CRRC unveils carbon fibre metro car bodyshell

11 Jan 2018

CHINA: CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co unveiled a prototype of what it says is the world’s first carbon fibre metro car bodyshell on January 7. The manufacturer says that the composite materials used allow the car to be 35% ... more

Stadler to supply FGC EMUs

10 Jan 2018

SPAIN: Catalunya regional operator FGC has awarded Stadler Rail a €99∙5m contract to supply 15 four-car Class 115 EMUs. The four-car trainsets are to be deployed from 2019 on FGC’s 1 435 mm gauge Vallès network serving ... more

Siemens to electrify Ahmedabad metro

09 Jan 2018

INDIA: Ahmedabad metro project promoter MEGA has awarded Siemens a €76m contract to electrify of the first phase of the city’s metro network. Siemens will electrify two metro lines with a combined length of 39·2 km, as ... more

Düsseldorf trams reach ISS Dome

08 Jan 2018

GERMANY: Düsseldorf’s tram network was extended by 2 km on January 7, when a northern extension of Line 701 was inaugurated. The new route from Rath S-Bahn station to ISS Dome has three stops. The €30m cost of work was ... more

Chengdu driverless metro contracts awarded

08 Jan 2018

CHINA: Chengdu Railway Corp has awarded contracts for the supply of traction equipment and signalling for the first phase of Chengdu metro Line 9, which will be the city’s first driverless metro line. The two contracts are worth ... more

More Vamos light rail vehicles ordered for Bielefeld

08 Jan 2018

GERMANY: Bielefeld transport operator moBiel announced on January 4 that it had ordered a further 24 Vamos light rail vehicles from a consortium of Heiterblick and Kiepe Electric. The contract is worth €90m. Leipzig-based ... more

Suburban metro Line S9 opens in Nanjing

08 Jan 2018

CHINA: Nanjing was not left out of the seasonal multitude of urban rail openings as 2017 drew to a close, with the inauguration of suburban metro Line S9 taking place on December 30. Also known as the Nanjing–Gaochun Intercity ... more

Hangzhou metro Line 2 extends

05 Jan 2018

CHINA: A northern extension of Hangzhou metro Line 2 opened on December 27, adding 13·3 km. The underground section from Gucui Road to Liangzhu serves 10 stations. A depot has been built at the new northern terminus. The ... more

Jakarta airport rail link inaugurated

05 Jan 2018

INDONESIA: The 36·4 km rail link to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport began full commercial operation on January 2, following a formal inauguration by President Joko Widodo. Trial services had been launched on ... more

CRRC rolls out Hong Kong metro train

05 Jan 2018

CHINA: CRRC Qingdao Sifang rolled out the first of 93 eight-car metro trainsets for Hong Kong on December 21. It is expected to enter passenger service in the second half of 2018, with deliveries of the entire order scheduled to ... more

Shanghai adds metro Line 17

05 Jan 2018

CHINA: Expansions at the end of December cemented Shanghai’s position as the city with the largest metro network in the world. As of December 30, the country’s largest city boasts a 637 route-km metro, keeping its rival Beijing ... more

Driverless metro, maglev and tram line open in Beijing

04 Jan 2018

CHINA: December 30 saw a significant expansion of the urban rail network in Beijing, with the opening of a driverless metro line, a maglev line and a tram line. An existing metro line was also extended. The 14·4 km Yanfang ... more