Publications

Joint letters to the European Commission and the European Union Agency for Railways on the implementation of the 4th Railwa Package

Joint Letters from several organisations of the Group of Representative bodies

UIP and other representative bodies are suggesting several changes in preparation to the forthcoming meeting of the Expert Group on the implementation of the 4th Railway Package’s Technical Pillar.

Acknowledging the huge efforts made for drafting and continuously amending the draft Implementing Acts (IA) on vehicle authorisation and fees and charges, some crucial and important issues remain to be solved. The Sector would like to propose amendments and call the European Commission and the Agency to reconsider the timetable for TSI LOC&PAS and TSI WAG revisions 2018-2020as to avoid the publications of 3 different TSI versions within 3 years.

Joint Letter to to the German Federal minister Alexander Dobrindt and EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Rastatt disaster

Open letter from the representatives of the European rail logistics


The Rhine valley railways will be interrupted for almost two months because of the Rastatt construction site accident. Once the route is reopened the announced date of 7 October 2017, railway logistics will have suffered immense damage.

The Rastatt disruption and the current crisis management is a perfect example of what is wrong with European rail freight transportation.

It is still unclear for many railway experts to understand why the total closure of the line could not have been avoided or significantly shortened by the building of a temporary, single track replacement line immediately after the damage of the Rhine valley line due to construction works.

Europe relies on the railways as the eco-friendly mode of transport of the future. Hoping not to lose our chance of guaranteeing a competitive railway logistics, we rely on your full support.
 
 Together, we are committed to make rail logistics work also in this emergency situation.

JNS Urgent Procedure “Broken wheels” – Short-term measures agreed by the Task Force

Following an increasing number of reports on incidents (broken rims/webs of some wheel types) concerning freight wagons, a JNS Urgent Procedure (JNS UP) “Broken wheels” was kicked off.
Within a short period of time, a task force drafted a proposal for short-term measures for operating and maintaining these types of wheel sets. The agreed target is to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents.
The task force undertook a detailed technical examination of the past incidents. A further and deeper analysis will be done in a dedicated working group in the framework of JNS normal procedure.
 
It is believed that the suggested short-term measures by the task force should be made mandatory and all concerned actors shall implement these as soon as possible. The detailed requirements of the short term measures are defined in the attached document adopted by the JNS Panel.
 
Please, consider that the attached short-term mitigation measures do not constitute a recommendation from UIP. UIP bears no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the content of any advice or measure suggested by the JNS Panel/JNS Task Force.