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  • Grand Paris train impression
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    Grand Paris Express appoints shadow operator

    2021-09-28T15:36:00Z

    FRANCE: Following an international tender, Société du Grand Paris and transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités have appointed a consortium of Transamo, Transdev and Strides International as shadow operator for the capital’s driverless metro network. The contract covers lines 15, 16, 17 and 18, which are scheduled to ...

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    Macron puts high speed projects back on track in ‘decade of the TGV’

    2021-09-22T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: In a speech at Paris Gare de Lyon during an event held on September 17 to mark 40 years since the launch of TGV services, President Emmanuel Macron announced the revival of plans to expand the high speed network, describing the 2020s as ‘the decade of the TGV’.

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    CargoBeamer network extended to the UK

    2021-09-21T13:43:00Z

    EUROPE: CargoBeamer has formed a partnership with Eurotunnel enabling unaccompanied lorry semi-trailers arriving at its rail-road transfer terminal in Calais to be transported on Shuttle trains through the Channel Tunnel and then onwards to Ashford in southeast England. The companies said this would partially resolve the ...

  • Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Funds confirmed to support rail freight relaunch strategy

    2021-09-15T12:51:00Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. 

  • UK Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton outside Folkestone.
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    Channel Tunnel to handle unaccompanied freight

    2021-09-14T09:57:00Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Getlink is to launch a service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers, using its ‘unique customs expertise’ to speed up post-Brexit cross-border traffic. The service between the Channel Tunnel terminals in Calais and Folkestone is to be launched on September 18, in addition to ...

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    Paris awards T3b tram extension contracts

    2021-09-10T12:55:00Z

    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has selected Colas to build a 3·2 km western extension of orbital tram route T3b from Porte d’Asnières to Porte Dauphine. Being funded as part of the Grand Paris project, the extension will broadly parallel RER Line C, serving seven stop ...

  • Tenders to operate inter-urban TER services between Marseille, Toulon and Nice are to be called in February 2020.
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    Transdev picked to run Région Sud TER package

    2021-09-10T11:04:00Z

    FRANCE: Région Sud has selected Transdev for a 10-year concession to operate regional trains between Marseille, Toulon and Nice, ahead of rival bids from SNCF and Thello.

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    RER Line A relaying completed

    2021-09-08T08:27:00Z

    FRANCE: Paris operator RATP has successfully completed the relaying of all trackwork on RER Line A, with the restoration of full services at the beginning of September. Completed in 1977, Line A has seen a 20% increase in ridership over the past decade, and is now ...

  • Lyon Citadis tram (Photo: Alstom)
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    Lyon places tram order

    2021-09-03T08:38:00Z

    FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further 35 Citadis trams in support of its Destinations 2026 network expansion plan. This €115m firm order announced on September 2 has been placed using an option under a 2018 framework agreement, and ...

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    Channel Tunnel optic fibre network contract signed

    2021-09-03T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Colt Technology Services has signed a 25-year contract for the installation of optic fibres through the Channel Tunnel as part of its IQ Network data network. This will provide a transfer capacity of several terabits per second per fibre pair. Channel Tunnel operator Getlink’s existing ...

  • Brest tram Line B impression
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    Brest awards contract for tram and electric bus projects

    2021-08-30T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Brest Métropole has selected the Mobi-Brest consortium to develop a second tram line and an electric bus rapid transit route. The consortium is led by Systra and includes SCE, B3I, LA/BA, Forma-6 and Ferrand-Sigal as joint contractors, with Copenhagenize, Toolz, AUAS and Artgéo as subcontractors. ...

  • Paris RER NG dynamic testing (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Paris RER NG trainset on test

    2021-08-26T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has started ride comfort and dynamic testing with the RER NG double-deck EMUs which are scheduled to enter service on Paris RER Line D from the December timetable change. One of five pre-series units has been instrumented for a 10-week programme of test runs ...

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    Work begins on Marseille tram extensions

    2021-08-06T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Preparatory works for northern and southern extensions of the Marseille tram network got underway at the end of July, with openings scheduled for 2025. A 1·8 km long northern extension will run from Arenc to Capitaine Gèze with three stops. The southern extension will ...

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    Tours tramway Line B design work gets underway

    2021-08-05T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: A consortium of Systra, Suez Group’s consulting business Safège and architectural firms Urbanica and L’Heudé have been awarded the project management contract for Tours tram Line B, covering design studies and supervision of construction works and subsequent testing. Preliminary studies for the proposed line ...

  • Alstom Citadis tram in Strasbourg.
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    Calypso host card emulation goes live in Strasbourg

    2021-07-27T15:37:00Z

    TICKTING: The Calypso Networks Association has announced the completion of the first deployment of the HCE Calypso Interoperable Application. This enables transport authorities to provide Calypso ticketing using host card emulation software on Android smartphones, greatly expanding the range of devices which passengers can use to ...

  • Regiolis cross-border trainset (Photo: Région Grand Est)
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    Grand Est cross-border fleet unveiled

    2021-07-13T14:44:00Z

    FRANCE: The first of 30 electro-diesel trainsets for cross-border services between the French region of Grand Est and the German Länder of Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland was demonstrated to local politicians and officials in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on July 10. An identical trainset ...

  • CargoBeamer has opened a facility for transferring road semi-trailers to and from trains in Calais (Photo: Philippe Turpin/CargoBeamer).
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    CargoBeamer opens Calais intermodal terminal

    2021-07-12T11:31:00Z

    FRANCE: CargoBeamer has opened a facility for transferring road semi-trailers to and from trains in Calais. Close to the port and the Channel Tunnel, the terminal forms part of the company’s plan to develop a European network of transhipment facilities at important hubs to handle ‘hundreds ...

  • Paris metro Alstom MP14 train for Line 11 cab (Photo: Alstom/Samuel Dhote)
    Metro Report International

    Paris orders more MP14 trainsets for Line 11

    2021-07-09T09:23:00Z

    FRANCE: Île-de-France Mobilités has exercised an option to order a further 19 MP14 rubber-tyred trainsets from Alstom for the Paris Metro. The €132m order announced on July 8 covers 19 five-car units with driving cabs, which are intended to be used by metro operator RATP ...

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    Lyon – Torino base tunnel contracts signed

    2021-07-08T12:30:00Z

    EUROPE: Three major contracts have been awarded for construction of the 57·5 km cross-border Mont Cenis base tunnel, which is central to the programme to develop a high-capacity rail route between Lyon and Torino. The contracts signed on July 7 have a combined value of ...

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    France: Report presages night train renaissance

    2021-06-11T05:22:00Z

    A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.