Saudi Arabia gives early nod to four consortia for Riyadh metro

01/08/2012 (Al Arabiya News - RSA): Saudi Arabia gave an early nod to four consortia on Monday, including ones led by Canada’s Bombardier Inc. and French firm Vinci, to build a new metro system in Riyadh to ease congestion on the capital’s gridlocked streets.
State news agency SPA said the pre-qualified consortia were made of 33 companies from 15 countries and included some of the biggest train manufacturers in the world...

MerMec awarded Algerian ETCS contract

02/08/2012 (Railway Gazette International): ALGERIA: MerMec has won a contract to provide iCAB 1 ETCS Level 1 trackside equipment for a project to modernise the 55 km Thénia - Tizi Ouzou route.

The single-track line is being upgraded and electrified by a consortium of Teixeira Duarte, ETRHB-Haddad, Özgün Insaat and signalling contractor ENYSE with the aim of enabling 160 km/h operation on the 107 km route between Alger and Tiz Ouzou, reducing journey times to 65 min...

Italians win Haramain project safety contract

02/08/2012 (ConstructionWeekOnLine - RSA):Two subsidiaries of Italian State Railways (FS), Italferr and Italcertifer, have been awarded a contract by the Saudi-Spanish Al Shoula consortium to act as safety verification engineers on the Haramain high-speed project in Saudi Arabia.

The two companies will certify the safety and quality standards for the 450km Mecca – Jeddah – Medina high-speed line, which is currently under construction...

Russia to build high-speed rail for World Cup

06/08/2012 (China Daily - China): MOSCOW - Russia will build high-speed rail lines by 2018 for the FIFA World Cup, the state-owned Russian Railways (RZD) said on Sunday.

According to Gorky Railway, a subsidiary of the RZD, the rail lines will connect the central Russian cities of Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod, which are contesting to host the World Cup.

"A new railway station opened in Kazan today, which was designed already with taking into account the high-speed trains," chief of the Gorky Railway Anatoly Lesun told reporters in Nizhny Novgorod..

China boosts railways spending to help reverse slowing economic growth

06/08/2012 (The Economic Times - India): China's ministry of railways has announced plans to raise spending on railways and bridges this year to CNY470 billion ($74 billion), according to a bond prospectus.
This marks the second increase in July for a combined 14% rise in planned railway spending compared to earlier announced figures for the year...

Japan Will Work on Mongolian Railroad Development

06/08/2012 (The UB Post - Mongolia): The operations of Mongolian Railroads have been introduced to the Chairman of Japan Freight Railway Company Naohiko Ito, who is in Mongolia on an official visit. He has visited the Ulaanbaatar Railroad Authority’s Management Department and was surprised to find out how different Mongolian and Japanese railroad operations are....

Treasury blocks Tel Aviv light rail rolling stock tender

06/08/2012 (Globes - Israel): The Ministry of Financeis blocking publication of the tender for the procurement of rolling stock for the Tel Aviv light rail, which was due to be published this week, because of a major dispute with NTA Metroppolitan Mass Transit Siste. Ltd over the project's budget and timetable...

Saudi Arabia okays $16.5b for Makkah transport

17/08/2012 (Oman  Tribune): JEDDAH Saudi Arabia has approved a 62 billion riyal ($16.5 billion) plan to modernise the transport system in its Holy City of Makkah, including building a bus network and metro system, state news agency SPA said on Tuesday. 
More than 6 million visitors from across the world visit Makkah every year for the Haj and Umra pilgrimages. The influx has strained the narrow roads and outdated transport system. .. 

Turkish PM to launch new metro line in İstanbul

17/08/2012 (Hurriyet Daily News - Turkey):Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to be the first one to drive the new metro train between the Kadıköy and Kartal districts on Istanbul’s Asian side during the metro line’s opening ceremony, an Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality official said...

High-speed rail network to link Asean countries

17/08/2012 (The Nation - Thailand): Pansak Vinyarat, chairman of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's advisory board, has taken up the task of spearheading the government's bid to build four high-speed railway routes, which will require a combined investment of over Bt400 billion.

 The projects are part of the government's Bt2.2 trillion infrastructure investment programme covering the next several years, with the four high-speed train projects earmarked for completion in 2018.

The proposed high-speed routes are Bangkok-Pattaya, Bangkok-Phitsanulok, Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima, and Bangkok-Hua Hin.


Ankara High Speed Train Station receives only one bid

28/08/2012 (Turkish.Press - Turkey):ANKARA - Project of General Directorate of State Railways of the Republic of Turkey (TCDD) for building of High Speed Train Station in capital Ankara has received only one bid from the consortium of Limak, Kolin and Cengiz construction firms.

Ismail Duman who led the commission of the tender in Ankara on Tuesday spoke at the opening and stated that the build-operate-transfer project which previously and successfully was applied in the construction of airports will be applied in the railways construction project for the first time. He stated that if they receive pleasing results, they will continue applying the same system on further projects...

Asean to be connected by roads and railways

28/08/2012 (Bangkok Post - Thailand):Countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) need to collaborate in creating more road, rail and maritimelinks to connect with the major transport routes in each country in order to create true connectivity, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 
More roads and rail lines from Asia’s two biggest economies – China and India – are gradually being extended into Asean through the GMS countries. Their completion could bring about major changes in the way goods are shipped to and from Asia, as well as reduce costs and improve competitiveness..

Iran to establish rail link with Turkmenistan

30/08/2012 (Vestnik Kavkaza - Russia): Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Developments Ali Nikzad announced that construction phase of a railway connecting Iran to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will be completed by early 2012, Fars News reports.
"The railroad will be completed by the end of the (Iranian) year (March 2012) and Iran will be connected to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia and China," the minister said on Tuesday...

HSRC to execute India's first bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad

30/08/2012 (The EconomicTimes - India): NEW DELHI: High Speed Rail Corporation of India(HSRC), a company that was incorporated last month, will speed up the process of building India's first high speed rail network between Mumbai to Ahmedabad. This will reduce the current travel time between the two financial hubs from current eight hours to about two hours..