Why do we need standards in the railway sector?
It is important that the rail sector performs in an efficient, safe and cost-effective manner, and having a user-friendly suite of standardised requirements in place is a really good way of providing consistent service to the customer. Simon Fletcher, Member of the UIC Board of Directors responsible for Standardisation and Coordinator of the UIC’s European Region, explains that using a consistent business-focused approach can offer a set of powerful business and marketing tools for railway undertakings and infrastructure managers alike, regardless of the size of the company.
Rail, being the inherently systemic network that it is, needs to be able to work in seamless harmony with neighbours in different countries and, increasingly, with operating neighbours in the same country. Having a rail-specific framework in place supports the definition of interfaces between neighbouring stakeholders so that trains are able to change systems with minimal fuss and maximum efficiency. The UIC has been in the business of supporting the railway sector in achieving these objectives ever since publishing its first ‘UIC Leaflet’ in 1928.
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