All High Speed articles – Page 9

  • Alstom produced the AGV demonstrator in 2007. A production series of 25 AGV trainsets is operated by Italo-NTV on the Italian high speed network.
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    AGV demonstrator car arrives in Doncaster

    2018-12-29T06:00:00Z

    UK: An intermediate car from Alstom’s Pégase AGV demonstrator arrived at the National College for High Speed Rail campus in Doncaster in early December, having been transported more than 1 000 km from the supplier's La Rochelle factory in France. Built in 2007, the car previously formed part of Alstom’s ...

  • The first 440 m long 16-car version of the Fuxing China Standard high speed EMU was formally unveiled at a ceremony in Beijing on December 26.
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    Five new lines open in two days

    2018-12-27T14:59:00Z

    CHINA: Revenue services began on two more high speed lines on December 25, with another inaugurated the following day, along with two new mixed-traffic railways. First to open on December 25 was the 293 km Harbin – Mudanjiang Intercity Railway, running southeast from the capital of Heilongjiang province to a ...

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    RENFE joins MTR’s West Coast Partnership bid team

    2018-12-20T12:07:46Z

    UK: MTR Corp announced on December 20 that Spanish national operator RENFE had joined its bid for the West Coast Partnership franchise. The Department for Transport invited three shortlisted bidders to tender for WCP in March this year. The contract will cover operation of inter-city services on the West Coast ...

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    Acciona backs open access high speed project

    2018-12-18T11:33:36Z

    SPAIN: Prospects for on-rail competition in the high speed market have increased, with Madrid-based international construction group Acciona expected to take a majority stake in open-access promoter Intermodalidad de Levante SA. Founded by Valencia-based regional airline Air Nostrum, ILSA has applied to launch a twice-daily Madrid – Montpellier service, calling ...

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    BST awarded second CR400AF high speed train order

    2018-12-14T12:00:38Z

    CHINA: China Railway Corp has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 3·1bn yuan contract to supply a further 15 eight-car and three 16-car CR400AF high speed trainsets designed for operation at up to 350 km/h. The contract announced by the 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and ...

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    JR East unveils first ALFA-X driving car

    2018-12-13T09:48:03Z

    JAPAN: The first driving car bodyshell for East Japan Railway’s Series 956 high speed test train was unveiled in Kobe on December 12. Being manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the 10-car trainset is expected to begin test running in May. Designated ALFA-X for Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail ...

  • SNCF launched its low-cost high speed operation Ouigo in 2013. It is intended to account for a quarter of all TGV traffic by 2020.
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    Connection concerns raised as Ouigo expands

    2018-12-07T11:24:23Z

    FRANCE: The European timetable change on December 9 marks a further expansion of SNCF’s low-cost high speed operation Ouigo. Routes to be added to the network include three daily return services between Paris-Lyon and Marseille, and three between Lille-Flandres and Marseille. When Ouigo was launched in April 2013, it ...

  • Supreme Railways launched its high speed services to and from Suseo in December 2016.
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    Korail-Supreme Railways merger plan back on

    2018-12-05T14:33:39Z

    SOUTH KOREA: The government has revived plans to combine national passenger operator Korail with new entrant Supreme Railways, Korail’s Vice-President for Passenger Transport Hyungik Cho has told Railway Gazette . The Ministry of Land & Infrastructure has commissioned a feasibility study into the effects of the possible merger, and ...

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    NSW to study regional high speed rail options

    2018-12-04T12:11:18Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales state government has commissioned a study of four preferred corridors for high speed rail services, which it believes could transform travel patterns on regional routes radiating up to 300 km from Sydney. Announcing the study on December 3, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said ‘we know ...

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.
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    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says

    2018-11-23T11:51:09Z

    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian ...

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    US high speed train safety standards issued

    2018-11-21T12:32:36Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has amended its safety standards for passenger trains to create a new category covering trains operating at speeds up to 220 miles/h (355 km/h), in what it said was ‘one of the most significant enhancements to the nation’s passenger rail design standards in a century’. ...

  • HS2 Ltd says that contracts are to be let shortly for construction of Old Oak Common station in west London and expansion of London Euston to handle HS2 services.
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    ‘Broad coalition’ needed to deliver HS2

    2018-11-21T10:58:14Z

    UK: ‘It will take a broad coalition involving us, the supply chain and local and national government to deliver this project’, Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of government high speed rail project delivery company HS2 Ltd told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on November 20. He was updating parliamentarians on ...

  • The Initial Operating Section covers a 190 km high speed line between Madera and northern Bakersfield in California's Central Valley.
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    ‘Serious challenges’ facing California high speed programme

    2018-11-19T13:54:04Z

    USA: The programme to build a high speed rail network through California linking Los Angeles with the San Francisco Bay Area is facing ‘serious challenges’, according to a report issued by the state auditor on November 15. Many of the risks relate to California High Speed Rail Authority’s decision ...

  • The Tanger to Kénitra line is the first high speed railway in Africa.
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    Africa’s first high speed line inaugurated

    2018-11-16T09:13:24Z

    MOROCCO: The first high speed railway in Africa was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron with a ceremony in Tanger on November 15. Revenue services are expected to begin before the end of the year. During the event the king officially named the high speed ...

  • FS Group has been showing the Mercitalia Fast concept to policymakers and stakeholders since October 29.
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    Mercitalia launches high speed freight service

    2018-11-07T09:48:32Z

    ITALY: FS Group freight subsidiary Mercitalia is to launch its first high speed freight service on November 7. FS says the Mercitalia Fast service is designed to meet the needs of express courier companies, logistics operators, producers and distributors. Operated by a converted ETR500 trainset, the Mercitalia Fast overnight ...

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    Eurostar deploys interactive robot at St Pancras station

    2018-10-24T11:31:52Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar passengers in the departure area of London St Pancras station can now interact with a humanoid robot to find more information about their journey. Eurostar expects this to be particularly popular with families. The Pepper robot from SoftBank Robotics was supplied by Robots of London. It uses a ...

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    Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year

    2018-10-23T10:52:10Z

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar expects to launch a third daily train between London and Amsterdam in June 2019, reflecting the initial success of the route which was launched with two trains per day in April this year. Eurostar reports that it has already carried more than 130 ...

  • Central Japan Railway is among the backers of the Texas Central project, which is intended to use Shinkansen technology.
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    RENFE and ADIF to support Texas Central high speed service

    2018-10-12T09:12:40Z

    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 ...

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

    2018-10-09T09:13:53Z

    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

    2018-10-05T14:05:00Z

    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 ...