King Mohammed VI Launches Construction Works of New Railway Stations in Rabat

07/03/2016 (Morocco World News - Morocco): Rabat  –  King Mohammed VI launched, here Monday, the construction works of two new railway stations, with a budget of 1.05 billion dirhams.These structural projects, which are in line with the 2014-2018 Rabat Development Integrated Program dubbed: “Rabat City of Lights, Morocco’s Cultural Capital”, illustrate the Sovereign’s permanent will to support the process of urban restructuring and modernization and reinforce intercity mobility...

Huge railway project linking holy sites in Saudi Arabia hit the breaks over sandy tracks

09/03/2016 (Your Middle East - Sweden): Spanish construction and engineering firm OHL, one of the companies behind the project, refuses to remove sand for free in a letter sent to its consortium partners which was published Tuesday by news site El Confidencial.In 2011, Saudi Arabia awarded the contract worth 6.7 billion euros ($7.4 billion) to the consortium of 12 Spanish companies and two Saudi firms for a project which aims to improve transport connections during the annual hajj pilgrimage.The contract is for laying the 444 kilometres (275 miles) of track between the two cities as well as supplying 35 trains and operating and maintaining the line for 12 years...

China 'Smart Trains' Ready to Challenge Global Companies in Modernizing Rail SystemRead 

12/03/2016 (Yibada - USA): China is set to develop "smart trains," using intelligent technology, as it is eager to compete with established rivals in Europe, Japan and Canada. (Photo : REUTERS). Chinese companies prepare to take on big rail companies to modernize rail systems globally as they are now capable to manufacture and export top-end high-speed trains and related equipment, China Daily reported.Wang Mengshu, a deputy to the National People's Congress and deputy chief engineer of China Railway Tunnel Group Ltd., said that China is set to further develop "smart trains," using intelligent technology, as it is eager to compete with established rivals in Europe, Japan and Canada.Wang added that China is in talks about high-speed rail projects with more than 30 countries, including the United States, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Iran...

Russia and China to Build Railway to Eastern SiberiaRead 

12/03/2016 (Sputnik News - Russia): Russia and China signed an agreement to construct a railway line linking eastern Siberia to the Chinese province of Jilin in the north-east of the country.Experts will start the project in the next two to three years, said the chief engineer of the construction company of China Railway Tunnel Group Ltd. Wang Mengshu.According to the specialist, the realization of the project will begin in the next few years.

 Iran to talk with Russia on building railway

06/03/2016 (Zawya - UK): Tehran - Minister of Road and Urban Construction Abbas Akhundi said Iran is discussing construction of a railway project with Russia.Talking in the second day of a gathering on Iran-Europe trade and banking relations on Sunday, he noted that Iran has been the balancing point in the region for a long time and is going to retain the position.He said most of the corridors being used in the world now pass through Iran, adding that the most secure and fast-track corridors which connect China to Europe and also India to north go through Iran.The minister said a global consensus is seemingly there to revive the corridor and officially start to use it.Akhundi said that a new railway which travels from China to the Persian Gulf region has cut the travel time from 40 days to 14 days.

Nigeria’s rail transport modernization agenda on course – Minister

11/03/2016 (National Mirror - Nigeria): The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Federal Government’s efforts at transforming the country’s rail transport system were on course. Amaechi made the declaration at the inspection of newly-acquired executive coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge line at the Apapa Ports Terminal in Lagos. The minister, who was represented by Mr. Mohammed Babakobi, Director, Rails, Federal Ministry of Transportation, said government remained resolute in improving the rail transport system in the country. He said: “What we have seen here today are the new coaches that have just been brought here, to service our standard gauge line running from Abuja to Kaduna.

Oman Rail likely to begin ops in 4 years

13/03/2016 (Gulf News - Bahrain): Oman Rail is on track with its rail project, although it could take another four years before the first line is operational, a top official said.The company was refocusing its priorities on using rail in non-coastal areas to transport tonnes of materials such as dolomite, gypsum and marble to its three major ports at Sohar, Duqm and Salalah, Oman Rail’s chief commercial officer John Lesniewski was quoted as saying by Oman Observer, which cited The National.Oman Rail had already significantly advanced plans for its $11 billion rail network, which was due to be built in four segments, the report said.The first of these phases was meant to comprise 207 kilometres of track running from the sultanate’s border with the UAE at Buraimi to Sohar Industrial Port. Tenders were floated in September 2014 and an award was expected to be made last year.

Europe, UAE can work together in rail networks

11/03/2016 (Khaleej Times - India): The UAE can learn a lot from Europe, when it comes to building a sustainable and efficient rail network across the GCC, experts at the recently concluded 2016 Middle East Rail conference said.Speaking at the event, Henrik Hololei, director-general of Mobility and Transport for the European Commission, said that Europe is a world leader in developing solutions for rail networks, and that the UAE and other GCC countries can learn from both its successes and its failures."Alone, we can move fast, but together, we can go further; so let us work together on building a safe, secure and sustainable rail network in the region," he said...

China's CRRC lands $1.3 billion Chicago rail car project

10/03/2016 (Reuters - UK): China's CRRC Corp said it has won its second major contract in the United States after the Chicago transport authority accepted its $1.3 billion bid to build rail cars for the city."This is the largest subway car project that a Chinese railway equipment company has received from a developed country to date. 'Made in China' rail is set to land in the United States' Chicago," the company said in an e-mailed statement.Encouraged by Beijing, China's railway firms are aggressively bidding for contracts in overseas markets but have so far been successful mostly in developing markets. Chinese firms have also expressed interest in building high-speed rail lines in California and Nevada.

China Eyes Major Investment in Iran’s Railway, Shipping Sectors

12/03/2016 (Tasnim - Iran): TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two Chinese firms expressed willingness for investment in Iran’s railway and shipping sectors following the termination of anti-Tehran sanctions.China’s National Transportation Equipment & Engineering Co Ltd (CTC) is about to finalize an agreement on the $3 billion rail project to link Tehran with the northeastern holy city of Mashhad, a Chinese source told Reuters earlier. China's Export and Import Bank (EXIM) is likely to fund 85 percent of thecost for the 930-km (580 mile) high-speed rail project, the source added. Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co has likewise been in talks on building container ships and oil tankers for Iran, according to the report. It added that Iran would need $8-12 billion to modernize its fleet of container,cargo and oil tanker ships by around 2022.