High-speed train to link Istanbul to Turkish capital
01/05/2014 (World Bulletin News - Turkey): High-speed train services will be launched in the second half of May between the capital city of Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey's the most crowded city of Turkey, transport minister said. Turkish minister for transport, maritime affairs and communications, Lutfi Elvan, stated that he wants to relay the good news on the high-speed train service in Turkey, during a new conference after his meeting with Sudanese National Economy and Finance Minister Badr Eldin Mahmoud Abbas. "Hopefully, the high-speed train service will start in the second half of May between Ankara and Istanbul. We will both inaugurate the service and begin train services." It is expected that the travel time from Ankara to Istanbul will be shortened to 3.5 hours via the high-speed train. There are currently three high-speed rail lines between Ankara, Konya and Eskisehir cities.
China to take part in Crimea transport corridor – Reports
05/05/2014 (Turkish Weekly - Turkey): MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) – Chinese companies may participate in the construction of a transportation corridor to Crimea via the Black Sea’s Kerch Strait, the Russian Kommersant newspaper reported Monday. According to the report, state contractor China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and the private investment fund China International Fund Ltd. (CIF) are planning to take part in the $3 million project. The Russian Ministry of Transportation is currently preparing a memorandum on the construction, and an agreement could be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China later this month. An engineering model of the project has not yet been approved. Plans call for either a bridge to carry rail and road traffic, or for part of the route to pass through a subterranean tunnel.
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Turkey strengthens cooperation with Georgia, Azerbaijan
05/05/2014 (Turkish Press - Turkey): ISTANBUL - Energy and transport projects involving Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan are to be discussed "at the highest level", said Turkish President Abdullah Gul as he left for talks in the Tbilisi capital of Georgia. In a press meeting before his departure for the trilateral summit on Monday, Gul said that common projects ongoing between the three countries, such as the Trans-Anatolian (TANAP) gas pipeline and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, aim to bring further prosperity to South Caucasia. "We plan to evaluate regional cooperation - especially in regard to energy and transportation - at the highest level between our countries," said Gul, pointing out that previous trilateral summits had been made at the level of foreign ministers several times and the first presidential summit would further the cooperation framework.
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China wants to build high-speed railway to US through Siberia and Bering Strait
09/05/2014 (Russia Today - Russia): The idea of traveling between the United States and China without flying might seem ridiculous to virtually everyone, but if Beijing gets its way that’s exactly what will be possible in the future. According to a report in the Beijing Times stated on Thursday that the country is considering building a new high-speed railway that would ultimately connect it with the lower 48 states of the US. Specifically, the route currently under consideration would begin in northeastern China and run through Siberia to the Bering Strait. At this point, there would be an underground tunnel that cuts through the Pacific Ocean to connect Russia and Alaska, from which the train would continue south through Canada until arriving again in the United States.
China's railway diplomacy steams ahead in West Africa
09/05/2014 (Want China Times - China): After visiting Ethiopia, Chinese premier Li Keqiang traveled on to Nigeria for his second stop in Africa to ink a 80.7 billion yuan (US$12.9 billion) project by a Chinese state firm to help development the country's railway network, evidence of China's push for "railway diplomacy" to improve its diplomatic, economic and trade relations with West African countries, the Shanghai-based China Business News reports. Li is paying official visits to Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya from May 4 to 11. This is the first time Li has visited the African continent since taking office last year.
Russian railway chief hopes trains between the countries will run smoothly
Tehran, Baku, Moscow Reach Agreement on Implementation of North-South Railway Project
Railroad Link between Sofia, Thessaloniki Restored
10/05/2014 (Novinite.com - Bulgaria): A train connecting Bulgaria's capital Sofia and Greece's port city of Thessaloniki will continue operating from Saturday, May 10. Two second-class wagons, one from Bulgaria and one from Greece, will travel daily between the two cities, according to a press release of the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) cited by Dnevnik.bg. The seven-hour trip will also offer a connection to Greek capital Athens. Trains will set off from Sofia at 03:30 PM and will be in Thessaloniki in 10:22 PM. Those from Thessaloniki will depart at 06:55 AM to arrive at Bulgaria's capital at 01:45.PM. A common single ticket will cost EUR 17.43 (BGN 34.86).