Middle East

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    Metro Report International

    First Cairo monorail trainsets delivered

    2021-09-09T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The first two of 70 four-car Alstom Innovia 300 trains for the Cairo monorail project have been delivered to the Egyptian capital. The vehicles are being manufactured at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK, with work on the Mitrac traction systems led by the company’s ...

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    Keolis-MHI takes over Dubai metro and tram operations

    2021-09-08T15:16:00Z

    UAE: ‘This is an exciting day for us’, Keolis Group’s International CEO Bernard Tabary told Metro Report International when a Keolis-MHI joint venture took over the operation and maintenance of Dubai’s driverless metro and tram networks on September 8.

  • Planned rail project in Egypt (Image: Siemens Mobility)
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    Egypt signs contract for ‘Suez Canal on tracks’

    2021-09-01T11:22:00Z

    EGYPT: A US$4·5bn contract has been signed for the construction of 660 km of ‘modern, safe, and integrated’ mixed traffic electrified railway connecting Ain Sokhna on the Red Sea with Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean.

  • Jerusalem Mayor light rail Red Line rails
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    Jerusalem light rail expansion tracklaying begins

    2021-08-13T13:41:00Z

    ISRAEL: Ceremonial first rails for the expansion of Jerusalem’s light rail Red Line were laid in the presence of Mayor Moshe Lion on August 11. The line is being extended north to Neve Ya’akov and south from Mount Hertzel to the Hadassah hospital, adding 11 stops. ...

  • Signalling equipment at Quseia in Egypt (Photo Alstom)
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    Egyptian signalling equipment commissioned

    2021-07-25T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Alstom has installed and commissioned a Smartlock 400GP electronic interlocking, Iconis SCADA and an 11 kV substation at Quseia to cover a 15 km section of the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut line along the Nile to the south of ...

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    Etihad Rail tracklaying heads for Dubai

    2021-07-01T14:26:00Z

    UAE: With work progressing on Stage 2 of the planned 1 200 km national rail network, project promoter Etihad Rail has completed the first section of trackwork for its new line connecting the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Tracklaying on ...

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    Cairo monorail train rolled out in Derby

    2021-06-29T13:59:00Z

    EGYPT: The first of 70 four-car Innovia 300 driverless monorail trainsets for two lines which are under construction in Cairo has been rolled out at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK. In August 2019, Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels and a ...

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    Egyptian National Railways awards loco refurbishment contract

    2021-06-21T08:01:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Ukraine’s Nikolaev Locomotive Repair Plant a contract to modernise 55 Adtranz DE2550 diesel locomotives. ‘We will carry out deep modernisation of diesel locomotives with the installation of new engines, power and auxiliary equipment and microprocessor control systems to significantly ...

  • Dubai Route 2020 metro station (Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai)
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    Dubai Red Line metro reaches Expo 2020

    2021-06-08T09:13:00Z

    UAE: The 9 km extension of Dubai’s automated metro network from Al Furjan to the Expo 2020 fairground was opened for revenue service on June 1, in preparation for the delayed start of the world fair being hosted by the emirate. ...

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    Test running starts on Tel Aviv Red Line

    2021-06-07T16:03:00Z

    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv light rail project promoter NTA has started test running with its Chinese-built LRVs on the first section of the Red Line, which is now under construction between Petakh-Tikva and Bat Yam.

  • Tehran metro station (Photo: Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Co)
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    Iranian metro train rolled out

    2021-05-27T05:00:00Z

    IRAN: A domestically-designed metro train with 85% local content has been unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani. Development began in June 2019, when a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Vice-Presidency for Science Technology, Tehran Urban Suburban Railway Co and the ...

  • CAF Jerusalem tram
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    Tram tracking and depot management contract awarded

    2021-04-22T05:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: CAF has awarded GMV a contract to supply an automatic vehicle location and depot management system for Jerusalem’s expanding light rail network. Based on GMV’s SAE-R software platform, the system will provide standard functions such as tram fleet tracking, driver communications and passenger information, ...

  • Jerusalem tram in Cfir livery
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    Cfir takes over Jerusalem light rail operations

    2021-04-20T13:49:00Z

    ISRAEL: The Cfir grouping of CAF and local company Shapir Engineering Ltd took over as operating concessionaire for the Jerusalem light rail network on April 16, succeeding CityPass which had held the contract to operate the Red Line for the past 10 years. Under the ...

  • Egypt ENR train with GE Wabtec loco
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    AfDB backs Egyptian railway modernisation

    2021-04-12T08:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The African Development Bank has approved a €145m loan to support reliability and capacity upgrading works as part of the Egypt National Railways Modernisation Project. Rail’s share of the passenger market is predicted to increase from 8% to 15% and its share of the ...

  • An agreement for the transport of construction materials from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi was signed by Etihad Rail and quarrying company Stevin Rock on April 1.
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    Etihad Rail to operate 500 trains per year for quarry company

    2021-04-01T13:59:00Z

    UAE: An agreement for the transport of construction materials from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi was signed by Etihad Rail and quarrying company Stevin Rock on April 1. Etihad Rail said the agreement was of ‘considerable significance’ as it is the first in a ...

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    Dubai RTA picks Keolis-led joint venture to operate metro and tram networks

    2021-03-22T15:41:00Z

    UAE: Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority has selected a Keolis-led consortium to operate and maintain its metro and light rail networks for nine years with options for up to a further six.

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    Etihad Rail and Saudi Railway Co sign co-operation agreement

    2021-03-17T16:17:00Z

    ASIA: UAE’s Etihad Rail and Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement establishing a framework for the exchange of services, training and knowledge. The two railways will initially focus on locomotive and wagon leasing arrangements, the purchase of spare parts, special volunteer groups ...

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    Tehran adds more metro stations

    2021-03-17T10:25:00Z

    IRAN: Two stations at the northwestern end of Tehran metro Line 6 were opened for revenue service on March 13, along with an isolated section of the route. The short section of Line 6 serving Yadegar-e-Emam and Shahid Sattari is being operated as a separate ...

  • Egypt ENR train with GE Wabtec loco
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    Railway Improvement & Safety for Egypt funding approved

    2021-03-14T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: The World Bank’s executive board has approved a US$440m loan to support the Railway Improvement Safety for Egypt project. The RISE programme has a total value of US$681·1m, including a US$241·1m contribution from Egyptian National Railways. It is a continuation of the ...

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    Persian wonder geckos relocated from Etihad Rail route

    2021-03-11T09:00:00Z

    UAE: More than 300 animals including Middle Eastern short-fingered and Baluch rock geckos, saw-faced vipers, Cheeseman’s gerbils, scorpions and the rare Persian wonder gecko have been relocated away from the future rail alignment in the Misanad Protected Area by national railway developer Etihad Rail and the Sharjah Environment ...