Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

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NORWAY’s minister of transport Mr Ketil Solvik-Olsen confirmed on May 15 that the government will provide funding for state-owned rolling stock company Norske Tog to order 25 additional Stadler Flirt trains, including the first bi-mode sets, to meet continuing growth in passenger numbers.

TENDERING has begun for a contract to rehabilitate the 34.2km line between the Albanian capital Tirana and the port of Durrës, together with the construction of a new 7.4km line which will connect both cities to Rinas International Airport.

Monday, 14 May 2018 09:41

Canada to fund Lac-Mégantic bypass

THE Canadian government confirmed on May 11 that it will provide $C 62.4m ($US 50.2m) towards the construction of a 12.8km cut-off which will enable freight trains to bypass the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, where an oil train derailed and exploded in July 2013 killing 47 people.

The oil price crash of 2014-2015 had a huge impact on government revenues of the petrostates of the Persian Gulf, forcing a rethink of ambitious rail development plans. Now private financing is gaining ground in the region as a means of pushing projects forward, as Keith Barrow reports from Dubai.

A protocol finalising the conditions and parameters for the concession to build the Northern Latitudinal Railway (NLR) was signed in Salekhard on May 12 by Russian transport minister, Mr Maxim Sokolov, Russian Railways (RZD) chairman, Mr Oleg Belozerov, governor of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Mr Dmitry Kobylkin, and representatives of Gazprom and the NLR concession company.

BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail announced on May 11 that it has joined the consortium that will develop, manufacture and market the Revolution Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicle.

POLAND’s largest rail freight operator, PKP Cargo, and Lithuanian Railways (LG) signed an agreement on May 10 pledging to cooperate on measures to streamline the handling of freight at border crossings between the two countries.

IRANIAN president Dr Hassan Rouhani inaugurated a 2km extension of Mashhad metro Line 2 from Shohada to Shariati on May 7, connecting the city’s two metro lines for the first time.

SINGAPORE Land Transport Agency (LTA) revealed the alignment and locations for the island’s seventh metro line on May 9.

Thursday, 10 May 2018 05:21

China approves new line in Xinjiang

CHINA’s top economic planner the National Development and Reform Commission has approved construction of an 825km railway linking Hotan and Ruoqiang in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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