Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.

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China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative is promising to restore the ancient Silk Road trading route and provide significant regional economic development. Kevin Smith examines the political and financial challenges of delivering this mammoth programme of infrastructure investment.

Monday, 30 April 2018 06:58

Alstom wins Singapore metro car contract

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority has placed an order worth €150m with Alstom to supply six six-car and 11 three-cars Metropolis metro trains for use respectively on the extensions to the North East Line and Circle Line.

Monday, 30 April 2018 05:38

Mumbai seeks supplier for 378 metro cars

DELHI Metro Rail Corporation, on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, has issued a call for tender for the supply of 378 standard-gauge metro cars for the Mumbai Metro Rail Investment Project.

HS1 Ltd, the owner and infrastructure manager of the high-speed link between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel, says it is in discussions with Eurotunnel, SNCF Network and Lisea about introducing direct London - Bordeaux high-speed services.

IN an effort to spur interest from the supply sector, Norwegian infrastructure manager Bane Nor has revealed further details of the investment priorities for the NKr 120bn ($US 15.08bn) it is set to receive from the government’s National Transportation Plan between 2018 and 2023.

Friday, 27 April 2018 06:59

UIC and UITP sign MoU

THE International Union of Railways (UIC) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining how the two organisations can develop closer cooperation and deliver mutual benefits when working on some of the key issues facing rail transport.

WORKING in partnership with Leo Express, Czech Republic, FlixTrain launched its inaugural service from Berlin to Stuttgart on April 26, reviving the short-lived Locomore service between the two cities.

TOULOUSE public transport authority Tisséo Communities and its Tisseo Engineering subsidiary have selected a consortium led by Systra and including Arcadis for a systems project management assistance contract for the French city’s third metro line.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 12 to mark the start of construction on Montreal’s Metropolitan Electric Network (REM), the new 67km automated light metro for the Canadian city.

Copenhagen is edging towards the start of construction on its first light rail project. Kevin Smith visits the Danish capital to get an update on the work that has taken place so far.

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