UIP Report "Noise - State of play"

Noise continues to be high on the European agenda where noise creation aspects are legislated and on the national one where noise reception is dealt with according to the subsidiary principles. Accordingly, all European countries have noise reception limit values for new railway lines and in almost all Member States limit values exist also for upgraded lines.

Initial considerations towards noise in rail transport were taken through the Interoperability Directive (EU) 2016/797 and the Noise Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI NOISE). In addition, the Environmental Noise Directive 2002/49/EC (END) requires Member States to submit noise maps and action plans to assess the number of people exposed to different noise emission levels throughout Europe. However, the END does not define any noise limit values nor does it prescribe the measures to be taken in these action plans. Consequently, different pathways are being pursued at both European and national levels.


ERRAC - RAIL 2030 - Research and Innovation Priorities

In December 2017, ERRAC published the “Rail 2050 Vision” setting out a progressive view of what a fully technically transformed railway could look like, and the much wider role it could play in meeting the needs of European citizens and business. To make this vision a reality and set down the foundations of the solutions which will address the highlighted global trends, the sector proposes this Rail 2030 – Research and innovation priorities brochure. This document contains a set of time focused concrete plans based on the identification of the right questions to answer in a ten-year time period (2020-2030) and set meaningful and influential milestones in a logical, coherent chain.

UIP 69th Annual Report 2018

“All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must possess if we are to face the future as finishers.” Henry David Toreau

Two topics were at the heart of almost all discussions in 2018: the implementation of the 4th Railway Package and of course digitalisation. Adapting to change is difficult and messy but even if the reality of yesterday proves to be wrong today, nobody really knows what the truth for tomorrow will be. 2018 will be remembered as a year of preparing the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) to cope with its new tasks and fostering common efforts for the development of standardised interfaces to open-up the railway system.