nations Economic Council for Europe (UNECE) a half-day workshop on the theme of rail security.

The workshop, held on the first day of the Summit, hosted several speakers from Europe, America and Asia bringing their expertise from diverse areas such as railway companies, international organisations and academia to undertake a fruitful discussion on the most relevant rail security issues.

Security industry actors were also involved in the workshop, according to the intention of UIC to establish (respecting the essential principles of neutral and fair competition) connections and what is being offered on the market by solution providers with the specific expectations and requirements carried by railway companies.

In the context of the railway sector, security represents not only a binding obligation or a legal requirement: it constitutes a fundamental aspect of quality of service, fostering and supporting all the main domains and activities. According to that, all the key areas of interest such as infrastructure security, passenger interface and freight security were covered by dedicated panels within the workshop.

Highly pressing issues such as cybersecurity were addressed by the panellists, and on the UIC side Bruno De Rosa presented the EU-funded CYRAIL (“CYbersecurity in the RAILway sector”) Project. UIC, representing relevant stakeholders in the railway sector, is part of the project consortium along with five primary actors bringing highly valuable insight and expertise from different fields: EVOLEO Technologies (Project Coordinator), fortiss GmbH, Fundación Euskoiker, Atsec Information Security and Airbus Defense and Space.

CYRAIL Project, which started in October 2016 and is currently ongoing (Project Final Conference will be held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 18 September 2018), tackles serious challenges in today’s security sector and aims at achieving highly valuable goals for the railway sector. Among them, performing a cybersecurity assessment of the railway system(s) and an evaluation of current threats (while also foreseeing the possible future ones) in order to better shape, assess and select the most innovative and performing solutions tailored upon the specificities of the railway sector and fostering a security-by-design approach among rail operators and industry.

The workshop concluded with a final session focused on the future challenges posed to rail security: on top of them, keeping up with the growing speed of technological development which constantly creates new opportunities, while also opening spaces for new threats and rising the vital need to address them promptly and in the most effective way.

For further information please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of UIC Security:

colliard@uic.org

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UIC and Slovenske železnice (SŽ) co-organised the NeTIRail-INFRA Final Conference on 24 May 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Final Conference of NeTIRail-INFRA, co-organised by UIC (dissemination leader) and SŽ, was held on 24 May at the Prometni Institut within Slovenian Railways (SŽ), in Ljubljana.

The NeTIRail-INFRA project (Needs Tailored Interoperable Railway Infrastructure) is a three-year, 5.4m€ collaborative R&D project funded by the European Commission, sponsored by INEA within the Horizon 2020 programme. The project is coordinated by The University of Sheffield and has a total of 13 partners from eight different countries. The NeTIRail-INFRA concept was based on designing railway infrastructure and monitoring tailored to the needs of specific lines to ensure the most cost effective and sustainable solution for different line types and geographical locations.

The conference, attended by around 40 participants from across Europe’s rail infrastructure industry and academia, was opened on the morning of 24 May by Blaz Jemensek on behalf of Peter Verlič, Director of the Prometni Institut within Slovenian Railways, and David Fletcher, Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield. The day’s sessions were moderated by Jonathan Paragreen, Project Manager, University of Sheffield.

Blaz Jemensek on behalf of Peter Verlič, welcomed the participants and highlighted the importance of projects such as NeTIRail. He said: “NeTIRail is an important project for infrastructure managers as it enables them to make cost savings through the maintenance of infrastructure. It is a project that connects Europe – from the UK to Turkey – and represents an excellent opportunity for us.”

Dr David Fletcher, Project Coordinator, University of Sheffield, gave a final overview of the project’s aims and objectives. He explained the economic viability and the societal impact of the innovations: “Many projects are quite technically-focused, and so we wanted to bring in the economic and societal impacts.”

The sessions then featured presentations by the various work packages on the results, innovations and impacts of the experiments and activities conducted throughout the project.

