Kick-off meeting of TEDP (Talent & Expertise Development Platform) new working group “Future of work and training”

The kick-off meeting of the TEDP new working group “Future of work and training” took place at FS HQ on 16 January 2019. The group, which is coordinated by Elio Minerva, HR coordinator at RFI Academy was attended by delegates from FSI, DB, SNCF, RUT/MIIT, RZD, ÖBB, Slovenia Railways and Rail Training International (RTI) and Railcenter (Netherlands).

The kick-off was attended by colleagues from DB, FSI, RUT/MIIT, Slovenian Railways, RTI and Railcenter.

It is a common understanding amongst members of the group that to better understand the future of training, we have to start with better understanding the future of work.
In analysing the future work the driver is the division of labour between humans and machines/AI.

In the future there will probably be tasks operated by:

  • Only humans
  • Humans and machines/AI separated
  • Humans and machines/AI integrated
  • Only machines/AI

After discussion, group members agreed to focus the analysis on four selected areas of railway activity (traffic control, infrastructure maintenance, driving, train management) looking at the future technological trends on these activities and their impact on jobs/tasks and training now, in five years, and in 10 years.

The main scope of the research is to describe future railway work scenarios, make forecasts of impact on jobs and match the best L&D technologies. The methodology mainly consists of interviews to line and HR managers and by collecting comparable data.

The next meeting of the group will be on 2 April in Vienna, in the run up to the TEDP (4 – 5 April 2019).

For further information please contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the Expertise Development Unit:

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Register now for the UIC Workshop on Rail Suicide and Trespass Prevention & the European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) meeting: 25 and 26 March 2019

Two events will be organised in the last week of March at the UIC headquarters in Paris. 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. The online registration for these two events is now open.

A workshop on Rail Suicide and Trespass Prevention will be held on 25 March 2019 at the request of UIC members to revisit the topic of the RESTRAIL EU project ( and discuss ways of moving forward on the topic at international level.

The workshop agenda aims to cover the following points:

  • Exchange up-to-date information about best practice within the extended RESTRAIL group
  • Bring together updates for the toolbox, especially updates on countermeasure evaluation studies and new implementation examples
  • Identify new solutions to be added in the toolbox
  • Identify a list of partners who would be interested in joining a new research project proposal, if a suitable funding opportunity is identified
  • Extend the European scope of RESTRAIL to reinforce cooperation with other regions such as the US and Australasia (e.g. links with the GRASP) or Africa
  • Extend and evaluate the RESTRAIL tools cross-culturally (e.g. RESTRAIL countermeasure assessment method, RESTRAIL problem-solving model) with the refreshed network of experts

Participation is free of charge but the number of places is limited. Registration is therefore on a “first-come- first-served” basis. For more information and online registration, visit: For real-time updates about this workshop you can also follow the hashtag #RESTRAIL on social media.

The 21st European Level Crossing Forum Plenary meeting will take place on 26 March 2019 at UIC HQ, Paris

To register (by 15 February 2019) and potentially give a presentation please use this link:
The meeting will be in English and free of charge.

ELCF, a UIC Safety Platform Working Group tackles

  • Engineering
  • Education/Awareness
  • Enforcement
    measures to improve level crossing safety.

ELCF members have also been contributing to the #SAFERLC project and works of the UNECE Safety Group of Experts on Improving Safety at Level Crossings created in 2014 of which a final report was published in January 2017:

#ILCAD is also a concept born from #ELCF

For more information on
1. ELCF:


3. Safety issues in general:

We are looking forward to seeing you in Paris on 25 and 26 March 2019!

