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Hong Kong reveals $US 14bn rail blueprint HONG KONG's Transport and Housing Bureau has unveiled a blueprint for the development of the region's rail network, which proposes the construction of seven new lines or extensions at an estimated cost of around $HK 110bn ($US 14.2bn).
Polish Pendolinos gain 250km/h certification POLAND's Railway Transport Office (UTK) announced on September 11 that the ED250 Pendolino EMUs being supplied by Alstom to PKP Intercity have been certified for operation at up to 250km/h in accordance with the relevant Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs).
Double-deck EMUs enter service in Aquitaine THE FRENCH region of Aquitaine marked the entry into service of its new fleet of class Z 55500 Regio 2N double-deck EMUs on September 15, when regional president Mr Alain Rousset officially launched the fleet in a ceremony at Bordeaux Saint Jean station before joining the inaugural service to Arcachon.
China opens Nanchang – Changsha HSL CHINA opened another high-speed line on September 16 with the launch of commercial services on the 342km line from Nanchang to Changsha.
North West Rail Link operations contract awarded THE government of New South Wales has confirmed that it has awarded the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium a $A 3.7bn ($US 3.48bn) operations, trains and systems contract for Sydney's $A 8.3bn North West Rail Link (NWRL), which includes a €298m rolling stock and signalling deal with Alstom.
CD and ZSSK accelerate Prague – Košice trains CZECH Railways (CD) and Slovakian Railways (ZSSK) have announced plans to shave almost an hour off the fastest journey times between the Czech capital and eastern Slovakia with the introduction of tilting trains on the Prague – Košice route.
SNCF Infra rolls out cable theft detection device FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) infrastructure division SNCF Infra has rolled out a new anti-wire theft device across its network. Developed by WiN MS, France, the device offers real-time monitoring of cable breaks, helping the infrastructure manager to quickly repair damage while minimising disruption.
Network Rail completes York operations centre WORK on a building which will house a new railway operating centre (ROC) for signalling and train control systems on Britain's east coast network from London Kings' Cross to the Scottish borders was completed in York on September 12.

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