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Old February 14th, 2006, 08:03 AM   #121
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Old February 14th, 2006, 04:30 PM   #122
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China Hastens Subway Approval

NANJING, February 14, SinoCast -- More than 20 Chinese cities including Xi'an, Dalian, Chongqing, Qingdao and Suzhou are now waiting for approval from the State Council, the all- powerful cabinet, to start railway traffic construction.

Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, Eastern China, was approved by the State Council by the end of December 2005 for its railway traffic program.

It plans to build five subway lines including the No.2 Line, Nanyan Line of No.1 Line, Dongyan Line of No.2 Line, Xiyan Line of No.2 Line and No.3 Line. The five lines are 119.3 kilometers long and with an investment budget of CNY 45.313 billion. Total length of subway lines to be built recently is 97.6 kilometers long. The city's No.1 Line started operation on December 3, 2005.

Shanghai also won the go-ahead for its high-speed track traffic program and Hangzhou, Shenyang, Harbin and Chengdu were also agreed to construct their subways in 2005.

Shanghai intends to complete construction of subway networks and to increase length to 400 kilometers from the existing 123 kilometers within five years. The subway network will include 13 lines and 237 stations. The proportion of track traffic to the city's total passenger flow will be raised to 35% to 40% from about 10% currently.

Zhu Husheng, vice president for Shanghai Shentong Metro Co., Ltd., pointed out that overseas cities with developed subway networks like Now York, with a subway length of 421 kilometers, and London, with 408 kilometers, spent more than 100 years completing their networks.

The Chinese government used to be cautious o f subway construction owing to huge investments and has suspended approval of track traffic projects respectively in 1996 and 2002. It nonetheless lifted the ban on subway projects last year to ease urban transportation pressure.

Ten cities in China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Tianjin, Nanjing, Chongqing, Changchun and Dalian had completed construction of 420-kilometer railway traffic by June 2005.

China's railway traffic construction now hits boom times and the state has become the world's largest urban railway traffic market. Over 30 cities each with a population of more than one million have started construction of railway traffic or have been preparing for construction.

About 14 cities have submitted their railway traffic network program and plan to construct 55 lines, about 1500 kilometers long, with a total investment of CNY 500 billion including an estimated investment of more than CNY 200 billion during the Eleventh Five-year Plan ending 2010, according to China Communications and Transportation Association.

Chongqing, vowing to build the first subway in western China, has made full preparation for subway construction although it has not got the approval from the State Council. The city reserved certain underground room for its subway project several years ago.

Industry analysts said that China's railway traffic construction was in full swing presently. The Chinese government plans to build 5,000-kilometer track traffic lines with total investments of more than CNY 800 billion in 25 cities.

Urban railway traffic such as light rail vehicle is commonweal facilities not intended to earn money and needs huge investments. Industry experts suggested that domestic subway construction should learn from Hong Kong's experience. The city's subway operator Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corp. is profitable to operate subway projects.

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Old February 15th, 2006, 06:40 AM   #123
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Shanghai - Power problem delays subway
15 February 2006
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Thousands of commuters were delayed for up to 30 minutes yesterday morning after a power problem shut down part of Metro Line No. 1 in one direction.

The line was out of service from the Shanghai Railway Station to the Gong Kang Road Station from 6:25am to 7:04am, according to Shanghai Metro Operation Co Ltd.

Most of the affected stations are located along the northern extension of the line, and the power problem only shut down trains travelling north.

Thousands of morning commuters were affected, leading to large crowds at several of the stations, according to several passengers who were on the scene.

At least 2,500 passengers were stuck at the Pengpu Xincun Station, according to station workers.

Metro officials said they gave refunds to at least 500 people during the delay.

The breakdown was caused by a power grid malfunction near the Gongkang Road Station, Metro officials said.

Police arranged 15 buses to take commuters from the Pengpu Xincun Station to the Shanghai Railway Station, a public transport hub.

"The trains were so crowded that the commuters' faces were pressed against the glass windows," said Tao Hengzhi, who was on one of the trains.
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Old February 15th, 2006, 06:43 AM   #124
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wow, china needs lots of infrastructure because is the most populates country in the world.
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Old February 16th, 2006, 09:20 PM   #125
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China home-made high-speed maglev train to be trialled in Shanghai this July
16 February 2006

SHANGHAI (AFX) - China's first home-made high-speed magnetic levitation (maglev) train will be put through its first trial run in Shanghai in July this year, said Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Co Ltd (CAC), a unit of China Aviation Industry Corp.

Production on the train, which is expected to run at a speed of 500 km per hour, started at the end of September last year.

