Joint taskforce mulls construction of Rasht-Astara railway

02/07/2013 (Azernews - Azerbijan): A taskforce comprising representatives of Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia and India is working over the issue of building Rasht-Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway, Iranian Tasnim news website quoted Iran Railways administration official Mohammad Reza Mohammadi Arasi as saying.

The construction of the Qazvin-Rasht-Astara railway was discussed at the fifth session of the Coordination Council on the International North-South Transport Corridor which was held in Baku on June 24-25; participants noted the importance of constructing it over a short timeframe...

China-Pakistan road and rail link is a significant step, UAE Paper

07/07(2013 (WAM ABU DHABI -UAE): , July 7th, 2013 (WAM) -- A road and rail transport project agreed Friday by the governments of China and Pakistan promises to open a wide "economic corridor". While no firm timetable for development has been announced, this "long-term" plan will eventually connect Kashgar in western China with Gwadar in Pakistan in the west. The potential gains from such links are huge, opined a UAE daily.
"The project will undoubtedly foster greater commercial ties between the two nations, but it will also have serial implications for other parts of the world", said "The National" in its editorial on Sunday....

First phase of Makkah transport system 'ready for 2017'

07/07/2013 (Arabian Business - Saudi Arabia):The first phase of a $16.5bn public transport system for Saudi Arabia’s holiest city Makkah will be completed in 2017, according to Mayor Osama Al-Bar.

The network will cover the entire city, including four metro lines, 88 stations and a rapid bus service, to help make it easier to travel to and within the city, which is home the Islam’s Grand Mosque...

Tel Aviv’s Rail Project Delayed

07/07/2013 (The Jewish Voice - Israel): Tel Aviv initially planned to have light rail available in 2017. But according to a recent report from Israel National News, the light rail will not be available until 2023—six years later than previously planned.

The plans involve two lines and subway tunnels, according to the aforementioned report.

One line, the “Green Line,” is reportedly still on track to offer service in 2020. But an internal report delivered to Israel’s Finance Ministry from Aegis, the Dutch auditor for the rail project, relayed a prediction that the “Red Line” would not be available until 2023, according to Israel National News..

Qazvin-Astara railway project progresses by 70 percent

07/07/2013 (Trend - Azerbaijan):Qazvin-Rasht-Anzali-Astara railway project has progressed by 70 per cent, Iranian Deputy Minister of Road and Transportation Shahriar Afandizade said, the Mehr news agency reported.

"Iran has started Qazvin-Rasht section of the railway project by its national credits, because of delay in formation of regarding consortium between Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan," Afandizade said.

This project will be completed till next year, in case if necessary fund sources are provided...

What does Siberia have in common with the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal and the Hoover Dam?

07/07/2013 (The Siberian Times - Russia):All were named in the top 25 of 'mankind's greatest engineering achievements'. AS CNN say: 'The full journey starts in Moscow and ends in Vladivostok, but passengers can join at numerous towns and cities en route.'

Other epic engineering triumphs are The London Underground, the Palm in Dubai, the Panama Canal and the International Space Station. The list of engineering masterpieces takes into account 'the era in which they were built and the knowledge and materials that were available to the designers'.

New rail network to carry 14 million Chinese across Tibet in 2015

07/07/2013 (,- Tibet):  Some 14 million people from across China will travel through the sparsely populated Tibetan Plateau in 2015 as a result of a new rail network for which several new railway lines are either under construction or being planned, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Jul 6.  The report said that during China's 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) period, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway will branch out in all directions, ending the history of no railways in the southern part of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and strengthening its ties with neighbouring provinces.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain plan $10 billion rail link

12/07/2013 (Khaleej Times - Saudi Arabia):Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have assigned five firms to study the construction of a railway bridge parallel to the King Fahd Causeway. 

In a statement to the Bahrain News Agency, Bahrain’s Minister of Transport Kamal bin Ahmed said the project will be linked to internal networks in both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and then connect to the projected causeway which will link Bahrain with Qatar...

India keen to help build missing rail link to Russia

12/07/2013 (Live Mint - India):New Delhi: India is trying to persuade Iran to build the 165km missing rail link between Rasht, Iran, and Astara, Azerbaijan, a connection that will help Asia’s third biggest economy access the markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Russia.
The development comes at a time when India is also considering starting negotiations for a comprehensive trade pact with the Russia-led Eurasian Customs Union. CIS refers to the East European satellites of the erstwhile Soviet Union...

Safety certificate for Mumbai metro corridor

12/07/2013 (Hindustan Times - India):The Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) has issued a safety certificate to Mumbai’s first metro corridor a few days ago, clearing one of the major hurdles in its way.

The next step would be a nod from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), after which it can be opened for public...