Highlights of the conference included:

  • Presentation of all of the technologies developed within the NeTIRail-INFRA project
  • Demonstrations of sensor technologies and the decision support tools
  • Visit of the Slovenia railway museum

Partners of the project: University of Leeds, UIC, ADS, AFER, TU Delft, ALU-FR, IFSTTAR, TCDD, INTADER, VTI, SŽ, RCCF.

The conference ended with a few concluding words by David Fletcher and Jon Paragreen, who thanked the participants – in particular Vlasta Miklavzin and Christine Hassoun for the excellent organisation – as well as the consortium for pulling together, despite it being an ambitious project.

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Leader:

hassoun@uic.org

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European Freight CEOs met in Vienna on 17 May for their annual High-Level Freight Meeting (HLFM)

Participants were welcomed by HLFM Chairman Clemens Först (CEO of RCG), Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Libor Lochmann. Mr Loubinoux said that UIC was very pleased to contribute to the preparation of the strategic vision discussed at the meeting.

“Positioning rail as the backbone of international freight mobility is the work and message that UIC is delivering worldwide, in particular through the work on corridors. To reinforce the message, UIC capitalises on partnerships, in particular with sustainable agencies and UN COP programmes”, he explained. He stressed that UIC provides a solid basis in Europe for a strong political message to be carried by the CER.

In addition to the strategic vision, Mr Loubinoux highlighted UIC’s technical activities, which formed the basis for the day’s discussions: KPIs, contingency planning and digitalisation for rail freight, supported by the Raildata special group. Mr Loubinoux concluded by inviting all participants to attend the Global Rail Freight Conference, which will take place from 26 to 28 June in the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa.

The focus of this year’s HLFM was a discussion on a vision for rail freight. To support this discussion, the freight CEO taskforce, under the leadership of Clemens Först, had commissioned OakTree Management Consultants to develop a storyline around the following strategic themes:

  1. Railway operators should offer rail products that deliver the highest possible quality and value for money
  2. Infrastructure managers and regulators should ensure that running trains through Europe is as “easy” as running trucks
  3. Policymakers should encourage customers to shift to rail, taking into account the external costs of rail and trucks
  4. The rail sector should reinvent itself at the same pace as the road haulage sector

The presentation delivered by Oliver Martin, OakTree, was well received by the CEO. The dynamic and fruitful discussion that followed confirmed rail operators’ strong drive to develop rail freight and to increase current market share beyond a stagnating 18%. The discussion also identified coordinated actions to be integrated into the work programmes of the associations involved (UIC and CER) and implemented by each company individually, working with politicians, infrastructure managers and other relevant stakeholders.

This vision was then presented by Clemens Först to representatives from the European Shippers Council who joined the meeting for the second year in a row. The ensuing discussion highlighted how the work undertaken in the context of the strategic vision, supported by the technical work, addressed the common priority topics:

  • Simplify the use of rail transport and provide reliable information on transport progress, estimated time of arrival (ETA) and disruptions
  • Improve reliability and provide KPIs for individual routes, RUs and types of traffic (single wagon, block trains or intermodal trains)
  • Include the last mile in the overall door-to-door operation
  • Other common challenges include contingency planning (Rastatt) and noise (wagon retrofitting)

Before welcoming Ms Elizabeth Werner, Director of Land Transport at the European Commission, both railway representatives and shippers agreed to take a joint approach to a number of issues key to improving the market attractiveness of rail freight and to meet on a regular basis to review progress.

Ms Werner addressed the audience after being presented with the key elements of the strategic vision for freight. She stressed the importance of the work carried out by the sector, particularly in the context of the 11 sector statement priorities. She presented the Commission and Agency’s Issue Log initiative, the purpose of which is to support the sector to implement quick wins in the domains of braking sheets, train composition and data exchange. Ms Werner also reiterated the Commission’s wish to launch pilots to test interoperability improvements in the context of driver language. These are issues that already feature as priority topics in UIC’s three-year work programme, specifically in the ECCO and Xborder projects and in the Raildata portfolio of applications.

