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Paris-Bordeaux high-speed line to be launched this weekend

A new high-speed line is set to launch on France's TGV network this weekend. On July 2, the new Océane line will open between the French capital and Bordeaux. Alstom will supply 110 Euroduplex train sets for...

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...

CRRC high-speed ‘intercontinental’ train combines passengers and freight

China's CRRC has presented a concept intercontinental high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) which it hopes will "open up new markets" for the company. The double-deck train will carry passengers on the upper level and freight...

HS2 under the microscope

On a single day in July, more than 100 documents relating to HS2 were published on the Department for Transport’s website – not so surprising when you realise that parliament’s summer recess was looming. Some of the papers were more extensive than others but it still amounted to something like 115 seperate items. This month, […]

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Progress for Texas’ high-speed railway

Texas Central Rail Holdings has reached an agreement with engineering firm Fluor Corporation and the Lane Construction Corporation to advance the development of its 240 mile high-speed line.

Testing of Italo EVO Pendolinos underway

Alstom has begun testing the first of 12 next-generation EVO Pendolino trains being built for Italian open access operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV). Built in Savigliano, the test train, which will become part of NTV's Italo...

First XRL high-speed train arrives in Hong Kong

MTR is set to receive the first of nine new high-speed trains for the Guangzhou Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). CRRC Qingdao Sifang has delivered the first EMU to Hong Kong from its facility in...

HS2 asked to look again at Birmingham Interchange station plans

HS2 has received a request from the organisation leading the West Midland's Hub development to modify its design for the Birmingham Interchange station.

Valladolid-León AVE to open this spring

The Valladolid-León high-speed line is on course to be commissioned before this summer, Spain's Minister of Development has announced. Ana Pastor made the comments during a test ride along the new standard gauge railway, which will...
Curzon Street station. Credit: Bs0u10e01/ Wikimedia.

HS2 submits proposal to develop Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

The historic Old Curzon Street station in Birmingham could be brought back to life. HS2 - with the help of Atkins - has submitted a proposal to Birmingham City Council to make alterations to the Grade...