High speed rail industry news – Page 7

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    World Speed Survey 2023: China retains the lead in post-pandemic recovery


    After the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the world’s high speed railway services have returned to a more normal operating pattern, although many of the best timings have been eased slightly, finds Jeremy Hartill.

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    Egypt: Building a Suez Canal on rails


    Siemens Mobility is playing a vital part in construction of a 2 000 km high speed network in Egypt. Siemens Mobility’s CEO for Turnkey, Middle East & Africa Léon Soulier outlines the company’s role, its partnerships, and the impact of this huge investment.

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    Morocco: High speed lines spearhead ONCF’s development programme


    Christian Scasso assesses proposals to expand the Moroccan national network, including a further 1 300 km of high speed line.

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    Competition and co-operation in the spotlight as high speed rail sector recovers from Covid


    With many railways seeing a rapid return in traffic post-Covid, the latest UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail in Marrakech on March 8-11 focused on questions of on-rail competition and co-operation with aviation. Benjámin Zelki reports from Morocco.

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    Vigo to Portugal high speed rail options studied


    SPAIN: The Ministry of Transport has completed initial feasibility studies of possible routes for a high speed line from Vigo to the Portuguese border, from where the line would continue to Porto. The existing Eje Atlántico line runs from A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela and ...

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    High Speed: Keeping track of new line costs


    Bane Nor and Civity have conducted econometric research into the factors influencing how far high speed rail project costs can be kept under control, with a view to learning lessons for future major rail schemes in Norway and elsewhere.

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    Industry responds as High Speed 2 delays confirmed by government


    UK: Delays to High Speed 2 along with other transport schemes have been confirmed by Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper, who said ‘we have seen headwinds from inflation, triggered by the impact of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine, as well as supply chain disruption ...

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    Poland: Airport scheme catalyses high speed network plan


    Government plans to build a central airport and make it the hub of a revamped passenger network for Poland will require the construction of 1 981 km of new lines, almost half of which will be dedicated high speed corridors. Work on the Warszawa – Łódź route is due to start next year. Benjámin Zelki  reports.

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    HS2 switch and crossing contract awarded


    UK: High speed rail project promoter HS2 Ltd has awarded Voestalpine Turnout Technology UK a contract to supply switches and crossings for Phase 1 and 2a of the future line. The contract announced on March 7 includes the design, manufacture and delivery of around 180 S&C ...

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    High Speed: The right speed for our planet


    More than 1 500 delegates and exhibitors from around the world will be converging on Marrakech this week for the 11th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail.

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    Rio – São Paulo high speed line planning to restart


    BRAZIL: National Land Transport Agency ANTT has granted approval for work to resume on planning for a high speed railway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The ruling was published in Brazil’s Official Gazette on February 22 after endorsement by the ANTT board on February ...

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    JR East presents first Series E8 high speed train


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has unveiled the first of its 300 km/h Series E8 high speed trainsets, which have been ordered for use on services between Tokyo, Fukushima, Yamagata and Shinjo via the Yamagata mini-Shinkansen.

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    Madrid airport high speed rail link contract awarded


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a consortium of Lantania and ASCH Infraestructuras y Servicios a €21·3m contract to undertake works for an 8·8 km long 1 435 mm gauge line which will enable high speed trains to access Barajas Airport in Madrid.

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    Fleet Management: DB invests to keep ICE fleet in trim


    By 2030 Deutsche Bahn plans to spend around €2bn on new and expanded maintenance workshops to keep pace with its steadily expanding fleet of ICE trainsets. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    RENFE to create French subsidiary


    FRANCE: The board of Spain’s national operator RENFE is to seek Spanish government approval for the formation of a French subsidiary to take advantage of the ongoing liberalisation of that market. Announcing its plan to set up a French business on February 2, RENFE said it ...

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    Franco-Swiss TGV partnership extended for five more years


    EUROPE: The TGV Lyria cross-border passenger train partnership of France’s SNCF Voyageurs (74%) and Switzerland’s SBB (26%) has been extended for a further five years. The co-operation dates back 30 years. There are 17 return trips per day across the Genève – Paris, Lausanne – Paris ...

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    Government ‘committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester’


    UK: The government is committed to building High Speed 2 through to London Euston rather than terminating it short at Old Oak Common, according to Chancellor Jeremy Hunt. ‘I don’t see any conceivable circumstance in which that would not end up at Euston’, he told the ...

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    Portugal: National plan to boost rail’s market share


    Ambitious plans to connect Portugal’s 10 largest cities by high speed rail form the centrepiece of a comprehensive railway development package unveiled by the Portuguese government late last year. To be completed by 2050, the plan also envisages new suburban corridors and a third bridge over the River Tagus. André Pires  reports.

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    Merged Eurostar and Thalys branding revealed


    EUROPE: The branding for the merged Eurostar and Thalys high speed rail businesses was unveiled in Brussels on January 24.

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    Le Train selects 330 km/h Talgo trainsets for French open access services


    FRANCE: Le Train Managing Director Alain Gétraud tells Railway Gazette International about the open access start-up’s plans to acquire a fleet of 330 km/h Talgo Avril S106 high speed trains customised to its requirements.