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Old March 2nd, 2015, 04:46 AM   #2961
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Old March 2nd, 2015, 05:45 PM   #2962
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Eurostar services suspended after death on line in Kent
2 March 2015


The closure of the line has caused disruption at St Pancras International in central London

Eurostar services have been suspended after a person was hit by a train on the line in Kent

British Transport Police (BTP) and Kent Police were called to the incident at about 11:40 GMT on the line close to Crismill Lane in Bearsted.

The BTP said: "Medics from South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the incident, but the person was pronounced dead at the scene."

The rail company has advised customers to avoid travelling on the line

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Old March 2nd, 2015, 06:33 PM   #2963
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What % of available paths on the Eurotunnel are currently in use by scheduled shuttles and Eurostar trains?
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Old March 5th, 2015, 02:57 PM   #2964
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What % of available paths on the Eurotunnel are currently in use by scheduled shuttles and Eurostar trains?
That's not a simple question. Per direction there are 20 paths per hour (3-minute headway) based on the standard Euroshuttle pathway at 140 kph. Running either faster (e.g. Eurostar) or slower (e.g. 120 kph or 100 kph freight) consumes additional paths. So:
Eurotunnel Shuttle = 1 path
Eurostar 160 kph = 2.66 paths
Two Eurostars flighted 3 minutes apart = 3.66 paths
Freight 120 kph = 1.33 paths
Freight 100 kph = 3 paths
The division of capacity between Eurotunnel and the other operators is theoretically 50/50, so 10 paths each per hour. Paths which the other operators don't plan to use revert to Eurotunnel.
From mid-afternoon through to late evening the tunnel operates at close to maximum capacity.
Overnight when one or two sections are closed for maintenance, the standard pathway is set at 100 kph, so the number of paths reduces and journey times are extended. Again the tunnel operates at maximum capacity in such circumstances.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 03:41 PM   #2965
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Old March 8th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #2966
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I can't find it only, but what is the expected travel time Turin/Genova/Milan-Lyon/Paris on the new line?
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Old March 25th, 2015, 03:45 PM   #2967
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Spain – France HS concessionaire fights to avoid bankruptcy
Monday, March 23, 2015



TP FERRO, the build-operate concessionaire for the international high-speed line between Figueres, Spain and Perpignan, France, has sought judicial protection in a final attempt to avoid bankruptcy proceedings

The company, which is owned by Spanish and French construction companies ACS and Eiffage, has debts totalling €428m which it cannot repay with its current level of income because traffic on the line through the Pyrenees has failed to reach projected levels. Less than 100 trains per week currently use the line, which is well below capacity

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Old March 25th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #2968
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As if that was not predictible...
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Old March 25th, 2015, 09:01 PM   #2969
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I can't find it only, but what is the expected travel time Turin/Genova/Milan-Lyon/Paris on the new line?
Today Turin-Paris take around 5h40.

With the Fréjus base tunnel alone, which is the only infrastructure likely to be built "quickly" (thus before 2030; Lyon-Chambéry new line will take decades), it 4h40 might be realistic time. Add another hour to Milan, which makes 5h40 (now Milan-Paris via the Fréjus line takes 7h20, but that's just because the TGVs do not use the Milan-Turin HSL, because SNCF thinks it is not worth installing ETCS on not so young trains, just to gain 40 minutes to 6h40, which would not be really much more competitive anyway than 7h20).

Even with a full HSL/fast line Paris-Turin built as it is planned now, It hink it would be hard to get below 4 hours (5 h to Milan) (which would still be good).
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Old March 26th, 2015, 02:23 AM   #2970
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The Tunnel Project That Could Reshape the European Map

March 25th, 2015

By FEARGUS O'SULLIVAN

- The project matters because it could reshape the European map. Denmark and Southern Sweden will come closer to Europe’s heartland as the tunnel slashes the detours or dawdling currently necessary to travel through the Danish archipelago. Currently, traffic slows from a gallop to a canter when passing through these parts. --- To reach Hamburg from Copenhagen/Malmö by train, for example, you have to take a 100-mile detour west via Jutland. By road, you need to take a 45-minute ferry and factor in loading and wait time on the quayside. To reach Berlin by road takes an absolute minimum of 6 hours, not great for a distance of 250 miles.

