Tripoli and Benghazi metro systems moving forward

01/04/2014 (Libya Herald - Libya): A workshop was held today at the Railways Project Execution and Management Board’s headquarters in Tripoli (www.railroads.org.ly), in cooperation with the Zawia University’s Strategic Planning Unit on “Strategic Planning for the City Metro (LRT) – A Modern Metro for the Public”. The meeting was headed by Ali Rashaida, Chairman of the Railways Project Execution and Management Board, the Deputy Transport Minister for Road and Land, Abdulrizag Al-Houd, members of Tripoli and Benghazi Local Councils, representatives of the Housing and Infrastructure Board (HIB), academic members of the University of Zawya as well as a number of other interested parties...

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/04/01/tripoli-and-benghazi-metro-systems-moving-forward/#axzz2y1HUHxkb

TransCentury sells Rift Valley Railways stake to Egypt’s Citadel

01/04/2014 (Daily News Egypt - Egypt): Reuters – Kenya’s TransCentury said on Tuesday that it has sold its 34% stake in Rift Valley Railways (RVR) to Egyptian private equity firm Citadel Capital. Citadel said it bought the shares for $37.8m, raising its stake to 85%. Uganda’s Bomi Holdings owns the rest. RVR, operator of the sole rail line linking Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast with Uganda, is set to face competition from a new railway in the coming years after the Kenyan government broke ground on building a standard-gauge line from the port city of Mombasa to the Ugandan border in November last year. Rail transport in the east African nation accounts for only 1m tonnes of the 20m tonnes of cargo that passes through the port of Mombasa to the region every year. - See more at: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/04/01/transcentury-sells-rift-valley-railways-stake-egypts-citadel/#sthash.aQdrAhgY.dpuf

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/04/01/transcentury-sells-rift-valley-railways-stake-egypts-citadel/

Saudi Arabia begins construction of multi-billion dollar metro project

05/04/2014 (Al Arabiya News - KSA): Saudi Arabia has begun construction work on its long awaited first metro rail system in the capital Riyadh. The multi-billion project will involve six rail lines extending 176 kilometers and carrying electric, driverless trains, in what Saudi officials project to be the world's largest public transport system. Prince Khalid bin Bandar, the Riyadh emir, attended a groundbreaking ceremony in the capital on Thursday to mark the first day of construction work. “On this blessed day we witness the start of works on the grounds of the metro project. The phase of research and planning is over and now it is time for implementation, and we call for God's help,” said Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Reuters reported. Saudi Arabia awarded $22.5 billion in contracts to three foreign-led consortia for the design and construction of the system.

 

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/webtv/reports/2014/04/05/Saudi-Arabia-begins-construction-of-multi-billion-dollar-metro-project-1655.html

Japan's tsunami-hit railway resuming full services with Kuwait's aid

05/04/2014 (KUNA - Kuwait): KAMAISHI, Japan, April 5 (KUNA) -- Disaster-hit railway in northeastern Japan began to resume full services on Saturday with funds provided by Kuwait after a three-year hiatus, as the last remaining two damaged sections were finally restored.Sanriku Railway operates a 107.6-km track along the Pacific coast of Iwate Prefecture, comprising two lines -- the North Rias Line and the South Rias Line, both essential for local people''''s life. But it was forced to suspend operations after its train cars, rails, bridges and stations were wrecked by a magnitude 9.0-quake and ensuring tsunami on March 11, 2011.Saturday marked full recovery of the South Rias Line with the restoration of a 15-km stretch which had been out of service. The neighboring North Rias Line will be back in full operations on Sunday. Commemorating the full-scale return, Sanriku Railway introduced five new railcars, each costs JPY 160 million (USD 1.6 million), including a retro car and a traditional Japanese house look-alike car...

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2370602&language=en

Turkey expects China's investment in high speed railway project

03/04/2014 (Shanghai Daily - China): ISTANBUL, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Turkey expects China to invest in its high speed railway project from the eastern tip to the western part of the country, which would constitute an important part of the modern Silk Railroad, said the General Director of Turkish State Railway Suleyman Karaman here on Wednesday. Karaman made the remarks at the 11th International Union of Railways UIC, European Rail Traffic Management System ERTMS, World Conference held in Istanbul. The three-day meeting has drawn some 600 railway specialists and professionals from 38 countries under the theme of "Optimizing Rail Investments Worldwide" and they discuss the development of rail systems across the world...

http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article/article_xinhua.aspx?id=210280

