All France articles – Page 4

  • SNCF hopes that satellite geolocation technology could help its research into autonomous train operation.
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    SNCF and Airbus to trial satellite geolocation technology

    2019-06-21T10:47:57Z

    FRANCE: SNCF and Airbus Defence & Space signed a co-operation accord at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 19. The agreement last three years and covers the development and adaptation of satellite geolocation technology, based on the EU’s Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Systems, for ...

  • The first of five ETR1000 high speed trainsets being modified to operate Trenitalia’s planned open access service between Milano and Paris is expected to begin test running in France next month.
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    Trenitalia prepares for Paris – Milano launch

    2019-06-20T12:59:39Z

    EUROPE: The first of five ETR1000 high speed trainsets being modified to operate Trenitalia’s planned open access service between Milano and Paris is expected to begin test running in France next month, following the completion of retrofitting work. The trainsets are being fitted with TVM cab signalling and KVB automatic ...

  • There are three FlixTrain services already running in Germany.
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    FlixTrain seeks to enter French passenger market

    2019-06-18T09:05:13Z

    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has lodged an application with rail regulator Arafer to launch five inter-city routes from January 1 2021. The FlixTrain-branded services would cover four domestic routes as well as one international route. The proposed services are seven return trains per day between Paris Nord and Brussels ...

  • VFLI expects to become the first operator in France to use the Eurodual when it adds the prototype loco to its fleet later this year.
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    Stadler sees success on six axles

    2019-06-10T11:05:00Z

    EUROPE: Stadler says that its family of six-axle diesel, electric and bi-mode Eurodual locomotives are ‘30 to 40% better in terms of track forces’ than ‘most of the four-axle locos in use around Europe today’. Antonio García Ricos, Engineering Vice-President of Stadler Valencia, told the Transport Logistic trade show in ...

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    Thello bids to run Milano – Paris high speed service

    2019-06-05T08:25:19Z

    FRANCE: Trenitalia subsidiary Thello has notified rail regulator ARAFER of its intention to launch the first open access passenger services on the French high speed network. The regulator announced on June 4 that Thello had requested paths from SNCF Réseau for a twice-daily service between Milano and Paris to start ...

  • The 140 km first phase of LGV Rhin-Rhône opened in December 2011.
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    Borne backs early extension of Rhin-Rhône high speed line

    2019-05-31T13:22:51Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has agreed to ‘look again’ at the timescale for completing the second phase of the LGV Rhin-Rhône high speed line, serving Dijon and Mulhouse. LGV Rhin-Rhône opened with the December 2011 timetable change, covering an initial 140 route-km between Auxonne, east of Dijon, and ...

  • The CDG Express project includes work to increase capacity on the corridor used by RER Line B and Paris - Laon regional trains northeast of Paris.
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    CDG Express delayed to 2026

    2019-05-30T10:54:40Z

    FRANCE: The CDG Express project to provide a dedicated airport express between central Paris and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is to be delayed by two years, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on May 28. Running for 32 km between Paris-Est and the LGV Interconnexion station at Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, CDG ...

  • On behalf of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €32m contract to supply five four-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units.
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    PACA orders electro-diesel multiple-units

    2019-05-13T12:57:00Z

    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €32m contract to supply five four-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units. The regional units to be delivered between the end of 2020 and early 2021 will have 214 seats with individual reading lights and power sockets, ...

  • The name 574 Investments refers to the 2007 world rail speed record set by a modified TGV.
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    SNCF business to invest in start-ups

    2019-05-13T08:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF is to establish a subsidiary branded 574 Investments to manage its involvement with technology start-ups. The name refers to the 2007 world rail speed record set by a modified TGV. SNCF has already invested in four funds dedicated to supporting young technology companies, but 574 Investments ...

  • Alstom has been awarded a €170m firm order to supply 16 six-car Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté orders Alstom EMUs

    2019-05-10T16:04:02Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has been awarded a €170m firm order to supply 16 six-car Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. The latest contract announced on May 10 is the first for this six-car electric variant of the Cordia Polyvalent family. The EMUs will have 355 seats, with the ‘inter-city style’ ...

