High speed rail industry news – Page 10

  • The Prime Minister and High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd marked the symbolic start of the main works for the 225 km Phase 1 of the project.
    Rail Business UK

    High Speed 2 main works construction officially begins


    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd marked the symbolic start of the main works for the 225 km Phase 1 of the project on September 4, noting that its contractors were moving from enabling, design and preparatory works to full construction. The announcement followed the ...

  • jp-Long Shinkansen bridge over an existing railway line in Kurume city with Series 800

    JR East extends repair work on concrete structures


    The Shinkansen network makes extensive use of long elevated structures to minimise land take in urban areas. JAPAN: East Japan Railway announced on August 26 that it intends to carry out remedial work on several elevated concrete structures across its 1 067 mm gauge conventional network, complementing ...

  • DSC_0003

    High speed train seats used to deliver fresh fish


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing the use of high speed passenger trains to move fresh fish from Sendai to Tokyo. The three-day trial began on August 26, with fish caught off the coast near Ishinomaki early in the morning being transported aboard Yamabiko 136, which departed ...

  • tn_eu-eurostar-london-amsterdam-flag-tulips_01.jpg

    Eurostar plans to start direct Amsterdam – London trains in October


    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar has confirmed its intention to launch direct Amsterdam – London St Pancras services from October 26, complementing the London – Amsterdam trains which have run since April 2018. The announcement follows the conclusion earlier this year of negotiations between the ...

  • Mike Cooper

    Eurostar Chief Executive Mike Cooper to lead Arriva


    EUROPE: Eurostar Chief Executive Mike Cooper has been appointed as the next Arriva Group CEO with effect from early October, succeeding Dr Manfred Rudhart who is stepping down after almost five years. Cooper’s previous roles have included Managing Director of the direct sales business of the Thomson ...

  • HS2 TBM Florence
    Rail Business UK

    UK universities and HS2 Ltd finalise research partnership


    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has signed what it terms a ‘ground-breaking agreement’ with the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network of universities and research institutions. The agreement with UKRRIN Ltd which was announced on August 14 is intended to enable HS2 Ltd to ...

  • ETR1000 trainsets.

    Verona – Vicenza high speed line contract awarded


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded the Iricav Due consortium a €2·7bn contract to built the 44·2 km long Verona – Vicenza section of the Milano – Verona – Padova – Venezia high speed corridor. The consortium comprises Webuild, previously known as Salini Impregilo (45·4%), Astaldi (37·5%) ...

  • Impression of an ILSA ETR1000 in Madrid

    ILSA high speed trains ordered


    SPAIN: Trenitalia has signed an €797m contract for a partnership of Hitachi Rail (60%) and Bombardier Transportation (40%) to supply 23 ETR1000 high speed trainsets for use by Intermodalidad de Levante, the future Spanish open access operator which is owned by the Italian national operator (45%) and ...

  • J Brand Eurostar depot

    Lighting improved at high speed train depot


    UK: Two maintenance tracks at Eurostar’s high speed train depot in east London have been equipped with LED lighting supplied by J Brand Ltd. This has replaced fluorescent lighting, providing a better a quality of light to help improve working conditions and staff safety. ‘The benefits will ...

  • ChMASSE_ZefiroV300(2)

    ILSA-Trenitalia aims to launch Spanish high speed service from March 2022


    Photo: Christophe Masse Trenitalia is planning to launch high speed services in both France and Spain; some testing of its Frecciarossa 1000 trainsets has already been undertaken in France. SPAIN: The ILSA-Trenitalia joint venture has pinpointed March 1 2022 as the start date for its Spanish open ...

  • vossloh 300 China

    Vossloh wins Guiyang – Nanning high speed line rail fastening contract


    CHINA: Vossloh’s Kunshan-based Vossloh Fastening Systems China business has been awarded a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the Guiyang - Nanning high speed line. The 512 km route which includes 482 km of new line is currently under construction for opening in 2023. It designed ...

  • es-first Avril leaves factory-Navarro

    First series-built Talgo Avril breaks cover ahead of test programme


    Photos: Mariano Álvaro Navarro RENFE’s first S106 Avril trainset passes through Getafe in the southern suburbs of Madrid on the morning of July 24. SPAIN: The first series-produced Avril high speed trainset ordered by RENFE left Talgo’s Rivabellosa factory overnight on July 23-24 to be moved to ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has announced an order for 30 inter-city trains able to run at 320 km/h.

    Deutsche Bahn orders 320 km/h Velaro derivatives


    Source: DB AG/Siemens GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced an order for 30 inter-city trains able to run at 320 km/h. Chairman Dr Richard Lutz confirmed on July 15 that the operator had placed an order worth €1bn with Siemens Mobility for a derivative of the ICE3 ...

  • SNCF subsidiary Rielsfera has revealed further details of its planned Falbalá low-cost high speed serves, following its submission of train path requests to ADIF Alta Velocidad.

    Rielsfera pushes back Falbalá low-cost high speed launch dates


    Source: Christophe Masse SPAIN: SNCF subsidiary Rielsfera has revealed further details of its planned Falbalá low-cost high speed services, following its submission of train path requests to ADIF Alta Velocidad. The first group of services to be introduced will link Madrid with Zaragoza, Lleida and Barcelona, with ...

  • Eurostar

    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working


    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...

  • The treaties signed in Brussels on July 7 add the Netherlands to a 1993 agreement between the UK, France and Belgium which enables passengers to pass through juxtaposed checks by border officials from both the departure and destination countries before bo

    Agreements signed to allow direct Amsterdam – London trains


    EUROPE: Eurostar is set to launch direct services between Amsterdam and London later this year, following the signing on July 7 of four-country agreements covering the legal and security arrangements. A date for the start of through services has not yet been finalised, the high speed train ...

  • cn viaduct with high speed train

    Chinese network expands again ahead of national timetable change


    CHINA: A series of new line openings has driven an increase in services across the country with the introduction of a new national timetable on July 1. The 143 km Shanghai – Nantong line has been designed for 200 km/h operation and includes a 1 092 m ...

  • fr-LGV-Bretagne-1611 Train essai Viaduc Vicoin1-edited
    Rail Business UK

    SNCF catenary design adopted as HS2 begins electrification procurement


    UK: HS2 Ltd has launched the process to procure overhead line equipment for the high speed railway now under construction between London and the West Midlands. The project delivery company announced on July 2 that it was seeking to award two railway systems contracts in a single ...

  • jp-jrcentral-N700S-launch-departure-signal-200701-JRC

    Series N700S enters service on Tokaido Shinkansen


    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway officially launched its first Series N700S high speed trains into revenue service on the Tokaido Shinkansen with a ceremony at Tokyo station on July 1.

  • cn-600-kmh-maglev-testcar2-crrc

    Dynamic trials start with 600 km/h maglev prototype


    CHINA: The first of five ultra-high-speed maglev prototype vehicles has completed its maiden test run on a 1∙5 km guideway at Tonghi University in Shanghai.