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    RATP to operate Cairo light rail line


    EGYPT: National Authority for Tunnels has selected RATP Dev Mobility Cairo to operate and maintain the ‘light rail’ line linking Cairo with 10th Ramadan City and the New Administrative Capital.

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    Casablanca tramway construction contracts awarded


    MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has awarded Colas Rail two contracts for the construction of tram routes T3 and T4 The first contract is worth €24m and covers the design, construction and commissioning of 25 km of overhead electrification for the two routes, along ...

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    Traxtion supplies locomotives to Sénégal


    SENEGAL: Société des Nationale Chemins de Fer du Sénégal has awarded Traxtion Group a contract to supply five refurbished main line diesel locomotives and one shunting loco, in a two-year leasing deal which includes maintenance at the operator’s workshop. CFS was formed last year to ...

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    Mauritius light rail Phase 2A contract awarded


    MAURITIUS: India’s L T Construction has been awarded a contract to build Phase 2A of the Mauritius Metro Express. This will extend the light rail line by 3·4 km from Rose Hill Central to Quatre Bornes Central Station and Trianon, serving the densely populated areas ...

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    Algeria: Recovery elusive as expansion plans await funding


    With no passenger trains operating in the 10 months from March 2020 to January 2021, the future for Algeria’s national operator SNTF looks uncertain. Christian Scasso contrasts political aspirations with a bleak outlook on the ground.

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    African Rail Industry Association says reform and regulatory stability will unlock economic growth


    A 422 km section of the former Benguela Railway in northwestern DR Congo was reactivated in 2016 following extensive refurbishment. AFRICA: The independent RailRoad Association of South Africa has rebranded itself as the African Rail Industry Association, positioning itself to play a greater role in revitalising ...

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    Financing package enables Bombardier’s Derby plant to go ahead with Egyptian monorail production


    EGYPT: Bombardier Transportation’s factory at Derby in the UK is to go ahead with the production of 70 four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trainsets for two lines being built in Cairo, after the British government confirmed a £1·7bn export finance guarantee. In August 2019 a Bombardier-led ...

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    Egypt plans Mediterranean to Red Sea high speed line


    EGYPT: A memorandum of understanding for the design, construction and maintenance of a 1 000 km high speed rail network has been signed by the Ministry of Transport’s National Authority for Tunnels, Siemens Mobility and local companies Orascom Construction SAE and The Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman ...

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    Mota-Engil to build Niger – Nigeria link


    AFRICA: Construction of a long-planned rail link to landlocked Niger is set to go ahead, after Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding with Portuguese company Mota-Engil to build a cross-border rail link from northern Nigeria.

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    Partnership to supply ‘world class’ wagons for African railways


    AFRICA: Russian rolling stock manufacturers Tranmsmashholding and United Wagon Co have agreed to work together to supply ‘world class’ wagons and components to customers across Africa. The agreement announced in December aims to combine UWC’s expertise in the wagon sector with TMH Group’s global reach and ...

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    Chinese companies awarded Mwanza – Isaka standard gauge contract


    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railway Corp has signed contracts for two Chinese construction companies to build Stage 5 of the country’s embryonic 1 435 mm gauge network, covering the 249 km from the dry port at Isaka to Mwanza on Lake Victoria.

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    Mostaganem tram starts test running


    ALGERIA: Test running on Mostaganem tram route T2 began on December 31, ahead of an expected opening in the first quarter of 2021.

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    TransNamib upgrade underway


    NAMIBIA: Work has started on a project to rehabilitate Trans-Namib’s main line from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund as part of a government-backed project to develop a transport and logistics hub serving southern Africa. Minister of Works Transport John Mutorwa attended an event to mark ...

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    Locomotives on the way to Guinea


    GUINEA: CRRC Qishuyan has begun delivering eight DF8B twin-cab diesel locomotives and six CDA5A1 single-cab locomotives which the SMB-Winning bauxite mining consortium ordered in two batches in November and December last year. The locomotives will be used on a 125 km line ...

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    OWLS provides accurate measurement of Dakar TER track


    SENEGAL: Raysimaş, Uroven and Latronix have completed track geometry measurements for Dakar Train Express Régional construction contractor Yapı Merkezi using an OWLS measuring system fitted to a 1960s locomotive. Developed by Latronix in Sweden and distributed overseas by UK company Uroven, OWLS ...

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    Metro to the pyramids contract awarded


    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


    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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    Alexandria tramway to be modernised


    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


    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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    Tram styling to reflect the history and culture of Casablanca


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