Transportation Giant Bombardier Wants to Make Morocco Its African Hub

16/12/2017 (Morocco World News - Morocco): Rabat – The Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier is bound to transform Morocco into its railway platform for African countries. The giant wants to triple its investments in the country, with the construction of a new plant scheduled for late 2018. The group has just unveiled at the Rail Industry Summit, held last month in Casablanca, that it will build over 145,000 m² of surface area, a budget of EUR 60 million euros of investments and 2,000 direct jobs a new plant in 2018, reported Jeune Afrique.

EBRD supports Tunisian railway modernisation

22/12/2017 (The Financial - Georgia): The FINANCIAL -- The EBRD is investing in the upgrade and renovation of two key routes in Tunisia’s railway infrastructure to enhance the network’s capacity and performance, providing a safer and more reliable service to thousands of passengers. A €160 million loan from the Bank will help Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT) to create additional capacity on the railway network to address overcrowding on trains and to improve service reliability and quality...

Progress and Setbacks for the New Overland Great Silk Road

14/12/2017 (The Maritime Executive - USA): While maritime transportation carries most of Asia – Europe/Africa trade, Modern China has initiated the development of an overland rail-based version of the original Great Silk Road that once connected China to Europe. While the initiative offers faster delivery of containers at higher tariffs, it has encountered both progress and setbacks.  Dating back over five years, China’s railway department initiated plans to extend their northwestern railway line further west to connect to the railway network of Kirgizstan. The initiative resulted in the completion of a standard gauge railway line between Tehran and Beijing. Shortly after completion of that line, the first ever freight train traveled from Tehran to Beijing.

Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump

27/12/2017 (The Guardian - UK): Israel’s transport minister is pushing ahead with a controversial plan to extend Jerusalem’s soon-to-open high-speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he wants to name a station after the US president, Donald Trump. Yisrael Katz’s proposal for the “Donald John Trump” station, which is in the initial planning stage, involves constructing two underground stations and excavating more than two miles (3km) of tunnel 50 metres beneath central Jerusalem and under the politically and historically sensitive Old City.  The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray, and the new station would be located near the Jewish Quarter’s “Cardo”, an ancient thoroughfare a few dozen metres from the wall..

First Saudi Railway Company train arrives in Hail

27/12/2017 (Arab News - KSA): JEDDAH: A Saudi Railway Company (SAR) train arrived in Hail on Saturday, making its debut trip. Hail is the fourth stop from Riyadh, with the train passing through Al-Majma’ah and Qassem. Locals welcomed the train by doing the Ardha folk dance. This service offers Hail residents a comfortable and safe option that connects them to the capital, Riyadh. SAR has also announced job opportunities in service and maintenance positions..