GET: Groupe Eurotunnel SA: Groupe Eurotunnel SA and the École des Ponts ParisTech Create the First Chair in “Railway

  GET: Groupe Eurotunnel SA: Groupe Eurotunnel SA and the École des Ponts
  ParisTech Create the First Chair in “Railway Transport Science”

UK Regulatory Announcement


Groupe Eurotunnel (Paris:GET) and French Grand École, the École des Ponts
ParisTech, have signed a long term partnership, in association with the
Fondation des Ponts to develop the study of “Railway Transport Science”.

The partnership culminates in the creation of the first academic Chair
dedicated to “Railway Transport Science”, which will comprise both academic
and research roles. The objective of the position will be to further advance
science through a broad study of the railway sector to include operations,
traffic management, safety, the sustainability of equipment and technology,
respect for the environment and transport economics. It will bring together,
for the first time, the experience of Groupe Eurotunnel SA, the world leader
in piggy-back transport and operator of a high speed railway network, and the
complementary expertise of the French engineers’ Grande École, the École des
Ponts ParisTech, a reference for training and research across the world. The
primary research areas for the new Chair will concentrate on the technological
evolution of railway infrastructure, the analysis of its lifecycle, the
conception of railway intelligence systems and the understanding of the
phenomenon of massification.

The first study projects will be launched in September 2013. Groupe Eurotunnel
SA will finance this new Chair with €150,000 per year over five years, will
provide test locations and prototype workshops at the Channel Tunnel and will
provide access for academic researchers and students. Staff from the group
will also play a role in the conception of projects, the subjects for
dissertations and the modules to be taught.

With the creation of the Chair in Railway Transport Science, Groupe Eurotunnel
SA will contribute to a close collaboration between the railway industry and
the academic world and will help develop synergies between its own industrial
R&D and academic research. For the École des Ponts ParisTech, this is an
opportunity to concentrate a part of its higher education program on the
upcoming challenges for the railway transport industry, a sector with great
potential as the demand for mobility grows and high speed rail takes on an
increasingly international dimension. This collaboration is in line with the
objectives of the École des Ponts ParisTech to become a centre of excellence
in engineering for towns and the environment.

Armel de la Bourdonnaye, Directeur of the École nationale des Ponts et
Chaussées, stated:  “Whilst the École des Ponts ParisTech is already
recognised around the world for its engineering expertise in construction and
infrastructure management, this new relationship with a company like Groupe
Eurotunnel SA will ensure that the School remains perfectly positioned for the
major challenges to come in terms of innovative technologies and
organizational change.”

Jacques Gounon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Eurotunnel SA,
stated: “This new Chair in Railway Transport Science is a clear expression of
Groupe Eurotunnel’s strategy to pursue and accelerate the process of
innovation and to position rail as a sector for the future. To do this with
the École des Ponts ParisTech will enable Groupe Eurotunnel to benefit from a
structure of academic thinking and research of the highest level”.

Eurotunnel Press Contact:
For media enquiries contact John Keefe Consultant on + 44 (0) 1303 284491

For investor enquiries contact Michael Schuller on +44 (0) 1303 288749

École des Ponts ParisTech Press Contact:
Karima Chelbi: 01 64 15 34 17


Groupe Eurotunnel SA