All France articles – Page 9

  • 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.
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    XRL trainset arrives in Hong Kong by rail

    2017-07-10T08:27:53Z

    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

    2017-07-06T14:14:47Z

    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 Voyages-sncf.com business.
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    SNCF buys online ticket retailer Loco2

    2017-07-05T10:19:13Z

    FRANCE: Independent online ticket retailer Loco2 announced on July 5 that it had been bought by SNCF’s Voyages-sncf.com 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 ...

  • The inaugural train from Paris reached Bordeaux St Jean in just 2 h 1 min.
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    SNCF opens two high speed lines in one day

    2017-07-03T08:28:37Z

    FRANCE: More than 500 km of new high speed line were officially opened on July 1, when SNCF operated special trains on LGV Sud Europe Atlantique and LGV Bretagne – Pays de la Loire, ahead of the start of commercial services the following day. Taking part in the events were ...

  • The proposed financing mechanism for the construction of the CDG Express dedicated rail link between Paris Est station and Charles-de-Gaulle Airport has been approved by the European Commission (Photo: ADP).
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    Charles-de-Gaulle Airport rail link funding model approved

    2017-06-26T15:25:00Z

    FRANCE: The proposed financing mechanism for the construction of the CDG Express dedicated rail link between Paris Est station and Charles-de-Gaulle Airport has been approved by the European Commission. Under the current proposals, the 32 km link is to be built and operated by a 50:50 joint venture between SNCF ...

  • Leasing company Akiem has awarded Alstom a €20m contract to overhaul 23 BB36000 tri-voltage electric locomotives.
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    Alstom to overhaul Akiem electric locomotives

    2017-06-22T12:39:07Z

    FRANCE: Leasing company Akiem has awarded Alstom a €20m contract to undertake the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB36000 tri-voltage electric locomotives to ensure they can provide another 15 years of service. The project runs to 2024 and will include bogie refurbishment, obsolescence monitoring, component repairs and cab modernisation. The work ...

  • DB brought an ICE3 train to London in 2010 to publicise its plans to extend its Frankfurt - Brussels high speed service to the UK.
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    SNCB does not expect DB to run to London

    2017-06-15T09:15:22Z

    EUROPE: Deutsche Bahn has effectively deferred its high-profile plan to run direct high speed trains between Germany and London. Reports in the French press last week had quoted Birgit Bohle, Managing Director of DB Fernverkehr, suggesting that the German operator had no desire to compete directly with its French counterpart ...

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    Thalys aims for full trains and happy customers

    2017-06-09T10:36:36Z

    EUROPE: High speed operator Thalys is to introduce a new fares structure and onboard service proposition on September 12. The current Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 classes of travel are to be replaced with Standard, Comfort and Premium, improving flexibility and increasing the proportion of discounted fares on offer from ...

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    Mesea manages maintenance with modular machines

    2017-05-31T06:00:00Z

    IAF: On show at the 27th IAF track technology exhibition in Münster is the first of a fleet of vehicles for maintaining the LGV Sud Est Atlantique high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux which opens in July. The vehicles are being developed by Socofer to a specification prepared by ...

  • SNCF's TGV network of high speed passenger services is to be rebranded as inOui.
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    SNCF to rebrand TGV services as ‘inOui’

    2017-05-27T10:54:12Z

    FRANCE: On May 26 SNCF confirmed local media reports that its TGV network of high speed passenger services is to be rebranded as ‘inOui’. SNCF will progressively introduce the inOui brand across its legacy TGV services by 2020, starting with those on the Paris – Bordeaux route from July 2, ...

  • Bombardier is also supplying Regio2N EMUs to operate TER local services in regions including Bretagne.
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    STIF to fund €1∙1bn Paris suburban fleet

    2017-05-24T10:11:40Z

    FRANCE: Ile-de-France transport authority STIF announced on May 23 that it will be providing 100% of the funding for an order for 83 Bombardier Régio2N double-deck EMUs, worth €1∙1bn. Of the new fleet, 69 trainsets will be deployed between the end of 2019 and 2021 to replace locomotive-hauled VB2N coaches ...

