Reporting
  

Successful 10th edition of ILCAD, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day, held under the theme of “Safety of Young People at Level Crossings” on 7 June 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia

01.(ILCAD group photo in front of the Mimara Museum
ILCAD group photo in front of the Mimara Museum
02.(Mr Ivan Kršić, Board President of HŽ Infrastruktura
Mr Ivan Kršić, Board President of HŽ Infrastruktura
03.(Mr Željko Ukić, CEO HŽ Passenger Transport LLC
Mr Željko Ukić, CEO HŽ Passenger Transport LLC
04.(Mrs Danijela Barić, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, University of Zagreb
Mrs Danijela Barić, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, University of Zagreb
05.(Mr Jean Todt, President of FIA (International Automobile Federation)
Mr Jean Todt, President of FIA (International Automobile Federation)
06.(Video message by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General
Video message by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General
07.(Press conference with main TV and press media: Marko Žubrinić, Member of the Management Board, HŽ Infrastructure, being interviewed
Press conference with main TV and press media: Marko Žubrinić, Member of the Management Board, HŽ Infrastructure, being interviewed
08.(Mr Zarko Katic, State Secretary, Ministry of the Interior, being interviewed
Mr Zarko Katic, State Secretary, Ministry of the Interior, being interviewed
09.(Mrs Nikolina Brnjac, State Secretary, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure
Mrs Nikolina Brnjac, State Secretary, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure
10.(Mr Krešimir Ćosić, Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia
Mr Krešimir Ćosić, Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia
11.(Ms Stela Dendić & Mr Antonio Markić, representatives of the Young Level Crossing Users, Technical School Zagreb
Ms Stela Dendić & Mr Antonio Markić, representatives of the Young Level Crossing Users, Technical School Zagreb
12.(Mr Pier Eringa, CEO, ProRail and President of EIM
Mr Pier Eringa, CEO, ProRail and President of EIM
13.(Mr Jeroen Nederlof, Chairman of the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF)
Mr Jeroen Nederlof, Chairman of the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF)
14.(From left to right: Mr Vincent Godeau, Mrs Annelies de Keyser, Mrs Juny Op de Beeck, Infrabel
From left to right: Mr Vincent Godeau, Mrs Annelies de Keyser, Mrs Juny Op de Beeck, Infrabel
15.(Mr Robert Wainwright, Network Rail, UK
Mr Robert Wainwright, Network Rail, UK
16.(Mr Pavel Skladany, CDV, Transport Research Centre
Mr Pavel Skladany, CDV, Transport Research Centre
17.(Mr Pavel Tucka, CDV, Transport Research Centre
Mr Pavel Tucka, CDV, Transport Research Centre
18.(Mrs Katarzyna Kucharek, PKP Foundation
Mrs Katarzyna Kucharek, PKP Foundation
19.(Mr Ryutaro Uenishi, East-Japan Railway Company
Mr Ryutaro Uenishi, East-Japan Railway Company
20.(Mr Josip Rotar, Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Railway Transport
Mr Josip Rotar, Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Railway Transport
21.(Mr Andy Elkins, Operation Lifesaver, USA
Mr Andy Elkins, Operation Lifesaver, USA
22.(Mr Tamo Vahemets, Operation Lifesaver Estonia and on behalf of Mrs Sarah Mayes, Operation Lifesaver Canada
Mr Tamo Vahemets, Operation Lifesaver Estonia and on behalf of Mrs Sarah Mayes, Operation Lifesaver Canada
23.(Mr Yasuhiro Furusawa, West Japan Railway Company
Mr Yasuhiro Furusawa, West Japan Railway Company
24.(Mrs Virginie Taillandier, SNCF
Mrs Virginie Taillandier, SNCF
25.(Mr Martin Starčević, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Zagreb
Mr Martin Starčević, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Zagreb
26.(Mrs Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor Safety, presented the first results achieved by the EU Project SAFER-LC coordinated by UIC which aims to improve safety at level crossings, and invited the audience to participate in the SAFER-LC mid-term conference which will be held on 10 October 2018 at FFE premises in Madrid
Mrs Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor Safety, presented the first results achieved by the EU Project SAFER-LC coordinated by UIC which aims to improve safety at level crossings, and invited the audience to participate in the SAFER-LC mid-term conference which will be held on 10 October 2018 at FFE premises in Madrid
27.(Mr Bernard Penners, UIC Safety Manager, delivering the closing remarks
Mr Bernard Penners, UIC Safety Manager, delivering the closing remarks

