A contract worth around Yuan 2.51bn ($US 364.5m) has been awarded to CRRC Qingdao Sifang for a fleet of 11 eight-car trains with a design speed of 350km/h to operate on the 142.3km Jakarta - Bandung high-speed line which is due to open in 2019.
CONSTRUCTION of the $US 3.8bn 472km Mombasa - Nairobi standard-gauge railway (SGR) is due to be completed in March by China Railway and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which has a 10-year concession to operate the line, to allow test running to begin in preparation for the start of train operation in June.
MÁV-START, Hungary, issued a call for tender on December 10 for the supply of up to 10 high-capacity EMUs under a framework agreement for a total of 40 trains. Each train will have at least 600 seats which implies that the EMUs will likely be double-deck.
THE deputy premier of the Australian state of New South Wales Mr Troy Grant and minister for transport Mr Andrew Constance announced on October 28 that the state government has allocated $A 50m ($US 37.9m) to accelerate the renewal of NSW TrainLink’s medium-and long-distance diesel fleet, starting with the XPT trains.
GAUTENG minister for roads and transport Dr Ismail Vadi announced on October 20 that three bidders have prequalified for a contract to supply 12 EMUs for the Gautrain standard-gauge commuter rail network, which links Johannesburg with OR Tambo International Airport and Pretoria.
THE first CRRC Changchun EMU for Express Rail Link (ERL), the owner and operator of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (Klia) rail link, was unveiled on October 20 by Malaysia’s transport minister Mr Liow Tiong Lai.