Studies and Reports

UIP guidelines on CEF calls for noise reduction

Guidelines developed by UIP Staff


This UIP Guidelines should facilitate the submission of project proposals for EU funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). 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 noise reduction.

Projects for noise reduction are funded under the TEN-T Annual Calls which support studies and deployment activities for the Trans European transport network. CEF funding offers 20% reimbursement of the eligible costs for retrofitting of rail freight wagons. The evaluation and selection process for project proposals is managed by the INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency), which is also responsible for awarding the funds and monitoring the realisation of the approved projects under their relevant programmes.



UIP technical note on operational aspects of using LL brake blocks

Guidelines developed by UIP Topical Committee Interoperability


 In April 2015 the UIP (Technical Committee “Economic Evaluation”) provided its national members with the detailed report “Noise – State of play”.  This report describes the status of the various initiatives taking place both at EU level and at member state level (including Switzerland) to reduce noise from rail freight traffic, and it contains appropriate recommendations for pursuing these strategies further at both levels. The report will be continually updated to reflect developments.


UIP technical note on marking of wagons with forced vent valve and vapour return

Guidelines developed by UIP Topical Committee Safety


In the past, according regional sector agreements and non-existing legislative rules, the marking of wagons flushed with nitrogen was different. Different markings may result in fatalities (injured or killed people) when entering the tank. In order to display the risk to everybody who is about to enter the tank as well as to give the operator clear information that a tank is flushed with nitrogen and ready for filling, a clear marking is necessary. This UIP Technical Note is drafted by the UIP Topical Committee Safety and provides for a Europe-wide instruction on how to mark a tank wagon flushed with nitrogen.