The train has a designed speed of 500 km per hour and can carry 90 passengers. CAC possesses complete independent intellectual property rights of this project, a company official said.

Shanghai currently has one maglev line, which runs 30 kilometers from the international airport to a stop near a subway line in Pudong. That line, which cost 8.9 bln yuan to build, opened three years ago and was designed and built by engineering giants Siemens AG and ThyssenKrupp AG.

Shanghai is planning to extend the line from its current terminus to the domestic airport, although details on the route and cost have not yet been decided.

China is also planning a high-speed link between Shanghai and Beijing, although it is reportedly considering technology other than maglev.

The country has announced plans to spend 250 bln usd over the next 15 years to renovate and expand its network.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 01:54 AM   #126
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City Subway Spree Poured Cold Water

SHANGHAI, February 15, SinoCast -- Industry experts suggested that the Chinese government should be cautious to approve subway projects in the Yangtze River Delta, one of China's economic hubs, owning to huge investments and difficult operation.

Statistics revealed that Singapore paid the equivalent of CNY 332 million on average to build one-kilometer track rail at the beginning of 1990s. Singapore had three urban track traffic rails, namely, 19-kilometer subway, 44.8-kilometer elevated line and 13.2-kilometer ground line.

Mexico spent equal to CNY 246 million on average to build one-kilometer subway. The subway is 23.7 kilometers long. Tokyo spent CNY 754 million on average on one-kilometer line of its most modern Subway No.11 Line.

Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou paid CNY 600 million to CNY 800 million on one-kilometer line of their subways in the 1990s. Chinese cities now are expected to invest more in subway construction.

China plans to construct 55 lines, about 1500 kilometers long, with a total investment of CNY 500 billion including an estimated investment of more than CNY 200 billion during the period of the Eleventh Five-year Plan, according to statistics from China Communications and Transportation Association.

An insider told journalists that only Nanjing and Shanghai in the Yangtze River Delta submitted their applications to win an approval for their subway projects and other cities such as Suzhou and Changzhou had not applied.

Lin Fang, a director for the Changzhou Municipal Development & Reform Commission, said in an interview that the city was now doing the preparation work. Suzhou Municipal Development & Reform Commission also said that the city was now in the early stage of doing research.

Shanghai has been approved to complete track traffic network construction from 2005 to 2012 to ease transportation pressure in 2010, when the World Expo is held there.

Shanghai is set to newly build eight railway traffic lines with a total length of 389 kilometers during the period and will complete construction of 11 lines, 400 kilometers long, by 2010, and 13 lines, 510 kilometers long, by 2012.

A track traffic network will be available in Shanghai by 2010 and 80% of residents within the inner-belt way can take subway or light rail at the stations 600 meters far from their houses. The city's track traffic system will transport almost 8 million people daily, accounting for around 40% of total passenger flow.

The city will make an investment of CNY 15 billion in track traffic projects this year. It must finish civil structure construction of three subway lines by 2007 and another four by 2009. The No.7 Line, which has been approved, is 35 kilometers long and goes through Baoshan District, Putuo District, Jiang'an District, Xuhui District and Pudong New District.

Track traffic construction has been a focus of Jiangsu Province's Eleventh Five-year Plan as well. Jiangsu will newly build 450-kilometer inter-city rail and approximately 100- kilometer light rail in the following five years.

The Shanghai-Nanjing intercity rail will be the most important project and the Nanjing-Hangzhou intercity rail will be started as quickly as possible. The program of the Nanjing- Yangzhou-Zhenjiang intercity rail will be launched.

Jiangsu would like to accelerate its pace of completing Nanjing Subway No.2 Line and to launch Suzhou Subway No.1 Line, Changzhou Subway No.1 Line and Nanjing Subway No.3 Line.

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2 New Passenger Railway Lines Receives Approval to Be Established
17 February 2006
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Two new passenger railway lines, including the Beijing-Shijiazhuang line and Tianjin-Qinhuangdao line recently received approvals from the National Development and Reform Commission to be built, the Shanghai Securities News reported today.The Beijing-Shijiazhuang line is a section of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen passenger railway line, with a total investment of 25.1 billion yuan. The 278-kilometer railway line starts from the Beijing West Railway station, passing Zhuozhou and Baoding cities in Hebei province, and ends at Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei.

