SOUTH KOREA: Commuter services on the Donghae Line between Bujeon station in Busan and Taehwagang station in Ulsan were inaugurated on December 28, providing a 76 min journey time to create what the Busan city government called a ‘1 h megalopolis’ in the region.
CANADA: Design studio PriestmanGoode developed the styling for the push-pull trainsets which Siemens Mobility is supplying for VIA Rail’s Québec City – Windsor Corridor service, focusing on a ‘sleek, modern’ appearance, ‘accessibility, comfort, and personal space’ and the use of durable materials.
PHILIPPINES: A consortium of Chinese companies has been awarded a 142bn pesos contract to build the first 380 km of the so-called PNR Bicol line, replacing Philippines National Railway’s moribund Main Line South.
NIGERIA: The long-running saga of the two Talgo trainsets which were ordered for operation in the US state of Wisconsin but never entered service has taken another twist, with Talgo selling them for use on the Red Line in Lagos.
SPAIN: RENFE has announced that its low-cost Avlo service from Madrid to València will begin running on February 21, in time for the city’s Las Fallas fiesta celebrations, which in 2022 will begin on the last Sunday of February.