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UIC International Digital Conference to be organised by UIC and Infrabel from 3 – 5 June 2019 in Brussels

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

In this 21st century, rail faces the challenges of the Digital Revolution.
Rail has already survived several revolutions:

  • the 19th century saw the first Industrial Revolution ;
  • the 20th century saw the oil crisis followed by major changes in information technology.

The input of digital technology in our society will be fundamental in adapting our transport systems in terms of productivity, services and security.
Transport is becoming the optimised access to a succession of spaces and time slots with various modes.
The management of their interfaces is also key to sustainable development in our sector.
An integrated chain of mobility is the answer, but we have to be increasingly aware that rail is the backbone of this multimodal chain.

Therefore, the management of data through machine learning, QR codes, blockchain technology, facial recognition, cloud computing and AI is fundamental to coordinate all modes in a new approach of accessibility that UIC is promoting internationally as “SICICOM”:
Sustainable Integrated Connected International Chain of Mobility.

In this rapidly changing world, UIC’s new objectives are to bring new ideas, benchmark technical solutions within our community and develop a long-term vision sustained by standards and innovations. This is why we are proposing a number of projects and conferences worldwide.

In this spirit, we are organising the First Intelligent Digital Rail global UIC Conference in partnership with Infrabel from 3 – 4 June 2019 in Brussels.
This event will be open to our railway community, other associations, industry partners, universities and to the global digital ecosystem.

Looking forward to a fruitful conference at the service of our International Railway community.

Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX
UIC Director General
Luc LALLEMAND
CEO Infrabel

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer:

bedel@uic.org

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A European-wide power and infrastructure break-down (“blackout”) and railways operators

This is the theme of the 14th UIC World Security Congress, which will take place from 16 to 18 October 2018 in Bled, Slovenia.
As part of our preparations for the next UIC World Security Congress and because the topic interests various partners and stakeholders beyond the railway companies, we have asked a number of experts to give their analysis or point of view on this theme. The following article has been written by Herbert Saurugg. He is an expert on preparation for failure of vital infrastructures and was a career officer in the ICT Security Section of the Austrian Armed Forces until 2012. Since then he has been engaged in raising awareness of the increasing systemic risks caused by the rising interconnections and dependen-cies between Critical Infrastructures, which are contributing to extreme events. He is known as one of the most experienced blackout experts beyond the borders of Austria. He runs an extensive blog, cur-rently only available in German (www.saurugg.net).

A European-wide power and infrastructure breakdown (“blackout”) is hardly imaginable for many peo-ple, including most decision makers. While many countries in the world, such as Australia, Turkey and North America, have experience of handling major interruptions, this knowledge is largely missing in Europe due to the excellent security of supply thus far. Nevertheless, the warning signs have never been as concrete as over recent months and the author foresees the concrete risk of a European-wide black-out within the next five years. System instabilities have been increasing rapidly for years. The reasons for this include the very volatile electricity production from renewable energies, the increase of ex-treme weather events, and rising coordination requirements between electricity generators, network operators and distribution, which have a tight technical and physical dependency. In addition to this, the threat landscape from cyberspace is growing. In 2015, the first known hacker-caused power blackout occurred in Ukraine. German cyber security authorities have also recently stated that a blackout could be triggered by a cyberattack [1]. Furthermore, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) pointed out in its investigation report on the Turkey Blackout in 2015, which was triggered by a chain of individual events during a phase of instability in the grid operation, that “the electric supply should never be interrupted, there is, unfortunately, no collapse-free power system.” [2]

The typical development of a blackout may be divided into three major phases (see picture below). Due to the lack of experience in Europe, it is very difficult to forecast how long it would take to restore and stabilise the European power supply. The estimated timeframe from experts differs from many hours up to several days for different regions.

