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    Paris Line 14 extension trackwork contract awarded

    2020-05-20T09:00:00Z

    FRANCE: A consortium of ETF and Colas Rail has been awarded a contract for the design and installation of trackwork on the southern extension of Paris metro Line 14. Being built in conjunction with the Grand Paris Express project, the 14 km extension from the current ...

  • FlixMobility GmbH has decided to postpone indefinitely its plans to launch open access passenger train services on five inter-city routes in France.
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    FlixTrain halts plans to launch open access service in France

    2020-04-15T12:41:00Z

    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has decided to postpone indefinitely its plans to launch open access passenger train services on five inter-city routes in France. The company had announced in June last year that FlixTrain-branded services would run on four French domestic routes, as well as between Paris ...

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    French freight alliance plans fightback

    2020-04-01T09:13:00Z

    FRANCE: Proposals to relaunch rail freight in France are to be published in June, under plans now being developed by an alliance of cargo operators.

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    Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region orders EMUs

    2020-03-31T13:46:00Z

    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply 19 Regio 2N double-deck EMUs totalling 114 cars. They are scheduled to enter service on the Lyon – Mâcon and Lyon – Valence lines in mid-2023. ...

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    Paris metro simulators updated

    2020-03-30T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Corys has completed the renovation of Paris operator RATP’s metro train driving simulators. RATP has a total of 23 compact simulators and one full-scope simulator. New PCs have been deployed, computer generated images switched to Matrix technology, and the functionality of the Octys system ...

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    SNCF deploys hospital TGV

    2020-03-26T15:11:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has started transporting Covid-19 patients using a TGV Duplex trainset that has been has adapted as a mobile hospital unit. It is being used to evacuate recuperating patients from hot spot areas where the hospitals are saturated to regions which have spare capacity in their ...

  • Alstom has awarded Teleste a contract to supply onboard technology for the fleet of Avelia Horizon double-deck high speed trainsets ordered by SNCF Mobilités.
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    Teleste to supply onboard technology for Avelia Horizon fleet

    2020-03-16T14:53:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has awarded Teleste a contract to supply onboard technology for the fleet of Avelia Horizon double-deck high speed trainsets ordered by SNCF Mobilités. Under the contract announced by the Finnish company on March 16, Teleste is to supply passenger information and public address systems, ...

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    Grand Paris Express Metro wireless network contract awarded

    2020-03-13T09:31:00Z

    Line 15 Puits Champigny Plateau tunnel FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris announced the selection of a consortium of Nokia and ENGIE Solutions to design and install an LTE private wireless network for lines 15, 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express metro, on March 12. ...

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    Jingye completes acquisition of British Steel assets in the UK and Netherlands

    2020-03-09T17:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Chinese steelmaker Jingye Group completed the purchase of British Steel’s UK and Netherlands assets from the Official Receiver on March 9. This includes the steelworks at Scunthorpe, Teesside Beam Mill and Skinningrove mill, as well as subsidiary businesses FN Steel in the Netherlands and TSP ...

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    French companies focus on change at InnoTrans 2020

    2020-03-06T05:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: ‘The rail industry as we know it is about to change’, says Clémentine Vallet, Project Manager, Operations at Business France which is organising two combined French rail industry stands in halls 3.2 and 11.2 at InnoTrans 2020. ‘Against the backdrop of the digital transformation in ...

  • Commemorative boards were unveiled at a ceremony at London’s St Pancras station on March 5 to mark a twinning agreement with Bordeaux Saint-Jean.
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    Direct London – Bordeaux trains could start in 2022, suggests SNCF

    2020-03-05T17:31:00Z

    A direct London – Bordeaux service could be launched in 2022, President of SNCF International Diego Diaz suggested when commemorative boards were unveiled at London’s St Pancras station to mark a twinning agreement with Bordeaux Saint-Jean. 

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    RATP trials pedestrian crossing warning system

    2020-03-05T16:56:00Z

    FRANCE: RATP is trialling an experimental safety system near Vélizy’s town hall T6 tram stop. The system designed by French startup Copsonic involves speakers connected to a pedestrian crossing light, which emit an ultrasound signal when the light turns red. The signal is picked up ...

  • The French government has put forward proposals to ensure the survival of much of the remaining network of secondary lines (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Lightweight trains and no taboos in French secondary line rescue package

    2020-03-05T11:22:00Z

    Source: Christophe Masse FRANCE: Development of lightweight rolling stock is one of several proposals put forward by the government to try and ensure the survival of much of the remaining network of secondary lines, many of which carry very limited traffic. Secretary of State for ...

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    Strasbourg orders 17 more trams

    2020-03-03T14:49:00Z

    FRANCE: Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois exercised a further option on March 3 to order more Alstom Citadis trams. The final option in a 2014 framework contract for up to 50 vehicles covers a further 17 trams valued at €52m. This will bring the number of Citadis ...

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    Bordeaux tramway Line D extended

    2020-03-03T11:34:00Z

    FRANCE: A 5·5 km extension of Bordeaux tram Line D was opened on February 29, connecting Mairie du Bouscat to Eysines Cantinolle. The €250m project included nine stops and two car parks, which have all entered opened on the same day. Line D now runs ...

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    GIRO software to plan TER operations

    2020-02-22T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs has awarded GIRO a contract to supply its HASTUS software for managing the resources needed to operate its 8 200 TER regional passenger services per day, including 2 250 trainsets and 27 000 crew. ‘This project is fundamental to the business’, said SNCF’s ...

  • Brittany Ferries' proposed rail motorway between Cherbourg and Mouguerre would be similar to the service connecting Calais with Le Boulou.
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    Brittany Ferries to launch Cherbourg – Spain rail motorway service

    2020-02-20T13:24:00Z

    FRANCE: Brittany Ferries has announced plans to launch its first rail motorway service in 2021, a 980 km landbridge carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the Channel port of Cherbourg and Mouguerre close to the Spanish border near Bayonne. The rail service is intended to complement ...

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    Normandie’s inter-city EMUs enter service

    2020-02-19T14:58:00Z

    FRANCE: The first of 40 Bombardier-built Omneo Premium electric multiple-units procured by SNCF on behalf of the Normandie region entered revenue service on the Paris – Caen – Cherbourg route on February 17.

  • Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business
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    Akiem acquires Macquarie European Rail fleet

    2020-02-17T15:40:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business, subject to regulatory approval. The transaction includes 137 locomotives used by 21 freight and passenger operators, including EMD Class 66, Bombardier Traxx, Alstom Prima and GE Transportation ...

  • Alstom has delivered 12 of its first Aptis battery electric buses to Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois
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    Aptis electric buses ready to launch in Strasbourg

    2020-02-14T16:26:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has delivered 12 of its first Aptis battery electric buses to Compagnie des Transports Strasbourgeois for use on Route H which is scheduled to launch on February 24. The 3·2 km route with 10 stops will connect the main station ...