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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 ...

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    Ile-de-France seeks to open RER network to competition by 2030

    2020-02-06T12:16:00Z

    FRANCE: Ile-de-France is seeking to accelerate the opening up of local rail services to competition, regional President Valérie Pécresse announced on February 5. In line with the provisions of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package, the French regional passenger market is being liberalised with effect from January 1 2023. Under ...

  • The special Bordeaux - Rennes TGV travelled via the ‘virgule’ at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.
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    ‘Father Christmas’ helps fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line

    2020-01-23T09:52:00Z

    SNCF Réseau has estimated that TGVs could link Toulouse with Paris in just over 3 h using the Tours - Bordeaux high speed line which opened in July 2017. FRANCE: Construction of the 222 km high speed line from Bordeaux to Toulouse may start in two ...

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    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team

    2020-01-17T10:55:00Z

    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.

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    Infrabel CEO nominated to head SNCF Réseau

    2020-01-08T15:50:00Z

    FRANCE: The current head of Belgian infrastructure manager Infrabel, Luc Lallemand, has been nominated as the next head of French infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau, subject to approval by regulatory authority ART (formerly Arafer). At its meeting on January 7, the SNCF Réseau board reportedly endorsed ...

  • BLS Cargo has called for better co-ordination of engineering works on the trans-Alpine corridors.
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    Freight coalition publishes Contingency Management handbook

    2019-12-20T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: In a bid to avoid the widespread disruption to international rail traffic which occurred following the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August 2017, and to provide greater resilience for commercially sensitive traffic, a coalition of rail freight operators and industry associations has put together a Contingency ...

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    Hitachi Rail STS wins LGV Sud-Est interlocking contract

    2019-12-19T12:12:00Z

    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has selected Hitachi Rail STS to supply new interlockings for the modernisation of LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon.

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    Léman Express launches cross-border operations

    2019-12-16T15:39:00Z

    EUROPE: The Léman Express cross-border suburban network serving Genève and Annemasse began regular operation on December 16, following a formal inauguration on December 12 and a weekend of public celebrations.

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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 ...