• Istanbul metro M11 (1)
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    Automated metro to Istanbul airport opens


    TURKEY: The 34 km first phase of metro Line M11 to Istanbul’s main airport opened on January 22.

  • Chongqing metro
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    Chongqing inaugurates two metro extensions


    CHINA: The second phases of Chongqing metro lines 9 and 10 were opened simultaneously on January 18, adding a further 14 route-km to the city’s extensive network, which now totals 492 km. Both are fast metro lines operated by six-car Type As trainsets approved for 100 ...

  • Busan Ulsan suburban train
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    Suburban and light rail investment agreement to create Busan-Ulsan ‘one-hour zone’


    SOUTH KOREA: A mutual cooperation agreement has been signed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport and local authorities to create a ‘one-hour living zone’ for the cities of Busan and Ulsan in the south of the country. The agreement covers the development of suburban rail ...

  • Taipei skyline
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    Taipei’s Xizhi – Donghu metro project approved


    TAIWAN: The cabinet has backed plans to build the Xizhi – Donghu metro line in Taipei, with Premier Su Tseng-chang approving an initial budget of NT$27·9bn for design and construction. The total cost is estimated at NT$37·7bn, with construction expected to take 9½ years from the ...

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    Southeast Asia: Rising costs force ASEAN nations to redefine Belt & Road projects


    Ballooning costs and imprecise contract terms have led to significant changes to major projects and in some cases to renegotiation of terms. Toma Bačić  investigates schemes in three ASEAN countries.

  • The second phase of Xi’an Metro Line 6 has opened, running through the city centre from Xibeigongyedaxue (NW Polytechnical University) and then east to Fangzhicheng.
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    Xi’an Line 6 extended east


    CHINA: The second phase of Xi’an Metro Line 6 has opened, running through the city centre from Xibeigongyedaxue (NW Polytechnical University) and then east to Fangzhicheng. The 15·6 km first phase of Line 6 running southwest from Xibeigongyedaxue to Xi’an International Medical Centre with 13 stations ...

  • The line is operated by a fleet of 31 four-car Type D trainsets manufactured by CRRC Tangshan, which can carry up to 1 045 passengers.
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    PPP-financed suburban metro opens in Taizhou


    CHINA: A north-south suburban metro line connecting the east coast city of Taizhou in Zhejiang province with the town of Chengnan opened for revenue service on December 28. Designed for 140 km/h operation, the 52·4 km Line S1 runs in tunnel for 17·5 km, while the ...

  • UK railway suppliers are invited to join a Department for International Trade mission to Taiwan.

    Route of Kaohsiung – Pingtung high speed extension agreed


    TAIWAN: Premier Su Zhenchang has approved the alignment of an eastern extension of the country’s high speed line from Kaohsiung to Pingtung on January 4.

  • Jurong Region Line groundbreaking ceremony (Photo LTA)
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    Construction of Jurong Region Line launched


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority held a ceremony at the site of the future Tengah Town station on January 13 to officially launch construction of the Jurong Region Line, which will be Singapore’s seventh metro line. The 24 km elevated and fully automated route with 24 stations ...

  • Wuhan metro
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    Wuhan metro extends north and south


    CHINA: The country’s seventh oldest metro network has expanded further, with the opening of two extensions in Wuhan totalling 25·3 km. Longer of the two is a northern extension of Line 7 from Garden Expo North to Hengdian, which opened on December 30. This adds 21·1 ...

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    Hefei metro Line 5 extended


    CHINA: A 15·5 km northern extension of Heifei metro Line 5 was inaugurated on December 26, taking the total length of the Hefei Rail Transit network to 171 route-km serving 133 stations. The opening came exactly a year after first section of Line 5 from Guiyanglu ...

  • Shenzhen metro Line 16 (2)
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    Automated Line 16 serves Shenzhen’s eastern suburbs


    CHINA: Shenzhen metro’s fully automated Line 16 was opened for revenue service on December 28, serving Pingshan, Tianzin and Shenzhen Technical University to the east of the expanding conurbation. Also known as the Longping Line, the 29·2 km route with 24 stations starts from an interchange ...

  • Toshkent freight hub (1)

    Eurasian freight hub under construction in Toshkent


    UZBEKISTAN: Construction of a multimodal terminal to handle Eurasian freight traffic near Toshkent has been formally launched by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The facility 10 km from the capital in the Yangiyo’l district is to be developed ...

  • Baku metro (3)
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    Baku metro Purple Line extension opens


    AZERBAIJAN: President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated a 2·4 km one-station extension of the Baku metro’s Purple Line from Avtovağzal to a station and depot at Xocəsən on December 23. The latest extension takes the Purple Line to 5·8 km. The ...

  • Xingguo - Quanzhou (1)

    Xingguo – Quanzhou line completed


    CHINA: The 464 km railway serving the coastal town of Quanzhou in Fujian province was completed on December 28. The mixed-traffic route linking Quanzhou with Xingguo, south of Ji’an on the Beijing – Hong Kong corridor, has been designed for operation at up to 160 km/h. ...

  • Ist M8 1
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    Automated Line M8 inaugurated in Istanbul


    TURKEY: The 14·3 km automated metro Line M8 linking Bostancı with Dudullu on the Anatolian side of Istanbul opened on January 6. The line has 13 stations and passes through four districts with a total of 1·7 million inhabitants. Civil works started in 2016 but were suspended ...

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    Nanjing inaugurates fully-automated Line 7 as Line 1 extended


    CHINA: The first phase of Nanjing metro Line 7 opened for revenue service on December 28, along with a northern extension of Line 1. Running from Xianxinlu in the northeast to Mufuxilu in the city centre, the initial 12·6 km stage of Line 7 serves 10 ...

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    Beijing – Tangshan 350 km/h line opened


    CHINA: National operator China Railway launched 350 km/h passenger services on a 173 km route between Beijing and Tangshan on December 30, following the completion of 149 km of new line. The faster route has brought end-to-end journey times down to 60 min, even though trains ...

  • Qingdao metro
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    Qingdao opens east-west metro Line 4


    CHINA: Qingdao metro’s east-west Line 4 was opened for revenue service on December 26, four months ahead of schedule. The 30·7 km line linking Renmin Huitang in the old city with Dahedong to the east serves 25 stations, although the interchange with Line 1 at Guanxiangshan ...

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina opens Dhaka metro Line 6
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    Bangladesh’s first metro line opens


    BANGLADESH: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened the country’s first metro line in Dhaka. The capital was one of the biggest cities in the world without a metro, with more than 22 million people in the metropolitan area, and Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology has ...