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Chennai metro opens airport extension CHENNAI International Airport joined the Indian city’s metro network on September 21, with the inauguration of the 8.6km second phase of Line 1 (Blue Line) from Little Mount.
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CHENNAI International Airport joined the Indian city’s metro network on September 21, with the inauguration of the 8.6km second phase of Line 1 (Blue Line) from Little Mount. The four-station extension includes an interchange with Line...
mitsubishi-electrical-equipment-for-mtr-trains
MITSUBISHI Electric announced on September 28 that it has been awarded a contract by CRRC Qingdao Sifang to supply electrical equipment for 93 eight-car trains being built by the Chinese supplier for MTR Corporation, Hong...
adb-finances-bangladeshi-dual-gauge-railway
THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) confirmed on September 28 that it will provide Bangladesh with a $US 1.5bn loan to help fund the construction of a 102km dual-gauge railway running south from the metre-gauge railhead...
maharashtra-approves-two-mumbai-metro-lines
THE cabinet of the Indian state of Maharashtra gave the go-ahead on September 27 for two metro projects in Mumbai. Line 2 Phase 2 will run for 23.6km from DN Nagar to Mankhurd with 22 stations...
crrc-and-bombardier-plan-closer-ties
CHINA Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) and Bombardier Transportation have signed an agreement to expand and deepen their relationship for selected rail projects both in China and abroad. The agreement was signed in Montreal on September...
new-commuter-line-opens-in-korea
THE 57km Gyeonggang Line commuter line opened on September 24 in the south-eastern area of the Korean capital Seoul. The standard-gauge line runs from Pangyo via Gwangju and Icheon to Yeoju and forms part of the...
india-scraps-separate-railway-budget
AFTER 92 years, India's cabinet decided on September 21 to abandon the British era legacy of annually presenting a separate railway budget in parliament. The decision has revived speculation that the government of prime minister Mr...
kars-–-tbilisi-–-baku-sleeping-car-revealed
IRJ at InoTrans 2016: Stadler and Azerbaijan Railways (ADY) jointly presented a new fleet of sleeper coaches for the Kars – Tbilisi – Baku railway at InnoTrans on September 22. ADY signed a $US 133m contract...
four-shortlisted-for-indian-emu-contract
INDIAN Railways (IR) has shortlisted four bidders for contract to build a factory to manufacture EMU cars at at a new Rs 10bn ($US 149m) production facility at Kachrapara in West Bengal. The shortlist includes Bombardier-Siemens,...
lte-new-standard-for-chinese-metro-projects
IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: ALL of China's new metro line projects are now required to utilise long term evolution (LTE) as the basis for their communications network, with many set to host CBTC for metro...