According to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne this figure represents a 40 percent increase on the five-year period before French President Emmanuel Macron was elected. The decision of where it was to be spent has been eagerly awaited since it was announced in January that the government would be investing €3 billion a year in improving the country's transport infrastructure. The work will be staggered over time to avoid incurring large expenses immediately. Bordeaux-Toulouse The main train stations in the two south west cities will also be developed and expanded to accommodate more passengers and more trains. This upgrade means passengers will be able to travel from Paris to Toulouse in 3 hours 10 minutes in future rather than the current 4 hours and 15 minutes. Montpellier-Perpignan The Montpellier-Béziers section will be developed as a priority on this new line between the two cities on the Mediterranean coast in … [Read more...] about France to get five new high speed train lines after government gives green light
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The Los Angeles Times reported last week that California’s high-speed rail project still plans to meet its legal commitment to travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours and 40 minutes or less. But there are still doubts. The bullet train must, by law, travel over curved mountain ranges 30 percent faster than France’s TGV bullet train travels in a straight line.Proposition 1, which authorized the high-speed rail system, was approved by voters in 2008 with the legal commitment that the high-speed train would be designed to travel over the 438 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2 hours and 40 minutes. That means the train must whisk passengers over three mountain ranges and through five major cities at an average speed of 164 miles per hour. That would be over 30 percent faster than the world-renowned TGV, which speeds from Paris to Lyon across 243 miles of board-flat French countryside at an average speed of 121 miles per hour to arrive in one hour … [Read more...] about California High-Speed Rail Still Aims to Be World’s Fastest Bullet Train
Main info: Train services severely disrupted across France 77 percent of train drivers join strike and 48 percent of rail workers Some train lines closed while only one in eight TGV services operating Three out of four Eurostar services are running Regional TER and Intercité train services also severely hit Exceptional level of traffic jams on roads around Paris Less than half of RER train services operating around Paris region French rail workers kicked off three months of rolling strikes Tuesday, part of a wave of industrial action that will test President Emmanuel Macron's resolve to reshape France with sweeping reforms. The strike will cause chaos for France's 4.5 million train passengers, with stoppages planned two days out of five until June 28 unless Macron drops his bid to force a major overhaul at state rail operator SNCF. All train services were severely hit, with some lines closed entirely. Only one in eight high speed TGV trains were … [Read more...] about ‘Black Tuesday’: French rail workers begin three months of rolling strikes
Workers standing in one of the Gotthard base access tunnels. Photo: AFP When Swiss engineer Carl Eduard Gruner came up with the idea to build the world's longest rail tunnel under the Alps in 1947, he predicted the visionary project could be finished by the start of the 21st century. He would turn out to be off by 16 years. Gruner's sketch and technical paper called "Journey through the Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) in the year 2000" planted the seeds for a venture that will be launched this week and aims to transform travel through the heart of Europe. Constructing the 57-km rail tunnel took just over 12 billion francs (S$16.65 billion) and some 2,400 workers, according to Swiss government statistics. More than 28 million tonnes of rock had to be excavated from the mountain near the Gotthard pass. The bumpy road from Gruner's initial idea to the official start of construction in 1999 included bureaucratic delays and concern over the project's financial viability. Switzerland's … [Read more...] about Vast Swiss rail tunnel finally sees light at end of long wait
San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour. Do the math and you're zooming along at a speed of more than 600 miles per hour. That expedient California commute is what Tesla Motors and SpaceX chief Elon Musk is promising with his new project Hyperloop. At the moment, Musk is keeping mum on just about everything but the name and the boast, promising the big reveal of what he calls a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table" on August 12. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But there are few options out there that can meet Hyperloop's promised velocity. Ordinary magnetic levitation (maglev) trains like Japan's speed demons can't do much better than 300 to 350 mph—above that speed the air resistance is simply too great. The proposed technology that seems closest to Musk's promise is the vactrain, a marvel that has been promised for decades and never come close to fruition.Where Musk appears to be aiming for 600 to 700 mph, Vactrain backers like Evacuated … [Read more...] about Why Don’t We Have Super-High-Speed Rail Already?