Middle East

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    First Iran to Afghanistan freight train

    2020-12-03T09:45:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A trial freight train delivered more than 400 tonnes of cement from Iran to Rosnak in Herat province on December 2, ahead of the ceremonial inauguration of the newly completed railway which is scheduled for this month. A passenger train also carried Iranian railway officials ...

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    Metro to the pyramids contract awarded

    2020-11-27T11:53:00Z

    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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    Alexandria tramway to be modernised

    2020-11-12T12:00:00Z

    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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    Desiro HC EMUs en route to Tel Aviv

    2020-11-05T11:50:00Z

    ISRAEL: The first two of 24 partly double-deck electric multiple-units being built for Israel Railways by Siemens Mobility have been shipped from Hamburg and are due to arrive in Israel towards the end of November.

  • il Haifa – Nazareth impression of the tram-train station to serve the government offices at Nof Hagalil.
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    Haifa – Nazareth tram-train infrastructure works contracts awarded

    2020-11-03T10:54:00Z

    ISRAEL: Project promoter Trans Israel-Advanced Transportation Solutions has selected local contractors to undertake civil works on the 41 km interurban tram-train line between Haifa and Nazareth. Y Lehrer Co, Rolider, Abraham Isaac and Brothers Anton Earthworks have been awarded the Section D contract ...

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    Baghdad elevated metro letter of intent signed

    2020-10-26T05:00:00Z

    IRAQ: A letter of intent to define the steps needed to go ahead with the long-planned Baghdad metro has been signed by the Ministry of Transport and a consortium of Alstom and Hyundai Engineering Construction. The letter of intent was signed when Iraqi Prime ...

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    Jerusalem – Tel Aviv electrification completed

    2020-09-07T13:12:00Z

    ISRAEL: Israel Railways began test running of electric trains between Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Hertzliya on September 6, following the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the northern section of the Ayalon Corridor.

  • Cairo Metro Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations (Photo: Alstom).
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    RATP Dev aims to make Cairo Line 3 ‘a world reference’

    2020-09-03T13:17:00Z

    EGYPT: The government’s National Authority for Tunnels has awarded RATP Dev a €1·1bn contract to operate and maintain Cairo metro Line 3 for 15 years and commission future extensions. Opened in phases from 2012, the east–west Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations. ...

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    Cairo metro Line 3 reaches New Administrative Capital

    2020-08-17T10:34:00Z

    EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was among the dignitaries at a ceremony on August 16 to mark the opening of the 7 km phase 4a of Cairo metro Line 3 in the east of the city. Al Sisi laid a foundation stone at Adly ...

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    Egyptian National Railways puts first TMH coaches into service

    2020-08-14T12:58:00Z

    EGYPT: The first of the modern coaches supplied by Transmashholding’s Tver plant in Russia as part of an order for a total of 1 300 vehicles of five types have entered service with Egyptian National Railways, the manufacturer announced on August 14. ...

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    Negev rail projects announced

    2020-08-13T05:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Plans to construct rail and light rail links to a military intelligence campus which is to be built at Likit near Be’er Sheva have been announced by Minister of Transport Road Safety Miri Regev. The campus is expected to open in 2026, with ...

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    Damascus freight service resumes after reinstatement of war-damaged railway

    2020-08-11T10:41:00Z

    SYRIA: A freight train from the Mediterranean port of Tartus arrived at the Al-Sabinah silos to the south of Damascus for the first time in nine years on August 8, carrying 1 000 tonnes of grain. Minister of Transport Ali Hammoud said this marked the ...

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    Virtual reality based training for tram drivers

    2020-08-06T05:00:00Z

    UAE: Dubai’s Roads Transport Authority and metro and tram operator Serco are using virtual reality during the training of tram drivers. ‘Introducing cutting-edge technologies avails trainee drivers of interactive experiences and opportunities’, said Hassan Mohammad Al Mutawa, Director of Operations at RTA’s Rail Agency. ...

  • Etihad Rail has awarded CRRC Yangtze a contract to supply 842 wagons
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    Etihad Rail triples fleet with 842 wagon order

    2020-08-05T11:58:00Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded CRRC Yangtze a contract to supply 842 wagons, which the national railway said would be tailor-made for local environmental conditions and meet Gulf Co-operation Council requirements including ‘state-of-the-art’ braking and safety systems. The order signed on August ...

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    Saudi Railway Co signs 25-year freight agreement

    2020-07-21T05:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Sadara Chemical Co has signed a 25-year contract to use Saudi Railway Co as its primary means of transporting solid and liquid products as well as containers. The agreement covers the operation of two trains a day from the Sadara Chemical Campus to King ...

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    Dubai Route 2020 metro extension inaugurated

    2020-07-09T16:23:00Z

    UAE: Dubai’s 15 km Route 2020 metro line was formally inaugurated by the emirate’s Ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on July 8, although revenue services are not expected to begin until September. Built at a cost of 11bn dirhams, ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms.
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    Specialist cables developed for Egyptian resignalling project

    2020-06-29T09:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Nexans has supplied 1 700 km of cables specially developed to an Egyptian National Railways and Alstom specification for use on the project to upgrade signalling systems on the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut section of ENR’s main line along the River Nile south ...

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    First batch of TMH coaches arrives in Egypt

    2020-06-26T13:38:00Z

    EGYPT: TMH International delivered an initial batch of 22 third-class, forced ventilation loco-hauled passenger coaches to the port of Alexandria on June 25 as part of its contract to supply 1 300 vehicles of five types to Egyptian National Railways. The first 22 vehicles were manufactured ...

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    Cairo metro Line 3 trains delivered

    2020-06-25T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Hyundai Rotem has begun delivery of 256 metro cars ordered for Cairo Line 3 which is being extended to run 45·5 km east–west across the city and serve the international airport. The 433bn won order was placed by the National Authority for Tunnel in February ...

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    Israel Railways accelerates station enhancement works during lockdown

    2020-05-19T08:24:00Z

    ISRAEL: In addition to accelerating major infrastructure projects and undertaking track and rolling stock maintenance, Israel Railways has used the opportunity presented by the suspension of passenger services during national Covid-19 lockdown measures to undertake planned enhancement works at 40 stations. The ...