Railroad construction forges ahead in Mongolia despite coronavirus concerns

Trains' International news digest: Indian Railways set to re-open, lack of US high speed rail made government-airline bailout negotiations different than in Europe
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Trains’ International news round-up for May 11, 2020

— MONGOLIA (via AKIPress.com) Construction of more than 400 miles in rail line continues in southern Mongolia despite threats posed by Coronavirus, according to AKIPress. The new lines connect two settlements in the south part of the country with the border with China at Gashuunsukhait. One of the settlements, Tavan Tolgoi, reportedly has significant coal deposits. The construction was the focus of a visit by Mongolia’s President Khaltmaagiin Battulga.

— WASHINGTON — (via E&E News) Environment & Energy News published a news analysis on May 11 that says access to high speed rail is one difference when comparing the outcomes of U.S. and European Union-French airline bailout negotiations. In addition to concessions on reducing emissions, AirFrance must drop short-haul routes that are also served by high speed rail in the country. The condition is unlikely in the U.S. because of the relative lack of high speed passenger routes.

— NEW DELHI (via the Times of India) Indian Railways plans limited re-opening of its rail network after a 50-day shut down because of Corona virus concerns on May 12. India operates one of the largest passenger rail networks for its country of about 1.3 billion people. The rail network’s re-opening comes when much of Indian is still locked down, but the rail network has posted guidelines for social distancing and sanitary travel.

— FORNOVO di TARO, Italy (via news release) Italian company WEGH Group announced its involvement in desgining, building, and installing a slab track system for the planned Storstrom Bridge in Denmark. According to the news release, WEGH Group will use its ARIANNA precast and prestressed slab track system on the bridge connecting Zealand with the island of Falster. Bridge completion is expected by 2022. More information is available online. 
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