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Old May 15th, 2014, 02:15 PM   #841
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Major transport improvements for Nice

A new train line project has been approved between Nice and Cannes - a major breakthrough in relieving the region’s oversaturated network. Meanwhile, the east part of Nice’s central train station, Gare Thiers, is being demolished to create a new building linking the train station to the tramway.


A new building connecting Nice's train station directly to the tramway could open in late 2017. Image: Ville de Nice

With TGV line projects between Marseille and Nice having been opened and abandoned several times over, many people, including Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, have complained about Nice being “cut off” from the rest of the country in terms of railway transport.

As France’s fifth biggest city, Nice has a lot of catching up to do in that area. “Our railway network isn’t adapted to our needs and has lacked investments,” said Estrosi at a press conference on Monday 12th May.

He went on to explain, “We have the second biggest regional train network of France, after the Ile de France (Parisian region), while at the same time having the most delayed trains in France, with nearly 17% of trains delayed.” The national average is 8.65%, according to an SNCF study published in April.

A level of relief could be on the way, after secretary of state in charge of transport, Frédéric Cuvillier, approved a train line project between Cannes and Nice on Friday 9th May. Though it is not the TGV project many have been hoping for, the regional line would connect Nice to Cannes in only seven minutes.

Before it can be definitively given the green light, however, a ‘public utility’ study must be done, which could lead to a Declaration of Public Utility in 2017.

If the 4.2 million euro project were to move forward, the train would run underground for 20 of the 24 kilometres between Nice, Sophia Antipolis and Cannes, and would go through a train station near Nice’s airport. Another station would have to be built between Nice and Cannes.

The transport ministry is also looking to improve Marseille's railway network as well, with a new subterranean train line stopping under the Saint Charles station, while a fourth track would be built between Marseille and Aubagne.

Together, these projects would double the PACA region’s railway capacity, according to Nice Matin.

Meanwhile, in an effort to modernise the area around Nice’s central train station, Gare Thiers, the municipality has begun demolishing the buildings between the current station and the tramway stop.

The Flunch restaurant and eight other businesses were closed (and compensated) in the area, which will be turned into a new transport hub connecting the tramway directly to the train station.

The new 15,000 square metre building will have offices, shops and services, and “will bring an additional economic element to the centre of Nice and to its main artery [Avenue Jean Médecin],” said Christian Estrosi during a visit of the future construction site on Monday 12th.

The project still has to go through a number of phases before construction can start in the second half of 2016. The new building is planned to open in late 2017 or early 2018.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #842
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It would be nice with a TGV-line between Barcelona and Monaco with stops in Montpellier, Marseille and Nice.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 09:47 PM   #843
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Well well Marseille Nice or the so proposed Paris Nice via Aix en Provence does not exist and the plans have been put on the back burner.
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Old May 16th, 2014, 02:42 AM   #844
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Well well Marseille Nice or the so proposed Paris Nice via Aix en Provence does not exist and the plans have been put on the back burner.
Rather reopen some of the closed lines in Provence.

They´ve done ok with the reopening of the Cannes-Grasse line (which needs now an increase of capacity, this goes to show how stupid were many of the closures in Provence), and now with the reopening of the Sorgues-Carpentras line (to be open by the end of the year), which will also be rather used since day 1, I´m afraid.

Other potential reopenings:

-Aix en Provence-Rognac (this is formally open for passengers, but it´s only used in case of need of an alternative route, normally no passenger train uses it).
-Gardanne-St Maximin-Brignoles-Carnoules.
-Pertuis-Cavaillon (which would allow a TER service Avignon Centre-L´Isle sur la Sorgue-Cavaillon-Pertuis-Aix en Provence Centre). I´ve never ever understood why on earth they don´t reopen this.
-Les Arcs Draguignan-Draguignan. This would be a bit more expensive since Draguignan station and some of the line approaching Draguignan was built on.
-Château Arnoux St Auban-Digne les Bains.
-Pas des Lanciers-Marignane-Martigues (this one would be tricky, since the line has been built on at Martigues).
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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:34 PM   #845
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Gauging issues hit new French regional trains .

They probably confused the static and dynamic gauge profile, which has happened before. The Netherlands also had to do modifications after the introduction of ICM and the DM90 and the ICE1/2 also can't run on parts of the German network because of their width.

Fortunately they can alter the platforms, but if SNCF had wanted to sell them: The Alstom Regoilis would have made a nice replacement for the SGMm as part of the Sprinter Next Generation tender.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 03:40 PM   #846
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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27497727

The strange thing is the fact that they still have not rebuilt all the the platforms even though they used measurments for stations standards that are 30 years old. This is incompetence at its worst, i mean if the infrastructure manager don't even know their own infrastructure it is really, really bad and heads should roll.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 01:18 AM   #847
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No.
There are thousands of trains, and around 8000 railways platforms in France.

In old times carriage floor was 3 our 4 feet higher than platform level, with gap between platform and cars.
The european legislation says all the trains must allow disabled person (even on wheelchair) to go into the carriage alone, without help.
So the new trains must be low floor, wide, and very near from platforms (less 2 inches, 5 cm).

