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.

Titagarh Firema wins Pune metro train contract

16 Aug 2019

INDIA: Titagarh Firema has won a contract to supply 51 two-car trainsets for the Pune metro project, Housing & Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra announced on August 14. The aluminium-bodied trainsets will be ... more

BEML has started assembling the 378 metro cars that it is supplying to operate on three driverless lines being built in Mumbai.

Work begins on driverless Mumbai metro trains

06 Aug 2019

INDIA: BEML has started assembling the 378 metro cars that it is supplying to operate on three driverless lines being built in Mumbai. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority awarded BEML a Rs30·15bn contract last year ... more

Trial operations begin on Bangkok Blue Line extension

06 Aug 2019

THAILAND: An extension of the Bangkok metro Blue Line started trial operation on July 29. Services are free, and revenue operations are scheduled to commence on September 29. The 5·4 km partly underground southwestern ... more

Sejong City is being developed to take over some functions from the existing capital of Seoul.

Sejong City to test autonomous buses

05 Aug 2019

SOUTH KOREA: Trials of autonomous buses are due to begin in Sejong City from 2021, as part of a government initiative to encourage regional innovation. Seven areas outside of the Seoul metropolitan area, including Busan, have ... more

The Line 7 extension will provide interchange with the AREX airport rail link (photo: Benjámin Zelki).

Seoul metro Line 7 extension approved

01 Aug 2019

SOUTH KOREA: The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport has approved a project to extend Seoul metro Line 7 to Cheongna International City in Incheon. Line 7 currently connects Jangam in the north of Seoul with ... more

Dynamic testing has started on the catenary-free section of the CBD & South East Light Rail line in Sydney.

Catenary-free tram running tested in Sydney

31 Jul 2019

AUSTRALIA: Dynamic testing has started on the catenary-free section of the CBD & South East Light Rail line in Sydney, Transport for New South Wales announced on July 30. The 2 km section from Town Hall to the northern ... more

Taichung metro on test

30 Jul 2019

TAIWAN: The initial period of test running on the Taichung metro Green Line has been completed, ahead of planned opening of the line next year. Tests were focused on the driverless train systems and took place for almost a month. ... more

John Holland is part of the consortium that operates the existing Sydney metro line.

RATP Dev enters Australian market with John Holland partnership

29 Jul 2019

AUSTRALIA: RATP Dev and John Holland have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly bid for operations and maintenance contracts for the Sydney Metro West and Sydney Metro Greater West projects. RATP Dev expects to open ... more

Ireka and CRRC form urban transport joint venture

29 Jul 2019

MALAYSIA: Ireka Corp and CRRC Urban Traffic (Europe) have formed a 51:49 joint venture to pursue opportunities in the rail, urban transport, logistics, trading and construction sectors in Malaysia and across the Southeast Asia ... more