Railway sector needs EGP 60bn for development: Transportation minister
09/09/2014 (Daily News Egypt - Egypt): The railway sector requires approximately EGP 60bn for development purposes over the coming 3 to 5 years, Minister of Transportation Hany Dahi announced Tuesday. Dahi’s made the statement during the “Egypt…Future’s Path” conference which took place between 7 and 9 September.Discussing the challenges facing the sector, Dahi said that Egypt’s transportation is suffering from operational as well as security issues as several new trains were burned in August.The minister said that Egypt recently reached an agreement with several European countries to import 25 new trains.
Saudi rail network for regional integration
16/09/2014 (Arab News - KSA): The GCC nations are leading the region’s current rail and aviation investment boom as they race to encourage more cross-border trade.One of them, Saudi Arabia is the largest goods exporter, accounting for over 30 percent of the region’s exports, equivalent to $376 billion in 2013. However just 5.3 percent of these exports, by value, were destined for other nations within the region.In this context, Saudi Arabia is leading the charge with investment plans worth $45 billion in a bid to boost freight and passenger capacity, followed by Qatar and the UAE with investment plans worth $37 billion and $22 billion respectively.In fact, railways are a much more efficient way of moving people and especially freight than road transportation.The expansion of railway infrastructure will be of vital importance to the growth of cities and industries in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh-Dammam high-speed line: Railway studies options
03/09/2014 (Arab News - KSA): Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Khalid Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR6,000,621 with Spanish consortiums headed by Consultrans Company to study options for a high-speed line between Riyadh and Dammam with a design speed of 350 km/h to enable trains to operate at 300 km/h. Commenting on signing the contract, Al-Suwaiket said that the 10-month contract will include the traffic movement study between the two cities and determine the line comparing with existing main line as well as the preliminary technical description of the infrastructure for the project. It will also include the trainsets to be used for this high-speed line and the estimation of the financial cost of the overall project and the expected revenues.Al-Suwaiket added that the contract comes within the development plans adopted by the SRO during this stage to raise the level of services provided to meet the growing demand for transportation services by train. This has taken advantage of the technical development and world’s pioneering experience in the rail industry.
Haramain Railway chugs along
11/09/2014 (Arab News - KSA): Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman visited the Haramain Railway headquarters in Madinah on Wednesday and praised officials and contractors for the significant progress of the multibillion-riyal project.Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry and other officials joined the prince at the railway headquarters in the city and for his tour of various work sites.Al-Seraisry gave a detailed description of the progress achieved in the implementation of the various phases of the project that links the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and passes through Jeddah and Rabigh.The prince was briefed on the construction of the station building in Madinah over an area of 172,000 square meters where the utilities and services will be of international standard. The station will house arrival, departure and VIP lounges, a mosque with a capacity for 700 worshippers, Civil Defense center, a helipad, six platforms for trains, a waiting area and car parks with a capacity for 1,000 vehicles.
Etihad Rail Signs MoU With Logistics Firm Agility
24/09/2014 (Gulf Business - UAE): UAE rail network developer Etihad Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding with global logistics firm Agility.The agreement will enable Agility to use Etihad Rail’s services for distribution in the UAE and the GCC while helping develop the country’s logistics sector.Etihad Rail has been signing deals with a number of industries in the region to optimise its network when operational.The UAE rail developer recently signed MoUs with a unit of the UK-based quarry firm Tarmac Limited, UAE-based Al Jaber Group and West Bainoona Group.It also signed a deal this year with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to adopt common solutions and enhance coordination in developing the GCC rail network.“The enhanced connectivity that Etihad Rail will deliver will effectively bring businesses closer together, facilitating more efficient trade and extending geographic markets,” said Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, acting CEO of Etihad Rail.
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Russia to Build New Rail Line Bypassing Ukraine
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Siberia's great new railway starts operating to Yakutsk
01/09/2014 (The Siberian Times): The first train completed the route from Tommot to Nizhny Bestyakh, a station across the Lena River from Yakutsk city, on 30 August. A ceremony to mark the arrival of the first cargo train was attended by head of Yakutia, Yegor Borisov, Deputy Transport Minister of Russia, Alexei Tsydenov, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Railway Transport, Evgeny Lukovnikov, and the leaders of holding 'Transstroi'.Full commissioning of the line - a major transport boost for the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia - is expected next year.Eventually passengers will be able to connect to Nizhny Bestyakh - close to Yakutsk - from the giant Trans Siberian Railway and the Baikal Amur Mainline. Plans are in place for a 3 kilometre-long bridge over the Lena to enable the line to fully connect to Yakutsk, and then opening the possibility of the railway going all the way to Magadan of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Serbia: Russian Machines For Faster Railway Construction
12/09/2014 (In Serbia - Serbia): RUMA – The Serbian national railway
company Zeleznice Srbije received on Friday 31 construction machines from Russia, completing the delivery of 103 machines in total, which are meant to speed up the repairs and construction of
railroads in the country, all thanks to a Russian loan of USD 800 million.Deputy head of the Russian national raiway company RZD
International Masurbek Sultanov said in Ruma, southwest Vojvodina, after the dleivery of the machines that the Russian side had honoured its obligation and delivered the machines within the
deadline. These are the latest designs that have no match in the world, in quality or speed, Sultanov stated. A contract for the start of the work on the first section of the railroad, from Ruma
to Golubinci, will be signed in 15 days. The project will comprise 6 sections 112 km long, whose construction is listed in Annex 2 of the loan agreement, he noted, adding that the Russian side
was ready to start the work immediately.