High speed rail industry news – Page 3

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    First TGV M power car completed

    2021-05-26T13:15:00Z

    FRANCE: The first completed power car for SNCF’s future TGV M trainsets was unveiled at Alstom’s Belfort workshops on May 26.

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    Plans for high speed services to Madrid Barajas airport revived

    2021-05-24T13:06:00Z

    SPAIN: The government intends to revive proposals to run high speed passenger services to and from Madrid’s main airport at Barajas, Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos said at the FITUR international trade fair which was held in the capital on May 19-23.

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    Eurostar to increase services and complete Thalys merger as £250m refinancing agreement secured

    2021-05-18T09:27:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar has announced a £250m refinancing agreement with its shareholders and banks, which it said would enable it to continue to operate services and meet its short to mid-term financial obligations. The refinancing package announced on May 18 comprises £50m ...

  • Federal railway authority EBA has approved the operation of ICE4 high-speed trains with ETCS.
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    TEE 2.0 Letter of Intent signed at third Rail Summit

    2021-05-18T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Agreement to take forward plans for a European network of high speed day and overnight inter-city services was reached on May 17 when European transport ministers signed a Letter of Intent for the Trans-Europ-Express 2.0 programme at the third Rail Summit staged by Germany’s Federal Ministry ...

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    Via Vindobona deal promises 4 h Berlin – Wien timing

    2021-05-17T14:39:00Z

    GERMANY: Plans for a dramatic acceleration of inter-city passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria were outlined at the third German Rail Summit held virtually on May 17. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer highlighted plans agreed by the three countries in ...

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    SNCF launches Ouigo high speed services in Spain

    2021-05-10T08:23:00Z

    SPAIN: The first fare-paying passengers were due to board Ouigo services on the morning of May 10 as SNCF’s low-cost high speed rail subsidiary entered the Spanish domestic market, competing with RENFE on the Madrid – Barcelona route.

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    UK: HS2 progress overshadowed by coronavirus and controversy

    2021-05-06T09:52:00Z

    While construction of HS2’s initial phase between London and the West Midlands is forging ahead despite local protests, completion of the 540 km ‘Y network’ as originally outlined in 2010 now appears much less certain. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    UK: HS2 enters the delivery stage

    2021-05-05T10:20:00Z

    After years of parliamentary scrutiny, the initial phases of High Speed 2 are now firmly under construction, with the railway initially expected to link London with Crewe from 2033, as HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston explains.

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    Texas high speed rail developer signs $1·6bn electrical systems contract

    2021-05-04T14:21:00Z

    USA: Dallas – Houston high speed rail project promoter Texas Central Railroad has signed a $1·6bn contract for Kiewit and its Mass Electric Construction subsidiary to install the core electrical systems for the proposed line. This would include the traction power, signalling and communications equipment for ...

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    ETCS tests underway as next section of Galician high speed line nears opening

    2021-05-04T10:00:00Z

    SPAIN: ETCS Level 2 validation testing began on April 26 on a recently completed 104 route-km section of high speed line through the mountains between Pedralba de la Pradería and Taboadela.

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    Le Train eyes Arcachon – La Rochelle TGVs

    2021-04-30T13:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Taking advantage of the forthcoming liberalisation of domestic passenger services, open access operator Le Train has applied to transport regulation authority ART for powers to run regional high speed services in the southwest. Envisaged as the first private high speed operator in France, evoking parallels with ...

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    Castex agrees to fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line

    2021-04-30T11:47:00Z

    FRANCE: The French government will contribute €4·1bn to help finance the long-planned high speed line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on April 28. Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city and the capital of the Occitanie region. It would be the last major conurbation ...

  • RB Rail said the concept train was inspired by trainsets in operation in Europe and elsewhere, with styling influenced by the Baltic Sea and its sun and sand.
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    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand

    2021-04-23T10:10:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform the ...

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    Seikan tunnel Shinkansen speed-up saves 3 min

    2021-04-01T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Selected Shinkansen services through the twin-track 53∙9 km Seikan Tunnel between Honshu and Hokkaido will be permitted to run at 210 km/h during the May 3-6 ‘Golden Week’ holiday period, saving 3 min on the trip between Tokyo and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto.

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    Malaysia reimburses Singapore for cancelled high speed rail project

    2021-03-31T12:26:00Z

    ASIA: The government of Malaysia has paid S$102·8m to reimburse the government of Singapore for costs it incurred in developing plans for a 350 km high speed railway between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia decided last year not to go ahead with the project, explaining it ...

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    Indian high speed line track design MoU signed

    2021-03-18T14:07:00Z

    INDIA: National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd and Japan Railway Track Consultants Co have signed a memorandum of understanding covering track design for the 237 km Vadodara – Vapi package T2 section of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor. JRTC is to provide ...

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    Royal Assent for Phase 2a takes High Speed 2 to Crewe

    2021-02-11T16:30:00Z

    UK: The HS2 Phase 2a: High Speed Rail (West Midlands to Crewe) Bill obtained Royal Assent on February 11, granting legal powers for the construction and operation of the 58 km section of high speed line between Fradley near Lichfield and Crewe. Project promoter HS2 Ltd ...

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    Lianyungang – Ürümqi high speed corridor completed

    2021-02-11T14:32:00Z

    CHINA: The 185 km Xulian high speed line between Lianyungang and Xuzhou in eastern China was opened for revenue service on February 8. This completes the 3 422 km Lianyungang – Ürümqi corridor, which is the longest east-west route within the ‘eight vertical and eight horizontal’ ...

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    Single-track corridor to launch Californian high speed service by 2030

    2021-02-10T13:01:00Z

    USA: California High Speed Rail Authority’s Revised Draft Business Plan envisages the completion of a 270 km ‘interim service line’ which would initially be mostly single track, and sets out revised cost and ridership estimates for the project.

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    Talgo confirms work underway to approve Avril trains for use in France

    2021-02-05T14:06:00Z

    EUROPE: Work is underway to obtain approval for Talgo’s Avril high speed train design to operate in France, the manufacturer has confirmed. The announcement on February 3 came as the first Avril trainset for RENFE began dynamic type testing runs on the recently opened high ...