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    Germany: Wendlingen - Ulm poised to open as Stuttgart21 costs rise again

    2022-09-28T11:00:00Z

    Deutsche Bahn will open the Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line in December with the controversial Stuttgart 21 project following in stages from 2025 onwards. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Globalvia takes stake in Iryo ahead of November launch

    2022-09-28T09:49:00Z

    SPAIN: Globalvia has formally completed its acquisition of a 24% stake in Iryo owner ILSA. The open access high speed operator expects to launch services between Madrid and Barcelona in late November.

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    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns

    2022-09-27T16:21:00Z

    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

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    Isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen extends Japan’s high speed network to Nagasaki

    2022-09-26T13:19:00Z

    JAPAN: JR Kyushu has opened the 66 route-km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Takeo Onsen and Nagasaki.

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    Changsha – Yiyang high speed line opened

    2022-09-13T10:00:00Z

    CHINA: The 64·2 km Changsha – Yiyang section of the Chongqing – Xiamen high speed line opened on September 6. Construction began in December 2017. Known as the Changyi section, the 350 km/h alignment includes three stations at Changsha Xi, Ningxiang Xi and Yiyang Nan. The ...

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    First TGV M unveiled by Alstom and SNCF

    2022-09-12T13:27:00Z

    FRANCE: The first of 115 double-deck high speed trainsets branded Avelia Horizon by manufacturer Alstom and TGV M by SNCF Voyageurs has been unveiled ahead of dynamic testing at Velim in the Czech Republic from October. Speaking at the unveiling at Alstom’s La Rochelle test centre ...

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    Construction of Ankara – Izmir high speed line restarts

    2022-09-12T09:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Construction has restarted on the 503 km high speed line which will reduce the rail distance between Ankara and Izmir from 824 km to 624 km, operating at a maximum speed of 250 km/h and reducing the end-to-end journey time from 14 h to 3½ ...

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    Eurostar confirms end of Disneyland service

    2022-08-26T16:06:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar has confirmed that it will not be running the direct service between London and Marne-la-Vallée, the station for Disneyland Paris, from June 5 2023. The operator said ’whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic, and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry/Exit ...

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    Vietnam revives high speed line vision

    2022-08-25T10:14:00Z

    VIETNAM: The Ministry of Transport expects to submit proposals to the government in September for the construction of a 1 545 km high speed line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Announcing the project on August 14, the ministry told local media that the first stage ...

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    No Eurostar services to Ashford or Ebbsfleet in 2023

    2022-08-24T14:32:00Z

    UK: Eurostar services will not stop at Ebbsfleet or Ashford International stations during 2023, and the cross-Channel high speed train operator told Rail Business UK ‘we cannot make any commitment for another two to three years’.

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    Eurostar Group names next CEO and targets 30 million passengers within 10 years

    2022-08-22T14:15:00Z

    EUROPE: Gwendoline Cazenave has been appointed as CEO of Eurostar Group with effect from October 1. She will succeed Jacques Damas, who has been CEO of Eurostar since October 2020 and CEO of Eurostar Group since it was formed as the holding company for Eurostar and ...

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    SNCF orders more TGV M high speed trains

    2022-08-19T09:27:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs has awarded Alstom a €590m firm order to supply a further 15 Avelia Horizon high speed trains, designated TGV M by the operator. The order announced on August 18 is the second option exercised under the €2∙7bn TGV of the Future framework agreement ...

  • The Office of Rail & Road has ruled that the future infrastructure manager for the London to West Midlands Phase One of High Speed 2 will be able to levy an Investment Recovery Charge on future operators using the line.
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    HS2 infrastructure manager will be able to levy Investment Recovery Charge

    2022-08-15T10:15:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has ruled that the future infrastructure manager for the London to West Midlands Phase One of High Speed 2 will be able to levy an Investment Recovery Charge on future operators using the line. An IRC is an exceptional ...

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    First Jakarta – Bandung high speed train unveiled

    2022-08-05T13:31:00Z

    INDONESIA: The first of 11 CR400AF Fuxing trainsets for the KCJB high speed line which will connect Jakarta and Bandung has been rolled out by Chinese manufacture CRRC Qingdao Sifang. Unveiling the eight-car trainset on August 5, CRRC said this would be the first time it ...

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    High Speed 1 renewals concerns raised

    2022-08-05T10:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has expressed concern over how high speed rail infrastructure concessionaire HS1 Ltd is managing asset renewals. ORR’s annual operational and financial performance assessment of HS1 Ltd for the year to March 31 2022 found a good safety record and ...

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    High speed operator deploys white label ticketing platform

    2022-07-28T06:00:00Z

    ITALY: Trainline’s B2B arm Trainline Partner Solutions has supplied open access high speed train operator Italo with an online multi-modal ticket platform enabling passengers to book travel to destinations beyond the 60 stations that it currently serves. It launched July 21, adding tickets for Italbus buses ...

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    High speed line to Burgos opens

    2022-07-25T10:31:00Z

    SPAIN: Passenger services on a 75 km high speed line between Burgos and a junction with the Madrid – Valladolid – León line at Venta de Baños began on July 22, the day after a formal inauguration by King Felipe VI. It is planned that this will eventually form part of a high speed corridor to the French border.

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    Extremadura high speed line inaugurated

    2022-07-21T08:05:00Z

    SPAIN: Passenger services began using an upgraded 193 km mixed-traffic route between Plasencia and Badajoz in Extremadura on July 19, following the inauguration of three sections of new alignment totalling 146 km by King Felipe VI the previous day.

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    Czechs urge high speed rail promoters to focus on released capacity benefits

    2022-07-12T14:27:00Z

    EUROPE: High speed rail investment should place greater focus on the benefits of releasing capacity on existing lines, a group of Czech policymakers and industry leaders told a summit in Brussels on July 11.

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    Laing O’Rourke wins HS2 Interchange station contract

    2022-07-11T15:16:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has selected Laing O’Rourke Delivery Ltd for a £370m contract to undertake detailed design and construction of the Interchange station in Solihull to the east of Birmingham. Skanska Construction UK and the Unity Joint Venture of Sir Robert ...