Taiwan to overhaul railways

Taiwan to overhaul railways

Government to spend US$3.2 billion on upgrades over next decade

Government to spend US$3.2 billion on upgrades over next decade

Taiwan will retire almost 40% of its current trains
Taiwan will retire almost 40% of its current trains

Taiwan’s government has unveiled plans to spend almost TW$100 billion (US$3.2bn) over the next 10 years upgrading the country’s rail network.

The China News Agency reports that state’s National Development Council has approved a plan by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to buy 1,307 new train carriages and locomotives, to cope with rising passenger demand and to modernise existing stock.

A total of TW$99.7bn will be invested between now and 2024 to acquire 600 carriages for inter-city rail services, 520 for commuter trains and 60 cars for diesel-powered trains, along with 127 locomotives.

As a result, almost 40% of Taiwan’s existing trains will be phased out by 2024.

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