UIC participates in the international Noah’s Train campaign and supports the Rail Freight Forward initiative

Following its official launch in Katowice last December, UIC is following the journey of Noah’s Train in Europe and supports, together with other sector associations CER, ERFA and VDV, Rail Freight Forward initiative. Rail Freight Forward is a coalition of European rail freight companies that are committed to drastically reducing the negative impact of freight transport on the planet and mobility through innovation and a more intelligent transport mix.

The coalition aims to increase the modal share of rail freight to 30% by 2030 as the macro-economically better solution for European growth. It strives to engage railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and policymakers across Europe in acting to achieve this modal shift.

On 14 January, Noah’s Train stopped in Vienna. A special ceremony was opened by Clemens Först, RCG Board Member, who welcomed the participants. Among them were: rail stakeholders, politics and the media. He also presented the Rail Freight Forward initiative and the Noah’s train, which can be seen as an ambassador for the world and a synonym for green, sustainable rail transport. Andreas Matthä, CEO of Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, presented ÖBB as the most climate-friendly company in Austria.
The ceremony also gave the floor to Josef Plank, Secretary General Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Norbert Hofer Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Alexander van der Bellen, Austrian Federal President, Libor Lochman, CER Executive Director, Andreas Mandl, CEO LTE, Martin Vozar, CEO ZSSK Cargo.

UIC Deputy Director General François Davenne participated in this ceremony and said:

“If the current modal mix is maintained (75% on the road), the expected growth in the transport sector would cause an additional 960 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2030. This is enormous, but if road freight transport becomes even more prominent, CO2 emissions will increase even more. It is then vital to drastically improve the capacity of the rail freight sector to offer innovative solutions that will better suit society’s needs. In addition to climate protection, there are other precious advantages of modal shift, namely its contribution to public health and road safety. Rail transport is much more environmentally-friendly than road transport and causes 85 times fewer deaths.”

He then went on to say:
“UIC shares and promotes this inspiring vision to transform rail into the sustainable backbone for the logistic industry. There, I would like to make clear that the need to shift from road to rail to preserve the climate is also a key issue outside Europe. The new silk roads are the milestones for a paradigm shift. The European backbone must be interconnected with the developing Eurasian corridors. Enjoying the status of special advisor to the UN High Level Group on Sustainable Mobility, UIC is proud to support its members today for the Rail Freight Forward initiative.”

Stay tuned for more Noah’s Train and great artworks next week in Berlin! Do not hesitate to follow Noah’s Train at and on Instagram.

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

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2019 New Year message by UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

Dear Members, dear Partners, dear Colleagues, dear Friends,

After a very busy and dense 2018 for UIC and all its Members at the service of the worldwide rail community, I want at the dawn of 2019 to express my sincere wishes for all of you and all of us to face the challenges ahead.

In an increasingly complex geopolitical context, I trust that the UIC values of Unity, Solidarity and Universality and all the work performed with our Members will again bring added-value and prosperity to our sector internationally.

I also wish all the best to your relatives, your families and all your personal projects.

May this year of transition be part of the continued efforts we have made so far and bring all of us happiness and further hope.

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UIC participated in CES Government 2019 in Las Vegas

For the second time, UIC has actively participated in CES and CES Government 2019, represented by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General and Francis Bédel, Chief Digital Officer.

CES is the best opportunity to discover the major digital trends in the coming months and years.

2019 edition focused on the following items:

Smart cities are at the heart of CES 2019 and mobility is one of the main considered issues.

Connected vehicles are only a reality now!

AI is omnipresent / Facial recognition... We are moving from AI for experts only to AI everywhere. A speaker said that the country that would win AI race would win the world”.

Safety is a major concern for all digital actors.

IoT and AI are now set up not only for industry but for pure domestic usage. Penetration rates for software with integrated AI and cloud-based development services are now close to 90%.

The number of connected speakers has exponentially exploded.

Small robots are appearing for individual home use.

5G is omnipresent in CES 2019. It seems that the implementation of 5G should speed up in the coming months.

25 operators have already launched 5G service (in some dedicated cities). 26 more will enter the game in 2020.

China is strongly present in CES 2019. That clearly shows its leading position in digital developments.

Quantum Computing is developing rapidly and will open new horizons among others in communications.

UIC actively participated in different executive round tables.

Francis Bédel, UIC CDO, presented the threats, risks brought about by the development of the Cloud and massive development of IoT considering cybersecurity issues. He exchanged views with representatives of the industry and with the US Government.

Blockchain is developing rapidly in many industry sectors and is seen as the potential answer to secure and efficient exchanges of data among partners.

