Rail and Urban transport

Keolis opens a new section of the Hyderabad automated metro (India)

sophie Canciani - 25-sept.-2018 06:57:20

  On Monday 24 September, 2018 Keolis opened a new section of the automated metro line 1 in Hyderabad, adding 16 km of track to the existing 30 km   With this new section, the network is now 46 km long and is expected to carry more than 150,000 passengers per day   This achievement paves the way for the final phase of the network and confirms Keolis’ leadership in automated metro systems   Keolis and its partners have completed the opening to the public of the first line of the automated metro in Hyderabad, which was partially opened in November 2017. This extension adds 16 km of track to the current 30 km network in use. To mark the occasion, an official flagging-off ceremony was held on Monday 24 September at Ameerpet station in the presence of the Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States, His Excellency E.S.L. Narasimhan.   With the extension, the network now stretches over two lines for a total of 46 kilometers and includes 40 stations, which places Hyderabad’s metro as the second biggest network in India. The extended line, which now links Ameerpet to LB Nagar, includes two important interchange stations, Ameerpet and MG Bus Stations, with the latter being one of the biggest elevated stations in the region. It now allows commuters to reach the south east of the city, and thus crucially serve the most densely populated areas of Hyderabad, which are located nearby to its old city. The number of daily passengers is expected to rise from 85,000 to more than 150,000. When the network is finally completed in 2019, it will be 72 km long, include 66 stations and carry an expected 1.5 million passengers per day.   Eric Moinier, Managing Director of Keolis Hyderabad, said: “ This is a major milestone we have reached today alongside our client and partner Larsen & Toubro and it takes us closer to the final stage of the network’s completion, which is expected to happen within the next year. With this extension more Hyderabad residents and visitors - to this growing city - will benefit from a modern, clean and safe transport solution. We will continue to strive to give them the best passenger experience.”   The 18 trains running on the network are built by Hyundai Rotem and equipped with the communication-based train control (CBTC) system provided by Thales, which allows improved headways and safety for passengers.   Keolis was awarded the operations and maintenance contract in 2012 by the concession-holder L&T Metro Rail. The core elements of that contract includes operating and maintaining 57 metro trainsets as well as stations, depots, track, signalling, telecommunications, ticketing systems and ticket sales at stations. Keolis Hyderabad currently has 800 employees.   As a pioneer and global leader in automated metro systems, Keolis counts 320 km of lines in cities such as Hyderabad (India), London (United Kingdom), Lille and Rennes (France), Shanghai (China) and Doha (Qatar).   About Keolis   Leading the way in public transport, Keolis partners with public decision makers to make shared mobility an asset for cities and their communities. Internationally recognised as the leading operator of trams and automated metros, Keolis adopts a determined innovation approach with all its partners and subsidiaries (Kisio, LeCab, EFFIA, Keolis Santé and Cykleo) to develop new forms of shared and customised mobility, and reinforce its core business across a range of transport modes including trains, buses, cars, trolleybuses, shared private hire vehicles, river shuttles, ferries, cycles, car sharing services, electric autonomous vehicles and urban cable cars.   In France, Keolis is now the leader in medical transport services through the creation of Keolis Santé in July 2017 and positioned as the number two car park operator, through its subsidiary EFFIA.   The company is 70% owned by SNCF and 30% by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Keolis employs 63,000 people in 16 countries and recorded a turnover of 5.4 billion euros in 2017. Today, over 3 billion passengers worldwide have used one of the shared mobility services offered by Keolis. www.keolis.com   * Historically based in France, Keolis has expanded its operations in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, India, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Sweden, the UK and the USA.


Delhi To Chandigarh In 2 Hours With New Train, Help From France

Purva Marwaha - 01-août-2017 11:28:27

Delhi To Chandigarh In 2 Hours With New Train, Help From France   SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Delhi-Chandigarh route.    The Indian Railways is going full steam to achieve the target of covering the 245-km long Delhi-Chandigarh distance in flat two hours despite many curves on the proposed semi-high speed route. The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor, one of the busiest routes in north India, is slated to be first semi-high speed project being taken up by the state-owned transporter to run trains at maximum speeds of 200 kmph with French help.   There are about 10 major curves spanning over 32 km on the existing Delhi-Chandigarh rail route. The public transporter will not go for land acquisition required for straightening up several curves on the Delhi-Chandigarh semi-high speed corridor and instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track, according to the railways. The earlier plan was to straighten up these curves to facilitate uninterrupted speed on the semi-high speed route, said a senior Railway ministry official involved with the semi-high speed project. However, since it requires acquiring land for the purpose which is a time-consuming process, railways decided not to go for land acquisition to avoid delay.   In a recent review meeting with the French team, it was decided to avoid land acquisition and instead make some adjustment on curves as much as possible on the existing railway land, he said. However, the official said, despite curves, the target of reaching Chandigarh in two hours will be achieved. SNCF, the French railways, has been assigned the task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model with detailed cost of the semi-high speed project involving upgradation of the Chandigarh route. The French team will submit the final report with details of cost analysis and technical parameter by October. According to a rough estimate, it is likely to cost over Rs. 10,000 crore with about Rs. 46 crore per kilometre for running trains at 200 kmh, which includes rolling stock and signal and track upgradation on the Chandigarh corridor. Currently, the Shatabdi Express covers the 245 km distance in about three hours and 30 minutes travelling at a maximum speed of 110 kmh.   Source: NDTV,  http://bit.ly/2f3IfBd 


