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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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Faster trains and reduced journey times for MTR Express

MTR Express is to shorten journey times on some of its routes after receiving approval to increase the speed of its intercity trains. The Swedish Transport Agency, Sweden’s rail regulator, has given the open access operator permission to raise the maximum speed of its FLIRT trainsets to 200 km/h, reducing journey times by up to […]
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Virgin at 20

Andy Milne looks back at 20 years of Virgin’s involvement with the rail industry Well, my dear, how does it feel to be a Virgin again?’ 20 years ago, when Virgin first took to the metals, you could get away with such humour. Cue hearty gales of laughter down the line from Birmingham. Broken-hearted Miriam […]

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International consortia bid to become California high-speed rail early operator

California’s high-speed rail authority has received submissions from five international consortia for its early train operator contract (ETO). The consortia include companies from China, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain. As of the April 4 deadline, the authority had received responses from: China HSR ETO Consortium – China Railway International Co, Ltd Beijing Railway Administration, China […]
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Vlexx orders Talent 3 EMUs

Bombardier has signed a contract with Vlexx to supply 21 three-car Talent 3 EMUs. Vlexx, a subsidiary of Die Länderbahn, will operate the new fleet in Germany’s Saar region. Commercial service is scheduled to begin in December 2019. In January, Vlexx was awarded the Elektro-Netz Saar RB lot 2 operating contract, which includes routes linking Saarbrücken with Lebach-Jabach, Neubrücke […]
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New South West Trains franchise awarded

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands of extra peak-time seats into and out of London Waterloo, free Wi-Fi on all trains and at all stations, smart […]
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SJ targets Norwegian operating contracts

Sweden’s state-owned rail operator, SJ, has established a new Norwegian subsidiary as it looks to pursue rail operating contracts over the border. Berit Kjøll, former executive vice president of Huawei Norway and CEO of Flytoget, has been appointed as the chairman of SJ Norge AS. SJ already operates a number of services in Norway, includes […]
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Brightline announces September launch

Florida’s Brightline has said it plans to formally launch the new intercity service in September. A trial service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July. This will be followed by a Miami service at the end of August and the full official launch in September. The announcement on March 10 included a […]
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SBB and SNCF sign collaborative agreement for new cross-border service

The national rail operators of France and Switzerland, SNCF and SBB, have signed an agreement supporting the creation of the cross-border Léman Express network. Services are due to begin in December 2019 on the new Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse (CEVA) line. More than 40 stations in the Vaud and Geneva cantons in Switzerland and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in France […]
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Shortlist for new East Midlands franchise published

Arriva, Stagecoach and First Trenitalia have been shortlisted for the new East Midlands rail franchise. In 2015, the end date of the current franchise agreement with Stagecoach was extended from October 18 that year to March 2018. This deadline has now been extended again by up to a year. The shortlist includes Arriva Rail East […]
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Trenitalia completes acquisition of c2c

Italy’s state-owned rail operator, Trenitalia, has announced the completion of its acquisition of c2c from National Express. The deal, which is worth around £72.6 million, had been subject to approval from the Department for Transport (DfT). Trenitalia will now operate the franchise until it comes up for renewal in November 2029. Today’s announcement confirmed that […]
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