THE number of passengers using high-speed services between Britain and mainland Europe could increase from just over 10 million in 2013 to nearly 13.5 million by 2020, according to a study carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for Eurotunnel.
INTERNATIONAL high-speed operator Thalys saw revenues and ridership climb on its services from Paris to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in 2013 as the withdrawal of Fyra services brought an unexpected increase in traffic between Brussels and Amsterdam.
KOREA's national rail operator, Korail, has issued a call for tender for 15 10-car high-speed trains for operation on the new Wongang line which opens in 2017 and will link Wonju, southeast of Seoul, with the east coast city of Gangneung.
A 228km section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen is scheduled to open in March 2015, which is one of three extensions to the Japanese high-speed network currently under construction, as Yoshihiko Sato and David Briginshaw explain.
SPANISH infrastructure manager Adif has awarded a consortium of Alstom and Isolux Corsán a €28m contract to design, construct and maintain a traction substation and catenary system for the 44.3km link under-construction between La Robla in León and Pola de Tena, Asturias, which will eventually form part of the León to Gijon high-speed line.
THE procurement of a new generation of high-speed trains for the United States was launched on January 24, when Amtrak and California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) issued a joint request for proposals (RFP) for a contract to supply trains for the Northeast Corridor and the first section of the California high-speed network.
SPAIN is planning to install only single track on most new sections of high-speed line in a bid to reconcile ambitious plans to extend the reach of the standard-gauge network with the budgetary restraints imposed by the economic crisis.