  • ‘The prospect of travel between the centre of London and Bordeaux in less than 5 h brings southwest France within easy reach for business travellers and holidaymakers’, said Keith Ludeman, Chair of HS1 Ltd.
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    London – Bordeaux high speed rail service ‘blueprint’

    2019-04-30T13:03:09Z

    EUROPE: A ‘blueprint’ for the operation of direct high speed services to and from London was presented to the Mayor of Bordeaux and the President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region on April 29. The proposals are being developed jointly by HS1 Ltd, which manages the high speed line between London and ...

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    Hauts-de-France starts regional tendering

    2019-04-24T14:07:22Z

    FRANCE: Proposals to tender the operation of regional passenger services in Hauts-de-France from the end of 2022 were unveiled by the regional council on April 23. Following the lead set by Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur last month, the region is planning to open up local rail services to competition in line with ...

  • The first completed electric multiple-unit for the future Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at Alstom’s Reichshoffen factory.
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    Léman Express cross-border EMU unveiled

    2019-04-11T10:58:26Z

    EUROPE: The first completed Alstom electric multiple-unit for the Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at the manufacturer's Reichshoffen factory on April 10. SNCF has ordered 17 EMUs from Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent family, known as Régiolis by the operator. The ...

  • Eurotunnel has handed over to the French authorities buildings intended for customs, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection services.
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    Customs buildings handed over as Eurotunnel prepares for Brexit

    2019-04-05T10:41:38Z

    FRANCE: On April 4 Eurotunnel officially handed over to the French authorities buildings intended for customs, veterinary and phytosanitary inspection services. The Douane-SIVEP control centre will be open 24/7 for Ministry of Agriculture officials and customs officers. It provides nine unloading docks, a refrigerated storage area, 100 parking spaces ...

  • Eurotunnel has appointed Bombardier Transportation to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of its nine passenger Shuttle trainsets.
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    Eurotunnel awards Shuttle refurbishment contract

    2019-03-20T14:10:48Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel has appointed Bombardier Transportation to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of its nine passenger Shuttle trainsets, which carry cars, coaches and their occupants between the terminals in the UK and France. The contract announced on March 20 is worth €150m over seven years, with deliveries of ...

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    SNCF brings forward Ouigo expansion to Toulouse

    2019-03-05T16:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Originally envisaged for 2020, Ouigo low-cost high speed services between Paris and Toulouse are now to begin running on July 6. The SNCF subsidiary has announced that ticket sales for its first trains will open on March 26. Ouigo will initially operate one train each way per day, calling ...

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    Trains certified as ‘Guaranteed French Origin’

    2019-03-02T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Certification of origin might be more closely associated with wine and cheese, but Bombardier Transportation has now obtained the Pro France association’s ‘Guaranteed French Origin’ certification for the Francilien and Omneo/Regio 2N multiple-units designed and produced at its Crespin site in Hauts-de-France. ‘This is the first time a ...

  • TER services on the Nice – Tenda route would be operated under a tendered contract from December 2024.
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    PACA launches TER tendering process

    2019-02-22T12:14:52Z

    FRANCE: President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Renaud Muselier has announced the start of tendering for the operation of local rail services from the end of 2022. Speaking in Marseille on February 19, alongside Vice-President for Transport & Intermobility Philippe Tabarot, Muselier said the quality of service being provided to around 100 ...

  • RENFE and SNCF have been co-operating to run international trains between France and Spain since 2013.
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    SNCF registers Rielsfera brand for Spanish passenger business

    2019-02-21T11:26:05Z

    SPAIN: French national passenger operator Voyages SNCF has registered the Rielsfera trademark and appointed a legal practice in Barcelona with a view to establishing a train operating business in Spain. The EU trademark registration for the Rielsfera brand was lodged by SNCF Voyages Développement last November, and is currently listed ...

  • Regional services on rural lines are to be operated under the TER PROXI brand. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    SNCF to reshape TER operations

    2019-02-14T15:12:49Z

    FRANCE: Radical changes to the operations management and customer relations activities for SNCF’s regional passenger services were announced by General Manager, TER, Frank Lacroix on February 14. Providing an update on the CAP TER 2020 transformation strategy launched at the end of 2016, Lacroix said the first two years had ...