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Malaysia breaks ground on East Coast Rail Link MALAYSIAN prime minister Mr Najib Razak attended a groundbreaking ceremony in his home region of Pahang on August 9 to officially launch construction of the East Coast Rail Link, hailing the Ringgits 55bn ($US 12.8bn) project as a “game changer” for eastern states not currently served by the country’s national rail network.
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ACCORDING to a new metro policy endorsed by India’s union cabinet on August 16, the government will only approve or fund metro projects after state governments have firmed up public-private partnership (PPP) agreements and last...
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NEW United Group (NUG), China, has awarded a Yuan 531m ($US 79.6m) contract to the Bombardier NUG Propulsion System Chinese joint venture to supply traction and control for 678 metro cars.The bulk of equipment will...
Despite pushing back the opening date of the Ui Line, the latest addition to its metro from July until September, Seoul is on course to expand its 327km network by 89km by 2025. Andy Tebay...
China is embarking on a hugely ambitious project to build a new railway between Chengdu and Lhasa in Tibet. Xinhua’s Yu Fei outlines the project and the environmental challenges facing its contractors and engineers.BREATHTAKING scenery...
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China is continuing to expand its high-speed rail network as fast as it can to meet people’s growing transport needs and support the country’s industrial development and economic restructuring, as Han Qiao and Fan Xi...
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INDIA’s Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) Mr Satish Kumar Pandey gave the go-ahead for commercial operation of the first metro line in Lucknow on August 14 following a successful safety inspection on the initial...
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THE Appropriations Committee of the Philippines House of Representatives has earmarked an initial Pesos 6.58bn ($US 129m) in funding for the first phase of a 2000km railway on the island of Mindanao. The funds will come...
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A missing link in Bangkok’s metro network was bridged on August 11, when Thailand’s prime minister Mr Prayut Chan-o-cha inaugurated the 1.2km extension of the Blue Line from Bang Sue to an interchange with the...
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TURKEY’s transport, maritime affairs and communications minister Mr Ahmet Arslan says that the long-delayed second phase of the Marmaray project in Istanbul will now be completed next year. The 63km project extends the existing 13.6km cross-Bosphorous...
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SINGAPORE Land Transport Authority (LTA) and its Transitlink fare collection subsidiary TransitLink announced on August 11 that they are working towards the total elimination of cash payments on the island’s public transport network by 2020. Since...

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