High speed rail industry news – Page 2

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    ‘Price dumping’ row mars Ouigo’s latest expansion


    SPAIN: SNCF’s low-cost subsidiary Ouigo has further expanded its operations in Spain, launching Madrid – Valladolid services on April 19, consisting of two return trips per day. Single fares start at €9, and initially 14 000 tickets per week have been made available. The operator could ...

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    Russian Railways orders high speed trains for revived Moskva – St Petersburg project


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways has signed a contract with Ural Locomotives for the supply of two pre-series high speed trainsets to operate its planned Moskva – St Petersburg high speed line. RZD is making a further attempt to develop a new line between its two most strategically ...

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    California high speed train request for proposals approved


    USA: The California High-Speed Rail Authority board has approved the release of a request for proposals for the supply and maintenance of high speed trainsets. Alstom Transportation and Siemens Mobility have prequalified for the process. Their proposals are to be submitted this autumn, with the authority ...

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    Final ICE4 set delivered to Deutsche Bahn


    GERMANY: At a ceremony in Berlin Hauptbahnhof on March 19 Deutsche Bahn took delivery of the final ICE4 trainset, which was named Spree to mark the occasion and ‘baptised’ with water from the river of the same name. Chairman of DB’s Management Board Dr Richard Lutz ...

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    Breakthrough completes boring of High Speed 2’s longest tunnel


    UK: On March 21, tunnel boring machine Cecilia broke through the north portal of the Chiltern Tunnel on High Speed 2.

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    Series E8 enters service on Yamagata mini-Shinkansen


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway put its first Series E8 high speed trainsets into revenue service on the Yamagata Shinkansen on March 16.

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    Tsuruga joined to Shinkansen network


    JAPAN: ‘Today’s opening will touch the hearts of many domestic and international users and move the future forward’ said JR West President Kazuaki Hasegawa at the inauguration of the Kanazawa to Tsuruga extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

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    High speed rail bypass contract awarded


    SPAIN: High speed rail infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Sacyr Construcción a €49m contract to build the first section of a 19 km bypass around the town of Loja on the Antequera – Granada high speed line. Trains currently use a single track, dual ...

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    MSC’s purchase of Italo stake approved


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved Mediterranean Shipping Co’s planned acquisition of a 50% stake in open access high speed train operator Italo-NTV from Global Infrastructure Partners. The transaction announced in October was examined under the normal merger control procedure, with the Commission concluding that there ...

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    High speed rail start-up Kevin Speed signs access agreement


    FRANCE: Aspiring high speed train operator Kevin Speed has signed a track access framework agreement with infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau, and hopes to launch its first services under the Ilisto brand by the end of 2028.

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    JR Kyushu speeds up track inspection


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu is using image processing with AI capabilities to automate high speed line track inspections, replacing the need for staff to go out on foot.

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    In depth

    China: Water Rabbit delivers network growth


    More than 3 500 km of new railway was opened in China during 2023, expanding the national network to almost 160 000 route-km. Toma Bačić reviews recent developments.

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    High Speed: FRA grant kick-starts Brightline West


    Construction of a high speed inter-city passenger railway in the congested corridor between Las Vegas and Southern California is expected to get underway this year, following the approval of federal funding for the Brightline West project. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Procurement of Portugal’s broad gauge high speed line begins


    PORTUGAL: Tenders have been called for the starter section of the proposed high speed corridor between Lisboa and Porto. The first tenders covers Stage 1 between Porto and Oiã near Aveiro. Infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal held a ceremony at its headquarters at Almada on January ...

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    Rail Business UK

    West Midlands – Manchester rail plan is not a HS2 revival, mayors say


    UK: Metro Mayor for the West Midlands Andy Street and his Greater Manchester counterpart Andy Burnham report that they have held constructive talks with the Secretary of State for Transport, Rail Minister and senior officials from the Department for Transport regarding their work to assess how ...

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    Rail Business UK

    HS2 Phase 2 cancellation raises ‘urgent and unanswered questions’


    UK: The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee makes six recommendations in its latest report on High Speed 2, which calls on the government to answer questions raised by its decision to cancel Phase 2. The recommendations are: The Department for Transport should set out ...

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    CPK seeks input into rolling stock specifications


    POLAND: The CPK project has invited passenger train operators to provide feedback on future rolling stock requirements. The consultation process aims to specify the functional and technical features for the future high speed trains. CPK plans to establish a rolling stock company which would purchase a ...

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    Track Design: Introducing J-slab to India


     Work has started on the installation of ballastless track on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line, marking the first application of J-slab technology in India. Two local production plants have been developed with support from Japanese consultants. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    Hydrogen high speed train to be developed


    SPAIN: A group of Spanish companies has been awarded funding for the Hympulso project to power a Talgo 250 gauge-changing high speed trainset using renewable hydrogen. Talgo Class 730 electro-diesel trainsets used by national operator RENFE have a power car behind each driving car containing a ...

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    Rail Business UK

    HS2 route no longer protected from development


    UK: The government has formally lifted the planning protection which had been put in place to safeguard the route of the now-cancelled Phase 2a of High Speed 2 between the West Midlands and Crewe. Land close to Handsacre will continue to be safeguarded to allow HS2 ...