In March the Thai cabinet approved a $7.2bn high-speed rail project that will link two airports in the Bangkok area and another in the eastern province of Rayong. Other high-speed lines are in the offing, but with investment spending still low and instability still high, will any come to fruition?
Germany: Bombardier Transportation has opened a new high-tech laboratory for railway technology in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg. The city is already the location of a production and engineering site for the company.
German firm Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems has signed an agreement to acquire intellectual property rights and technical know-how from Federal-Mogul for the development of rail friction technology for railway vehicle and industrial applications.