Kazakhstan discusses transport cooperation with Georgia, Iran

02/04/2014 (Trend - Azerbaijan): Kazakhstan, Georgia and Iran mulled the development of cooperation in the transport sector. This topic was discussed during the Kazakh Transport and Communications Minister Zhenis Kasymbek's meeting with Georgian and Iranian Ambassadors, Zurab Pataradze and Gorban Seyfi, Kazakh Transport and Communications Ministry said today. During the meeting it was stressed that Kazakhstan will be able to diversify cargo supplies, using the capabilities of the new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which is designed to connect railway networks of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the future. Ambassador Pataradze highlighted the importance of the agreement signed for creation of a coordinating committee on development of the Trans-Caspian international transport route. This agreement was signed in November 2013 by Kazakh, Georgian and Azerbaijani transporters during the 2nd International Transport and Logistics Business Forum "New Silk Way"...

http://en.trend.az/regions/casia/kazakhstan/2258367.html

The uncertain future of China-Israel relations

04/04/2014 (Al Arabiya News - UAE): In a recent interview on Bloomberg TV, the Israeli President Shimon Peres stated: “The future is galloping like a horse, and if you don’t gallop with the horse, the horse will gallop without you.” His interesting words may apply to the tireless Israeli efforts in recent years to “gallop” with the Chinese horse. This Israeli “galloping” comes at a time when China is seeking to enhance the security of its energy imports from the Middle East by increasing its political and economic involvement in the region. One of the striking issues that characterizes Beijing’s relations with the region is that it has good relations with all parties. China’s ties with Iran, Turkey, and the Arab world are growing rapidly... 

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/CP/2014/04/04/The-uncertain-future-of-China-Israel-relations

The new ‘silk road’, a rail link from China’s factories to heart of Europe

01/04/2014 (Egypt Daily - Egypt): AFP- It is one of the world’s longest railways – an approximately 11,000-kilometre “modern-day silk road” that traverses Russia and Kazakhstan to link a megacity in the heart of China with a key commercial hub in western Germany. On Saturday, as part of his landmark visit to Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the last stop on the “Yuxinou” rail line, an industrial feat that promises to revolutionise transport between Europe and Asia. Duisburg is a steel-making town of around half a million on the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers that boasts the world’s biggest inland port and is one of Germany’s most important transport and commercial hubs...

 

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/03/30/new-silk-road-rail-link-chinas-factories-heart-europe/

South Africa $18 Billion Rail Plan Lifts Mining Exports

03/04/2014 (Bloomberg - USA): In more than 40 years driving trains in South Africa, Jacobus Cornelius van der Merwe has never seen anything like the Shongololo. The train, whose name means millipede in Zulu, carries 200 coal wagons, is as long as eight Eiffel Towers laid end-to-end and can haul 16,800 metric tons of coal at 80 kilometers (50 miles) an hour non-stop to the country’s main export port. “It’s a massive improvement,” Van der Merwe, 59, said of 580-kilometer journeys from mines in Mpumalanga southeast to Richards Bay Coal Terminal on the coast, without having to change locomotives because some lines use alternating current and some direct... 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-02/south-african-18-billion-train-plan-lifts-coal-exports-freight.html

China cuts taxes, builds more rail lines, to steady economic growth

03/04/2014 (EuroNews - UE)China has acted for the first time this year to boost the economy. Beijing has announced tax cuts for small firms along with plans to speed up rail construction. Tax rates for smaller companies will be lowered by relaxing the criteria that allows them to halve their income taxes. This policy will be extended to the end of 2016, the government said. There will be an acceleration of the construction of rail projects that have been approved, and an increase in the total length of lines being laid this year by 18 percent compared to 2013. That will increase investment, which is the biggest driver of China’s economy. GDP there is rising at its slowest rate in at least a decade as the country moves from investment-driven growth to more expansion through domestic consumption...

http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/03/china-cuts-taxes-to-build-more-rail-lines-to-steady-economic-growth/

Iran Eager to Develop Cooperation with Italy in Railway Industry

14/04/2014 (Tasnim News Agency - Iran ): Seyed Hassan Mousavinejad, managing director of Iran’s ‘RAJA’ railway corporation, said his company seeks to develop cooperation with the Italian companies in order to boost the passenger transportation services and tourism industry in Iran. He made the comments in a meeting with Italian Ambassador to Tehran Luca Giansanti on Monday. The Iranian official also called for the resumption of ties with the Italian companies, one of which he said had been already on the verge of signing a contract with Iran to help the country with manufacturing passenger train wagons. Mousavinejad then asked Italy’s embassy in Iran to facilitate the promotion of ties between Iranian and Italian railway companies. Giansanti, for his part, expressed his embassy’s preparedness to pave the way for the expansion of relations between companies from the two nations, saying a vast majority of Italian industrial firms and merchants are vying to invest in Iran.

http://www.tasnimnews.com/English/Home/Single/338497