Maghreb states develop partnerships

04/04/2013 (Magharebia): Rampant security threats in the Maghreb are encouraging states to extend a hand of co-operation.

Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Sunday (March 31st) wrapped up a 15-day trip to Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon. Security matters topped the agenda, along with economic and political co-operation.

The monarch and Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba urged the international community to eradicate piracy and terrorism, while in Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco signed a civil protection accord...

Sleepy no more

04/04/2013 (The Economist - UK):UNTIL recently Duqm was a dusty fishing village and little else. Home to Bedouin tribes, it lies some 450km (280 miles) south of Muscat, Oman’s capital, in the poor and empty Wustah governorate. But the earthmoving bulldozers are now working flat out. In the next decade, Duqm is supposed to be turned into a vast port and international business hub...

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to be commissioned in 2014

04/04/2013 (World Bulletin - Turkey):The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be fully commissioned in 2014, Azerbaijani Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panahov told journalists on Wednesday.

He said at present construction work continues at an active pace both in Georgia and Turkey.

"Work within the project continues in order to commission the railway next year," Panahov said.

Creation of a new rail link envisages the construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Marabda-Akhalkalaki railway section, except the station, as well as the construction work from Akhalkalaki to the Turkish border (Kartsakhi)...

India’s Afghan Power Play, Via Iran

04/04/2013 (The Diplomat - Japan):India and Iran are actively exploring options for expanding the amount of goods India is sending to Afghanistan via Iran, according to Indian media reports.

Last week Indian Express reported that the Indian and Iranian governments have begun drawing up a transit agreement to allow India to ship more goods to Afghanistan by going through Iranian territory....

Railways launches Wi-Fi facility on Rajdhani Express

04/04/2013 (The Times of India): ALLAHABAD: Keeping in sync with new technology, Indian Railways has launched Wi-Fi facility on Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express.The Wi-Fi facility will be provided in about 50 rakes of the trains in the current financial year. Priority will be given to Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto express trains as the provision of Wi-Fi facility will provide unlimited internet access to passengers...

Private Investment Needed for Expansion of Railway Infrastructure: Bansal

04/04/2013 (News Track - India): New Delhi, Apr 4 (ANI): Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal inaugurated the International Conference on Dedicated Freight Corridor 'Challenges and Opportunities' organized by ASSOCHAM India, in New Delhi on Thursday. The Minister also released ASSOCHAM-YES BANK knowledge Report "Corridors for Economic Development", on this occasion.

In his inaugural address, Pawan Kumar Bansal said that Indian Railways have increased its freight loading capacity and have achieved the distinction of joining one billion tonne select club in freight movement by successfully loading 1010 million tonne in 2012-13... 


Thai railways 'bound for China'

04/04/2013 (Bangkok Post - Thailand):Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says the planned high-speed train project will be designed to be part of a system linking with a similar rail system in Laos.

The premier said her aim was to build a high-speed train network that would link Thailand to China via Laos, the Thai News Agency reported Tuesday...


The trains are coming

15/04/2013 (Saudi Gazette - Saudi Arabia):THIS morning I climbed into my Suzuki Swift Sport — a very popular car among Saudi youths — and set off for work. Initially the ride was pleasant, as I find Jeddah a very beautiful city with plenty of random art to keep my interest piqued during my daily commute from Al-Rawdah to the Al-Rehab District. I mean what city do you know has giant geometrical tools — a compass, triangle, protractor and a ruler — in the center of one of its many roundabouts? Not to mention the giant bicycle at Siteen and Rawdah Street, very impressive indeed...

First giant trains on track for Etihad Rail

15/04/2013 (The National - UAE):Etihad Rail has secured a key line of funding for the first link in the Emirates’ Dh40 billion (US$10.89bn) national railway network, with its first freight shipments starting this year.
The company, established in 2009 to develop the UAE’s freight and passenger railway networks, said yesterday it had secured a five-year loan worth Dh4.7bn for the first stage of its railway project...

