24/06/2016 (Morocco World News - Morocco): Rabat – A delegation from the a Chinese Society of Railways
met Rabie Khlie, the General Director of the National Railways Office (ONCF), in Rabat on Monday
June 20 to discuss the possibility to construct a high-speed rail between Marrakesh and Agadir. According to ONCF, the meeting is a part of a plan to initiate actions on an
agreement between the two companies signed on May 11. The two sides discussed potential ways to increase cooperation and reviewed the technical studies of the future high-speed line linking
Marrakesh to the coastal city. The Chinese company aims to get the multi-billion contract for Marrakech-Agadir line. The line will be the second of its kind in Morocco after the French company
Alstom constructs a high speed line between Casablanca-Tangier expected to operate in 2018. Earlier in June during the King’s visit to China, the two parties signed a series of agreements,
including a memorandum of understanding on rail cooperation between the Chinese company and ONCF.
17/07/2016 (Gulf Digitan News - Baharain): Saudi Arabia's Cabinet has decreed
that Saudi Railway Company (SAR) will now be the owner of infrastructure of
railway projects linking the cities of the kingdom.The Cabinet appointed the
Transport Minister as the chairman of the board of directors of SAR (SAR).
The Cabinet appointed the Minister of Transport Suleiman
Al Hamdan as the chairman of the board of directors of SAR. He succeeds Dr
Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih who was named president of Saudi Railways
Organisation earlier this year.SAR was set up to build the 2,750km North-South
Railway to connect the Gulf port of Ras Al Khair and Riyadh with mineral deposits
and cities in the centre and north of Saudi Arabia. The first 1,392km line opened
in 2011.SAR is also responsible for the planned 950-km Landbridge rail project
linking Riyadh with Jeddah on the Red Sea coast.
22/06/2016 (Wall Street Journal - USA): JEZREEL VALLEY, Israel—More than a hundred years ago, the Ottoman Empire built a railway line that shuttled goods on steam
locomotives from the Mediterranean Sea to the souks of Damascus and the Saudi holy city of Medina. Now Israel is poised to open new tracks tracing the old line between the port city of Haifa and
a terminal 5 miles short of the Jordanian border. The effort is a bid to boost moribund commerce with the country’s Arab neighbors. But they have officially given the project a frosty reception,
hampering its prospects even as trade flourishes along the route. The former Hejaz Railway connected the area that is now Israel with the Arab world further east, running through territory now
riven by Middle East borders. After the establishment of Israel in 1948, it was dismantled and regional trade was blunted by a series of Arab-Israeli wars, as well as by failed attempts to reach a
comprehensive peace settlement and establish a Palestinian state.
06/07/2016 (Globes - Israel): The journey time between the two cities from 2019 when the 2.5 kilometer link is completed will be 17
minutes. Keshet Modi'in has won the Israel Railways tender to build the link between Modi'in and the new Jerusalem-Tel Aviv fast rail link. The link will cost NIS 77 million and will reduce
travel time between Modi'in and Jerusalem to just 17 minutes.Work on the 38 kilometer Jerusalem-Tel Aviv rail link will be completed in less than two years with trains to start running by the
second half of 2018. Travel time between the two cities will be less than 30 minutes on what will be Israel Railways first electrified line.
(News.Az - Azerbaijan): Turkey plans to build a logistics center in its Kars province within the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway project, said
Turkey’s Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication Ahmet Arslan. Arslan made the remarks before his meeting with the head of Azerbaijan
Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov, Trend reports. The minister said the construction of the BTK railway will be completed until the end of 2016. “With the implementation of the Marmaray project
for development of Istanbul’s railway network, the Great Silk Road’s railway segment will be continuous, allowing directly transporting raw materials and finished goods from Central Asia through
Azerbaijan and Turkey to Europe,” explained Arslan.
25/06/2016 (Tehran Times - Iran): Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim has said Turkey will buy oil from Iran in exchange of
train rails in line with an 80-million-euro deal.Yildirim visited the Black Sea province of Karabuk to open a railway route, which was completed by European Union funds and Turkey’s financial
contributions, in the region on April 26. Yildirim noted Turkey had inked a deal with Iran for Iranian oil in exchange for train rails, which are made in Karabuk. “Karabuk has been one of the oldest industrial hubs of the Turkish Republic… Karabuk has now become an important train rail producer and exporter. We recently made an
80-million-euro agreement with Iran to sell train rails. In line with the deal, Turkish refinery TUPRAS will buy oil from Iran. In exchange for oil, Karabuk will sell rails worth 80 million euros,”
he said, adding that this deal was of great significance not only for Karabuk, but also for the entire country.
22/06/2016 (Turkish Weekly - Turkey): Iran and
Kazakhstan are to develop railway cooperation, an Islamic Republic of Iran Railways official said. According to Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, Hossein Ashouri said other regional countries like
China and Turkmenistan could also use this railway corridor.He noted that Kazakhstan
has suitable railway infrastructures. Explaining Kazakhstan's contributions in
developing Iranian railway infrastructures after launching Iran-China railway, he said that Kazakhstan's income will experience a growth. Ashouri added that the new railway will increase the capacity of transporting Kazakhstan's wheat Iran
which is now over 10 million tons per year.
10/07/2016 (Tasnim News Agency - Iran): TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s ambassador to Azerbaijan said the two countries are “seriously” resolved to complete the
Rasht-Astara railway project and that they will continue talks on a $500-million loan from Baku to finance the project.“Regarding Rasht-Astara railway, both Iran and Azerbaijan are
seriously determined to complete (the project),” Mohsen Pak-Ayeen told reporters in Tehran on Saturday. He added that countries, like Russia, Czech and Hungary have also
expressed their willingness to participate in the project. Negotiations are underway about Azerbaijan’s $500 million loan to Iran, the diplomat said, adding that an Iranian working
group is to pay a visit to Baku within a couple of weeks to discuss the issue.
16/07/2016 (Trade Arabia
-UAE): Italy's state railways company expects to sign a contract to build the first stretch of a high-speed rail line in Iran in February 2017, its chief
executive said. The
contract for the roughly 100 km-stretch between Qom and Arak is worth about €1 billion ($1.1 billion), Ferrovie dello Stato chief Renato Mazzoncini said at an event in
Rome. Ferrovie signed a framework agreement to build two
high-speed lines in Iran when Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi visited Tehran with a delegation of business leaders in April. Mazzoncini said the overall deal would be worth about €4 billion ($4.41
15/07/2016 (Russia & India Report - Russia): A new railway route from Russia to India, via Azerbaijan, will soon be built, Javid Gurbanov, the Chairman of
Azerbaijani Railways CJSC told journalists. Sohbet Mammadov, correspondent of Nezavisimaya Gazeta in
Azerbaijan, writes that Gurbanov said that within the North-South Corridor, freight trains would run all the way from St. Petersburg and Helsinki to India.The Chairman of Azerbaijani Railways said Azerbaijan will meet the first train following this path in the coming weeks.
Gurbanov said the route of the first train would be from the Indian city of Mumbai, on by ferry to the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, thence by rail to the Iranian city of Rasht. Because there is no
railway line to Iran’s northern border, the cargo would be delivered by truck to the Azerbaijani border town of Astara, where it will again be placed on rails and continue to