Ethiopia railway and urban transport news

News about railway and urban rail infrastructure, operations, policy, projects and the supply industry in Ethiopia.


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    Ethiopian avocados exported by train


    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 undertaken ...

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    Addis Ababa – Khartoum railway study funded


    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 two-year ...

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    Consultants selected to develop Addis Ababa transport plan


    ETHIOPIA: The government has selected Ramboll to help it to develop a strategic infrastructure plan for Addis Ababa. The World Bank funded project focuses on sustainable urban development as the capital is experiencing a sharp increase in air pollution and traffic congestion. Ramboll is the lead consultant in a ...

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    Academy to support Ethiopian railway operations


    ETHIOPIA: Work is to start later this year on the construction of a railway training academy, Ethiopian Railways Corp announced on January 13. When fully operational, the academy is expected to employ around 250 teachers and administrative staff, training up to 1 00 students at a time in seven different ...

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    Test running on next Ethiopian line to start in August


    ETHIOPIA: Test running on the first phase of the Awash – Woldiya/Hara Gebeya Railway is on course to begin by the end of August, Ethiopian Railways Corp has announced. In June 2012 ERC signed a US$1·7bn turnkey contract for Turkish firm Yapı Merkezi to build the 389 route-km electrified ...

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    Joint company to manage Ethiopia – Djibouti railway


    AFRICA: Ethiopia's Minister of Transport Ahmed Shide and his Djiboutian counterpart Mohammed Abdulkadir Musa have signed an agreement to establish a joint company to manage the new railway linking the countries. The company will be have its headquarters in Addis Ababa, and be responsible for the provision of passenger, freight ...

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    Ethiopia – Djibouti railway inaugurated


    AFRICA: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh officially inaugurated the 756 km Chinese-built railway linking their countries with a ceremony in Addis Ababa on October 5. ‘It is the first standard gauge electrified railroad on the continent built with Chinese standards and ...

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    Ethiopia – Djibouti railway carries first freight


    AFRICA: The first freight train to operate on the new standard gauge railway between Djibouti and Addis Ababa arrived at a temporary unloading facility in Merebe Mermersa, 112 km south of Ethiopia's capital, on November 21.Construction of the railway has not yet been completed, but freight services have been launched ...

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    Addis Ababa opens second light rail line


    ETHIOPIA: The second light rail line in Addis Ababa opened on November 9. The 17·4 km Green Line has 22 stops. It runs east from Ayat to Tor Hailoch, sharing tracks with the north-south Blue Line on a 2·7 km, five-stop stretch between Lideta and Meskel Square. The north-south ...

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    Hungarian company builds tram for Africa


    ETHIOPIA: A prototype tram for the African market has been delivered to Addis Ababa by Hungarian company Dunai Repülőgépgyár. DR intends to carry out series production in Ethiopia using Hungarian components, and is in talks with Ethiopian state-owned Metals & Engineering Corp about constructing a test track. It is ...

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    Addis Ababa light rail opens


    ETHIOPIA: The first light rail line in Addis Ababa was opened for revenue service on September 20, following several months of test running. Hundreds of residents queued for hours ahead of the opening to sample the new service. Designed to relieve growing road congestion as the city’s population passes 5 ...

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    Foundation stone laid for northern Ethiopia line


    ETHIOPIA: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn laid a ceremonial foundation stone for the Mek'ele – Weldiya/Hara Gebeya railway project on February 18. The 220 km electrified mixed-traffic route is being built by China Communications Construction Co under a US$1·5bn contract. At Weldiya it will connect with future lines south to ...

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    Addis Ababa light rail test running begins


    ETHIOPIA: Celebrations on February 1 marked the official launch of test running on the Addis Ababa light rail line, ahead of the planned start of revenue services in May. Attendees at the launch included the Prime Minster, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs along with thousands of city ...

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    Bombardier wins its first Ethiopian signalling contract


    ETHIOPIA: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a €36m contract to supply its Interflo 250 signalling for the 394 km line which is under construction to link Weldiya in the north of the country with Awash on the main Addis Abeba – Djibouti corridor. The contract announced on October 8 has ...

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    First Addis Abeba tram rolls out


    ETHIOPIA: The first of 41 trams being built for the two-line network under construction in Addis Abeba was unveiled at CNR Changchun’s plant in China on August 26. The trams were ordered in March 2014 and are scheduled to be delivered by January, being shipped via Tianjin and Djibouti ...

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    Huawei awarded Addis Abeba light rail telecoms contract


    ETHIOPIA: Huawei has been awarded a contract to provide its Mass Transit eLTE communications technology for the Addis Abeba light rail project. Huawei will provide fixed and wireless communications to support applications including telephony, SCADA, fare collection and IP-based video surveillance. The north–south and east–west lines totalling 31 km ...

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    Addis Abeba - Djibouti electric locomotives ordered


    ETHIOPIA: A contract for CSR Zhuzhou to supply 35 electric locomotives for the future Addis Abeba – Djibouti standard gauge line was signed on June 19. Delivery of the three passenger locomotives and 32 freight locos able to haul trains of up to 4 000 tonnes will begin in October ...

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    Locomotives reach Ethiopia by road


    AFRICA: Five Chinese-built diesel locomotives for use on railway construction projects in Ethiopia have been delivered by road from the port of Djibouti by logistics company Steder Group FZCO. The locomotives weigh from 85 tonnes to 135 tonnes, and were carried on Steder Group's multi-axle trailers after being unloaded from ...

  • CNR Dalian is supplying three diesel locomotives for use in Ethiopia by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp.

    CNR Dalian locomotives exported to Ethiopia


    ETHIOPIA: CNR Dalian is supplying three diesel locomotives for use by contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corp during the construction of the standard gauge route which is to replace the out-of-use metre gauge line from Djibouti to Addis Abeba. The 2 940 kW locomotives have 16V240ZJD engines and a maximum ...

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    Addis Abeba tram supplier selected


    ETHIOPIA: CNR Corp announced on March 17 that it had been selected to supply 41 trams to Addis Abeba. The three-section 70% low-floor vehicles would have a minimum floor height of 350 mm and a maximum speed of 70 km/h. The first trams are to be delivered at the ...