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Indian railway stations and train services set to be upgraded with French expertise

Saturday , 06 February 2016

French National Railways (SNCF), in collaboration with the Indian Railways have started a year-long feasibility project, regarding the upgradation of the 245-km-long New Delhi-Chandigarh line to run semi-high speed trains at up to 200km/h.

SNCF will also support the railways’ pilot projects to upgrade the stations at Ludhiana and Ambala, which are among the 400 stations that are set to be modernised with the help of French expertise.

The study will not only assist India in learning from France’s experience in station improvement, but also help devise a method of upgrading the rail platforms, real estate and architecture of all 400 stations.

The study will be conducted for six months. It will involve a team of 12 experts from AREP and SNCF-Gares & Connections. While SNCF-Gares & Connexions is a unit of the French railways and manages 3,029 stations in France, AREP’s focus is on architecture.

Plans to develop the railway stations of Ludhiana and Ambala are part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed by the SNCF and Indian Railways in the presence of French President, Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.