Seminar on “Reducing Infrastructure Maintenance Costs” organised by Turkish Railways (TCDD) and supported by UIC Middle East Region

Hosted by TCDD, a seminar on reducing infrastructure maintenance costs was held at the MERTCe (UIC Middle East Region training centre) in Ankara on 19 and 20 December 2018. Around 120 attendees from amongst UIC’s Middle East Region members actively participated in the seminar, which aimed to benchmark the many aspects relating to the main topic.

UIC experts introduced recent developments in the field of railway infrastructure, focussing inter alia on asset management, balance between maintenance and renewal, computer maintenance management software (CMMS), procurement methods, estimation of maintenance needs for track, innovative ballasted tracks, measuring and processing of track geometry parameters worldwide, modern methods for securing tracks and their components in sand-prone areas, methods to increase tunnel clearance, masonry arch bridge maintenance, cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, continuous infrastructure benchmarking, key performances indicators, etc.

The seminar was opened by Mr Cuneyt Turkkusu, Director of MERTCe & TCDD Human Resources Deputy Director, who presented the training centre’s expertise and capacity. Mr Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC’s Fundamental Values Director and Middle East Region Coordinator, then gave a general presentation of UIC, with a particular focus on the work programme for the region in 2018 and its plans for 2019.

Prof. Marc Antoni, Director of UIC’s Rail System department, and Messrs David Villalmanzo Resusta and Teodor Gradinariu from the department were the keynote speakers for the two-day session, and also acted as moderators for discussions and exchanges with the audience. Many engineers, railway management specialists and researchers from the sector attended the event and were well-prepared for the discussions, asking many questions and proposing solutions. UIC received positive feedback both during and after the seminar from participants on the quality of the presentations given and the knowledge of the experts in attendance. At the end of the first day, the UIC delegates were warmly thanked by Mr Ismail H. Murtazaoğlu, TCDD Deputy General Director, for their contribution to the important issue of infrastructure maintenance cost reduction. Mr Murtazaoğlu also extended his gratitude to UIC Director-General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux for ensuring UIC representation at the appropriate level. He also expressed thanks for the words of compassion and condolence received following the fatal railway accident that had occurred a number of days previously on the TCDD network and for UIC’s technical advice on the matter.

In line with the conclusions from the 22nd RAME event, which took place in Esfahan on 26 November, and taking in account the importance of cooperation in UIC’s Middle East region, the members will be invited to participate in the first meeting of the Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres, to be held in March 2019 at MERTCe premises. The capabilities and expertise of the various national training centres will be discussed and determined at this meeting, and possible training activities may be agreed, depending on the needs of the members.

The UIC delegates to the seminar convey their special thanks to Mr Asir Kiliçaslan, Head of the International Relations Department at TCDD, and to all the staff involved in the organisation of the event for the warm hospitality received in Ankara.

For further information, please contact Jerzy Wisniewski, Middle-East Region Coordinator:

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The RESTRAIL toolbox: good practice for suicide prevention. Further discussions on 25 March 2019 at UIC HQ, Paris.

RESTRAIL (see success story at: is still active more than four years after the end of the project.

RESTRAIL (REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property) was the first collaborative EU research project to foster international cooperation in an effort to reduce the number of railway suicides, trespasses and service disruptions ( The project was coordinated by UIC’s Security division and implemented between 2011 and 2014 in collaboration with railway stakeholders, academia and research organisations and SMEs.

The interdisciplinary work resulted in a dynamic online toolbox ( which has become increasingly popular among railway stakeholders, decision-makers, safety experts and researchers.

Similar toolkit to prevent suicides in other modes of transport

In recent years, the RESTRAIL toolbox has also became a model for other preventative actions. In 2018, CRES (a French suicidology resource centre) began implementation of a toolkit for suicide prevention and postvention actions across all European transport sectors affected by this problem:

The CRES project aims to be complementary to RESTRAIL since it covers all modes of transport: road, rail, river, maritime and air. A mode of transport comprises the transport vehicle, transport infrastructure (e.g. airport, lock, airstrip, bridge, quay, rail, road) and the respective transport environment (e.g. river, maritime space, air space, etc.).

