Morocco to Receive Second Cars of High Speed Train on Monday

06/09/2015 (Morocco World News - Morocco): Taroudant – Morocco will receive on Monday its second high-speed train (TGV) at the Port of Tangier Med, the National Office of Railways (ONCF) said on Friday.“The transfer of this train to the Tangier maintenance workshop will take place in a number of special convoys,” the ONCF said in a statement, adding that the train’s components will be transferred to the assembly and maintenance center installed next to the ONCF station of Moghogha.“The assembly of all these components will begin immediately after the arrival at the workshop,” the statement said.The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa. It will link Tangier to Kenitra in only 1 hour and 30 minutes.In the future, the TGV will connect Tangier to Casablanca in 2 hours and 10 minutes instead of five hours on the current train.When King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the project in September 2011, the high-speed train was scheduled to be operational in December 2015.

Rift ­Valley Railways eyes new markets in East Africa

11/09/2015 (The Cairo Post - Egypt): Qalaa Holdings (CCAP.CA on the Egyptian Exchange), an African leader in infrastructure and industry, was the proud host of an event that has laid the groundwork to stimulate significant improvement in bilateral trade between Egypt and the countries of East Africa.The one-day conference, “Rift Valley Railways: An Integrated Logistics Solution in East Africa,” highlighted the competitive advantages of using rail as the most efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly mode of transporting goods in East Africa and introduced Rift Valley Railways (RVR) as a unique door-to-door transportation and customs-clearance service provider that can help local exporters from Egypt, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan tap into new markets and grow the volume of intra-regional trade.Karim Sadek, Qalaa Holdings Managing Director and Head of Transportation and Logistics, and Andreas Heinel, RVR Chief Marketing Officer, presented the RVR turnaround story and gave audiences a glimpse of the impressive work that has been achieved during the past five years as well as a snapshot of the door-to-door service that the company is now able to provide to Egyptian exporters through its subsidiary EARH (East Africa Rail and Handling).

Qalaa Holding to expand Nile transportation project to Adabiya, Damietta ports

09/09/2015 (Daily News - Egypt): Qalaa Holding is set to expand its Nile transportation project to Adabiya port and Damietta port, located on the western shore of Suez Bay, Managing Director of Qalaa Holding for transportation and logistics Karim Sadek told Daily News Egypt.“The company is ready to start its operations in Adabiya and the next step will be to go to Damietta,” Sadek said.The Alexandria port had an issue regarding delays, the company official noted, explaining that the docks were insufficient for the volume of ships and products, so ships were forced to wait for about 10 to 20 days.“We offered a new service; which is to unpack those ships on barges so it minimises the waiting time, and products arrive in Nubaria port form the Alexandria port faster,” he said.The company has been working in Alexandria for the past two years.

Saudi Railways seek private investment

10/09/2015 (Arab News - KSA): RIYADH: The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is planning to connect all the regions of the country with a railway network spanning 2,750 km.Rumaih bin Muhammad Al-Rumaih, chief executive officer of the SRO, said that the north to south line would be over 1,242 km across six stations. He disclosed this information at a recent meeting with members of the Council of Saudi Chambers’ (CSC) national industrial committee.This was in response to committee members raising several concerns at the meeting including linking of industrial cities to remote areas of the country and for the government to provide more support for local businesses.Saad Al-Muajjal, head of the committee, said cooperation was needed between the SRO and businesses to ensure that the economy grows. “The sector needs support to strengthen its competitiveness,” he said.Al-Rumaih said that the SRO wants partnerships with investors. He said the SRO’s projects are planned by the Ministry of Transport, which is tasked with improving the rail network to help grow the economy.