The consequences of such a major interruption would be devastating for our highly interdependent in-frastructures and society. Particularly disastrous would be the failure of the telecommunications supply (mobile phones, landlines, Internet, etc.). Without it, there would be no production, no logistics, and no supply – not even a fuel supply, because tankers, petrol stations and other parts of the supply chain are heavily dependent on working data connections. Consequently, there are many uncertainties in Phase 2. At the same time, German and Austrian studies [3] [4] conclude that almost one-third of the population would hardly be able to cope with a three-day supply interruption. After seven days, this would affect almost two-thirds of the population. The situation would intensify and accelerate if the water supply and sanita-tion were to break down in some regions. In cities, this would be catastrophic.
Since railways are heavily dependent on power and telecommunications supplies, such an event would also have a significant impact on the railway undertaking. For instance, fuel supply would become im-possible or very difficult, and cooling problems could cause freight trains with dangerous goods to leak during this time. Furthermore, hundreds or thousands of passengers could get trapped in trains or at railway stations. Even where appropriate fall-back arrangements and emergency generators have been put in place, a multi-day emergency operation due to a blackout situation has only rarely been tested.

The handling of the impacts of a blackout affects the entire society – from the government and the au-thorities to industry and providers, as well as each individual person. As part of the critical infrastruc-ture, railway operators have a very important role in restoring and stabilising supply chains after a blackout. Not everything can be secured, but appropriate measures to enable the organisation and the staff to handle such a major incident can be prepared.

The first step begins with the organisational awareness and appropriate risk assessment that such an event is possible, or indeed highly likely (business continuity management). On this basis, business conti-nuity and crisis management plans must be constantly updated and must include measures for before, during and after a blackout situation. The responsibilities involved in handling a local power cut, as well as a whole infrastructure collapse, must be described. In this context, the development of offline-plans is essential. These plans should provide easy instructions describing what measures have to be taken when chaos situations are starting and contact cannot be made with decision makers or emergency services. What are the prerequisites for restarting operations after the event? In addition, offline plans should outline the options for communication with staff and third parties, such as public crisis management, law enforcement and authorities, emergency services, and suppliers, when public telecommunication systems are offline. Staff play an essential role in the implementation of these plans. It is therefore cru-cial that they are aware of business continuity and crisis management plans and that they are regularly trained. However, psychological aspects must also be considered when, for example, staff are separated from their families and have not prepared them to survive on their own.

As shown in this short article, a social discussion involving all stakeholders is essential – covering the preparation of our families and the implementation of organisational plans which must be familiar to all staff members and decision makers. Let’s start now!

Raising awareness of the impact of blackout situations on the railway environment is the core top-ic of the 14th UIC World Security Congress. Under the umbrella theme of “Crisis Management and Resilience”, different examples of (partial) blackout situations and their handling will be shared between congress participants. In addition, further developments and insights in the field of crisis management will be presented. The programme of the 14th World Security Congress is available at https://events.uic.org/14th-uic-world-security-congress-crisis-management-and-resilience and will be updated regularly.

If you are interested in participating, please don’t hesitate to register at https://events.uic.org/14th-security-congress-registration-form

For further information please contact Jacques Colliard, Head of the UIC Security Division: colliard@uic.org

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13th CRITIS (International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security) was held between 23 and 26 September, 2018, in Lithuania

The 13th edition of the International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS) took place in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city. The event was organised by the Lithuanian Energy Institute (LEI) and hosted by the Vytautas Magnus University.

Following the successful organisation of CRITIS 2016 in Paris at UIC HQ and the support given to CRITIS 2017 (Lucca, Italy), UIC ensured continuity with the previous editions by supporting the scientific programme of CRITIS 2018 and promoting the railway sector among the international Critical Infrastructure protection research community.

The conference brought together around 70 participants from various European countries, as well as Japan, South Korea and the USA. Participants included representatives of national governments, EU policy makers, scientists, academics, law enforcement agencies, CI operators and service providers.

The programme included five technical sessions with presentations of scientific works, a poster session, a project dissemination session, two invitational sessions and four keynote lectures. As in previous years, special attention was devoted to young talent. To this purpose, the best contribution presented by a young author received the Young CRITIS Award.

The conference covered essential topics in the field of security and resilience, such as critical energy systems, urban resilience, securing the Internet of Things, needs and toolsets for industrial control systems security, governance and resilience of CI, and policy issues.