The next HLFM will be held on 15 and 16 May in Paris, hosted by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

gehenot@uic.org

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UIC Passenger & East-West Standardisation: cooperation within the APRA region

UIC launches Integration of Reservation Systems project in the APRA region

A project kick-off meeting was held between representatives of UIC, FPC and VNIIZhT on April 25, 2018. At the 24th Asian Pacific Regional Assembly, FPC was assigned as project leader for the APRA “Integration of Reservation Systems” project launched at the kick-off meeting. Leadership of the project will be shared between FPC and VNIIZhT. On the basis of decisions taken at recent APRA web conferences, the principles of a quality management process for project implementation have been approved by FPC, VNIIZhT and UIC representatives.

On the UIC side, the kick-off meeting was attended by Ms Irina Petrunina (UIC Advisor for CIS countries and APRA international organisations) and Mr Vytautas Kinderis (UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations).

On the FPC side, the kick-off meeting was attended by Mr Oleg Leschishin (Head of Unit for International Relations) and Mr Aleksey Kulikow (Senior Officer, International Relations Unit).

From VNIIZhT, the kick-off meeting was attended by Mr Nikita Gorshkov (Head of Unit for International Scientific Technical Cooperation), Mr Andrei Sokolovskiy (Deputy Head of Express Unit) and Ms Yulija Bogatyreva (International Cooperation Officer).

Study background

The project involves the development of a seat reservation system to meet passenger needs. Generally, each railway in the Asia-Pacific region has a seat reservation system encompassing pricing, ticketing and a distribution system for passenger transportation. Electronic systems are widely implemented and allow clients to book and buy tickets remotely, saving time and effort and thus providing an enhanced level of service for railway companies. Reservation systems represent a key success factor for increasing overall income in passenger transportation and attracting new clients.
However, there are numerous problems with ticket sales for international transportation as an alternative to civilian aviation (IATA system). At the same time, there is demand for ticket reservation services for travel to other countries.

It is important to analyse existing obstacles, define opportunities, assess participants’ readiness for national ticketing and define modern standards to be established.

A proposal has been submitted to study technical compatibility of communication tools and e-protocols used for communication of relevant data in order to clarify how the project can be implemented in practice and identify obstacles, and then to develop and propose possible approaches to systems integration. Based on the results of this work, a memorandum may be prepared between railway stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region to integrate reservation systems for international trains. The aim of this is to enhance benefits for customers and satisfy demand.

Expected deliverables

1st year: Draft concept for reservation system integration in the Asia-Pacific region.
2nd year: Memorandum for reservation system integration in the Asia-Pacific region on the basis of recommendations agreed by workshop participants on project implementation; final report containing recommendations for reservation systems integration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr Petr Ivanov (FPC Director-General), Mr Konstantin Shenfeld (VNIIZhT Executive Director) and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux (UIC Director-General) have been informed of the results of the kick-off meeting and have confirmed that it is in line with best practice and standards within international railway passenger transportation.

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

kinderis@uic.org

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UIC Railway System & East-West Standardisation: cooperation within the APRA region

UIC launches the project “Exploratory study of new rail-type transportation systems and their impact on sustainable development, railway technology and standards”

On 8 May 2018, the kick-off meeting was held by representatives of UIC and RUT (former MIIT). The 24th Asian Pacific Regional Assembly assigned RUT (MIIT) as the Project Leader for the APRA project “Exploratory study of new rail-type transportation systems and their impact on sustainable development, railway technology and standards (NEWTRANSYS)” which was launched during the kick-off meeting. Following the decision of the recent APRA Web Conferences, the principles of Quality Management Process during the implementation of the project were discussed and agreed by teams of RUT (MIIT) and UIC representatives.

From the UIC side the kick-off meeting was attended by Ms Irina Petrunina, UIC Advisor for CIS countries and APRA international organisations, and Mr Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations.

From the RUT (MIIT) side the kick-off meeting was attended by Mr Evgeny Zarechkin, RUT Director of Strategic Programs’ Centre, and Mr Aleksey Davydov, RUT Associate Professor of Department of Physics, Ph. D. (Engineering).

