High speed rail industry news – Page 2

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    Texas Central on path to ‘successful development’ after court ruling


    USA: Dallas to Houston high speed rail project promoter Texas Central Partners issued an update on July 8. This follows a Texas Supreme Court ruling in the June that Texas Central can use eminent domain powers for land acquisition; the ruling came not long after the ...

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    California high speed starter section set for completion as state funding finalised


    USA: The state of California appears finally to be on course to complete the Initial Operating Section of its high speed rail network between Bakersfield and Merced after the programme was allocated $4·2bn in the annual state budget on June 30.

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    Two more Chinese high speed routes opened


    CHINA: The 424 km Xiangyang – Wanzhou section of the Chongqing – Zhengzhou high speed rail corridor and the 195 km Zhengzhou – Puyang section of the Zhengzhou – Jinan route opened on June 20, and on the same date Beijing Fengtai station reopened following a ...

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    Ankara – Sivas high speed line to open ‘this year’ despite tunnelling problems


    TURKEY: Completion of the Ankara – Sivas high speed line is facing more potential delays because of an error in the excavation of emergency access tunnels. A member of parliament for the city of Sivas, Ulaş Karasu, has asked Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu to explain why ...

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    Smart & Affordable High Speed Services in the EU study planned


    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have signed memorandum of understanding to undertake a study into ‘Smart & Affordable High-Speed Services in the European Union’, in order to demonstrate the benefits of a ‘radical transformation’ of the rail network to provide high speed services linking all major continental ...

  • Central Japan Railway is among the backers of the Texas Central project, which is intended to use Shinkansen technology.

    Texas Supreme Court backs high speed rail land acquisition


    USA: The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that Dallas to Houston high speed railway project promoters Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure and Integrated Texas Logistics do have the right to acquire land for the proposed line under the state’s eminent domain process.

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    South Korea: Medium speed network takes shape


    Development of a ‘medium high speed network’ is now in full swing in South Korea, along with the upgrading of other corridors for both high speed and suburban traffic. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

  • Impression of Texas Central high speed line between Dallas and Houston.

    Texas Central ‘open for business’ despite departure of CEO Carlos Aguilar


    USA: On June 22 Dallas – Houston high speed railway promoter Texas Central told Railway Gazette International that it ‘remains open for business under its new management, is continuing to seek further investment, and is moving forward with the development of this high speed train’. This ...

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    High speed: New line plans revisited as Macron promises more


    President Macron has promised ‘a decade of the TGV’ in the 2020s, and work is due to start soon on three more high speed lines. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Atkins and NIRAS to design Vestfyn fast line


    DENMARK: Atkins has been appointed as lead consultant for the US$430m Vestfyn Line project to build a 250 km/h railway between Odense Vest and Kauslunde near Middelfart on the island of Fyn. Atkins will work with engineering consultancy NIRAS to design the 35 km line and ...

  • Palfinger has developed a wheelchair lift for use on DB Fernverkehr’s next fleet of ICE high speed trainsets.

    Wheelchair lift enhances ICE accessibility


    GERMANY: Palfinger has developed a novel design of wheelchair lift for use on DB Fernverkehr’s next fleet of ICE high speed trainsets. The Trainlift TRV 2 SLIM is deployed at a 920 mm wide accessible entry point for use by passengers with reduced mobility. The TSI ...

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    High speed: Completing South Korea’s core network


    Construction teams are at work on the final stages of South Korea’s core high speed network. Quadrupling of the busiest section of the Gyeongbu line between Pyeongtaek and Osong began earlier this year and work on the last section of the Honam line to Mokpo is due to be finished by 2025, explains Benjámin Zelki.

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    Interview: Korail goes in search of market share


    Better on-board services and improved post-pandemic hygiene rank high among passengers’ demands, Korail President & CEO Na Hee-Seung tells Benjámin Zelki.

  • Impression of a Siemens Mobility Velaro high speed train in Egypt

    Egyptian electric railway project contract signed


    EGYPT: A turnkey contract has been signed covering design, construction, commissioning and 15 years of maintenance of the second and third lines of a planned 2 000 km electric rail network.

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    Izy low-cost train services to end


    EUROPE: The Izy-branded low cost train service between Paris Nord and Brussels Midi is to end on July 10, Thalys has announced. Launched by Thalys in 2016, Izy services use the conventional line from Paris to Arras and then LGV Nord and Belgium’s LGV1 from Arras ...

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    Four companies launch Spanish passenger operators’ association


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator Iryo, regional railways FGC and Euskotren, and national incumbent RENFE have joined forces to launch a national association of passenger train operators.

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    High speed train depot to be expanded


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded Seranco-Pavasal a €12·5m, nine-month contract to double capacity at the Santa Catalina high speed train maintenance depot in the southern suburbs of Madrid. Once the expansion has been completed and the cross-capital tunnel with 1 435 mm gauge tracks has ...

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    Test running starts on Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen


    JAPAN: Test running has started on the isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Nagasaki and Takeo Onsen, which is scheduled to open for revenue service on September 23.

  • HS1 Ltd is using OpenSpace Group’s counting and flow monitoring technology to improve passenger flows at its London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations.
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    HS1 Ltd deploys passenger flow monitoring technology at stations


    UK: High speed line concessionaire HS1 Ltd is using OpenSpace Group’s counting and flow monitoring technology to improve passenger flows at its London St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations. The technology will provide a real-time visual representation of the location of all people in the ...

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    Eurostar Group formed as holding company for Eurostar and Thalys


    EUROPE: Eurostar Group has been established as the holding company for international high speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys, and the shareholders have announced their ambition for the combined services to carry 30 million passengers/year within 10 years, compared to 18 million in 2019. ...