French agency to extend 175 mn EUR loan for Kochi metro

Julian HOARAU - 15-nov.-2016 07:17:52

Kochi, Nov 14 (PTI): Kochi Metro Rail’s extension plan has got a major boost with a French funding agency agreeing to provide a loan of around 175 million Euros for the project. A Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) spokesperson said the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) has offered to fund the metro rail’s extension from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad. Considering it as a special case, the French agency agreed to extend the loan for a longer tenure of 25 years at an interest rate of 1.35 per cent. The normal tenure for such loans for urban infrastructure is presently 20 years. "It is a matter of pride for Kochi Metro Rail Limited that AFD has agreed to this offer. This is an indication of the funding agency’s faith in KMRL’s capabilities and its objectives", said Elias George, Managing Director, KMRL. The loan also includes a component of EUR 22 million for the non-motorised transportation works at 20 stations, pedestrianisation of M G Road and junction improvement in Aluva, Edapally and Vyttila. Discussion on the proposed extension of Kochi Metro Rail project from JLN Stadium to Infopark via Kakkanad over a distance of 11.2 km at a cost of Rs 2,024 crore was held at the seventh Annual Negotiation Meeting between the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and AFD at Paris on November 9 and 10. The meeting was attended by KMRL Managing Director Elias George and S Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (ABC) in the Finance Ministry. "It was also decided in the meeting that even though the Kakkanad extension proposal is yet to be formally approved by the Government of India, AFD have also agreed, as a very special case, to procure all their formal Board approvals even before the extension proposal is administratively sanctioned by the Government of India, so that no time is lost in launching implementation of the project,"a KMRL release said.   It is expected that AFD’s Board will clear the proposal in December 2016, it added.


Successful panel discussion on the "Role of technology and innovation in Indian transport"

Julian HOARAU - 02-sept.-2016 06:10:01

  A panel discussion was held at the Residence of the French Ambassador in New Delhi on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 on issues related to innovation and technology in the transport sector in India. The event was an initiative by the French company BlaBlaCar, a leader in long distance car-pooling and now has over 3 million users across the country and established in India since January 2015. This event, organized by Business France, brought together one platform more than 50 participants: senior Indian government officials, CEOs from the public and private sector, representatives of the Indian government (Ministry of Transport & Planning Commission) and the French business community. Important topics such as urban mobility, inter-city connectivity, multi modal transportation, safety of travellers, environmental protection and the regulatory environment were covered in the discussions.   This discussion also highlighted French creativity, especially the innovative solutions offered by the startup BlaBlaCar. This event, organized within the framework of the Creative France campaign currently being promoted in India, has concretely demonstrated the French know -how in the areas of innovation and transport and their willingness find solutions, just like BlaBlaCar, with the aim of supporting India in its implementation of long term, sustainable  & innovative solutions in the area of transport.  


FRENCH TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS IN INDIA TO STRENGTHEN TIES AND COLLABORATION WITH INDIAN STAKEHOLDERS