UIC was represented by Grigore Havârneanu (Research Advisor, Security Division) who was invited to chair one session and also disseminated two UIC research projects that have achieved important milestones this month: Project CYRAIL (CYber security in the RAILway sector – www.cyrail.eu), which held its final conference two weeks ago; and Project SAFER-LC (SAFER Level Crossing by integrating and optimising road-rail infrastructure management and design – www.safer-lc.eu), which will hold its mid-term conference on 10 October in Madrid.

The next CRITIS edition will be organised in Linköping, Sweden from 23 to 25 September, 2019 and will continue to foster cooperation between CI sectors, academia and authorities. The call for papers will be available soon.

For further information please contact Grigore Havarneanu: havarneanu@uic.org

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Meeting of the World Congress on Railway Research Executive Committee

On 27 September, ÖBB hosted a meeting of the WCRR Executive Committee at its headquarters in Vienna as it prepares for the twelfth World Congress on Railway Research. The meeting was chaired by Japanese WRCC hosts, RTRI, and participants included representatives from DB, SNCF, Trenitalia, AAR/TTCI, RSSB and UIC. The team of this year’s WCRR is “Railway Research to Enhance the Customer Experience” and it will be held in Tokyo from 28 October to 1 November 2019.
Call for abstracts - results
Among the many items discussed was the results of the call for abstracts, which was concluded early. Well over 600 high-quality research and innovation abstracts have been received from the six UIC regions. In particular, Japan, China and France were active participants. Most of the abstracts received were submitted under the heading of “Infrastructure” as a main topic. The diagram below illustrates the distribution of topics:

Following a thorough evaluation by selected expert reviewers, the abstracts will be submitted to the 70th session of Congress. Confirmation of the selected abstracts will be sent to the authors and full papers will be requested by early February. Complete papers shall then be submitted by 10 May 2019.
The schedule for the twelfth WCRR includes three interesting plenary sessions, oral sessions and poster sessions. In order to ensure a well-balanced programme, around ten additional “organised sessions” on specially-selected ‘hot’ topics with invited speakers will be added.

The themes for the three plenary sessions were also agreed during the meeting and potential speakers were proposed and discussed. The following were chosen as the themes for the plenary sessions:

  • “The Role of Railway Operators in Enhancing the Customer Experience”
  • “Contributions of Railway Suppliers in Elevating the Value of Railways”
  • “R&D for Future Railways”
    Sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space
    WCRR 2019 is the world’s largest international congress on railway research and is expected to be attended by about 900 railway-related participants, of which around 400 participants are expected to join the congress from abroad. The WCRR 2019 organising committee firmly believes that sponsors and attendees of the congress will enjoy excellent opportunities to promote their interests to railway-related delegates from around the world and to further raise awareness of their organisations’ presence in the railways. An overview of the exhibition space is shown below.

As usual, the sponsorship plan was also discussed at the meeting, as well as the sponsors that have already registered for the various categories. There are only a few remaining sponsorship slots available. The same holds true for the few remaining open spaces or booths in the exhibition space. The Japanese organising committee has requested that any organisations interested in WCRR 2019 sponsorship contact them by email to make an initial formal commitment by October 31, 2018. There is a strong possibility that sponsorship offers will not be accepted after this date (apart from advertisements, which may be accepted at a later stage). For more detailed information, please visit https://wcrr2019.org/sponsorships.html and contact the Japanese organising team directly at wcrr2019@issjp.com

For further information, please see the WCRR 2019 website https://wcrr2019.org/index.html.

The WCRR Executive Committee wishes to extend its thanks to Ms Doris Danzinger and her team for supporting this meeting.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC member of the WCRR Executive Committee:
schut@uic.org

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop jointly held by the IEA and UIC on 24 September 2018 in Paris

Following a decision by the IEA (International Energy Agency) and UIC to publish a new report in January 2019 entitled The Future of Rail which aims to analyse existing railway and energy use, as well as support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system, the two organisations hosted a joint workshop on 24 September at UIC headquarters in order to combine and consolidate the strategic guidance and technical input of decision-makers and experts from across the globe.

The workshop aimed to reflect on the current state-of-play for railways in different countries and review possible drivers and bottlenecks to enhance rail’s future role, with a special focus on rail transport development in India.

Attending the event were around 80 participants representing the railways, transport authorities, EU institutions, industry and academia.