The 10th edition of ILCAD, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day, was held on 7 June 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia, hosted by UIC, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (University of Zagreb) and Croatian infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura.

Great success again for ILCAD 2018:

  • Behind the scenes over 40 countries participated in the International Level Crossing Awareness Day ILCAD: www.ilcad.org
  • 180 delegates from 29 countries (most from the EU, but also from India, USA, Russia, Mongolia, Japan) participated in the ILCAD 2018 launch conference in Zagreb on 7 June 2018
  • Various sectors were represented:

Railways, national railway safety authorities (NSAs), members of ministries, academics, railway research centres, industries sponsoring the event

  • 30 speakers from 13 different countries

UIC, the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences from the University of Zagreb and HZ Infrastructure (Croatian railway infrastructure manager) were pleased to host the 10th ILCAD international conference on 7 June 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.

An exhibition of level crossing technologies plus a road/rail safety village had been set up parallel to the conference which were followed by a technical visit on 8 June around Zagreb.

The conference was broadcast on 7 June 2018 on the ILCAD website http://www.ilcad.org/ILCAD-2018.html and the YouTube channel of the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences project “Implementation of measures to increase safety of the most vulnerable road users at level crossings”

The video is still available here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORTLQJ7bqDg

Message by Ivan Kršić, President of the Board of HŽ Infrastruktura

“We are extremely honoured that HŽ Infrastruktura is one of the organisers and hosts of the 10th International ILCAD conference, which is held this year under the title of Safety of Young People at Level Crossings. As railway infrastructure manager, this is one of our basic determining characteristics and for this very reason, our business activities are directed at improving the quality of the rail network and infrastructure, and thus to the improvement of rail traffic safety level.

Since the conference topic is connected to the safety of the younger population in the railway area, I am very pleased to emphasize that almost 20 years of our engagement in education and promotion is primarily directed at children and young people. We believe that this jubilee ILCAD conference will contribute to strengthening the awareness of how important it is to observe traffic culture and regulations of all traffic participants, especially the younger population, which is the focus of this conference.”

Message by Željko Ukić, CEO of HŽ Passenger Transport LLC

“HŽ Putnički prijevoz joined the campaign organised for the International Level Crossing Awareness Day - ILCAD. This year’s campaign is dedicated to young people who, in today’s hyperconnected world, simultaneously talk to friends, receive messages and calls, play games, make selfies and listen to music via earphones. Such distractions lower the capability to notice one’s surroundings, which, especially in traffic, can lead to serious injuries and accidents which leave young people and their families with permanent psychological and social consequences, while also endangering other participants in road and rail traffic.

The most effective way to change such behaviour and lower risks related to level crossings is the education of young participants in traffic and promoting safe behaviour at level crossings with the aim to lower numbers of accidents and fatalities. Even with all investments into rail traffic safety, each participant must accept their part of the responsibility - stop, look up and be careful because the train is always faster.”

Message by Danijela Barić, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb

“I am proud that the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences together with the UIC and HŽ Infrastruktura are hosting this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day, especially as this year is 10th anniversary of ILCAD conference.

Safety at Level Crossings (LC) is a shared responsibility of the road and rail sector. Despite technical and technological improvements in Level Crossing infrastructure and safety systems as well as interventions using intelligent transport systems, the number of accidents at LCs remains high, and studies point to LC users’ risky behaviour as the key factor. Even the most advanced protection systems will not suffice if the users do not obey or do not understand traffic rules regarding level crossings. Therefore, investing in transport infrastructure is very important, but investing in education and prevention is of even greater importance. There should be more emphasis on educating users on level crossing dangers, preventive programs and systematic training programs for traffic participants, which aim at changing the patterns of their risky behaviour at LC.

The Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences has several research projects regarding safety at LCs. One of the recent projects is “Implementation of measures to increase safety of the most vulnerable road users at level crossings."

Website:
www.fpz.unizg.hr/projekt-sigurnost-na-zcp/
YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2JORXF8

This project is a part of the national programme of road traffic safety of the Republic of Croatia 2011 – 2020 run by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia. To make the measures recognisable to LC users, each project measure has a name that is also a message: “Safety begins with you”, “Your opinion is important”, “Book Month”, “Travelling exhibition - Safety and design", “Conscientious driver", “Social Networks”, “Media”, “LC-locator”, etc. We have designed and applied new methods of education using modern technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR). We hope that this will contribute to increasing the awareness of the LC users.
Let the spirit of ILCAD be in our minds not only for one day in a year, on ILCAD day, but every day. Only then will we achieve the desired “Vision Zero”."

The conference was moderated by Danijela Barić, Head of Chair for Road Transport Technology, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and opened with a short video.

Then participants had the opportunity to watch a safety message from Jean Todt, FIA President (International Automobile Federation – FIA) and UN SG’S Special Envoy for Road Safety delivered a special message to support ILCAD:
https://youtu.be/q_Xh0U953tw

According to Jean Todt: “Crashes at level crossings deserve special attention. Although they might account for a limited proportion of road crashes, their severity makes them a key area of intervention. Their primary cause is inappropriate behaviour of road users: bad evaluation of risk, lack of attention, misunderstanding of road signs. This is why your event today is important: railway industry representatives, road authorities, academics and experts from around the world need to raise awareness about the dangers surrounding level crossings.

The outcome of your work will help countries create an effective framework for the management of safety at level crossings. To this end, let me express two topics for your consideration. Firstly, we need a joint vision of what technological innovation, which minimises human error and violations, may look like. Secondly, railway and road managers need to work together at a national level to develop targeted level crossing safety campaigns and education programmes. This would create a preventive mechanism that will improve safety in the long term."

Video message by Mr Jean Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General

“The rail community that I represent as the UIC Director General is proud once again, year after year, to be consistently the driving force behind the creation of this International campaign on Level Crossings, ILCAD.

Thanks to its network of experts and its spirit of cooperation and solidarity, UIC’s mission is to be also concretely at the service of lives, across the world.

Human factors are the main cause of road collisions (including at level crossings). This year, the theme of the awareness campaign is targeting the young users.

Whether pedestrians or cyclists, using their smartphones, GPS, headphones, etc. They must be aware of the risks at level crossings.
Their attention and responsibility for themselves and their friends is fundamental to save so many lives. The message of the ILCAD campaign this year is: “Don’t beat the train!” And it is addressed to everyone, even though special attention is therefore focused on young people this year."

To see the video of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux please click here:
https://youtu.be/HspUlu5L2QY

Message by Nikolina Brnjac, State Secretary, Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Croatia

“We are thrilled that this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day is being hosted in Zagreb, Croatia, despite numerous other interested countries on the waiting list. This is a great honour not only to the Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences and HŽ Infrastruktura as co-organisers, but also to the Republic of Croatia as a whole.

Rail traffic safety is one of key priorities and a competitive benefit of all railway companies. The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and HŽ Infrastruktura d. o. o. as its national railway infrastructure management company invests in rail traffic safety in different ways, from investing in technical and technological solutions, through continuous training of their staff to prevention campaigns, including in particular printing brochures intended for users of rail transport services and other stakeholders.

Our national railway infrastructure manager is responsible for securing 1511 railway crossings, out of which most installations have been functioning for more than 40 years. With the primary intention of improving safety level of road-rail and pedestrian crossings, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure took a decision on 3 May 2018 on the adoption of the rail-road and pedestrian crossing securing plan for the period 2018-2022, the implementation of which will contribute to considerably improving rail and road safety levels in the Republic of Croatia.

