UIC, the International Union of Railways (in French: Union internationale des chemins de fer), has published a manifesto that gathers details of existing and future solutions for rail to serve the planet and people.
The result of work carried out by UIC members sitting on various working groups, ‘Rail solution for a better future’ presents the development of concrete solutions taking into account the significant role of the railways and the need to:
- Transform cities and connect communities;
- Use clean energy, technology and innovation;
- Promote intermodality and seamless connections;
- Transform the customer experience.
The manifesto builds on the UIC vision for 2030 ‘Design a better future’, published alongside the COP26conference held in Scotland in 2021. This painted the picture of how, given the right action and investment, the world can design a better future where rail is the backbone of a sustainable mobility system.
UIC aims to show that the railways must act quickly in view of the urgency of the environmental situation, must act in a coordinated manner between partners and must propose solutions that already exist or can be implemented quickly.
UIC chairman Krzysztof Mamiński said: “The Manifesto, which is an important achievement of our organisation, presents the development of concrete solutions to urgent problems and sets a timetable for their implementation.
“The development of these solutions will be included in the next UIC work programme for 2023-25, which will take stock of the decarbonisation process (Vision 2030), advances in innovation and the continuous improvement of rail services (the objective reflected in the Manifesto).”