All France articles – Page 6

  • SNCF President Guillaume Pepy visits the Shift2Rail stand at InnoTrans 2018.

    Pepy promises to make SNCF ‘fit for the future’


    INNOTRANS: The trade union strike action which has disrupted France’s rail network for much of this year has cost national railway group SNCF €780m, President Guillaume Pepy said at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 19. Speaking alongside SNCF Réseau President Patrick Jeantet, Pepy nevertheless painted a ...

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    Locos for French leg of Paris - Moscow service


    EUROPE: A deal for Voyages SNCF to lease three Bombardier Transportation locomotives from MRCE to haul part of Russian Railways’ Paris – Moscow passenger service was confirmed at InnoTrans 2018 on September 19. From December 2018, Voyages SNCF will extend its section of the route from Paris as far as ...

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    Madrid - Montpellier open access service approved


    SPAIN: National competition authority CNMC announced on September 17 that it had approved Intermodalidad de Levante SA's plans to launch an open-access passenger service between Madrid and Montpellier. The Air Nostrum subsidiary has applied to run two trains each way per day, calling at Zaragoza, Barcelona, Perpignan and Narbonne. EU ...

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    Hybrid regional train to be tested


    FRANCE: Plans to convert a TER regional multiple-unit into a prototype overhead electric, battery and diesel hybrid unit were announced by SNCF and Alstom on September 17. The Grand Est, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie regions and Alstom are to spend €16.6m converting and testing the Régiolis unit, which will be taken ...

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    SNCF targets autonomous trains in five years


    FRANCE: SNCF expects to see ‘semi-autonomous’ trains running on the French rail network by 2020 and fully automatic trains within five years, following the establishment of two consortia of suppliers and research institutes to develop and implement the technology. Providing an update on progress with the Train Autonome research ...

  • The French government is to prioritise investment at key rail hubs outside Paris. It has also recommitted to the planned new line between Lyon and Torino.

    Urban hubs prioritised in French infrastructure programme


    FRANCE: On September 11 Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne outlined her ministry’s infrastructure spending priorities for the decade to 2028. In the rail sector, spending is to be focused on the ‘everyday needs of users’ in keeping with the priorities set out in mid-2017 by President Emmanuel Macron. Offering a ...

  • ERMEWA has awarded Đuro Đaković Specijalna Vozila a 127m kuna contract to supply Shimmns TTU four-axle wagons.

    Steel coil wagons ordered


    FRANCE: Leasing company Ermewa has awarded Đuro Đaković Specijalna Vozila a 127m kuna contract to supply Shimmns TTU four-axle wagons which will be used to transport steel coil for car manufacturers. Deliveries under the contract announced on August 27 are scheduled to begin in Q4 2018 and continue throughout 2019. ...

  • Bombardier Transportation has begun dynamic testing of the first Omneo Premium inter-city version of the Omneo double-deck train family (Photo: Q Millet/Bombardier).

    Omneo Premium inter-city trainset on test


    FRANCE: Bombardier Transportation has begun dynamic testing of the first Omneo Premium inter-city version of the Omneo double-deck regional train family. SNCF placed a €585m order for 40 Omneo Premium electric multiple-units in November 2016, acting on behalf of the Normandie region as part of an agreement to transfer responsibility ...

  • Tesmec has previously supplied catenary installation vehicles for projects in various countries, including Russia, Poland and the USA.

    Catenary renewal fleet ordered


    FRANCE: The RC2 consortium of TSO, Mobility, ETF and Setec Ferroviaire has selected Bergamo-based Tesmec Group to develop and supply a fleet of high-performance on-track machines for the replacement of overhead line equipment on Paris RER Line C. Under a €277m design-build contract awarded by infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau in ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is to supply further 36 Francilien high-capacity suburban electric multiple-units to SNCF.

    SNCF orders 36 EMUs


    FRANCE: Bombardier Transportation is to supply further 36 Francilien high-capacity suburban electric multiple-units to SNCF, which has placed the €261m order announced on July 30 on behalf of Greater Paris transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités. The firm order has been placed within a 2006 framework agreement covering up to 372 EMUs, ...

  • Delivery of the 100 Avelia Horizon trainsets to SNCF will run from 2023 to 2033.

    SNCF confirms TGV of the Future order


    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités confirmed an order for Alstom to supply 100 high speed trainsets under the TGV of the Future programme at a board meeting on July 26. Branded Avelia Horizon by Alstom, the double-deck trains will be acquired at a cost of €25m per trainset, which SNCF says ...

  • SNCB operates cross-border conventional passenger services on several routes, serving destinations including Lille, Luxembourg and Aachen.

    Franco-Belgian passenger services to be enhanced from December


    EUROPE: Amid concern from policymakers and rail advocates about the extent and quality of cross-border passenger services in Europe, SNCB is to reintroduce conventional services linking Charleroi and Mons with Maubeuge and Aulnoye in France from the December timetable change. Direct inter-city trains had linked Paris with the Wallonie ...

  • The redevelopment and expansion of Paris-Nord features input from architectural practices Valode & Pistre and AREP, an SNCF subsidiary. Lighting specialist Yann Kersalé is also involved.

    Rooftop running in Paris-Nord expansion plan


    FRANCE: The refurbishment and expansion of Paris-Nord station took a step forward on July 9 when the management board of SNCF Mobilités selected Ceetrus as preferred partner for exclusive negotiation with Ceetrus to undertake the programme. Ceetrus is the commercial property arm of retail group Auchan, and SNCF said ...

  • SNCF Réseau has launched the Argos ‘innovation partnership’ project to design its next generation of computer-controlled interlockings.

    Next generation interlocking development programme launched


    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has launched the Argos ‘innovation partnership’ project to design its next generation of computer-controlled interlockings. The project which formally began on June 20 has three objectives: a 15% decrease in the cost of procurement, maintenance and future modernisation; reducing the cost, number of ...

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    SNCF reform legislation adopted


    FRANCE: The consolidated version of the government’s railway reform legislation was formally adopted by the Sénat in a 245:83 vote on June 14, having been approved by the Assemblée Nationale 452:80 on the previous day. The text had been agreed by a joint committee of MPs and senators on ...

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    Paris RER NG design unveiled


    FRANCE: The final design for the next generation of double-deck EMUs to operate on the Paris RER network was unveiled by Ile-de-France Mobilités on June 8, at an event to mark the start of construction of the pre-series trains. Designated RER Nouvelle Génération, the EMUs are being supplied by a ...

  • An SNCF diesel trainset stands at Le Tréport in March. Photo: Jean-Paul Masse

    Last train to Le Tréport


    The cessation of passenger trains over the branch from Abbeville to Le Tréport has reignited debate over the future of France’s secondary lines within the ongoing railway reform programme. Jean-Paul Masse reports.

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    Sénat approves French rail reforms


    FRANCE: A revised version of the government’s draft legislation to reform the national rail sector was formally adopted by the Sénat on June 5, by 240 votes to 85. The legislation retains the core principles of the government’s proposed reforms, which had been adopted by the Assemblée Nationale in April. ...

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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté agrees operating contract with SNCF


    FRANCE: A target of 22% growth in TER ridership has been set by the région of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté as part of an operating agreement with SNCF Mobilités running until 2026. The contract with the incumbent operator was announced by the regional authority on May 25, although it applies retrospectively from ...

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    University alliance to promote high speed rail


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail. UIC first announced plans for its alliance of universities at the World Congress on High Speed Rail in Tokyo ...