Qatar, Morocco sign railways agreement

01/04/2015 (BahrainNews Agency - Bahrain): Doha, Apr1(BNA)Qatari Transportation Minister Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti has today met Moroccan Equipment, Transportation and Logistics Minister Aziz Rabbah and reviewed ways of promoting joint cooperation. The two sides discussed training Qatari cadres in the sector of railway transportation.The two ministers then attended the signing of the Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) and the Moroccan National Railways Office to bolster cooperation in the transportation sector.

Egypt’s Railway Authority’s 2015/2016 budget may reach EGP 12.8bn

21/04/2015 (Daily News Egypt - Egypt): Egypt’s Railway Authority is working out the final touches on what would be its largest annual budget ever, estimated to reach EGP 12.8bn, which it plans to spend on developing and renewing a worn-out network.The budget is a huge surge from the EGP 5.9bn allocated for the authority in the fiscal year ending in June. Head of the Authority Ahmed Hamed told Daily News Egypt that talks are ongoing to secure the financing of the one-year investments.“We are in talks with foreign institutions to finance at least EGP 1.4bn of the budget,” Hamed said, naming the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Hungarian government, and Chinese institutions among those pursued for financing...

Egypt: China Railway to build Cairo railway for USD 800 million

14/04/2015 (MedAfrica - CH):  The China Railway Construction Corporation group has announced on April 13th in a statement that one of its subsidiaries has won a USD 800 million contract for the construction of a railway line in Egypt. The project consists of two railways. The new two-way railway will be 80 kilometers in length and will connect Bilbeis City, Sharqeya, and El-Salam City in Greater Cairo, according to the Egyptian newspaper Daily News.The agreement was signed between the Egyptian and Chinese governments along with the Chinese holding company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).According to the Egyptian Ministry of Transport, the new railway line will help to limit pollution and reduce the monstrous traffic jams that know the Egyptian capital, which homes 18 million people.The Ministry of Transportation announced last month that it had decided to revive a plan to build a high-speed train service, said to connect the country’s northern and southern borders, from Alexandria’s Mediterranean coast to Aswan. According to the ministry, the project would cost $10bn and the train’s speed would reach 350 km/h.

GCC rail progress full steam ahead

02/04/2015 (Al Arabiya - UAE): Detailed engineering and design work for the next sections of the 2177km Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) rail network will be completed this year, said Ramiz Al-Assar, senior transport specialist for the Middle East and North Africa with the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department.Al-Assar spoke at the first UIC conference on railway interoperability, standardization, and harmonization for the Middle East in Doha on March 31. “We will have a meeting of the GCC Railway expert working group in Abu Dhabi on May 11-14 to finalize common guidelines for operation and institutional and regulatory requirements,” Al-Assar told delegates. “We hope to reach agreement on the master schedule in June. Detailed engineering design will be completed this year.”

Construction of Dubai Metro extension a feat of engineering

17/04/2015 (The National - UAE): DUBAI // It took more than 1,000 experts to turn the Dubai Metro dream into a reality and build the first driverless rail network in the Middle East.At 75 kilometres, the metro is the longest service of its kind and it will grow by 15 kilometres after approval last week for an extension that will include seven more stations, taking it to the Expo 2020 site.The Middle Eastern division of Atkins, a UK engineering and design company, played a major role in the Dubai Metro story, and it is working on similar projects in Doha and Riyadh.Paul Groves, Atkins design director of tunnels and ground engineering, said: “Riyadh shares many of the characteristics of the Dubai Metro.“The issues are about land, where there is space, and what the catchment area is for passengers.”He said there will be 18 underground stations in the Doha metro. Going underground, he said, frees up ground or elevated space for development.

Israel will pioneer the world’s first ever gym on a train in 2016

01/04/2015 (Geek Time - Israel): For workers who commute more than an hour each way to work, it can be challenging to fit in enough exercise. If you’ve ever had a lengthy subway or train commute, you’ve likely thought at some point, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a gym on this train? But right, that’d be way too dangerous to ever pull off.”Until now.Israel’s state-owned Israel Railways Company announced on Tuesday that it has contracted with Clal Insurance Group and EnGym, a beta stage Israeli startup, to add at least one gym car to the country’s most popular train lines starting in January, 2016. They did this to encourage healthy living and, not surprisingly, make a profit: The economically troubled railway will charge $30 per month for a monthly gym pass.

Tehran to host intl. transportation, railway exhibition

25/04/2015 (Mehr News Agency - Iran): - The four-day event will bring together organizations, institutions, and foreign as well as domestic companies specializing in railroad technology in Tehran International Permanent Fairground.The exhibition will display passenger rail industry and services in urban, suburban and freight sectors, different types of wagons, propulsion, maneuver, and generator wagons, electric and diesel locomotives, spare parts for buses, freight cars, transport companies, rail companies providing after-sales services, maintenance services, and insurance services.Companies active in railroad industries from Germany, Turkey, China, Austria, Spain, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, and Italy will put to public display their products and services. The exhibition seeks to provide information to participants and the interested public on the latest technologies and achievements in railroad transportation and related industries, domestic industries, exports, Iranian capabilities, handling sanctions, and indigenization of railroad technology.

Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway to be revived

13/04/2015 (Cihan - Turkey): Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan İdrisov stated on Monday that some investments will be made to revive Kazakhstan- Turkmenistan-Iran railway.İdrisov came together with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who paid an official visit to Kazakhstan. They held a joint press conference. Idrisov stated that they discussed regional and international issues such as current situations in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Yemen during their meeting. The minister further stated that Kazakhstan- Turkmenistan- Iran railway is of great importance for Kazakhstan and the region

Iran Railways to import 500 new passenger cars

21/04/2015 (Tehra Times - Iran): TEHRAN- Raja Passenger Trains Company, an associate of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways, is planning to sign a €600-million contract in the second Iranian calendar month of Ordibehesht (April 21- May 21) to import 500 new passenger cars. Some 75 percent of the cost will be secured from the National Development Fund’s assets; the IRNA news agency quoted Seyed Hassan Mousavinejad, the managing director of Raja, as saying on Monday. The official said that Raja accounts for 70 percent of railway transportation in Iran. The company is planning to add 1000 passenger cars to its fleet by the Iranian year of 1400 (March 2021-March 2022), he added.

Iran expects rise of cargo transportation

22/04/2015 (AzerNews - Azerbijan): Iranian official has said the volume of cargo transportation through the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway, in the coming year will reach 10 million tons.Mohammad Mousavi Hashemi Golpayegani, Iran’s ambassador to Turkmenistan said a minor volume of cargo transportation on this railroad was linked with a number of technical problems.He went on to say that one problem, is that the Iranian railroad has a narrow track, while Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan have wide track.Golpayegani noted that currently there have technical work carried out to solve this problem, adding that if resolved, the cargo transportation will be accelerated and the number of trains will also be increased.He informed that at the moment, cargo transportation is carried and Turkmenistan is supplied with cement from the port of Bandar Abbas, while Central Asia sends the necessary loads to this port.