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...

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...
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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...

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...
A Metro Gold Line AnsaldoBreda P2550 light rail vehicle. Credit: Digital Media Pro/Shutterstock.

California High-Speed Rail Authority to invest $115m in new LA underground rail

A partnership has been struck between the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CAHSRA) and the Los Angeles Metro Transportation Authority (Metro) to improve connectivity in Southern California. CAHSRA will invest $115 million to help fund Metro's Regional...
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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...
An ICE-3 train completely stripped back. Credit: DB.

DB to modernise Intercity-Express 3 fleet

Deutsche Bahn is spending €210 million on modernising its ICE-3 high-speed trains to improve reliability and passenger comfort. The 66 trains will be sent to the firm's maintenance facility, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung, in Nuremberg to be redesigned after...

Systra and Meinhardt win consultancy contracts for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail

MyHSR Corporation has awarded two reference design consultancy contracts for the Malaysian-Singapore high-speed rail project. Systra and Meinhardt have secured the deal from the firm responsible for the development of the new corridor, which is one of the...
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...

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