• Transnet Class 22E electric locomotives (Photo: Bruce Evans).

    Transnet seeks locomotive rehabilitation options


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet has announced its intention to call an open tender for the rehabilitation of 161 non-operational locomotives ‘as a matter of urgency’, saying it had reached an impasse with the manufacturer. The CRRC Class 22E electric locos are intended for use on the North, ...

  • Tanzania SGR contract signing December 2022

    Contract agreed to build standard gauge railway to Lake Tanganyika


    TANZANIA: A contract has been signed for the construction of a 1 435 mm gauge line running west from Tabora to the port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika. The US$2·21bn contract was signed by Tanzania Railway Corp and a joint venture of China Civil Engineering Construction ...

  • Egyptian National Railways Talgo inter-city train (2)

    Egyptian Talgo trainset enters service


    EGYPT: The first of the Talgo trainsets ordered by Egyptian National Railways for use on the routes from Cairo north to Alexandria and south to Aswan entered service on December 24. Talgo said the new stock would increase capacity and service quality on the routes, while ...

  • ci-sitarail-treichville-20150909

    Bolloré completes African logistics sale


    AFRICA: French industrial conglomerate Bolloré has completed the sale of its Bolloré Africa Logistics business, including three railway concessions in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Bénin and Niger.

  • NRZ BR Plumtree meeting

    Botswana – Zimbabwe through working agreement signed


    AFRICA: A through working agreement has been signed enabling National Railways of Zimbabwe locomotives to operate to Francistown in Botswana, and Botswana Railways locos to run through to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. NRZ said eliminating the need to change locomotives at the border would cut delays and ...

  • Tracklaying in Uganda

    African Development Bank supports Uganda rail link renewals


    UGANDA: The African Development Bank has approved a US$301m financing package to support the ongoing renovation of Uganda Railways Corp’s metre-gauge main line between Kampala and the Kenyan border at Malaba.

  • za transnet-freight-train

    One bid passes first stage of South African train path sales process


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail has conditionally awarded private operator Traxtion Sheltam paths on the Cape Corridor, but there were no compliant bids for train paths on the Container Corridor. A total of 19 parties had expressed initial interest in 16 slots on the two corridors ...

  • Prasa restores Park - Naledi line

    Prasa restores Johannesburg Park – Naledi electrification


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa restarted electric services on the Johannesburg Park – Naledi suburban line on November 28.

  • shutterstock_editorial_13639454a
    In depth

    Comment: Transport back on the climate agenda


    The recent COP27 climate summit in Egypt received a broadly underwhelming response, but for the rail and public transport sectors at least, there were signs of hope that the mobility transition is edging back on to the global climate agenda after being largely absent at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

  • Transnet Freight Rail train

    Transnet Freight Rail looks at alternative traction energy options


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is seeking industry feedback on how affordable renewable electricity could be integrated into its traction power supplies to improve energy security and efficiency and reduce the railway’s environmental impact Any changes would need to take into account the scale of the ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 6 Alstom agreement signing with NAT
    Metro Report International

    Cairo metro Line 6 framework agreement signed


    EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has signed a framework agreement with Alstom covering the design, supply and maintenance of rolling stock and railway systems for the planned Cairo metro Line 6. Signed on the fringes of the COP 27 climate conference, the agreement will facilitate ...

  • Cairo metro Line 3 (Photo: Alstom)
    Metro Report International

    Fund African rail projects through private investment and road taxes, study recommends


    AFRICA: Increased urban rail investment would offer a range of societal benefits for African cities, including improved air quality, reduced congestion and better access to socio-economic opportunities, according to a study published on November 14. The Role of Urban Rail in Sustainable Africa study has been ...

  • Planned rail project in Egypt (Image Siemens Mobility) (5)

    DB IO signs Egyptian high speed operating contract


    EGYPT: A consortium led by Deutsche Bahn International Operations has been selected to operate and maintain the first phase of the country’s future high speed rail network, dubbed the ‘Suez Canal on Rails’.

  • La ligne à grande vitesse Tanger-Kenitra

    Egis to design Kénitra – Marrakech high speed line


    MOROCCO: ONCF has appointed Egis Group to act as general consultant for design work on the long-planned extension of the country’s high speed line from Kénitra to Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.

  • Angola Lobito Corridor train (Photo Trafigura)

    Lobito Corridor concession deal signed


    ANGOLA: The Ministry of Transport has signed a concession agreement covering operation and maintenance of the Lobito Corridor for the next 30 years.

  • TransNamib dual-fuel hydrogen loco impression

    Hydrogen-diesel dual-fuel locomotive initiative targets African market


    NAMIBIA: The HyRail Namibia project has been launched to produce what the promoters say will be Africa’s first dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel locomotive. This is intended as a pilot for possible conversion of national railway TransNamib’s entire fleet of around 40 locos, and other fleets across Sub-Saharan Africa. ...

  • Mauritius light rail Phase 2C opens (5)
    Metro Report International

    History ‘written in golden letters’ as Curepipe light rail extension opens


    MAURITIUS: Phase 2C of the Mauritius Metro Express light rail line opened on October 10, following a ceremonial inauguration by Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth the previous day. The extension built by India’s L&T Construction runs 6·8 km from Phoenix to Curepipe Central with seven stops, ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 3 (4)
    Metro Report International

    Cairo commuters get a break as Kit Kat metro extension inaugurated


    EGYPT: Initial passenger services on Phase 3a of Cairo Metro Line 3 running west from Attaba to Kit Kat were inaugurated by Minister of Transport Kamel Al Wazir on October 6. The test operations are due to run until November, with a full revenue service scheduled ...

  • za transnet-freight-train

    Bids in for South African freight train paths


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is evaluating the applications it has received to run freight services on two corridors under a pilot scheme to sell train paths to third party operators. Opening up access to the rail network forms part of a reform process set out ...

  • Kenya train ferry Uhuru_II_01

    Lake Victoria train ferry launched


    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the launch of the train ferry Uhuru II at Kisumu on Lake Victoria in early August. The 100 m long, 1 800 tonne ship with a capacity to carry up to 22 metre gauge wagons has been ...