High speed rail industry news – Page 8

  • Three Seas high speed rail map

    Three Seas high speed network proposed to link Warszawa with Tallinn, Budapest, Praha and Kyiv


    EUROPE: Memoranda of understanding for co-operation on the development of new and enhanced rail links between capital cities in central and eastern Europe, including Kyiv, were signed at the Railway Direction Days 2023 conference in Warszawa.

  • High speed rail study proposal

    Study proposes massive expansion of Europe’s high speed rail network


    EUROPE: A master plan for massive expansion of the high speed rail network has been proposed by the Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking in co-operation with the Community of European Railways, supply industry association UNIFE and the AllRail association of new entrants to the passenger market. Unveiled ...

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    RENFE starts tests before relaunching cross-border high speed services to France


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE is preparing to revive international inter-city services between Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon and Marseille, which ceased in December last year. 

  • UK railway suppliers are invited to join a Department for International Trade mission to Taiwan.

    Route of Kaohsiung – Pingtung high speed extension agreed


    TAIWAN: Premier Su Zhenchang has approved the alignment of an eastern extension of the country’s high speed line from Kaohsiung to Pingtung on January 4.

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    Beijing – Tangshan 350 km/h line opened


    CHINA: National operator China Railway launched 350 km/h passenger services on a 173 km route between Beijing and Tangshan on December 30, following the completion of 149 km of new line. The faster route has brought end-to-end journey times down to 60 min, even though trains ...

  • HS2 box bridge slide across the M42 in Warwickshire
    Rail Business UK

    HS2 contractors claim world’s longest bridge slide near Birmingham


    UK: HS2 Ltd and contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci completed a milestone in construction of the high speed line on December 24-26 when the Marston Box bridge over the M42 motorway was slid into position northeast of Birmingham.

  • HS2 is searching for 40 talented graduates to join the business this September
    Rail Business UK

    HS2 Ltd seeks 2023 graduate intake


    UK: High speed line project promoter HS2 Ltd has issued a final call for applications for its 2023 graduate recruitment programme, which starts in September and will offer 40 places across a range of disciplines. The deadline to apply is January 22. HS2 Ltd says the ...

  • cn high speed line to Vietnamese border

    Nanning – Chongzuo PDL opens


    CHINA: The 121 km Nanning – Chongzuo Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on December 5. With a line speed of 250 km/h, the route cuts the journey time between the two cities from 2 h 36 min to 52 min.

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    $9bn to fund Northeast Corridor upgrading


    USA: The Department of Transportation is making available nearly $9bn in funding to support infrastructure renewals and expand passenger services along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

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    Chinese east-west high speed line inaugurated


    CHINA: A further 91 km section of the Yuxia high speed line was opened on December 26, with the start of revenue services between Changde and Yiyang.

  • Passenger services on the final 15·9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia began on December 20, following an official inauguration by King Felipe VI the previous day.

    Spanish high speed network extended to Murcia


    SPAIN: Passenger services on the final 15·9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia began on December 20, following an official inauguration by King Felipe VI the previous day.

  • it- Firenze Belfiore station Foster

    Firenze high speed station and tunnel contract awarded


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a contract valued at more than €1bn to a consortium of Impresa Pizzarotti & C and Saipem for work on the Milano – Roma high speed line through the northern part of Firenze.

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    Mile – Mengzi high speed line opens


    CHINA: A high speed line between Mile and Mengzi in Yunnan province opened on December 16, with 250 km/h services providing a 69 min journey time between Kunming Nan station and Honghe station in Mengzi. The 106 km line starts at a junction with the ...

  • Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line (Photo Deutsche Bahn) (2)

    High speed line opening boosts international rail axis


    GERMANY: ‘Stuttgart and Ulm are moving closer together, but also Paris and Budapest’, said Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann at the official inauguration of the 59∙6 km Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line two days before revenue services started with the December 11 timetable change. The importance ...

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    King opens Norway’s longest railway tunnel


    NORWAY: Bane Nor’s 22 km Follobanen high speed line between Oslo and Ski was officially opened by King Harald V on December 12, the day after the start of revenue operations with the annual European timetable change.

  • KR Central Inland Line

    Next phase of Korea’s Central Inland Line approved


    SOUTH KOREA: The government has given the go-ahead for construction from 2026 of the final Mungyeong – Gimcheon section of the Central Inland Line medium high speed corridor. The 250 km/h, single-track Central Inland Line is being developed in phases to link Seoul with Gimcheon on ...

  • DB ICE3neo high speed train (1)

    ICE3neo enters passenger service


    GERMANY: The first of 73 ICE3neo high speed trainsets that Siemens Mobility is supplying to Deutsche Bahn entered service on the Frankfurt – Köln line on December 5.

  • Hangzhou Bay bridge

    China starts work on more high speed lines as 'eight by eight' network takes shape


    CHINA: Construction has started on three more sections of high speed line totalling 923 km in central China, and on one 310 km line in the Shanghai area which includes a 29 km bridge across the Hangzhou Bay.

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected an AECOM-Fluor joint venture to provide programme management support

    California high speed rail programme management contract awarded


    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected an AECOM-Fluor joint venture to provide programme management support for its planned Los Angeles – San Francisco corridor, where construction of the initial 270 km section between Merced and Bakersfield is already underway in California’s Central Valley. The Program ...

  • CPK high speed line map

    Warszawa – Łódź high speed line planning contracts awarded


    POLAND: Three contracts totalling 300m złoty have been awarded to support the development of a 350 km/h high speed line from Warszawa to Łódź. The three contracts announced on November 23 form part of the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny programme to build a major airport, 2 000 ...