Study background

New kinds and types of transportation and transit systems have been or are actually being developed worldwide. Those systems are at different stages of the life cycle of their development. Some of them are at stages of exploratory research, project research, feasibility study, development, others are implemented in acting models, or are subject to field testing, and some have already been operated.

A large part of them are based on techniques and technology which are railway-like or rail-similar, either using some elements of railway transport (rails as basis of their infrastructure, electric feeding systems, signalling etc.). Nonetheless they are not railways in the strict sense of the word. A clear classification of them is missing. The new transportation systems are classified by one criterium or by a set of different criteria taken at a time. They are e.g. focused on purposes (urban, public, commuter transit systems, trams, metro or subway systems), construction features (light rail systems, monorail, string-rail systems, vacuum tube transport), operated engines or principles of moving (electromagnetic transport, linear motors, magnetic levitation), features of rolling stock (rail-road vehicles (railbuses etc.)) etc. Most known systems are:

  • Suspension railway (e.g. elevated monorail, using either Maglev or linear motor technology);
  • Electromagnetic transport, Maglev transport for rapid transit systems (not to exclude high-speed systems);
  • Vacuum tube transport (Hyperloop, Evacuated Tube Transport Technology ET3);
  • String-rail transport (SkyWay) etc.

The project corresponds to sustainable development objectives as most of those systems are resource saving and use environmentally safe technology. It is particularly important under the existing conditions, when the status of those systems is not defined, that their future impact on sustainable development and the status of their relationship to railways should be identified. The summary of those features together with systematisation of the technology used will assist members that consider possibility of the operation of those systems and experience a need in single internationally approved approach.

Study phases & deliverables to be expected

Phase 1 (2018): The first phase of the research in 2018 should be devoted to the general review of new rail or rail-similar transit systems using open source data which has never been analysed and systemised under the suggested angle of view and with regard to practical application for UIC APRA members. The report will give the general review of existing and developed systems of that type, particularly in APRA region. Next phases of the research will include:
Phase 2 (2019): Identification (comprising in-depth search of patent bases) of particular innovative technologies used in those systems.
Phase 3 (2020): Identification of features and criteria, inherent to those systems, which can be used for their classification. Tentative classification of considered systems.

Identification of the systems that can be considered as types of rail or railway transport and then be subject to APRA/UIC activities under different aspects (by technological criteria or by the criteria that their development is realised by railway companies etc.) along with conclusions on their impact on traffic safety, environmental protection, assessment of climate consequences of transportation business and standards.

Mr Boris Levin, RUT Rector and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, have been informed about results of kick-off meeting and confirmed strategical necessity of study goals to be achieved for competitive superiority of international railway community against other modes of transport to be progressively advanced.

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

kinderis@uic.org

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The 9th RailTopoModel conference took place on 22 May 2018 in Paris

The 9th RailTopoModel conference took place in Paris, with contributions and participants from institutions, railway companies, software development companies, universities, and other standardisation bodies.

RailTopoModel, published by UIC under IRS30100, is the universal, usage-agnostic network description model that is being adopted by an increasing number of partners, all having “data interoperability” in mind. For instance, a strong, lasting relationship has been established with buildingSMART International in view of establishing the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) for rail using the data structures provided by RailTopoModel.

RailTopoModel is also the basis for four ongoing UIC projects, for which cooperation with the OGC, regarding geographic positioning, and the EULYNX foundation, regarding signalling assets, are obvious success factors.

Practical usage of RailTopoModel, for applications as varied as locomotive localisation, train running simulation, or software design for signalling, were also demonstrated during the course of the conference.

While further maintenance releases of RailTopoModel are foreseen, more fundamental evolutions towards railway system functional description and simulation, requiring enhanced toolsets, were addressed. These will in time give rise to further projects, in which UIC may function as a leader or as a partner, but always resting on common principles and shared, usable results.

For further information please contact Airy Magnien, Head of the UIC Data, Statistics & Economics Unit:

magnien@uic.org

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The Statistics Steering Committee held its spring meeting on 22 – 24 May 2018 in Constanta, Romania

The Statistics Steering Committee held its spring meeting in Constanta, Romania on 22 – 24 May 2018, at the invitation of Romanian infrastructure manager CFR-SA. The group discussed the need for data harmonisation and updated railway indicators. In addition, the new online application for UIC data queries, Railisa, was launched. This tool is open to UIC members and to the public and conforms fully with data confidentiality requirements. Railisa will be in test phase until 30 June.