The workshop was opened by the Executive Director of the IEA, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux said that environmental issues and sustainable mobilty are embedded in the core functions of UIC and form part of its values.
He said: “It is UIC’s responsibility to promote innovation and new developments, provide space for exchanging experience and best practice – this is why we are here today.”
Mr Loubinoux thanked the IEA for helping to organise the workshop and said that international cooperation is the only way to achieve the demanding goals we have set for ourselves.

The IEA gave an initial overview of the day’s workshop, which consisted of four themed sessions, followed by question-and-answer opportunities in between, addressing primarily:

  • The current role of rail transport
  • The future of rail – drivers and bottlenecks
  • Opportunities and challenges for increasing the role of rail
  • The role of rail for India’s development objectives

In Session 1, representatives from Italy, Japan, Switzerland and Russia identified the role that rail transport plays today in their countries and described their goals, strategies and projects to support transport and energy policy. They stressed that rail development is vital for overall growth in mobility and that it is important to address the challenges of investing in rail infrastructure and creating the right incentives.

In Session 2, representatives from Europe, South Africa and Korea looked at rail’s outlook, how it can satisfy future demand for passenger and freight transport and overcome the challenges of future deployment. The speakers highlighted the key drivers for the rail industry, notably with regard to urbanisation and environmental concerns. To overcome future challenges, they mentioned technical solutions to reduce energy consumption, developments in energy management to improve the energy efficiency of urban transport networks, how to increase rail capacity, offering door-to-door transport chains, and how to improve passenger experience.

Session 3 featured representatives from the UK and a number of European countries. The speakers talked about how we can help increase the role of rail in the transport system of the future. Among the examples mentioned was that of the commuter and regional business in terms of passenger volumes and efficiency in urban areas. They also mentioned the various market segments, comparing high speed rail with aviation and how rail transport can be a real alternative in terms of cost, safety, comfort, time efficiency and environmental performance. The challenges evoked, however, included investment in infrastructure, flexibility and convenience.

In the fourth and final session focusing specifically on the case of India, representatives spoke about key opportunities and bottlenecks for a cleaner and more inclusive Indian railway system. Among the points raised were rail versus road, the passenger and freight business, network capacity enhancement, investment, IT developments and urban rail. With regard to mobility and land planning strategies, projects included high speed rail lines which would make better use of land and be more energy efficient. The issue of the transport sector’s role in carbon emission reduction in India was also addressed, as well as future strategies for increasing rail’s market share.

The sessions concluded with a round-the-table discussion chaired by the IEA of the key issues and messages that should be included as advice to policy makers in the forthcoming IEA/UIC publication. These included the areas of freight productivity, sustainability targets and emissions forecasting, infrastructure funding, marketing issues, customer service, modal integration, societal changes, and government-backed policies.

The meeting ended with a few words by the UIC panel, who thanked the participants for attending and the IEA for their co-organisation.

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

philippe@uic.org

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UIC 1st door-to-door solutions workshop: Business-to-business opportunities for a sustainable urban mobility

14 November 2018 in Warsaw

This event will be an opportunity for railways to discuss business opportunities for the first and last mile solutions, with a strong focus on sustainable solutions.

The goal of the workshop is to open a dialogue between railway companies and urban mobility providers for a new mobility offer to exchange best practices and stimulate partnerships and cooperation, in the frame of the new UIC project “Door-to-door solutions”.

Car sharing, car-pooling, bike sharing, scooter sharing, stations as hubs, MaaS – mobility as a service – tools, journey planners, integration with public transport, electric vehicles facilities and integrated offer: these are areas in which railway companies are engaging with passion. New forms of business can be created for the benefits of customers, citizens and environment.

Participants and speakers will include UIC Members and key stakeholders from the sector especially urban mobility providers.
Pre-Programme

Introduction 9.30-10.00

Session 1: international overview 10.00-11.00
International stakeholders and organisations bringing insight on a worldwide level: sharing mobility projects, door-to-door projects, world urban mobility, etc.

Session 2: Best practices 11.00-12.30
Speakers from different urban transport sectors will give an overview of several solutions and their experiences in the field of mobility as a service, integrated urban mobility, sharing/pooling, electric charging, etc.

