ONE year on from the merger of French National Railways (SNCF) and infrastructure owner French Rail Network (RFF) into a single organisation with SNCF Mobility as the operator and SNCF Network the infrastructure manager, SNCF president Mr Guillaume Pepy says work is progressing to transform SNCF into an international transport group.
A new ballastless track system developed by French engineers is designed to reduce the initial capital required for slab track and deliver better life-cycle costs than ballasted track. As Keith Barrow reports, NBT is now on test in Russia, where it will be subjected to high axleloads and extreme temperatures.
Buoyed by a strong balance sheet, Italian State Railways (FS) is currently embarking on an ambitious programme of restructuring, infrastructure investments and service improvements. A year since his appointment as CEO, Michele Elia speaks exclusively to Kevin Smith about how the railway is progressing with these plans.
January 1 sees the start of a major restructuring of French railways with a return to integration of train operations and infrastructure albeit within a holding company organisation. In an exclusive interview with IRJ, Jacques Rapoport, who heads the new infrastructure subsidiary, explains the benefits of the new setup to David Briginshaw.
THE general assembly of the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) has elected Mr Paul Plummer, group strategy director of Britain's infrastructure manager Network Rail, as president to succeed Mr Gunnar Malm, director general of Trafikverket, Sweden.
EIFFAGE Group has appointed Keymile to install the telecommunications system on the 182km high-speed line it is constructing between Le Mans and Rennes under a public-private-partnership deal to build and operate the line which was awarded by French Rail Network (RFF) in 2011.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) infrastructure division SNCF Infra has rolled out a new anti-wire theft device across its network. Developed by WiN MS, France, the device offers real-time monitoring of cable breaks, helping the infrastructure manager to quickly repair damage while minimising disruption.
FRENCH Rail Regulator Araf has rejected plans for a rolling road service between Pas-de-Calais and the Spanish border because it believes the concession structure adopted for the project could harm competition and risks impacting the performance of passenger services.