Egypt to upgrade railway crossings, centralize maintenance

04/02/2013 (Egypt Indipendent - Egypt):Transportation Minister Hatem Abdel Latif said Monday said that the government has prepared a plan to modernize Egypt’s railways, which includes the purchase of about 550 new train cars and a more centralized maintenance system.

Latif's statements come after a series of high-profile train crashes that have killed dozens over the past few months — including amost 50 schoolchildren in Assiut Governorate when their school bus was hit while crossing tracks in November — have drawn increased public anger, with many accusing the government of neglecting Egypt's aging railway infrastructure...

 

Regional rail network on track for debate at global ports Summit in Abu Dhabi

04/02/2013 (MENAFN - UAE): Emirates News Agency (WAM)) With construction of the first 264 kilometres of its 1,200-kilometre national rail project under development, Etihad Rail's US11 billion plans to connect the region from ports to borders is fast gaining momentum as the tracks are laid for an integrated GCC-wide rail freight and passenger transportation network that will support intra-regional trade and drive sustainable economic growth across the Gulf...

Port, rails link Russia, Turkey

04/02/2013 (Daily News - Turkey): The facilities at Samsun port built as part of a ferry line rail project between Turkey and Russia to boost freight and passenger transportation are to begin operations on Feb. 19. 
The two countries had made an agreement to build ferry truck stations worth 10 million Turkish Liras at Samsun port in Turkey and Kavkaz port on the Kerch Strait of Russia’s Black Sea coast in 2005. The project aimed to ease the direct railway transportation between the two sides, which had been hampered when the track gauge of the railways were not compatible. ..

Colas Rail wins USD 197 million Tunis high speed contract

08/02/2013 (SteelGuru - UK):Rail infrastructure contractor Colas Rail has announced that its consortium has been awarded USD 196.7 million contract to build the first 2 lines on a new high speed railway network in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. Colas Rail is part of a consortium consisting of Siemens and Tunisian construction company Somatra Get which has landed the deal to build lines D and E of the proposed network, which will involve the construction of 20 kilometers of new track...

European Commission: EU Railways Are in an Inexorable Decline

08/02/2013 (EUInside - Bulgaria):"Europe's railways are approaching a very important junction", said on January 30th Siim Kallas, vice president of the European Commission responsible for transport. They are facing the perspective of stagnation and decline or taking efficient decisions for restructuring of the markets with the aim to encourage innovation and increasing the quality of service...

Cabinet Clears Three Rail Connectivity Projects

08/02/2013 (SiliconIndia - India): New Delhi: The cabinet approved new rail line projects worth over 2,300 crore, Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said.

"The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the three projects...we hope to complete the projects in five years," Bansal told reporters after the cabinet meeting...

 

Colas team lands €145m Tunis rail deal

16/02/2013 (The Construction Index - UK): Colas Rail and its consortium partners Siemens and Somatra-Get have secured a contract involving the construction of the first two lines of the RFR railway network in Tunis, Tunisia...

Africa’s booming economy needs modern trade routes

16/02/2013 (The Economist - UK): UNLESS you take to the air or the high seas, the only reasonably safe passage from north Africa to the rest of the continent is a weekly ferry on a lake on the eastern edge of the Sahara. The few roads that cross the vast desert are either broken or infested with kidnappers. So every Monday morning a horde of turbaned migrants lines up at a concrete pier in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan on Lake Nasser, a dammed-up bit of the Nile, for the overnight journey of 500km (300-odd miles) to Wadi Halfa in northern Sudan...

Russian Railways Logistics Develops Cooperation with Solikamskbumprom

16/02/2013 (Openpr.com - Russia):Russian Railways Logistics strengthens its cooperation with JSC Solikamskbumprom, one of the leading enterprises of pulp and paper industry in Russia with a number of clients abroad. In the framework of this partnership the container train delivery was organized on the route Chelyabinsk-Solikamsk-Avtovo (in St. Petersburg)...

India and France to strengthen cooperation in railway sector

16/02/2013 (Zee News - India):New Delhi: India and France have singed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in the railway sector.
The MoU was signed here on Friday between the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF), the French National Railways, for technical cooperation in the field of railways...

Larbi Reffou: Reform for unity, stability

24/02/2013 (The Gulf Today - UAE):The winds of the Arab Spring were channelled by Morocco to expand and consolidate democracy and accelerate the pace of political reforms. His Majesty, The King Mohammed VI, announced in March 2011 a profound constitutional reform, which was largely supported by the Moroccan people through a referendum. By consolidating the principle of separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary, the new constitution gives wider powers to the Head of Government, appointed by the King from the party which wins elections, and to strengthen the provisions relating to the control of the government by the two chambers of parliament. The new constitution has also paved the way for the organisation of new legislative elections in November 2011...

Feasibility Study for linking Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to the GCC Railway Project

24/02/2013 (Bahrain News Agency - Bahrain):Manama, February 24th (BNA) –The team work assigned to prepare a feasibility study to link the two brotherly countries (Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain) to the GCC railway project held a meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, 19-20 / 2/2013 at the General Organization of King Fahd Causeway at the Bahraini side... 

China operationalises key railway line to connect ASEAN bloc

24/02/2013 (Economic Times - India):BEIJING: Amid deepening dispute with Southeast Asian countries over South China Sea, Beijing has operationalised its 141-km long railway link connectingASEAN countries to firm up the burgeoning trade links with the regional bloc. 
A railway that links China's southwestern Yunnan Province with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries became operational this weekend after seven years of construction, local railway authorities said... 

Sudan eyes railway revival to help transform its economy

24/02/2013 (Gulf Times - Qatar):Maintenance labourers work at Sudan Railway maintenance complex in Khartoum. Sudan was once home to Africa’s largest railway network, with more than 5,000km of track running from the Egyptian border to Darfur in the west, Port Sudan on the Red Sea coast and Wau in what is now South Sudan.  Right: An engineer inspects a train at the Sudan Railway maintenance complex in Khartoum.

Today, after decades of mismanagement and neglect, most of the country’s rail track is out of service. But the government, with the help of Chinese money and expertise, wants to rebuild it and restore some of the industry’s former glory..