All France articles – Page 10

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    France and Spain seek rail motorway proposals


    EUROPE: Rolling stock manufacturers are to be invited to submit expressions of interest in supplying wagons capable of carrying lorries on ‘rail motorway’ services between France and Spain, it was agreed at a meeting of a working group on March 27 bringing together the transport ministries of both countries as ...

  • Map of UPS intermodal rail freight routes between China and Europe.

    UPS adds six cities to China – Europe rail freight network


    INTERNATIONAL: UPS has added six more cities to its intermodal rail network linking China and Europe. Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan have been added in China, joining Zhengzhou and Chengdu. The additional locations have been chosen for their proximity to manufacturing, commercial and cultural centres in inland China. Duisburg and ...

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    MIT and SNCF collaborate to improve stations


    FRANCE: SNCF’s stations subsidiary Gares & Connexions and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab multi-disciplinary urban environment research group have signed an agreement to work together to improve waiting conditions at stations. The aim is to ‘improve the thermal comfort, acoustic, visual and other characteristics of stations in France’, ...

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    Léman Express moves closer


    EUROPE: During a ‘summit’ between the two railways held in Paris on March 9, SBB CEO Andreas Meyer and SNCF President Guillaume Pepy signed a co-operation agreement for the operation from December 2019 of the Léman Express network of cross-border regional and suburban services centred on Genève. Under the agreement, ...

  • The iDTGV brand is to be phased out, SNCF has announced.

    iDTGV brand to disappear


    FRANCE: The iDTGV brand for high speed services which can only be booked online is to be phased out, SNCF announced on March 7. The brand will first be withdrawn on routes from Paris to Bretagne and the southwest with the opening of the LGV Bretagne Pays de la Loire ...

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    Presidential inauguration for LGV Sud Europe Atlantique


    FRANCE: The LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux was inaugurated on February 28 in the presence of President François Hollande, SNCF Réseau President Patrick Jeantet and Laurent Cavrois, President of the LISEA consortium which has built and part-financed the new line under a 50-year concession. ...

  • SNCF is now testing the first of a build of 40 TGV Océane double-deck high speed trainsets ordered from Alstom at a cost of €1∙2bn to operate between Paris and southwestern France.

    SNCF agrees to order TGVs under Belfort rescue package


    FRANCE: Having worked with the government to find ‘a balanced solution’ to maintaining employment at Alstom’s Belfort plant while modernising the TGV fleet ‘to deliver the greatest benefit for passengers’, SNCF announced on February 16 that it would be ordering 15 additional TGV Duplex trainsets for the Paris – Bordeaux ...

  • SNCF’s first Alstom Coradia Liner V160 electro-diesel multiple-units have entered service on the Paris – Troyes – Belfort route (Photo: Alstom).

    Coradia Liner enters service


    FRANCE: SNCF’s first Alstom Coradia Liner V160 electro-diesel multiple-units entered passenger service on the Paris – Troyes – Belfort route on February 6. SNCF placed a €346m order for 34 six-car Coradia Liners in October 2013. Part of Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent family, they are intended to replace locomotive-hauled stock on ...

  • Paris transport operator RATP has awarded CAF a contract to supply battery-overhead electric locomotives.

    Paris orders battery-overhead electric locomotives


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has awarded CAF a €65m framework contract to design and manufacture 12 battery-overhead electric locomotives for shunting and hauling maintenance trains on the RER network, with an option for up to six more. The 1 000 kW locomotives are to be delivered from CAF’s Bagnères ...

  • Eurostar has opened its relocated Business Premier lounge at Paris-Nord.

    Eurostar lounge seeks 'the spirit of a Parisian apartment'


    FRANCE: Eurostar opened its relocated Business Premier lounge at Paris-Nord on February 4. Accessed after passengers pass through an expanded security and passport control area, the lounge is intended to offer a ‘stylish, comfortable environment for both working and relaxing’. The facility on the top floor of the original 19th ...

  • The catenary renewal contract was signed on February 2 by SNCF Réseau President Patrick Jeantet and Antoine Metzger, President of TSO Caténaires.

    RER catenary renewal contract awarded


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau announced on February 3 that it had awarded its first design-build contract for catenary renewal. Under a €277m deal signed the previous day, the RC2 consortium of TSO Caténaires, Setec Ferroviare and Vinci subsidiaries ETF and Mobility is to replace the 1·5 kV DC overhead ...

  • TGVmax offers unlimited travel for less than a car-share

    TGVmax offers unlimited travel for less than a car-share


    FRANCE: A new online ticketing product offering passengers aged 16 to 27 unlimited travel on long-distance services for €79 a month was announced by SNCF on January 23. TGVmax will be available on 94% of TGV and Intercités services and on every day of the year, with the exception of ...

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    Channel Tunnel security centre opened


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel inaugurated a security control centre at its French terminal in Coquelles on January 18. The decision to make the ‘major investment’ in the centre was taken following a meeting in summer 2015 between the UK’s then Home Secretary Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard ...

  • SNCF Réseau has established a subsidiary to offer its expertise in the use of drones to other infrastructure managers.

    SNCF Réseau forms drones business


    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has established a subsidiary to offer its expertise in the use of drones to other infrastructure managers. Altametris has a team of 20 engineers, pilots and developers as well as a fleet of 12 drones. Services offered include data collection and the preparation of 3D plans and ...

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    More TET transfers agreed


    FRANCE: On January 12 Transport Secretary Alain Vidalies met with Philippe Richert, President of the association of French regions, and SNCF Voyageurs Director General Florence Parly to review progress with the programme to transfer responsibility for the loss-making Trains d’Equilibre du Territoire network of conventional passenger services from central ...

  • SNCF awarded a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier a contract to supply X'Trapolis Cityduplex double-deck trainsets.

    SNCF awards €3·75bn Paris RER fleet renewal contract


    FRANCE: The SNCF board has formally selected a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation for a deal to supply up to 355 custom-designed X'Trapolis Cityduplex double-deck trainsets worth €3·75bn for use on Paris RER lines D and E. The order announced on January 11 is the largest-ever contract to be ...

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    Train interior celebrates nature and culture


    FRANCE: To promote the architectural and natural heritage of the region they serve, SNCF is decorating the interiors of five trainsets deployed on Line N of the Transilien suburban network, running from Paris Montparnasse to Mantes-la-Jolie, Dreux and Rambouillet. The programme being undertaken in conjunction with CMN, the government ...

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    SNCF Réseau approves €46bn spending plan


    FRANCE: Meeting on December 20, the board of infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau formally approved the first multi-year performance contract with the national government, as required under railway reform legislation enacted in 2014. Welcoming the government’s long-term commitment to the rail network as a ‘very important step’, SNCF Réseau said the ...

  • Alstom Coradia Liner IC02 (B85003/04) on test near Gretz-Armainvilliers (Photo: Christophe Masse).

    Coradia Liner inter-city multiple-unit on test


    FRANCE: Testing of the first Alstom Coradia Liner inter-city electro-diesel multiple unit has begun on the Paris Est – Troyes – Belfort line. SNCF awarded Alstom a €346m contract in October 2013 covering the supply 34 six-car Coradia Liner multiple-units to replace locomotive-hauled stock on trains d'équilibre du territoire ...

  • SNCF now offers free wi-fi on some TGV trainsets.

    SNCF launches free wi-fi on TGVs


    FRANCE: SNCF began offering passengers free wi-fi on some TGV trainsets on the Paris – Lyon route with effect from December 15. This is the first phase of a wider roll-out which aims to provide wi-fi coverage for around 80% of TGV passengers on high speed and conventional lines by ...