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First train leaves UK on New Silk Road

London to Yiwu trainThe first ‘Silk Road’ rail freight service from Britain to China pulled out of the DP World London Gateway rail terminal in Essex yesterday laden with pharmaceuticals, whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and baby products at the start of its maiden 18-day 7,500-mile journey to Yiwu in the central province of Zhejiang. After passing through the Channel Tunnel into France and on to Belgium, the train will call in Duisburg, Germany from (more…)

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Indian Railways gives new push to North-South Transport Corridor

Indian RailwaysState-owned Indian Railways is to host a meeting of the heads of its fellow South Asian railway companies next week to discuss the possibility of pushing forward the development a transcontinental rail freight service that would run through Iran and Turkey. If the 6,000 km project were to be realised, (more…)

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EU investigates Chinese plans for Belgrade to Budapest rail link

Belgrade to Piraeus rail linkChina’s plans to build a 350km, $2.89m high-speed railway between Belgrade and Budapest are under investigation by the authorities in Brussels on the grounds that they may fall foul of EU laws which stipulate that transport projects of this magnitude should be put out to public tender.
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London joins New Silk Road

Silk Road TrainNew Silk Road: London is set to become the latest and 15th European city to feel the impact of Chinese plans to create a 21st-century equivalent of the ancient Silk Road trade route later this month after the China Railway Corporation announced that it had launched the first direct rail freight service to the UK’s capital from Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang Province. Carrying (more…)

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German consortium ready to fund Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway

Moscow to Kazan High Speed Train Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway: The German Initiative consortium, whose members include Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bahn is getting ready to put around €2.7bn behind the Moscow-Kazan high speed railroad project, (more…)

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Deutsche Bahn agrees to test drive new South West transport corridor to Iran

Deutsche BahnDeutsche Bahn, one of the world’s largest transport companies, has agreed to test drive the new South West Transport Corridor linking India, Iran and other Gulf states to Europeby the end of November. (more…)

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Dhaka hoping for $40bn infrastructure boost from Xi visit to Bangladesh

Bangladesh TrainsXi visit to Bangladesh: As President Xi Jinping prepares to become the first Chinese head of state to set foot in Bangladesh in 30 years, expectations are high among officials in Dhaka that his visit could see their impoverished country secure as much as $40bn in loans to help it make some much-needed improvements to its infrastructure. (more…)
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Japan looking to hook Hokkaido up with Trans-Siberian Railway

Sakhalin and HokkaidoJapan is considering joining forces with Russia to build an extension to the Trans-Siberian railway to the islands of Sakhalin and Hokkaido, (more…)

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Chinese Silk Road investment up 20% to $15bn, claims President Xi

Xi addresses Uzbek parliament 22 06 16Silk Road investment: Chinese companies invested nearly US$15bn in countries along the new Silk Road last year, 20% more than in 2014, President Xi Jinping told a special session of Uzbekistan’s parliament yesterday. Trade between China and participating countries topped the $1trn mark in 2015, he added, and (more…)

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Presidents Xi and Karimov bless opening of 19km Qamchiq rail tunnel

Qamchig rail tunnelChinese President Xi Jinping and Uzbek President Islam Karimov this week used a video link to watch the official opening of the Qamchiq railway tunnel, a key link in the Angre-Pap line connecting the Uzbek capital of Tashkent with Namangan. The tunnel, which runs (more…)

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North-South International Transport Corridor scheduled to link Mumbai to Moscow via Azerbaijan by August

North South Transport CorridorMumbai to Moscow:  The first cargo train to make the journey from India to Russia via Azerbaijan on the new North-South International Transport Corridor will set off in August, the Chairman of the Azerbaijan Railways Javid Gurbanov said this week. From Mumbai, (more…)

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Putin keeps South Stream pipeline on agenda ahead of Athens visit

Putin and TspirasSouth Stream: Russia is still interested in working out a way of building a pipeline along the bed of the Black Sea as a means of transporting gas to Europe via the Balkans, President Putin told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini in an interview published today to coincide with his visit to Athens.
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Iran and Azerbaijan agree new Caucasus transit route around Turkey

North_South_Transport_Corridor_(NSTC) (1)Caucasus transit route: The authorities in Tehran and Baku are working on the creation of a new transit route that will run from Iran to the EU through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Russia and bypass Turkey Iran Railways Hasan Ashuri said yesterday.
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Siemens in trilateral talks to provide rolling stock for Moscow-Kazan line

Russian High-speed trainMoscow-Kazan: Siemens, the German engineering multinational with headquarters in Berlin and Munich, is in talks with the Russian and Chinese governments about the possibility of providing the rolling stock for the 770km high-speed rail link between Moscow and Kazan. The new line is expected to cut the journey time between the two cities from between 12 and 14 hours to 3.5.
“We may consider a trilateral partnership,” its President for Russia and the CIS Dietrich Moeller told  Vedomosti in an interview published yesterday. “We [already] have a joint venture with the Russian Sinara group and excellent relations with China in the field of train production. We have also provided both countries with our Velaro technology.


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North South Corridor progresses as work begins on Astara rail bridge

Qazvin to AstaraAstara rail bridge: Linking Iran’s and Azerbaijan’s railway networks together will cut nearly four weeks off the freight transport journey between Europe and India, the Iranian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayeen said yesterday at a ground breaking ceremony for the start of work on a railroad bridge over the Astara River on the Azeri-Iranian border.
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Transportation costs through Moscow set to rise by 20% as terminals close

Moscow container terminalTransportation costs through Moscow could rise by as much as 20% after Russian authorities instructed the national railway monopoly RZD to close the container terminals in the capital’s railway stations. 
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Chinese consortium to invest $14bn in Scottish transport projects

Dr Peter Zhang, MD SinoFortone Group, Sir Richard Heygate, senior advisor for China Railway No.3 Engineering Group and Nicola SturgeonScottish transport projects: Chinese investment group SinoFortone Group and the China Railway No 3 Engineering Group have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Scottish government to invest over $14bn in the country’s transport infrastructure. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (more…)

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Russian Railways looks to raise $17bn for high-speed network upgrade

Russian High Speed Rail routesThe Board of Russian Railways this week signed off on plans for a 15-year $17bn upgrade of the country’s rail network. The programme will involve the construction of high-speed lines between Moscow and St Petersburg, Moscow and St Adler and on the Moscow – Kazan – Yekaterinburg route as well as small projects between a number of regional cities including between Tula and Belgorod, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Tagil and Novosibirsk and Barnaul.

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China agrees to fund $3bn Tehran-Mashhad rail project

MashhadThe State-run China National Transportation Equipment & Engineering Co Ltd (CTC) is close to finalising an agreement on construction of the $3bn rail project that will connect Tehran with the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, a Chinese source told Reuters late last week. The project, (more…)

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New Silk Road transport route opens between Harbin and Ekaterinburg

Harbin to EkaterinburgSilk Road transport route: A train with 47 containers loaded with $1.46m of Chinese-made bicycle parts and light industrial products that set out from the Heilongjiang Province capital of Harbin last week is due to arrive in Ekaterinburg tomorrow. The 5,889km journey (more…)

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