High speed rail industry news – Page 17

  • CNMC has granted approval for infrastructure construction group Acciona to acquire a controlling stake in open access passenger service promoter ILSA.

    Acciona cleared to take stake in Spanish open access company ILSA


    SPAIN: Competition authority CNMC has granted approval for infrastructure construction group Acciona to acquire a controlling stake in open access passenger service promoter Intermodalidad de Levante, which was founded by Valencia-based regional airline Air Nostrum. ISLA is developing plans to launch a passenger service between Madrid in Spain and Montpellier ...

  • SNCF is to deploy GIRO’s Hastus integrated scheduling and operations software to replace the existing tools which are used to manage staff and rolling stock on its network of high speed services.

    SNCF rolls out GIRO scheduling software


    FRANCE: SNCF is to deploy GIRO’s Hastus integrated scheduling and operations software to replace the existing tools which are used to manage staff and rolling stock on its network of high speed services. The software will cover around 380 trains, 5 000 drivers and onboard staff and 9 000 employees ...

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    Machine vision to support autonomous trains


    CHINA: US-based visual perception technology company PerceptIn has worked with rolling stock manufacturer CRRC to develop a long-range machine vision device for high speed trains which it says can automatically detect obstacles up to 1 000 m ahead, providing autonomous driving systems with the time needed to react. PerceptIn is ...

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    Alstom joint venture to maintain RENFE trainsets


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has renewed three contracts for Alstom to undertake the full maintenance of 15 S-104 Avelia Pendolino high speed trainsets and to provide preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance of 106 suburban multiple-units The contracts have a total value of €125m, with the work to be undertaken by ...

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    Export drive expected as Chinese market loses momentum


    CHINA: While the demand for railway technology is expected to continue at a high level for the next five years, the Chinese market has lost momentum and is not expected to grow, according to a new study by German consultants SCI Verkehr. This may put pressure on Chinese suppliers to ...

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    JR Central to test N700S at 360 km/h


    JAPAN: President of Central Japan Railway Shin Kaneko announced on January 6 that the N700S prototype trainset will be tested at up to 360 km/h later this year. Running trials with the 16-car N700S prototype began in March last year, and the train has since achieved a maximum speed of ...

  • A Fuxing CRH400 trainset waits to leave Shenyang. (Photo: Andrew Benton)

    Chengde – Shenyang heads next tranche of PDL openings


    CHINA: National operator China Railway Corp has launched passenger services on four more new lines, following on from the five routes that opened on December 25-26 and taking the total length of new line inaugurated this month to more than 2 500 route-km. December 29 saw the start of operation ...

  • Work on the northern leg of GTX Line A was launched on December 27.

    Seoul starts work on regional express network


    SOUTH KOREA: Groundbreaking ceremonies for the northwestern arm of Seoul’s planned three-line Great Train Express network were held at the Kintex exhibition centre in Goyang on December 27. According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, the GTX network is intended to link outlying suburbs in the north and ...

  • Alstom produced the AGV demonstrator in 2007. A production series of 25 AGV trainsets is operated by Italo-NTV on the Italian high speed network.

    AGV demonstrator car arrives in Doncaster


    UK: An intermediate car from Alstom’s Pégase AGV demonstrator arrived at the National College for High Speed Rail campus in Doncaster in early December, having been transported more than 1 000 km from the supplier's La Rochelle factory in France. Built in 2007, the car previously formed part of Alstom’s ...

  • The first 440 m long 16-car version of the Fuxing China Standard high speed EMU was formally unveiled at a ceremony in Beijing on December 26.

    Five new lines open in two days


    CHINA: Revenue services began on two more high speed lines on December 25, with another inaugurated the following day, along with two new mixed-traffic railways. First to open on December 25 was the 293 km Harbin – Mudanjiang Intercity Railway, running southeast from the capital of Heilongjiang province to a ...

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    RENFE joins MTR’s West Coast Partnership bid team


    UK: MTR Corp announced on December 20 that Spanish national operator RENFE had joined its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise. The Department for Transport invited three shortlisted bidders to tender for WCP in March this year. The contract will cover operation of inter-city services on the West Coast ...

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    Acciona backs open access high speed project


    SPAIN: Prospects for on-rail competition in the high speed market have increased, with Madrid-based international construction group Acciona expected to take a majority stake in open-access promoter Intermodalidad de Levante SA. Founded by Valencia-based regional airline Air Nostrum, ILSA has applied to launch a twice-daily Madrid – Montpellier service, calling ...

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    BST awarded second CR400AF high speed train order


    CHINA: China Railway Corp has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 3·1bn yuan contract to supply a further 15 eight-car and three 16-car CR400AF high speed trainsets designed for operation at up to 350 km/h. The contract announced by the 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and ...

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    JR East unveils first ALFA-X driving car


    JAPAN: The first driving car bodyshell for East Japan Railway’s Series 956 high speed test train was unveiled in Kobe on December 12. Being manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the 10-car trainset is expected to begin test running in May. Designated ALFA-X for Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail ...

  • SNCF launched its low-cost high speed operation Ouigo in 2013. It is intended to account for a quarter of all TGV traffic by 2020.

    Connection concerns raised as Ouigo expands


    FRANCE: The European timetable change on December 9 marks a further expansion of SNCF’s low-cost high speed operation Ouigo. Routes to be added to the network include three daily return services between Paris-Lyon and Marseille, and three between Lille-Flandres and Marseille. When Ouigo was launched in April 2013, it operated ...

  • Supreme Railways launched its high speed services to and from Suseo in December 2016.

    Korail-Supreme Railways merger plan back on


    SOUTH KOREA: The government has revived plans to combine national passenger operator Korail with new entrant Supreme Railways, Korail’s Vice-President for Passenger Transport Hyungik Cho has told Railway Gazette. The Ministry of Land & Infrastructure has commissioned a feasibility study into the effects of the possible merger, and its conclusions ...

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    NSW to study regional high speed rail options


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales state government has commissioned a study of four preferred corridors for high speed rail services, which it believes could transform travel patterns on regional routes radiating up to 300 km from Sydney. Announcing the study on December 3, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said ‘we know ...

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.

    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says


    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian side ...

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    US high speed train safety standards issued


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has amended its safety standards for passenger trains to create a new category covering trains operating at speeds up to 220 miles/h (355 km/h), in what it said was ‘one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century’. ...

  • HS2 Ltd says that contracts are to be let shortly for construction of Old Oak Common station in west London and expansion of London Euston to handle HS2 services.

    ‘Broad coalition’ needed to deliver HS2


    UK: ‘It will take a broad coalition involving us, the supply chain and local and national government to deliver this project’, Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of government high speed rail project delivery company HS2 Ltd told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on November 20. He was updating parliamentarians on progress ...