The solution to the safety problem at rail-road and pedestrian crossings is also covered by the Strategy of Traffic Sector Development in the Republic of Croatia in the period 2017-2030 as one of the measures for promotion of rail and road safety. To implement the measures covered by the Plan and the Strategy, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure throughout HŽ Infrastruktura d. o. o. is planning to launch an investment cycle aimed at improving road and rail safety by investing 250 million kn in the period 2018-2022 into securing road-rail crossings. Besides, financing for 50 road-rail crossings is provided from the World Bank loans, for 114 crossings from state-guaranteed credit facilities. There are also plans to apply for financing of 100 more crossings from EU funds through the Operational Competition and Cohesion Programme.

Last but not least, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure with continue their efforts on upgrading the largest possible number of road-rail crossings, to improve safety of all traffic participants.

In conclusion, current international practice has shown that the most efficient way of changing the conduct and reducing the number of accidents at road-rail crossings is training of traffic participants with emphasis on risks and potential consequences of ignoring basic traffic rules. We are therefore pleased that all stakeholders have recognised importance of this event and we hope that this year’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day will achieve its stated objectives and thus produce expected results.”

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

Website: www.ilcad.org

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Cooperation Reporting
  

UIC Rail System and East-West Standardisation: Cooperation within the APRA Region

UIC launched the project Diagnostics of infrastructure facilities with equipment installed on the locomotive

On 21 May 2018, the kick-off meeting was held by representatives of UIC and KTZ Holding companies. The 24th Asian Pacific Regional Assembly assigned KTZ as the Project Leader for the APRA project “Diagnostics of infrastructure facilities with equipment installed on the locomotive (DSRIBL)” 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 the teams of KTZ & KazATK 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 KTZ & KazATK side the kick-off meeting was attended by 25 representatives of KTZ Holding companies headed by Mr Batyr Kotyrev, KTZ Chief engineer, Mr Beibit Ibrayev, KazATK Executive Director for Research and Cooperation, and Ms Gulmira Kamedenova, Manager of KTZ Department for Integration and International policy.

Study background
This project is dedicated to railway infrastructure control with high over-load on axis and speed up to 200 km/h. In other words, the device should be installed on locomotive transferring data online to special information centre. The modern technology should save financial resources on personnel and special locomotive renting, and also the time for diagnosis by including train schedules. It is necessary to perform an appraisal for existing railway systems, marketing research of diagnostic devices, to test the diagnosis devices. If the project is not implemented, there is a risk of losing the opportunity to optimise diagnostic costs, reduce the lifetime of the railways.

Study phases & stages

Phase 1 (2018):

  • Stage 1: Analysis of the list of equipment for the diagnosis of infrastructure facilities
  • Stage 2: Analysis of the parameters provision of diagnostic laboratory based on the locomotive
  • Stage 3: Justification of the chosen type of locomotive for creating a diagnostic laboratory

Phase 2 (2019):

  • Stage 4: Pilot tests.
  • Stage 5: Pilot test result appraisal and report

Phase 3 (2020):

  • Stage 6: Development of Guidelines on the use of railway tracks diagnostic technology for railway companies

Study deliverables
The Preliminary Reports will be delivered on 1 September and the final ones on 1 December 2018, 2019 & 2020 accordingly with the aim of being validated by the relevant UIC Technical Departments or Forums/Platforms and by UIC APRA members.

Mr Baurzhan Urynbasarov, KTZ Board Vice-chairman on infrastructure, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, have been informed about the results of the kick-off meeting and have confirmed the practical and scientific-technical benefit of the study results to be expected for the technological evolution to be progressively advanced within the international railway community.

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

kinderis@uic.org

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Reporting
  

1st UIC Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges held from 7 – 8 June 2018 in Madrid

The first UIC Workshop on Masonry Arch Bridges took place in Madrid on 7 and 8 June, in the conference rooms of the Spanish Railway Foundation (FFE) in the “Palacio de Fernán Nuñez”.