  • Open debate between UIC members and urban mobility providers
    Open debate: Q&A session

Networking lunch 12.30-14.00
This moment provides the opportunity for UIC members and urban mobility providers to share ideas and create relationships and strategic alliances.

Session 3: Business examples and cooperation models 14.30-16.00
The challenges introduced by new mobility require rail companies to adopt a systemic door-to-door approach and propose travel offers capable to provide the final customer with easy solutions to run the first and last mile in a sustainable, efficient and comfortable way. Some EU rail companies have already acted in this sense, while others are starting now to focus on this important aspect of co-modality. The session will present an overview of door-to-door models already in place as well as new plans to come, providing information on challenges and opportunities in the set-up of partnerships with urban mobility providers.

This will be followed by an open debate with UIC members inspired to launch door-to-door partnerships.

Open debate: Q&A session

Conclusions and next steps 16.00-16.30

Registration
To register, please follow this link: https://events.uic.org/uic-1st-door-to-door-solutions-workshop
Note that the event is free of charge. Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Following this event, the UIC event Global debate on mobility challenges for future society will take place on 15 and 16 November at the same venue. All participants of the door-to-door workshop are welcome to join this event for free. You are invited to register – registration to the door-to-door workshop do not automatically register participants for the Global Debate – and to learn more about this event following this link: https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

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

philippe@uic.org

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Register now for the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards, 14-15 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand

UIC is pleased to invite you to the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards which will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 14 to 15 November, 2018.

Freight corridors are developing throughout Asia-Pacific, linking east to west and involving different initiatives and projects from many stakeholders, including intergovernmental organisations, funding institutions and multimodal companies, with railways forming the backbone. However, successful business and operations should be supported by internationally recognised and applied interoperable solutions and standards.

The aim of the UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop is to focus on:

  • Interoperability of railway corridors – Experiences and insights
  • Regional integration – Policy directions and capacity building
  • Digitalisation and innovation to meet customer needs
  • Market and business models for longer and faster trains
  • Seamless train operation best practices – Border crossing facilitation – Technical regulations for regional interoperability
  • Synergy of strategies of international organisations

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bangkok!

More information on registration is available on the UIC website: https://events.uic.org/uic-asia-pacific-freight-corridors-workshop-on-interoperability-standards

For any further information, please contact Mrs. Beatrice SEGERAL: segeral@uic.org

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Register now for the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” from 15 – 16 November 2018 in Warsaw

Register here:

https://events.uic.org/global-debate-on-mobility-challenges-for-future-society

The UIC International Rail Research Board (IRRB) and Instytut Kolejnictwa – the Polish Railway Research Institute (IK) are jointly organising an international event entitled “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society” to be held from 15 – 16 November 2018, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw City Centre, Poland.

The International Railway Research Board (IRRB) is one of UIC’s working bodies in which UIC members from all over the world participate along with renowned research institutes and academia. One of the key elements and primary goals of the IRRB activities has been the development of a high-level document, “A Global Vision for Railway Development” – or in short the “GVRD”. This GVRD will be updated and published by the end of 2019.

Each year, a substantial number of conferences and other events are being organised in the area of rail transport. Those dealing with research mainly consist of presenting the results of previous and ongoing research. The IRRB has taken the initiative to plan and organise this future oriented event: the “Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for Future Society”.

The aim of this event is to stimulate an “out-of-the-box” discussion on transport needs and the ideal transport system in 2050 and the role of railways/guided transport systems therein.

The Debate will focus on the following areas:

  • New mobility system concepts
  • Towards an integrated transport system
  • IT – new opportunities and threats
  • Competitiveness of transport stakeholders
  • Sustainability and resilience of the transport system

The Global Debate will be launched by an opening ceremony, featuring presentations by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux – UIC Director General, Prof Boris Lapidus – IRRB Chairman (RZD) and Dr Andrzej Żurkowski – IRRB Vice-Chairman and Director of IK.

Following the official opening, five keynote speeches will be given, linked to each of the five areas mentioned above. The afternoon session will be split into five thematic parallel debates focused on these areas.

