Foreword by
Luc Aliadière - UIC Chief Executive

High speed rail represents an optimal solution to meet challenges of increasing mobility demand and greater attention of citizens to sustainability issues. Actually, high speed rail offers performance, services, safety, high energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. In relation with economic models adopted, it is able to ensure high profitability for operating companies as it is demonstrated through a number of success stories.

On this background, UIC HIGHSPEED 2008, the successor of 5 successful ‘Eurailspeed’ events, is expected to attract on 17-19 March to Amsterdam more than 1.500 decisions makers and actors involved in the planning and development of future-oriented transport systems.

This major event organised under the patronage of the Vice-President of the European Commission and with the active support of all leading railway associations and the industry is definitively a reference at global level. All crucial issues ranging from political aspects, economic and funding models, to commercial innovation and technological development trends, will be addressed in-depth through the Congress and the Trade exhibition.

We are convinced that UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 will meet all expectations and mark a new step forward for the development of customer-friendly and sustainable railway systems across the world.

Foreword by
Aad Veenman - President NS
and Bert Klerk - Chairman of the board of management ProRail

In modern life we meet each other frequently and fast, regardless distances. This asks for fast mobility at long distances. At the same time sustainability is a top priority for society. High speed rail combines sustainability and the modern need for speed.

For that reason NS and ProRail are proud to invite you to UIC HIGHSPEED 2008 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. We are looking forward to discussing with you the developments of high speed rail all over the world. A fast track to sustainability in a modern world.