This emerging technology is strongly supported by government authorities.
UIC presented a first Blockchain POC at GRFC in June to demonstrate the added-value for long rail freight corridors.

The opening of CES Government was the opportunity to honour two important ladies:

• Sofia, a robot gifted with highly developed AI delivered the opening keynote speech of CES Government
• Teresa Carlson, Amazon Vice-President Worldwide Public Sector. Mrs Carlson, after a brief exchange with Sofia and a selfie, delivered a keynote and stressed how cloud computing influenced the development of AI and Machine Learning

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participated in a panel dealing with “global transformation in smart infrastructure”.

He stressed the importance of the merge between telecommunication and systems, today brought together in a single process.

UIC has taken a leading position with the launch of FRMCS project.
Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was then invited to deliver the conclusion speech.
During his keynote, he said:

UIC has supported the development and the implementation of all main railway projects. Let me mention among others, ECTS, ERTMS, GSM-R. Obviously, this list is far from exhaustive.

With the Digital Revolution, we now face three new paradigms:

Possess to access
Better balance between individual liberty and collective benefit
We have to go from self-centred habits to open ecosystems

In this context, transport:

  • Has to go from mobility to accessibility
  • Is becoming an optimised way to access a succession of space and time slots in different modes

In this century, rail has to be seen as the backbone of a new integrated mobility chain.

In this context, at the very heart of exponential changes with major milestones such as Big Data connectivity, Blockchain, Cybersecurity, AI, IoT and Cloud Computing, the UIC Digital Platform has implemented an area of work through, among others, the design of POC, the organisation of learning sessions, conferences, workshops…in order to understand and to apply this to our jobs.

The establishment of partnerships with start-ups and incubators aims to attract them to subscribe to the amazing potential of the international railway community.
UIC, through its projects, its conferences, its standards, its innovation efforts, with its Members, with its institutional partners, its industrial partners, the Universities has to strongly support this philosophy “Open, Share, Connect”, so that the railway world can not only survive this digital revolution but can also contribute: a new approach to mobility in the cities, in the regions, between countries and between continents.

For me, all this can be summarised in an acronym:

SICICOM: Sustainable Integrated Connected Intelligent Chain of Mobility

Don Upson, Co-Chair CES Government and Brett McMillen, Director US Federal Amazon Web Services, presented to Jean-Pierre Loubinoux a special CES Government Award in recognition of his leading position as UIC Director General, underlining the great involvement of UIC and rail in digital developments.

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

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2016 ILCAD video nominated at the first African Forum for Road Safety held from 13 – 15 November 2018 in Marrakech

The African Forum for Road Safety is supported by the Laser International Foundation and is a key event for the future of road safety on the continent.
Following on from the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival - co-organised with the United Nations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva - the Laser International Foundation organised the African Road Safety Film Festival.

The organisers of the festival received 85 video entries from around the world, of which 43 were selected and broadcast to festival participants.

The 2016 ILCAD video, “Do not overestimate your abilities near railway tracks” ( or was amongst 23 films nominated. The video was co-produced by UIC and LdZ with TBWA (Latvia).

The video aims to raise awareness of the physical abilities of elderly people, who tend to overestimate their own physical capacity near railways. According to the research conducted by the agency involved in making the video, older people tend to believe that they have enough experience to deal with the challenges of safety near level crossings.

The creative concept for the video aimed:

  • to raise awareness of elderly people’s beliefs about their own physical abilities,
  • to challenge conventional wisdom in a humorous way,
  • to raise older people’s awareness of railway safety issues.
    For more information on the festival, please visit For more information on ILCAD, see

For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne,
Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability:

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Save the Date – Expert Workshop on FFCCTV & Body Cameras

At the request of the members of the UIC Security Platform, we invite you to a dedicated Expert Workshop on FFCCTV and body cameras, which will be held from 26 – 27 February 2019 at UIC HQ (Paris). This will be the opportunity to exchange experiences, best practice and have a look at future developments. Don’t miss this event and save the date!

In the light of the high number of responses to the 7th network of quick responders question in April 2018 (see eNews 603) about the use of FFCCTV, the UIC Security Division organised a dedicate expert workshop on 12 September 2018 (see eNews 614). The members unanimously requested to continue the exchange. Therefore, we will deepen our discussions about FFCCTV on 26 February 2019.