Since the project is based on existing RESTRAIL work, rail transport is not treated as a priority in the CRES toolkit and the RESTRAIL toolbox is referenced for this transport sector. As with the RESTRAIL toolbox, the CRES toolkit is intended to be easy to access and aims to bring together existing actions to serve as examples of good practice. The information is gradually imported into the toolkit as it is collected from public sources.

Steps forward in 2019: save the date for 25 and 26 March

At UIC members’ request, a UIC workshop will be organised on 25 March (14:00-18:00 CET) at UIC headquarters in Paris to revisit the topic of RESTRAIL and discuss ways of moving forward on the topic. The workshop will be followed the next day by the ELCF (European Level Crossing Forum) – a UIC working group involving a related topic and relevant experts. The organisation of these two events on consecutive days aims to optimise expert participation and to further stimulate synergies between safety and security-related topics.
A registration link will be made available shortly.

For further information on the RESTRAIL toolbox and the forthcoming workshop on rail suicide and trespass prevention, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, Research Advisor - Security Division:

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UIC and the Spanish Railway Foundation (Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles) held the 6th Training on High-Speed Systems – Level 2 in Madrid

UIC and the Spanish Railway Foundation (Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles) held the 6th Training on High-Speed Systems – Level 2 at the Railway Museum in Madrid. Five intense days of lectures, technical visits and training on the High-Speed Planner 4.0 developed by the R&D Team of the Railway Foundation, with great interest and positive results.

ADIF and RENFE representatives delivered lecturers on environment: sustainability of high-speed lines, on building a high-speed network from scratch, on the introduction to the spanish railway sector. They were also responsible for the very interesting trip on board the AVE train to Zaragoza, visiting the driver’s cab, Delicias station, the Control Centre as well as the technical visit to Atocha Station, Operational Centre.

We had a very interesting technical visit to the TALGO factory of high-speed rolling stock.
University professors delivered lectures on socio-economic effects of high-speed rail and on innovation in the HSR: key driver for the consumers.
Speakers from Alstom, UIC, SENER, Oc’Via, Korail, EU Agency for Railways, EuskoTren, DB International and FFE alternated during the week to give lessons on their areas of expertise related to high speed.

The High-Speed Planner 4.0 deserves more attention. It is an automated software, developed by the R&D Team of FFE, made of 4 modules: infrastructure, cities & stations, demand and trains which allowed trainees to simulate the implementation of a high-speed line from A to B seen from different points of view, in particular from a railway infrastructure manager, from a railway undertaking, from a governmental institution and from an integrated railway.

The four different points of view resulted in four different implementation plans which have to be negotiated among the players to develop the best one.

The questionnaire feedback was very encouraging as it reflected the commitment of everybody, speakers, organisers, trainees to make the training a success. Among others, comments were:

  • 50% met their expectations and objectives at the training and reported on good balance between topics, training on the simulator and technical visits
  • 60% envisaged a more comprehensive training programme over a longer period
  • 73% requested specific modules on topics like Control Command, TSI specs. evolution, Signalling Systems
  • Ohers recommended fewer presentations and more time for Q&A sessions, more time for the HSR simulator, to give more information on speakers and participants, to audio/video record sessions and give them to participants.

We are now looking forward to the next training seminar in order to make it better.

For further information please contact Paolo de Cicco, Senior Advisor for High-Speed:

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UIC special partner for 7th International Railway Summit

The 7th International Railway Summit will be hosted in association with UIC, it has been announced.

The summit, a comprehensive networking event for the railway sector, is organised by IRITS Events and will take place in Frankfurt, Germany on 20-22 February 2019.


The 7th International Railway Summit will feature a full 2-day conference programme with speeches delivered by sector leaders and experts, as well as concurrent bespoke one-to-one consultation meetings between buyer and expert companies.

The conference programme is organised under the umbrella theme ‘How do we achieve an efficient railway system in the digital era?’.

UIC’s Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux will deliver a keynote speech as part of a session entitled ‘Power in the customer’s hands: How can digital remove barriers to cross-border travel’, plotting the course for how new technologies can bring people, businesses and nations closer together.

Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer of UIC, will act as conference chairman, introducing and summarising two days of ideas, agreements, and controversies.

