27th International Railway Safety Council 2017

Railway Safety - Innovation and Collaboration
Hong Kong, China


22nd to 27th October 2017

International Railway Safety Council 2017, Hong Kong

Our Mission

To promote collaboration among different places, and develop and harness innovative technology in order to enhance railway safety; to leverage the influence of Hong Kong as Asia's World City in promoting international railway professional exchange, so as to advance the contribution of railway infrastructure in matters of regional connectivity and development.

Main Theme : Railway Safety - Innovation and Collaboration

Theme 1 : High Speed Rail - Safety, Design, Development and Collaboration

High speed rail has definitively become one of the most successful and promising types of transport. Actually high speed trains offer to passenger fast transport and reduced journey times combined with an extremely high-level of safety and reliability, comfort and quality of railway service, with supporting elements related to safety, operation and maintenance, innovation, capacity, reliability, sustainability and interoperability. The sessions would offer the participants with insight and best practices for implementing project and maintaining safe and reliable operation of high speed rail.

Theme 2 : Latest Railway Technologies

Technology is playing a crucial role in ensuring and managing efficient railway operation. When the amount of passenger trains increases, there will be a need for optimization of the maintenance of the railway infrastructure, with supporting of technological advancement. Considering that punctuality is essential to provide a high quality service and to attract more passengers to public transport, it is important to underline that the driverless railway system can be operated at very short headways during peak hours. This session would provide a platform for experts to discuss the recent development on driverless operation and cutting-edge innovation in railway technology, as well as to encourage collaboration among universities, operators and authorities to identify problems, propose solutions and indicate directions of future research in the railway industry.

Theme 3 : Regulations Challenges

Regulation aims to promote continuous improvement in the management of railway safety. Achieving this outcome relies on good regulatory decision-making driven by legislation and policies based on prevailing societal values, with these decisions guided by good practices in railway regulation. This session would offer an east-meet- west opportunity for various railway regulatory authorities to share their regulatory framework and lessons learnt from the railway regulation.

Theme 4 : Safety and Risk Management

Railway safety is supported by safety culture, with continuous safety improvements through performance standards and process requirements for better hazard identification and risk management. The sessions would outline how railway knowledge can be maintained, shared and improved. Practical application of risk assessment would be shared from different perspectives to highlight the benefits of implementing a harmonized regulatory framework and the challenges faced in doing so.

Theme 5 : Sustainability

Railway systems have the advantage of being able to move masses of people efficiently, safely and in an environmentally-friendly manner around different places. Sustainability must be addressed in a continuous basis and it is important to take a holistic approach in carbon reduction and energy efficiency for both construction and operation in the railway systems. Best practices of reduction of carbon footprint throughout the life cycle of railway construction and operation, as well as sustainability in maintaining safe and reliable railway operation for passenger service would be shared at this session.

About IRSC

The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) is a forum that brings together rail safety professionals from around the globe in order to exchange information and provide experiences and lessons for improving rail safety and is exclusively devoted to rail safety issues.
The IRSC meets annually, generally in October or November. The first IRSC annual meeting was held in 1990, as a result of a joint Japan Rail East (JRE) and Japan Railway Union (JREU) management initiative.
They had been discussing safety issues related to their company and decided to look for new perspectives on safety from overseas experts. The meeting was a great success and has developed since then into an annual international conference.
The diverse mix of rail safety experts who attend results in many thought provoking and challenging ideas, as well as an in-depth understanding of a range of problems, which are useful reference tools for any of the participants.
The IRSC now makes a significant contribution to the ongoing improvement of rail safety management and performance around the world.
Core Group
Previous Cities holding Annual Conference of IRSC

Conference Schedule

You may download the schedule from here.
14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 17:00

