• British Steel Egypt rail contract

    British Steel for the Suez Canal on tracks


    EGYPT: British Steel has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply 9 500 tonnes of rail from its Scunthorpe plant in the UK for use on the 250 km/h Green Line railway. This corridor will link Mersa Matruh on the Mediterranean coast with Alexandria, the New Administrative ...

  • Luxembourg Protocol (Photo OTIF)

    Cheaper rolling stock financing predicted as Luxembourg protocol comes into force


    INTERNATIONAL: A global treaty designed to make it easier and cheaper for the private sector to finance railway rolling stock came into force on March 8. The Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is a treaty under the ...

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    Easier ticket gates for Paris and Egypt


    TICKETING: One of the 1 200 custom-designed ticket gates that Easier is supplying for the Grand Paris Express automated metro project was on show at the Transport Ticketing Global event in London. Sales Director Alain Combette told Metro Report International that the ...

  • Saudi Fund for Development is providing a US$55m development loan to support the renewal of 190 km of railway

    Phosphate railway modernisation loan signed


    TUNISIA: The Saudi Fund for Development is providing a US$55m development loan to support the renewal of 190 km of railway in Sfax, Gafsa and Gabes to increase capacity for transporting phosphate. The agreement with the Ministry of Economy & Planning was signed on February 22. ...

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  • Pesa DMU for Ghana (3)

    DMU for Ghana unveiled in Poland


    GHANA: Pesa’s first diesel multiple-unit for Ghana Railway Development Authority has been unveiled in a ceremony at the Polish manufacturer’s local Bydgoszcz Główna station. A framework agreement for 12 DMUs was signed at the InnoTrans 2022 trade fair, with a firm order for two units. The ...

  • Copper arriving by train in Lobito (Photo Trafigura )

    Lobito Atlantic Railway freight capacity contracts signed


    ANGOLA: Trafigura and Kamoa-Kakula have signed long-term commitments to use the Lobito Atlantic Railway between the Copperbelt region of DR Congo and Zambia and the Angolan deep-water port of Lobito. In 2022 the Lobito Atlantic Railway consortium of Trafigura, Mota-Engil and Belgian rail operator Vecturis was ...

  • GE C30ACi locomotive for Mozambique.

    Investment aims to make Mozambique – South Africa railway more competitive


    MOZAMBIQUE: The African Development Bank has agreed financing for state-owned rail and port authority Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique to purchase locomotives, wagons and tank containers. This aims to improve the competitiveness of the 88 km Ressano Garcia rail corridor between the port of ...

  • Port Harcourt - Abi line track (Photo John Zhao CCECC)

    Port Harcourt – Aba tracklaying completed


    NIGERIA: China Civil Engineering Construction Corp has announced the completion of tracklaying for the modernisation of the 1 067 mm gauge line running 63 km from Port Harcourt to Aba. Nigeria Railway Corp Managing Director Fidet Okhiria said services would commence in a few months once ...

  • Tanzania Railways Corp electric loco on test (Photo TRC) (3)

    Electric locomotive on test in Tanzania


    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp is testing the first of 17 E6800 electric locomotives that Hyundai Rotem is supplying for the standard gauge railway project. In July 2021 TRC awarded the South Korean manufacturer a 335·4bn won contract to supply 17 four-axle 25 kV 50 Hz electric ...

  • Kiha 183 cars arrive photo gov of DR Congo (2)

    Japanese DMUs to support DR Congo route modernisation scheme


    DR CONGO: Seven cars of an ex-JR Hokkaido Kiha 183 trainset were delivered to the port of Matadi on December 13 for use by Office National des Transports. The intermediate and driving cars were built by Fuji Heavy Industries and Niigata Engineering between 1979 and 1992. ...

  • TAZARA CCECC task force (Photo TAZARA)

    Chinese task force to draw-up TAZARA revitalisation plan


    AFRICA: China Civil & Engineering and Construction Corp has sent a task force to undertake a comprehensive business and technical inspection of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway, having being appointed to negotiate a potential deal for a Chinese operator to revitalise the line which was built with Chinese ...

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    National Railways of Zimbabwe seeks help from private operators


    ZIMBABWE: Mirroring the policy emerging in neighbouring South Africa, National Railways of Zimbabwe has announced plans to open its infrastructure to new entrants in an effort to increase the provision of rail services on the network. NRZ General Manager Respina Zinyanduko said the plan is at ...

  • Prasa resumes long-distance services (Photo: Prasa)

    Prasa resumes long-distance services after two years


    SOUTH AFRICA: Prasa restarted Shosholoza Meyl long-distance passenger services on the Johannesburg – Durban and Johannesburg – Cape Town routes on December 7.

  • Train in Morocco

    More high speed sets in ONCF rolling stock order


    MOROCCO: National operator ONCF has called tenders for a fleet of 168 trainsets worth a total of 16bn dirhams. Expressions of interest had been sought in September 2022, generating 10 responses. The contract which is due to be signed by July 31 2024 is in three ...

  • Nairobi suburban railway construction launch ceremony (Photo President's office)

    Nairobi suburban railway construction launched


    KENYA: President William Ruto has officially launched construction of the Riruta – Ngong commuter rail line, which is being built to relieve road congestion and lower transport costs in Nairobi. The metre-gauge line is being built by China Road & Bridge Corp under a contract awarded ...

  • Tanzania standard gauge railway.

    Burundi – Tanzania railway financing approved


    AFRICA: The African Development Bank board has approved financing for the second phase of the Tanzania – Burundi – DR Congo standard gauge railway. On December 12 the bank announced that it would provide Burundi with grants worth US$98·62m, and Tanzania with US$597·79m as loans and ...

  • ao Siemens Luanda light rail
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    Siemens working on €1·3bn light rail scheme in Luanda


    ANGOLA: Siemens Mobility has confirmed to Metro Report International that it is working with the Ministry of Transport on a light rail scheme in Luanda. The supplier said on November 30 that ‘the Presidential Dispatch 53/23, published on March 22 2023, is part of the procedure ...

  • Alexandria metro photos NAT (2)
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    Thales to supply signalling, security and ticketing for Alexandria metro


    EGYPT: Thales has been subcontracted to supply signalling, security and ticketing systems for the first metro line in Alexandria. The 21·7 km line is being developed by a consortium of Orascom Construction and Colas Rail under a €1·3bn contract awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels ...

  • Cairo East Nile monorail tests photo Kamel Al-Wazir 1
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    Metro and monorail testing underway as Cairo network grows


    EGYPT: Test running on Cairo’s East Nile Monorail and on two branches of metro Line 3 started on November 5. East Nile Monorail Following a site visit on November 16, Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir announced that the East Nile Monorail line will be handed over ...