All France articles – Page 7

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    Sénat approves French rail reforms

    2018-06-07T13:10:00Z

    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

    2018-06-04T14:39:35Z

    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

    2018-05-22T15:32:58Z

    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 ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.
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    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing

    2018-05-15T15:29:07Z

    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

  • ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd has confirmed.
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    High speed services from London to Bordeaux, Frankfurt and Genève under discussion

    2018-05-01T10:12:53Z

    EUROPE: ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd confirmed on April 30. The manager of the high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel also confirmed it was in very early stage discussions for ...

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    EU funding supports ETCS on LGV Sud Est

    2018-04-26T09:42:36Z

    FRANCE: The European Union is to provide €117m from the Connecting Europe Facility to support the installation of ETCS Level 2 on LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon, under a financing agreement signed on April 25 at the TEN-T Days conference in Ljubljana, attended by European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc ...

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    Freight restructuring as SNCF reforms push ahead

    2018-04-17T14:29:00Z

    FRANCE: Visiting the port of Bonneuil-sur-Marne on April 16, Prime Minister Eduard Phillippe, Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced a series of measures to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of SNCF’s rail freight business. The package includes increased support for intermodal transport and a ‘remission’ of ...

  • The 'TGV of the Future' design is expected to feature short-wheelbase power cars and double-deck trailer cars.
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    French government to order 100 ‘TGVs of the future’

    2018-03-23T10:06:10Z

    FRANCE: Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said that the government is to place a firm order with Alstom ‘by the end of June’ for 100 TGV trainsets. He was addressing a press conference on March 22 to update progress on the merger of Siemens Mobility and Alstom. These ...

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.
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    Transdev receives safety approval for French passenger market

    2018-03-13T14:35:32Z

    FRANCE: Transdev announced on March 12 that its train operating subsidiary CFTA had received a certificate of railway safety. This is a prerequisite for Transdev to enter the main line passenger market as a competitor to national railway SNCF. CFTA already operates two rural passenger services in Bretagne, through ...

  • The government has accepted the majority of the recommendations put forward by Jean-Cyril Spinetta, with the exception of those advocating closure of rural railways.
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    Government spares rural railways but backs Spinetta reforms

    2018-03-01T13:28:23Z

    FRANCE: In announcing on February 26 his response to the Spinetta review of the state of France’s national railway, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe rejected a proposal to close up to 9 000 route-km of secondary railway. Former Air France-KLM Chief Executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta had issued his wide-ranging report into ...

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    Debt burden tempers SNCF growth in 2017

    2018-02-28T11:59:00Z

    FRANCE: Announcing its results for 2017 on February 27, SNCF Group reported revenue of €33∙5bn, up 4∙2% on the year before ‘thanks to commercial momentum’ driving strong growth in passenger and freight traffic. Combined with ‘strict financial discipline’ and a cost-cutting programme that generated €830m of savings in 2017, this ...

  • SNCF has placed a firm order for a further nine Bombardier Transportation Regio 2N double-deck EMUs.
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    Transilien double-deck EMUs ordered

    2018-02-19T14:00:38Z

    FRANCE: SNCF has placed a firm order for a further nine Bombardier Transportation Regio 2N double-deck electric multiple-units, acting on behalf of greater Paris public transport authority Ile-de-France Mobilités. The order announced on February 19 is worth €96m, including ‘price escalations based on best faith assessment of assumptions’. The ...

  • The European Commission has approved state aid for the construction, renewal or extension of freight sidings in France.
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    State aid for freight sidings approved

    2018-02-19T10:49:22Z

    FRANCE: The European Commission has approved the granting of €60m of state aid for the construction, renewal or extension of freight sidings. The European Rail Freight Association welcomed the decision, saying ‘around 50% of the 2 500 to 3 000 sidings are out of service’, and many industries were ‘facing ...

  • Spinetta says that high speed rail is integral to the needs of the French travelling public, but his report advises against the construction of more high speed lines, as most major cities are now served by TGVs.
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    Spinetta report urges SNCF to prepare for competition

    2018-02-15T17:06:56Z

    FRANCE: The national railway must refocus on ‘the areas where it has greatest relevance’: transporting large numbers of passengers within urban areas, and providing high speed connectivity between France’s principal cities. This mission statement is at the heart of a landmark report handed to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on ...

  • Enhancing capacity at key rail hubs is one of several priority measures outlined by the Conseil d’Orientation des Infrastructures.
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    Capacity enhancement at hubs is spending priority, says infrastructure council

    2018-02-05T09:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Enhancing capacity at key rail hubs is one of several priority measures outlined by the Conseil d’Orientation des Infrastructures on February 1. The council was established in September 2017 by Transport Secretary Elisabeth Borne, and its work builds on the conclusions of the Mobilité 21 commission issued in ...

  • Under the terms of the EU's Fourth Railway Package, French regional passenger services are to be opened up to competitive tender from the end of the decade.
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    Regions recommend flexible approach to TER tendering

    2018-01-11T15:57:05Z

    FRANCE: Recommendations on the approach that the government should adopt in legislation to allow regional passenger services to be put out to tender were published by the organisation representing regional authorities on January 9. Régions de France had conducted a series of hearings between March and July 2017, taking evidence ...

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    SNCF plans TGV efficiency drive to compete with air and bus

    2018-01-11T09:16:46Z

    FRANCE: National rail operator SNCF is planning to restructure its high speed operations over the next three years to improve fleet utilisation and facilitate the withdrawal of its oldest TGV trainsets. According to the head of Voyages SNCF Rachel Picard, the changes are expected to reduce operating costs by between ...

  • Alstom announces firm orders to supply 14 Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est regions.
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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est order multiple-units

    2018-01-09T09:11:56Z

    FRANCE: Firm orders with a total value of €100m covering the supply of 14 more Coradia Polyvalent multiple-units to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Grand Est regions were announced by Alstom on January 8. Bourgogne-Franche-Comté has ordered eight four-car electric multiple-units, known as Régiolis by SNCF, while Grand Est has opted for ...

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    Centre-Val de Loire orders double-deck TET trainsets

    2017-12-28T10:15:00Z

    FRANCE: The Centre-Val de Loire region has ordered a fleet of 32 double-deck EMUs from Bombardier to operate 200 km/h inter-city services on three TET routes. The Omneo Premium trainsets are expected to enter service from 2020, with all in traffic by 2022. Placed by SNCF Mobilités on behalf of ...

  • A pair of Class 27000 Alstom Prima dual-voltage freight locomotives hauled the first commercial freight train over the Contournement Nîmes – Montpellier.
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    Nîmes – Montpellier bypass carries first freight

    2017-12-13T13:25:22Z

    FRANCE: A pair of Class 27000 Alstom Prima dual-voltage freight locomotives hauled the first commercial freight train over the Contournement Nîmes – Montpellier on December 10. The 60 km bypass line has been built by contractor Oc’Via under a 25-year concession starting in 2012. Test trains were diagrammed over the ...