Investigators Stakeholder Meeting

Operators Stakeholder Meeting

Others Stakeholder Meeting

Regulators Stakeholder Meeting

18:00 - 20:00

Welcome Cocktail

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 09:45

Opening Ceremony

09:45 - 10:15

Keynote Session 1

10:15 - 10:45

Keynote Session 2

10:45 - 11:15

Poster Display and Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:45

Keynote Session 3

11:45 - 12:15

Keynote Session 4

12:15 - 12:45

Keynote Session 5

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch Buffet

13:45 - 15:10

Belt & Road Forum

Theme 1: High Speed Rail - Safety, Design and Development

15:10 - 15:40

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Belt & Road Forum

Theme 1: High Speed Rail - Safety, Design and Development


Gala Dinner

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 10:35

Theme 2: Latest Railway Technologies and Driverless Operation

10:35 - 11:00

Poster Display and Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Theme 2: Latest Railway Technologies and Driverless Operation

12:30 - 13:30

Standing Lunch Buffet

13:30 - 15:00

Theme 3: Regulation Challenges

15:00 - 15:30

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Theme 3: Regulation Challenges

17:00 - 18:00

Core Group Reception


Core Group Meeting

Core Group Dinner

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration

09:00 - 10:25

Theme 4: Safety and Risk Management

10:25 - 11:00

Poster Display and Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30

Theme 4: Safety and Risk Management

12:30 - 13:30

Standing Lunch Buffet

13:30 - 15:00

Theme 5: Sustainability

15:00 - 15:30

Poster Display and Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

Theme 5: Sustainability


Farewell Cocktail

08:30 - 17:00

Technical Visit

Option 1: Hong Kong, China

  • MTR Operations Control Centre
  • Shek Kong Stabling Sidings for Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) [Details]
  • West Kowloon Terminus of Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) [Details]
  • Train ride on South Island Line in Fully Automatic Operation (FAO) [Details]
  • Visit to Wong Chuk Hang Depot

Option 2: Mainland China

  • Guangzhou South Railway Station [Details]
  • Maintenance Depot for High Speed Rail in Guangzhou
  • Operations Control Centre of Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corporation [Details]
  • Train ride on High Speed Rail

Officiating Guests of Honour

The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS

The Chief Executive

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

People?s Republic of China

Prof. Frederick Ma Si-hang, GBS, JP


MTR Corporation Limited

Hong Kong

Mr. Frank Chan Fan JP

Secretary for Transport and Housing

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

People?s Republic of China

Mr. YAN hexiang

Director-General of Science

Technology and Legal Affairs Department

National Railway Administration

Mr. Rob Burrows

IRSC Group Secretary


Mr. Alfred Sit

Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

People?s Republic of China

Dr. Jacob Kam Chak-pui

Managing Director ??Operations and Mainland Business

MTR Corporation

Hong Kong

Mr. Adi Lau Tin-shing

Operations Director

MTR Corporation Limited

Hong Kong

Mr. LI Guangyuan

Deputy Director

General of Safety Supervision and Management Administration

China Railway Corporation


Mr. Frank Chan Fan JP

Secretary for Transport and Housing

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

People?s Republic of China

Prof Frederick Ma Si-hang, GBS, JP


MTR Corporation Limited

Keynote Speakers

Mr. YAN Hexiang

National Railway Administration, PRC


Executive Director, European Union Agency for Railways

Mrs. Florence ROUSSE

Executive Director of EPSF, France

Dr. Jacob KAM

Managing Director, Operations & Mainland Business, MTR, Hong Kong

Sir Terry Morgan

Chairman, Crossrail, UK

Core Group

Download it here.

