Khalifa Port touted to reshape Abu Dhabi's economy

09/06/2013 (Khaleey Times - UAE): Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa Port Container Terminal, which was opened in September last year, has proven itself and has trade experts and academics saying that the project will reshape the economy.

The most obvious and immediate benefit the terminal offered was much-needed extra capacity to accommodate Abu Dhabi’s growth...

Trains ready to chug through India's longest transport tunnel in Pir Panjal range

09/06/2013 (India Today - India): Finishing touches are being given to India's longest railway transportation tunnel, Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel, which will link Kashmir valley with Banihal tehsil of Jammu

The tunnel connects Bichleri Valley of Banihal with Qazigund area of Kashmir Valley, is the India's first longest transport tunnel and Asia's second longest tunnel. Longest tunnel in Asia is Wushaoling tunnel (20 km) in Gansu, China...

Tracks lost in sand, trains suspended

09/06/2013 (Saudi Gazette - Saudi Arabia):DAMMAM – Train services between the Central Region and the Eastern Province will remain suspended on Sunday owing to the prevailing weather conditions, announced the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) in a press statement here on Saturday.
For the safety of passengers, the SRO has decided to suspend services on Saturday starting with Train No. 6 from Riyadh to Dammam at 1.35 p.m...

Is infrastructure the cure of poverty?

13/06/2013 (Financial Mail - South Africa):When Rwandan president Paul Kagame said that Africans had well-thought-out and well-articulated plans for economic transformation, but needed to scale implementation in order to tackle poverty, only his most ardent critics would have disputed it.

The scene was the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in the Mediterranean resort of Marrakesh, Morocco, last month. Kagame's audience: ministers of finance and economic planning, central bankers, captains of industry, financiers and academics.

One such plan, the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida), puts the overall capital cost of implementing priority infrastructure projects between 2012 and 2020 at US$68bn, or $7,5bn/year...

RTA to fast-track Dh5b Dubai Metro expansion for Expo 2020

13/06/2013 (GulfNews - UAE): Paris: Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will fast-track a Dh5 billion expansion of the Dubai Metro’s Red Line to connect to the Dubai World Central, if the emirate wins the bid to host the World Expo 2020, a top official said.

Dubai has already earmarked a large venue for the Expo 2020 at the Dubai World Central (DWC) — the 140 sq. kilometre airport city that will host among others, a 160 million passenger capacity Al Maktoum International Airport — the world’s biggest greenfield airport project...


Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to be opened by late 2014

13/06/2013 (AzerNews - Azerbaijan):The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway will be fully commissioned by late 2014, Deputy Head of the Azerbaijan Railways JSC Gurban Nasirov told reporters on June 13. "Currently, the works under the project run on schedule and the construction work is expected to be fully completed by the end of 2013. During 2014, we will conduct start-up and adjustment operations, solve organizational and administrative issues," Nasirov said...


Train between Moscow and St. Petersburg to carry passengers'

13/06/2013 (Pravda - Russia): On July 1st, the Federal Passenger Company (FPC) is launching the first passenger train between Moscow and St. Petersburg that will provide an opportunity to passengers to transport their vehicles, the director of the FPC, Mikhail Akulov, said Thursday.  

According to Akulov, it goes about a night train, a car transporter. The cost of the transportation of vehicles on this train in a specially equipped car will make up 6,000 rubles ($200)..