Moving 3 Million People a Day During Hajj

09/09/2015 (Onislam - KSA): With Allah's personal invitation to Makkah extended to every able Muslim throughout every age, Allah continually guides the service upgrades to ease the Hajj experience.And, considering the current realities of moving three million people a day during Hajj, every step of the journey clearly reveals the marvelous blessings Allah mercifully bestows upon his obedient pilgrims.Situated 43 miles west of Makkah, King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah is the predominant Hajj arrival location since opening in 1981.Estimated among the world's largest air terminals, KAIA's Hajj Terminal occupies over 510,000 square meters. There are 18 gates for up to 26 airplanes, 143 customs counters, 32 bathroom locations, several mosques, restaurants, and a 123-room hotel dedicated to Hajj pilgrims.

Jordan, China sign agreements worth $7b, including national railway deal 

11/09/2015 (The Jordan Times - Jordan): YINCHUAN, China –– Jordan and China on Thursday announced the signing of a number of investment agreements worth over $7 billion. 

The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 2015 China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia Hui autonomous region, which was inaugurated Thursday in the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah, who opened the Jordanian pavillion.Jordan is an honorary guest at the event that will run through September 13.  The agreements include $1.7 billion project to build Jordan's first oil shale-fired power plant in the Attarat area, in the south of the Kingdom, to produce around 900 megawatt of electricity. The agreement, signed in Beijing on Wednesday in the presence of King Abdullah, stipulates that a consortium of Chinese companies and Jordan's Al Lajjun Oil Shale will build the power station in the Southern Governorate of Karak, according to Jordan Investment Board Commissioner Montaser Oqlah.

Israel-China light rail project to relieve Tel Aviv's traffic woes

11/09/2015 (Channel News Asia - Singapore ): TEL AVIV: Israel’s public transport system is being revolutionised with the help of China.Like some cities in Southeast Asia, Tel Aviv motorists can spend hours a day backed up in trafficFor commuters like Keren Bar, it has become unbearable. On more than one occasion she has considered relocating to save her the hours and hassle she wastes on the city’s roads.“The traffic situation here is really hard,” she said. “I live within the city and it takes me more than an hour sometimes to get to work. The traffic here is just really, really bad so I think something should be done with it.”Other cities in Israel have faced - and solved - the same problem.For years, downtown Jerusalem was almost impossible to drive through. But a light rail train system, which runs through the heart of the city, has done more than just relieve traffic woes - it has lifted the spirits of people who live here.

Russia, China cooperate on railroad to Arctic

10/09/2015 (ArcticNewsWire - USA):  The Chinese manufacturing company Poly Technologies will take part in construction of a railroad from the White Sea to the Urals through Komi.General Director of Poly Technologies, Van Lin and General Director of the Interregional Company Belkomur, Yury Demochkin signed an agreement on joint realization of the Belkomur project in Beijing during President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, the Arkhangelsk regional government's website reads.According to the agreement, the Chinese company will become the main contractor in the project. Poly Technologies will participate in financing, projecting and construction of 712 kilometers of new railroad and modernization of 449 kilometers of railroad that already exists.

Japan To Help Modernise Indian Railways, Upgrade Technology And Revamp 400 Railway Stations!

11/09/2016 (Indian Times - India): A Japanese delegation will soon visit India to study the opportunities for industries in the railway station development plan of railways as the public transporter has identified 400 stations to be upgraded in private investment, an official release said here today.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is in Japan to strengthen cooperation in rail sector, held a series of high-level meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso among other ministers and senior officials and has highlighted that the Indian public transporter would be the next major destination for infrastructure investment worth $140 billion, it said.

China to invest $22 bln on three new railways

11/09/2015 (Daiji World - China): Beijing, Sep 11 (IANS): China's economic regulator has approved the construction of three new railroads in the central and southwestern regions for 142.77 billion yuan (around $22 billion).A new high-speed railway will link cities in Henan and Hubei provinces and Chongqing municipality, Xinhua news agency reported.The two other tracks will be traditional rail and will help improve transportation in Yunnan, a southwest border area, according to approval letters released on Friday by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).Investment into Zhengzhou-Wanzhou high-speed railroad totalled 118 billion yuan, the biggest among the new projects.With a designed speed of 350 km, the 818-km-long railway is expected to carry 60 million passengers per year.