Purva Marwaha - 03-juin-2016 12:31:35

  FRENCH TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS IN INDIA TO STRENGTHEN TIES  AND COLLABORATION WITH INDIAN STAKEHOLDERS    An official delegation INCLUDING French members of parliament and TOP MANAGEMENT FROM SNCF (French Railways) VISITED Delhi’s metro and heavy rail operations on June 2 and 3. several meetings were held with senior indian executives TO EXAMINE best practices IN the fields of URBAN MOBILITY AND RAILWAY STATION moderniZation.   The delegation’s programme included sessions with officials from DMRC, Indian Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways, and the Indian Parliament’s Committee on Railways. The French MPs awarded the French Senate’s Medal of Honour to these Indian transport companies. The delegation also visited Delhi’s state-of-the-art metro system and NDLS train station.   INDO-FRENCH SEMINAR An Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility took place on Friday, June 3 in New Delhi, with keynote speakers from both countries sharing expertise in urban mobility, mass transit and station modernization. These experts addressed ways of improving public transport in Indian cities, citing governance and business models, intermodality and station upgrades.   Addressing the audience at the Indo-French Seminar on Sustainable Mobility, Mr. Diego Diaz, SNCF International Director, said: “We share with our friends at Indian Railways the same passion for improving people mobility. We are impressed by the speed of innovation in India and by the many projects taking shape in the country.”   Speaking on the development of urban mobility, Mr. Bernard Tabary, CEO International at SNCF’s urban transportation subsidiary Keolis, said: “With six metro systems already operating, eleven under construction and forty more planned, India is fast enhancing the attractiveness and liveability of its cities. The combination of Indian innovation and longstanding French expertise in mass transit experience can deliver value by adding features to some of these projects.”       Prof. S.Prakash, TERI University, emphasized the need for greater cooperation particularly in areas of providing seamless mobility across the different transport modes. « There should be also a collaborative effort for devising IT enabled techniques for metro and other public transport systems that encourages introduction of a single ticket across different transport modes in metropolitan cities » he added.   SNCF Group in India SNCF has been operating in India for several years now and boasts a strong presence in the country, with over 1,700 employees at its subsidiaries Systra and Geodis, and, more recently, AREP and Keolis.   Keolis will soon be running Hyderabad’s future elevated railway (with 71 km of track). In 2012, the concessionaire, Larsen & Toubro, India’s leading engineering and construction firm, awarded Keolis the operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for this PPP metro network, the world’s largest to date.    Systra has been engaged for several years in engineering and/or project management work on various phases of metro projects in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Kolkata and Nagpur. In 2009, Systra conducted a feasibility study for the Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail (HSR) corridor. Systra has now completed the pre-feasibility study for the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar HSR corridor (450 km) and at the end of 2015 started a pre-feasibility study for the Mumbai-Chennai HSR corridor. Systra is also involved with engineering and construction supervision on several hundred kilometers of Indian Railways’ Dedicated Freight Corridors. In 2014, the company acquired SAI, based in Ahmedabad, an engineering consultancy firm specialized in transport , with a particular focus on project management and construction supervision.   Geodis Wilson provides transport and logistics services to clients in India through a nationwide network of offices (with 3 00 employees).    In January 2016 , SNCF teamed up with Indian Railways (IR) to study renovation of two stations between New Delhi and Chandigarh, in the second phase of the Protocol on Cooperation signed by the two rail companies in April 2015. Under that Protocol, SNCF and Indian Railways entered into a preliminary agreement in December 2015 to carry out the feasibility of upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh passenger line to accommodate semi-high-speed trains.                  


France India Business Summit on Sustainable and Smart City

Thomas ILHE - 06-mai-2016 14:47:31

Tuesday, May 10 at Imperial Hotel, New Delhi | Time: 9:00 am – 12 noon Businesses are breaking new ground and paving the way for a more connected, collaborative and sustainable future. A growing list of French companies is looking to present their expertise and innovative solutions particularly in the context of the tremendous dynamism of the Indian urban infrastructure sector and the unparalleled challenges that Indian urban territories are currently facing.    The interactions between French solutions providers and their potential Indian partners and end users are aimed at determining the suitability of French solutions to the challenges faced by Indian cities as they are willing to go "smart". Business France invites you to witness the work of some of France’s top technology companies and start-ups who aim to revolutionize smart-city planning and sustainable development in India.    Speakers at the Plenary:    Mr. Christian Testot, Deputy Head of Mission, French Embassy in India    Mr. Nicolas Fornage, Director for South Asia, Agence Française de Développement   Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs Mr. Eric Huybrechts, Associated Professor on urban & regional planning, Ile-de-France Regional Planning Agency  Mr. Emmanuel Flahaut, Deputy Head of Institute, International Partnership, CEA Tech Liten Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.  Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr   RSVP: Neeru Rajpal +91 9899240034 ( nrajpal@perfectrelations.com )    Saurabh Kumar +91 8587848727 ( skumar@perfectrelations.com )


France’s railways roll out web portal for business and innovation

Thomas ILHE - 04-déc.-2015 10:27:35

  French-rail-industry.com has been launched in 2014 to promote France’s railways, thanks to a partnership agreement between Business France, the French export-support agency, and Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry. French-rail-industry.com aims to meet a twofold objective. In the first instance, it helps to raise awareness among industry professionals worldwide of the know-how prevalent in France’s railway sector — a widely acknowledged and greatly praised centre of excellence. In the second instance, French-rail-industry.com helps to establish connections between international buyers and French suppliers. The directory of French players in the railway sector, make it easy for potential customers based outside France to browse the profiles of any French company they choose and contact them directly through a messaging interface integrated into the website. The French suppliers featured on the platform are broken down into eight main categories: embedded electronic systems; mechanical components fitted on rolling stock; passenger-information and ticketing systems; passenger public transport; rail-car layout; railway infrastructure; railway testing and engineering; and, finally, rolling stock. Thanks to the expertise, technological skills and innovative ability of its companies, France’s railway industry enjoys international recognition: the country is ranked third worldwide in the sector. Within Europe, the French railway industry is ranked second only to Germany, with 1,500 companies generating over €4 billion, equating to 25% of the country’s exports in value.   Official website : www.french-rail-industry.com  


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