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    First ETR1000 trainsets arrive in France for testing

    2019-09-23T11:27:00Z

    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The first of two Trenitalia ETR1000 Frecciarossa trainsets arrived in France on September 19 for type approval tests in Bretagne. Trenitalia plans to launch a Paris – Milano high speed service in summer 2020 using a fleet of five ETR1000 trainsets ...

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    ​Keolis chief to head SNCF

    2019-09-19T10:37:00Z

    FRANCE: Keolis chief executive Jean-Pierre Farandou has been nominated as the next President of SNCF, with effect from the end of this year. He will succeed Guillaume Pepy , who had previously announced his intention not to seek a new mandate after more than a decade ...

  • Geismar has supplied an automated carbide rail sawing and drilling machine for SNCF’s rail centre of excellence at Saulon.
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    Rail sawing and drilling machine installed

    2019-08-13T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Geismar has supplied an automated carbide rail sawing and drilling machine for SNCF’s rail centre of excellence at Saulon in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the only workshop in France with a production line dedicated to short rails. The machine can be used to undertake precise cutting and drilling operations on rails ...

  • Alstom is to supply the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region with a further 10 four-car Coradia Polyvalent multi-system electric multiple-units for €70m.
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    Alstom to supply 10 EMUs to Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    2019-08-06T14:34:32Z

    FRANCE: Alstom is to supply the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region with a further 10 four-car Coradia Polyvalent multi-system electric multiple-units for €70m. The region has previously ordered 17 similar units which are scheduled to enter service on the cross-border Léman Express route to Switzerland in mid-December 2019. The latest batch ...

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    CDG Express trains ordered

    2019-08-02T09:18:50Z

    FRANCE: The Hello Paris consortium selected to operate the CDG Express airport rail link has ordered 13 electric multiple-units to run the service at a cost of €160m, Alstom confirmed on August 1. CDG Express will run for 32 km between Paris-Est and Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, using a ...

  • The TGV Océane sets will be used on services from Paris Est as well as on routes to the west.  TGV ridership has rebounded strongly in recent months, SNCF reports.  Second class saloon on a TGV Océane trainset.
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    Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs

    2019-07-31T13:39:23Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy. Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern ...

  • Cameras fitted on the locomotive provided real-time images for the driver in the control centre, who accelerated and braked the train.
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    ‘Drone train’ completes first trial

    2019-07-10T11:09:26Z

    FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. ...

  • RENFE already uses its S100 trains on cross-border services between France and Spain.
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    RENFE seeks to take on the TGV

    2019-07-01T16:21:12Z

    FRANCE: On July 1, RENFE Operadora confirmed its intention to enter the French high speed passenger market, saying it had lodged the relevant applications with regulator Arafer, safety authority EPSF and infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau. The Spanish national operator would compete with incumbent SNCF on high speed routes initially ...

  • SNCF hopes that satellite geolocation technology could help its research into autonomous train operation.
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    SNCF and Airbus to trial satellite geolocation technology

    2019-06-21T10:47:57Z

    FRANCE: SNCF and Airbus Defence & Space signed a co-operation accord at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 19. The agreement last three years and covers the development and adaptation of satellite geolocation technology, based on the EU’s Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Systems, for ...

  • The first of five ETR1000 high speed trainsets being modified to operate Trenitalia’s planned open access service between Milano and Paris is expected to begin test running in France next month.
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    Trenitalia prepares for Paris – Milano launch

    2019-06-20T12:59:39Z

    EUROPE: The first of five ETR1000 high speed trainsets being modified to operate Trenitalia’s planned open access service between Milano and Paris is expected to begin test running in France next month, following the completion of retrofitting work. The trainsets are being fitted with TVM cab signalling and KVB automatic ...

