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Russia allocates Roubles 6bn to HSL

The Russian government will allocate Russian Railways (RZD) Roubles 6bn ($US 108.3m) from the 2015 federal budget for the 770km Moscow - Kazan high-speed project, reports IRJ.Russian prime minister Mr Dmitry Medvedev announced the funding during a meeting with the deputy prime minister, Mr Arkady Dvorkovich, on December 23. The funds are set to go towards survey work and design for the project. Bidding will take place in 2015 to identify a contractor to carry out this work, which, after project approval is secured, will be followed by the start of construction."Travel times between Moscow and Kazan as a result of this project will be reduced by four times," Medvedev says. "Foreign investors have shown great interest in the project, including our Chinese partners. The task is to quickly...2014-12-24

Press review

Industry skeptical about new Ontario high-speed rail proposal

Ontario construction leaders are both optimistic and skeptical about the provincial government’s decision to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo...2014-12-19

Double-decker trains could hit Britain’s railways to ease overcrowding on busiest routes

Bus passengers are already well used to 'going upstairs' in most of Britain's cities, but now trains may be set to get another level, reports MailOnline.Double-decker carriages on busy services are just one of the ideas proposed to pre-empt an...2014-12-15

Is Toronto

Well, it's not as if we didn't see this coming. After all, in a city with one of North America's ">most expensive public transit systems, taking a train to the airport was never likely to be a bargain. Torontonians have long been used to reaching...2014-12-11

China’s CRCC’s rail ambitions gather steam despite rivalry

IT WILL take more than the abrupt cancellation of a high-speed train deal with Mexico to derail China Railway Construction Corporation’s (CRCC) ambitions to become a global force in transport projects and take on the likes of Siemens, Alstom...2014-12-10

Ontario high-speed rail study was rushed ahead of election

A third-party consultant commissioned by Ontario's Liberal government to prepare a report on a possible high-speed rail link between Toronto, Kitchener and London, Ont., rushed its work.So much so, according to documents obtained by CBC News, that...2014-12-10

Rail passengers face severe disruption over Christmas due to engineering works

Rail passengers in the South East are being warned they face severe disruption over the Christmas period because of engineering works. They are being warned not to use a main London to Scotland rail line over Christmas due to one of a series of...2014-12-09

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All change! All change!

Even at this early stage, it is already clear that there will be major changes in the number and type of containers transported in Russia. First, the devaluation of the Rouble will reduce the volume of import containers. Second, prolonged sanctions will further reduce the number of 40’ HiCube import containers from the European Union and N America. Third, it is likely that the volume of traditional Russian exports will increase, resulting...2014-12-22

The Grand Old Man of the Railways shows how it is done

There has been much talk of trial shipments of block trains from provincial Chinese cities via Dostyk and on to Europe. In June of last year, the US news channel, CNN filmed the departure of the first “block train” from Chongqing and its arrival in Dostyk. Rather than a sleek and efficient intermodal service, the CNN film clearly shows the 40’ HC containers being loaded into conventional rail wagons normally used for the...2014-12-10