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  • RENFE has unveiled the Avlo branding for its future low-cost high speed train service.
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    RENFE to launch Avlo low-cost high speed rail for everyone

    2019-12-11T15:55:00Z

    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has unveiled the Avlo branding for its future low-cost high speed train service. Avlo is to be launched on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona corridor on April 6 2020, with tickets to go on sale in January. It would then be ...

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    Haramain launches Jeddah airport service at 300 km/h

    2019-12-11T14:12:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: High speed services to and from Jeddah airport were launched on December 11. The six-track station serving Terminal 1 at King Abdulaziz International Airport is linked to the 450 km Haramain High Speed Railway between Makkah and Madinah by a 6·6 km branch. This ...

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    Le Monde a Grande Vitesse

    2019-12-01T05:00:00Z

    Launched at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways in Paris, this book on high speed railways by Marie-Pascale Rauzier and François Schuiten has been prepared by Casablanca-based publisher Langages du Sud. In 232 pages it describes 21 high speed rail routes, starting with Tokyo ...

  • Wuhan – Shiyan high speed line
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    Wuhan – Shiyan high speed line opens

    2019-11-29T11:01:00Z

    CHINA: The 399 km Passenger-Dedicated Line between Wuhan and Shiyan was opened for revenue services on November 29, as the first stage of a direct high speed route linking Wuhan with Xi’an. The city of Shiyan is a major automotive manufacturing centre in the northwest of ...

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    Avanti West Coast sets out plans for West Coast franchise

    2019-11-28T09:00:00Z

    UK: Avanti West Coast was officially unveiled as the brand name for the new West Coast Partnership franchise on November 27. Joint venture partners FirstGroup and Italian national operator Trenitalia explained that ‘Avanti is Italian for “Forward!” and reflects a mission to deliver an innovative railway ...

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    Three operators awarded Spanish high speed paths

    2019-11-27T16:03:00Z

    SPAIN: High speed infrastructure manager Adif AV has selected three preferred bidders to negotiate 10-year framework agreements enabling them to operate passenger services on the routes from Madrid east to Valencia and Alacant, south to Sevilla and Málaga and north to Barcelona and the French border. ...

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    Rizhao – Qufu high speed line opens

    2019-11-26T11:17:00Z

    CHINA: The Rizhao to Qufu section of the Rizhao to Lankao Passenger-Dedicated Line opened for revenue services on November 26. Crossing the south of Shandong province from east to west, the 235 km long line designed for 350 km/h operation connects the port of Rizhao on ...

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    Favourable opinion on Firenze high speed tunnel

    2019-11-22T12:49:00Z

    The tunnel will significantly reduce travel times by avoiding the need for trains to reverse at the existing Santa Maria Novella terminus. ITALY: A cost:benefit analysis has come out in favour of continuing with the project to build 7 km twin-bore high speed rail tunnel and ...

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    Siemens rolls out new Turkish Velaro

    2019-11-22T12:28:00Z

    TURKEY: Siemens has unveiled the first of 12 Velaro high speed trainsets ordered by Turkish national operator TCDD Taşımacılık at the supplier’s Düsseldorf plant on November 13. Due to arrive in Ankara by the end of November, the train is expected to enter passenger service in ...

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    Africa’s first high speed line covers its costs

    2019-11-21T15:37:00Z

    MOROCCO: Speaking at a press conference on November 20, Moroccan National Railways Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie told media representatives that the high speed Al Boraq service launched by King Mohamed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron on November 15 2018 had carried 2·5 million passengers in ...

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    First Amtrak Avelia emerges

    2019-11-20T16:49:00Z

    USA: The first of 28 Avelia Liberty trainsets being assembled by Alstom to operate Amtrak’s Acela Express services has been outshopped at the manufacturer’s Hornell plant, ahead of the start of test running. Ordered in 2016 as part of a $2·45bn ...

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    Chinese high speed train operator’s IPO approved

    2019-11-19T10:23:00Z

    CHINA: Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Railway Co’s planned IPO was formally approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission on November 14. The state railway’s investment arm currently owns a 50% stake in the operator of the 1 318 km line, which opened in June 2011 with trains ...

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    Italo signs ‘largest ever’ green loan for transport

    2019-11-18T14:22:00Z

    ITALY: Open access high speed train operator Italo has signed a €1·1bn syndicated loan, which CEO Gianbattista La Rocca said was the world’s largest green loan in the transport sector. The proceeds will be used to refinance €900m of existing green investments on better terms, and ...

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    China poised to open 350 km/h automated railway

    2019-11-15T08:15:00Z

    Source: Wikimedia Commons/N509FZ A fleet of CR400BF high speed trains from the Fuxing family will be used in automated opeartion on the Beijing - Zhangjiakou line. CHINA: Automated operations are due to start before the end of this year on the 174 km high speed ...

  • Hyundai Rotem has delivered the first EMU-250 trainset to Korail
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    Korail takes delivery of first Hyundai Rotem EMU-250 trainset

    2019-11-05T17:08:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: Hyundai Rotem delivered the first EMU-250 electric trainset with distributed traction to Korail on November 4. The national operator ordered 19 six-car EMU-250 trainsets in two batches in 2016, with five scheduled to be delivered from the manufacturer’s Changwon works by August 2020 and ...

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    Four bidders seek Spanish train paths

    2019-11-04T14:29:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has received four requests for capacity to operate passenger services on the ‘general interest’ national network including the main high speed corridors. Applications for train paths from December 14 2020 were submitted by national incumbent RENFE, the Rielsfera subsidiary of France’s SNCF, ...

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    ‘Earthquake mode’ battery packs to be fitted to N700S Shinkansen fleet

    2019-10-30T09:02:00Z

    Nick Kingsley reports from WCRR 2019

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    HS2 streamlines civils subcontracting process

    2019-10-25T07:00:00Z

    UK: The four High Speed 2 main works civils contractors have collaborated to introduce a standardised pre-qualification system for subcontractors which is designed to streamline the process, reduce costs and boost productivity. Under the Common Assessment Standard, bidders for work with Align, BBV, EK and SCS ...

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    Minister backs Taiwan high speed line extension

    2019-10-24T13:50:00Z

    TAIWAN: The government has backed proposals to extend THSRC’s 1 435 mm gauge high speed railway to Yilan County, Minister of Transport Communications Lin Chia-lung confirmed on October 24. Speaking to local media ahead of a Legislative Yuan Transport Committee meeting to review the ...

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    London St Pancras twins with Bordeaux Saint-Jean to promote direct service

    2019-10-18T10:23:00Z

    Twinning EUROPE: Channel Tunnel rail link concessionaire HS1 Ltd announced a twinning agreement between its London St Pancras International station and SNCF’s Bordeaux Saint-Jean station on October 18, saying this would help to progress the development of proposals for a through passenger service between the ...