Morocco-AfDB Sign $112.30 Million Loan on Railway Infrastructure
Siemens modernises railway network signalling in Egypt
Bridge to Saudi Arabia promises to place Egypt at epicentre of a trading hub
16/04/2016 (The National - UAE): A quick glance at the map tells you the importance for the economies of the region of the proposed bridge between Saudi Arabia and Egypt. A connection of the African and Eurasian continents, in conjunction with the current rapid development of the Suez Canal zone, could position Egypt as one of the main crossroads of the world for both cargo and passengers. Once upon a time, one could hop aboard a train in downtown Cairo and within hours be in Jaffa, Beirut or even Damascus. Journeys by car or lorry were similarly commonplace. Unfortunately, normal land travel between the African and Asian land masses was all but put to a halt by the creation in 1948 of Israel, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. This blocked Egyptian industry off from cheap cargo routes to crucial regional markets, including those of the wealthy Arabian Gulf. Egyptian products from then on had to be expensively unloaded from cars and lorries at port and placed on ships.
Railway to link all six Gulf countries to create 80,000 jobs
26/04/2016 (Al Arabiya - UAE): The GCC Railway, which link the six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council by 2018, is expected to create more than 80,000 direct and indirect jobs, said Abdurrahim Naqi, secretary-general of GCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “This is a strategic and vital project for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council,” he said. Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Naqi said the project would boost the GCC economies and create more job opportunities for Gulf citizens in various sectors. Beginning from Kuwait City and ending in Muscat, the total cost of the 2,117-km railway is estimated at $15.4 billion, including the cost of two new causeways. Passenger trains will operate at a speed of 220 km per hour while goods trains will run at 80-120 km per hour. Naqi did not rule out the possibility of linking the GCC railway with King Salman Causeway that would connect Saudi Arabia with Egypt. “Officials working on the causeway are studying possibility of this linkage,” he said, adding that both projects would accelerate business activities in the region. In a recent statement, the Saudi Railway Organization said the GCC governments have given top importance to the railway project.
Fifth Haramain train arrives in Jeddah
Israel Railways considers underground Tel Aviv tracks
13/04/2016 (Globes - Israel): LBG Consulting Group, a UK firm hired to advise the Ministries of Finance and Transport and Israel Railways, has recommended that Israel Railways build two underground railway tracks in Tel Aviv. LBG wrote in its recommendations that the tracks were needed to meet the demand for railway rides, which is projected to hit 300 million a year by 2040 (the current annual number of rides is 53 million). The tracks in question will stretch from Shefayim to Ben Gurion Airport. Another track will be laid above ground. The cost of all the tracks is estimated at NIS 10 billion. Following the recommendation, Israel Railways is looking into the matter.
Jordan’s Hejaz Railway depicts an Ottoman legacy
Turkey to sell rail to Iran in exchange for oil
27/04/2016 (Sabah - Turkey): Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım announced that Turkey recently signed a deal with Iran to purchase oil worth 80 million euros in exchange for selling rail to Iran. During an opening ceremony involving the Karabük-Zonguldak section of the Irmak-Karabük-Zonguldak Railway project, Yıldırım said Turkey's dependency on foreign resources for the construction of railways has already ended. He added that parallel to this, Iran purchases rail to support its domestic infrastructure projects through a barter trade system with Turkey. In exchange, the Turkish Petroleum Refineries Company will receive the oil.
Siemens wants in on Russian high-speed railway project
27/04/2016 (RT - Russia): "We may consider a trilateral partnership. We have a joint venture with the Russian Sinara group and excellent relations with China in the area of train production. We have also provided both countries with our Velaro technology,” Siemens Russia and CIS chief Dietrich Meller told Russian business daily Vedomosti. According to Meller, the three sides are discussing cooperation though no concrete talks have been held on contract with Siemens. The German company is ready to offer an enhanced version of its high-speed Sapsan trains.“The second generation Sapsan train is an absolutely new model of 2016,” Meller said, giving as an example the difference between mobile phones of 2000 and the latest smartphones. Siemens’ Sapsan trains currently operate on the Moscow to St. Petersburg line
Russia and Iran on track for railway co-operation