Fletcher - UIC and road_rail interface Denver 2008

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					The Road/Rail Interface - a
    joined-up strategic
   initiative for Europe
              Simon Fletcher
  Senior Safety and Interoperability Manager
         International Union of Railways (UIC)

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                     The UIC in 2008




200 members from
all 5 continents

Members are
integrated
railways, railway
undertakings,
infrastructure
managers, rail
service providers,
public transport
companies,..
                      Members         Active       Associate       Affiliate

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UIC Mission and objectives

                                 Mission:
At World level UIC promotes rail transport as the mode of choice to meet
    the challenges of Mobility and Sustainable system development

Main UIC objectives………
   Facilitate exchange on best practises among members and with other
   transport modes (benchmarking),
   Support members in their efforts to develop new business opportunities,
                                  Propose new ideas for improving economic
                                  and safety performance of the rail network
                                  Achieve interoperability, create new global
                                  standards for railways (including common
                                  standards with other modes)
                                  Develop Centres of excellence (technology,
                                  management, research, safety..)

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Key issues

  Environment and Energy

  Train Control

  Vehicle/Track interfaces

  Rolling Stock

  Standardisation and Normalisation

  Regional Coordination - Asia/Oceania,
  Middle East, Africa, Latin America,         Operational Risks:
  North America, Europe                            Signals Passed at Danger
                                                   Level Crossings
  Safety Platform
                                              Systemic preservation
  Benchmarking of safety performance

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Key issues




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The road/rail interface
•   Level crossings are found in
    large numbers on most rail
    networks
•   Collisions with road
    vehicles in the top 5 of
    catastrophic rail accidents
•   Some 95% of risk at
    vehicular level crossings
    arises as a function of road
    user behaviour

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  LC accidents represent 28% of total rail accidents

• In 2006, 30% of all
  accidents recorded were
  at level crossings                                                        661; 28%

 Accident = at least one fatality…




• In 2006 of approx 41,300           1711; 72%

  road deaths in Europe only
  2% occurred at level               Level Crossing Accidents       All Other Accidents
  crossings
                                                     Source - UIC safety database 2006


• Significant risk to safe rail operation = a small element for road safety


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    Bourg-en-Bresse – December 2007
          Allinges – June 2008
•   Vehicle driver killed
•   34 people injured
•   Human error (vehicle
    driver)
                               •   7 school children killed
                               •   25 people injured
                               •   Human error (coach
                                   driver)




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Rail or a road/rail issue?
• Generally, level crossings very low down
 the road safety agenda
• Why – because society (inc. governments)
 see level crossings as a rail issue
• In order to redress the balance we really
 need a more bi-modal approach
• In most situations today this is not yet the
 case
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• Some bright spots with real evidence of strategic
  cooperation. For example:
   – Swedish national rail and roads administrations
   – Direction 2006 in Canada
   – OLI in USA
   – National bi-modal group in Great Britain
   – Australia’s Railway Level Crossing Behavioural Coordination
     Group

• UIC has recognised this for Europe and is supporting
  development of a strategic approach
• But… the rail sector cannot “go it alone”!

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• Rail community concerned – making great efforts (grade
  separation, median strips…) but these are rail costs!

• How much do roads and
  highways authorities and
  indeed other players know
  about the issues faced by
  rail community?

• We need to work much closer with law enforcement
  authorities, magistrates etc so that they too understand the
  risks we face and support potential prosecutions
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 Government involvement
• SELCAT project – research not sustainable development
• Funded by EU
• Developed a range of recommendations :
    • a shared understanding with all the players- authorities and users
    • a set of initiatives that seek to standardise:
         • terminology
         • definitions
         • signage
         • reporting requirements
         • assessment methodologies

• Project agreed that these need setting out in a strategy that joins up
  the thinking and perpetuates the inertia


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Key aspect



  The key to success is the
  building of strategic
  alliances and partnerships




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 Strategic Alliances and Partnership Vital
• Focus on relationships and
  processes
• Build alliances with other
  sectors - industry, government,
  road, rail, law enforcement…
• Already engaging with a range of
  other parties to build awareness
• ERA are involved from rail side but no roads mandate and
  there is no roads agency
• EC getting interested - slowly

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Core development points

• Encourage society to recognise the bi-modality of the

  road/rail interface

• Enforcement of road traffic rules, especially if

  consistent approach can significantly reduce accidents

• Introduction of safety increasing measures (education,

  campaigns, etc.) at a European level to address Road

  User Behaviour


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The Strategy



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      The Strategy

Visibility of current
   sector activity          Build alliances


           links with the work of
               those agencies,
        authorities and other bodies                   Technical issues – GPS…


                        insurance sector - development of
improvement programmes that demonstrate significant risk reduction and
         encourage vehicle insurance premiums to reflect this state


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 Key deliverables
These could include:
                           Benchmarking community attitudes &
         Survey            behaviour at level crossings in the Member
                           States
                           European mass media and community
     Communication
                           education programs

 Education & Enforcement   Establish ground rules to aid development &
           Pilot           implementation of education & enforcement

   European Workshop       Information exchange

                           Tap into existing behavioural programs in the
        Inventory
                           Member States

        Webpage            One stop shop – learn from www.oli.com


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Benefits

Benefits of joined up programs

  – improve safety at all railway level crossings
  – value for money (pooling resources)
  – economy of scale
  – Redress the balance
  – greater impact of the messages
  – programs based on better research, will be better
    targeted, resulting in the most cost effective
    outcomes


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       Next Steps
• Development of the strategy will take time and energy and needs to
  be jointly developed

• The rail community willing to play a very strong part but it cannot
  do it alone

• UIC have recognised this and are prepared to contribute with a
  dedicated resource – in post this week!!

• Engaging with a range of players from other sectors to ensure that
  this significant risk area to safe rail operation is managed in a
  coordinated and joined up way

• An outline action plan has been prepared but needs refining

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  The brains

• European Level Crossing Research Forum (ELCRF)
   • Spun out of 8th Level Crossing Symposium. Meets twice yearly
   • Now met 7 times. Includes road and rail as well as ERA and ETSC
   • Next in series: October 2008
   • Website as a vehicle for sharing research agreed
   • Initial support and hosting via RSSB (UK)

• Widening this coalition of the willing
• Needs status and funding – can do much more
• ELCRF - www.levelcrossing.org/elcf/index.htm

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                          European Road/Rail Awareness Campaign 2009

Next Steps

A European Day of     Build on national
    Awareness             initiatives                  June 2009

           national awareness day all at the same time –
                      common date, themes,
                       messages, branding…


 Needs to involve as            Road, rail,
                                                       Could this be global?
many actors as possible        law, media…


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European Road/Rail Awareness
       Campaign 2009

       Lots more to follow……


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  Some useful web addresses:


        www.uic.asso.fr


ELCRF   -   www.levelcrossing.org/elcf/



SELCAT – www.levelcrossing.net


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    Thank you
Merci                    Dankeschön




        fletcher@uic.asso.fr
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