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Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR391.49 million (USD105 million) with a local company to build the 214 km first phase of doubling the freight mainline from Dammam to Riyadh passing by Abqaiq, Hasa, Harad and Al-Kharj. The 24-month contract aims to enhance SRO’s operational capacity to meet the growing private sector demand for transportation by train.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
Safety campaing in Abu Dhabi :Etihad Rail, developer and operator of the United Arab Emirates’ national railway, has launched an extensive safety campaign and travelling exhibition to educate the public in advance of opening the new system. This will see the first trains ever to operate in the area. A roadshow will tour the Western Region over a seven-month period. Stopping at schools, municipal buildings, malls, workers’ accommodation and other community areas, the double-decker roadshow bus has been designed to show audiences how a railway works.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
Global players with expertise in railway construction from Europe, China, South Korea, Turkey and India are pre-qualified for the prestigious 2,244-km-long Oman National Railway project. The Oman Railway Company (ORC), which is responsible for implementing the project and unveiled the list of pre-qualified consortiums yesterday, said it will float a tender inviting bids from pre-qualified companies for constructing the first package of 170-km Sohar-Buraimi route this month.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
According to Arab daily Al Shahed, Kuwait has revealed its plans to build a three line metro system at an estimated cost of KWD 5.7 billion (US$ 20 billion). The project would include 61 stations and cover the entire capital.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
Ten creative solutions have been shortlisted in a competition to find designs to improve future rolling stock for the UK rail network. A total of 48 entries have been whittled down to 10 by Future Railway, which, in association with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), is running the competition to find innovative rolling stock design solutions.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
THE 5.5km northern extension of Bremen's tram network from Bremen-Borgfeld to Lilienthal and Falkenberg, which crosses over the state border into neighbouring Lower Saxony opened to passengers on August 1. Construction started on the 10-station line in February 2011 and it was originally due to open in September 2013, but completion was delayed by the insolvency of one of the civil engineering contractors.
Posted on Monday Aug 18
The German states of Berlin and Brandenburg have proclaimed their intention to directly award DB subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin GmbH an temporary contract for the operation of the capital's ‘Ring line’ group of S-Bahn services. The direct award contract is planned run for 69 months from December 17 2017, giving the transport authorities more time to procure and commission a planned fleet of new rolling stock ahead of the award of a competitively-tendered long-term operating contract.
Posted on Saturday Aug 16
UK-based design, engineering and consulting firm WS Atkins said on Wednesday that it has been awarded a £80 million ($135 million) contract linked to the multi-billion dollar Doha Metro project. "We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the role of lead designer for the Doha Metro Gold Line in Qatar," the firm said in a statement. Atkins has been appointed by the consortium of contractors which is delivering the Gold Line on behalf of Qatar Railways Company, comprising Greek contractor Aktor, Yapi Merkezi and STFA from Turkey, India's Larsen & Toubro and the local Qatari company Al Jaber Engineering.
Posted on Saturday Aug 16
Ministry of Defence bosses are in trouble for reportedly irregularly signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese company over the railway construction. According to the Solicitor General, the Defence Permanent Secretary irregularly signed the MoU with China Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited (CHECL), one of the two Chinese companies rivaling over the deal. “Against our advice, you went ahead to sign the MoU, with the same clauses, prior to seeking the no objection or making them a party. The Ministry of Works and Transport/Uganda Railways Corporation are not party to the MoU,” Christopher Gashirabake wrote in an April 23, 2013 letter to Ms Rosette Byengoma. President Museveni directed in 2010 that UPDF should take part in the construction of the regional Standard Railway Gauge that is supposed to move from Mombasa in Kenya, through Uganda to Mirama hills at the border with Rwanda.
Posted on Saturday Aug 16
A leading Bulgarian prime contractor seeks to partner with a UK firm possessing expertise in the delivery of railroad projects. The company is experienced in almost all areas of civil construction yet rail is a domain they could benefit from UK potential partner's skills and track record.
Posted on Saturday Aug 16
The Jeddah Metro, which is expected to cost SR45 billion, will be ready by 2022, said Osama Ibrahim Abdu, CEO of the metro company. The new metro project would reduce traffic congestion in the sprawling business city, he said. “The project aims to cover 30 percent of the city’s traffic,” Abdu said. “At present, public transport represents only two percent of the total traffic volume in the city, which is witnessing a large number of development projects.” He emphasized the need for adopting policies to encourage use of public transport in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city.