At the beginning of the second day, the conclusions of these parallel debates will be presented by their moderators. It will be followed by the general debate, the main element of the event. The conclusions of this final main debate will be summarised by Prof. Boris Lapidus, IRRB Chairman.
Plenary sessions will be simultaneously interpreted into English, Russian and Polish. Five parallel thematic sessions will be held in English only.

It is our expectation that the outcome from this Global Debate, using a wide range of transport research results as well as multifaceted insights from around the world, will also constitute a crucial input in to the update of the Global Vision for Railway Development document.

For further information please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research Manager:

schut@uic.org

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Panel of Structural Experts (PoSE) – autumn meeting 2018 in Lisbon

The PoSE met for the second time this year in Lisbon. Its annual autumn meeting took place in the historic Rossio Station from 25 to 27 September and was hosted by Infraestruturas de Portugal.

Tuesday’s opening session was opened by PoSE Chairman, Mr Muncke. The agenda for the first day of the meeting was filled with various administrative and technical topics, particularly new project proposals, an overview of UIC leaflets and bridge-specific items.

The draft of the new IRS 70719 was presented by working group leader José Estaire Gepp of CEDEX and was then discussed in depth. The working group will review the comments at its next meeting at the end of the year. The next and final presentation will be in Paris in January 2019.

Harald Sattler, UIC Senior Advisor for Infrastructure, presented the current situation, news on the sector, revision of the 2016-2018 budget, main ongoing PoSE activities and projects, progress on IRSs and leaflets and preparation of the 2019-2020 work programme.

An overview of Infraestruturas de Portugal, which hosted the meeting, was presented by Mr Cardoso dos Reis. Mr Clemente presented new and upgrade projects to be rolled out in Portugal in the coming years to improve infrastructure for 2023 with the support of the EU, including CEF and other sources of funding.

The UIC workshops on masonry arch bridges were also presented. The first workshop was held in Madrid in June, and the next workshop will be held in Bristol in October. Dr Adrienn Tomor of the University of West England (UWE), one of the speakers at the workshops, presented a number of proposals for new masonry projects via video link.

The first day concluded with some technical sessions, comprising presentations by Mr Reber (SBB) and Mr Barrera (Bane NOR) on fluent ballast and tunnels, respectively.

The second day started with a tour of the new information centre (Experiência Pilar 7) at the 25 de Abril bridge over the Tagus river in Lisbon, the world’s third-longest suspension bridge for combined rail and road traffic. The group of experts were given interesting information on the bridge itself, as well as the upgrade project. The tour led the group to the viewpoint at road level, which provided a wonderful view of the Lisbon riverside.

After a visit to Infraestruturas de Portugal headquarters, the group enjoyed a technical tour around the 25th April Bridge. In small groups, and equipped with safety helmets and gloves, the group had a unique opportunity to explore the bridge, initially between road and rail level. The group then used a small maintenance elevator to get to the top of the pillar. After climbing through the narrow steel structure, the group squeezed through the last trap door. Their efforts were rewarded with a breathtaking view from a height of 200 m of the traffic and river edge far below, as well as the bridge structure.

Upon their return to IP headquarters, the group was kindly hosted by Mr Cardoso dos Reis, Director of International Affairs.

The third day began with a presentation by Mr Durot (SNCF) on the final “Repair Work in Tunnels” document. After that, the day was once again dedicated to technical information, with a particular focus on standardisation processes at UIC. Ms Lévy presented the standardisation unit and new UIC processes. The presentation was of great benefit to the participants, highlighting how standardisation is coordinated internally, as well as UIC’s role within the framework of standards .

Mr Friedl (SBB) gave a presentation on a new bridge built with an innovative material: UHP-FRC (ultra-high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete).

The session closed with information on new European regulations, provided by the Chairman, Mr Muncke.

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

sattler@uic.org

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Track Expert Group (TEG) – autumn plenary meeting 2018 in Prague (Czech Republic)

The second TEG plenary meeting held this year coincided with the annual autumn celebration and was held at the headquarters of Czech Railways (SŽDC) in Prague’s Old Town, very close to the central station. The meeting took place on 25 and 26 September, with a technical visit on the following day, and was hosted by Mr Taborsky of SŽDC.

