Africa

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    Urban news

    Metro to the pyramids contract awarded

    2020-11-27T11:53:00Z

    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has awarded a consortium of Mitsubishi Corp and Orascom Construction the US$800m Railway Systems, Track Depot Works Package CP411 contract for Cairo metro Line 4 Phase 1. This will run 19 km southwest from central Cairo to the ...

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    TransNamib locomotive acquisitions to support a doubling of freight traffic

    2020-11-25T05:00:00Z

    NAMBIA: National railway TransNamib is aiming to double the volume of freight which it moves, CEO Johny Smith told a recent Transport Events online conference. TransNamib currently carries 1·6 million tonnes of freight per year across various commodity groups, and Smith said it was looking to ...

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    Urban news

    Alexandria tramway to be modernised

    2020-11-12T12:00:00Z

    EGYPT: A consortium of Systra, Egis, ACE and Projacs is to provide design and supervision services for the rehabilitation of the Alexandria tramway’s Raml Line, under a contract awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels which is responsible for urban rail projects.

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    Kenyatta inaugurates Nairobi commuter DMU service

    2020-11-10T15:12:00Z

    KENYA: The five diesel multiple-units procured by Kenya Railways Corp to expand its Nairobi commuter operations were formally launched into service on November 10. The first train was flagged off at Nairobi Central Station by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was joined at ...

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    Urban news

    Tram styling to reflect the history and culture of Casablanca

    2020-11-06T10:14:00Z

    MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has signed financing agreements for tram lines T3 and T4, and ordered 66 Alstom Citadis X05 trams.

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    Nigerian standard gauge network takes shape

    2020-10-21T10:30:00Z

    NIGERIA: The 1 435 mm gauge north-south railway linking Itakpe, Ajaokuta and Warri has been formally opened for commercial operation, following an inauguration ceremony at Agbor in Delta state.

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    Legal dispute over aborted NRZ investment plan

    2020-09-23T13:07:00Z

    ZIMBABWE: National Railways of Zimbabwe’s decision to terminate a US$400m recapitalisation agreement is being challenged in court by the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group, which is seeking damages worth US$236m. In mid-September, DIDG instructed its lawyers to sue NRZ and Transport Minister Joel Biggie Matiza following the ...

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    Ethiopian avocados exported by train

    2020-09-16T05:00:00Z

    ETHIOPIA: Avocados for export to Europe have been transported by rail for the first time, with a pilot refrigerated consignment of 24 tonnes of fruit travelling 750 km from Modjo Dry Port to Djibouti for onward delivery by sea. The shipment was ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations (Photo: Alstom).
    Urban news

    RATP Dev aims to make Cairo Line 3 ‘a world reference’

    2020-09-03T13:17:00Z

    EGYPT: The government’s National Authority for Tunnels has awarded RATP Dev a €1·1bn contract to operate and maintain Cairo metro Line 3 for 15 years and commission future extensions. Opened in phases from 2012, the east–west Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations. ...

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    Urban news

    Cairo metro Line 3 reaches New Administrative Capital

    2020-08-17T10:34:00Z

    EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was among the dignitaries at a ceremony on August 16 to mark the opening of the 7 km phase 4a of Cairo metro Line 3 in the east of the city. Al Sisi laid a foundation stone at Adly ...

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    In depth

    Senegal: TER to transform the Dakar commute

    2020-08-17T05:00:00Z

    The first phase of an ambitious scheme to build an electrified suburban railway and airport rail link in Dakar is nearing completion. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Egyptian National Railways puts first TMH coaches into service

    2020-08-14T12:58:00Z

    EGYPT: The first of the modern coaches supplied by Transmashholding’s Tver plant in Russia as part of an order for a total of 1 300 vehicles of five types have entered service with Egyptian National Railways, the manufacturer announced on August 14. ...

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    In depth

    Africa: Dakar – Bamako trade artery awaits revival

    2020-08-12T06:00:00Z

    Rehabilitating the moribund railway linking Senegal with landlocked Mali is seen as a ‘vector of growth’ in plans to stimulate the economy of the two countries. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Urban news

    Mauritius light rail road-rail fleet delivered

    2020-07-20T11:27:00Z

    MAURITIUS: Road-rail vehicle specialist Zagro has supplied four Unimog U423 road-rail vehicles for the Mauritius Metro Express light rail line. Two are equipped for use by the line’s maintenance staff, and two for rescuing the line’s CAF Urbos light rail vehicles. ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms.
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    Specialist cables developed for Egyptian resignalling project

    2020-06-29T09:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Nexans has supplied 1 700 km of cables specially developed to an Egyptian National Railways and Alstom specification for use on the project to upgrade signalling systems on the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut section of ENR’s main line along the River Nile south ...

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    First batch of TMH coaches arrives in Egypt

    2020-06-26T13:38:00Z

    EGYPT: TMH International delivered an initial batch of 22 third-class, forced ventilation loco-hauled passenger coaches to the port of Alexandria on June 25 as part of its contract to supply 1 300 vehicles of five types to Egyptian National Railways. The first 22 vehicles were manufactured ...

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    Cairo metro Line 3 trains delivered

    2020-06-25T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Hyundai Rotem has begun delivery of 256 metro cars ordered for Cairo Line 3 which is being extended to run 45·5 km east–west across the city and serve the international airport. The 433bn won order was placed by the National Authority for Tunnel in February ...

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    Addis Ababa – Khartoum railway study funded

    2020-06-10T11:57:00Z

    AFRICA: Funding has been awarded for a comprehensive study of the technical, economic, environmental and social feasibility of building a 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with Khartoum in Sudan, together with an extension to Port Sudan on the Red Sea. The ...

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    Dakar freight line rebuild completed

    2020-05-13T06:19:00Z

    SENEGAL: Reconstruction of the metre-gauge freight railway through the suburbs of Dakar has been successfully completed, despite the constraints imposed by new working arrangements to protect against coronavirus.

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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel

    2020-04-30T12:02:00Z

    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.