Urban transport stories from Asia – Page 12

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    Sydney metro southwest fit-out contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded the Sydney Metro City & Southwest tunnel fit-out contract to the Systems Connect joint venture of CPB Contractors and UGL. The value of the contract awarded on November 21 is around A$1·38bn, with the final value subject to adjustment. Law firm ...

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    Autonomous vehicle research centre to be set up in Singapore


    SINGAPORE: Continental and EasyMile have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a research and development team based in Singapore to work on autonomous vehicles. The team’s work would focus on developing perception and deep learning technology, with the eventual aim of testing an autonomous vehicle in the city. ...

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    Manila metro Line 3 upgrade financing agreed


    PHILIPPINES: The government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency on November 8 for the metro Line 3 rehabilitation project. The 40-year, ¥38·1bn loan will fund the overhaul of infrastructure and rolling stock on Line 3 with the aim of returning it to its design capacity, as ...

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    Australian automated transport inquiry begins


    AUSTRALIA: The Infrastructure, Transport & Cities Committee of the House of Representatives has commenced an inquiry into automated mass transit. Submissions are open until December 7. The inquiry focuses on developments in automation and new energy sources such as electricity and hydrogen. ‘International experience of automated metro systems ...

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    Melbourne High Capacity Metro Trains on test


    AUSTRALIA: Testing has started of the High Capacity Metro Trains that Evolution Rail is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. The Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group has a PPP contract to supply 65 electric multiple-units for use on the 1 600 mm ...

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    Gold Coast LRT Stage 3A funding pledged


    AUSTRALIA: The federal government has agreed to contribute A$112m towards the next phase of the Gold Coast light rail project in South East Queensland, Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure & Population Alan Tudge announced on November 5. Provisionally costed at A$670m, the 6·4 km Stage 3A extension from Broadbeach South ...

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    Changchun adds light rail line


    CHINA: The third line of Changchun’s light rail network opened on October 30. Line 8 runs north from the northern terminus of metro Line 1 at North Ring Road to Guangtong Road. Services on the elevated 13·3 km route with 12 stops run every 10 min from 06.00 to ...

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    Air taxi trials to take place in Singapore


    SINGAPORE: Aerial vehicle developer Volocopter is to test its ‘multicopter’ taxis in Singapore next year. A series of tests in the second half of 2019 would validate and verify the ability of the company’s eVTOL vehicles to operate in the city’s urban environment. The tests would include passenger-carrying flights. ...

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    Newcastle tram testing begins


    AUSTRALIA: Powered testing started on the tram route in Newcastle on the night of October 22-23. Daytime testing is expected to commence in the coming weeks, with opening of the 2·6 km route between Wickham and Pacific Park scheduled for early 2019. The first tram arrived last month. ...

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    Tianjin metro Line 5 opens


    CHINA: Tianjin metro Line 5 began trial operations on October 22. Services operate between 6.00 and 23.40 every 6 min in the peaks and 7 to 8 min off-peak. The 35 km underground route runs from Danhebeidao in the north to Zhongyiyifuyuan in the south, serving 26 stations including ...

  • Construction of Taoyuan Metro’s Green Line was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony for a 9·8 km elevated section of the route in the Bade district on October 15.
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    Construction of Taoyuan’s Green Line officially begins


    TAIWAN: Construction of Taoyuan Metro’s Green Line was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony for a 9· 8 km elevated section of the route in the Bade district on October 15. Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan said the line would be the first route to be developed by the city’s municipal government, ...

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    Adelaide tramway extensions open


    AUSTRALIA: Two short extensions of the Glenelg tramway in Adelaide opened on October 13. One extension runs 1 km east along North Terrace from Adelaide Railway Station to Art Gallery, University and Botanic Gardens, and operates every day. The other runs 350 m north from Rundle Mall along King William ...

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    Auckland City Rail Link fit-out contractor selected


    NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter City Rail Link Ltd has selected the Systems Integration, Testing & Commissioning Alliance joint venture of RCR Tomlinson and design partners Opus International Consultants for the interim project alliance agreement covering railway systems for the City Rail Link project in Auckland. SITC will work with ...

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    Vertical platform gates to be tested in Paris


    FRANCE: SNCF’s Transilien business unit is to test vertically-rising platform edge gates from South Korean technology company sTraffic at Vanves-Malakoff station in southern Paris. Under a contract awarded at the end of 2017, the gates are due to be installed by April 2019 for a one-year trial. sTraffic has set ...

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    Wuhan metro adds two lines


    CHINA: The Wuhan metro network expanded on October 1 with the opening of two driverless lines. Line 7 runs from Garden Expo North in the north to Yezhihu in the south, serving 19 stations along its 30·4 km route. The end-to-end journey time on the underground line is 51 ...

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    More E-Class trams ordered for Melbourne


    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government announced on September 18 that it had ordered 10 more E-Class trams from Bombardier for A$83m. Bombardier is already supplying 80 low-floor trams from its Dandenong factory under previously placed orders; the 70th of these is expected to arrive in the next few weeks. ...

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    Facial recognition ticket gates to be introduced this year


    CHINA: Later this year passengers in Beijing will be able to use ticket gates incorporating facial recognition which have been developed by BII Railway Transportation Technology. The gates offer two operating modes. In the first, a passenger’s photo is stored on a physical ticket, and when the passenger touches ...

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    CRRC unveils Cetrovo carbon-bodied metro vehicle


    CHINA: Hailed as the world’s first carbon-bodied metro vehicle, CRRC’s Cetrovo metro car prototype was formally unveiled at InnoTrans on September 18. CRRC says the Sifang-built vehicle will pave the way for the third generation of Chinese metro trainsets. These will be needed to operate new lines expected to open ...

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    Sydney metro station contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded Macquarie Group a A$378·6m contract to develop Martin Place station on the southern section of the future Sydney metro line. Macquarie Group submitted an unsolicited proposal to develop the underground station and buildings above it. The company has appointed Lendlease as ...

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    Harsco wins Singapore metro grinder contract


    SINGAPORE: Land Transit Authority has awarded Harsco Rail a contract to supply a 16 stone grinder custom designed for Singapore’s metro network. Modifications include electric motors and a small profile to operate in metro tunnels. ‘We have developed a strong partnership and open communication with LTA over the last ...