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Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) - Articles and news items

Signalling & Telecoms supplement 2013

Issue 6 2013, Supplements / 5 December 2013 /

Total renewal in Denmark is on time and on budget
The European rail industry’s commitment to ERTMS implementation
The signalling sector opens the door to the Spanish industry
Telecommunications: ringing in the new

Rail Freight Corridor 2 is launched

Rail industry news / 13 November 2013 /

This corridor is one of the main railway routes and one of the most promising rail corridor in Europe…

The innovative rail freight corridors are coming to life

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.
Capacity allocation

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.

The infrastructure managers and capacity allocation bodies put Rail Freight Corridor 2 on the tracks

Rail industry news / 21 March 2013 /

Rail Freight Corridor 2: a European rail transport route…

RFF: First lessons learned from its four PPPs

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.

Nexans awarded first CORE-TAG anti-theft cable technology contract by SNCF for the network of Réseau Ferré de France (RFF)

Rail industry news / 26 November 2012 /

SNCF has awarded Nexans its first contract to design & manufacture specialised rail cable…

Rhine-Rhône HSL: sustainable development in a rail sector environment

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.

Eurotunnel to work with RFF to install new radio communication system

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…

RAILENIUM gets €550 million boost from French government

Rail industry news / 28 June 2011 /

RAILENIUM, has been selected by the French government as a leading investment project…

High-speed rail between Tours and Bordeaux Réseau Ferré de France and VINCI sign world’s biggest rail concession contract

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…

Brittany Loire Valley high-speed line: RFF selects Eiffage

Rail industry news / 19 January 2011 /

Eiffage is “preferred bidder” for the public/private partnership contract to design, build, maintain and fund the Brittany – Loire Valley high-speed line…

RFF selects Eiffage for the public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the construction of the Brittany – Loire Valley high-speed line

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…

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