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    ILSA services to be branded Iryo

    2021-11-23T16:13:00Z

    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator ILSA unveiled Iryo as its customer-facing brand in a ceremony at Madrid Atocha station on November 18.

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    JR East demonstrates automatic operation of high speed train

    2021-11-18T10:22:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway demonstrated autonomous operation of a Series E7 high speed trainset to invited guests on November 17. Although a driver was present, his instructions were to keep his hands off the controls unless anything unexpected happened.

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    ILSA signs 30-year maintenance deal

    2021-11-04T12:43:00Z

    SPAIN: High speed open access operator ILSA has agreed a 30-year train maintenance contract with Hitachi Rail. The full service deal worth €737m runs from 2022, when ILSA plans to commence operations on the Madrid – Barcelona route, until 2052. The company’s fleet of ETR1000 trainsets, ...

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    ICE1 fleet to get traction converter upgrade

    2021-11-03T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded ABB a contract to supply Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor traction converters for the refurbishment of a further 76 ICE1 high speed train power cars. The IBGTs will replacing existing power electronics from the 1990s, extending the vehicles’ operating lives for at ...

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    High speed train maintenance contract awarded

    2021-11-02T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: China Railway Guangzhou Bureau Group has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture two contracts totalling 382m yuan to undertake the heavy maintenance of 592 high speed train cars. The contract covers A3 maintenance of key parts and components for 34 CRH1A and CRH1B ...

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    RENFE aims to compete with Eurostar on Paris – London route

    2021-10-26T11:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Spanish national rail operator RENFE is developing plans for a Paris – London train service which would compete with Eurostar and provide it with an alternative route into the French passenger market. RENFE believes that the launch of a Paris – London service would be ...

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    JR Central marks Chuo Shinkansen depot debut

    2021-10-22T08:18:00Z

    JAPAN: Construction of the first of two maglev vehicle maintenance facilities for the Chuo Shinkansen began on October 14 at Nakatsugawa City in Gifu prefecture.

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    Tunnel breakthrough marks progress with Ankara – Izmir high speed line

    2021-10-21T13:44:00Z

    TURKEY: Excavation of the first major tunnel for the Ankara – Izmir high speed line was completed on October 16, with a holing-through ceremony presided over by Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu.

  • High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the £500m Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner contract.
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    HS2 Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner shortlist

    2021-10-20T11:27:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the £500m Phase 2a Design & Delivery Partner contract. This covers management and co-ordination of contracts for the detailed design and construction of the 58 km route from the northern end of Phase ...

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    Helsinki – Turku high speed planning gets underway

    2021-10-17T05:00:00Z

    tn_fi-helsinki-station-exterior_01.jpg FINLAND: Responsibility for the development of plans for a high speed line between Helsinki and Turku has been transferred from the national transport infrastructure agency Väylävirasto to the dedicated project body which was established to oversee the project through to completion. Turun Tunnin Juna Oy, ...

  • CP has a fleet of 10 six-car Alfa Pendular tilting trainsets that were supplied by a consortium led by Fiat Ferroviaria in 1999-2000.
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    Cross-border high speed corridor proposed in northern Portugal

    2021-10-12T06:12:00Z

    PORTUGAL: As part of the work feeding into the country’s upcoming National Railway Plan, the Vale d’Ouro Association has put forward proposals for a new line through the Trás-os-Montes region to link Porto with Zamora in Spain.

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    Eurostar brand to remain after Thalys merger

    2021-10-04T17:05:00Z

    EUROPE: European high speed operators Eurostar and Thalys confirmed on October 4 that their planned merger announced in September 2019 is on course to be completed ‘within two to three years’, with a formal submission to the European Commission’s competition authority expected in 2022. Being taken ...

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    Test train carries first passengers over Pajares cut-off

    2021-09-23T12:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Under construction since 2004, the 50 km Pajares high speed cut-off through the Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range in the north of the country moved a step closer to opening on September 20 when ADIF Alta Velocidad ran the first passenger-carrying test train between La Robla and Campomanes.

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    Shorter high speed trains to fit Sicilian train ferries

    2021-09-23T10:00:00Z

    ITALY: Trenitalia is assessing the possibility of ordering a shorter variant of its Frecciarossa ETR1000 high speed train which could use the train ferries between the mainland and the island of Sicily. The Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport envisages ordering a fleet of 12 four-car mini ...

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    Macron puts high speed projects back on track in ‘decade of the TGV’

    2021-09-22T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: In a speech at Paris Gare de Lyon during an event held on September 17 to mark 40 years since the launch of TGV services, President Emmanuel Macron announced the revival of plans to expand the high speed network, describing the 2020s as ‘the decade of the TGV’.

  • JR Central has raised the maximum speed on the  Tokaido Shinkansen to 285 km/h (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    JR Central targets Shinkansen business travellers with work-oriented offering

    2021-09-13T13:16:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway Company is to revamp its offering for business travellers using Tokaido Shinkansen services, in response to changing travel patterns and working practices driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    ADIF AV calls tenders to complete Almería – Murcia high speed corridor

    2021-09-10T08:49:00Z

    SPAIN: Following approval by the infrastructure ministry at the end of August, ADIF Alta Velocidad is to call tenders for construction of 31 km of high speed line between Lorca and Pulpí, one of the final stretches of the high speed corridor between Almería and Murcia. The budgeted cost is €197∙5m, and the resulting contract would run for 34 months.

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    First ILSA ETR1000 high speed train starts trials

    2021-09-07T12:38:00Z

    SPAIN: Open access operator ILSA announced on September 6 that the first of its 23 ETR1000 high speed trainsets had arrived in Spain from Italy and would commence running trials this week on the 44∙4 km Figueres – Perpignan cross-border route through the Pyrenees. Testing will ...

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    Private sector executive to head Turkish rail infrastructure manager

    2021-09-06T10:03:00Z

    TURKEY: The head of a major rail contractor and equipment supplier which is also the country’s first private passenger service operator has been appointed as the head of infrastructure manager TCDD. Abdülkerim Murat Atik was appointed as Chairman & CEO of TCDD on September 3, by ...

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    Three shortlisted for HS2 Interchange station construction contract

    2021-09-01T09:32:00Z

    UK: HS2 Ltd has shortlisted three bidders for the £370m contract for the detailed design and construction of the High Speed 2 Interchange station to the east of Birmingham. Invitations to tender have been issued to: Laing O’Rourke Construction; Skanska Construction UK; Unity Joint Venture ...