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Ethiopian railway projects move forward ETHIOPIAN Railway Corporation (ERC) announced at the beginning of July that construction on a new line linking the Addis Ababa - Djibouti standard-gauge railway with the north of the country is making good progress.
Britain cancels major electrification projects BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will ditch plans to electrify the Midland Main Line (MML) between Kettering, Nottingham, and Sheffield, the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Cardiff and Swansea, and the Windermere - Oxenholme branch in the Lake District.
Private investors plan Ottawa commuter rail PLANS for privately-financed 400km commuter rail network centred on Ottawa and Gatineau took a step forward on July 1, when the Moose Consortium of eight local companies exchanged letters of intent with a consortium of LeMine Investment Group and Consortia N.A. (LeMine-Consortia N.A.) to assess the business and technical potential of the project.
£6.6bn of HS2 civil works contracts awarded BRITAIN’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling announced on July 17 that civil works contracts worth £6.6bn have been awarded for three sections of the £22.2bn Phase 1 London - Birmingham - Lichfield HS2 high-speed project.
Cross Yarra Partnership to build Melbourne Metro tunnel THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has selected the Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) as preferred bidder for the $A 6bn ($US 4.7bn) Melbourne Metro Tunnel and stations public-private partnership.
Malaysian PM opens second phase of Klang Valley MRT MALAYSIAN prime minister Mr Najib Razak inaugurated the 30km eastern section of the 51km Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line on July 17, when simultaneous opening ceremonies were held at Tun Razak Exchange and Kajang stations.
Canadian pension funds sell High Speed 1 BOREALIS Infrastructure, Canada, and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan announced on July 14 that they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell their 30-year concession to own, operate and manage Britain’s 109km High-Speed 1 (HS1) link between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel.
Thai cabinet approves high-speed project AFTER numerous delays, Thailand’s cabinet gave the go-ahead on July 11 for the construction of the country’s first high-speed line, which will link Bangkok with Nakhon Ratchasima.

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