High speed rail industry news – Page 13

  • The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October
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    Amsterdam – London through train agreement to be signed shortly

    2019-09-26T11:07:00Z

    EUROPE: The international agreement which would permit the operation of through passenger services between the Netherlands and the UK is expected to be signed in October, State Secretary for Justice & Security Ankie Broekers-Knol told the Dutch parliament’s lower house on September 25. Eurostar told Railway Gazette ...

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    Alstom to supply ETCS for Paris – Lyon high speed line

    2019-09-25T08:12:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has awarded a framework contract to Alstom for the development, installation and maintenance of ERTMS equipment on LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon. Valued at €52·5m, the contract announced on September 25 was awarded following a negotiated procedure and a prior call for competition. ...

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    High speed trains’ electrical equipment to be replaced

    2019-09-25T07:00:00Z

    TAIWAN: Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp has been awarded a contract to supply replacement electrical equipment for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp’s fleet of 30 Series 700T trainsets. TISS will manufacture the equipment at its Fuchu site in Japan for delivery from the first half of ...

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    Alstom to equip international ICE3 fleet with ETCS

    2019-09-24T14:08:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded Alstom a €30m contract to retrofit its Atlas ETCS onboard equipment to 17 Class 407 Velaro D ICE3 high speed trainsets used on international services. Approval will be progressively obtained for the ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 equipment to be used in ...

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    First ETR1000 trainsets arrive in France for testing

    2019-09-23T11:27:00Z

    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The first of two Trenitalia ETR1000 Frecciarossa trainsets arrived in France on September 19 for type approval tests in Bretagne. Trenitalia plans to launch a Paris – Milano high speed service in summer 2020 using a fleet of five ETR1000 trainsets modified for ...

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    DB to order more high speed trains as government cuts VAT on fares

    2019-09-20T16:58:00Z

    Photo: DB AG/Georg Wagner GERMANY: Rail spending is to be increased significantly as part of a €54bn package of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, which was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 20. In order to reduce the environmental impact of transport and ...

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    Texas Central targets financial close by next year

    2019-09-20T08:40:00Z

    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed project promoter Texas Central says it is optimistic of securing financial close by the end of next year, which would enable construction to begin. Worth an indicative $20bn, the privately funded high speed railway is intended to link Dallas with Houston ...

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    Frecciargento 700 to serve Bari from September 29

    2019-09-19T13:21:00Z

    ITALY: Trenitalia’s Frecciargento trainsets will begin serving Bari from the end of September, working two trains a day between Milano and Bari via the Adriatic corridor. Presenting the new trains to local decision makers at Bari Centrale on September 19, Trenitalia’s Director, Long Haul, Paolo Attanasio explained ...

  • A more direct Chongqing – Guiyang line opened on January 25.
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    Chongqing – Kunming Passenger-Dedicated Line approved

    2019-09-18T06:00:00Z

    CHINA: The National Development & Reform Commission has given the go-ahead for construction of the 699 km Chongqing – Kunming Passenger-Dedicated Line. This corridor includes 681 km of new route plus 18 km of the Zigong to Yibin PDL which is already under construction. The package also ...

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    KLM replaces plane with high speed train

    2019-09-17T05:00:00Z

    Thalys EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to replace one of its five daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol with reserved seat capacity on a Thalys high speed train service from March 29 2020. This is intended as the first step in a programme to gradually ...

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    Brakes and HVAC ordered for next-generation TGV

    2019-09-11T08:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply the braking systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for SNCF’s next generation of high speed trainsets In 2015 SNCF and Alstom formed a taskforce with preferred suppliers including Knorr-Bremse to develop the double-deck Avelia Horizon trainsets under the ...

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    ​HS2 benefits ‘substantially undervalued’ amid rising costs

    2019-09-03T13:47:00Z

    UK: The Chairman of High Speed 2 Ltd Allan Cook believes that ‘the benefits of the current scheme are substantially undervalued’, according to a ‘stocktake report’ presented to the House of Commons by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on September 3. Updating Parliament on progress ...

  • The West Coast Partnership contract was formally signed by the Department for Transport and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd on August 28.
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    West Coast Partnership contract signed

    2019-08-29T09:30:00Z

    UK: The West Coast Partnership contract was formally signed by the Department for Transport and First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd on August 28. The 70:30 joint venture of transport group FirstGroup plc and the Trenitalia UK Ltd subsidiary of Italy’s national railway holding group FS had ...

  • The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project have been published.
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    Review to consider whether and how to proceed with High Speed 2

    2019-08-21T11:14:35Z

    UK: The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project were published by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The ‘independent, thorough and objective’ review is to be chaired by Douglas ...

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    First Trenitalia awarded West Coast Partnership

    2019-08-14T08:39:00Z

    UK: The consortium of FirstGroup (70%) and Trenitalia (30%) has been selected for the West Coast Partnership franchise to operate intercity services on the West Coast Main Line and the first phase of High Speed 2, the Department for Transport announced on August 14. Final award is ...

  • The TGV Océane sets will be used on services from Paris Est as well as on routes to the west.  TGV ridership has rebounded strongly in recent months, SNCF reports.  Second class saloon on a TGV Océane trainset.
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    Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs

    2019-07-31T13:39:23Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy. Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications for its Phase I Track & Systems contract, which has an estimate value of $1·6bn.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority issues Track & Systems RFQ

    2019-07-23T09:13:24Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications for its Phase I Track & Systems contract, which has an estimate value of $1·6bn. This would cover design, construction, and testing of the trackwork, electrification, signalling, train control and other railway systems for the 190 km route ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation have announced.
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    ICE4 deliveries to resume

    2019-07-17T16:36:35Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation announced on July 17. The national operator had stopped accepting delivery of further ICE4 trainsets in April after Bombardier’s quality management procedures determined that some coach body welds had not been ...

  • Alstom’s Atlas ETCS Level 2 equipment has been commissioned on the 163 km Valladolid – León high speed line.
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    ETCS Level 2 commissioned on Valladolid – León line

    2019-07-16T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Alstom’s Atlas ETCS Level 2 equipment has been commissioned on the 163 km Valladolid – León high speed line, which opened in September 2015. ETCS and GSM-R have been rolled out as part of a signalling, train control and telecoms upgrading programme which is being undertaken by a ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California.
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    California High-Speed Rail Authority publishes northern route preferences

    2019-07-03T14:56:00Z

    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has published its recommended alignments for two sections of the planned line in northern California. Public feedback will now be sought before the board makes a decision in September. Draft environmental documents would then be published in December 2019 and March 2020, ahead of a ...