Morocco to get Africa's first high-speed train in 2018
20/04/2017 (Africa News - China): - RABAT, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Morocco will get the first high-speed train in Africa in the summer of 2018, the national rail operator ONCF announced on Wednesday. The work on the TGV, "high-speed train" in French, has achieved 86 percent, said Mohamed Rabie Khlie, the director general of ONCF, during an international meeting on train safety held in the northern city of Tangier. The official said Morocco doubled the investment dedicated to the development of its trains and railways in the last decade, which reached 3.4 billion U.S. dollars between 2010 and 2015...
Kenya’s $4bn railway gains traction from Chinese policy ambitions
04/04/2017 (FT - UK): A few miles outside the town of Makindu on the Nairobi-Mombasa road sits a heavily guarded compound. Only the
sign outside, in red Chinese lettering, indicates that this is the project site for “section 9” of a new $4bn Chinese-built railway that will run 300 miles between the Kenyan capital and the
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The railway is the centrepiece of an infrastructure splurge by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces re-election this year and whose Kenyan government has invested heavily in roads, pipelines, oil development and geothermal power...
A Futuristic Israeli Peace Plan — Minus The Peace
13/04/2017 (NYJW - USA): TEL AVIV (JTA) – Gaza is rebuilt. The West Bank is flourishing. And the trains run from Tel Aviv to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. This is the peaceful future being pitched by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz. In recent months, he has been shopping around a pair of ambitious economic initiatives that he says could reshape the Middle East to Israel’s advantage: a regional railway system and an artificial island off the coast of Gaza.
Turkey: BTK railway to be commissioned in late June
Turkish company to build railway in Tanzania
14/04/2017 (Sabah - Turkey): The foundation for the Dar es-Salaam-Morogoro railway project, a joint venture by Turkish and Portuguese companies to link East Africa in Tanzania to the Indian Ocean, has been laid. Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, Works, Transport and Communication Minister Makame M. Mbarawa, Turkish Ambassador to Dar es-Salaam Yasemin Eralp, Yapı Merkezi Construction Deputy Chairman Erdem Arıoğlu and other relevant parties attended the ground laying ceremony in Dar es-Salaam.
Challenges Ahead For China’s Belt And Road Project
01/05/2017 (Vestnik - Russia): China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in its “Belt and Road” initiative – requires a major upgrade of railway capacity, especially in Central Asia. Planning and implementing the upgrade entails significant challenges involving coordination, both domestically among various Chinese state agencies and entities, and internationally between China and Central Asian states. Eurasia Review reports in its article Central Asia: Challenges Ahead For China’s Belt And Road Project, theat the concept relies on three trunk lines running through Central Asia.
Will the North–South Transport Corridor Overshadow the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars Railway?
24/04/2017 (JTF - USA): Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s official visit to Iran in early March 2017—his third in three years—was scheduled to include the testing of a section of a new railway along the Iran-Azerbaijan border. The Astara (Iran)–Astara (Azerbaijan) railroad is part of the North–South Transport Corridor (NSTC), which is currently under construction. During Aliyev’s visit, two intergovernmental memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed. The first MoU dealt with preventing money laundering and financing terrorism. The more high profile, however, was the signed document on the expansion of railroad links (Tasnimnews.com, March 5).
Russia, Iran sign $1.28bn railway electrification deal
05/04/2017 (Trade Arabia - Bahrain): Russia and Iran have signed a €1.2-billion ($1.28 billion) contract for the electrification a key railway line in Iran, a report said. Russian Railways' export business RZD International and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) signed the contract for the electrification of the 495-km route from Garmsar, Semnan Province on the Tehran–Mashhad main line to Incheh-Borun on the border with Turkmenistan, said the Iran Daily report. The scope of the work includes 25 kV 50 Hz electrification and track, signalling and telecommunications enhancement to increase capacity on the route. It also covers the supply of maintenance vehicles and electric locomotives as well as the provision of technical assistance during the first year of electric operation, the report said.
Russia's RZD completes railway section revamp in Serbia
Railway expansion project: Ghana in talks with Russia