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  • Railpool (2)

    Railpool sets up French subsidiary


    FRANCE: Already the largest locomotive leasing company in Germany, Railpool has opened a French subsidiary with a view to tapping into demand for greater interoperability between European rail networks and growing domestic rail freight in France. Created in 2008 and based in München, Railpool has turnover ...

  • Fret SNCF train (Photo Jérémie Anne)
    In depth

    Viewpoint: French lessons from North America


    Radical changes to France’s state-owned rail freight sector are needed following the threat of punitive action from the European Commission. Iker de Luisa, General Manager of the Mexican railway industry association, asks what lessons can be learnt from America.

  • Omneo Premium Sud 01  Alstom-Samuel Dhote

    First Omneo Premium EMU to work Marseille – Nice service unveiled


    Photo: Alstom / Samuel Dhote FRANCE: Alstom, Transdev and Région Sud have unveiled the first Omneo Premium electric multiple-unit to operate Marseille – Toulon – Nice services in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur area. Unveiled at Alstom’s Crespin plant on November 23, the first unit is expected to visit ...

  • RER D Chatelet started signal

    Alstom wins €300m Paris RER CBTC framework


    FRANCE: Alstom is to equip lines B and D of the Paris RER network with the NExTEO train control system.

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    Metro Report International

    ‘Large and complex’ urban rail schemes at heart of RATP Dev strategic plan


    INTERNATIONAL: Contract operating specialist RATP Dev has unveiled a revamped business strategy.

  • Amsterdam Centraal

    Start-up announces Amsterdam to London and Paris high speed train ambitions


    Source: Nikolay/Pixabay EUROPE: A proposal to launch high speed train services from Amsterdam to London and from Groningen to Paris has been announced by Dutch start-up Heuro, while Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is also reported to be looking at competing with Eurostar on cross-Channel routes. ...

  • Paris RER NG EMU (Photo: JP Masse)

    RER NG enters service in Paris


    FRANCE: Transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator Transilien SNCF Voyageurs have put the first Alstom RER NG electric multiple-units into passenger service.

  • Centre-Val-de-Loire Alstom Omnio Premium EMU (Photo: Jérémie Anne)

    Centre-Val-de-Loire fleet modernisation supports increase in train services


    FRANCE: The Centre-Val-de-Loire région has funded a €145m firm order for a further seven Alstom Omneo Premium double-deck electric multiple-units.

  • AGC battery conversion (Photo SNCF) (1)

    Electro-diesel multiple-unit converted to battery-electric power


    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs and Alstom have unveiled a prototype conversion of an AGC multiple-unit from electro-diesel to battery-electric power as part of a plan to decarbonise the French regional train fleet. Five of the Bombardier Transportation-built electro-diesel multiple-units are due to be converted as part of ...

  • Lyon metro Line B extension
    Metro Report International

    Lyon Line B extension opens


    Photos: Jérémie Anne FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral Mobilités and operator Keolis inaugurated a 2·4 km extension of metro Line B from Gare d’Oullins to Saint-Genis-Laval Hôpital Lyon Sud on October 20. The fully underground southwestern extension serves one intermediate station at Oullins Centre. The journey ...

  • Alstom SNCF TGV M (Photo Jeremie Anne) (9)

    Evolyn trains not ordered yet, Alstom confirms


    EUROPE: Alstom has confirmed that no contract is currently in place for the supply of high speed trainsets to Evolyn, which has announced plans to launch a Paris – London service completing against Eurostar.

  • Paris tram T11 (Photo Jeremie Anne)
    Metro Report International

    Keolis and SNCF Voyageurs awarded Paris operating contract


    FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France Mobilités has formally awarded the Stretto consortium of Keolis-SNCF Voyageurs the first tendered contract for the operation of Transilien passenger services. The contract awarded on October 12 covers three routes operated using a fleet of 41 Alstom Citadis Dualis tram-trains. ...

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    Evolyn to launch Paris – London trains in competition with Eurostar


    EUROPE: High speed rail start-up Evolyn has announced plans to launch passenger services to compete with Eurostar on the ‘strategic and high demand’ route between Paris and London. On October 11 the company said it had reached an agreement to acquire 12 Avelia high speed trains ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    CEO sets out how the merged Eurostar business aims to go further


    EUROPE: ‘We are opening a new chapter of the Eurostar story’ with ‘our most loyal customers as the main characters’, Eurostar CEO Gwendoline Cazenave said at an event on October 9 marking the launch of an international marketing campaign following the completion of the merger with Thalys.

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    RENFE reiterates Paris plans after successful open access launch


    FRANCE: Spanish incumbent RENFE Viajeros reported on October 3 that its entry into the French market under open access rules has been a success. The company has been running Barcelona – Lyon and Madrid – Marseille services under its own safety case since July; these routes ...

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    Macron proposes German-style national rail pass


    FRANCE: The French government is examining proposals for a national rail pass modelled on the Deutschland-Ticket introduced in Germany in May this year. The German pass gives one month’s unlimited travel on local and regional trains for a flat fare of €49, and the French government ...

  • Strasbourg station

    Grand Est invests in secondary routes


    FRANCE: Rural railways and branch lines in the Grand Est région are to receive a funding injection worth more than €52m to ensure continuity of service over the next few years. The funds are destined for 14 routes where little or no maintenance has been carried out ...

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    ‘Fragile’ Railcoop plans restructuring to secure investment


    FRANCE: Open access co-operative Railcoop is planning to split into two companies in the wake of its decision to cease running freight trains and ahead of the launch of its planned Lyon – Bordeaux passenger service. Rolling stock Rolling stock availability remains the critical element for ...

  • Occitanie train (Photo Jérémie Anne) (2)

    More trains and Spanish connections planned as SNCF signs Occitanie operating contract


    FRANCE: The Occitanie région has directly awarded SNCF Voyageurs a €4bn contract to operate regional passenger trains for 10 years, and has set a target of increasing ridership from 80 000 to 100 000 passengers/day as soon as possible. President of the région Carole Delga said ...

  • Le Train Talgo Avril trainset impression (2)

    Open access start-up Le Train raises funding


    FRANCE: Aspiring open access operator Le Train has raised a further €8m to support its plans to launch passenger services from Bordeaux to Angoulême, Poitiers, Tours, Nantes and Rennes. The funding was raised from Aquiti Gestion, Charente Périgord Expansion, Naco and Tudigo, joining existing investors Crédit ...