Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 11

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    Wuhan extends driverless metro line


    CHINA: A southern extension of Wuhan’s driverless metro Line 7 opened to passengers on December 28. The 16·6 km underground extension from Yezhihu to Qinglongshan Ditiexiaozhen adds seven stations. CRRC Zhuzhou has supplied 15 six-car trainsets for the extension. These augment the 40 trainsets supplied by CRRC Changchun for ...

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    Chongqing metro adds two lines


    CHINA: Two metro lines opened in Chongqing on December 28. The northern part of the Loop Line is 33·7 km and connects Chongqing Library with Haixialu via Chongqingbei Railway Station. There are 24 stations, of which seven are due to open in 2019. The Loop Line crosses the ...

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    Guangzhou adds suburban metro lines


    CHINA: Two suburban metro lines opened in Guangzhou on December 28, and one metro line was extended. The main section of Line 14 runs for 54·4 km between Jiahewanggang and Dongfeng in the northeast of the city, serving 13 stations. At Xinhe the Knowledge City Line branches off. Opened ...

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    Beijing metro lines 6 and 8 extended


    CHINA: The Beijing metro network grew by more than 20 km on December 30 with the opening of extensions to lines 6 and 8. The southern section of Line 8 connects Zhushikou, where interchange is provided with Line 7, with Yinghai. The 10·3 km north-south route is not yet ...

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    CAF to supply catenary-free trams to Parramatta


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded contracts for the construction and operation of Stage 1 of the Parramatta light rail project. A joint venture of Downer and CPB Contractors has been awarded the A$840m civil works contract, while the A$536m fit-out and operations contract has been signed ...

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    First metro line opens in Jinan


    CHINA: The first metro line in Jinan was inaugurated on January 1. Line R1 connects Fangte and Gongyanyuan. Of the 26·3 km route, a 16·2 km section with seven stations is elevated and 10·1 km with four stations runs underground. Services are operated with four-car trainsets, which are stabled ...

  • JR East began testing driverless operation on the Yamanote Line in the early hours of December 30 (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    East Japan Railway tests driverless operation


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway is testing automatic train operation on the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, with a view to assessing the feasibility of converting routes to driverless operation. The 34·5 km circular route was selected for testing because it does not share tracks with other lines. JR East envisages that ...

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    Chengdu tramway in service


    CHINA: The initial section of the Chengdu tram network opened on December 26. The 13·6 km Line T2 between Chenguang and Hexin Road is the first phase of a planned 39·3 km Y-shaped network in the northwest of the city that would provide interchange with metro ...

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    Songjiang tramway opens in Shanghai


    CHINA: The first section of the Songjiang tram network in Shanghai opened on December 26. The 13·9 km route serving 20 stops connects Zhongchen Road in the east with Canghua Road in the west via Songjiang University Town, where interchange is provided with metro Line 9. Services operate ...

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    Qingdao opens coastal metro Line 13


    CHINA: An isolated regional metro line was opened in the eastern port city of Qingdao on December 26. Designated Line 13, but originally known as R3, the Jiaonan line is currently not connected to the rest of the city’s metro network. Starting from Jinggangshan Lu in the Huangdao port district ...

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    Chongqing opens Line 5 extension


    CHINA: A 2·5 km extension of Chongqing metro line 5 from Dalongshan to Dashiba was opened for revenue service on December 24, adding a single station to the route. The extension comes just under a year after the inauguration of the first section of Line 5 between Expo Garden Centre ...

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    Tunnel failure delays Perth airport rail link


    AUSTRALIA: Opening of the Forrestfield-Airport Link in Perth is now expected in the second half of 2021, Western Australia’s Minister of Transport & Planning Rita Saffioti announced on December 18. Being built at a cost of A$1·86bn, the 8·5 km suburban railway to the airport and Forrestfield will diverge from ...

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    Mumbai monorail operating contract terminated


    INDIA: Citing a ‘failure to perform and fulfil contractual obligations’, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has taken over operation of the Mumbai monorail after terminating the contact held by the LTSE joint venture of Larsen & Toubro Ltd and Scomi Engineering. MMRDA insisted that services would continue to run ...

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    Singapore North East Line upgrades to start next month


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded CRRC Nanjing Puzhen a S$116·7m contract for the midlife overhaul of the first-generation trains operating on the North East Line. Alstom supplied the 25 six-car trainsets for the opening of the North East Line in 2003. The overhaul will include new interiors, as ...

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    Alstom wins Mumbai metro signalling contract


    INDIA: Mumbai Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply CBTC signalling for Mumbai metro Line 3, the supplier announced on December 10. Alstom is to supply its Urbalis 400 for unattended operation, as well as platform screen doors and SCADA systems. Earlier this year ...

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    Alstom completes last Sydney metro train


    AUSTRALIA: Alstom has rolled out the last of the 22 driverless Metropolis trains that it is supplying for the Sydney metro at its Sricity factory in India. Alstom is supplying 22 six-car Metropolis driverless trainsets, together with Urbalis 400 communications-based train control, Iconis control systems and Smartlock 400 computer-based ...

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    Station moved underground as Tianjin metro extension opens


    CHINA: A short extension of Tianjin metro Line 1 was inaugurated on December 3. The 1·5 km southeastern extension has two stations. Shuanglin, the previous terminus of Line 1, has reopened after nearly two years of closure during which it was rebuilt from an elevated to an underground station. ...

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    Contactless payment arrives on Sydney Trains


    AUSTRALIA: The open payment ticketing trial in Sydney was expanded on November 27 to include the Sydney Trains network and NSW Train Link services that accept Opal cards. Transport for New South Wales began a contactless ticketing trial on the Manly Ferry service in July 2017 using open payment ...

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    Guiyang metro line extended


    CHINA: An extension of Guiyang’s only metro line opened on December 1. The 20·2 km extension from Guiyangbei Railway Station to Xiaomeng Industrial Park serves 14 stations. The extension brigs the total length of Line 1 to 33·1 km. The initial section opened in December 2017, and a 2 ...

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    Six more metro projects launched in Guangzhou


    CHINA: A ceremony at Higher Education Mega Center South station on November 19 marked the launch of six metro construction projects in Guangzhou. The projects will add 111·7 km and 67 stations to the network and are cumulatively worth 100bn yuan. The network is currently 391·7 route-km, and 15 ...