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Berlin Main Station tram link opens THE new tram line connecting Berlin Main Station and Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station opened partially on December 14, although the eastern section to Nordbahnhof will not open before mid-2015.
JR Central starts construction on Chuo maglev JR Central hosted ceremonies at Shinagawa station in Tokyo and at Nagoya station on December 17 to mark the start of construction on the Yen 5.5 trillion ($US 46.45bn) Chuo maglev line between the two cities.
Contract awarded for Sydney CBD light rail A CONTRACT has been signed between the New South Wales state government and the Altrac Light Rail consortium (previously known as Connecting Sydney) for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the $A 2.1bn ($US 1.72bn) Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail line.
Audit criticises British train procurement A report by Britain's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the Department for Transport's (DfT) handling of two major rolling stock procurement projects, arguing that the government has taken on a disproportionate share of the risk because of the DfT's failure to fully investigate other methods of financing new trains.
Dutch core network concessions signed DUTCH secretary of state for infrastructure Mrs Wilma Mansveld signed 10-year concession agreements on December 15 with Netherlands Railways (NS) for the operation of the so-called core network and with ProRail for the management of the country's mainline rail infrastructure.
New Italy – Austria regional services launched REGIONAL rail links between Austria and Italy were stepped up significantly on December 14 with the launch of hourly services on the Fortezza - San Candido – Lienz corridor as part of the Euregio initiative between the Austrian province of Tyrol and the Italian autonomous region of South Tyrol.
Paris inaugurates light rail Line T8 PARIS celebrated the completion of the latest addition to its rapidly-expanding light rail network on December 16, when Line T8 was officially inaugurated the presence of Mr Jean-Paul Huchon, president of Ile-de-France regional council, Mr Mathieu Hanotin, member of parliament for Seine-Saint-Denis, and Paris Transport Authority (RATP) president Mr Pierre Mongin.
Financing agreed for Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn expansion THE government of the German state of North Rhine Westphalia has signed three financing and implementation agreements with Rhineland Transport Authority (NVR) and German Rail (DB) for the long-planned extension of Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Line S13 from Troisdorf to Bonn Oberkassel.

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berlin-main-station-tram-link-opens
December 19, 2014
THE new tram line connecting Berlin Main Station and Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station opened partially on December 14, although the eastern section to Nordbahnhof will not open before mid-2015. The section of line which is now operational...
construction-begins-on-lhasa-nyingchi-line
December 19, 2014
CHINA Railway Corporation confirmed on December 19 that construction has begun on a 402km line linking Lhasa in Tibet with Nyingchi, close to the disputed Indian border region of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as...
jr-east-seeks-closer-ties-with-european-suppliers
December 18, 2014
JR East outlined its future procurement strategy at the EU-Japan 2nd Railway Industrial Dialogue earlier this month, pledging to strengthen links with European suppliers. The event in Tokyo was hosted by the European Commission and the...
jr-central-starts-construction-on-chuo-maglev
December 18, 2014
JR Central hosted ceremonies at Shinagawa station in Tokyo and at Nagoya station on December 17 to mark the start of construction on the Yen 5.5 trillion ($US 46.45bn) Chuo maglev line between the two...
contract-awarded-for-sydney-cbd-light-rail
December 18, 2014
A CONTRACT has been signed between the New South Wales state government and the Altrac Light Rail consortium (previously known as Connecting Sydney) for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the $A 2.1bn ($US...
audit-criticises-british-rolling-stock-procurement
December 18, 2014
A report by Britain's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has criticised the Department for Transport's (DfT) handling of two major rolling stock procurement projects, arguing that the government has taken on a disproportionate share of the...
dutch-core-network-concessions-signed
December 17, 2014
DUTCH secretary of state for infrastructure Mrs Wilma Mansveld signed 10-year concession agreements on December 15 with Netherlands Railways (NS) for the operation of the so-called core network and with ProRail for the management of...

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