The Tianjin-Qinhuangdao line is an important part of the Beijing-Shenyang-Harbin passenger railway line. The new railway line will total 245 kilometers in length, with an investment of about 20.7 billion yuan. It connects the Tianjin West Railway station and the Qinhuangdao Railway Station, passing the Tangshan and Beidaihe city in Hebei province.
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Bank of China Provides Loan to Beijing Subway

BEIJING Feb 23 Asia Pulse - The Beijing branch of Bank of China recently won a public bidding to provide a 25-year loan amounting to 8 billion yuan to the first-phase project of Beijing No. 10 subway line.

Under the contract, the interest rate of the loan with 12 years of grace period will be the most preferential one under the current monetary policy. The loan includes the foreign exchange loan quota of US$150 million.

According to Beijing's blueprint, Beijing will construct a subway traffic network with a total length of 270 kilometres by the end of 2010, requiring a total investment of 67 billion yuan (US$8.3 billion).
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China to use own technology for high-speed rail

BEIJING, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - China has decided to use domestic technology instead of international firms to construct a much-anticipated high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, state press reported Thursday.

"Our technology is a re-innovation on the basis of assimilating advanced technologies of foreign countries," Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun said, according to Xinhua news agency.

It is the first time that a high-ranking Chinese official has specifically ruled out the use of foreign technologies to build the 1,300-kilometre (808-mile) railway.

The 200-billion-yuan (24.7-billion-dollar) project was first proposed in 1994 and was originally supposed to be completed before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

However, disputes over which technology to use have delayed the project. German, French and Japanese companies had vied for the deal, but now it appears those efforts were in vain.

The express railway, designed for speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour, is expected to shorten travel time between the two cities from 13 hours to less than five.
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china's local high speed train, "China Star"

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China to use own technology for high-speed rail

BEIJING, March 9, 2006 (AFP) - China has decided to use domestic technology instead of international firms to construct a much-anticipated high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai, state press reported Thursday.

"Our technology is a re-innovation on the basis of assimilating advanced technologies of foreign countries," Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun said, according to Xinhua news agency.

It is the first time that a high-ranking Chinese official has specifically ruled out the use of foreign technologies to build the 1,300-kilometre (808-mile) railway.

The 200-billion-yuan (24.7-billion-dollar) project was first proposed in 1994 and was originally supposed to be completed before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

However, disputes over which technology to use have delayed the project. German, French and Japanese companies had vied for the deal, but now it appears those efforts were in vain.

The express railway, designed for speeds of up to 300 kilometres per hour, is expected to shorten travel time between the two cities from 13 hours to less than five.
china's local high speed train, "China Star", debut on ShenYang - ShanHaiGuan, 8/2005






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Old March 13th, 2006, 03:45 AM   #132
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Monday March 13, 8:37 AM
HK PRESS: MTR Corp May Invest In Hangzhou Subway System

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--Hong Kong rail operator MTR Corp. (0066.HK) may invest in the city of Hangzhou's planned subway system, The Standard reported Monday, quoting Mayor Sun Zhonghuan.

Hangzhou city is in talks with several companies, including MTR, about its planned eight-line subway system, the paper quoted Sun as saying. The capital of Zhejiang province hopes to build the first two lines by 2010, at a cost of about CNY33 billion, the report said.

Hangzhou may allow MTR to develop land around subway stations, the paper quoted Sun as saying. MTR pays for most of its Hong Kong rail operations through similar property development arrangements.

Newspaper Web site: http://www.thestandard.com.hk
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Woah...the shenyang looks nice (although i know not of its technical bits)...

China's rail infrastructure seem to be going on the right track
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Old March 14th, 2006, 03:02 AM   #134
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High-speed rail links approved Maglev line will run from Shanghai to Hangzhou
14 March 2006
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The central government has approved plans to build a magnetic-levitation railway between Shanghai and Hangzhou , and a high-speed rail link between Shanghai and Beijing.

On its official website yesterday, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said the State Council had approved a proposal to build the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line and work would start on a feasibility study for the project.

The 35 billion yuan, 175km maglev project will cut commuting time between Shanghai and Hangzhou from two hours to 30 minutes, according to Xinhua.

The Zhejiang section will be 105km long and include a stop in Jiaxing .

The project was expected to be completed in 2008 and be operating before the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Xinhua said.

Wu Ying, a Shanghai office worker whose home town is Hangzhou, said the maglev line would make trips between the two cities faster and more convenient. "The present Meilong railway station in Hangzhou is very run down, and during peak times such as the Lunar New Year, the trains can be very crowded," Ms Wu said.

She said that even though the maglev's price would put it out of the range of regular passengers, the line would offer people greater choice.

The NDRC statement did not mention where the technology would be acquired from.

The existing 30km maglev in Shanghai's Pudong area is operated by Transrapid, a consortium comprising ThyssenKrupp, Siemens and the German government.

