Morocco to Become Africa’s Gateway: OBG Report
Ethiopian Government Opens Light Rail Metro System, the First of it’s Kind in Sub-Saharan Africa
17/10/2015 (Atlanta Black Star - USA): Commuting in large African cities is notoriously hectic. It generally involves waiting in long lines before being crammed onto buses and minivans and braving endless traffic jams.But the scenario has changed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital.The Ethiopian government recently opened a light rail metro system, intended to transform the lives of the more than 4 million people in the capital. The system is the first of its kind not only in the city but in the whole sub-Sahara African region.The track, which includes elevated sections and tunnels, “runs from Addis Ababa’s main industrial area on its southern fringe, through the trading district of Merkato, to the historic center of Piazza. An east-west line skirts the African Union’s headquarters, soars past the main government district and out to modern housing developments,” Bloomberg reports.
BOMBARDIER AND ISRAEL RAILWAYS INK HUGE CONTRACT VALUED AT $262 MILLION
China's high-speed railway technology reaches highlevel
22/10/2015(ChinaDailyChina): China's highspeed railway construction technology has reached a very high leveland it would be beneficial if China shares it with other countries, a senior Turkish railwayengineer has said."Highspeed trains are operating on the line and we are very grateful. Because during theconstruction process we worked on very hard territory, the line was built with multitunnelsand viaducts on mountainous areas," said Mustafa Babal, engineering supervisor of theAnkaraIstanbul Project which was completed by two Chinese companies in July 2014.Turkey is planning to increase the speed of AnkaraIstanbul line to 350 km per hour and thetwo sides are making preparations, he said.Babal said Turkey has a huge plan to build highspeed railways and Chinese companies candeliver good projects together with Turkish companies.
Pak Railways to earn Rs 38 billion this year: Senate
03/11/2015 (Pakistan Today - Pakistan): The Senate was informed on Tuesday that Pakistan Railways is ready to restore the ECO train service but the delay is due to some infrastructure improvement works under execution near Istanbul, Turkey.He said the matter is vigorously being pursued with Turkish authorities.Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq told the House during question hour that a tripartite meeting between concerned officials of Pakistan, Iran and Turkey has also been proposed to be held in Islamabad, to expedite the revival of ECO train.The minister said that as soon as Afghanistan starts work on the Spin Boldak to Kandahar railway line project in their territory, Pakistan Railway will also initiate execution of the project.The railways minister expressed confidence that Pakistan Railway will earn Rs 38 billion this year against the target of Rs 32 billion.Khawaja Saad Rafiq told the House that there are a total of 17 schools were established by Pakistan Railways in the country. He said Pakistan Railways has no plan to open new schools, as it is not the business of Pakistan Railways to run the schools. However, it is focusing on upgrading existing schools.
Indian Railways: Goa-Delhi Rajdhani Express to be flagged off today
Russian Railways prefers Chinese offer on Moscow-Kazan HSR construction to German one
Uzbekistan to buy high-speed electric trains in Spain
China, Laos to build $6.3 bln railway project by 2020 -
15/11/2015 (Reuters - UK): Nov 15 China aims to complete laying a 418-kilometre (260-mile) railway from a border town to Laos by 2020, the official China Economic Herald reported, as the economic giant seeks a new route into the emerging markets of Southeast Asia.The two countries agreed on Friday to jointly build a 40-billion yuan ($6.28 billion) railway from the border town of Boten to the Laos capital Vientiane, the Herald reported.The deal was announced at a signing ceremony attended by senior officials from the National Development & Reform Commission the country's top economic planner, China Railway Corporation and the Export-Import Bank of China, the paper said.Laos, poor and landlocked, has traditionally been firmly in the orbit of its larger neighbour to the east, Vietnam.
Gulf train designs to be ready by year-end, says official
05/11/2015 (Al Arabiya - UAE): The blueprints and technical designs of the Gulf train linking all the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will be ready by the end of the current year, according to Mohammed Khaled Al-Suwaiket, president of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO).He told a meeting organized by the Saudi Society of Civil Engineering on Tuesday that the Kingdom will implement its part of the project in 2016 by constructing the rail roads from Al-Batha in Riyadh in the south to Al-Khafji in the north.Suwaiket said Qatar will be linked to the project through Salwa crossing point and King Hamad bridge.He said the United Arab Emirates and Oman have already started constructing their parts of the project while other countries were still to join.