No more than 1300 platforms are still not adapted to that wideness and floor level. It need 50 millions euros to adapt them.
Neither SNCF nor RFF forgot the problem.

The reality is that some politicians want to get off the SNCF manager, and Mrs Segolene Royal, new Ministry of Environnement is among these politicians.
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And Frederic Cuvillier is a classic socialist with his own political agenda - "The State knows best"
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 01:56 AM   #849
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I have a general question: France is quite a mess when it comes to electric currents. What, if any, are the plans to unify currents, getting rid of the "Southern grid" (1,5kV CC), especially after the LGVs to Bordeaux and Montpelier are finished?
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The reality is that some politicians want to get off the SNCF manager, and that Mrs Segolene Royal, new Ministry of Environnement is among these politicians.
Do you mean Guillaume Pépy?

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I have a general question: France is quite a mess when it comes to electric currents. What, if any, are the plans to unify currents, getting rid of the "Southern grid" (1,5kV CC), especially after the LGVs to Bordeaux and Montpelier are finished?
No plans. If anything, they will upgrade the catenary between Toulouse and Bayonne and between Puyoo and Dax (and maybe other branches), which is falling to pieces (some parts are as old as 1917!!). Some parts, if they survive, could be de-electrified (I´m thinking about the Ligne des Causses and the Luchon branch in particular).
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 09:22 AM   #851
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Yes, Guillaume Pepy.
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Personally I think Mr Pepy is doing a good job, I don't see why he should be dismissed for RFF's cockup.
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I have a general question: France is quite a mess when it comes to electric currents. What, if any, are the plans to unify currents, getting rid of the "Southern grid" (1,5kV CC), especially after the LGVs to Bordeaux and Montpelier are finished?
Different overhead voltages really are a non issue. Geneve - Bellegarde is converted to 25kV as part of an upgrade, but Bellegarde itself will remain at 1500V for the time being. Basically new electrifications are 25kV, and major upgrades are as well. But the two systems will remain for the foreseeable future, as there is really no case accelerating the replacement of 1500V.
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Different overhead voltages really are a non issue. Geneve - Bellegarde is converted to 25kV as part of an upgrade, but Bellegarde itself will remain at 1500V for the time being.
Sorry?
I heard Bellegarde station was to be converted too, and that the neutral section would be located between Seyssel-Corbonod and Bellegarde (but shortly before Bellegarde).
Besides, part of Bellegarde station is already electrified at 25 kV (the tracks of the line to Bourg-en-Bresse)...

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Basically new electrifications are 25kV, and major upgrades are as well. But the two systems will remain for the foreseeable future, as there is really no case accelerating the replacement of 1500V.
What is really needed is a replacement for some catenaries and poles in the Midi though... some of them are really falling to pieces as they´re almost 100 years old.
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No.
There are thousands of trains, and around 8000 railways platforms in France.

In old times carriage floor was 3 our 4 feet higher than platform level, with gap between platform and cars.
The european legislation says all the trains must allow disabled person (even on wheelchair) to go into the carriage alone, without help.
So the new trains must be low floor, wide, and very near from platforms (less 2 inches, 5 cm).

No more than 1300 platforms are still not adapted to that wideness and floor level. It need 50 millions euros to adapt them.
Neither SNCF nor RFF forgot the problem.

The reality is that some politicians want to get off the SNCF manager, and that Mrs Segolene Royal, new Ministry of Environnement is among these politicians.
So this story caused no delays in deploying of trains? SNCF and RFF already had a road map for replacing old platforms before the scandal was spread by press?
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So this story caused no delays in deploying of trains?
I don't know exactly, but the article posted by Gincan says :
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=542

"A total of 182 Régiolis sets and 159 Régio 2Ns are due to enter service across France by the end of 2016 with more trains expected to follow in the longer-term."

I think two years are sufficient to adapt 1300 platforms ? The trains could be used before on already convenient lines.
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French technology group Thales has signed a contract with HAROPA - Port of Le Havre for a turnkey upgrade of the rail signalling installations on the 3R interlocking system. The contract covers the supply, installation, testing and user training of the rail signalling solution, as well as preliminary studies.
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LGV Est phase II: catenaries and railways are deployed from Baudrecourt (Lorraine) to Vendenheim (Strasbourg metropolitan area). The work is very closed to the end with the infrastructure deployment (here catenaries) 4 km before Vendenheim.









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Alstom unveils new intercity train design
10 JUN, 2014


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Alstom has released details of its latest long-distance train innovation, the Coradia Liner V200.

Revealing the V200 during the European Mobility Exhibition for Public Transport, Alstom said its new design would “renew the pleasure” of travelling on Europe’s main line rail network.

The V200, which is based on the successful Coradia platform, will be produced as either electric or dual-mode units. The new trains will be equipped with a distributed power traction system and will consume 30 per cent less energy because of their lightweight design. Each vehicle will also be ERTMS compatible.

Alstom is actively targetting the V200 at some of France’s major intercity routes, including Paris-Clermont-Ferrand and Paris-Orléans-Limoges-Toulouse (POLT).

On board the V200, which will be capable of operating at 200 km/h, will feature a children’s play area and restaurant/bar and hospitality areas
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