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    Railcoop plans freight launch this year ahead of passenger market entry


    FRANCE: Start-up open access operator Railcoop aims to launch its first freight services later this year. If the co-operative’s plans come to fruition, Railcoop would follow up in 2022 with the launch of inter-city passenger services on the Bordeaux – Lyon via Périgueux route.

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    UK government called on to support Eurostar during the pandemic


    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has called for financial support of the kind which has been offered to airlines during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that without government funding ‘there is a real risk to the survival of Eurostar and the green gateway to Europe’.

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    France pauses tendering of TET inter-city routes


    FRANCE: Government plans to let concessions to operate the 10 conventional inter-city services for which it remains responsible have been put on hold pending a review of the tendering conditions.

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    Metro Report International

    Hastus software to be used for Paris metro workforce management


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP is to use Giro’s Hastus software to replace several different applications which are used to roster metro drivers. This builds on previous work covering staff allocation on the city’s bus and tram networks. ‘Public transport is transforming rapidly, as is our ...

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    CAF-Bombardier consortium selected for Paris RER rolling stock contract


    FRANCE: National passenger operator SNCF Voyageurs and Paris transport operator RATP have confirmed their selection of a consortium of Bombardier Transpoartion and CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 146 suburban trainsets for the jointly operated north-south RER Line B.

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    More Île-de-France EMUs ordered


    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of Paris regional transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités, national operator SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply a further three Omneo Regio 2N electric multiple-units. They are to be delivered from the end of 2023 to strengthen the Omneo Regio ...

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    Track monitoring R&D collaboration


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau and British monitoring technology company Senceive are to collaborate to define the requirements for wireless track condition sensors. The exclusive two-year research and development agreement will see the project team analyse data from structural, geotechnical and track monitoring instruments installed at ...

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    France: Confort 200 to trim trip times on two routes


    Along with a programme of track upgrades, a fleet of 10-car articulated EMUs is set to transform travel on the inter-city routes from Paris to Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand in the second half of this decade. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Montpellier – Perpignan high speed line inches forward


    FRANCE: Initial public consultations are underway on long-standing proposals to build a high speed line between Montpellier and Perpignan, after Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djébbari established a steering committee for the project and commenced the process needed to authorise the 150 km Ligne à Grande Vitesse . ...

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    Interview: ‘We have to win back our customers’


    Just when the French national operator’s passenger sector is coming to terms with Covid-19 and the collapse of business travel, it faces the arrival of competition in both the regional and long-distance markets. Chris Jackson asked Christophe Fanichet, President-Directeur Général of SNCF Voyageurs, about his strategy at a time of unprecedented challenges.

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    Metro Report International

    Paris tram depot to feature lightweight jacks and bespoke turntable


    FRANCE: The depot for the Paris Tram 9 project is being equipped with a set of 18 lightweight lifting jacks and a bogie turntable supplied by CIM and its UK subsidiary Mechan. The 10 km route T9 with 19 stops will connect Paris-Porte de Choisy to ...

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    Taxirail lightweight vehicle demonstrator with AI to start trials in 2021


    FRANCE: Trials with a self-propelled ultra-lightweight rail vehicle intended for rural railways or lightly-used lines are due to commence towards the end of 2021.

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    Hauts-de-France orders more double-deck EMUs


    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a €565m firm contract to supply 33 Omneo Regio2N double-deck regional electric multiple-units from its Crespin plant in 2024-25. The order announced on December 22 has been placed under a 2010 framework agreement ...

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    Metro Report International

    Toulouse Aerospace Express metro contract award


    FRANCE: Toulouse Metropole has awarded Alstom a contract to design, build and maintain the Toulouse Aerospace Express driverless metro line. The city’s third automated metro line will be 27 km long with 21 stations, and is intended to serve major centres of employment in the aerospace ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tours deploys interoperable smartphone ticketing platform


    FRANCE: Conduent’s Seamless Transportation System contactless payment technology has been rolled out across 21 trams and 200 buses in Tours’ Fil Bleu transport network. Users download the Seamless Transportation System smartphone app and register to activate an account. They then present their smartphone at any onboard ...

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    Metro Report International

    Condition-based tramway maintenance contracts signed


    FRANCE: Vossloh has signed multi-year framework agreements with initial three-year terms for the maintenance of tramway infrastructure in Le Havre and Valenciennes. Vossloh will provide the operators with a fixed-price condition guarantee for plain line track and turnouts, though a package including track analysis, continuous monitoring ...

  • Temporary rules to keep the Channel Tunnel open approved

    Temporary rules to keep the Channel Tunnel open


    EUROPE: The European Parliament has approved temporary measures designed to ensure that rail operations through the Channel Tunnel can continue once the Brexit transition period ends on January 1 2021. The European Parliament approved the temporary rules under an urgent procedure on December 17 with 684 ...

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    Mission to rethink freight transport


    FRANCE: The Senate’s Committee for Regional Planning Sustainable Development has launched a fact-finding mission to examine the future of freight transport in the face of environmental concerns. The mission’s work is expected to take around six months, with hearings being held across France. The ...

  • ‘A semi-autonomous train’ has run ‘under real operating conditions’ on the 16 km Longwy – Longuyon line in eastern France

    Automated locomotive completes first trip


    FRANCE: ‘A semi-autonomous train’ has run ‘under real operating conditions’ on the 16 km Longwy – Longuyon line in eastern France, national operator SNCF announced on December 16.

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    Bombardier Transportation steps up output at Crespin


    FRANCE: Production of rolling stock at Bombardier Transportation’s Crespin factory in northern France is to be stepped up thanks to a €25m investment programme. Dubbed Plan 1000 , the package announced by the company on December 4 will give the plant the ability to turn out ...