Just over a year from now the first trains will start to carry passengers under the Bosphorus, linking the Asian and European sides of Istanbul by rail for the first time. It will also be the world's first rail link to combine CBTC and ERTMS on one line, reports David Briginshaw from Istanbul.
ALGERIA's National Railway Investment Agency (Anesrif) has awarded a contract to supply and install signalling systems on the new 129km standard-gauge line from Mecheria to El Bayadh to a joint venture of Algerian State Railways (SNTF) and Siemens.
KOREA Rail Network Authority (KRNA) has selected a consortium led by LSIS, Korea, and including Ansaldo STS to supply the train control system for the 182km Honam high-speed line between Osong and Gwangju Songjeong, which is due to be completed by December 2014.
BRITAIN's prime minister Mr David Cameron has announced plans today to invest an additional £4.2bn to upgrade key sections of the rail network in England and Wales between 2014 and 2019 on top of the £5.2bn already committed for projects currently underway such as Crossrail and Thameslink.