All France articles – Page 5

  • While many rural railways in France have seen their passenger services reduced or suspended over recent years, there have been some exceptions. The 24·7 km line between Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Bedous in the foothills of the Pyrénées reopened in June 2016.
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    ‘Battle plan’ to save France’s rural railways

    2019-02-13T11:23:40Z

    FRANCE: A report into the condition, usage and prospects of almost 9 000 route-km of secondary railway is to be handed to government before the end of March. According to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, the report will form part of a ‘battle plan’ to save a broad swathe of the ...

  • The reliveried Euroduplex sets are due to be refurbished internally before taking over the international services in December. (Photo: Lyria)
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    Red look for refurbished TGV-Lyria Euroduplex

    2019-01-30T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Franco-Swiss high speed operator TGV-Lyria has unveiled the first of 15 multi-system Euroduplex trainsets which are destined to operate all Lyria services from the December 15 2019 timetable change. Being repainted into a predominantly red livery at the PSA works in Rouen, at a rate of two or three ...

  • An SNCF TER service at Marseille St-Charles station.
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    More trains and better security in SNCF-PACA agreement

    2019-01-21T16:30:54Z

    FRANCE: SNCF President Guillaume Pepy and the President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Renaud Muselier, signed a co-operation agreement on January 17 covering the development of regional passenger services in 2019-23. The improvement plan covers the remaining period within SNCF’s current agreement to operate local passenger trains. The contract to operate TER ...

  • SNCF is to deploy GIRO’s Hastus integrated scheduling and operations software to replace the existing tools which are used to manage staff and rolling stock on its network of high speed services.
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    SNCF rolls out GIRO scheduling software

    2019-01-19T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF is to deploy GIRO’s Hastus integrated scheduling and operations software to replace the existing tools which are used to manage staff and rolling stock on its network of high speed services. The software will cover around 380 trains, 5 000 drivers and onboard staff and 9 000 employees ...

  • Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel has called on political leaders to clarify ‘as soon as possible’ the nature of the border relationship following Brexit.
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    Eurotunnel calls for clarity on post-Brexit border

    2019-01-16T08:59:34Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel has called on political leaders to clarify ‘as soon as possible’ the nature of the border relationship and controls that will exist following the UK’s expected departure from the EU, which is currently set to occur on March 29. Eurotunnel’s call came immediately after a ...

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    Paris RER Line A refurbishment contract awarded

    2019-01-14T15:43:41Z

    FRANCE: Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP have signed a €121·3m contract for CAF to refurbish the 43 MI2N electric multiple-units operating on RER Line A. In addition to a new livery, the EMUs will gain a new interior layout, as well as CCTV and passenger information screens. The first renovated ...

  • Inter-city services between Nantes and Bordeaux are currently operated by SNCF Mobilités under contract to the government using Alstom Coradia Liner trainsets.
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    France to tender operation of two inter-city routes

    2019-01-10T10:55:28Z

    FRANCE: The government on January 9 formally launched the process of opening the French domestic main line passenger railway to competition when it announced the publication of a Prior Information Notice covering two routes. Issued by the Ministry of Environmental Transformation & Sustainability and to be published this week ...

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    Paris commuter EMUs ordered

    2018-12-27T11:06:23Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a €330m firm order to supply a further 42 seven-car and five eight-car train Francilien suburban electric multiple-units. The contract announced on December 21 has been placed on behalf of Greater Paris public transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités, which is funding the order. The ...

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    Beacon Rail buys Colas fleet

    2018-12-20T13:32:09Z

    EUROPE: Beacon Rail Leasing has acquired 67 diesel locomotives from Colas Rail, which will continue to operate them in the UK and France. ‘Acquiring this portfolio of diesel locomotives is in line with our strategy, growth ambitions and our continued commitment to being the leader in this segment of the ...

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    SNCF to run fuel cell train in 2022

    2018-12-10T14:15:29Z

    FRANCE: National operator SNCF expects to start testing hydrogen technology during 2021, and to run its first fuel cell powered train in the first quarter of the following year, according to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Rail Systems & Technology, Pierre Izard. Addressing a meeting of regional government representatives on December ...