Rob Burrows


Tony Simes

Austrialian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Australia

Paul Daly

Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board, Australia

Kirby Jang

Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Canada

Mike Lowenger

Railway Assoication of Canada (RAC), Canada

Cheris LEE

MTR Corporation Ltd, Hong Kong (MTR), Hong Kong, China


Electrical and Mechanical Services Department, Hong Kong (EMSD), Hong Kong, China

István Gaskó

Free Trade Union of Railway Workers VDSzSz, Eastern Europe

Frédéric Lisiecki

ESPF, France

Christian Neveu

SNCF, France

Marc Geisler

DB AG, Germany

Michal Schmitz

Eisenbahn- Bundesamt (EBA), Germany

Sanjiv Garg

Indian Ministry of Railways, India

Caitríona Keenahan

Commission for Railway Regulation, Ireland

Kay Doyle

Irish Rail, Ireland

Hiroaki Sato

JRE, Japan

Akihisa Harada

JRE, Japan

Akinori Yanagi

JREU, Japan

Chan-Woo Park

Korea Railroad Research Institute, Korea

Phillip O?Connell

KiwiRail, New Zealand

Oystein Ravik

Norwegian Railway Authority, Norway

Kurt Olsen

Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN)

Nkululeko Poya

Rail Safety Regulator, South Africa

Maria Hedqvist

Swedish Transport Administration (Sweden), Sweden

Ian Prosser

Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), United Kingdom

George Bearfield

Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB), United Kingdom

Mike Martino

Association of American Railroads (AAR), United States

Peter Gerhardt

Union Internationale des chemins de fer (UIC), World Community

Important Dates

October 2017

27th IRSC 2017

Fee Details


Plan Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5-6 Close of Registration
6-Day Conference and Technical Visit
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
Technical Visit
  • Hong Kong, China, or
  • Mainland China#
4-Day Conference
  • Stakeholder Meeting
  • Welcome Evening Cocktail
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Gala Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Lunch
  • Conference
  • Farewell Cocktail
-- HK$7,000.00

# An additional charge of HK$ 3,000 will be charged if technical visit to Mainland China is chosen (with one night accommodation on 26 Oct 2017 in Mainland China).

No hotel accommodation will be provided by IRSC2017 for overseas/local delegate for the package above.


  • Payment methods will be sent to you via e-mail after confirmation of your registration.
  • All charges are in Hong Kong Dollar.
  • No accommodation will be provided to delegates effectively from 4 Sept 2017.
  • All prices listed here are subject to change and the decision of the secretariat should be final.

Location and Venue

InterContinental Hong Kong

Rooms have been reserved in the InterContinental Hong Kong exclusively for the IRSC attendees. These rooms will provide you with a comfortable stay in the congress exact location.


InterContinental Hong Kong

18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2721 1211

E-mail: hongkong@ihg.com

About InterContinental Hong Kong

Located in the center of Hong Kong, the InterContinental Hong Kong is easily accessible from the airport and railway stations.


From Hong Kong International Airport by Airport Express:

  1. Take the Airport Express towards Hong Kong ??get off at Tsing Yi station
  2. Interchange the Tung Chung line towards Hong Kong - get off at Nam Cheong station
  3. Interchange the West Rail line towards Hung Hom - get off at Tsim Sha Tsui East station
  4. 10 minutes walk from Exit J

From other parts of Hong Kong by MTR:

  • Tsuen Wan Line - Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui station
  • East Rail Line - Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui East station

More Transportation Information

You may download the MTR mobile application to plan your trip in Hong Kong. It is available on iPhone and Android platforms:

General Information

Equipment in the conference room

The conference room will be equipped with the following:

  • large screen
  • projector
  • laptop computer (PC) with CD player and USB port
  • podium microphone
  • hand-held microphone
  • laser pointer
  • flip chart
  • countdown

Computer Presentation Guidelines for Oral Presenters

To ensure consistency within the presentations all oral presentations will be using computers provided by the council organisation. No personal laptop or notebook computers will be allowed for oral presentations.

Letter of Invitation

The Council Committee will be pleased to send an official letter of invitation to any conference attendee who requests one. Such an invitation will help participants to obtain a travel authorisation and/or a visa. The letter does not constitute any financial commitment on the part of the Council Committee.

Council Publications

The abstracts and the Final Programme will be available upon arrival at the council.

Name Badges

Council Participants are recommended to wear their name badge in order to gain access to the conference rooms, break room and social activities.

