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  • Luc Lallemand

    Lallemand to step down as head of SNCF Réseau


    FRANCE: Luc Lallemand is to leave his role as President & Director-General of infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau, the transport ministry confirmed on September 28.

  • Eurostar at London St Pancras

    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns


    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

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    First Cityval light metro line opens in Rennes


    FRANCE: Rennes Line B was opened on September 20, the first to use Siemens Mobility’s Cityval version of its Neoval rubber tyre automated light metro platform. The 14 km Line B runs from Saint-Jacques-Gaité through the city centre to Cesson-Viasilva with 15 stations. Project ...

  • SNCF Réseau has awarded Frauscher Sensor Technology a contract to develop, supply and maintain a new generation of axle-counter.

    Large scale axle-counter contract awarded


    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has awarded Frauscher Sensor Technology a contract to develop, supply and maintain a new generation of axle-counter. The contract signed at InnoTrans 2022 runs for 10 years, with the possibility of a further five years and up to 30 years of maintenance. ‘Never before ...

  • Marseille CAF Urbos tram impression
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    Marseille orders maritime themed trams


    FRANCE: Marseille transport operator RTM has awarded CAF a €57m contract to supply 15 trams, with options for more to support future expansion of the network. The seven-section low-floor cars from CAF’s Urbos range will be 42·5 m long. They will have a similar styling to ...

  • Real-time tracking data is helping chemical company Arkema to improve the performance of its wagonload shipments

    Chemical company tackles wagonload performance


    FRANCE: Real-time tracking data is helping chemical company Arkema to improve the performance of its wagonload shipments, building on a project conducted in partnership with digital transport management specialist Everysens and Fret SNCF.

  • Paris metro Line 4 automation (Photo Jeremie Anne) (5)
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    Driverless trains introduced on Paris metro Line 4


    FRANCE: Grade of Automation 4 unattended driverless operation on Paris metro Line 4 was launched on September 12. There are initially four trainsets running automatically alongside trains with drivers, and more are to be gradually introduced to achieve full automation by the end of 2023. Catherine ...

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    French regulator seeks improved network access for freight operators


    FRANCE: Rail regulator Autorité de Régulation des Transports published its formal decision on September 6 in a dispute over network access between SNCF Réseau and freight operators Captrain France, T3M, Europorte France and Régiorail.

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    Predictive supply chain partnership


    FRANCE: Internet of Things company Stimio and tram and bus component supplier CBM have partnered to offer a predictive maintenance tool directly connected to spare parts supply services. ‘Our end-to-end solution frees our customers from the complexities of IoT projects, letting them focus on business data ...

  • Alstom SNCF TGV M (Photo: Jérémie Anne)

    First TGV M unveiled by Alstom and SNCF


    FRANCE: The first of 115 double-deck high speed trainsets branded Avelia Horizon by manufacturer Alstom and TGV M by SNCF Voyageurs has been unveiled ahead of dynamic testing at Velim in the Czech Republic from October. Speaking at the unveiling at Alstom’s La Rochelle test centre ...

  • Right bank of Rhone reopening (Photo Laurent Boutonnet) (4)

    Passenger services restart on the right bank of the Rhône


    FRANCE: Passenger services have been revived on the 82 km line along the right bank of the River Rhône between Avignon and Pont-Saint-Esprit, which has been freight-only since 1973. Reopened with a ceremony on August 28, the line is one of six which the Occitanie region ...

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    Double-deck EMU refurbishment completed


    FRANCE: SNCF has completed a refurbishment programme covering all 79 of its Class Z23500 double-deck EMUs, with the presentation of the last trainset for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes taking place at contractor ACC M’s workshops in Clermont-Ferrand on September 2.

  • Catherine Guillouard (Photo: D Prost)
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    Catherine Guillouard to leave RATP


    FRANCE: Catherine Guillouard is to step down as Chief Executive of RATP on September 30 for personal reasons, the Paris municipal transport operator announced on September 1. She will be replaced on a interim basis by Pierre-Alain Roche, who represents the French state on the RATP ...

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    Grand Paris Line 18 power supply contract


    FRANCE: A 50:50 consortium of Colas Rail and Eiffage Énergie Systèmes has been awarded a €26m contract to provide traction power supply equipment for the 35 km Grand Paris Express automated metro Line 18 between Orly Airport and Versailles-Chantiers station. This will include 15 rectification substations, ...

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    Eurostar confirms end of Disneyland service


    EUROPE: Eurostar has confirmed that it will not be running the direct service between London and Marne-la-Vallée, the station for Disneyland Paris, from June 5 2023. The operator said ’whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic, and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry/Exit ...

  • Eurostar and Thalys

    Eurostar Group names next CEO and targets 30 million passengers within 10 years


    EUROPE: Gwendoline Cazenave has been appointed as CEO of Eurostar Group with effect from October 1. She will succeed Jacques Damas, who has been CEO of Eurostar since October 2020 and CEO of Eurostar Group since it was formed as the holding company for Eurostar and ...

  • Alstom Avelia Horizon high speed train impression

    SNCF orders more TGV M high speed trains


    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs has awarded Alstom a €590m firm order to supply a further 15 Avelia Horizon high speed trains, designated TGV M by the operator. The order announced on August 18 is the second option exercised under the €2∙7bn TGV of the Future framework agreement ...

  • Akiem shareholders SNCF and DWS have agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations to sell the Akiem locomotive leasing business to Canadian pension and insurance investor CDPQ.

    CDPQ to buy locomotive leasing company Akiem


    EUROPE: Following a competitive auction, Akiem shareholders SNCF and DWS have agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations to sell the Akiem locomotive leasing business to Canadian pension and insurance investor CDPQ. The transaction announced on August 1 is subject to consultation with employee representatives and regulatory ...

  • CAF has completed the acquisition of Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant (Photo: CAF)

    CAF completes acquisition of Alstom’s Reichshoffen plant and two train designs


    EUROPE: CAF has formally completed the acquisition of the Alstom plant at Reichshoffen in France, along with the Coradia Polyvalent rolling stock portfolio and intellectual property related to the Talent 3 platform. Alstom agreed to the divest the former De Dietrich plant in Alsace and two ...

  • Christian Dufermont, Freight Commercial Director, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight
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    Europe: Bringing unaccompanied freight to the UK through the Channel Tunnel


    Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is planning new rail services to meet growing demand for the unaccompanied transport of lorry trailers between continental Europe and inland destinations in the UK, Christian Dufermont, Freight Commercial Director, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight, tells Railway Gazette International.