KOREA's national passenger operator Korail has placed a Won 154.4bn ($US 138m) order with Hyundai Rotem for 22 EMUs for commuter services. The trains will be deployed on the Donghae Nambu line in southeast Korea and the new Seongnam - Yeoju Line, work on which is due to be completed by the end of 2015.
Ten years after the launch of KTX, Korea's high-speed rail network continues to grow and the country's railway industry is working on the development of the next generation of high-speed trains. Dr Gil-hyun Kang, senior vice-president of Hyundai Rotem, charts the evolution of KTX.
To cope with increasing demand for rail transport in Korea, Korean Rail Network Authority is engaging in a programme of new railway construction and improvements to existing infrastructure that will enhance services provided by national operator Korail and its new private subsidiary Suseo High Speed Railway Corporation. Kevin Smith profiles the projects.
Despite the Korean War ending in 1953, peace has never actually been declared between North and South Korea which remain separated by the world's most heavily-guarded border. However, Korail president and CEO Dr Choi Yeon-Hye believes the railway connections between the two countries could provide the basis for a peaceful reunification, as Kevin Smith discovered during a visit to Seoul.
KOREA's national rail operator, Korail, has issued a call for tender for 15 10-car high-speed trains for operation on the new Wongang line which opens in 2017 and will link Wonju, southeast of Seoul, with the east coast city of Gangneung.
Korail's new rail tourism initiative is transforming the performance of poorly-patronised regional railways and being hailed as a shining example of president Park Geun-hye's plan to transform Korea into a "creative economy" based more on service industries and innovation, as David Briginshaw discovers.
TRAIN services started to return to normal in Korea today following the end of a 22-day strike by railway workers over the government's decision to grant a licence to a new affiliate operator to be set up by Korail to run the new Suseo KTX service.
A concerted effort by Korail to improve safety management and reduce train failures and human error has been hailed a major success. As Lee Min-cheor of Korail's International Cooperation Department explains, the performance of flagship high-speed services has improved markedly.
KOREA's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has dropped plans announced earlier this month to allow a private company to operate high-speed services from the new Suseo station is southeastern Seoul which is due to open in 2015.