The following aspects are currently foreseen:

  • Smartphone solution for viewing recorded images
  • Results of a test trial
  • Further case studies by an experienced FFCCTV-member
  • Regulations for the use of FFCCTV
  • Restriction of the data protection regulation

Body Cameras:
Together with UITP, a survey regarding the use of body cameras was carried out in October 2018 (see eNews 625). As a first action, a webinar was organised on 13 December 2018 to present over 35 participants the survey results (see eNews 627).

On the 27th we will discuss inter alia about:

  • Best practice/sharing of experiences by different practised members (in use and current pilots)
  • Solving challenges according to the GDPR rules
  • Sharing experiences about voice and prerecording
  • Staff behaviour and conflict management

Network of quick responders:
The network of quick responders, implemented since April 2017, gives the members of the UIC Security Platform the possibility to exchange fast information about arising security questions. Since its start, the members have already used the network 13 times to ask their questions regarding:

  • Awareness of radicalised employees
  • Use of Air Drones
  • Attacks related to religious extremism
  • Attacks against maintenance staff
  • Anti-smoking policy at railway stations
  • Security of women in railway transport
  • Use of FFCCTV
  • Aggression against ticket inspectors
  • Mystery Customer
  • Use of AEDs
  • Use of body cameras
  • Security Organisation
  • CBRN (on-going)

Don’t hesitate to use the security network in case of a security issue.

For further information please contact Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor UIC Security Division:

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7th International Conference on Railway Stations “NEXTSTATION” to be held from 11 – 13 November 2019 in Tehran

“Railway Stations Boosting the City"

The 7th International Conference on Railway Stations “NEXTSTATION” 2019 will take place in Tehran from 11 – 13 November 2019, at the Parsian Azadi Hotel.

The conference will include a technical visit to Esfahan on 13 November 2019, with a special NEXTSTATION flight from Tehran to Esfahan just after the end of the congress.

The topics of the conference’s parallels sessions, which will be held on 11 and 12 November at the Parsian Azadi Hotel, were decided during the last two Scientific committees between RAI, SMGG Members and the UIC Passenger Department.
The titles of the parallel sessions are as follows:

1 Station management and station financing
2 Sustainability and energy efficiency
3 Mobility, Accessibility and Interconnectivity
4 Services & Commercial
5 Interaction between stations and cities
6 Station Design
7 Safety & Security
8 Smart Technology

The conference will comprise two Round Tables.

The first Round Table topic will be on the subject of “Rail based city”.
The Second Round Table topic will be on the subject of “Generating added value for cities: main challenges”.

A dedicated website for the event will be available in the comings weeks, with all information related to the conference: general information, the programme of speakers, which will be updated regularly, as well as online registration.
The website will also provide information about:

  • Sponsoring package proposals in order to promote your company during the conference
  • The exhibition area

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

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Conference on “Public Relations in Transportation” to be hosted by the National Board of Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation in Radziejowice

From 22 – 24 May 2019, the National Board of the Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation will host a trade conference entitled “Public Relations in Transportation” at the “Afrodyta” Hotel in Radziejowice, Poland.

In this period of intensive development in individual communications, strong automotive lobbying, and society’s increasing interest in environmental protection, it is necessary to develop new methods of reaching stakeholders and decision-makers who can support transport development.

At the same time, it is important to the organisers that the persons in charge of communications within companies support each other in promoting public transport in cooperation with SITK RP.

The goal of the conference is to promote infrastructure investments and modern solutions in the railway industry, road industry, aviation, sea transport and inland navigation.

The conference addresses press spokespersons, managers and employees of departments dealing with multifaceted communications, promotion, advertising, sponsoring, lobbying in the broadly understood transport industry.

In view of the foregoing, the Association invites you to participate in the Conference.

If you are interested in taking part, please reply to the following address:

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Reporting Representing

Manel Villalante, Director General of development and strategy of Renfe is appointed Chair of the UIC Passenger Forum

Mr Manel Villalante i Llauradó, Director-General of Development and Strategy at Renfe, has been nominated as chair of UIC’s Global Passenger Forum and High-Level Passenger Forum by Mr Isaías Táboas Suárez, President of Renfe.

UIC’s Global Passenger Forum represents and coordinates all of the sectors encompassed by the UIC Passenger department: the intercity and high-speed committee, the passenger services group, commuter and regional train services, the station managers’ global group, tourism opportunities for rail and the RIC special group.

The High-Level Passenger Forum is the UIC/CER body in charge of determining the main targets and steering the priority lines of action for passenger railway business at global level.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux welcomed the initiative taken by Renfe and extended his thanks to Messrs Táboas Suárez and Villalante i Llauradó.
Member involvement in UIC’s groups, platforms and fora is essential to ensure that the organisation develops coordinated activities and approaches for the rail sector. UIC has a broad range of passenger transport-related activities in complementary areas, and this forum will ensure that they are developed effectively.

