The media got to see the FLIRT Akku, the battery-powered version of Stadler’s FLIRT series, for the first time last week. It is both energy-efficient and quiet. In addition, it is flexible as it can be deployed on routes that are not fully electrified and even on routes that are not electrified at all.
The largest and most cutting-edge train manufacturing facility in Africa was opened today by the Alstom-led Gibela joint venture in Dunnottar, South Africa. The official opening was performed by South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Alstom is about to ship fifteen of its modular Coradia Polyvalent regional trains to Senegal on the West African coast. They have been manufactured at the company’s Reichshoffen facility in France. The trains have also successfully completed on-site testing and approval by the buyer, APIX.
Indian officials will seek expert Japanese consultation to develop areas surrounding 12 proposed bullet train stations on the 508km Rs1100bn ($14.91bn) Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed train route to improve connectivity.
Getlink, formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, the company responsible for managing and operating the Channel Tunnel that connects Great Britain to mainland Europe, has announced that progress has been made towards implementing a direct high-speed rail service between London and Bordeaux.