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Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF to open train production plant in Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF will open a train production plant in South Wales next year, the company has announced. Around 300 jobs will be created at the site near Newport when it opens in the autumn. Previously,...

SNCF launches two new high-speed lines

SNCF celebrated the launch of two new high-speed lines in France at the weekend. In a statement on its website, the state-owned company said the new lines will cut journey times in the west of...

Napoli Afragola – Italy’s remarkable new station

The first phase of Napoli Afragola, one of 13 new stations for Italy’s high-speed rail network, was inaugurated on 6 June by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who called it a “remarkable achievement”. Located 4.4 miles (12km) north of Naples centre, the majestic £52 million (about €60 million) building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects […]

Bidders shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises

The UK's Department for Transport (DfT) has published bidder shortlists for both the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will incorporate the first HS2 services, and future South Eastern franchise agreements. The WCP will replace the...
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Renfe orders 15 new high-speed trains from Talgo in €495m deal

Renfe has taken up the option for an additional 15 high-speed trains from Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo. The option was included in an initial deal that the state-owned Spanish operator made with Talgo for 15...

HS2 – What happens next?

Royal assent represented the final piece of a complex legislative puzzle for Phase One of HS2. The announcement came as no surprise in the end. Following the hybrid bill’s third reading in the House of Lords in January, it was a simple formality. It means that after several years of consultation and debate HS2 now […]

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