Asia & Pacific urban rail news

The latest tram, light rail, metro and commuter railway news from the Asia & Pacific region, including Japan, Australia and southeast Asia.

Sydney Harbour metro tunnel contract awarded

26 Jun 2017

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded a A$2·81bn civil works contract for the construction of the Sydney metro cross-harbour tunnel to a joint venture of John Holland (45%), CPB Contractors (45%) and Ghella (10%). ... more

Six bids for Mumbai metro driverless trains

23 Jun 2017

INDIA: Mumbai Metro Rail Corp announced on June 20 that it had received six bids to pre-qualify for a contract to supply driverless trains to operate on Line 3: Hitachi CAF Mitsubishi Corp A ... more

Phase 1 of the Bangalore metro has been completed with the inauguration of the southern section of the Green Line.

Bangalore metro Phase 1 completed

19 Jun 2017

INDIA: Phase 1 of the Bangalore metro was completed on June 17 with the inauguration of the southern section of the Green Line. Passenger services started the following day. The 12 km extension from Sampige Road to ... more

Kochi metro opens

19 Jun 2017

INDIA: Revenue services on the first phase of the Kochi metro started on June 19, two days after an official inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 13 km section from Aluva to Palarivattom forms the northern ... more

Tuas West Extension opens in Singapore

19 Jun 2017

SINGAPORE: The Tuas West Extension opened to passengers on June 18. The 7·5 km western extension of the East-West Line runs above ground from Joo Koon to Tuas Link. Four stations have been added to the metro network. Land ... more

Seoul metro operators merge

02 Jun 2017

SOUTH KOREA: The merger of the two city-owned metro operators in Seoul took effect on May 31. The new Seoul Metro is formed of Seoul Metro Corp — which previously operated lines 1, 2, 3 and 4 — and Seoul Metropolitan Rapid ... more

Station work begins on Line 2 extension in Manila

01 Jun 2017

PHILIPPINES: A ceremony to mark the start of station construction on the Light Rail Transit Line 2 East Extension Project in Manila was held on May 30. Work on the two stations is due to begin on June 6, for completion in August ... more

Work begins on Perth Airport rail link

30 May 2017

AUSTRALIA: Work has started at the Perth Airport construction site for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, following the arrival of the first tunnel boring machine earlier this month. Work on the station box structure, which is next ... more

Delhi Metro opens heritage corridor extension

30 May 2017

INDIA: The latest section of the Delhi metro network opened to passengers on May 28, when Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu and Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal flagged off the first train on the ITO – Kashmere ... more