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The competitive dialogue with Alstom and Siemens

In addressing the specific requirement to transport airfreight pallets and containers using high-speed trains (at speeds up to 300 kph) that currently exist only in passenger versions, Roissy Carex has launched a competitive dialogue procedure to which Alstom and Siemens have responded. Both manufacturers have been requested to supply details of their ability to manufacture 20 interoperable trains with a guaranteed loading/unloading time of 15 minutes, to provide cost estimates and delivery lead times, and to put forward proposed maintenance, approval and funding solutions.

Alstom and Siemens presented their respective proposals to the public and private stakeholders of Carex in December 2008. Since the process - now transferred to Euro Carex - remains open, it is not possible to reveal the detailed content of these non-binding bids at this time. 

Nevertheless, they do confirm the technical feasibility of the scheme and, more specifically, the possibility of trains being fitted with the loading units most commonly used by airfreight operators. The floors of the wagons used will be fitted with a system of ball transfer units and rollers identical to that used in specialist airfreight trucks and aircraft. Each train will be able to carry nearly 120 tonnes of freight.

One CAREX train will therefore replace:

  • 1 Boeing 747-400 Cargo, or
  • 1 MD-11 Cargo, or
  • 3 Airbus A310 Cargo, or
  • 7 Boeing B737 Cargo, or
  • 6-7 trucks

In the first instance, eight trains will be needed to provide phase 1 of the CAREX service (Amsterdam, Liège, London, Lyon, Roissy and Germany).

The Carex project as part of the French government’s "national commitment to rail freight"!

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Yanick Paternotte, Member of the French Parliament, Chairman of Roissy Carex and Euro Carex and author of the Parliamentary report «Remettre le fret sur les rails : un défi économique, social et environnemental» (Getting freight back on track: an economic, social and environmental challenge) is ... Read more