Jinghu spearheads high-speed ambitions

first_imgCONSTRUCTION of the 1307 km Jinghu high-speed line from Beijing to Shanghai is now expected to get under way in 2000. Shen Zhijie, Director General of the High-Speed Railway Pre-Feasibility Study Office at the Ministry of Railways, announced in June that initial design work had been completed, and that the ministry was making ’great efforts’ to start construction within two years. MOR is investigating the possibility of drawing on foreign capital to finance the 100bn yuan project, which is to be built and equipped using a combination of imported technology and the fruits of Chinese research and development. Aiming to meet the highest international standards whilst serving national transport needs, the Jinghu line will have 24 stations including Tianjin, Jinan, Xuzhou, Bengbu and Nanjing. Shen says the route will serve a region that produces 37·7% of China’s total industrial and agricultural output, with stations an average of 55 km apart. The double-track route will be aligned for 350 km/h operation, although medium and high-speed services will initially run at speeds up to 300 km/h.The China Academy of Railway Sciences is preparing design and construction specifications for both the line and the trainsets; over the past two years standards have been agreed for the track, bridges and tunnels, and for the route management strategy. Specifications for the signalling and telecommunications are nearing completion, and final parameters have been selected for the rolling stock, although detailed design will depend on the selection of any foreign partners.Construction of one or two sections will be accelerated to form a test track for refining the high-speed technology. Studies into the Beijing – Tianjin and Shanghai – Nanjing sections are currently under way, and MOR expects to decide by the end of the year which one (or both) will be selected as the test section. CARS Vice-President Zhu Qijie favours the southern option as this will provide an early opportunity to address the challenge of the softer ground conditions found in the Yangtze delta region. oCAPTION: Beijing – Shanghai is one of CR’s busiest corridors, and construction of a separate high-speed passenger route will help to alleviate conflicts with freight traffic. This GE-built ND5 on an empty coal train is overtaking a local passenger service while it calls at Nanjinglast_img read more

Japan spikers get better of Poland

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan came back from two sets down to beat Poland for its second win in the preliminary round of the men’s volleyball World League on Sunday.Yu Koshikawa and Takahiro Yamamoto led Japan’s rally in the third set and Koshikawa’s three consecutive service points proved the key in the final set as the host snapped its losing streak against the Poles at 14 games with a 29-31, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 15-11 win. The result at Ariake Colosseum improved Japan’s record in Group D to 2-4 while Poland, runnerup in the 2006 world championships, dropped to 3-3. Both countries have qualified for the Beijing Olympic Games. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

‘It’s about time’ – Brown looking forward to stadium renovation

first_imgNo one is happier than Major Desmon Brown that the National Stadium is set to undergo a major repair next year. Brown, who is the general manager of Independence Park Limited, which manages the venue, said the facility has been operating below international standards for the past five years and that it was on the brink of not being able to host international events such as World Cup Qualifiers and athletics meets. “For international events, a dedicated drug-testing area is required and right now what we have to do is use one of the changing rooms, which is not the best thing,” Brown said. “We also need proper changing rooms with ice-baths, physiotherapy rooms and we don’t have that. One of the recent requirements from FIFA is that you have to have separate access to the field by players and officials, right now (it’s just the) McDonald Tunnel with officials, VIPs and everybody walk through it.” He continued: “Our medical facilities for patrons are inadequate, especially in the bleachers. We don’t even have enough restrooms in the bleachers. We are supposed to have a venue operating centre where we would have the Police, the fire brigade, the ministry of health and private security. All of those people are supposed to be in one room and that is where you make major decisions in terms of anything happening and we don’t have one of those now.” Brown said the stadium has been allowed to host FIFA matches and IAAF athletics meets out of discretion. “When we patch up a few things, they allow us to host these events because we don’t have anywhere else,” Brown said. He alluded to an incident when the stadium almost received an international bad when Jamaica hosted Panama in a World Cup Qualifier in 2013 after crowd control issues. “We never had a field invasion and that is why we never got punishment, but we can’t continue like that,” Brown said. The renovated stadium capacity will increase to 38,000 as the velodrome (cycle track) will be removed. “The fact that we are taking out the obsolete velodrome means that we are going to have space for more seats and this will bring people closer to the action,” Brown explained. Brown said the renovation of the stadium will be done over a three year period to facilitate the hosting of events. Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange is expecting the renovation to begin next year as the Government is in the final stage of signing off on the project. “We have gone through the PIU (Public Investment Unit) and we are in the process of hiring a consultant who will assist with the technical aspects of the project as well as developing a business plan,” Grange said. “We are speaking to the Ministry of Finance in terms of the funding and it will be done in stages.” Facilities inadequatelast_img read more