The workshop was proposed by the UIC Panel of Structural Experts (PoSE). Dr Zoltán Orbán, from the University of Pecs and former member of PoSE, together with UIC, arranged a comprehensive set of very interesting themes which were presented by himself and five highly renowned university professors, Mr William Harvey, Mr Paul Fanning, Mr Matthew Gilbert, Mr José Antonio Martín-Caro and Mrs Adrienn Tomor.

The workshops provided information for railway administrations and other professional organisations on the assessment, inspection and maintenance of masonry arch bridges. The topics included those covered by the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges projects from 2004 to 2015 placing special emphasis on “serviceability assessment”, “determination of permissible load” and “lifetime expectancy” issues, results of which were included in the recently published IRS 70778-3.

After the opening and welcome of the participants by Mr Harald Sattler, a short insight into the responsibility and role of UIC as a key element in international standardisation was given by Mr David Villalmanzo Resusta, followed by Mr Luis Esteras in representation for ADIF.

Dr Zoltán Orbán then gave a general overview on the UIC Masonry Arch Bridges projects and presented the resulting IRS 70778-3 “Recommendations for the inspection, assessment and maintenance of masonry arch bridges” which has been published in March 2018.

General principles of behaviour, inspection and assessment of masonry arch bridges were then highlighted by Prof. William Harvey, who caught the attention of the audience with his humble statement that the complexity of these constructions still would give him challenges even after 37 years of experience. With spirited explanations, illustrated by surprising photos of bridge details and animated sketches he showed what can be learnt by carefully observing bridges.

A set of several presentations then gave insights into the typical damages of masonry arch bridges, non-destructive testing methods and load tests on bridges. The final section of the first day was dedicated to analysis tools. Several tools, for example Finite Element Modelling, were presented and their respective theories compared to concurring tools. Very interesting effects of different load distributions or of the influence of backfill were showed in illustrations and by showing some of the tools in life demonstrations, which kept the attention of the participants to the very last minute.

The first day was then closed by an optional sequence provided by Adif. The presentation of the richly illustrated book “Puentes de fabrica” (Masonry Bridges), written by José Antonio Martín-Caro, fit perfectly to the topics of the workshop. The book has been published together with the promotion and help of Adif.

The second day started with a sequence on serviceability, permissible load and life expectancy. The presentations tied in with the final session of the first on assessment tools. The speakers gave comprehensive insight into modelling and testing methods to estimate dynamic behaviour, degradation of arches under service and the effects of fatigue.

In the second session environmental influences and the respective damages were provided, leading to methods of material analysis and appropriate maintenance methods including examples of typical mistakes.

Four different case studies were presented including the retrofitting of an existing structure in Spain, the strengthening with precast concrete load dispensing slab in one bridge in Hungary, and finally two cases in the United Kingdom, with the assessment of masonry arch viaduct in Brixton and the studies for the structures of this type present at Liverpool Road station.

The conference concluded with a round table discussion session, in which the six experts received open questions from the public, extending on the questions of serviceability, possible new designs, increasing loads and operational conditions in the European Commission future vision for the Trans European Railway networks and dynamic behaviour of the current structures.

The workshop showed that masonry arch bridges are complex, but on the other hand resilient and robust constructions. Thus, they can be kept in service for a very long lifetime while producing low maintenance cost if treated in an appropriate way.

It’s worth protecting the know-how on designing, construction and maintaining these bridges not only to protect the existing ones but also to build new masonry arch bridges.

The workshop was followed by more than 80 interested participants, who held very interesting discussions during the breaks and most of all in the discussion session which closed the workshop.
The workshop received a very positive feedback and will be repeated from 18 to 19 October in Bristol.

For further information please contact Harald Sattler, Senior Infrastructure Advisor:

sattler@uic.org

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Reporting
  

Rail security network of quick responders – high participation rate in the FFCCTV survey

The network of quick responders has been implemented since April 2017 and gives the members of the UIC security platform the possibility to exchange fast information about arising security questions. If a member has an upcoming security topic, the UIC Security platform circulates these questions among their members. After around three weeks the questioner and all the responders receive a summary with an initial overview of the current situation. Further activities will be organised regarding the member feedback.

