High speed rail industry news

  • IZY ex-Eurostar trainset (Phot Christophe Masse)
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    Izy low-cost train services to end

    2022-05-19T13:13:00Z

    EUROPE: The Izy-branded low cost train service between Paris Nord and Brussels Midi is to end on July 10, Thalys has announced. Launched by Thalys in 2016, Izy services use the conventional line from Paris to Arras and then LGV Nord and Belgium’s LGV1 from Arras ...

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    Four companies launch Spanish passenger operators’ association

    2022-05-18T10:36:00Z

    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator Iryo, regional railways FGC and Euskotren, and national incumbent RENFE have joined forces to launch a national association of passenger train operators.

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    High speed train depot to be expanded

    2022-05-15T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded Seranco-Pavasal a €12·5m, nine-month contract to double capacity at the Santa Catalina high speed train maintenance depot in the southern suburbs of Madrid. Once the expansion has been completed and the cross-capital tunnel with 1 435 mm gauge tracks has ...

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    Test running starts on Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen

    2022-05-12T11:01:00Z

    JAPAN: Test running has started on the isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Nagasaki and Takeo Onsen, which is scheduled to open for revenue service on September 23.

  • HS1 Ltd is using OpenSpace Group’s counting and flow monitoring technology to improve passenger flows at its London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations.
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    HS1 Ltd deploys passenger flow monitoring technology at stations

    2022-05-09T05:00:00Z

    UK: High speed line concessionaire HS1 Ltd is using OpenSpace Group’s counting and flow monitoring technology to improve passenger flows at its London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations. The technology will provide a real-time visual representation of the location of all people in the ...

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    Eurostar Group formed as holding company for Eurostar and Thalys

    2022-05-03T10:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar Group has been established as the holding company for international high speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys, and the shareholders have announced their ambition for the combined services to carry 30 million passengers/year within 10 years, compared to 18 million in 2019. ...

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    ‘High speed rail: the right speed for our planet’ World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in Marrakech

    2022-04-28T14:27:00Z

    MOROCCO: The International Union of Railways has selected Morocco to host the 11th World Congress on High Speed Rail in 2023, reflecting the country’s leading position in the high speed rail sector in Africa and the Middle East. The event’s slogan will be ‘high speed rail: ...

  • Talgo is developing a carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite version of its characteristic ‘rodal’ running gear frames.
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    Carbon fibre reinforced polymer high speed train running gear frame on test

    2022-04-27T08:52:00Z

    SPAIN: Talgo is developing a carbon fibre reinforced polymer composite version of its characteristic ‘rodal’ running gear frames. The company expects this will offer a 50% reduction in weight compared to using welded steel plates, with an associated cut in energy consumption and track wear as ...

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    Jakarta – Bandung high speed railway tracklaying underway

    2022-04-21T13:54:00Z

    INDONESIA: Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi attended a ceremony at Tegaluar depot on April 20 to mark the installation of the first rails for the KCJB high speed line which will link Jakarta with Bandung. Sumadi said the line being built by Indonesian-Chinese design-build-operate concessionaire ...

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    Interview: Iryo targets a 30% share

    2022-04-21T08:00:00Z

    Ahead of the launch of its Iryo-branded high speed service in Spain later this year, we ask ILSA Chief Executive Simone Gorini to outline his vision for the Trenitalia-backed entrant to the high speed market.

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    Frigid Fuxing cuts end-to-end timings

    2022-04-18T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: A low-temperature variant of the China Standard EMU developed by CRRC Tangshan has been put into service on CR’s 350 km/h Beijing – Harbin Passenger-Dedicated Line. An initial batch of nine winterised CR400BF-G trainsets was supplied by CRRC Changchun ahead of completion of the final ...

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    Spain: ‘Basque Y’ inches ahead

    2022-04-11T12:30:00Z

    Located in a mountainous area presenting formidable engineering challenges, the Y-shaped 1 435 mm gauge high speed network linking San Sebastián, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Bilbao in Spain’s Basque region has been designed to handle both passenger and freight trains. Mike Bent reports.

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    Airline to transfer more passengers to high speed rail

    2022-04-08T14:59:00Z

    EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Thalys have agreed to develop their joint AirRail product to further increase the number of air passengers who use high speed trains to travel between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol airport. KLM already offers air passengers the option of using Thalys ...

  • RENFE has presented the first of 14 Class 730 electro-diesel gauge changing trainsets to undergo a mid-life refurbishment in a €11m programme which is being undertaken at Talgo’s Las Matas works.
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    RENFE and Talgo present first refurbished Class 730

    2022-04-07T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has presented the first of 14 Class 730 electro-diesel gauge changing trainsets to undergo a mid-life refurbishment in a €11m programme which is being undertaken at Talgo’s Las Matas works. The Class 730s are rebuilds from dual-voltage Class 130 electric trainsets, and ...

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    Trenitalia launches French domestic high speed services

    2022-04-06T14:36:00Z

    FRANCE: Trenitalia launched its first French domestic open access high speed service between Paris-Lyon and Lyon-Perrache on April 5.

  • SJ Alstom Zefiro Express train impression (Image: Alstom)
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    SJ orders 250 km/h trains as ‘the best travel product in Scandinavia’

    2022-04-06T09:19:00Z

    SWEDEN: SJ has signed a €650m contract for Alstom to supply 25 Zefiro Express 250 km/h trainsets, which the national passenger operator says will complement its refurbished X2000 fleet as ‘the best travel product in Sweden and Scandinavia’, meeting the demand for ‘climate-smart, comfortable and efficient’ ...

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    TGV M power cars transported from Belfort to La Rochelle

    2022-04-04T12:01:00Z

    FRANCE: Power cars from the first of the TGM M trainsets ordered under SNCF’s TGV of the Future programme, branded Avelia Horizon by the manufacturer, have been transported from Alstom’s Belfort factory to La Rochelle.

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    Amtrak unveils the interiors of the next generation of Acela trains

    2022-04-01T13:27:00Z

    USA: Amtrak and Alstom have unveiled the interiors of the 28 Avelia Liberty trainsets ordered for use on Acela Express services on the 735 km Northeast Corridor between New York, Washington DC and Boston. Formed of two short-wheelbase power cars and nine ...

  • The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar.
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    Merger approval ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar’, says SNCF

    2022-03-31T11:58:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar. SNCF Voyageurs told Railway Gazette International the merger ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar.’ Announcing its decision on March 29, the Commission said ...

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    UK export financing to support completion of Ankara – Izmir high speed corridor

    2022-03-21T10:19:00Z

    TURKEY: UK Export Finance has agreed to guarantee £1·8bn through its Buyer Credit Scheme to support construction of the Polatlı – Izmir high speed line, which will create a more direct route between the capital and Turkey’s third largest city.