Wednesday’s opening session was launched by TEG Chairman, Mr Paul Godart, and TEG Secretary, Mr Kurt Demeersseman. It was entirely devoted to various technical subjects, such as a review and exchange of members’ practices, an update on the current status and progress of new and revised leaflets, ongoing projects and new project proposals. Information on the administrative and technical elements required to advance and progress on some of these tasks was provided during the session, all of which related specifically to track.

An expert from PKP reported on practices for inspections of switches and crossings in Poland. General practices for track maintenance were presented by experts from DB, and this subject will be revisited at the next session.

Presentations followed from Trafikverket, SNCF, Infrabel, ProRail and RFI, with explanations from the experts of regulations for speed restrictions due to track works, including the different rules and actions to be observed.

Mr Laurent Schmitt, Chairman of the UIC Standardisation Platform, explained the current processes for standardisation at UIC, including a detailed description of the role of UIC standardisation and tasks within Europe and the rest of the world. His presentation was considered very useful by the participants, clarifying the internal coordination process and cooperation with other international standardisation and safety organisations, including the various frameworks for collaboration and the existing agreements in place.

Mr Rodolphe Potvin of SNCF explained the progress of UIC working groups on UBM (under ballast mats) and plastic sleepers in which is the current leader. Agreement was also reached in relation to the next steps for publication of the TLR (Lateral Track Resistance) document.

The draft of the new IRS 70719 - a revision of UIC Leaflet 719 - was presented by the working group leader, Mr José Estaire from CEDEX, and was then briefly discussed. Members of the TEG can send comments before the next meeting, to take place in Madrid. The final presentation will be at the next meeting in Paris in January 2019.

Mr Björn Paulsson of Chalmers University of Technology contributed with a presentation on the current situation in relation to jointed track in Europe, including an examination of both the In2Track and In2Smart initiatives, part of the Shift2Rail innovation project.

In addition, Mr Bernhard Knoll from ÖBB presented the first steps in relation to the StableTrack project, which he is currently leading. The project was initiated in order to update UIC Leaflet 720 on protection of CWR track against buckling into an IRS. Ms Clara Zamorano and Mr Pablo Jiménez of the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) outlined the content of the first work package in the MILA project, which is almost complete.

The first day concluded with administrative and technical information from Mr Villalmanzo on publication of IRS 70712, progress on vegetation management tasks in the UIC Sustainability Unit, as well as the new 2019 opt-in project proposal, AT-WOOD, which involves looking for alternative uses for wooden sleepers with creosote.

The second day began with a detailed presentation of SZDC’s new NDT (non-destructive testing) rail measurement vehicle. Self-propelled and comprising three coaches, this train has three different rail profile measurement systems, including automated digital video surface inspection, ultrasonic probes on skids at various angles for internal defect detection and an innovative eddy current system to detect head-checks and other rail surface defects. A live onboard demonstration was performed, measuring and displaying the results of the detection in real time.

This second session was closed by Mr Godart, who thanked all of the participants for the positive atmosphere that had characterised the sessions and for their participation. In particular, he acknowledged Mr Taborsky and all of the SZDC staff for hosting and organising the meeting.

For further information please contact David Villamanzo Resusta, Infrastructure Senior Advisor: resusta@uic.org

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News from UIC members
  

United Kingdom: Network Rail supports British business with £200m contract

Network Rail has extended its contract with British Steel for two years in its latest effort to maximise value for taxpayers.

The extension is worth £100m a year and will include the supply of about 200,000 tonnes, or 4,000km, of rail. The contract will run from March 2019 to March 2021, and follows the previous contract signed in 2014.

British Steel already supplies about 95 per cent of our rails – it’s one of our biggest suppliers with its materials used in major projects such as the Borders Railway in Scotland. The Borders Railway reopened a disused line in 2015, bringing more tourism and more affordable housing that has resulted in increased economic and population growth.

In April this year, British Steel began building a facility at its Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire site to increase its capacity to support Network Rail’s requirements for new rail types. These will enable a more sustainable railway - Network Rail uses specially coated rails in areas where corrosion can cause problems, including along coasts, in wet tunnels and on level crossings.

