High speed rail industry news – Page 7

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    Montpellier – Perpignan high speed line inches forward


    FRANCE: Initial public consultations are underway on long-standing proposals to build a high speed line between Montpellier and Perpignan, after Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djébbari established a steering committee for the project and commenced the process needed to authorise the 150 km Ligne à Grande Vitesse. Public consultations ...

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    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project terminated


    ASIA: The project to develop a 350 km high speed line offering a 90 min journey time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore has been terminated, the two governments have announced. The Malaysian government will now undertake a detailed study to explore the viability of a domestic ...

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    Hefei – Anqing high speed line opened


    CHINA The 162 km Hefei – Anqing Passenger-Dedicated Line has been opened for revenue service, linking the capital of Anhui province with its second city of Anqing on northern bank of the Yangtse River.

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    Beijing – Xiong’an inter-city railway completed


    CHINA: The high speed line linking Beijing with the Xiong’an New Area in Hebei province was completed on December 27 with the opening of a 91 km extension from Beijing Daxing International Airport.

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    CRRC Tangshan unveils high speed freight train


    CHINA: Rolling stock builder CRRC Tangshan has unveiled a prototype 350 km/h trainset aimed at the premium logistics market, derived from its China Standard passenger EMUs.

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    ADIF AV agrees EIB loan as Extremadura high speed link makes progress


    SPAIN: ADIF Alta Velocidad announced on November 23 that it had signed off on the €300m first tranche of a €890m funding package with the European Investment Bank. The loan will support completion of the 282 km high speed line between Talayuela, Plasencia Cáceres, Mérida and Badajoz.

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    Yinchuan – Xi’an PDL nears completion


    CHINA: Test running has started on the Yinchuan – Xi’an Passenger-Dedicated Line, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2020.

  • China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainset

    BST to supply 250 km/h CR300AF trainsets


    CHINA: China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainsets by January 2021. The 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Sifang Rolling Stock was first chosen to supply China Standard high speed trains ...

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    Porto – Lisboa high speed link revived under €10∙5bn rail spending programme


    PORTUGAL: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investment totalling more than €10bn as part of a wider national stimulus programme. The highlight of the package is the revival of a proposal for a high speed rail link between Lisboa and Porto, which was the subject of extensive studies in the mid-2000s.

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    JR East to trial driverless Shinkansen operation next year


    JAPAN: JR East announced on November 10 that it plans to use a 12-car Series E7 high speed trainset to undertake a series of driverless test runs in October and November 2021 as part of its Change 2027 programme.

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    Public funds to save Italo-NTV


    ITALY: From November 10, high speed open access operator Italo-NTV will cut back its services to a bare minimum because a second national lockdown needed to combat Covid-19 has caused demand to collapse.

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    Rolling stock: Olympic deadline governs TGV M rollout


    The first of 100 next-generation TGV sets is due to enter service with French national operator SNCF in time to carry passengers during the 2024 Olympic Games. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Shorter N700S to serve Nagasaki


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu is to introduce a six-car derivative of the N700S high speed train family for use on the isolated Kyushu Shinkansen branch from Takeo Onsen to Nagasaki, which is scheduled to open in 2022.

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    Spanish high speed network extended towards Galicia


    SPAIN: A 110∙8 km section of the Madrid to Galicia high speed line between Zamora, Puebla de Sanabria and Pedralba de la Pradería was inaugurated by ADIF on October 26.

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    CRRC unveils gauge-changing high speed train


    CHINA: State-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has unveiled a prototype gauge-changing high speed train intended for international operation.

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    HS1 Ltd sets green targets


    UK: High speed infrastructure business HS1 Ltd has pledged to become fully carbon-neutral ‘at the very latest’ by 2030. Forming the keystone of a sustainability strategy launched on October 21, the target covers both traction energy and all other energy use, for example in stations and other ...

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    L&T low-bidder to build Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line


    INDIA: Larsen & Toubro has been confirmed as low-bidder for the largest civil works contract on the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line, the National High-Speed Rail Corp announced on October 19.

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    Ouigo adds digital infotainment portal


    FRANCE: Passengers travelling on Ouigo low-cost high speed services between Paris and Lyon are now able to access a wide range of information and entertainment options thanks to a partnership between the operator and digital services company Moment.

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    JR East to speed up Tohoku Shinkansen


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is to raise the line speed limits on key sections of the Tohoku Shinkansen in order to make its train services between Tokyo and northeast Honshu more competitive with airlines.

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    Liverpool link proposed under latest HS2 consultation


    UK: A further round of public consultation on the planned route of High Speed 2 opened on October 7, covering the Phase 2b Western Leg from Crewe to Manchester.