  • SNCF launched its low-cost high speed operation Ouigo in 2013. It is intended to account for a quarter of all TGV traffic by 2020.
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    Connection concerns raised as Ouigo expands

    2018-12-07T11:24:23Z

    FRANCE: The European timetable change on December 9 marks a further expansion of SNCF’s low-cost high speed operation Ouigo. Routes to be added to the network include three daily return services between Paris-Lyon and Marseille, and three between Lille-Flandres and Marseille. When Ouigo was launched in April 2013, it ...

  • No fewer than 12 level crossings have been refurbished on the Belfort - Delle route ahead of its reopening on December 9.
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    Belfort – Delle reopening to revive Franco-Swiss link

    2018-12-05T10:27:20Z

    EUROPE: The 22 km missing link between Belfort in eastern France and Delle on the border with Switzerland is to reopen for passenger trains with the European timetable change on December 9, following a formal opening ceremony on December 6 to be attended by French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne and ...

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    Operator selected for CDG Express airport rail link

    2018-11-20T12:23:58Z

    FRANCE: The government has selected the Hello Paris consortium of Keolis and RATP Dev as preferred bidder for the concession to operate the future CDG Express airport rail link, the Ministry of Sustainable Development announced on November 19. Keolis said the consortium expected to sign the contract before the end ...

  • FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply 19 Omneo Premium double-deck inter-city electric multiple-units.
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    Hauts-de-France EMU order

    2018-11-19T15:31:00Z

    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply 19 Omneo Premium double-deck inter-city electric multiple-units. The order announced on November 19 has been placed within a 2010 framework covering up to 860 Omneo/Regio 2N units and is valued at €256m, ...

  • Ouibus services now connect 300 locations in 10 countries across Europe. (Photo: Wikipedia/Florian Fèvre)
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    SNCF to sell Ouibus to BlaBlaCar in multimodal partnership

    2018-11-13T14:30:07Z

    FRANCE: SNCF is to sell its loss-making Ouibus long-distance coach operations to the digital ride-sharing specialist BlaBlaCar under a multimodal development partnership announced on November 12. After a decade of head-to-head competition, the national railway has entered exclusive negotiations with the ‘leading French start-up in the mobility sector’. While the ...

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    Digital freight train pioneers automated brake tests

    2018-11-13T08:00:00Z

    FRANCE: In a presentation at the Alpine Rail Optimisation conference in Wien on November 8 Director of Wagon Management at SNCF Fret Nicolas Czernecki confirmed that the operator had become the first railway in Europe to implement automated brake testing on commercial freight trains. Under a pilot programme for ...

  • A 'rail motorway' service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between Calais and Torino was inaugurated with a ceremony at the Channel port on November 6.
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    Calais – Torino rail motorway service launched

    2018-11-07T14:42:06Z

    EUROPE: A 'rail motorway' service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between Calais and Torino was inaugurated with a ceremony at the Channel port on November 6. This is the fourth route to be launched by SNCF’s rail motorway subsidiary VIIA. There are initially three round trips per week on the new ...

  • Paris St-Lazare is likely to be one of more than 300 French stations to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons for geolocation services.
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    Bluetooth beacon competition to enhance stations

    2018-10-18T07:30:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF’s stations business Gares & Connexions has launched an innovation competition branded Open Beacon aimed at enhancing the accessibility of and service offering at major stations. The term ‘open beacon’ refers to Gares & Connexions’ plan to install Bluetooth geolocation tags in more than 300 stations across the ...

  • Alstom, IGE+XAO and Safran have agreed to establish a centre of excellence for onboard electrical systems in Toulouse.
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    Aerospace innovation for rolling stock electrical systems

    2018-10-17T09:47:16Z

    FRANCE: Alstom, IGE+XAO and Safran have agreed to establish a centre of excellence for onboard electrical systems in Toulouse. Located at aerospace equipment manufacturer Safran Electrical & Power’s site, the facility will be able to accommodate up to 100 engineers. IGE+XAO is providing design, simulation and manufacturing software under a ...

  • Four infrastructure managers are to study the feasibility of adapting Bordeaux Saint-Jean station to handle passengers traveling to the UK.
    Rail Business UK

    Study to look at adapting Bordeaux station to handle London trains

    2018-10-15T16:50:49Z

    EUROPE: The four infrastructure managers responsible for the high speed lines between London and Bordeaux have agreed to study the feasibility of adapting Bordeaux Saint-Jean station to handle international passengers traveling to and from the UK. SNCF Réseau, Eurotunnel, Lisea and HS1 said the October 10 agreement was a key ...