Bahrain rail masterplan to complete this year

01/10/2012 (ConstructionWeekOnline -Saudi Arabia):Bahrain is aiming to complete its rail masterplan by the end of this year, in line with the estimated US$149bn that is being spent by Gulf countries as they build up new transport networks.

“In Bahrain, we are reviewing the alignment of the train network, because the idea is to link Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and we also want to link it to the port and the airport,” said Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation, Kamal Ahmed...


Intl. rail transport companies seek cooperation with Iran: Official

01/12/2012 (Press TV - Iran):Managing Director of Iranian Rail Transportation Company (IRTCO) Reza Abedi says many international companies seek to cooperate with Iran in urban rail transportation.
Abedi said on Monday that despite sanctions imposed on Iran, many international companies visited the pavilions of Iranian companies at Germany’s InnoTrans 2012 exhibition and expressed their readiness to cooperate with Iran because of the country’s “very suitable market in the current situation.”..

Algeria hopes to stave off Arab Spring with logstics development

03/10/2012 (The Loadstar - UK):Ports and logistics activities in North Africa are generally hampered by a lack of investment, inaccessibility to larger markets, and inefficient pricing. They are characterised by disintegrating infrastructure, tedious bureaucracy and remain disconnected from global supply chains. And yet despite these obstacles, investors argue the region has tremendous potential for growth.

Algeria exemplifies this, according to Ravi Menon, director general of Bejaia Mediterranean Terminal (BMT), operated by Singapore-headquartered Portek..

Ethiopian Railways Corp. to Complete 42% of Light Rail Transit Project

03/10/2012 (2merkato - Ethiopia):Ethiopian Railways Corporation plans to complete an estimated 42% of the Addis Ababa Light Rail Transit Project during this financial year.

The Corporation launched implementing the project last year after finding financing for the project from the Export-Import bank of China.

The Corporation plans to complete 42% of the project consisting of major civil works such as clearing and leveling the route according to Abebe Mihretu Head of Communication Services...


China to build high-speed rail network by 2015

03/10/2012 (DNA - India):China, which has one of the world's busiest railway systems in the world, is aiming to build a high-speed passenger rail network by 2015, the ministry of railways said.

The country also plans to have separate passenger and freight networks, the China Daily reported Wednesday.

According to a five-year plan recently approved by the cabinet, the railway network will feature four east-west lines and four north-south lines by the end of 2015...


Dh700b to be invested in rail projects in Mena

15/10/2012 (Gulfnews - UAE):Abu Dhabi: Only Dh66.3 billion ($18 billion) of public investment in rail projects have been achieved so far in the Middle East and North Africa Region (Mena), home to one of the fastest growing rail markets in the world with an estimated project value of Dh700 billion ($190 billion), rail experts said on Monday at a conference on Mena Rail Projects 2012 Summit held in Abu Dhabi..

Russian Railways Completes Iranian Projects

15/10/2012 (Ria Novosti - Russia):Russian Railways has completed the electrification project of the Iranian Tabriz-Azarshahr railway, the Russian Railways said in a statement on Monday.

Forty-six kilometers of railway line and five railway stations in the northwest of Iran were electrified under the first Russian-Iranian joint railroad project that started four years ago. The new infrastructure is designed to transport students of the Pedagogical University of Azarshahr. Due to this electrification, fuel consumption will be significantly reduced and efficiency of passenger comfort will be increased...

Thousands of kilometers of railway, freeway being built in Iran: official

15/10/2012 (Tehran Times - Iran):TEHRAN - Some 11,000 kilometers of railway and about 3,000 kilometers of freeway are being built across Iran, the Mehr News Agency quoted the deputy roads and urban development minister Ahmad Sadeqi as saying on Monday.
Nearly 850 kilometers of roads were built during the first half of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, he added..

Iran Seeking China Funding to Complete Metro Project

15/10/2012 (Turkish Weekly - Turkey): Iran is hopeful its ally China will fund up to $2 billion to complete Tehran's metro rail which faces delays due to lack of financing as a result of sanctions, a government official said on Monday, reported Reuters.
Phase two of the metro is on track for completion next year but two new lines under the third phase may be delayed due to lack of money, Mohammad Montazeri, deputy managing director, planning & logistics, Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Co said...

Mena rail projects to be invest AED 700 billion

19/10/2012 (Steel Guru - India): Gulf News reported experts Mena Rail Projects 2012 Summit of Abu Dhabi.said that only Dh66.3 billion of public investment in rail projects have been achieved so far in the Middle East and North Africa Region home to one of the fastest growing rail markets in the world with an estimated project value of Dh700 billion rail...

Saudi Arabia to issue tender $16.53 billion Mecca Metro

24/10/2012 (Meedle East On Line - England):MECCA (Saudi Arabia) - Saudi Arabia will invite tenders next year for a $16.53-billion metro network in Mecca, to ease congestion in the city, particularly during the annual hajj pilgrimage, the city's mayor said Wednesday.

Known as the Mecca Metro, the 62-billion-riyal ($16.5-billion) project calls for the construction of a four-line rail network and a call for tenders is due to be launched in January 2013, mayor Osama AlBar said...

UAE's Etihad Rail just the tichet for a Pan Arabian train express

18/10/2012 (The National - UAE):A fast passenger rail network reaching from Muscat to Amman is an achievable vision for the Gulf states according to the head of rail for the global construction giant, Bechtel...

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to be used for Kazakhstani freight

19/10/2012 (CentralAsiaOnline )-ASTANA – Kazakhstan by the end of 2012 will sign an agreement with Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey to have the future Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway haul Kazakhstani freight, reported October 18, quoting October 17 remarks by Kazakhstani Ambassador to Azerbaijan Serik Primbetov...

Iran looks to silk road ties in time of sanctions

24/10/2012 (The Huffington Post - UK): DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — In back-to-back Asian summits this month, Iran's president made sure to carve out special time to look east.

At one gathering in Azerbaijan, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reminded the president of Kazakhstan about the vision of a railway linking the heart of Central Asia with Iran's warm ports. At another meeting in Kuwait, he held talks with Tajikistan's leader about their growing trade ties..