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.

MTR Corp to assist MRT Jakarta

28 Apr 2017

INDONESIA: Project promoter MRT Jakarta signed a memorandum of understanding with the MTR Academy on April 27 to support the development of the city’s first metro line. The MTR Academy will share operational, maintenance and ... more

The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation.

Catenary-free operation for Newcastle light rail line

25 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA: The six Urbos trams which CAF is to supply for the light rail line under development in Newcastle will be equipped with onboard energy storage to permit catenary-free operation, New South Wales Minister for Transport ... more

A proposed 71 km electrified double-track passenger railway would parallel the Toshkent ring road.

Toshkent orbital railway plan

19 Apr 2017

UZBEKISTAN: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved plans for a 71 km electrified double-track passenger railway paralleling the Toshkent ring road. The orbital line would be designed to reduce road congestion and ... more

Belkommunmash wins Pavlodar tram order

18 Apr 2017

KAZAKHSTAN: Belkommunmash has won a contract to supply up to 25 trams to Pavlodar. The contract is worth 2·7bn tenge. The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is providing 2bn tenge under a loan agreement signed ... more

Tram changes to aid Melbourne Metro construction

17 Apr 2017

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne operator Yarra Trams is to reconfigure three routes with effect from May 1, offering new cross-city connections and facilitating the construction of the Metro Rail tunnels. The current Route 55 between West ... more

New initiatives in extended Auckland Transport operating contract

05 Apr 2017

NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Transport has extended Transdev’s contract to operate suburban rail services to January 2020. The extension includes initiatives to improve passenger experience and increase security. Ticket offices and ... more

Bangkok Sukhumvit Line extended

03 Apr 2017

THAILAND: A southern extension of the Sukhumvit Line in Bangkok opened at 13.00 on April 3, from Bearing to Samrong. Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang attended the opening ceremony for the new section of the elevated metro line. ... more

Gurgaon metro Phase 2 opens

03 Apr 2017

INDIA: Phase 2 of the Rapid MetroRail Gurgaon elevated metro opened on March 31. The 7 km southern extension takes the route to Sector 55-56, with five stations. Work began in October 2012, with Siemens acting as lead ... more

Trams run in Samarkand

31 Mar 2017

UZBEKISTAN: Regular passenger services started on the first phase of the Samarkand tram network on March 29. Test running had started on March 26. The initial 6·4 km route links the city’s main station with the Sat Tepo ... more