Since its creation, the members have already used the network seven times to ask their questions regarding:

  • Awareness of radicalised employees
  • Use of air drones
  • Extremist religion related attacks
  • Attacks against maintenance staff
  • Anti-smoking policy at railway stations
  • Security of women in railway transport

The last survey relates to the use of forward facing closed circuit cameras (FFCCTV), which was carried out together with UITP. Punctuality is one of the priority goals of railway companies. Therefore, different measures to shorten processes, like in the case of an incident on the tracks, will be proofed. As a technical solution, FFCCTV can provide the police with critical fatality investigation information. Thus, decision making processes could be accelerated and reduce investigation time.

27 companies participated and answered questions regarding use, fleet-equipment, purpose, data protection and transmission, regulations as well as experience with FFCCTV. According to the member knowledge, FFCCTV helps to record the occurrences with users, being possible to analyse the different cases, to implement improvements and, above all, to respond to requests from the Department of Justice.

In the light of the high request of the responders, the UIC Security Division will continue to work on the topic with interested responders in cooperation with UITP. To exchange and discuss various aspects, UIC will organise a one-day-event in September 2018.

Within the EU funded RESTRAIL project (Reduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property – Duration: Oct. 2011 – Sept. 2014) was a toolbox developed, which already contains recommendations for the use of FFCCTV. The aim of this project was to help reduce the occurrence of suicides and trespasses on railway property and the costly service disruption these events cause. The toolbox is available at the following link: http://restrail.eu/toolbox/spip.php?article125.
Among the many topics of the network of quick responders is also this year’s UIC Security Week, which will take place from 18 – 21 June 2018 in Paris. CBRNE threats, Cybersecurity, staff and public awareness as well as Business Continuity Management will be themes. The whole agenda with more details are available at https://events.uic.org/uic-security-week-2018.

If you are interested in participating in the UIC-Security week or you want to know more about the network of quick responders, please contact Kathrin Faber:

faber@uic.org

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Promoting
  

Register now! UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy

Latest information on the programme and technical visit now available: www.uicgrfc.org

After a series of successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010), Tangier (2012), Vienna (2014) and Rotterdam (2016), 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. This event is organised under the patronage of Regione Liguria.

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 in global logistics
  • The race towards sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Blockchain technology
  • Globalisation, innovation and connectivity
  • Rail freight corridor developments and the new Silk Roads
  • Integrity of the logistics chain

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

For further information and to consult the latest programme, please visit the GRFC website: www.uicgrfc.org

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Promoting
  

Only three weeks until the Workshop on “Energy Efficient Rail Infrastructures” to be held on 2 July 2018 in Paris

Register now!

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop on “Energy efficient Infrastructures” that will be held in Paris on 2 July 2018 in Paris, in the direct vicinity of UIC Headquarters.

Background
After Eco-driving, eco-stabling and measuring energy consumption, other energy saving potentials have been identified by the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network in the energy management of railway infrastructures.
Therefore, this new workshop will focus on the following topics:

Workshop topics

  • Lighting of platforms, shunting/stabling areas and maintenance shops
    • Use of virtual reality
    • Design tools for lighting of railway infrastructure
  • Switch heating: sharing of technologies and experiences from infrastructure managers
  • Installations for preheating and smart stabling
  • Integration of renewable energy in railway infrastructure
    • Energy efficiency in the railway electricity networks (e.g. internal networks on higher voltage level, purchasing battery chargers and transformers with reduced losses, limiting the amount of different voltages, …)
  • Discussion and sharing of good practices

Programme
The draft programme will be available soon.

Venue
Practical information will be available soon.
The workshop will be held in the direct vicinity of UIC HQ.

