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CARE ZONES AT SINGAPORE STATIONS

According to the Straits Times, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has created “Care Zones” at several stations. Passengers who do not feel well and those with special needs are able to wait at specially marked blue boxes with emergency telephones on platforms where station staff can observe them through closed-circuit television cameras. Trial care-zones have […]

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GE LOCOS FOR INDONESIA

General Electric (GE), which has supplied 100 of its CM20-EMP 1.67MW six-axle locos to PT Kereta Api (the government-owned 1,067mm gauge railway in Indonesia) since 2012, has been contracted to deliver a further 50. The first 15 locomotives are due by September 2015, followed by a further 15 in October. All 30 are to be […]

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ANOTHER CHINESE HIGH-SPEED LINE

Another 350km/h high-speed railway is to be built in China – from Zhengzhou, capital of the central Henan province, to Hefei, capital of Anhui province in the east of the country. A feasibility study currently in progress is due to be completed in 2014. The existing 11 hour travel time between the two cites will […]

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HAMBURG- ZHENGZHOU FREIGHT SERVICE LAUNCHED

The DB Schenker rail company has launched a new rail freight service linking Hamburg in Germany with the Port Authority of Zhengzhou in China. The journey takes around 17 days for the 10,214km journey through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. This is about 20 days faster than by sea. DB Schenker has been running regular […]

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CNR AND CSR MERGER

According to Caixin, the Chinese business news website, China’s state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has confirmed that the government’s planned merger of the two large rolling stock suppliers China North Railways (CNR) and China South Railways (CSR). The objective is to create “a more competitive market player” and thereby “boost the international presence” […]

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CHINA RAILWAYS FIRST-HALF LOSS

According to reports on the China bond market official website www.Chinabond.com.cn, China Railways Corporation (CRC) tabled a loss equivalent to $US870 million after tax for the first six months of 2014, compared with a profit of $417bn in the same period last year. CRC revenues declined 2.4% year-on-year.

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THAILAND PLANS

Thailand’s ministry of transportation is planning two new standard gauge lines – one from Nong Khai to Mab Ta Phut on the eastern seaboard, the other from Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai to Ban Phachi railway junction in Lopburi. The proposed routes replace the previously planned high-speed train project.

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NEW LINES FROM TOKYO TO HANEDA AIRPORT

Three new lines connecting Haneda Airport to stations in central Tokyo are to be constructed in about 10 years. One of these will reduce the journey time from 28 minutes to 18. The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) aims to begin operating parts of the routes that will connect the airport to the Olympic […]

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SINGAPORE EASTREN REGION STATIONS

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has named the stations planned for the 13km Eastern Region Line, all of which will be underground: Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park, Amber, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap, Bayshore, Bedok South and Sungei Bedok. The facilities are to be ready for use by 2024

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TIBETAN RAILWAY SECOND PHASE

The new 253km, 13-station line linking the Tibetan capital Lhasa to the city of Xigaze is now open, the inauguration taking place on 15 August. The $US2.16 billion scheme, designed for speeds up to 120km/h, represents phase two of the Tibetan rail network construction. It includes a bridge across the Yarlun Zangbo river, 875 metres […]

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