The NDRC also announced the State Council had given the go-ahead for a high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai.

"All parties have reached consensus on major issues such as the technological plan, and the opportunity for construction is ripe," the commission's statement said.

The track will allow trains to cover the 1,320km between the two cities at 300km/h, cutting the travel time from 13 hours to less than five hours. Railways Minister Liu Zhijun said last week the Beijing-Shanghai link would employ foreign technology and the 140 billion yuan needed for construction would come from the market.

The NDRC said a company would be established to build and operate the line with financing from private and foreign sources.
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WOW, That's awsome news the Speed Train!

Pakistan and other asian nations should ask the Chinese Authorities to build transporation links and metros. Good stuff all around.
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Alstom sees strong demand in China metro expansion
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SHANGHAI, March 14 (Reuters) - French engineering group Alstom aims to increase its metro equipment sales in China this year as the nation's cities expand their subway networks, a top company executive said on Tuesday.

Alstom Transport sold 50 million euro ($59.81 million) to 70 million euros worth of metro trains and equipment in China in both 2004 and 2005, said Marc Chatelard, Senior Vice President, Alstom Transport Asia Pacific.

He would not comment on whether the figure grew or declined from one year to the next.

"We are fighting to increase that," Chatelard said. "I see a very big market in the metro segment. Many cities are contemplating to expand their metro networks."

Alstom Transport had total sales of 600 million euros in the Asia Pacific region in 2004, with the transport unit's regional earnings accounting for about 3 percent of group profits, Chatelard said.

Alstom faces competition in China from German conglomerate Siemens AG , Canada's Bombardier Inc. and Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries , which also are vying to sell railway equipment and expertise to China.

Alstom signed its latest major train deal in China in 2004, a non-metro agreement, when Beijing agreed to buy 60 trains and 180 freight engines worth about 1 billion euros.

Alstom also hopes to strike a deal with Beijing to export its TGV trains as China plans to build 28,000 kilometers of railway by 2020.

Siemens signed a contract with Beijing late last year to supply 60 high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains.

China plans to invest 160 billion yuan ($19.9 billion) in railway construction in 2006, but is still likely to face problems with transportation bottlenecks over the next five years, according to official forecasts.

China's rail and shipping networks have struggled to keep up with the country's fast-growing economy, which expanded 9.9 percent in 2005 according to official data. ($1=8.0468 Yuan) ($1=.8360 Euro) (Additional reporting by David Lin)
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China to Build Second Beijing-Guangzhou Railway This Year

BEIJING, March 15, SinoCast -- A few days ago, the vice minister of China's Ministry of Railways Cai Qinghua said the second railway from Beijing to Guangzhou had been allowed for construction by National Development & Reform Commission of China. And the Beijing-Shijiazhuang section of this will start construction this year.

Cai said the Beijing-Guangzhou railway was used for both passenger and freight transportation and was fully occupied, especially in the Spring Festival period, which made it hard to improve the capacity of passenger transportation. So Chinese government has decided to construct another railway on the same line with a budgeted investment of CNY 25.1 billion.

The construction of the route from Wuhan to Guangzhou has been going since last December and was supposed to be finished in December 2009. "At present, the Wuhan-Guangzhou railway has been fully occupied and could not meet the need of transportation. The new construction will expand the capacity of transportation and relieve the pressure of ticket purchasing" said an official of Wuhan to Guangzhou passenger transportation section.

As to the construction of the route from Wuhan to Beijing, a professional said that the plan had submitted to relative organizations but the details were still on planning board.

Due to the great expenditure of the 2nd Jing Guang railway, government may consider to attract domestic or foreign capital.
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Design of Beijing Subway Line 5 Approved
16 March 2006
China Industry Daily News

The design of Beijing Subway Line 5 recently received approval from the Beijing Municipal government; the Beijing Times reported quoting from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning. A bike parking space will be established at each station of the Subway Line 5.

The Beijing Subway Line 5 starts from the Songjiazhuang station in Fengtai district in the south part of the city, ends at Taipingzhuang Beilu station in Changping district in north Beijing. The 27.665-kilometer subway will have 23 stations. The under earth part of the subway totals 16.875 kilometers, with 16 stations. The part of subway on the ground reaches 10.79 kilometers, with 7 stations.

According to the Project Department of the Subway Line 5, they will also consider establishing taxi parking spaces and public buses parking spaces near the subway stations to facilitate the citizens.

The Subway Line 5 project has already begun construction. The rail-laying project will be finished by the end of the year.
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