High speed rail industry news – Page 22

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

    RENFE and ADIF to support Texas Central high speed service


    USA: On October 10 high speed project promoter Texas Central announced that it had selected Spanish national operator RENFE and infrastructure manager ADIF as ‘strategic partners’ for the 386 km high speed line between Houston and Dallas. The Spanish partners were one of five bidders, Texas Central said. ‘RENFE is ...

  • Curzon Street is being designed by WSP UK, working with Grimshaw Architects.
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    HS2 unveils Birmingham station concepts


    UK: Proposals for two new high speed stations in the West Midlands were unveiled by HS2 Ltd on October 9 as part of a public engagement programme. HS2 is seeking feedback on the designs before formal submissions for planning approval are lodged with Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan ...

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    Texas Central names contractor and starts engineering design


    USA: High speed rail promoter Texas Central announced on October 4 that it had appointed Italian civil engineering group Salini Impregilo to lead the civil construction consortium that would build its proposed Houston – Dallas route using Japanese Shinkansen technology. It has also issued a Limited Notice to Proceed, allowing ...

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    400 km/h ALFA-X experimental train to roll in 2019


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway's ALFA-X experimental Shinkansen trainset is on course to start test running in May 2019, the railway announced on October 3. Designated Series 956, the ALFA-X is intended to pave the way for a new fleet of high speed trains as part of the railway’s Transform 2027 ...

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    DB plans high speed line renewals programme


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has announced plans for a major refurbishment of its two oldest high speed lines in a five-year programme costed at €825m. Work on the 327 km Hannover – Würzburg Neubaustrecke is to start in 2019, with the 99 km Mannheim – Stuttgart route following in ...

  • CRRC Sifang's prototype CRH400AF prototype Blue Dolphin (Photo: N509FZ/Wikimedia).

    High speed trainsets to be delivered within three months


    CHINA: China Railway Corp has awarded Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation a 2·2bn yuan contract to supply 10 CR400AF high speed trainsets within three months. The contract for five eight-car and five 16-car 350 km/h trainsets was awarded to the 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Sifang at ...

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    Allianz acquires stake in NTV-Italo


    ITALY: German insurance company Allianz has acquired an 11·5% stake in high speed open access operator NTV-Italo from Global Infrastructure Partners. Allianz is now the second largest stakeholder after GIP, ahead of co-founders Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and Gianni Punzo, Isabella Seragnoli, Flavio Cattaneo, Alberto Bombassei and Fund Peninsula.

  • DB Fernverkehr placed the first ICE4 trainsets into regular traffic last December on routes including München - Hamburg,

    More ICE4s ordered as DB spends €1bn on inter-city fleet


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn ratified a decision to order more ICE4 inter-city trainsets for €700m at its supervisory board meeting in Berlin on September 26. DB Fernverkehr expects to order a further 18 seven-car trainsets from a Siemens-led consortium as an option on the 119 trains already planned for delivery by ...

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    RZD to expand high speed fleet


    RUSSIA: An agreement to expand Russian Railways’ high speed train fleet was signed by the operator, Sinara Group and Siemens Mobility at InnoTrans 2018 on September 18. By March 31 RZD and the Ural Locomotives joint venture of Siemens and Sinara are to prepare an agreement for the supply ...

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    King inaugurates Haramain High Speed Rail


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia became the latest country to launch high speed services on September 25, when the Haramain High Speed Rail line linking Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah was formally inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The ceremony in Jeddah was also attended by the three regional governors ...

  • The opening ceremony at Hong Kong West Kowloon station was attended by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui.

    Hong Kong high speed line opens


    CHINA: Revenue services on the 26 km Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high speed line began on September 23, when MTR Corp’s first Vibrant Express departed at 07.00 carrying around 500 passengers to Shenzhen Bei. Connecting Hong Kong to the extensive Chinese national high ...

  • SNCF President Guillaume Pepy visits the Shift2Rail stand at InnoTrans 2018.

    Pepy promises to make SNCF ‘fit for the future’


    INNOTRANS: The trade union strike action which has disrupted France’s rail network for much of this year has cost national railway group SNCF €780m, President Guillaume Pepy said at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 19. Speaking alongside SNCF Réseau President Patrick Jeantet, Pepy nevertheless painted a picture ...

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    Korail to receive distributed power E320 EMUs in 2019


    SOUTH KOREA: Testing and commissioning of the first of a fleet of high speed EMUs for Korail is expected to start by the end of the year. Hyundai Rotem will deliver 21 distributed power trainsets to a design known as E320 to Korail in 2019-21. Two of the sets will ...

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    Brightline to develop Las Vegas – Los Angeles corridor


    USA: Private passenger operator Brightline announced on September 18 its intention to develop a second inter-city corridor linking Las Vegas with southern California. The Fortress Investment Group subsidiary has agreed to acquire the XpressWest project which holds the rights to develop a federally-approved rail corridor paralleling Interstate 15. The group ...

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    Madrid - Montpellier open access service approved


    SPAIN: National competition authority CNMC announced on September 17 that it had approved Intermodalidad de Levante SA's plans to launch an open-access passenger service between Madrid and Montpellier. The Air Nostrum subsidiary has applied to run two trains each way per day, calling at Zaragoza, Barcelona, Perpignan and Narbonne. EU ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail fares announced


    SAUDI ARABIA: Further confirmation that the Haramain high speed line is about to open for commercial services comes with the publication of ticket prices by local media. The Saudi Gazette reports that services will start on September 24. There are likely to be four return trips a day with more ...

  • Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to delay construction of the planned 350 km Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail line.

    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project officially postponed


    ASIA: An agreement to delay construction of the planned 350 km Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail line by up to five years was signed by representatives of the governments of Malaysia and Singapore on September 5. The project is one of several approved by the previous Malaysian government ...

  • Passenger services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high speed line will begin on September 23.

    Hong Kong high speed line opening date confirmed


    CHINA: Passenger services on the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high speed line will begin on September 23, the Special Administrative Region government confirmed following the signing of two operating agreements on August 23. ‘High speed rail will open a new page in rail ...

  • Italo-NTV has ordered five more Alstom Pendolino Evo high speed trainsets.

    Italo-NTV orders more high speed trainsets


    ITALY: A €330m firm order for Alstom to supply a further five Pendolino Evo high speed trainsets and maintain them for 30 years was signed by Italo-NTV on July 31. The open access operator has previously ordered a total of 17 Pendolino Evo trainsets under a framework agreement reached in ...

  • Washington State Department of Transportation has appointed WSP to prepare a business case analysis for an ‘ultra-high speed ground transportation system’ connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.

    Vancouver – Seattle – Portland high speed rail study


    NORTH AMERICA: Washington State Department of Transportation has appointed WSP to prepare a business case analysis for an ‘ultra-high speed ground transportation system’ connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. WSP will be assisted by Steer, EnviroIssues, Paladin Partners and Transportation Solutions. The proposed high speed railway would be between 435 and ...