  • Wascosa displayed the Flex concept at the Transport Logistic trade show in München in May.
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    Tank container designed for train to driverless vehicle transfer

    2017-05-22T09:36:50Z

    EUROPE: The Flex Freight System which wagon leasing company Wascosa and chemical manufacturer BASF have developed for the transport of chemicals by rail and then autonomous vehicle was exhibited at the Transport Logistic trade fair in München in mid-May. The tank container has approximately the same load capacity as a ...

  • The first of three additional freight shuttle rakes has been inaugurated by Eurotunnel (Photo: Eurotunnel).
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    Eurotunnel’s third-generation freight shuttles enter service

    2017-05-14T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The first of three additional freight shuttle rakes for carrying lorries was inaugurated by Groupe Eurotunnel Chairman & CEO Jacques Gounon and President of the Hauts-de-France Region Xavier Bertrand at the end of April. The three trainsets will provide 20% more capacity and enable Eurotunnel to offer up ...

  • Ermewa exhibited an IONX sensor-equipped tank wagon at Transport Logistic in München on May 9-12.
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    IONX and Ermewa agree telematics partnership

    2017-05-12T13:35:26Z

    EUROPE: Amsted Rail used the Transport Logistic tradeshow in München on May 9-12 to mark the extension of its telematics activities in Europe. Amsted’s IONX subsidiary has finalised a preliminary co-operation agreement with wagon leasing business Ermewa for the supply of telematics technology. The agreement covers IONX telematics equipment, proprietary ...

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    New partners for port freight operator

    2017-05-10T13:36:54Z

    FRANCE: A joint venture of Millet SA and RegioRail has been selected by the port authorities of La Rochelle and Nantes Saint-Nazaire to become the new traction partner in their rail operating company OFP Atlantique. Millet and RegioRail are to form OuestRail which will take a 24∙9% stake in OFP ...

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    Performance contracts signed despite regulator's concerns

    2017-04-20T13:38:13Z

    FRANCE: Three 10-year performance contracts between the government and the SNCF group were formally signed on April 20 by Finance Minister Michel Sapin, Transport Minister Alain Vidalies, Frédéric Saint-George as head of the SNCF supervisory board, Patrick Jeantet as President of infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau and Florence Parly, Director-General of ...

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    Regions sound out SNCF competitors

    2017-04-11T08:38:56Z

    FRANCE: The body which represents the regions of France says that there is a ‘strong appetite’ amongst potential bidders for contracts to operate TER passenger services currently provided by SNCF, which are expected to be opened up to competition around 2024. In order to enable its members to prepare for ...

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    Research project aims to automate train driver functions

    2017-04-10T07:00:00Z

    FRANCE: The Safe Autonomous Land Transport project to test the use of technology to automate train drivers’ observation functions has been launched by the SystemX digital engineering research institute in partnership with SNCF and Alstom. Drawing on the scientific expertise of the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, the project aims ...

  • SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €250m contract to supply a further 30 Alstom Coradia multiple-units (Photo: C Masse).
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    SNCF orders 30 Coradias for TET services

    2017-04-03T09:56:54Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités has awarded Alstom a €250m contract to supply a further 30 Alstom Coradia multiple-units. These are scheduled to be delivered from September 2018 for use on Trains d'Equilibre du Territoire long-distance services on the Paris – Amiens – Boulogne, Paris – Bourges – Montluçon, Clermont-Ferrand – Nîmes, ...

  • SNCF Logistics and Traxens have announced a partnership to develop technology for monitoring and real-time tracking of freight trains.
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    Digital freight train partnership formed

    2017-03-31T10:29:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Logistics and maritime freight technology company Traxens have announced a partnership to develop technology for monitoring and real-time tracking of freight trains. This follows a year of research and testing of digital equipment for use in the rail environment. The project is to be launched at the Transport ...