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    Optimism returns but skills gap a worry, survey finds


    INTERNATIONAL: Optimism is returning to the global rail industry following the economic downturn, according to the results of the fifth Way Ahead survey of the transport industry conducted by legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. The survey, which was launched at an event in London on February 26, received 850 responses ...

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    New Iraqi inter-city train rolled out


    IRAQ: The first of 10 inter-city trainsets that CSR Sifang's Qingdao plant is building for Iraqi Republic Railways was rolled out on February 17, watched by guests including Iraq's ambassador to China. IRR signed a US$115m contract for the 160 km/h trains with Dongfang Electric Corp on December 15 2012. ...

  • Italferr has been awarded a contract to provide preliminary design engineering services.

    Oman railway contracts signed


    OMAN: Three contracts for the development of the planned 2 244 km national railway network were signed by Minister of Transport & Communications Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi on February 5. The state budget has allocated 1bn rial for works this year, with the entire network linking six cities to ...

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    Saudi Railways Organization reviews safety


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded DB International a contract to undertake a comprehensive review of its safety regime and operating standards. The review will be completed by the end of the year, with DB contracted to provide a further year of ‘supervision and follow-up’. Under the agreement, DB ...

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    Rail Academy to be created in the United Arab Emirates


    UAE: A memorandum of understanding to establish a Rail Academy has been signed by the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training and Thales. The planned Rail Academy would provide Emiratis with high-level professional and academic training programmes to support the country's railway and urban transport projects. The partnership ...

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    Israel Railways opens Sderot station


    ISRAEL: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the official opening of a railway extension from Ashqelon south to Sderot on December 24. Public services began at 16.00, and to encourage ridership local residents are able to apply for up to three months of free travel. The building at the US$56m Sderot ...

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    Vossloh to supply fastenings to Haramain high speed project


    SAUDI ARABIA: Vossloh Fastening Systems announced on November 28 that it had won a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the 444 km Haramain high speed line that is to run from Madinah to Jeddah and Makkah. Deliveries are due to start before the end of the year, ...

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    ISR sets out plans for electric fleet


    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has issued a request for information about the potential supply of electric locomotives and multiple-units for its electrification programme. The first phase of the programme covers wiring around 420 km of existing and planned line at 25 kV 50 Hz. This includes the future 23 km ...

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    Alstom to maintain Israel Railways DMU fleet


    ISRAEL: On October 9 national railway ISR awarded Alstom Transport a 1·5bn shekel contract to maintain its fleet of 48 IC3 Flexliner three-car diesel multiple-units for seven years from January 2014, with an option for a further eight years. The Flexliner fleet was originally supplied by ABB Scandia, now part ...

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    Etihad Rail test running begins


    UAE: The first test train on the initial phase of the national railway network which is being developed by Etihad Rail ran on September 22. Two trains will run in each direction per day during the three-month commissioning period. Each train comprises up to three of the seven SD70ACS locomotives ...

  • The North-South Railway includes the Mineral Route linking phosphate mines at Al Jalamid with processing and export facilities at Ras Al Khair.

    Saudi Railway Company seeks operating concessionaire


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Company has invited expressions of interest for a concession to maintain and operate the North-South Railway, under a tendering process being supported by management consultancy A T Kearney. SAR is looking for national and 'world-class' international companies to take responsibility for train operations, infrastructure management and ...

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    DB International awarded Haramain High Speed Rail contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has formally awarded Deutsche Bahn's consultancy business DB International a 'mid double-digit million euro' contract to support the construction of the 444 km Haramain High Speed Rail project. The scope of the work includes reviewing conceptual, preliminary and detailed designs for the railway systems, including ...

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    Saudi Landbridge project management consultancy contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff and Fluor Corp to provide project management consultancy services for the design and construction of the 950 km Landbridge railway planned to link Jeddah with Riyadh. At Riyadh the line would connect with the existing 450 km line to Dammam ...

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    Lebanese railway revival to be studied


    LEBANON: Tenders for a study into the feasibility of rebuilding the disused railway from Beirut north along the coast to Tripoli are to be invited by the European Investment Bank during September. The standard gauge line linking Haifa, Beirut and Tripoli was built by Allied forces during World War II. ...

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    Israel Railways electrification plan approved


    ISRAEL: A US$3·2bn programme to electrify 420 km of existing and planned railway was approved by the Committee for National Infrastructure on August 12. The first lines to be electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz would be the future 23 km 'Akko - Karmi'el route and Tel Aviv - Jerusalem ...

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    Saudi Landbridge design contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Ministry of Finance's Public Investment Fund has appointed the Italferr engineering consultancy subsidiary of Italian national railway group FS to undertake design work for the US$7bn Landbridge project. Development of the planned 950 km double-track mixed traffic line between Riyadh and Jeddah Islamic Port is being managed ...

  • The first freight trains are scheduled to begin running in October.

    DB joint venture to operate Etihad Rail freight trains


    UAE: An agreement to create a joint venture to operate the rail network under construction in the United Arab Emirates was signed by Etihad Rail Vice-Chairman Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer and DB Schenker Rail CEO Alexander Hedderich on June 27. The first freight trains carrying granulated sulphur on the 266 ...

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    Iran inaugurates railway to border with Turkmenistan


    IRAN: President Ahmadinejad and Minister of Roads & Urban Development Ali Nikzad attended an event on May 27 to ceremonially inaugurate an 80 km railway linking the northern city of Gorgan with Incheh Borun on the border with Turkmenistan. The standard gauge line forms part of the Kazakhstan - Turkmenistan ...

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    Cairo - Alexandria resignalling contract awarded


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a €109m turnkey contract to design, install and maintain new signalling, telecommunications and centralised traffic control systems for the 208 km Cairo - Alexandria route. Implementation is expected to take four years. Announcing the contract on May 26, Thales said the route is ...

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    ISR training centre now open


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways opened a US$2·7m training centre at Lod station last month. The new facility is intended to fill a skills gap which has developed in recent years, and offers specially developed training programmes for railway employees including signallers, shunters and refuelling staff. It is equipped with advanced technological ...