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  • Delta Energy Zambia has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd a contract to transport petroleum from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Ndola in Zambia.
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    Zambian regulation switches freight from road to rail

    2019-08-26T11:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Following the implementation of a Zambian regulation requiring 30% of selected bulk commodities to be transported by rail rather than by road, Delta Energy Zambia has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd a contract to transport petroleum from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to ...

  • A bilateral agreement for the modernisation of the Abidjan – Ouagadougou – Kaya route and construction of an extension to Tambao has been signed by the presents of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
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    Côte d'Ivoire – Burkina Faso railway upgrade agreement

    2019-08-12T08:00:00Z

    AFRICA: A bilateral agreement for the modernisation of the Abidjan – Ouagadougou – Kaya route and the construction of an extension to manganese deposits at Tambao near the borders of Niger and Mali was signed by the presidents of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso at the Eight Summit Conference ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen to Ouagadougou

    2019-08-09T07:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Société de Transport Ivoiro-Burkinabe has acquired rolling stock formerly used by Appenzeller Bahnen in Switzerland. Following refurbishment in France, the three BDe 4/4 II electric railcars, three ABt driving cars and nine second class coaches are to be used on thrice-weekly services between Abidjan in ...

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    Coast-to-coast cruise train crosses Africa

    2019-08-07T12:37:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: On August 2 a passenger train set out on the return leg of a coast-to-coast trip across Africa. Departing from the port of Lobito on Angola’s Atlantic coast and bound for the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean, the train had arrived in Lobito on ...

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    Locos retrieved from Sierra Leone

    2019-07-25T10:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Diesel locomotives which South African freight and financial services company Grindrod Ltd supplied for use at a mine in Sierra Leone which has now ceased operating have been recovered for use elsewhere. Grindrod delivered a total of 34 S30SCC locomotives to haul iron ore from ...

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    Cement trains start rolling on Tanga – Moshi line

    2019-07-24T11:04:34Z

    TANZANIA: The revival of freight operations on the country’s 438 km Usambara Railway was marked by a ceremony at Moshi on July 20 attended by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. The Tanga – Moshi line has been out of use for 12 years, but the Prime Minister told parliament in ...

  • Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact on the Gauteng region.
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    Gautrain success foreshadows expansion

    2019-07-23T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact. About R110bn could be allocated for construction of extensions and 19 new stations, plus R24∙4bn on improvements to the existing ...

  • Gautrain Management Agency is planning to obtain second-hand rolling stock from the UK.
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    Gautrain seeks second-hand EMUs from the UK

    2019-07-22T08:12:36Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Gautrain Management Agency is planning to obtain second-hand rolling stock from the UK. This follows an abortive tender called in February 2016 for a fleet of 12 new four-car trainsets. Despite three bidders being shortlisted, none of the bids was compliant. After evaluating its options, GMA decided ...

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    TAZARA seeks opportunities with the private sector

    2019-06-13T08:00:00Z

    AFRICA: The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board is seeking to develop open access operations to increase traffic on its network, ‘in view of the good performance by the private operator so far’. Following its meeting in Dar es Salaam on June 1, the board directed the railway’s management to appoint a ...

  • Tanzania Railways Corp has commissioned a study for a commuter rail network in Dodoma (Photo: Tanzania Tourist Board).
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    Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned

    2019-06-11T13:40:12Z

    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma. The consortium is led by Spanish consultancy Ardanuy Ingenieria and includes Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats from India and South Korea’s Soosung ...

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    Tambo Springs terminal ‘will change the face of Gauteng’

    2019-06-10T11:00:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: The Southern Palace Joint Venture Consortium has won a 20-year concession to design, finance, build and operate a major intermodal terminal serving Gauteng province. Announcing the ‘historic public and private sector partnership’ on June 5, Transnet said the R2 ∙5bn terminal forming part of the Gauteng Integrated ...

  • Kenya and Uganda’s transport ministers have announced that further phases of the ambitious standard gauge railway serving the two countries have been put on hold in favour of upgrades to the existing metre gauge network.
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    Standard gauge plans on hold in Kenya

    2019-05-15T11:27:01Z

    KENYA: Little more than a year after the opening of the Chinese-built 1 435 mm gauge railway between Mombasa and Nairobi, there are signs that East Africa’s love affair with China’s Belt & Road Initiative may be waning. On May 8, Kenya’s Transport & Infrastructure Minister James Macharia and ...

  • ArcelorMittal’s Liberian railway concession has provision for third-party access to the infrastructure, subject to capacity being available or the third parties funding works to add capacity.
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    Liberian railway could carry iron ore from Guinea

    2019-05-06T11:00:00Z

    LIBERIA: A memorandum of understanding which could see iron ore from a proposed mine at Zogota in Guinea exported by rail through Liberia has been signed by mining project developer Niron Metals plc and the Liberian government. Various proposals have been put forward over the years for the exploitation of ...

  • A rail link to Alger Houari Boumediene Airport opened along with a new terminal on April 29.
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    Alger Houari Boumediene Airport rail link opened

    2019-04-30T09:26:53Z

    ALGERIA: A rail link to Alger Houari Boumediene Airport opened along with a new terminal on April 29. National railway SNTF operates an hourly service from Alger’s Agha station to Bab Ezzouar and the airport between 05.00 and 21.00, with a price of 80 dinar per adult and 40 ...

  • NRC began a free trial passenger service on the Itakpe - Warri line last November.
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    Warri line cleared for passenger operation

    2019-04-16T14:31:34Z

    NIGERIA: Federal Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi has instructed Nigerian Railway Corp to start full-scale commercial passenger operations on the 1 435 mm gauge Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri railway, following a three month trial of free services. The announcement followed his inspection of the railway on April 11. Instructing NRC ...

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    Lorry load limit to boost rail freight

    2019-04-14T05:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd expect to haul 30 000 tonnes/month of fuel from Dar es Salaam to Lusaka as a result of Tanzania’s implementation on March 1 of the East African Community Vehicle Load Control Act, which reduces the maximum weight which can be transported by ...

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    UN committee backs Luxembourg Protocol

    2019-04-12T08:00:00Z

    AFRICA: A committee of experts from African finance, planning and economic development ministries has endorsed the adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to encourage private investment in railway assets across the continent. Meeting in Marrakesh, under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the committee called on the ...

  • The build-operate-transfer concession agreement covers the 340 km Accra – Achimota – Koforidua – Bososo – Boankra – Kumasi railway project.
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    Ghana eastern line concession agreed

    2019-04-09T14:22:30Z

    GHANA: A US$2·2bn build-operate-transfer concession agreement for the 340 km Accra – Achimota – Koforidua – Bososo – Boankra – Kumasi railway project was signed by the Ministry of Railway Development and Ghana European Railway Consortium on April 4. The agreement must now be approved by the cabinet and parliament. ...

  • Russian rolling stock group Transmashholding officially inaugurated its first African factory on April 2.
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    TMH Africa inaugurates South African plant

    2019-04-04T12:37:08Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Russian rolling stock group Transmashholding officially inaugurated its first African factory on April 2. The former DCD Rolling Stock plant at Boksburg in Gauteng province was acquired last October by the TMH Africa joint venture of TMH International (70%) and its black economic empowerment partner Mjisa Investments (30%). ...

  • A PRASA Metrorail EMU at Kalk Bay on the Western Cape suburban network.
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    Cape Town seeks suburban rail devolution

    2019-03-27T13:45:49Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to transfer the operation of commuter services from Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to an organisation appointed by the city council were confirmed on March 26 when the city announced that four bids had been received for a tender to provide consultancy services. Through its ...