HYUNDAI Rotem has been awarded a Won 361.5bn ($US 323.2m) contract by the Northeast Busan City Railway project to equip an automated light-rail line in Seoul, including 50 trains, signalling, communication equipment, track, power equipment, vehicle inspection equipment and platform screen doors.
KOREA’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Infrastructure (Molit) announced on April 26 that it has selected a consortium led by Shinhan Bank to build a 43.6km line from Paju to Samsung station in Seoul, a key component of Seoul’s next generation city-wide urban rail network, the Great Train eXpress (GTX).
Despite pushing back the opening date of the Ui Line, the latest addition to its metro from July until September, Seoul is on course to expand its 327km network by 89km by 2025. Andy Tebay reflects on recent developments in the Korean capital, including a shift to light metro and light rail projects from traditional heavy metro lines.
Soon-man Hong was appointed CEO of Korail in May 2016, and is currently overseeing the expansion of services ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics and in response to a new direct competitor. Hong is also committed to introducing new technologies across all areas of operation, as he reveals to Andy Tebay in Seoul.