Please visit Railisa at http://uic-stats.uic.org/ and send any comments to stat@uic.org.

The Economic Footprint study was also on the agenda. A short questionnaire on the study will be developed, maintaining data confidentiality.

UIC members are invited to continue to provide data using our online tool: http://stats.uic.org/.

For further information please contact stat@uic.org

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Reporting
  

28th PASSAGE meeting held from 22 – 23 May 2018 in London

Paola Negri appointed new chairperson of the group

The 28th PASSAGE (Passenger Accessibility Solutions Support and Action Group for Europe), Working Group meeting took place from 22 – 23 May in London, kindly hosted by EUROSTAR.

THe meeting was chaired by Mr Hans Christian Kirketerp-Møller (DSB), president of the group. UIC was represented by Mr Marc Guigon, Director of the Passenger Department, Ms Vanessa Pérez, and Clément Gautier, Advisors for the Passenger Department. Representatives from SBB, ÖBB, RFI, TRENITALIA, TRAFIKVERKET, EUROSTAR, SNCF, NMBS/SNCB, ĈD, PKP, DSB and MÁV START, ZSSK attended the meeting.

During the first day, the meeting was hosted at the Eurostar headquarters. As is usual during these meetings, the participants gave an updated view on the situation of PRMs in their countries and the new developments of accessibility policies in their companies, which led to debates about the different situations that were explained by attendees.

Next, the group discussed the future legal framework for PRM with special participation by a representative of CER.

Among other issues during this year, the group’s work will focus on digitalisation with a benchmarking of best practices and the analysis of the state-of-the-art on Digital Accessibility.

On this occasion, the participants had the opportunity to discuss the project to improve the IRS dedicated to Station Pictograms from the PRM point of view and invisible and mental disabilities.

On the second day, David Sarfatti (AVANCIAL) presented the latest statistics in the use of the UIC Booking Assistance Tool, the current situation, the new interface and a future potential project regarding non-reserved assistance.

This meeting was the last one for Mr Hans Christian Kirketerp-Møller, from DSB, who after two and a half years of being chairman of the group, will leave to enjoy his retirement. During his leaving discourse he encouraged the members to continue exchanging with this group which has had and will have a big repercussion on the daily customer service experience for every company. He also extended his best wishes to Ms Paola Negri, from Trenitalia, who has been appointed new chair of the Passage Group.

Finally, the participants went on a technical visit to St Pancras Station. During the visit the participants examined the different elements regarding PRM accessibility and service at the station where passport checking is required and is part of the challenge of the customer service experience of the company.

The next meeting will take place in Budapest on 16 and 17 October 2018.

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

perez@uic.org

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Promoting
  

10th edition of ILCAD, “International Level Crossing Awareness Day”, 7 June 2018

www.ilcad.org

To celebrate the 10th edition of ILCAD and stick to the public targeted, we have created three posters in English, French and Spanish that ILCAD partners may use for their campaign (see posters opposite).

Each year, ILCAD partners select an overarching theme for the awareness campaign. This year, the message will focus on “Young level crossing users”, who often demonstrate risky behaviour both on the roads and at the road/rail interface.

Since young people around the world like taking risks, love watching blockbuster films like Mad Max, Bladerunner, etc., and identify with the main characters in these films, we have decided to create three posters on this topic with male or female characters and of various origins. We wanted them to show that the characters respect the rules and have values.

Please note that the illustrations used have been drawn by hand. We hope that you will like them. Please visit our social network to give your opinion.

https://www.facebook.com/ILCAD
https://twitter.com/ilcad
https://www.instagram.com/ilcaduic/

ILCAD partners may also use the videos created jointly with Network Rail on the topic “Young users” and particularly:

N.B: You need 3D glasses to watch the films. All episodes (1 to 7) are available on YouTube with Network Rail and UIC logos. They are free to use as long as they are not used for profit. Members of UIC and ILCAD are allowed to use them to promote rail safety and are free to promote the App, in their home country as soon as it is available and the YouTube films.