For further information about the Workshop on Rail Suicide and Trespass Prevention, please contact Grigore Havarneanu, Research Advisor – Security Division:

For further information about the ELCF meeting, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor – Safety Unit:

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Workshop on Energy Efficiency to be held on 11 February 2019 in Rotterdam

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop “The role of Infrastructure Managers (IMs) in Traction Energy Transition” that will be held on 11 February 2019 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Following the previous Workshop on Energy Efficient Infrastructure, this workshop will focus on the projects developed by IMs to improve energy efficiency and decarbonisation of traction energy and to accompany railway undertakings to reduce the use of diesel traction. Thus, this workshop will also focus on energy storage innovations and their best combination with the railway network.
Finally, actors from the energy market have also been invited to talk about their point of view in the frame of optimising the electricity network with railways for renewable energy.

Workshop Highlights

11:00 – 17:00, Lunch 12:35, Coffee break 15:15

Improving traction system

  • Higher voltages for OCL
  • Norwegian experience
  • New Direct Current Medium Voltage railway electrification system
  • Supra-conductor cable for reduced energy losses during transport

Energy storage

  • Battery development and super-capacitors
  • Substations
  • SNCF & Japan experience (to be confirmed)

Replacing diesel traction by less emitting traction systems

  • Defining best line configuration
  • Hydrogen refuelling facilities (to be confirmed)

External point of view of DSO or TSO: Balancing changing market with more renewable and more need of storage; possible roles for railway


To register for the workshop and to consult a detailed agenda, please follow the link below:

For any further information please contact Philippe Stefanos, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Advisor:

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News from UIC members

France/Switzerland: Fabien Soulet appointed new Director General of TGV Lyria

As of 1 January 2019, Fabien Soulet is the new Director General of TGV Lyria, the jointly-owned subsidiary of SBB and SNCF.

Aged 44, and of French nationality, Fabien Soulet has a long-standing experience in international railway transport and in rail ticket distribution in France and Europe. He began his career as marketing project manager for Rail Europe (an SNCF subsidiary) in Bern, Switzerland, and held several positions within SNCF, where he was involved in the launch of in 2000.

Over the last 14 years, Fabien Soulet has worked in distribution both in France and on a global level, though digital channels and travel agencies. Since 2015, he has been Business Marketing Director, and in this capacity has overseen SNCF’s sales in travel agencies, business relations with large companies and the marketing of SMEs.

Mr Soulet is of French mother tongue and speaks English and German. He succeeds Andreas Bergmann.

(Source: SBB)

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United States: 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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Latvia: Independent experts of the European Commission give a positive opinion of the Railway Network Electrification Project

Independent technical assistance experts of the European Commission (EC) (JASPERS Independent Quality Review) have provided a positive opinion regarding the SJSC (VAS) Latvijas dzelzceļš project “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network”.

Upon receiving a positive opinion from independent experts, the project documentation will be submitted to the European Commission for the final decision on the project approval. In the wake of a positive decision of the EC, a contract on the implementation of the project will be signed with the Central Finance and Contract Agency.

The first stage of the project will be implemented with the support of co-financing by the Cohesion Fund to the amount of 347 million euros within the framework of the measure “Electrification of the Latvian Railway Network” of Specific Support Objective 6.2.1 “To Provide a Competitive and Environmentally Friendly TEN-T Railway Network Facilitating Its Safety, Quality, and Capacity” of the Operational Programme “Growth and Employment” of the programming period 2014–2020 of the Cohesion Fund of the European Union (EU) Structural Funds.

In autumn 2018, procurement on the design and construction of stage one was concluded. Four applications were submitted to phase 1 of the procurement (qualification). Taking into account the complexity of the project to be implemented, the assessment of proposals is still in progress. The planned total cost of stage one of the railway electrification accounts for 441 million euros.

The railway electrification project is significant both for the transport and logistics sectors and the global competitiveness of the national economy of Latvia. Furthermore, it will provide a substantive contribution to environmental protection. In general, the implementation of the railway electrification project programme is planned in several stages:

  • Stage 1: Daugavpils–Krustpils; Rēzekne–Krustpils–Rīga
  • Stage 2: Krustpils–Ventspils
  • Stage 3: Reconstruction of the existing electrified railway network

(Source: LDz)

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