Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) - Articles and news items
Latest issue, Supplements / 5 December 2013 /
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- Total renewal in Denmark is on time and on budget
Henrik Holtermann, Head of Secretariat in the Signalling Programme, Banedanmark
In 2009, a broad political majority decided to fund a total replacement of the entire signalling system on the Danish national network with ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) and all the signalling on the Copenhagen S-bane with a CBTC system (Communication Based Train Control). So far, progress is on time and on budget and with this, Denmark will be the first country to carry out a nationwide implementation of ERTMS level 2 baseline 3 – the newest European standard…
- The European rail industry’s commitment to ERTMS implementation
Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE Michel Van Liefferinge General Manager, UNISIG
2012 was a major milestone year for the further commitment and deployment of ERTMS in the European Union, when a new ERTMS Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the European Commission and the railway sector. This MoU makes a strong case for the strict implementation of the ERTMS Deployment Plan. In addition, historic and strategic decisions were taken by Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands to carry out countrywide implementation of ERTMS…
- The signalling sector opens the door to the Spanish industry
Pedro Fortea, Director, MAFEX – the Spanish Railway Association
Signalling and telecommunications systems represent key technological support for rail operations in a number of ways including both the management and control of traffic signals and remote controls. Technological developments in these fields contribute in an essential way to the advancement of modern railway lines, especially in high-speed operations…
- Telecommunications: ringing in the new
Éric Le Moal, Head of ERTMS and Telecom Services, RFF
Over the years, telecommunications systems have become a vital factor in rail network reliability. A mere boon in the past, they are now essential to railway operating safety and network coordination. Modern telecoms systems have to combine ever higher throughput with exemplary reliability and with that other key factor: mobility. Although there are technologies on the market capable of meeting these needs, modernising a huge network in constant operation represents a major challenge. In 2009, recognising the importance of telecoms in the railway system, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) joined forces with SNCF to draw-up an overall inventory of all railway telecom equipment and came to the conclusion that looming obsolescence called for urgent action…
Rail industry news / 13 November 2013 /
Rail Freight Corridor 2 (Rotterdam/Anvers – Luxembourg – Basle/Lyon) started its operational activities on 10 November 2013. (more…)
Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /
By 10 November 2013, six of the nine rail freight corridors initially foreseen by the EU Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European network for competitive freight will become operational. Rail Freight Corridor 2 (RFC2) is one of them. These corridors are extremely ambitious and will lead to major changes for international rail freight.
The first major change concerns capacity allocation. From November 2013, corridors will offer capacity shaped according to international rail freight market demand. This capacity will take the form of ‘off the shelf’ paths, reserved for international freight and that can either be requested for the next annual timetable or, for more flexibility, at short-term notice.
The infrastructure managers (IMs) and allocation bodies (ABs) of RFC2 have just finalised a major transport market study which has enabled the assessment of customer needs. They are now working closely together to offer applicants a sufficient number of high quality paths with seamless border crossings. (more…)
Rail industry news / 21 March 2013 /
Today, the infrastructure managers and capacity allocation bodies of the five countries through which passes Rail Freight Corridor 2 (Rotterdam/Antwerp – Luxembourg – Basel/Lyon) created the governance structure of this corridor.
Issue 6 2012 / 27 November 2012 /
Railway investment requires long-term funding. Sometimes the State will choose to take direct ownership or may even prefer to transfer all or part of the responsibility and risk to the private sector. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can offer a highly flexible way of combining public and private funding.
These highly flexible approaches include:
- The terms of the contract reflect the extent of the business risk that the public sector wishes to transfer to the private sector. Part nership contracts delegate the task of designing, financing, building and operating specific infrastructure in return for payments to be made throughout the operating period. With a concession, the private sector takes on not only the above risks but also the business risk.
- The length of the contractual period reflects the extent of the maintenance risk trans ferred. In the rail sector, contracts in excess of 30 years are synonymous with transfer to the private sector of the risks inherent in track renewal.
The life-cycle of railway infrastructure is long and the risk of obsolescence sufficiently small to make private debt a realistic option, even on the basis of relatively small net assets. (more…)
Rail industry news / 26 November 2012 /
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer (SNCF) has awarded Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, its first contract to design and manufacture specialised rail cable that includes the new CORE-TAG anti-theft cable technology. This cable will be installed in the network infrastructure in 4 of the regions operated by Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), the company that owns and maintains France’s rail network.
Issue 6, 2011 / 6 December 2011 /
On 8 September 2011, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) inaugurated the first part of the eastern branch of the Rhine-Rhône high-speed line. Included in the design and construction of this line, with its major socio-economic challenges, was a series of innovative environmental measures to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Rhine-Rhône HSL: the project
A European dimension
The Rhine-Rhône HSL will further strengthen France’s position in a Europe that is gradually expanding towards the East. Financial support from Switzerland and EU ‘priority link’ status, under the Trans-European Transport Network programme, both underline its recognised importance at community level.
Looking at the map of the present and future European network of high-speed lines, the strategic position of the Rhine-Rhône line is immediately apparent, as a major feeder at the core of mainland Europe and as a link between the different European territories. (more…)
Rail industry news / 17 October 2011 /
Eurotunnel has launched a project to install a state of the art radio communication system in the Channel Tunnel which will provide full interoperability with the entire European railway network by 2014. The contract with Alcatel-Lucent, announced on 15 December 2009 is for GSM-R, the first phase of the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System).
Rail industry news / 28 June 2011 /
RAILENIUM, the European Institute for Technological Research in Rail Infrastructure, has been selected by the French government as a leading investment project and has been awarded €550 million in funding.
Rail industry news / 16 June 2011 /
The concession contract for the future South Europe Atlantic high-speed rail (SEA HSR) between Tours and Bordeaux was signed today by the concession company LISEA, represented by Xavier Huillard, chairman and CEO of VINCI, and French railway infrastructure manager Réseau Ferré de France (RFF), represented by its chairman and CEO, Hubert du Mesnil, following a competitive bidding process launched in 2007 by RFF. This signing follows both the French Prime Minister’s confirmation that the French government wanted to see this project move forward before the end of this month and RFF’s board of directors meeting of 9 June 2011.
Rail industry news / 19 January 2011 /
This 3.4 billion euro infrastructure project will be one of Europe’s biggest work sites over the next five years.
Réseau Ferré de France has selected Eiffage as its “preferred bidder” for the publicprivate partnership contract to design, build, maintain and fund the Brittany – Loire Valley high-speed line. (more…)
Rail industry news / 19 January 2011 /
Réseau Ferré de France has selected Eiffage as its “preferred bidder” for the publicprivate partnership contract to design, build, maintain and fund the Brittany – Loire Valley high-speed line.