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

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News from UIC members

Belgium: Bertrand Gosselin to succeed Agnès Ogier at the helm of Thalys

Brussels, 7 January 2019. The Board of Directors at Thalys has announced the appointment of Bertrand Gosselin as the company’s new CEO. Mr Gosselin is currently Director of the Paris Rive Gauche region at SNCF Mobilités, with responsibility, in particular, for the RER C commuter line. He will replace Agnès Ogier, who will rejoin the SNCF Group - a shareholder in Thalys - as Director General of Brand and Communications for the group.

“We’re pleased to welcome Bertrand Gosselin to Thalys to drive forward our ambitions for the company, a flagship of European rail. His experience with the challenges relating to public transport quality will be invaluable for Thalys, which has always put its passengers at the centre of its activities. Quality is vital for a European transport system that is sustainable and respectful of the environment and creates value, both for its customers and for the areas that it operates in. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Agnès Ogier and her team and congratulate them for having made Thalys the company that it is today”. - Sophie Dutordoir, Chair of the Thalys Board of Directors

“My thanks go to Agnès Ogier, who has headed up the company for the past four years, as well as the entire Thalys team for their work and the excellent results that they have achieved. The gamble of transforming Thalys into a railway undertaking has fully paid off: the network has been extended, there is growth on all of our routes, we’ve revamped our services to offer greater flexibility - including the creation of our “Izy” low-cost trains - and right now we’re putting the final touches on our newly-designed trains in our workshops. 2018 was a record year, with a 5% increase in traffic across the network. I have high hopes for the future. Many challenges lie ahead for Bertrand Gosselin and I’m pleased to welcome him to the world of European high-speed rail!” - Rachel Picard, Managing Director, Voyages SNCF

Since 1996, Thalys has held three guiding principles for shaping the world of tomorrow: intercultural cooperation, freedom of movement and the requirement for sustainable development. I am proud to do my part to uphold these principles in what will be a pivotal year for Thalys. Our plans are ambitious: three new services, a complete renewal of our fleet and plans for growth on all of our routes. In the process, we will continue to build a Thalys to respond to the expectations of future passengers. - Bertrand Gosselin, CEO of Thalys

Bertrand Gosselin’s move to Thalys marks a resumption of his international career. Between 1992 and 1994, he worked at Rail Europe España, helping to create a direct distribution subsidiary of SNCF in Madrid. Then, between 1997 and 1999, he worked for SNCF TGV mainline services, where he led pricing for high-speed trains between Brussels and the provinces.

(Source: Thalys)

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News from UIC members

Finland: The Finnish Transport Agency is now the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Finland’s transport administration reforms took effect on 1 January 2019. The Finnish Transport Agency is now the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (Väylä in Finnish).

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency focusses on planning, developing and maintaining Finland’s network of roads, railways and waterways. It is also responsible for coordinating transport and land use and for organising traffic control and winter navigation.

Responsibility for over 20 billion euro worth of transport infrastructure assets

Mr Kari Wihlman will continue in his role as Director General of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. The agency employs 400 experts directly, as well as over 12,000 people indirectly through investment projects, planning and maintenance. The agency has an annual budget of two billion euro and is responsible for transport infrastructure assets amounting to over 20 billion euro.

Collaboration on customer service

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency collaborates closely with various transport operators. On 1 January 2019, the Traffic Management Finland Group begins operations, with responsibility for traffic management across all transport modes. The new Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Traficom, begins operations on the same date. Traficom is responsible for permits, certificates and supervision, amongst other things. Under the guidance of the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, the regional centres for economic development, transport and the environment are responsible for ensuring smooth and safe transport on public roads and for maintenance in their respective areas.

Feedback channels remain unchanged

Feedback on transport routes can be submitted through the following channels:

  • Urgent, 24/7 feedback on road conditions or traffic problems: Road User Line 0200 2100 (this service is provided by the Traffic Management Finland Group).
  • Traffic Customer Service: users can give feedback, ask questions and report issues related to public roads, railways and waterways. Please contact or phone 0295 020 600 in Finland (service provided by the ELY Centre).

Updated traffic information:

  • Traffic situation service: information on disruptions, weather and maintenance
  • passenger information on railway traffic

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency is responsible for developing and maintaining the state-owned road network, railways and waterways. Our responsibilities include maintaining transport service levels and help to promote wellbeing in society and the competitiveness of Finnish industry.

(Source: FTIA)

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day), a recurrent international UIC campaign

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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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