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UIC publishes management guideline for coronavirus

UIC has set up a task force combining UIC member companies, experts and other relevant stakeholders to work together to find ways to respond to the coronavirus crisis that are adapted to the railway sector. This task force has set up management guidance for railway stakeholders.

“In the frame of prevention and fight against diseases and other crises, continuity of rail operations is key to provide mobility and to guarantee the continuation of critical activities”, is written in the guidance.

Potential measures

In the guidance, railway companies can find a collection of potential measures to help to maintain resilience. The potential measures contained in this guidance were collected in February-March 2020 with the aim to assist railway stakeholders and provide reliable information about the specific challenges for rail when it comes to this communicable disease.

One of the measures companies could take is to create a company task force which monitors the evolution of the situation. This task force could ensure that personnel in critical functions who for example work in control rooms and signalling centres are carefully handled for business continuity. Also, employees should be identified who could back up critical positions.

Social distancing policy

Also, the task force should design a social distancing policy with for examples a no handshake policy or touch-free equipment. Also in the guidance are some ideas on how to avoid kitchen contamination for restaurants on board of trains to protect personnel touching with the use of single-use gloves for ticket controlling or stop controlling tickets to avoid touching.

Read more in the Coronavirus Updates.

Author: Marieke van Gompel

Marieke van Gompel is editor-in-chief of, and, online magazines for railway professionals.

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