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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, ...

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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’.

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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 ...

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    Delta offers air passengers through travel by Thalys

    2021-09-01T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Delta Air Lines and Thalys have launched an Air+Rail programme enabling air passengers to make a through booking including high speed rail travel from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Brussels or Antwerpen. ‘This Air+Rail programme with Thalys is just the beginning, as we look to offer ...

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    High Speed: Sapporo in sight as tunnellers tackle Hokkaido’s hills

    2021-08-18T08:00:00Z

    Construction of the 212 km second phase of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo offers the prospect of a 5 h journey time from Tokyo once the line is completed in 2030-31. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Viewpoint: Help needed to restore HS1 as the UK’s ‘green gateway’

    2021-08-17T10:00:00Z

    Britain’s sole high speed railway and its link to continental Europe, High Speed 1 can lead the transport decarbonisation charge, but it needs support to bounce back from Covid-19 first, argues HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Dyan Crowther.

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    High Speed: Competition enlivens the European market

    2021-08-16T10:06:00Z

    Instead of our regular World Speed Survey, we offer a snapshot of high speed rail developments at a time when the world is still grappling with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    India: Building towards a high speed network

    2021-08-06T07:55:00Z

    With construction of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line starting to ramp up, National HSR Corp is finalising detailed project plans for another seven corridors, as outgoing Managing Director Achal Khare* explains to Chris Jackson.

  • RENFE plans to deploy its Series 102 and 112 AVE trainsets on the Granada services.
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    ADIF AV lets contract to build first section of Cantabrian high speed line

    2021-07-30T09:35:00Z

    SPAIN: ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Sacyr Construcciones a 36-month contract worth €77∙3m to for civil works on a 20∙8 km section of high speed line between Palencia Norte and Amusco.