Egypt, Hungary sign 2 MOUs on railway, security fields
Egypt’s railway authority to develop 300 railroad crossings nationwide
Al-Haramain Train project first of its kind in Mideast
01/07/2015 (Arab News - KSA): JEDDAH: The Al-Haramain Train project is described as
the largest public transportation project in the Middle East. This vital and strategic project is one of the implementation schemes of the mass expansion of the Saudi railway across the
country.The project’s importance stems from many considerations, primarily the increasing numbers of
pilgrims, visitors, residents and worshipers coming to the country, Madinah and Makkah year after year. The train will greatly reduce the congestion on the roads between Makkah and Madinah, in addition to
Jeddah governorate. It will also reduce road traffic accidents and pollution levels, resulting from vehicles’ fuel emissions. Additionally, it will provide job opportunities for Saudi youths
after they get the necessary training and qualifications on the operation and maintenance tasks. The project consists of establishing electric tracks between Makkah, passing through Jeddah and
reaching Madinah with a length of 450 km. The tracks are equipped with signals and advanced communication means.
Should China build our railways? Its bullet trains could soon travel at 310MPH after cutting edge upgrade (it would reach Paris from London in 57 minutes)
01/07/2015 (Mail Online - UK): China's leaders have been promoting the country's fast rail technologies in meetings with foreign politicians as they seek to move the country's exports up the value chain, and Chinese companies are building high-speed rail networks in Turkey and Venezuela.
In 2013, after talks in Beijing with David Cameron, Premier Li Keqiang said he wanted a slice of the £50billion High Speed 2 scheme.
After meeting Mr Cameron and senior ministers, Mr Li said they ‘agreed to push for breakthroughs and progress’ in co-operation on nuclear power and high-speed rail. The successful trialling of the new traction system will be another weapon in the Chinese armory as they look to prove themselves as the most innovative where trains are concerned.Limin of Beijing Jiaotong University, who heads China's high-speed railway innovation program, hopes that the new traction system can be up and running across the board by 2018.'The new system has fewer parts than the current traction apparatus, so it is more reliable and efficient,' he said.
Three New Companies Within Serbian Railways
19/06/2015 (In News - Serbia): BELGRADE – The reform process of the Serbian railways public enterprise is developing according to the plans and three new companies within Serbian Railways should begin operating as of July, one of them in charge of passenger transport, another in charge of freight transport and the third one operating in the infrastructure sector.The working group in charge of the Serbian Railways reform process adopted on Thursday the draft concepts for the operation of new companies, which will be forwarded to the companies’ management bodies and should be confirmed by the government.Serbian Minister of Transport and head of the working group Zorana Mihajlovic said that the goal of the reforms is to make the Serbian Railways more efficient, states the release issued by Mihajlovic’s cabinet.Resident IMF Representative in Serbia Daehaeng Kim said that progress made over the past six months, since the working group began working, constitutes a positive example of the pace of reform implementation.