Registration
Register your participation by filling in the form via https://events.uic.org/uic-invites-you-to-a-workshop-on-energy-efficient-infrastructures?var_mode=calcul

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor - Environment and Sustainable Development:

keyzer@uic.org

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Cooperation Promoting
  

Calendar of USIC international railway sports activities to be published over the coming months

In the framework of the MoU signed in 2016 in Rome between UIC and USIC, the International Railway Sports Association, the USIC Board has decided to send the UIC Newsletter to all its members and to publish it on the USIC homepage.

For their part, UIC has decided to publish in the UIC newsletter the USIC sports championships calendar of the coming months, in order to reflect the sports activities of USIC. Henceforth, all readers of the UIC newsletter will be kept informed of the international railway sports activities.

  • Football Qualifying Round D: Germany - Duisburg - 03-07 June 2018
  • Football Qualifying Round A: Denmark- Lalandia Rodby - 20-24 June 2018
  • Marathon Men and Women: Czech Republic - Prague - 11-14 October 2018
  • Cycling: India - Bikener - 12-16 November 2018

For further information please contact Dominique Paget, USIC President:

usic.president@gmail.com

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News from UIC members
  

Piotr Kurcz appointed new Vice-Chairman of the UIC Security Platform

Piotr Kurcz, from Polish State Railways (PKP S.A.), has been appointed the new Vice-Chairman of the UIC Security Platform, effective from 1 July 2018.

Currently Director of the Security Office at PKP and with extensive experience in the area of security, Mr Kurcz has had a varied career working for law enforcement institutions as well as a number of international structures.

Since his arrival in the railway sector, he has closely followed UIC’s activities in the areas of safety and security in the railways and is committed to supporting PKP in UIC working groups to create common security requirements and tighten cooperation between its members.

(Source: PKP)

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News from UIC members
  

Obituary: Thomas Leimgruber, former Secretary-General of CIT

After studying law at the University of Basle, Thomas Leimgruber completed a number of traineeships with various bodies and courts, as well as a legal firm, and was admitted to the Bar in 1973. He was later appointed Chair of the rental arbitration board for the City of Basle and, in 1977, published a thesis on Swiss private law.

Married with three children, he succeeded in striking a balance between family and professional life.

His career in the railway sector began in 1977 with a position in the legal service of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), where he quickly specialised in contract law and liability. He was appointed Transport Law Section Head in 1990, and Head of SBB’s Legal Unit in 1994.

Mr Leimgruber was Secretary General of the International Railway Transport Committee (CIT) from 1999 until the end of 2011 and, with his knowledge and experience, made a large contribution to the organisation, particularly with the introduction of the “Berner Tage”. The impact of his achievements over his 12 years at CIT is still evident today. His logical and systematic approach is reflected in the current organisation of CIT, as well as in its products. Thanks to his efforts, CIT has become a legal centre of excellence.

Mr Leimgruber introduced numerous reforms at CIT during the liberalisation of the railway sector. These included the separation of CIT from SBB, the revision of all CIT products with respect to the COTIF 1999, the implementation of passenger rights at European level and legal interoperability of CIM/SMGS.

CIT is greatly saddened to hear of his passing and extends its condolences and sympathies to Mr Leimgruber’s family. He will be remembered as a warm, cheerful man who took great pleasure in spending time with his grandchildren upon his retirement in 2011.

CIT - Laurence Nicolet, Secretary, 30 May 2018

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News from UIC members
  

Iran and Turkey to resume Tabriz-Van passenger train again

The Tabriz-Van passenger train is going to be resumed after more than three years.

The new passenger train including four wagons will leave Tabriz in the direction of Van on 18 June and the second train will start its journey from Van to Tabriz one day later on 19 June according to RAI.

The exact price of ticket for this train will be announced by RAI and TCDD.

(Source: RAI)

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United States: Amtrak to Improve National Network Locomotive Fleet

New or rebuilt locomotives will provide more reliable service, a smoother ride and improved safety features

With demand for Amtrak service at record levels, Amtrak is moving to either acquire new locomotives or rebuild its current diesel fleet of locomotives to supplement and replace its aging National Network diesel locomotive fleet used on Long Distance and some State Supported routes.