Official Language

The official language of the Council and the technical visits is English, Putonghua and Japanese. Simultaneous translation for English-Putonghua will be offered during presentations and discussions.

Meals and Refreshments

From Monday to Wednesday there will be a coffee break with light snacks and refreshments at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. Lunch will be served at the InterContinental Hong Kong restaurant from Monday to Wednesday at 12:30 pm.

Currency and Banking

Currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), which is divided into 10 cents. There are 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 HKD banknotes.

Health Insurance

Visitors to Hong Kong are not automatically covered by health insurance in Hong Kong. Therefore, participants are recommended to arrange their own health and accident coverage.

Electricity Standards

The electrical current in Hong Kong is 220 V/50 Hz, Type G socket. Participants outside Hong Kong will require an adapter to use electrical devices.

Transportation to the Hotel

Please refer to Location and Venue section.


The participation fee does not include insurance of participants against personal injury, sickness, theft or property damage. Incidents occurring during the IRSC 2017 are not covered. Participants and accompanying persons are advised to take out insurance as they consider necessary. Organisers of IRSC 2017, sponsors and members are not liable for loss, injury or damage to persons or belongings.

Visa Information

To apply for a valid Chinese Visa for travelling to Mainland China, please contact the Embassy or Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in your resident country for more information.

Special Enquiry

Please send an email to info@irsc2017.org if you have any enquiries.

Adverse Weather Arrangement

When tropical cyclones or heavy persistent rain affect Hong Kong, would all conference participants please pay attention to the arrangements below.

Weather Condition Arrangements
When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1, 3, Pre-No. 8 or No. 8 is issued by Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) The Conference is to be held as usual unless advised otherwise.
When Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 9 or above is issued from 6:00 am onwards by HKO The Conference is to be SUSPENDED all day.
Amber, Red or Black Rainstorm Warning by HKO The Conference is to be held as usual unless advised otherwise.

Participant should pay attention to the announcements made via the radio, television or mobile apps ?GovHK Notifications??/strong> when tropical cyclones are affecting Hong Kong. Please also pay attention to the IRSC 2017 mobile apps for the latest conference arrangements under adverse weather condition.



The Railways Branch under EMSD is the regulatory authority on railway safety in Hong Kong. The Railways Branch regulates and monitors the safe operation of the railway systems operated by the MTR Corporation Limited and the Automated People Mover at the Hong Kong International Airport. The main functions of the Railways Branch include:

  • ensuring the adoption of appropriate safety practices by the railway operators;
  • investigating into safety-related railway incidents and following up the railway operators' improvement measures;
  • assessing and approving new railway projects and modifications to the existing major railway facilities;
  • providing professional support on railway safety to government bureaux and other government departments;
  • handling complaints and enquiries on matters related to railway safety; and
  • promoting public railway safety.

MTR Corporation is regarded as one of the world?s leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. In its home base of Hong Kong, the Corporation operates nine commuter railway lines, a Light Rail network and a high-speed Airport Express link on which more than 5.5 million passenger trips are made on a normal week day. Another 5 million passenger trips are made on the rail services it operates outside Hong Kong in the Mainland of China, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia. In addition, the Corporation is involved in a range of railway construction projects as well as railway consultancy and contracting services around the world. Leveraging on its railway expertise, the Corporation is involved in the development of transit-related residential and commercial property projects, property management, shopping malls leasing and management, advertising media and telecommunication services.


Platinum (Not listed in order)
Gold (Not listed in order)
ChunWo Development Holdings Limited Kum Shing Group Ricardo Siemens  The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
Silver (Not listed in order)
CLP Power Hong Kong Limited GTECH-CIC JV Hollysys Mitsubishi Electric Thales Group Alstom

Supporting Organisations (Not listed in order)

European Union Agency for Railways The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (CILTHK) Hong Kong Association of Risk Management and Safety The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Institution of Mechanical Engineers Hong Kong Branch, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Hong Kong China Hong Kong Railway Institution