Rail Transport

Chinese bidders on a roll with Asia rail projects

Manila's metro system is expanding and mainland companies are keen for a slice of the action. Inroads have been made into India and Thailand is a key target. Photo: Bloomberg

Chinese companies had expressed interest in winning transport contracts in the Philippines, said Rene Limcaoco, undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications, at the recent Asia Pacific Rail conference in Hong Kong.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:14am

Railway work unearths mass grave of plague victims under City of London

Crossrail staff excavate some of the remains. Photo: EPA

Seven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

A Passage to Elegance

The Orient-Express British Pullman pulls up at London's Victoria Station.

Jump on board for some old-style opulence, writes Mark Parren Taylor.

1 Sep 2012 - 12:45am

Putting fresh life into the ding ding

Tsang Wing-hang may be a local and has worked for the public transport system all his life, but he had just one encounter with a tram before taking the top job at the city's iconic ding ding - and it was not a happy one.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A year after Wenzhou, top speeds go back up

Top speeds on the mainland's high-speed rail network, cut in the wake of a fatal crash a year ago, are set to be increased by 20km/h - a move that has divided academics.

The crash on July 23 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, which killed 40 people and injured 172 others, forced the government to lower the top speed of high-speed trains from 350km/h to 300km/h.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Safety laws target high-speed railways

The central government is considering legislation that would make China's railway system safer, in part by banning the hasty completion of high-speed lines.

The drafted legislation comes as the national auditor issued its latest findings of financial irregularities in rushed high-speed rail projects.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Local to take over reins at tram firm

Hong Kong's century-old tramway system will return to local management as the firm's French chief will be stepping down.

Bruno Charrade, managing director of Hong Kong Tramways, will be succeeded by Tsang Wing-hang, Tramway's deputy managing director and a former transport official.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Super-fast trains on drawing board

Mainland authorities have revealed plans to develop a 'super-high-speed train' that can reach speeds of 500km/h or more.

Rail experts were surprised by the news, with some calling the plan 'ridiculous'.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

New MTR line will have no drivers

Driverless trains like those serving Disneyland will transport passengers along the new South Island line when it opens in 2015.

The MTR Corp announcement yesterday came with details of services on the 7km line from Admiralty to South Horizons via Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang and Lei Tung.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

China rides fast track to record

China has more people riding high-speed rail services than in France and is fast snapping at the heels of Japan's Shinkansen, the world's oldest and busiest high-speed rail service.

'China will soon be world No1 in high-speed-train ridership,' said David Shipley, managing director of CSRE, a British firm that markets Chinese trains in Europe.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

MTR platform doors would not reduce suicides but drive them elsewhere

I note the 'scientific' response from Paul Yip Siu-fai of the University of Hong Kong and Stephen Law of Chinese University ( 'Platform doors help with suicide prevention', February 3) to my letter ('Platform doors are pointless', January 25).

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Keeping track of the trams near you

Tired of waiting 10 minutes for a tram, only for three of them to turn up at once? Hong Kong Tramways thinks it has a solution.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

High-speed rail travel halted by rain

High-speed-rail passengers were hit with extensive delays in Shanghai yesterday after a train was stranded on the line at Hongqiao station - apparently due to rain.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Transport system bracing for annual strain

With the Lunar New Year just two weeks away, transport hubs are bracing for a record number of travellers over the 40-day holiday period, which begins today.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Answers missing in report on rail crash

The report on the investigation into July's deadly high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, raised some unnerving questions about the safety of the mainland's high-speed rail network without supplying any answers.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am