KOREA Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyundai Rotem and Korail in Seoul on November 10 pledging to collaborate on a project to develop Korea’s first double-deck high-speed train.
PRESIDENT Park Geun-hye of Korea along with 1200 invited guests and members of the public attended a ceremony at Songjeong station in Gwangju on April 1 to mark the opening of the new 182.3km high-speed line from Osong to Gwangju. New KTX Honam services from Seoul to Mokpo will begin using the line on April 2.
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.
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.