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  • Colas Rail awarded rail grinding contract by Network Rail

    Colas Rail’s has been awarded a 3-year rail grinding contract by Network Rail across Britain from February 2019 for a minimum of 3 years.

    Colas Rail will operate and maintain six rail grinding machines and deliver almost 1,400 operational shifts a year, in a 24/7 operation. Plain line rail grinders are required by Network Rail to carry out corrective and preventative rail grinding works throughout Britain.

    Colas Rail facilitated the introduction of three brand new Loram C44 plain line rail grinders, the largest of which is C44-03, a 64 stone machine that is almost 150m long. This came into service in 2017. Colas Rail also expanded its maintenance depot in Rugby to accommodate the longer machine.
    Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Chief Executive Officer – UK said. “This is a great achievement for the Rail Services division. The award of this contract is a reflection of Colas Rail’s team performance, who will continue to deliver safely, on time and as per the required quality. With safety and performance as our key driver, we remain, more than ever, committed to fulfilling our promise to Network Rail.”

    About Colas Rail (
    Colas Rail, the railway subsidiary of the Colas Group, participates in the design, financing, and project management of the major transport infrastructures (trackworks, overhead lines, signalling, ventilation, smoke extraction, command-control, freight, etc.) in France and on international markets through its projects and specialised businesses.
    Colas Rail, which has a workforce of 5,800, boasts 11 different business areas and represents 24 subsidiaries and offices worldwide. The company posted turnover of €948 million in 2017.

    For further information:
    Sophie Magnier (+33 6 98 19 43 77) -

  • New contract in Chile: supply and replacement of points and crossings on the Chilean railway network

    Colas Rail is pleased to announce that it has concluded a sale and lease back transaction of a fleet of locomotives with Beacon Rail Leasing. The fleet included in the deal is comprised of 67 of Colas Rail locomotives which will continue to be operated and maintained by Colas Rail in the UK and France.

    Colas Rail has always given a central place to its fleet of locomotives. Creating a strong relationship with Beacon Rail Leasing, a leading Pan-European rolling stock lessor, is a great opportunity for Colas Rail to gain flexibility, adapt and modernize its fleet and prepare the future to better answer its customers’ needs.


    Colas Rail has won two contracts to build the southern extension of Line 2 of the Santiago de Chile metro, which runs in a 5.1 km tunnel.

    The first contract was awarded in late July to the Colas Rail (lead manager) – ETF consortium. It includes the supply and laying of the track and the third rail, and the enlargement of a maintenance depot, for a total of €36 million.

    The second contract, recently awarded to Colas Rail by the Metro de Santiago SA company, concerns the electrification of the line for a total of €20 million. It covers the designs, procurement of supplies, assembly, trials and putting the extension and depot electrification system into service, as well as five years’ maintenance.

    The work will be carried out over a three-year period.

    These two new contracts confirm Colas Rail’s presence on the Santiago de Chile metro. Following the construction of Lines 3 and 6 delivered in 2017 and 2018, Colas Rail is currently handling the maintenance of all of the tracks in the Santiago metro network, which represent some 140 km of lines.


    On November 15, in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron, His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed train line, Al Boraq, linking the cities of Tangiers and Casablanca. The Colas Group played a major role in the project, building a 185-km section between Tangiers and Kenitra.

    Colas Rail and its subsidiary Colas Rail Morocco in a consortium with Egis Rail won a design-build contract for the high speed line between Tangiers and Kenitra, covering 185 kilometers of double track. The construction work involved track (studies and construction), catenaries and two base camps (studies, supplies and construction). Among the 850 employees who worked for Colas Rail on this project, 95% were recruited locally.

    GTR, a Moroccan road subsidiary of Colas, also participated, completing the required earthworks, for a total of 5 million m³ of cut and 2.5 million m³ of fill.

    This major project is an important reference for Colas Rail in Morocco, in addition to lines 1 and 2 of the Rabat-Salé tramway and line 1 of the Casablanca tramway.

  • Bouygues Construction and Colas finalise the acquisition of Alpiq Engineering Services
  • Bouygues Construction et Colas finalisent l'acquisition de Alpiq Engineering Services

    La société ALPIQ est un acteur suisse majeur de l’énergie, des services industriels et des infrastructures ferroviaires.

  • Colas Rail remporte trois contrats de renouvellement et de maintenance de réseau ferré en France et au Royaume-Uni
  • Colas Rail participe au déploiement d'une caténaire nouvelle génération unique en France entre Montréjeau et Tarbes
  • Rail network renewal and maintenance Colas Rail France and UK
  • Rail network renewal and maintenance contracts Colas Rail France & UK
  • RAMFER et la maintenance patrimoniale : 18 maintenances IH5 en 18 mois !

    Depuis 2016, RAMFER (Réseau des Ateliers de Maintenance FERroviaire) s’est engagé dans le développement de la maintenance patrimoniale sur les locomotives VOSSLOH G1206.

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  • Jean-Pierre Bertrand, DGD, élu Président de l’EFRTC

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