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  • SNCF hopes that satellite geolocation technology could help its research into autonomous train operation.

    SNCF and Airbus to trial satellite geolocation technology


    FRANCE: SNCF and Airbus Defence & Space signed a co-operation accord at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 19. The agreement last three years and covers the development and adaptation of satellite geolocation technology, based on the EU’s Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Systems, for ...

  • There are three FlixTrain services already running in Germany.

    FlixTrain seeks to enter French passenger market


    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has lodged an application with rail regulator Arafer to launch five inter-city routes from January 1 2021. The FlixTrain-branded services would cover four domestic routes as well as one international route. The proposed services are seven return trains per day between Paris Nord and Brussels ...

  • The 28 Acela trains will enter service on the Northeast Corridor from 2021, Amtrak says.

    Next-generation Acela trainsets take shape


    USA: Alstom invited guests to its Hornell factory in New York state on June 12 to showcase the progress it is making in producing the next generation of Acela high speed trainsets for Amtrak. Amtrak says that ‘significant progress’ is being made in production of the fleet, which is ...

  • Expansion of Lausanne station is likely to involve substantial alterations to the urban realm around it.

    Lausanne station to be rebuilt


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has approved plans for Swiss Federal Railways to proceed with the reconstruction of Lausanne station. Announcing the decision on June 3, BAV said that the government would contribute SFr900m towards the SFr1∙3bn cost. The main objective is to extend the platforms to a ...

  • The 140 km first phase of LGV Rhin-Rhône opened in December 2011.

    Borne backs early extension of Rhin-Rhône high speed line


    FRANCE: Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne has agreed to ‘look again’ at the timescale for completing the second phase of the LGV Rhin-Rhône high speed line, serving Dijon and Mulhouse. LGV Rhin-Rhône opened with the December 2011 timetable change, covering an initial 140 route-km between Auxonne, east of Dijon, and ...

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    World rail market - May 2019


    Germany: DB has begun a €30m project to install Icomera wi-fi technology across its inter-city fleet by 2021. Hamburger Hochbahn is to use a Worldline SAM server for online and app payments as part of the conversion of its tickets from UIC barcode to VDV-KA standards. Italy: ...

  • The CDG Express project includes work to increase capacity on the corridor used by RER Line B and Paris - Laon regional trains northeast of Paris.

    CDG Express delayed to 2026


    FRANCE: The CDG Express project to provide a dedicated airport express between central Paris and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport is to be delayed by two years, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on May 28. Running for 32 km between Paris-Est and the LGV Interconnexion station at Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, CDG ...

  • The proposed 250 km/h rail link would incorporate the existing standard gauge route serving Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Thai government backs ‘three airports’ rail link


    THAILAND: Proposals to develop a fast passenger line between three airports in the south of the country under a PPP model were approved by the government on May 28. Covering a total distance of approximately 220 km, the 1 435 mm gauge railway would make use of the existing ...

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    ADB’s largest ever rail loan to support Manila commuter project


    PHILIPPINES: In what the organisation says is its ‘largest single infrastructure project financing’, the Asian Development Bank on May 23 agreed a loan worth US$2·75bn for construction of the Malolos – Clark suburban railway. This long-standing scheme has been revived by the current government in Manila under its ‘build, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Doncaster hub prepares to maintain Azuma fleet


    UK: Hitachi Rail Ltd is ramping up maintenance activity at Agility Trains East’s new Doncaster depot as the roll-out of Class 800/801 Azuma trainsets begins on the East Coast Main Line. The first Azuma entered service on May 15, and four more were being used for driver training in late ...

  • VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole.

    VIA Rail gets buzzy


    CANADA: VIA Rail is installing beehives on the rooftops of its stations in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Québec City in partnership with Alvéole, a company which combines beekeeping with education. The national passenger operator hopes this will help to raise awareness among urban populations of the decline of bees and ...

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    More Frecciarossa trains to come as FS unveils €58bn investment plan


    ITALY: State railway holding FS Group’s 2019-23 business plan envisages total investment worth €58bn across various modes, with a core focus on enhancing the conventional rail network and improving suburban passenger services. According to FS, the ‘unprecedented’ spending programme, unveiled in Roma on May 10 by Chief Executive Gianfranco ...

  • YRP’s 10th annual black tie dinner took place in London on April 11.
    Rail Business UK

    YRP celebrates 10 years of success


    Professional networking and educational group Young Rail Professionals has developed an important role in a fragmented UK rail sector. Nick Kingsley asks co-founder Paul Cooper and former Chair Sabrina Ihaddaden to reflect on the organisation’s achievements in its first decade.

  • Much of the Turkish network still relies on telephone or manual dispatch, making investment in signalling and train control a priority for TCDD.

    Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı. The company has installed an interlocking, fixed block signals and level crossing control units compatible with future deployment of ERTMS. The equipment was commissioned ...

  • Tüvasaş displayed a mock-up of the National Train EMU at Eurasiarail in Istanbul in 2017.

    ‘National Train’ EMUs on course for delivery this year


    TURKEY: State-owned passenger train manufacturer Tüvasaş expects to begin construction of the first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units under the National Train programme ‘within the next two months’. The first trains should be handed to operator TCDD Tasımacılık before the end of the year, the company told Railway Gazette ...

  • Stagecoach currently runs the Inter-City West Coast franchise in joint venture with Virgin Group.
    Rail Business UK

    Stagecoach disqualified from three franchises in pension dispute


    UK: Stagecoach Group has been disqualified from the Department for Transport’s three current passenger franchise competitions, the company announced on April 10. Incumbent Stagecoach had been shortlisted for the East Midlands franchise, which the DfT announced on April 10 had been won by Abellio, and for the West Coast ...

  • The Kazan soda plant was formally opened in January 2018.

    TCDD awards soda plant link contract


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on April 2 that it had awarded contracts for construction of an 18·5 km branch to a soda plant at Yenikent. The contract award to a consortium of HCA Insaat, Imaj Altyapi Ust Yapı and Efecemler Ins Nak Madencılık is valued at TL353·5m; TCDD received ...

  • The rebuilt Napoli - Bari main line will diverge from the existing high speed network at Napoli Afragola.

    €600m contracts awarded as Napoli – Bari rebuilding progresses


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI awarded design and construction contracts worth €608m on March 29 for rebuilding of the Apice – Hirpinia section of the Napoli – Bari line. A consortium of Salini Impregilo, Astaldi, Rocksoil, Net Engineering and Alpina will undertake civil works and install railway equipment, including new ...

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    DB to dispose of Arriva


    EUROPE: The Deutsche Bahn AG supervisory board confirmed on March 27 its intention to dispose of the company’s international operating subsidiary Arriva, Railway Gazette ’s sister publication Rail Business has reported. DB’s management team has been tasked with developing options for the transaction, which could either take the shape ...

  • A PRASA Metrorail EMU at Kalk Bay on the Western Cape suburban network.

    Cape Town seeks suburban rail devolution


    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to transfer the operation of commuter services from Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to an organisation appointed by the city council were confirmed on March 26 when the city announced that four bids had been received for a tender to provide consultancy services. Through its ...