Please click below to see the final programme of the ILCAD 2018 launch conference on 7 June for which over 150 persons have registered so far.

https://www.uic.org/com/IMG/pdf/ilcad_2018_zagreb_draftprogram_30.5f.pdf

Please note that on 7 June there will be parallel to the conference:

  • An exhibition of level crossing technologies
  • A road/rail safety Village
  • A technical visit on June 8 around Zagreb.
  • The conference shall be broadcast on 7 June 2018 on www.ilcad.org
  • We have launched a new Facebook page on which all kind of information related to ILCAD 2018, the conference and partners activities will be posted please like it https://www.facebook.com/ILCAD/

For any questions, please contact Isabelle Fonverne: fonverne@uic.org

Website: www.ilcad.org

Youtube: https://bit.ly/2GWJNKq

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News from UIC members
  

United States: Updates will provide a more modern, comfortable customer experience

Amtrak is investing in an extensive refresh of its train interiors on the entire Acela Express fleet, which travels along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington, DC, aimed at introducing a more modern and comfortable customer experience.

“Customers expect a premium experience when they board an Acela Express train, and these updated interior features will provide a more comfortable, refreshed look and feel – whether you want to relax, move about freely, work or play,” said Amtrak CEO and President Richard Anderson.

The Acela Express refresh is a 14-month program for all of its 20 trainsets, which includes 100 Amtrak cars and 6,080 total seats. Each trainset will be refreshed individually with new cushions and covers for all business class and first-class seats, new carpet for the aisle runner and a deep clean. The total investment is valued at more than $4 million.

The refresh will take just over a year to complete and customers can expect a progression of upgrades during that time, with this approximate delivery schedule:

  • May 2018: The first trainset will be refreshed and returned into revenue service
  • June 2018: The second trainset will be refreshed and returned into revenue service
  • June 2018 – July 2019: One trainset will be refreshed every three weeks.

Amtrak schedules will not change due to the refresh. The refresh will occur in advance of the debut of the next generation Acela trainsets Amtrak announced in August 2016, which will provide 40 percent more trains, one-third more passenger seats with the same personal space and high-end comfort, more service, better amenities and a smoother ride. The first trainset prototype will be ready for testing in 2019, and will enter revenue service in early 2021. All trainsets in the current fleet will be retired in early 2022.

Materials from the existing Acela cushions and covers will be reused, recycled and turned into carpet padding, while the leather will be upcycled and converted into handbags, wallets and other consumer goods.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Kazakhstan: KTZ and Chinese provinces have consolidated the development of cooperation in the field of container transportation

Kanat Alpysbaev, the head of “NC” Kazakhstan Temir Zholy "JSC, held a series of meetings in Shanghai with representatives of logistic platforms in the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang (Yiwu), Hunan (Changsha), Jiangsu (Lianyungang), Shaanxi (Xian), Sichuan (Chengdu), Henan (Zhengzhou ) and Chongqing, as well as one of the largest global container operators - COSCO Shipping Lines, to discuss future cooperation on a number of projects.

Within the framework of the meetings, plans for further cooperation, agreements reached to increase the volume of container shipments from China to Europe, Central Asia, Turkey and the Persian Gulf countries are discussed.

The agreement reached on operating the subsidiary company of NC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” JSC – “KTZ Express” JSC by the COSCO Shipping Lines container fleet on the territory of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries, as well as in the direction of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.

“We are open for the development of cooperation and are ready to increase the volume of transportation through Kazakhstan in terms of the border and related infrastructure,” said the head of Kazakhstan’s delegation K. Alpysbayev.
As a result of the talks, relevant agreements were signed.

It should be reminded that earlier “NC” Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" JSC concluded bilateral negotiations with the Chinese railways and reached a number of agreements on the promotion of future cooperation.

(Source: KTZ)

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