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New Japanese timetable heralds major changes THE introduction of new train timetables in Japan on March 14 was not only notable for the opening of the country's latest high-speed line, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, but also acceleration of Tokaido Shinkansen services, the opening of a new line in Tokyo, and the reopening of one of the lines damaged by the 2011 tsunami.
philippines-seeks-private-partner-for-commuter-project
PHILIPPINE state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) plans to issue a tender this year to establish a joint-venture company with a private partner to implement the Clark Rail project, an 82km section of the...
new-japanese-timetable-heralds-major-changes
THE introduction of new train timetables in Japan on March 14 was not only notable for the opening of the country's latest high-speed line, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, but also acceleration of Tokaido Shinkansen services, the...
afghanistan-renews-railway-operating-contract
AFGHANISTAN's Ministry of Public Works has renewed its contract with Uzbekistan Railways (UTY) to run the country's only operational railway, the 75km line from Hairatan in Uzbekistan to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The three-year deal...
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A mock-up of the Hitachi metro train for the first metro line in Ho Chi Minh City was unveiled on March 16 by the city's Management Authority for Urban Railways (Maur). The mock-up was shipped to...
revenue-and-profits-up-at-mtr
REVENUE at MTR Corporation grew 3.7% in 2014 to $HK 40.16bn ($US 5.17bn), with its Hong Kong operations accounting for $HK 27.53bn of this figure, an 8.1% increase. Underlying profits from MTR's global businesses was...
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REGULAR services on the 230km Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Kanazawa began on March 14 with hundreds of people turning out in Tokyo and Kanazawa to see the first trains depart. The new line is a...
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CONSTRUCTION of a new network of standard-gauge lines in Thailand moved a step closer on March 12, when the Chinese and Thai governments signed an agreement to jointly build and operate two lines linking the...
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THE government of Vietnam has approved a strategy outlining improvements to the country's existing railway network up to 2020 and a vision for the development of new infrastructure up to 2050. The plan calls for modernisation...
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THE merger of China's largest rolling stock manufacturers CNR and CSR has moved a step forward after the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) granted in-principle approval of plans to...
shanghai-city-centre-tram-plan-revealed
TRAMS are set to return to Shanghai city centre for the first time in more than 40 years as part of a three-year development plan for publically-owned land along the city's riverfront, which was unveiled...