Archive for category: High Speed Rail

HS2 Phase 2b design consultants appointed

HS2 has awarded the engineering and environmental design contracts for Phase 2b of the project. CH2M, Arup, an AECOM/Capita/INECO joint venture and a Mott MacDonald/WSP joint venture have all been awarded contracts to support the design phase. CH2M has been named as the Phase 2b Development Partner. Phase 2b will extend the line from Crewe […]
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Framework contract for TGV Wi-Fi signed

Huber+Suhner and ENGIE Ineo have signed a framework contract for the hardware which will deliver a passenger Wi-Fi network on SNCF’s high-speed TGV fleet. Huber+Suhner will supply the passive components for the onboard Wi-Fi network for 140 trains – around half of the TGV fleet. In December 2016, the first TGV train with Wi-Fi went into […]
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Brno and Bratislava exploring Hyperloop link

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the companies developing a Hyperloop evacuated-tube transit system, has announced an exploratory agreement with the city of Brno in the Czech Republic. HTT will look at the feasibility of linking the city with Bratislava, Slovakia, which already has an existing agreement with the company. The Hyperloop system would subsequently look to connect […]
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Competition to select HS2 train builder underway

HS2 has begun the procurement process which will source up to 60 trains for the first phase of Britain’s new high-speed rail network. The £2.75 billion contract, which is expected to be awarded in 2019, includes both the supply and maintenance of the new trains for the London to Birmingham route. The first step involves […]
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Treviglio-Brescia high-speed line opens

Italy’s transport minister, Graziano Delrio, has attended the opening of a new high-speed line between Treviglio and Brescia. The transport minister and other officials were on board a Frecciarossa 1000 for the maiden trip on December 11 – the day the new European timetable was introduced. The Cepav consortium that built the line said more than […]
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Talgo to supply new high-speed trains for Renfe

Spain’s Public Works Minister, Inigo de la Serna, has announced that Talgo has won a €786.5 million contract to supply and maintain 15 new Avril high-speed trains for national rail operator Renfe. The deal includes an option for 15 more trains and a 10-year extension to the existing 30-year maintenance agreement, which could potentially take the total contract […]
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USA to update safety standards as high-speed rail approaches

New safety standards for high-speed trains are being developed by the USA’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA, which regulates the USA’s passenger rail network, has proposed a set of updates to its passenger train standards to incorporate the risks associated with trains travelling above 350 km/h. The FRA will create a separate category for […]
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Request for California high-speed train parts to be exempt from domestic content rules

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has requested several key components of its trains be exempt from the USA’s strict local content requirements because there is nowhere in the country that can currently manufacture them. The body shells, braking system and bogies were all included in two waiver requests published by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on […]
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First 4G rail comms network to be deployed in South Korea

South Korea’s rail infrastructure manager, Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA), has appointed Nokia to establish an LTE-R communications network on its new high-speed railway between Wonju and Gangneung. Nokia, which has been at the forefront of developing LTE-R technology for the rail industry, has described the network as the first of its kind anywhere in the world. […]
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First 4G rail comms network to be deployed in South Korea

South Korea’s rail infrastructure manager, Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA), has appointed Nokia to establish an LTE-R communications network on its new high-speed railway between Wonju and Gangneung. Nokia, which has been at the forefront of developing LTE-R technology for the rail industry, has described the network as the first of its kind anywhere in the world. […]
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First 4G rail comms network to be deployed in South Korea

South Korea’s rail infrastructure manager, Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA), has appointed Nokia to establish an LTE-R communications network on its new high-speed railway between Wonju and Gangneung. Nokia, which has been at the forefront of developing LTE-R technology for the rail industry, has described the network as the first of its kind anywhere in the world. […]
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