Studies and Reports

UIP Application Guide on CEF call for rail freight noise

Guidelines developed by UIP Staff

This UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for 2014-2020. The guidelines have been prepared in a Q&A Format to guide members and individual Keepers through the application process. It focuses on project proposals for reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting existing rolling stock.

On 8th January 2019 a new CEF call opened among other priorities, one with an indicative funding of €35 million for reducing rail freight noise, including by retrofitting of existing rolling stock (submission deadline is: 24 April 2019, 17h00 Brussels time)Under the specific objective Actions to be selected under this priority shall concern works to reduce rail freight noise by retrofitting existing freight wagons with composite brake blocks, and where necessary due to extreme weather conditions with disc brakes, in line with Article 13(c) of Regulation (EU) No 1315/2013.
For the first time, the CEF contribution will take the form of unit contribution which simplifies the application process and ensures certainty and transparency in the funding levels. In addition, it simplifies the reporting requirements as no certification or financial statement needs to be provided by the beneficiaries. Furthermore, no Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is needed.

UIP report on the changes in RID 2019

Report prepared by the UIP Topical Committee Safety

The new provisions of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) entered into force on the 1st of January 2019. The UIP Guidelines should facilitate the understanding of the changes that are being introduced in the new version of the RID.
The document focuses on topics relevant to operators, keepers and ECM of tank wagons. RID applies to the international carriage of dangerous goods by rail between the 44 existing RID Contracting States in Europe, Asia and North Africa. In the Member States of the European Union, RID applies to national and international transport.

In addition, find enclosed two checklists, Addendum 1 on tank-wagons for liquids and Addendum 2 on tank-wagons for gases, developed in cooperation with UIP to help fillers and unloaders comply with RID safety obligations, particularly with respect to the leaktightness of tank-wagons.



RFC Sector Statement: progress report on boosting rail freight

In 2016 Ministers of Transport signed the so-called ‘Rotterdam Declaration’ and expressed their strong support for international rail freight transport and a market-oriented development of the Rail Freight Corridors. At the same time the railway sector adopted a sector statement with commitment to “boost international rail freight”

Following the Rotterdam Declaration and the Sector Statement, the sector identified 10 priorities, which were presented during the Rail Freight Day in Rotterdam in December 2016. Sector organisations decided to work together on the priorities in an integrated way and set up the Sector Statement Group by July 2017 and indicated 10 rapporteurs for the identified priorities. As agreed in 2016, a Comprehensive Progress Report has been prepared for the Rail Freight Days 2018 to set forth the findings, detailing progress on the sector priorities based on information received from the sector priority rapporteurs. It also makes an assessment of where specific attention (topics, priorities, actions) may be focused on in the next two years at sector / EU level.

This comprehensive progress report is accompanied by a non-technical paper 'Outlook on the Sector Statement'. You will find both documents to download below.

With this progress report the whole rail freight sector demonstrates that changes are possible and that we share the view that the Graz Declaration can mark the beginning of a new era, reiterating the importance of keeping rail freight at the heart of national and EU policies for a decarbonized and clean transportation of the future. The rail sector stands ready to intensify its collaborative efforts in acting as a backbone of a sustainable mobility in Europe.