Bombardier to Establish Railway Cluster in Morocco

20/10/2016 (Morocco World News - Morocco): Rabat – Bombardier Transportation announced its plan to transform Morocco into its railway platform to provide services to African countriesThe objective of the railway cluster that Bombardier Transportation plans to establish in Morocco in collaboration with leading industrial suppliers is to supply the African market with railway equipment, as well as some European countries.Bombardier Transportation made the announcement on Thursday during an event it organized in the headquarters of the Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) in Casablanca. Taoufiq Boussaid, President of Bombardier Transportation Morocco, explained in a statement quoted in the French-language news source Le Matin:

Libya's train project remains off the rails

20/10/2016 (Deutsche Welle - Germany): It needs a bit of imagination to spot the sites under the dust as this entire massive compound in southwest Tripoli looks derelict. Between the rows of Chinese-built white barracks, there's also a slowly decaying mosque, a run-down theater and even a sporting area meant to cater for the needs of hundreds of workers of the Libyan Railroads Execution and Management Board headquarters (LREMB). But there's not even a single railroad, as such, in Libya right now. "We really want to work but construction activities ceased due to the war in 2011 and the whole project was suspended," the head of LREMB's Internal Relations and Media Department, Ali Saleh, told DW. Saleh recalled 1998 as the year when the Libyan government announced its plans to open a new railway. The previous one - a network of over 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) - had been built during the Italian occupation of Libya and remained operational until 1965.

Saudi Arabia to start key railway line by early 2017KSA Business

30/10/2016 (Gulf Digital News - UAE): The North-South Railway, the 1,250-km-long rail network which will start from Riyadh and run through Al-Majma’ah, Qasim, Hail and Jouf areas of the kingdom to reach Al Qurayyat, will be launched early next year, said a report citing a senior government official.The project is feasible both at the economic and security levels as it will save lives of travellers on the roads and protect them against the hazards of commuting by car, reported the Arab News, citing Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar.He was addressing the media during the trial run from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah.Prince Faisal was briefed during the tour on the readiness of the passenger train from Riyadh to Al-Majma’ah. He also visited the stations and was accompanied by Minister of Transport Sulaiman Al Hamdan, Al Majma’ah Governor Prince Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah, and Rumaih M. Alrumaih, the chief executive of Saudi Railway Company. “We expect the train will officially operate within two to three months, at the beginning of 2017,” Prince Faisal was quoted as saying in the report.

France's Thales wins deal to maintain 2,400km Saudi railway

07/10/2016 (Arabian Business - UAE): French technology firm Thales has been awarded a one year renewable maintenance contract for the 2,400km lines - mineral and passenger - of the North South Railway project crossing Saudi Arabia. The North-South Railway project in Saudi Arabia is the world's largest railway construction and the longest route to adopt the European signaling system. It involves construction of a single 2,400km track, sidings, yards, depots, stations and administrative facilities to create a line that has its origin in the capital city Riyadh, in the northwest of the country, to Al Haditha, near the border with Jordan. Thales said in a statement that the freight line, 1,486km from Al Jalamid (phosphate belt) to Az Zabirah (bauxite belt), has been operational since November 2015 while the 1,418km passenger line from Riyadh to Haditha will be operational by the end of 2016.

Timeline for Gulf Rail project pushed back three years to 2021

05/10/2016 (Doha News - Qatar): GCC leaders have agreed to a new “ceiling” of 2021 to complete the mammoth Gulf Railway project, a senior Emirati official has said. According to Gulf News, the UAE’s minister of infrastructure and development Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi told reporters about the pushed-back deadline this week. When asked if falling oil prices and budget cuts played a role, he responded, “I wouldn’t say no.” Referring to a discussion leaders held in April about the rail, Al Nuaimi added:

French Alstom eyes on Turkey's railway projects

28/10/2016 (Sabah - Turkey): French integrated rail transport systems producer Alstom's CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said Alstom has taken interest in Turkey's regional high-speed rail line, subway and signalization projects and will bid for the country's continuing and upcoming railway project tenders. He said if his company can win tenders for high-speed rail line projects, they will make more investments in the country in accordance with the domestic supply condition. Underlining that Alstom has been a reliable partner of the Turkish railway sector for more than 60 years, Lafarge said they are determined to maintain this strong cooperation for many more years to come. Alstom offers a broad range of solutions and special services in high-speed trains, subways and trams, as well as maintenance, modernization, infrastructure and signalization.

A state-of-art train station opens in Turkey's capital Ankara

Amid Turkey's ambitious expansion of its railway network, capital Ankara is set to unveil a spectacular train station, just one of the growing number of stops for the high-speed train service. The president and prime minister attended the inauguration ceremony of the High Speed Train (HST) Station in Ankara on Saturday. The station, which will provide service to 50,000 people per day, stands out among other stops of the train network for its multi-functional architecture. Rather than a place simply for passengers to wait for the next train, the station includes large commercial spaces for shops, department stores, an array of restaurants, cafes, cinema and a five-star hotel with 134 rooms. Twelve office spaces and a parking lot for 1,910 vehicles are also among the other facilities of the station, distinguished for its modern architectural style. The station will be directly linked to means of mass transit, such as a suburban rail system and the subway

Siemens signs Iran rail contract as Germany drums up business

03/10/2016 (Reuters - USA): Germany's Siemens signed a contract to upgrade Iran's railway network on Monday, one of several deals agreed by German firms during a two-day visit to Tehran by Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Gabriel has flown to Iran with a planeful of 120 managers who are keen to re-establish business relations with the Islamic Republic after it reached a landmark deal with world powers last year to scale back its disputed nuclear program. But political concerns, and a range of U.S. sanctions still in place, have so far held back a hoped-for business boom. Siemens said it will supply components for 50 diesel-electric locomotives to Iran.

Italian Railways and Skoda Interested in Greek Railway Maintenance Company

18/10/2016 (Greek Reporter - Greece): Italian railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano SpA and Skoda Transportation SA were the two investment groups which submitted expression of interest for the purchase of 100 percent stake of Rosco SA, the Greek railway rolling stock maintenance company, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) said on Monday. HRADF’s advisors will evaluate — per terms and criteria stipulated in the Process Letter — the above expressions of interest and submit the recommendations to HRADF’s board of directors as to which candidates qualify for the next phase, which includes access to detailed information about the asset and the terms of the transaction. The deadline for the submission of binding offers is set for December 5, 2016.

China set to build, finance Malaysia's East Coast Rail Line project

31/10/2016 (Channel News Asia - China):BEIJING: China is set to build

and finance the RM55 billion (US$13.1 billion) East Coast Rail Line (ECRL)

project that will span four states in

peninsular Malaysia, according to Malaysia's secretary-general to the

Treasury. Dr Irwan Serigar Abdullah said Malaysia and China will sign the

Framework Financing Agreement and Engineering, Procurement,

Construction (EPC) Contract for the project on Tuesday (Nov 1).

Dr Irwan spoke to Malaysian media upon arrival in Beijing on Monday

as part of the delegation accompanying Prime Minister Najib Razak

who is on a six-day visit to the Chinese capital. 

He said the railway link will lower transportation costs between the west

and east coasts of peninsular Malaysia, bring down prices of goods and

reduce travelling time.