Train derailed in Sohag

03/03/2014 (Daily News - Egypt): A train traveling from Cairo to Aswan was derailed Monday morning in Sohag, after loose rails caused the engine to slip off the track, dragging the train a distance of almost 108 meters, according to state-owned Ahram. No injuries or deaths were reported from the accident. Security forces arrested three of four members of a “criminal gang” the same day, according to an interior ministry statement. The three were accused of stealing railway spikes, which caused the accident and are currently facing prosecution. Railway tracks, along with other railway authority equipment, were found in the group’s possession, the statement added. The interior ministry media office refused to comment on accusations of negligence in securing the railway from repetitive attempts of theft..

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/03/03/train-derailed-sohag/

Dammam-Al-Ahsa train service opens

03/03/2014 (Arab News - KSA): The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) began operating trains between Al-Ahsa (also known as Hofuf) and Dammam on Sunday. There will be two trips a day from Sunday to Thursday to serve students and employees. Muhammad Abu Zaid, director of Public Relations and Media at SRO, said that this move came under a strategic plan of the organization that aims to make trains a safe and quick medium of transportation between the two cities and expand its customer base by introducing new routes that will provide multiple options for train travel. Abu Zaid said that the organization seeks to develop the level of services provided to passengers, enhance safety and improve entertainment levels on board trains. “The SRO is working on increasing the number of trips between Dammam and Riyadh and cutting the trip duration to three hours. In addition, a new ticketing system will be used that will provide cards for frequent travelers such as students and employees, Abu Zaid said...

http://www.arabnews.com/news/534046

OMAN’S RAIL PROJECT PICKING UP PACE

03/03/2014 (Muscat Daily - Oman): A recent economic update from the Oxford Business Group (OBG) notes that work on Oman’s national rail network – which forms part of a wider rail system linking all the countries of the GCC – is picking up pace, with advanced planning work now under way and construction set to begin next year.According to the OBG update, the state-owned Oman National Railway Company recently announced it was opening the pre-qualification tender to provide infrastructure and information technology systems for the initial stage of the 2,244km network. The tender, open to local and foreign bidders, covers the construction of the first section, which runs from the border with the UAE at Buraimi to the port of Sohar. The projected cost of this phase is around $2.6bn, with the expense of the full project expected to amount to US$15bn...

http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/Oman-s-Rail-project-picking-up-pace-2z7v

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran Discuss Joint Railway Projects

02/03/2014 (Far News - Iran ): Representatives of the three Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states reviewed the latest developments regarding the implementation of the railway project, the Islamic republic news agency reported.Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway is a part of the North-South international transport corridor. It is assumed that the railroad would create additional routes linking Kazakhstan, the central regions of Russia and Turkmenistan, Iran, Persian Gulf countries, South and Southeast Asia and will increase transit freight and passenger traffic, reduce transport costs, save time for travel and cause economic growth in the regions through which the railway will run...

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921211001010

High-speed rail link to connect provincial capitals in China

09/03/2014 (Want China Times - China): China is building a high-speed rail link to connect almost every provincial capital in the country and shrink the travel time between them to less than eight hours, said Wang Mengshu, deputy chief engineer of state-owned China Railway Group Limited. Beijing has decided to spend 600 billion yuan (US$98 billion) this year to build the high-speed rail link, which aims to ensure people can travel between the provincial capitals, with the exception of Lhasa and Urumqi, within eight hours and reach Beijing from any one of them in the same amount of time, said Wang...

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140309000006&cid=1202

Doha Metro contract awarded

11/03/2014 (Emirates 24/7 - UAE): CC has been awarded a contract by the Qatar Railways Company to build a section of Doha Metro red line (Qatar) for 506 million euro. The winning consortium led by FCC, the Citizen Services Group, also comprises Archirodon (Greece), Yüksel (Turkey) and Petroserv Ltd. (Qatar). This is FCC's first major project in this Arab Emirate. The execution period is 31 months and the project will create more than 1,000 jobs. In the bidding process, the FCC-led consortium competed with groups from South Korea, Germany, Italy and India, among other countries. The contract includes building three elevated stations (Barwa Village, Al Wakrah and Qatar Economic Zone) and a 6.97-kilometre section, plus tunnelizing the road at the entrance to Al Wakrah. The total budget for the Doha Metro project exceeds 20 billion euro...