Rob Morton, supply chain operations director, Route Services, Network Rail, said: “We are proud to extend our historic relationship with British Steel for a further two years. It is pleasing to see two British organisations trading for mutual benefit and for the benefit of the wider British economy.

“This new deal is an example of how we continually review our sourcing options to provide the safest network and maximise value for money for the British taxpayer.”

Ron Deelen, chief marketing officer of British Steel, said: “Together we’ve helped find solutions to the challenges they face, enabling us to develop and install new products which reduce the need for costly and time-consuming maintenance and replacement works. This allows more traffic with less rail maintenance - major benefits for passengers and freight operators - and provides Network Rail with excellent value for money.”

(Source: Network Rail)

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Kazakhstan: Heads of Railway Administrations of SCO countries discuss cooperation issues in Tashkent to expand transport services

On 19 September 2018, the Chairman of the Board of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC Kanat Alpysbayev took part and spoke at the first meeting of the heads of railway administrations of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Tashkent.

K. Alpysbayev noted the importance of the event in strengthening and intensifying the interaction of the railway administrations of the SCO countries in expanding the transport services market, improving the efficiency and potential capabilities of the railway industry.

“The transport industry of Kazakhstan with the support of the Head of State is developing at the most accelerated pace. International business alliances and integration associations are actively forming with the owners of the logistics infrastructure and transport operators. Container trains are successfully being developed. By 2020, it is planned to increase the volume of container transport to two million containers a year,” said the head of the Company.

There is active marketing in the promotion of transport and logistics products to attract new large customers in the global market.

“We are carrying out the export of goods from 17 major freight-provoking provinces in China, developing routes to the Caucasus and Turkey, working with the railways of Iran and Turkmenistan to attract cargo flows along the North-South corridor. A network of international transport and logistics routes passing through the territory of Kazakhstan has been formed,” said K. Alpysbayev.

K. Alpysbayev believes that “the provision of complete transport services from the point of departure to the destination on the territory of several countries on the principles of simplification of all administrative procedures, convenience and quality of service will be an important factor in the successful development of transcontinental transport and facilitation of international rail transport.”

The head of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC expressed confidence that the decisions taken at the first meeting of the heads of the railway administrations of the SCO countries will contribute to the development of coordinated approaches to facilitate border crossing, removal of barriers, simplification of procedures affecting the unhindered movement of passengers and cargo.

The Chairman of the Board of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy K. Alpysbayev held negotiations with the first Deputy Chairman of the Board of Uzbekiston Temir Yollari JSC F. Sagdullayev in Tashkent. The parties considered the issues of organisation of transport of grain cargo and flour in transit through the territory of Uzbekistan towards Afghanistan, provision of tariff preferences for the 2019 freight year.

As a result of the negotiations, the relevant Protocol was signed.
In addition, the head of “NC” Kazakhstan Temir Zholy " JSC met with the Minister of Railways of India R. Gohein, and also held a Tripartite meeting with the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Uzbekiston Temir Yollari JSC F. Sagdullayev and the Director General of the National Railway Administration of Afghanistan M. Yamma Shamsom.

(Source: KTZ)

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Canada: VIA Rail recognized by women in Governance

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has received a Silver Parity Certification, in recognition of its efforts and achievements in its strategies, actions and results to promote and support women in their leadership development, career advancement and representation at all levels of the organization. This certification was given to VIA Rail on 11 September, at the Women in Governance Parity Certification gala honouring many other deserving organizations.

“Diversity and gender parity are top priorities for VIA Rail,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We support and take initiatives to get women a seat at all the tables where decisions are made. Among other things, we implemented a diversity and inclusion program to enhance the representation of women at all levels and in non-traditional roles. Much of VIA Rail’s success in its major transformation can be attributed to its gender-equal leadership. The Silver Parity Certification is part of an important step toward achieving parity across the board.”

The Silver Parity Certification is the second honour VIA Rail has received on behalf of Women in Governance. In 2016, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano received an award from the organization in the CEO category for his outstanding acts promoting the advancement of women. We have currently achieved parity within the Board of Directors, which is composed of six women and five men, and among the company officers, with five women and six men. The rest of our organization is on the right track: 31% of managers and 34% of non-managers are women.

(Source: VIA Rail)

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