Local rail industry needs a boost as Malaysia, China to sign ECRL agreement

BY THE STAR, MALAYSIA It looks like the East Coast Rail Link project will be given the go-ahead after some adjustments to the pricing and scopes of work. To recap, the ECRL project was pushed at such a lightning speed that the agreements were not analysed in detail to check if the project truly benefits the country, its people and the local rail industry. During the … Continue reading Local rail industry needs a boost as Malaysia, China to sign ECRL agreement

‘Debt trap created not because of money from China’

BY SCMP AND SILVI WRITER Countries that fell into debt trap on major infrastructure projects financed by China didn’t have “good assessment” on financial terms and repayment requirements, said a railway expert, also a transport adviser to the World Bank. Andrea Giuricin, a visiting professor to the China Academy Railway Sciences, said China’s state-run construction companies are still lacking in project management expertise, despite of having … Continue reading ‘Debt trap created not because of money from China’

Work begins on China’s first High-Speed Rail with undersea tunnel

BY CHINA DAILY China’s first high-speed rail with an undersea segment connecting Zhoushan Islands in East China’s Zhejiang province with the mainland began rolling with the launch of a full-scale survey and design, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday. The Ningbo-Zhoushan railway, a total distance of 77 kilometers, will run through a 16.2-kilometer-long undersea tunnel from Ningbo to Jintang Island in Zhoushan, and over several … Continue reading Work begins on China’s first High-Speed Rail with undersea tunnel

China-backed rail ‘will still be reconsidered if it was a US project’

BY SILVI WRITER The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will still “be reconsidered … if it was a US project”, Chinese analysts said, noting its cancellation by the Malaysian government is not targeted at “any particular country”. Yet source with contractor China Communications Construction Co said China and Malaysia “are still discussing the project”, according to China’s state media. Malaysia’s economics minister said the country … Continue reading China-backed rail ‘will still be reconsidered if it was a US project’

Core technologies, products of China’s High-Speed Rail “All Domestically Made”

BY CHINA DAILY Core technologies and products of China’s high-speed rail are “all domestically made”, said a top executive of the country’s rail operator. Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corp, also said China’s HSR is the world’s leader as the era of automated high-speed trains approaches. CRC planned to put a total of 6,800 kilometers of new tracks, including 3,200 high-speed lines, into … Continue reading Core technologies, products of China’s High-Speed Rail “All Domestically Made”