Egypt's railway system needs one year to show signs of improvement: Minister

07/09/2016 (Ahram Online - Egypt): Egypt's Minister of Transportation Galal Said said Wednesday that Egypt's railway system would take a year to show signs of improvement as it has endured deterioration over a long time.According to state news agency MENA, Said added that repairing and developing the railway system would take the ministry two to three years."The development programme includes improving the existing rail system and carriages and buying new ones," he said. The minister's statement came after a deadly train accident in Giza's Al-Ayyat Wednesday morning in which five people were killed and 27 injured when three train carriages derailed.

Saudi Arabia to install 190 metro trains in the capital

20/08/2016 (Al Arabiya News - UAE): By the end of 2018, Saudi Arabia’s capital city is expected to launch one of the world’s biggest mass transit systems. Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) approved the metro network and a brand new bus system being built and implemented simultaneously in 2012 after forecasts of a 50 percent jump in the city’s population in 20 years. Riyadh has been witnessing an unprecedented population growth and demographic experts believe the number of people living in the city to rise to 8.3 million in 2030 from the current 6 million. The population explosion has been responsible for growth in many sectors that seek to meet people’s needs and aspirations, including the transport sector, Al-Riyadh daily reports. The Riyadh Metro Rail project will have a total length of 176 kilometers with six different lines operating on the network and 85 stations. It is one of the largest metro rail networks under construction around the world.

Oman's national railway ambitions chug on despite delay in GCC rail network completion

25/08/2016 (Albawaba - Jordan): Oman’s ambitious rail link plan has not been shelved, according to the government body which has now taken charge of he project. While a rail link aiming to connect the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been put on hold following the dip in global oil prices, Oman’s own internal rail network plan is still on track, the government’s logistics group saidThe multi-billion GCC Railway Network - a huge railway system of 2,117 km designed to connect Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Oman - was earlier slated for completion in 2018. The oil price dip has forced some partner countries in the Gulf to shelve plans for the time being.


Iran Plans to Build Railway Connecting Turkey, Armenia and Nakhichevan

09/09/2016 (Asbarez - USA ): TEHRAN (Arka)—Iran plans to build a railway that will connect cities in Turkey, Armenia and the Azerbaijani exclave Nakhichevan, said Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi. The Iranian minister said that his country is eager to connect the northern Iranian city of Rasht with Turkey through a railway. “We are developing a railway project from Rasht to Zenjan and Tabriz. That railway will connect the cities in Turkey, Armenia and Nakhichevan,” he said. Akhoundi said that the project includes the city of Tabriz and the Iranian province of Gilan, to connect them with Azerbaijan. He also said that Iran is seeking to expand the railway network to Qasr-e Shirin in Iraq, and then to Syria and the Mediterranean Sea through Kurdistan. The railway between Armenia and Nakhichevan does not currently operate because of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Azerbaijan, Lithuania to expand railway cooperation

16/09/2016 (Azernews - Aerbaijan): Azerbaijan and Lithuania have agreed to further expand their bilateral cooperation in the railway sector during the Baku meeting of the head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov and the Ambassador of Lithuania to Azerbaijan Valdas Lastauskas. This was said on September 15 to Trend by the spokesperson of Azerbaijan Railways Nadir Azmammadov. The sides discussed the prospects of future cooperation between the two countries, including the railway project Viking. “Lithuanian Ambassador highly assessed the large-scale reforms carried out by Azerbaijan Railways,” Azmammadov said. The combined train Viking started to run on the route Ilyichevsk (Ukraine) – Minsk (Belarus) – Draugyste (Lithuania) with a total length of 1,766 kilometers in 2003. Participants of the project are Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined later.