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11th August 2023. Volume 8, Issue 2

8 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

We are pleased to be supporting the upcoming 8th Edition Malaysia Rail which will take place on the 4th & 5th September 2023 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Highlights of the Program

- National Transport Policy 2019 – 2030 Malaysia

- Indonesia National Railways Master Plan – 2030

- Update on MRT 3 Circle Line

- Malaysia-Singapore rail link project

- Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT)

- Architecture and Urban Planning for MRT & LRT projects

- Optimising the full potential of rail connectivity with Port infrastructure

- Update on Mass Rapid Transit Master Plan in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region – 2029

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

Best Regards

Rail News

9 August 2023. Malaysia. KL-Singapore high-speed rail update

MyHSR, the government-backed company behind the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed rail link, has reported an “overwhelming response” to its Request for Information (RFI), launched in July. According to the project managers, at least 700 representatives from local and international companies attended a Ministry of Finance information event on the proposed lines. MyHSR said that included representatives from Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and the UK. Interested parties now have access to RFI and planning documents and have until 15 November to submit proposals.

Source: Railway Technology


9 August 2023. United States. Alstom Lands $315MM CTDOT Order

Alstom and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) on Aug. 9 confirmed a $315 million base order for 60 single-level commuter railcars, with options to build 313 more as part of the state’s railcar renewal program. Delivery of the first cars is expected to begin in 2026. Based on Alstom’s Adessia EMU platform, the new railcars will be prioritized for use on the Hartford Line, as well as the branches of the New Haven Line, CTDOT reported.

Source: Railway Age

8 August 2023. Australia. Contractor shortlist released for final VIC Inland Rail projects

Inland Rail has announced the contractor shortlist for its final eight Victorian projects, revealing the three contractors who will be competing for the major construction initiatives. The three contractors – CPB Contractors, John Holland and McConnell Dowell – will now develop their final design and construct tender submissions for the Inland Rail Beveridge to Albury section for Tranche 2 works at Benalla, Euroa, Broadford, Wandong, Seymour, and Tallarook.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine


8 August 2023. United Kingdom. Tunnel progress as HS2’s ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ reach Little Missenden

HS2 today confirmed that ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ – the two giant tunnelling machines digging HS2’s longest tunnels – have reached the Little Missenden ventilation shaft, more than three quarters of the way through their 10 mile drive under the Chilterns. The enormous 2,000 tonne machines have spent two years excavating the twin tunnels between the M25 and South Heath in Buckinghamshire that will help improve connections between London, Birmingham and the North.

Source: Rail UK

8 August 2023. China. Knorr-Bremse to Supply Braking Systems for CRRC Metros in Chengdu

CRRC has contracted Knorr-Bremse to supply the complete braking systems for 36 new metro trains consisting of 288 cars for operation in Chengdu, China. Under this contract, by mid-2024, Knorr-Bremse will supply the complete electropneumatic braking systems, including brake controls for the new trains. The vehicles will be operated by Chengdu Metro Limited and will run at speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour.

Source: Railway-News


8 August 2023. United States. $1.1 Billion Chicago Hub Improvement Program Aims to Modernise Regional Rail

The Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker has joined state and local leaders to present the Chicago Hub Improvement Program, which proposes a 1.1 billion USD investment in a series of modernisation projects for regional rail infrastructure. The programme aims to improve performance and reduce delays while delivering an upgraded transportation hub at Chicago Union Station.

Source: Railway News


7 August 2023. Kazakhstan. Chinese trains to operate Astana’s revived light metro line

Astana’s municipally-owned City Transportation Systems has selected CRRC Tangshan to supply rolling stock for its revived light rail transit project. Construction of the 20 km long double-track 1 520 mm gauge line with 18 stations, began in 2017. Supports for the elevated guideway were erected, but work stopped when US$258m of funding was frozen after a bank backing the project ran into problems.

Source: Metro Report International


7 August 2023. Philippines. Philippines to study 1 024 km of rail projects

The Department of Transportation has begun the process of appointing consultants to undertake feasibility studies for four railway projects totalling 1 024 km. The lines would ’provide access and passage to vital and bustling economic markets, such as agriculture hubs, tourism sites and key business districts’, President Marcos said in his second State of the Nation address on July 24.

Source: Railway Gazette