High speed rail industry news – Page 16

  • Trenitalia has awarded CAF Italia a six-year contract for the maintenance of ETR500 Frecciarossa high speed trainsets.
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    CAF awarded Trenitalia high speed train maintenance contract

    2019-03-29T10:15:40Z

    ITALY: National operator Trenitalia has awarded CAF Italia a €120m six-year contract for the preventative and corrective maintenance of 59 ETR500 Frecciarossa high speed trainsets. There is an option to extend the contract for a further six years. The maintenance activities will mainly be carried out at Trenitalia’s workshops in ...

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    Medvedev backs Russian high speed line

    2019-03-25T14:48:00Z

    RUSSIA: Plans for the construction of a high speed line from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod were approved by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on March 13, having already been backed by Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov who oversees transport. The project is estimated to cost 622bn roubles, of which 200bn roubles ...

  • Parliamentary Secretary of State for Transport & Digital Infrastructure Enak Ferlemann has said a 300 km/h line needs to be built between Bielefeld and Hannover. (Photo: DB/Stefan Klink).
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    Bielefeld – Hannover high speed line proposed

    2019-03-21T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Commissioner for Rail and Parliamentary Secretary of State for Transport & Digital Infrastructure Enak Ferlemann has said that a new 300 km/h line needs to be built between Bielefeld and Hannover. Speaking to Deutsche Presse Agentur on March 18, Ferlemann said that the new line was required to ...

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    Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed tenders called

    2019-03-18T09:39:25Z

    INDIA: Tenders for design, construction and commissioning of civil engineering works on around half of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line were invited by the National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd on March 15. Covering a 237 km section in the state of Gujurat, running south from Vadodara ...

  • The Chinese high speed network already features regenerative braking.
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    Algorithm could cut high speed rail energy use

    2019-03-15T12:14:21Z

    CHINA: Researchers at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Suzhou campus have developed an algorithm intended to optimise the storage and reuse of braking energy. Currently, regenerative braking is used extensively across China’s 29 000 km high speed network. Typically, the energy is returned to the grid by trains under braking, and reused ...

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    Flytoget Oaris lands in Oslo

    2019-03-08T13:56:56Z

    NORWAY: The first of eight Oaris EMUs being built by CAF for Oslo airport express operator Flytoget was officially unveiled on March 5. Ordered in April 2015, the four-car Class 78 units will join Flytoget’s existing fleet of 16 Adtranz-built Class 71 trainsets, providing a 50% increase in capacity to ...

  • RENFE will be adopting an ‘unprecedented and pro-active’ approach to international expansion, President Isaías Táboas Suárez told the Rail Live trade show in Bilbao.
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    RENFE seeks ‘pro-active’ international expansion

    2019-03-06T11:40:29Z

    SPAIN: RENFE will be adopting an ‘unprecedented and pro-active’ approach to international expansion as its domestic market faces more liberalisation under the EU’s Fourth Railway Package, the Spanish incumbent’s President Isaías Táboas Suárez told the Rail Live trade show in Bilbao on March 6. Suárez highlighted RENFE’s participation in ...

  • SNCF's expansion of low-cost Ouigo services to replace existing TGVs has reduced the range of connections available across the French inter-city network. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Protectionism dilutes the competitive dynamic

    2019-03-06T09:08:39Z

    COMMENT: Are incumbent state operators expanding their low-cost high speed offer to try and keep new entrants out of a liberalised inter-city market, and how might this fit with European competition policy, asks Railway Gazette Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    SNCF brings forward Ouigo expansion to Toulouse

    2019-03-05T16:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Originally envisaged for 2020, Ouigo low-cost high speed services between Paris and Toulouse are now to begin running on July 6. The SNCF subsidiary has announced that ticket sales for its first trains will open on March 26. Ouigo will initially operate one train each way per day, calling ...

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    Eurostar sets new ridership record

    2019-03-05T10:22:04Z

    EUROPE: The introduction of direct London – Amsterdam trains and a strong increase in business travel contributed to record Eurostar ridership during 2018, the operator announced on March 5. Reporting its annual results, the cross-Channel high speed operator said 11 million passengers had used its international services during the year, ...

  • Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to complete the Initial Operating Section of the high speed programme, which would be built in the Central Valley.
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    FRA pulls funds from California high speed project

    2019-02-20T13:59:03Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration announced on February 19 that it intended to cancel $929m of federal grant destined for the high speed rail project in California. In addition, FRA ‘is actively exploring every legal option to seek the return from California of $2·5bn in Federal funds FRA previously granted ...

  • A high speed railway is proposed between Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg.
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    Chelyabinsk – Yekaterinburg high speed rail plan

    2019-02-18T14:48:42Z

    RUSSIA: A non-binding memorandum of understanding to plan a high speed railway between Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg was signed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund sovereign wealth fund, Siemens Mobility and the Economic Partnership Ural High-Speed Rail on February 15, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2019. The proposed ...

  • The long-nosed ALFA-X Car 10 was unveiled at Hitachi's Kasado plant. (Photos: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    ALFA-X nose is 22 m long

    2019-02-14T11:53:26Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has unveiled the second driving car for its experimental ALFA-X Shinkansen trainset, which features a 22 m long aerodynamic nose designed to mitigate the sonic boom effect of entering and passing through tunnels at very high speed. Built at Hitachi's Kasado plant, Car 10 has a ...

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    High speed line approved

    2019-02-13T06:00:00Z

    CHINA: Construction of the 176 km Chengdu – Zigong Yulin Passenger-Dedicated Line has been approved, with a budget of 35·9bn yuan and opening planned for 2023. The Chengdu – Tianfu section will be built for 250 km/h operation, and the Tianfu – Zigong section for 350 km/h. There will be ...

  • A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address.
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    California high speed rail plan scaled back

    2019-02-12T21:49:00Z

    USA: A scaling back of the high speed rail project in California was announced by Governor Gavin Newsom in his first State of the State address on February 12. Newsom said the project ‘as currently planned’ would ‘cost too much and take too long’, and added that there had been ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has unveiled the Advanced TrainLab.
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    DB launches digital research train

    2019-02-07T11:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has unveiled a four-car laboratory train which will be available to the rail sector across Germany for testing digital technologies. Branded the Advanced TrainLab, the train is a former ICE-TD diesel-electric set able to run at 200 km/h. One of the train’s first duties has been to ...

  • Old Oak Common is one of two London stations on High Speed 2.
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    HS2 announces London station construction partners

    2019-02-06T10:59:25Z

    UK: The preferred bidders for the Construction Partner contracts to build High Speed 2’s two London stations were announced by project promoter HS2 Ltd on February 6. A joint venture of Mace and Dragados has been selected to undertake the rebuilding of the London Euston terminus, while the Old ...

  • NS and SNCB rejected the V250 trainsets following a series of high-profile failures.
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    Fyra V250 trainset on test in Italy

    2019-02-05T15:44:32Z

    ITALY: Trenitalia has begun test running with one of the 17 AnsaldoBreda V250 trainsets which it acquired cheaply following their short and troubled life on Fyra services in the Netherlands and Belgium. The first test run left Milano Centrale for Bologna Centrale at 20:30 on February 4. The trainsets are ...

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    Project company to support Finnish rail reforms

    2019-02-04T11:03:14Z

    FINLAND: New line development, transparent access to infrastructure services and the provision of rolling stock for on-rail competition are to be facilitated by a state-owned special purpose company to be formed under plans unveiled by Minister of Transport & Communications Anne Berner on February 1. The Cabinet Committee on Economic ...

  • The reliveried Euroduplex sets are due to be refurbished internally before taking over the international services in December. (Photo: Lyria)
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    Red look for refurbished TGV-Lyria Euroduplex

    2019-01-30T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Franco-Swiss high speed operator TGV-Lyria has unveiled the first of 15 multi-system Euroduplex trainsets which are destined to operate all Lyria services from the December 15 2019 timetable change. Being repainted into a predominantly red livery at the PSA works in Rouen, at a rate of two or three ...