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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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INDIAN OFFICIALS’ “IRREGULARITIES”

Answering a question raised in the Indian parliament, railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda said 38,000 employees were punished after probing 42,000 complaints received by the railway ministry from various parts of the country. He said instances of irregularity involving corrupt practices were unearthed during the course of regular preventive and decoy checks and investigation […]

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WOMEN-ONLY THAI TRAINS

According to the Bangkok Post, the State Railway of Thailand intends to reintroduce an earlier discontinued facility of rail coaches reserved for the use of women only. Boys younger than 10 and shorter than 150cm will be permitted. Female staff will supervise the vehicles. The provision of the facility is to take place on main […]

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