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Old March 26th, 2015, 09:10 PM   #2971
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Can anybody elaborate on the current traffic numbers of people using the ferries?
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Old March 27th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #2972
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I wonder how this will impact the Travenmünde-Trelleborg ferries.


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Here's the official youtube channel for the (Danish side of the) project:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FemernAS
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Can anybody elaborate on the current traffic numbers of people using the ferries?
According to http://www.femern.com/home/the-regio...he-fehmarnbelt:

In 2011 an average of 4,300 cars, 1,000 trucks and 83 buses made the crossing each day. The ferries also take foot passengers. Including all passengers, not just foot passengers, an average of 16,500 passengers sailed between Rødby and Puttgarden each day in 2011 (source: ShipPax).

There are also 6 train pairs per day, with varying length but with not more than ~200 each (capacity of a 4-car ICE-TD), which gives 200*6*2=2400 places per day (whithout considering that some trains are made with smaller single-unit IC3).
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Thello steps up Nice – Milan services
Tuesday, April 14, 2015



THELLO, the open-access joint venture between Trenitalia and Transdev, increased the number of direct trains between Nice and Milan from one to three train pairs from April 12

Thello launched a single Marseille – Nice – Milan daytime service in December 2014, replacing the previous Nice - Milan Eurocity service which was operated by French National Railways (SNCF) and Trenitalia withdrawn in 2009

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Autoslaaptrein, a car transporter service that operated between Netherlands and Italy, has stopped its operations.
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Autoslaaptrein, a car transporter service that operated between Netherlands and Italy, has stopped its operations.
They cite the rise of track access charges, as well as the swiss franc
exchange rate, as the cause of their demise.

But as far as I understand, this service was run by the company "EETC",
also running two other international services, "skitrein" and "alpenexpress".
Those trains, subject to the same issues, are apparently not cancelled. So
it might be that we are not told the full story here, high track access charges
being just the easy thing to blame...

In fact, the combination of low cost flight plus car rental (which also became
more affordable) took over most of the market for auto trains. It was still
quite interesting for people with lots of luggage, though. Just stow everything
in the car and unpack at destination, much easier than going though airport
checks with everything...

On the other hand, EETC is also the owner of the last NS 1200 locos used in
revenue service. I just hope that the two other trains they are still running
will be enough to keep those locos in serviceable state...
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But as far as I understand, this service was run by the company "EETC",
also running two other international services, "skitrein" and "alpenexpress".
Those trains, subject to the same issues, are apparently not cancelled. So
it might be that we are not told the full story here, high track access charges
being just the easy thing to blame...
Skitrein and Alpen Express are seasonal trains. The winter sport season 2014/2015 is over, EETC just hasn't said anything yet about the 2015/2016 season. It's very well possible that the Skitrein and Alpen Express trains will also be withdrawn.
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On the other hand, EETC is also the owner of the last NS 1200 locos used in
revenue service. I just hope that the two other trains they are still running
will be enough to keep those locos in serviceable state...
The 1200 locos aren't owned by EETC, but loaned.
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What are the routes for Skitrein and Alpen Express? Where did Autoslaaptrein run?
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Old April 17th, 2015, 09:55 PM   #2979
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Where did Autoslaaptrein run?
From the Netherlands to Italy and Slovenia.
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  • Autoslaaptrein: from Den Bosch to Alessandria, Livorno (Italy) and Koper (Slovenia)
  • Skitrein (seats only): from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Venlo to Hopfgarten, Kirchberg, Kitzbühel, Kufstein, Saalfelden, St. Johann, Wörgl and Zell am See.
  • Alpen Express (night train): from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Venlo to Wörgl, Hopfgarten, Kirchberg, Kitzbühel, St. Johann in Tirol, Saalfelden, Schwarzach St. Veit, St. Johann im Pongau, Bischofshofen, Innsbruck, Ötztal, Landeck, Zell am See and Jenbach

Alpen Express also offers various destinations in Italy, with a transfer onto a bus in Innsbruck.
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