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    High speed line to Bursa to open by 2015


    TURKEY: Transport Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed on December 30 that contracts had been signed to build a 75 km mixed-traffic high speed line from Bilecik to Bursa, and that civil works would start this year. The line is to be built in two sections for opening by mid-2015. The first ...

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    Referendum backs Stuttgart 21


    GERMANY: Controversial plans to rebuild Stuttgart’s main station look set to go ahead after 59% of voters approved the project in a referendum held by the Land of Baden-Württemberg on November 27. ‘The people have spoken’, said Baden-Württemberg Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann. ‘I accept the results, even if it does not ...

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    US$1bn double-tracking programme to modernise Trans-Java Railway


    INDONESIA: Tenders are to be called in December for double-tracking the remaining single sections of the Trans-Java Railway between Jakarta and Surabaya, the Transportation Ministry announced on November 23. The US$1·1bn project calls for doubling of approximately 425 km of single line on the 727 route-km, 1 067 mm gauge ...

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    Congress axes inter-city project funding for 2012


    USA: The Appropriations Bill setting 2012 funding levels for several government agencies including the Department of Transportation was ratified by both houses of Congress on November 17. The budget sets out the expected level of federal support for existing inter-city rail services run by Amtrak, and outlines funds available for ...

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    Growth & the Capacity Challenge: now available to watch on demand


    RAILWAY GAZETTE TV: With demand for passenger and freight movement by rail projected to rise significantly over the coming 20 years, infrastructure managers and train operators across Europe are facing the challenge of squeezing extra capacity from busy networks and building new lines despite financial constraints. Railway Gazette International held ...

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    Californian high speed plans revised


    USA: The California High Speed Rail Authority launched a revised ‘draft business plan’ for its proposed 832 km Phase I of a 400 km/h network connecting San Francisco with Anaheim and Los Angeles. In announcing what it described as a ‘foundation for an economically-viable high speed rail system’, CHSRA has ...

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    PPP model to fund Moscow – St Petersburg high speed line


    RUSSIA: The Russian government has confirmed its support for a public-private partnership backed by Russian Railways to construct a 658 km high speed line between Moscow and St Petersburg. Speaking in London on October 20, Denis Muratov, Chief Executive of RZD’s high speed rail agency Skorostnye Magistrali, insisted that ‘the ...

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    Ceremony launches Tanger – Casablanca high speed project


    MOROCCO: A foundation stone was laid in Tanger on September 29 to mark the start of construction of a high speed line to Casablanca. The ceremony was attended by King Mohammed VI and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, reflecting the close relationship between the two countries which has underpinned the project ...

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    SNCF takes Westbahn stake


    AUSTRIA: On August 23 SNCF confirmed that it had bought a 26% stake in Rail Holding AG, the parent company of open access operator Westbahn Management GmbH. The purchase takes the form of an injection of share capital into Rail Holding, which becomes a three-way joint venture between SNCF ...

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    Alstom to maintain Ferrovalle infrastructure


    MEXICO: Under a contract worth around €40m, Alstom has taken responsibility for maintenance of 660 track-km of standard gauge lines in central Mexico. The lines are owned by Ferrocarril y Terminal del Valle de Mexico, a vertically-integrated railway owned jointly by operators Kansas City Southern de Mexico, Ferromex, Ferrosur and ...

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    China starts work on line to Myanmar


    ASIA: A foundation laying ceremony in the border town of Ruili on May 30 marked the official launch of construction on a railway from Kunming in China to Myanmar. The 330 km double-track line will join the CR network at Dali in Yunnan province. Construction is being undertaken in two ...

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    Noise-damping track to be installed on Thameslink core


    UK: SilentTrack noise dampers are to be installed at London Blackfriars station under the Thameslink Programme to mitigate the acoustic effects of running up to 24 trains/h along the core north-south cross-city route from 2018. Already installed by DB Netz on its main lines through the Rhein valley and on ...

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    Return of the Bicol Express


    PHILIPPINES: Following three test runs in late May, Philippine National Railways announced on June 9 that long-distance passenger services between Manila and Bicol province would resume on June 29. The announcement marks the completion of a four-year, 18bn pesos programme to rebuild PNR’s 479 km Main Line South between the ...

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    Sinara and Siemens announce Desiro production agreement


    RUSSIA: Siemens and local manufacturer Sinara Group have launched Train Technologies, a joint venture to produce Desiro electric multiple-units for the Russian market in Yekaterinburg. ‘Preliminary contracts’ worth ‘around €2bn’ were signed at the 1520 Strategic Forum in Sochi on June 1 by Siemens Mobility CEO Dr Hans-Jörg Grundmann, Dimitry ...

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    Sumatra coal railway on course for 2014 opening


    INDONESIA: Joint venture company Bukit Asam Transpacific Railway has launched the land acquisition process for its 307 km coal railway in southern Sumatra, Special Advisor to the Board Dr Julison Arifin told the Modern Railways conference in Bangkok on May 24. Intended as a heavy haul railway to move coal ...

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    High Speed in the UK: Making the Case


    UK: With the government embarked on an extensive programme of public consultation for the proposed High Speed 2 between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, Railway Gazette International will be holding a live debate on Wednesday June 8 to discuss the prospects for high speed rail development in the UK. Among ...

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    Business leaders push for faster liberalisation


    FRANCE: Business leaders in Nord-Pas de Calais have expressed frustration at the slow rate of progress in expanding the European high speed rail network. Speaking to Railway Gazette International on May 3, Thierry Mabille de Poncheville, Managing Director of the Lille business promotion agency APIM, said that he was ‘very ...

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    NTV in alliance to take on Ferrovie dello Stato


    ITALY: Budding high speed operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori has set up an alliance with other private sector and open access companies in a bid to increase their influence in the face of what they see as intransigence by state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato. Called the Forum del Trasporto Ferroviario, the alliance ...

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    California applies for federal high speed funding


    USA: At a board meeting on March 30, California High-Speed Rail Authority voted unanimously to apply for federal high speed rail funding previously allocated to Florida. The $2·43bn grant was rejected by Florida Governor Rick Scott on February 16, effectively cancelling that state’s plan to build a 135 km line ...

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    Vossloh reports record sales


    EUROPE: Vossloh Group has reported full-year pre-tax profits of €152·1m in 2010, a 10·3% increase on the previous year. The company also recorded its highest-ever sales of €1·35bn, up by 15·1% on 2009. Vossloh attributed almost half of its revenue growth to its Rail Services business unit, formed following the ...