http://www.emirates247.com/business/economy-finance/doha-metro-contract-awarded-2014-03-11-1.541213

Russia can launch mega-project that would unite economies and cultures of Eurasia - Russian Railways president

11/03/2014 (Voice of Russia - Russia): Doctor of Economics Yakunin presented a report at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences' presidium on Tuesday, on which he worked jointly with prominent philosopher and sociologist Academician Gennady Osipov and Moscow State University Rector Viktor Sadovnichy at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Sociopolitical Studies. Yakunin argued that the West has been imposing values on Russia which are alien to it, specifically economic development for the sake of higher indices. As Russia is carrying on abiding by the values imposed on it, it is losing its spiritual and moral platform, as well as its natural values and guidelines. Russia should rethink its role in global space and become "an integrator on the Eurasian continent," he said...

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_03_11/Russia-must-launch-mega-project-of-Eurasian-scope-Russian-Railways-president-3767/

China to begin building new strategic railway line close to India's border

11/03/2014 (TibetanReview.net - Tibet) – China is to spend an estimated 30 billion yuan ($4.9 billion) to build a Lhasa-Nyingchi (Tibetan: Nyingtri) railway line over the next three to four years, with the construction set to begin later this year, reported the official China Daily newspaper Mar 10 (also posted on the official eng.tibet.cn website Mar 10). China has already announced that it will complete and begin operating the ongoing 253-km Lhasa-Xigaze (Shigatse) railway line by October this year. Once completed, the Chinese railway network will reach the doorstep of India’s border state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its territory as a part of its claim over Tibet. The announcement of the planned new construction was made by Lobsang Jamcan, chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region government. Explaining the railway’s strategic importance, he has said, "I travelled to the border regions at Nyingchi, Xigaze and Ali (Ngari) prefectures last year, and I discovered that the construction of roads and infrastructure in these regions, which are important for national security, lags far behind. Many border roads and transport facilities of neighboring India are edging closer to territory under our control."

http://www.tibetanreview.net/news.php?&id=13326

China to invest $4 billion in Pak Railways: official

14/03/2014 (PakTribune - Pakistan): ISLAMABAD: China has agreed to finance the upgrading of a rail network on its mainline and to construct a state-of-the-art dry port at Havelian by investing $4 billion during the next three to four years. "Now the Ministry of Railways has been assigned to carry out a feasibility study for upgrading the rail network from Havelian to Karachi on its mainline (ML-1) which will be accomplished in the next seven to eight months," a top official of the Ministry of Railways confirmed here on Thursday. The rail link from Gwadar to Karachi will also be established.The feasibility study will unveil the exact cost of these railway projects but according to rough estimates calculated by the concerned high-ups, the total investment requirement will be standing at around Rs300 to Rs400 billion. Both sides have also finalised the timelines, so these railway projects could be accomplished within the tenure of PML-N led regime. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told on Thursday that the government was working on a revitalising plan for the Pakistan Railways under which it would be turned around from a loss making to profit making entity over the medium term. Under this vision, he said, the rail linkages with neighbouring countries, including China, India and Turkey, would be established over the medium term...

http://paktribune.com/news/China-to-invest-4-billion-in-Pak-Railways-official-267516.html

Ghana should invest in railway transport – ITF

15/03/2014 (Ghana Web - Ghana): Ghana has been urged to invest in railway transport as the best alternative means to support urban transportation in the country. Mr Joseph Katende, the Regional Secretary of the International Transport Workers (ITF), who is leading a two-member delegation on a visit to the Ghana National Coordinating Committee (NCC) of ITF, said the railway sector needs investment that would propel it to function as a reasonable urban transport. “Our research indicates that there has not been real investment in the railway sector in Ghana for some time now –yet railway is a better option for transportation systems, especially for a country like Ghana which has high rate of road accidents”. He explained that South Africa has embraced railway transportation and they are moving very fast with their transportation system giving the people the comfort they needed...

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=303394