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    Hauts-de-France tenders regional services

    2020-08-06T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Following a year of consultation over the competitive tendering of up to 10 groups of local rail services, the Hauts-de-France regional council formally invited expressions of interest on July 30 for two nine-year public service contracts to operate routes in Nord-Pas de Calais and Picardie from July 7 2024.

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    Grand Est seeks Alsace branch concessionaire

    2020-08-03T14:39:00Z

    FRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.

  • Track access charges for freight trains will be waived until the end of this year and halved in 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    French freight access charges waived

    2020-07-30T10:53:00Z

    FRANCE: Track access charges for freight trains will be waived until the end of this year and halved in 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on July 27 Speaking after touring the Valenton intermodal terminal at Bonneuil-sur-Marne in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, Castex, who was ...

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    Grand Est to pilot revitalisation of France’s rural branch lines

    2020-07-22T12:02:00Z

    FRANCE: The Grand Est region has invited tenders for a 22-year concession to rehabilitate, operate and maintain the Nancy – Mirecourt – Vittel – Contrexéville line in Lorraine.

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    Pays de la Loire launches regional rail and tram-train tenders

    2020-07-21T10:59:00Z

    FRANCE: Operation of the Nantes – Châteaubriant tram-train route and regional rail services in western France is to be competitively tendered, the Pays de la Loire regional government confirmed on July 17.

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    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

    2020-07-10T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...

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    Alstom proposes divestments to obtain approval for Bombardier Transportation acquisition

    2020-07-09T09:11:00Z

    INTERNATONAL: Alstom has put forward proposals for a number of product and factory divestments as part of the process of gaining European Union regulatory approval for its planned acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. The European Commission was formally notified of the proposed transaction on June 11. ...

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    French regulators formalise co-operation ahead of market opening

    2020-07-07T15:43:00Z

    FRANCE: National transport regulator ART and rail safety authority EPSF have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in preparation for opening up of the domestic rail market to competition, the two organisations announced on July 7.

  • SNCF Réseau is to use Trimble’s Quadri and Connect platforms to share information and streamline data workflows within its Enterprise Common Data Environment.
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    SNCF Réseau selects Trimble data sharing platform

    2020-06-28T05:00:00Z

    Source: C Masse FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau is to use Trimble’s Quadri and Connect platforms to share information and streamline data workflows within its Enterprise Common Data Environment. An initial implementation phase expected to last 18 months aims to test many use cases covering ...

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    Colas Rail and Adecco join forces to seek a more inclusive workforce

    2020-06-26T10:15:00Z

    FRANCE: Infrastructure contractor and open access freight operator Colas Rail has entered into a long term partnership with employment agency Adecco to develop a more inclusive approach to its recruitment processes. The two parties signed a ‘social pact’ in Paris on June 17 aimed at ...

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    Normandie orders long distance EMUs

    2020-06-24T08:46:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation firm contracts to supply 27 more 10-car Omneo Premium double-deck electric multiple-units for use on long-distance services, acting on behalf of the Normandie region which is funding the orders. The €162m order for 11 units announced on June 23 and ...

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    SNCF launches ‘unprecedented’ regional rail and tourism campaign

    2020-06-15T12:43:00Z

    FRANCE: What SNCF terms an ‘unprecedented relaunch’ of its TER regional passenger services was announced on June 12 as the country starts to open up after the coronavirus pandemic. Branded ‘TER de France’, the campaign is being led by SNCF in conjunction with regional authorities acting ...

  • Regional services on rural lines are to be operated under the TER PROXI brand. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Co-operative group seeks to launch Lyon – Bordeaux open access service from 2022

    2020-06-12T05:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Nascent open access operator Railcoop lodged a formal application with the Autorité de Régulation des Transports on June 9 to launch a Bordeaux – Lyon inter-city service using the conventional route via Périgueux and Montluçon. Photo: Christophe Masse A direct Lyon - Bordeaux service could ...

  • Plans to relaunch the rail freight business are now being finalised in preparation for formal presentation to the government by the end of this month.
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    Alliance targets doubling of freight market share

    2020-06-09T12:13:00Z

    FRANCE: Plans to relaunch the rail freight business are now being finalised in preparation for formal presentation to the government by the end of this month. Drawn up by the Fret Ferroviaire Français du Futur alliance (4F), the proposals aim to double rail’s share of the freight ...

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    ‘Aesthetic, sensitive and poetic’ metro station contract awarded

    2020-06-09T11:20:00Z

    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has awarded BESIX France a €100m contract to build its new interchange station at Saint-Denis Pleyel. Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, this will be one of the largest stations on the automated metro network, covering 34 000 m² on nine levels ...

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    Jeantet ousted from Keolis over ‘strategic differences’

    2020-06-02T15:34:00Z

    FRANCE: Former SNCF Réseau chief executive Patrick Jeantet has been dismissed as Chairman of Groupe Keolis with immediate effect, the company’s Supervisory Board announced on June 2. A new Executive Committee has been formed to oversee the business pending the appointment of a successor.

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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. ...