Jean-Michel Evanghelou, UIC’s Head of Telecom and Signalling, will moderate ‘5G and FRMCS: The post GSM-R strategy for Railways’, discussing the future technologies and standards for rail communications, where UIC is playing a leading role.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux remarked: “In a world changing its traditional paradigms and accelerating its pace of innovation, the digital input into our railway sector must be taken as an opportunity for more productivity, more interoperability and more services for our customers.”

Jules Omura, Managing Director of IRITS Events, commented: “We are proud to host the 7th International Railway Summit in association with UIC. The summit in Frankfurt will mark the fourth time we have collaborated since our partnership began at the fourth edition of the summit at UIC’s Headquarters in Paris in February 2017.

UIC’s unique reach and influence has greatly helped enhance the quality and impact of the summit. I would like to make a special tribute to Jean-Pierre Loubinoux who has been instrumental in making our partnership a success, as he makes his last appearance at the summit in his capacity as the UIC’s Director General”
To learn more about UIC’s activities visit:

UIC members are eligible for a special discount for participation at the 7th International Railway Summit. Book today to receive up to 18% off.
Please follow the link to receive the discount code in your inbox. Valid for a limited time only:

About the International Railway Summit

The International Railway Summit is an exclusive meeting of the world’s key rail operators, national and local governments, and leading technical experts. Rail sector leaders receive free bespoke consultation from innovative experts, relevant to their future projects. The summit also offers a full conference programme, technical visits, and evening dinners, designed to forge lasting relationships between participants.
The 7th edition will take place in Frankfurt on 20-22 February 2019. The International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events Ltd. To find out more visit

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Climate Chance 2018 Report

This first report of the Global Observatory of Non-State Climate Action builds on existing knowledge, by bringing together nearly 1000 references from global reports of think tanks, NGOs and IGOs, databases, scientific literature and specialist press.

What is it about?

Unique in its importance, this report highlights the impressive swarm of initiatives around the world. It crosses public policies and non-state actions within the main emission sectors (Book 1), focuses specifically on territorial action (Book 2) and new financial tools (Book 3). It is based on available data and studies in order to better understand recent trends in greenhouse gas emissions, which is a necessary step if we want to give credibility to scenarios of stabilisation of global warming.

The report is divided into three thematic books:

  • Sector-based action
  • Mobilisation of the local and subnational governments
  • Bringing finance on board – report on climate action in the financial sector

The sector-based report contains a chapter on rail titled Greenhouse gas emissions: a decisive asset for rail? This chapter assembles data collected among others, by UIC and IEA.

To learn more, consult this webpage.
Source for the article:

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

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News from UIC members

United States: 2019 Work to enhance customer experience underway at Washington Union Station

As part of ongoing work to upgrade the customer experience at Washington Union Station, Amtrak is seeking a general contractor to revitalize the Claytor Concourse.

With the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on Jan. 4, 2019, Amtrak and its partners are beginning a two-phase process to select a contractor to modernize the Claytor Concourse, Union Station’s intercity passenger and commuter rail pathway.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2019. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2022. Amtrak is working in coordination with multiple stakeholders, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC), and commuter and transit partners.

Built in the 1980s, the Claytor Concourse contains waiting areas for Amtrak customers, retail and food establishments, and customer amenities, such as restrooms. Virginia Railway Express, and Maryland Area Regional Commuter Rail customers also access the concourse.

Amtrak will expand the concourse to double its capacity, which will alleviate congestion and enhance customer comfort and accessibility. Connectivity will be improved to provide customers better access to the commuter rail and bus transportation that serves the station. The project will also brighten the space with new architectural finishes and more natural light.

Other project work calls for the addition of more restrooms and the construction of a new Metropolitan Lounge (currently Club Acela), a premium lounge space providing customers with a high-quality experience. Additional space will be added for support services such as station manager and customer service representatives. Work to upgrade and relocate mechanical and electrical equipment is being completed.
Information related to the RFQ can be found on the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation website at

Learn more about other infrastructure investments that Amtrak is leading at

(Source: Amtrak)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 12 September 2019 European Management committee Assistants
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 6 November 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 6 November 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2019 95th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 10 December 2019 European Management committee Paris
  • 10 December 2019 29 European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 11 December 2019 Executive Board Paris
  • 11 December 2019 95th General Assembly Paris

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