In a Request for Proposals (RFP), Amtrak is seeking to rebuild its current diesel fleet or purchase a minimum of 50 to 75 next-generation locomotives, with options to rebuild or acquire additional units. The locomotives will offer the latest safety features, have more horsepower, and the lowest emissions possible.

«Our diesel locomotive fleet is nearing the end of life expectancy and we must act now to modernize Amtrak for the future,» said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson. «We expect that any new, state-of-the art locomotive will offer improved reliability, a smoother ride, improved safety features and make major contributions towards lowering emissions and we’ll also consider how rebuilding options of the current fleet could achieve these goals.»

The rebuilt or new locomotives will primarily replace Amtrak’s aging P40 and P42 locomotives, some of which have been in service for more than 25 years. As part of the contract award for the locomotives, Amtrak will also seek to enter into a multi-year Technical Support, Spares and Supply Agreement to ensure an optimal and cost-effective maintenance strategy.

Amtrak is working aggressively to make immediate changes to the customer experience with improvements including refreshed trains, new fare structures, improved on-time performance, enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity, upgraded facilities and expanded onboard experience options.

Additionally, the rebuilt or new locomotives are part of Amtrak’s long-term upgrades that include buying modern equipment, including new Acela trainsets; ongoing improvements at New York Penn Station and the new Moynihan Train Hall; and further development of stations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Czech Republic: Modernisation completed on railway station building in Příbram

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SŽDC) completed the reconstruction of a railway station building in Příbram a few weeks ago. Construction works lasted from last September until this April. The construction was carried out for a sum of approximately CZK 8.9 million by the company STA-TECH-CAR.

”The modernisation of the passenger building in Příbram dealt with façade repairs including hole-filling, plumbing and locksmith work, safety and signalling components, the wiring system and a new information system. The building’s entrances and strengthened surface were also reconstructed; protection of the building against pigeons was newly installed as well. The repaired premises were completed by new external furniture. The waiting room for passengers and public lavatories were modernised too“, said Mr Tomáš Drmola, Deputy Director General for Asset Management.

SŽDC plans to invest almost CZK 118 million in 2018 in the preparation and implementation of repairs or reconstruction of station buildings in Central Bohemia. This year, repairs of railway stations in Kolín, Hořovice or Nelahozeves will be completed or launched in the region. ”Besides repair work as such, preparation of more extensive projects continues this year to be implemented next year. From these, we can name e.g. repairs of the station building in Beroun“, said Mr Drmola.

(Source: SŽDC)

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Kazakhstan: New regular flight between Novosibirsk-Pavlodar-Novosibirsk has been launched

On 30 May 2018, the Russian airline “S7 Airlines” carried out the first flight from Pavlodar to Novosibirsk.

Regular flights are carried out on the new comfortable aircraft EMBRAER-170. Air passengers will fly from Pavlodar airport to Novosibirsk twice a week - on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Customers will appreciate the opportunity to travel to the cities of the Far East with convenient bilateral connections at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo airport. The advantage of transfer flights - all travel is in a single ticket, baggage is accepted at the airport of departure and sent directly to the final destination.

“The management company of the network of state airports of Kazakhstan” Airport Management Group “together with the international airport of Pavlodar and local agencies analysed the existing demand for the opening of new promising directions from this region. The route Pavlodar - Novosibirsk is defined as one of the most popular air services on the market,” said the main manager of the management company Elena Djugai.

Pavlodar Airport is one of the largest airports in Kazakhstan. At the airport, there are up to 30 regular flights a week to Astana, Almaty, Moscow, Minsk, Antalya and Novosibirsk. Air Astana, SKAT, Qazaq Air, S7 and Belavia fly in these directions.

We recall that the airports of Astana, Aktobe, Atyrau, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Petropavlovsk, Shymkent and Pavlodar are managed by “Airport Management Group” LLP. The company’s mission is to optimise the existing state of Kazakhstan’s airports and improve the quality of services for passengers and airlines.

(Source: KTZ)

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