Construction of regional railway's Turkish section nearing completion

15/04/2013 (AzerNews - Azerbaijan): Work is being completed on the Turkish section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway line, Azerbaijani Consul General in Kars Ayhan Suleymanov, who reviewed the ongoing operations at the last area of construction in the Arpachay region, told journalists, Azerbaijan's state news agency Azertag reported on Sunday..

Miner’s rail project to be model for Indian Railways

15/04/2013 (Mining Weekly - South Africa): KOLKATA ( - Mahanadi Railways, a joint venture (JV) dedicated coal transportation corridor project in the East Indian province of Orissa, would serve as a model for the federal government’s policy for participative rail connectivity and capacity augmentation, announced last year.

The $1-billion Mahanadi Railway project, one of the maiden independent coal freight corridors, was a JV between the Industrial Development Corporation of Orissa (IDCO) and Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), two agencies operated by the provincial government of Orissa...


Railways budgets Sh25 billion to upgrade cargo capacity five-fold

15/04/2013 (Daily Nation - Kenya): Rift Valley Railways has unveiled a Sh25.8 billion strategic plan to increase its cargo capacity five-fold by 2018.

The firm, which is contracted to run the 1,400km line between Mombasa and Kampala under a 25-year deal, has revealed a plan that will see its cargo business increase from the current annual capacity of a million tonnes to five million tonnes in the next five years...


Top Mega Trends In The Middle East

20/04/2013 (Gulf Business - UAE): The Middle East and North African (MENA) economies will be driven by unique ‘forces of change’ according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan. Here are some of the key mega trends that will drive the region by 2025.

Around 65.4 per cent of the total population (483.5 million) in MENA would be living in urban regions by 2025 with countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Qatar witnessing urbanisation rates of over 90 per cent. Emerging mega corridors (for example, the Cairo-Dakar Highway and GCC Etihad Rail) will foster inter-regional trade that currently accounts for less than 10 per cent of the region’s total trade..

Saudi to build 2,750km Riyadh railway connection

20/04/2014 (Construction WeeklyOnLine - Saudi Arabia):Saudi Arabia is to build 2,750km of railway connecting Riyadh to a selection of cities and cargo stations, according to Arab News.

Five design blueprints have been signed to build modern passenger and cargo trains, with the project’s two main tracks expected to be completed by 2014, according to Sulaiman Khwaiter, head of marketing and public relations at the Saudi Railway Company...


Academy to train Qataris to operate rail network

20/04/2013 (The Peninsula - Qatar): DOHA: Qataris will now be trained to operate trains, with work in progress to establish a rail and metro network in the country ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Plans are afoot to set up an academy at Qatar University that will graduate students in ‘Railway Studies’ — a facility that would be the first of its kind in the country once operational.

Qatar and Germany yesterday signed an agreement for establishing the academy at Qatar University. The deal was inked between three parties: Qatar University, German railway company Deutsche Bahn, and the Qatar Rail firm...


First giant trains on track for Etihad Rail

20/04/2014 (The National - UAE): Etihad Rail has taken delivery of the first two diesel locomotives bought to operate on Stage One of its new network scheduled to open later this year.
The heavy freight locomotives, built by the US-based company Electro Motive Diesel, were landed at Mussafah Port in Abu Dhabi, before being moved to Etihad Rail's site at Mirfa in the Western Region to be prepared for the opening of the new track...

Spanish firm offers its high-speed ‘El Pato’

20/04/2014 ( Malaysia Chronicol - Malaysia): KUALA LUMPUR- A Spanish bullet train maker has offered a “duck” train for Malaysia’s multibillion ringgit high-speed rail (HSR) project.

Talgo, part of a consortium that won a US$9 billion (RM27.4 billion) HSR job in Saudi Arabia last year, believes its “El Pato” (Spanish for duck) trains are suitable for Malaysia’s HSR project.

The Talgo 350 “El Pato” is the latest highspeed train sold in Spain, said deputy chairman Mario Oriol...