All France articles – Page 8

  • Rail ridership in France is dominated by commuter routes around Paris, but occupancy rates on regional and conventional inter-city trains remain weak, according to Arafer.

    Rail market share falling in France, says regulator


    FRANCE: In a report on rail passenger services covering 2015 and 2016, regulatory body Arafer found that rail’s market share had fallen by an average of 0·5% a year since 2011, whereas that of other modes had increased. Published on November 16, the report said that rail had a ...

  • Channel Tunnel concessionaire Groupe Eurotunnel has changed its name to Getlink.

    Groupe Eurotunnel rebrands as Getlink


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Groupe Eurotunnel changed its name to Getlink with effect from November 20, saying the new brand reflected ‘the dynamism of connection and exchange’. Getlink is the parent company for four brands: Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, French private rail freight operator Europorte, railway training centre CIFFCO, and ...

  • Surferlab aims to develop embedded digital technology for more intelligent rail, road, air and maritime transport.

    Surferlab to develop augmented vehicle technology


    FRANCE: On October 25 Bombardier Transportation, Prosyst and the University of Valenciennes & Hainaut-Cambrésis inaugurated Surferlab, a joint facility which will develop embedded digital technology for safer and more intelligent rail, road, air and maritime transport. The three priority areas for Surferlab are connected and predictive maintenance, artificial intelligence, and ...

  • The Ile-de-France Regio2N was unveiled at Villeneuve on October 19. (Photos: Christophe Masse)

    Transilien double-deck EMU launches new livery


    FRANCE: The first Regio 2N double-deck EMU for the Transilien suburban network around Paris was officially unveiled at SNCF’s Villeneuve Technicentre on October 19, by Pierre Messulam, Deputy Director-General of SNCF Transilien, Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transport France and Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France region and Ile-de-France Mobilités ...

  • The Spinetta inquiry will investigate multiple issues across the French rail sector, including low ridership on regional passenger trains and the precipitous decline in rail freight seen in recent years.

    Former Air France CEO Spinetta to assess future of French rail sector


    FRANCE: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has appointed the former head of Air France-KLM Jean-Cyril Spinetta to draw up a fresh strategy for the rail sector. Announced by Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne on October 16, the Spinetta study is intended to inform transport legislation due to be published in the first ...

  • Faiveley Transport has been awarded contracts totalling more than US$100m to supply subsystems for X'Trapolis Cityduplex EMUs.

    Faiveley Transport awarded Paris EMU subsystem contracts


    FRANCE: Faiveley Transport has been awarded contracts totalling more than US$100m to supply subsystems for 71 X'Trapolis Cityduplex double-deck electric multiple-units which SNCF has ordered from a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation for use on Paris suburban lines D and E. Wabtec company Faiveley Transport is to ...

  • SilverRail now offers access to SNCF's ticket inventories.

    SilverRail offers B2B ticket sellers access to SNCF inventory


    FRANCE: Business-to-business travel technology company SilverRail has announced that it has become the first non-SNCF partner to be able to connect to the French national operator’s ticket inventories via its Portail d’Acces aux Offres API. This will enable travel management companies and online travel agents across the world to use ...

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    Air Nostrum applies to operate Madrid — Montpellier open access service


    EUROPE: Via its subsidiary Intermodalidad de Levante SA, airline Air Nostrum has applied to Spanish competition authority CNMC to operate a high speed open access service between Madrid and Montpellier in France from October 5 2018. Departures from Madrid would be at 07.45 and 15.30, with services leaving Montpellier at ...

  • SNCF and AccorHotels have signed an agreement to exploit the Orient Express brand (Photo: SNCF/Lola Hakimian).

    SNCF and AccorHotels to develop the Orient Express brand


    FRANCE: An agreement to exploit the SNCF-owned Orient Express brand within the global luxury hospitality sector was signed by the French national railway and AccorHotels on October 4. AccorHotels plans to develop a chain of hotels under the Orient Express name, and is to acquire a 50% stake in ...

  • DuPont Protection Solutions has developed Tyvek 500 HV disposable coveralls for SNCF.

    DuPont develops disposable coveralls for SNCF


    FRANCE: To meet an SNCF requirement for protective workwear which combines high visibility with chemical protection, DuPont Protection Solutions has developed Tyvek 500 HV disposable coveralls. These provide a barrier to low concentration, aqueous inorganic chemical products, as well biological risks encountered by staff inspecting trains following a collision with ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Systra announced on August 31 that it had completed the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies. This will enable the consultancy to establish ‘a global bridge centre of excellence’ that will offer specialist design expertise. This is Systra’s first acquisition in a specific engineering discipline, marking a significant strategic move, the ...

  • DB Netz began work to rebuild the alignment over the collapsed tunnel at Rastatt on August 25.

    Logistics bodies urge action after Rastatt ‘disaster’


    EUROPE: ‘The European system of rail logistics is about to collapse’, warned more than 20 trade bodies on September 4 in an open letter to European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and German Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. The letter was copied to seven other transport ministers and Josef Doppelbauer, Executive ...

  • NSK has received its first order for wheelset bearings as a qualified supplier to SNCF.

    NSK receives first bearing order from SNCF


    FRANCE: NSK has received its first order for wheelset bearings as a qualified supplier to SNCF, following a five-year process to obtain approval for their use on TGV trainsets. NSK worked closely with the operator to ensure that its requirements were met, with audits of its manufacturing processes and extensive ...

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    French regions prepare for market opening


    FRANCE: Plans for the progressive introduction of competitive tendering in the regional passenger market have been confirmed by the government, and the proposals will be included in transport legislation due to be published in the first half of 2018. The organisation which represents the regions of France has told ...

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    TGV resurgence in SNCF first half results


    FRANCE: The SNCF group reported a €119m net profit in the first six months of 2017, driven by strong growth in high speed ridership. Amid concerns about the competitive threat facing the French national operator from long-distance buses and ride-sharing apps, SNCF reported on July 28 that overall group revenue ...

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    SNCF selects Alstom traffic management system


    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau announced on July 10 that, following a call for tenders, it had selected Alstom to develop a traffic management system that is to be rolled out from 2019, initially on the Paris — Lyon — Marseille route. Alstom will be supplying its Iconis product, which it says ...

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    Five rolling stock proposals for rail motorway to Spain


    EUROPE: Five proposals have been received for wagons to carry lorries on a future rail motorway service between France and Spain, the Spanish Ministry of Development announced on July 9. By the deadline of June 30, proposals had been received from CAF, engineering consultancy Civenssy and Stadler Rail Valencia from ...

  • The third of the trainsets for the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link was delivered from CRRC Qingdao Sifang’s factory by rail instead of by sea.

    XRL trainset arrives in Hong Kong by rail


    CHINA: The signalling and communications systems on the Hong Kong and Mainland sections of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link high speed line were connected on July 5, enabling the third of the nine trainsets for the future service to be delivered from CRRC Qingdao ...

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    Euro Cargo Rail restructuring on course


    FRANCE: DB Cargo subsidiary Euro Cargo Rail announced on July 4 that restructuring had completed a key stage, with its redundancy programme agreed by the unions and approved on June 23 by the government regional office responsible for employment. ECR had begun negotiations with the unions in December 2016, originally ...

  • Independent online ticket retailer Loco2 announced on July 5 that it had been bought by SNCF’s business.

    SNCF buys online ticket retailer Loco2


    FRANCE: Independent online ticket retailer Loco2 announced on July 5 that it had been bought by SNCF’s business. Loco2 co-founders Kate and Jamie Andrews will remain with the business they launched in 2012. Kate Andrews said it would continue to operate as an independent company, but the new owner ...