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    Gebze metro tunnelling begins


    TURKEY: Tunnelling for the 14·6 km Gebze metro was officially launched by Minister of Transport Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu on June 14. The first section of the line is scheduled to open by the end of 2023. The line in Kocaeli province to the ...

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    Transhipment terminal increases capacity at Kazakhstan-China break of gauge


    KAZAKHSTAN: Up to six China – Europe container trains a day are using a new transhipment terminal which has been opened 6 km west of Dostyk on the border between Kazakhstan and China. The 150 ha terminal which opened in early ...

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    Philippines: Commuter corridor leads rail revival


    Civil works are getting underway on the Malolos – Clark section of Manila’s North-South Commuter Railway, a flagship scheme for the government’s Build, Build, Build initiative that is expected to herald a wider programme of rail investment across the archipelago.

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    Wuhu monorail maintenance contract awarded


    CHINA: The CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems joint venture has been awarded a 27-year contract to maintain the guideways and trainsets for the monorail network which is under construction at Wuhu in Anhui province. Opening is planned by the end of this year. In 2017 ...

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    Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line trains unveiled


    JAPAN: The first of 19 Series 18000 trainsets to operate Tokyo Metro’s Hanzomon Line was unveiled at Saginuma depot in Kawasaki city on June 2.

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    Taiwan Railways Administration awards signalling upgrade contract


    TAIWAN: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a €231m contract to implement an electrical systems and signalling interlocking enhancement package for Taiwan Railways Administration. This includes replacing relay interlockings with Trackguard Westrace Mk II electronic interlockings at 68 stations to cover 450 km of the 1 110 ...

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    Baku metro extended


    AZERBAIJAN: A 1 km extension of the Baku metro’s Violet Line from Memar Əcəmi to a new station at 8 Noyabr was inaugurated President Ilham Aliyev on May 29, two days before the metro reopened following a pandemic closure which began on October 19 2020. The ...

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    Turkey’s Velaro high speed trainsets delivered


    TURKEY: National operator TCDD Taşımacılık has taken delivery of the last of the 19 Velaro TR high speed trainsets ordered from Siemens Mobility. TCDD bought its first Velaro in 2013, when a Velaro D trainset for Germany was taken from the production line and refitted ...

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    Istanbul opens metro Line M9


    TURKEY: Line M9 on the European side of Istanbul opened on May 29. M9 combines a newly-built metro route between Ikitelli Sanayi and Bahariye, which has been under construction since 2016, with the İkitelli Sanayi – Olimpiyat line which opened in November 2013 as branch ...

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    First Lightline tram arrives


    JAPAN: The first of 17 three-section low-floor light rail vehicles being built to operate the Haga – Utsunomiya LRT was unveiled at the line’s depot on May 31, having been delivered a few days earlier.

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    Shenzhen driverless metro train unveiled


    CHINA: CRRC Changchun has rolled out the first of the nine Type A trainsets for GoA4 unattended automatic operation on the future Shenzhen metro Line 20. Six of the eight aluminium-bodied cars in each trainset are powered, giving a maximum speed ...

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    Catenary-free Wenshan State Tram opens


    CHINA: A catenary-free tramway serving Qiubei county in the Wenshan Zhuang Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province was opened on May 15. The Y shaped network totals 14 route-km. The 11·7 km main route designated as Line 4 starts from Puzhehei station on ...

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    RTS Link rolling stock and railway systems contracts awarded


    ASIA: RTS Operations has confirmed the award of railway systems contracts totalling 1bn ringgits for the Johor Bahru – Singapore Rapid Transit System shuttle between Malaysia and Singapore. CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive has been selected to provide the rolling stock, while Siemens Mobility will supply the ...

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    Sotetsu orders Hitachi EMUs to work Tokyo through services


    JAPAN: As part of its ¥15∙7bn capital investment plan for the 2021 financial year, Yokohama-based Sagami Railway is to order four eight-car Series 21000 EMUs from Hitachi.

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    VTG sees ‘huge potential’ in Turkish freight market


    TURKEY: VTG has announced a ‘sharp expansion’ in the Turkish market, bundling the activities of VTG Rail Europe, VTG Rail Logistics and VTG Tanktainer under local subsidiary VTG Nakliyat. Offices have been opened in Halkalı and Pendik on the European and Aisan sides of the ...

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    Kyrgyzstan Railways ‘keeping pace with the times’ at modern wagon servicing centre


    KYRGYZSTAN: Russian company United Wagon Co has opened an authorised service centre in Bishkek to provide warranty and post-warranty maintenance for modern wagons it has supplied. Repairs will be undertaken by national railway KTJ, which will maintain a warehouse with stocks of components. UWC ...

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    Second metro line opens in Guiyang


    CHINA: The second metro line in Guiyang was opened for revenue service on April 28. The 40·6 km Line 2 runs from North Baiyun Road to the north of the city to Longdongbao International Airport to Zhongxing Road in the southeast, interchanging with the west-south ...

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    Jakarta metro construction contract awarded


    INDONESIA: Operator MRT Jakarta has awarded a joint venture of Hutama Karya and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Construction a 4.6tr rupiah contract to build section CP203 of MRT Phase 2, which comprises a 1·4 km tunnel from Mangga Besar to Kota Tua with two stations at Kota ...

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    Taiwan Railway Administration Class 900 EMUs enter service


    TAIWAN: National operator Taiwan Railway Administration has put into service the first of 52 Class 900 suburban EMUs ordered from Hyundai Rotem in June 2018 at a cost of 908·9bn won. The 10-car trainsets for the 1 067 mm gauge national network are being assembled ...

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    Taichung MRT Green Line opens


    TAIWAN: Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corp’s first metro line opened for revenue services on April 25, having been delayed from last year. The NT$59·3bn Green Line runs 16·7 km from the high speed rail station in Wurih southwest of the city to Beitun station on ...