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India unveils record railway budget INDIA's railways minister Mr Suresh Prabu unveiled the government's 2015-2016 railway budget on February 26, promising record spending of Rs 1 trillion ($US 18.9bn) in Indian Railways (IR) over the next financial year.
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INDIA's railways minister Mr Suresh Prabu unveiled the government's 2015-2016 railway budget on February 26, promising record spending of Rs 1 trillion ($US 18.9bn) in Indian Railways (IR) over the next financial year. In an obvious...
Despite some successes in reducing energy consumption, Indian Railways continues to neglect sustainability in long-term planning. Sanjay Kumar, deputy chief vigilance officer with Northern Railway, argues that IR needs to adopt a company-wide plan which...
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The extraordinary growth of China's high-speed network has been one of the defining rail trends of recent years, but the pace of expansion has made charting traffic development a challenging process. Gerald Ollivier, Richard Bullock,...
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Next month sees the launch of the latest addition to Japan's high-speed network with the start of commercial services on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. Keith Barrow reports from Japan on the new line from Nagano to...
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KUALA Lumpur's Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT) says it is plans to announce tenders for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 project by the end of the year.The Ringgits 23bn ($US 6.43bn) MRT...
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THE World Bank board of executive directors has approved a $US 195m loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) to finance the construction of a new railway through the Kamchik Pass in...
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INDONESIA's Ministry of Transport says that a feasibility study into the construction of a 595km railway between Sorong and Jayapura in Papua will begin this year. According to a document released this week, the line will...
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RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) has begun six months of trials with the first of 32 diesel locomotives being supplied by Sinara for the 1067mm-gauge network on the Pacific island of Sakhalin. Sinara has delivered two of the...
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BOMBARDIER and the New United Group (NUG) have signed an agreement to create a new joint venture in signalling and train control in China. The new venture will be located in Changzhou, a city of...
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THE concession agreement for Beijing Metro Line 16 was signed on February 8 by the Beijing Municipal Government, Beijing MTR Corporation Ltd and the three shareholders of Beijing MTR.Under the agreement, subject to approval by...