  • There are three FlixTrain services already running in Germany.
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    FlixTrain seeks to enter French passenger market

    2019-06-18T09:05:13Z

    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has lodged an application with rail regulator Arafer to launch five inter-city routes from January 1 2021. The FlixTrain-branded services would cover four domestic routes as well as one international route. The proposed services are seven return trains per day between Paris Nord and Brussels ...

  • VFLI expects to become the first operator in France to use the Eurodual when it adds the prototype loco to its fleet later this year.
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    Stadler sees success on six axles

    2019-06-10T11:05:00Z

    EUROPE: Stadler says that its family of six-axle diesel, electric and bi-mode Eurodual locomotives are ‘30 to 40% better in terms of track forces’ than ‘most of the four-axle locos in use around Europe today’. Antonio García Ricos, Engineering Vice-President of Stadler Valencia, told the Transport Logistic trade show in ...

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    Thello bids to run Milano – Paris high speed service

    2019-06-05T08:25:19Z

    FRANCE: Trenitalia subsidiary Thello has notified rail regulator ARAFER of its intention to launch the first open access passenger services on the French high speed network. The regulator announced on June 4 that Thello had requested paths from SNCF Réseau for a twice-daily service between Milano and Paris to start ...

  • The 140 km first phase of LGV Rhin-Rhône opened in December 2011.
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    Borne backs early extension of Rhin-Rhône high speed line

    2019-05-31T13:22:51Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has agreed to ‘look again’ at the timescale for completing the second phase of the LGV Rhin-Rhône high speed line, serving Dijon and Mulhouse. LGV Rhin-Rhône opened with the December 2011 timetable change, covering an initial 140 route-km between Auxonne, east of Dijon, and ...

  • The CDG Express project includes work to increase capacity on the corridor used by RER Line B and Paris - Laon regional trains northeast of Paris.
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    CDG Express delayed to 2026

    2019-05-30T10:54:40Z

    FRANCE: The CDG Express project to provide a dedicated airport express between central Paris and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is to be delayed by two years, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on May 28. Running for 32 km between Paris-Est and the LGV Interconnexion station at Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, CDG ...

  • On behalf of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €32m contract to supply five four-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units.
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    PACA orders electro-diesel multiple-units

    2019-05-13T12:57:00Z

    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €32m contract to supply five four-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units. The regional units to be delivered between the end of 2020 and early 2021 will have 214 seats with individual reading lights and power sockets, ...

  • The name 574 Investments refers to the 2007 world rail speed record set by a modified TGV.
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    SNCF business to invest in start-ups

    2019-05-13T08:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF is to establish a subsidiary branded 574 Investments to manage its involvement with technology start-ups. The name refers to the 2007 world rail speed record set by a modified TGV. SNCF has already invested in four funds dedicated to supporting young technology companies, but 574 Investments ...

  • Alstom has been awarded a €170m firm order to supply 16 six-car Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté orders Alstom EMUs

    2019-05-10T16:04:02Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has been awarded a €170m firm order to supply 16 six-car Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The latest contract announced on May 10 is the first for this six-car electric variant of the Cordia Polyvalent family. The EMUs will have 355 seats, with the ‘inter-city style’ ...

  • ‘The prospect of travel between the centre of London and Bordeaux in less than 5 h brings southwest France within easy reach for business travellers and holidaymakers’, said Keith Ludeman, Chair of HS1 Ltd.
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    London – Bordeaux high speed rail service ‘blueprint’

    2019-04-30T13:03:09Z

    EUROPE: A ‘blueprint’ for the operation of direct high speed services to and from London was presented to the Mayor of Bordeaux and the President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on April 29. The proposals are being developed jointly by HS1 Ltd, which manages the high speed line between London and ...

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    Hauts-de-France starts regional tendering

    2019-04-24T14:07:22Z

    FRANCE: Proposals to tender the operation of regional passenger services in Hauts-de-France from the end of 2022 were unveiled by the regional council on April 23. Following the lead set by Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur last month, the region is planning to open up local rail services to competition in line with ...