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.

Scomi has supplied monorail vehicles to cities including Kuala Lumpur.

Scomi Rail ordered to wind up

10 May 2019

MALAYSIA: The High Court ordered the winding-up of monorail manufacturer Scomi Rail on May 6. The order follows Scomi Rail defaulting on debts to Maybank and Voyage Logistics International (Malaysia). The property of the Scomi ... more

Main work begins on Manila metro extension

07 May 2019

PHILIPPINES: Main works on the southern extension of Manila metro Line 1 were launched at a ceremony on May 7. An event to mark the start of enabling works had taken place in May 2017. The 11·7 km extension to Bacoor in ... more

The Integrated Train Testing Centre would undertake testing for all of Singapore's metro lines.

Test track complex to be built in Singapore

24 Apr 2019

SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has announced plans to build a metro train test centre on the former site of the Raffles Country Club in Tuas. The 50 ha site near the East-West Line’s Tuas West depot would include an ... more

Istanbul plans cross-Bosporus metro line

23 Apr 2019

TURKEY: The Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure is planning to build a metro line connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, using a three-level road and rail tunnel to cross the Bosporus. The 30·2 km ... more

The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra has opened.

Canberra light rail line opens

23 Apr 2019

AUSTRALIA: The first stage of the light rail line in Canberra opened to passengers on April 20, with two days of free travel. Linking Alinga Street in the city centre with Gungahlin Place to the north, the 12 km route ... more

Construction of the City Rail Link is already underway in Lower Queen Street, where the cross-city tunnels will convert Auckland's existing Britomart terminus into a through station.

Costs rise as Auckland City Rail Link contract awarded

22 Apr 2019

NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter CRL Ltd has selected the Link Alliance as preferred bidder for the main works package to construct the City Rail Link loop line under central Auckland. Awarded both the C3 contract to build the ... more