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  • Busan Metro Line 4 (Photo Benjamin Zelki)
    Metro Report International

    Rubber-tyred metro trains with automatically-darkening windows ordered


    SOUTH KOREA: Busan Transportation Corp has awarded Woojin Industrial Systems a 34·2bn won contract to supply nine two-car rubber-tyred automated guideway transit vehicles for the Yangsan Line. The Yangsan Line will run 12·5 km from Nopo to Bukjeong in the north of the city, with seven ...

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    Train-to-train data transmission over 4 km


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has successfully tested train-to-train data communications over distances of 2 km in the open air and 4 km in tunnels. The communications use a directional antenna developed by KRRI, which said it was the first successful test over such distances. ...

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    South Korea: Medium speed network takes shape


    Development of a ‘medium high speed network’ is now in full swing in South Korea, along with the upgrading of other corridors for both high speed and suburban traffic. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    High speed: Completing South Korea’s core network


    Construction teams are at work on the final stages of South Korea’s core high speed network. Quadrupling of the busiest section of the Gyeongbu line between Pyeongtaek and Osong began earlier this year and work on the last section of the Honam line to Mokpo is due to be finished by 2025, explains Benjámin Zelki.

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    Interview: Korail goes in search of market share


    Better on-board services and improved post-pandemic hygiene rank high among passengers’ demands, Korail President & CEO Na Hee-Seung tells Benjámin Zelki.

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    Sillim Line automatic rubber tyre metro line opens in Seoul


    SOUTH KOREA: The Sillim Line rubber tyre automatic metro line linking Saetgang in Yeouido with Gwanak-gu near Seoul National University opened to passengers on May 28, after an inauguration ceremony the previous day. The 7·8 km entirely underground line offers an end-to-end ...

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    Construction of Seoul Line 7 extension begins


    SOUTH KOREA: Construction is underway on a long-planned extension of Seoul Metro Line 7 from Seoknam to Cheongna International City. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 23 at Cheongna Lake Park. The 11 km extension will add seven stations, including the terminus at Cheongna International ...

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    Seoul Line 4 reaches Jinjeop


    SOUTH KOREA: An extension of Seoul Metro Line 4 northeast from Danggogae to Jinjeop opened on March 19.

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    Korean firms seek Egyptian rail opportunities


    EGYPT: South Korea’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport Noh Hyeong Ouk visited Egypt from February 23 to 25 to discuss bilateral co-operation on rail, metro and smart city projects. Noh met Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir to discuss financing for the localisation of the production ...

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    First section of Central Inland Railway inaugurated


    SOUTH KOREA: The first section of the Central Inland Railway between Icheon, southeast of Seoul and Chungju has opened for revenue service following an inauguration ceremony on December 30.

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    Busan – Ulsan suburban services launched


    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. Construction of ...

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    Work starts on Korean east coast connection


    ASIA: Work has started to complete the a coastal railway corridor along the east coast of the Korean peninsula, linking the rail networks of South and North Korea.

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    Busan metro traction equipment ordered


    SOUTH KOREA: Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions is to supply permanent magnet synchronous motors and other electrical equipment for 25 eight-car trains which Woojin Industrial Systems is to build for use on Busan Transportation Corp’s 40 km north-south metro Line 1 from 2025. TISS launched its ...

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    Enhanced interlocking certified for global market


    SOUTH KOREA: Ricardo’s Seoul-based rail team has completed the assessment of LS Electric’s LTran IX2 computer-based interlocking against international safety standards, enabling it to be launched in the global market. LTran IX2 CBI 520V is an evolution of a product previously approved by Ricardo Certification in ...

  • South Korean hydrogen fuel cell tram project
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    Hydrogen fuel cell tram development project launched


    SOUTH KOREA: A hydrogen-electric tram demonstration project has been launched by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, which aims to adapt existing automotive hydrogen technologies for rail use to develop a strong position for South Korean suppliers in the global light rail market. ‘While we ...

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    CBTC to use BlackBerry software


    SOUTH KOREA: sTraffic is to use BlackBerry’s QNX OS for Safety software in its communications-based train control systems. ‘Both BlackBerry and its QNX OS for Safety have an unparalleled reputation and proven safety pedigree’, said sTraffic Project Manager KH Kim. ‘Thanks to the company’s broad portfolio ...

  • Haeundae Beach Train (Photo: CRRC)
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    Beside the seaside on battery powered scenic tramway


    SOUTH KOREA: A disused railway on a coastal corniche has been converted into a scenic light rail line linking seaside tourist destinations in Busan. The Haeundae Beach Train uses a 4·8 km section of the former Donghae Nambu Line, with six ...

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    South Korea: KRRI eyes smart trains from 2030


    Korea Railroad Research Institute has started testing 5G-based autonomous train control technology at the New Transport Science Technopolis in Osong, with a view to introducing ‘smart trains’ on key routes from 2030. KRRI Chief Researcher Dr Jeong Rag-gyo outlines the project objectives and key findings to Benjámin Zelki.

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    Hyundai Rotem wins KTCS-2 onboard contract


    SOUTH KOREA: National railway operator Korail has selected Hyundai Rotem to assist with commercialisation of the Korea Train Control System 2, which uses a 4G (LTE-R) communications backbone. Under the contract announced on last month, Hyundai Rotem is to supply onboard equipment for a pilot project ...

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    Booking train tickets on Google Maps


    SOUTH KOREA: Technology company Ntuple and national rail operator Korail have expanded the ga-G chatbot service to enable users to book train tickets directly on Google Maps. The interface is available in Korean, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, and is intended to make it easier for travellers ...