Posted on Saturday Aug 16
Parsons has completed the $2.9bn metrorail service on the silver line that links the Virgina communities of Tysons and Reston to Washington D.C. US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and DC Mayor Vincent Gray led the ribbon-cutting ceremony amidst a gathering of other state and local dignitaries, as well as hundreds of train travellers. Parsons light rail start-up manager Dave Kubicek and Parsons project manager Erin Donovan were also in attendance.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
Kuwait’s planned metro project is set to cost the country in the region of $20bn (KWD 5.7bn), Arabic daily Al Shahed has reported. The three-line system would include 61 stations and cover the entire capital, the newspaper added. A 23.7km line would run from Salwa to Kuwait University, with 19 stations. Another 21km line would run from Hawally, stopping at 27 stations to end in Kuwait City. A third line would stretch 24km from Kuwait International Airport to Abdullah Al Mubarak area, passing through 15 stations. A joint public-private partnership, construction of the metro is due to begin in 2017.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
A joint venture formed by Züblin and Hochtief has been awarded a €312 million contract by DB Netz, the railway infrastructure subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, to build the Rastatt Tunnel, which forms part of the new railway route between Karlsruhe in Germany and Basel in Switzerland. The two Germany companies will work together to develop the twin-tube rail tunnel, which passes directly under the city area of Rastatt. The tunnel will be bored mechanically with a hydro shield tunnel boring machine over a length of 3.8km. The contract also includes the trough sections to the south and north as well as a supply shaft and an operational building.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
Stockholm City Council has appointed WSP to design a new metro line connecting Odenplan and Arenastaden. The route is one of several new lines and extensions being explored by the authority. In November last year, the council said it planned to invest €2.2 billion in the city’s metro network between now and 2022, constructing 19 kilometres of new track and nine new stations. Magnus Meyer, managing director, WSP in Sweden, said: “This is going to be a challenging project both from a technical and planning perspective. It will necessitate good cooperation with all the parties involved, including the Stockholm County Council, the City of Stockholm and the municipality of Solna.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
Infrastructure project awards across the GCC are forecast to exceed $86billion in 2014, an increase of 77.8 percent over 2013. New figures released by construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsites how a dramatic increase in contract awards across the region, in every country except Saudi Arabia. Qatar will award projects worth $26.2 billion compared with just $9.4 billion last year while Kuwait is expected to award$3.45 billion, almost 10 times the previous year. In the UAE, $15.18billion will be awarded, almost five times the 2013 contracts,while in Oman infrastructure awards are expected to reach $7.4 billion — up $5.5 billion on 2013.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
Rail passengers in Hertfordshire could benefit from quicker services that are more direct into central London. In a move that would boost ambitious plans to redevelop Euston station for HS2, a feasibility study will look at how passengers from key commuter towns such as Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Harrow and Watford could save up to 15 minutes on their journey times via a new rail link between Old Oak Common and the West Coast Main Line. The proposed changes would see Crossrail services extended to the county, providing direct journeys into the City and the West End. It would mean passengers would no longer have to change at Euston, making it easier to get on with the massive job of rebuilding the station so it matches the standard of Kings Cross and St Pancras.
Posted on Thursday Aug 14
The Oman Railway Company (ORC) has received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies for prequalification for the design-and-build civil infrastructure and railway track contract, while nine pre-qualification quotations have been submitted by 14 local and international firms for technology systems for the national railway project, said the report in the Times of Oman. The construction work on the railway project is expected to start by the first quarter of 2015, after selecting a design-and-build contractor for the first segment. The railway project is expected to be operational by 2018, the report added. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has signed three contracts for expediting the work. Italy-based engineering firm Italferr will provide consultancy services for preliminary route design, while another major consultant for managing the project will be selected soon from three multinational firms – TecnicasReunidas, Dohwa Engineering and Parsons International.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 13
The Braunschweig, Niedersachsen and Hannover transport authorities have jointly selected Metronom for a contract to operate Elektro-Netz Niedersachsen-Ost passenger services for 10 years from December 2015. The ENNO contract covers the operation of 2·1 million train-km/year on the Wolfsburg – Gifhorn – Hannover and Wolfsburg – Braunschweig – Hildesheim routes, currently operated under contract by DB Regio. An hourly service is planned, with additional and longer trains in the peaks. The journey time between Wolfsburg Hbf and Braunschweig Hbf is to be reduced from 24 to 19 min, capacity increased, and there will be through services between Wolfsburg and Hildesheim.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 13
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today announced that it has signed a contract with Network Rail for implementation of the European Train Control System (ETCS) on two Class 37 locomotives. The project work includes the design, vehicle modification, ETCS installation, testing and commissioning of Hitachi's ETCS for West Coast Railways, for operational use on the Cambrian Line European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) in Wales, for scheduled completion in August 2015. This contract follows the successful proof of concept of Hitachi ETCS on a Class 97 Locomotive (‘Verification-Train 3' trial) which tested interoperability with a separate supplier's groundside system in use on the Network Rail Cambrian Line infrastructure. Also, Hitachi recently obtained certification from a Notified Body of the on-board system in accordance with the Control Command and Signalling TSI (Technical Specification for Interoperability) 2012/88/EU and 2012/696/E. This being achieved through a rigorous formal assessment process and demonstrating compliance with relevant TSI and EN norms to the highest Safety Integrity Level 4.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 13
The Jeddah Metro, which will cost about SR45 billion ($11.9 billion) to build, will be ready by 2022, a top official was quoted as saying in a report. The new project is aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the business city, said the Arab News report. “The project aims to cover 30 per cent of the city’s traffic,” Osama Ibrahim Abdu, CEO of the metro company, was quoted as saying. “At present, public transport represents only two per cent of the total traffic volume in the city, which is witnessing a large number of development projects.”
Posted on Wednesday Aug 13
The Stockholm metro is a metro system in Stockholm, Sweden. The first line opened in 1950, and today the system has 100 stations in use, of which 47 are underground and 53 above ground. There are 6 lines numbered from 10 to 19, in 3 groups identified by a color: the Green, Red and Blue lines. Each color line has two or 3 numbered lines on shared sections through the Stockholm City Centre. The Stockholm Metro is one gigantic art gallery. More than 90 of the 110 stations feature artworks created by some 150 artists.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 13
The team has been commissioned by DB Netz to deliver the shell construction of the Rastatt Tunnel, which forms part of a new route Karlsruhe in Germany and Basle in Switzerland. The core element of the project is the twin-tube rail tunnel which passes directly under the city area of Rastatt and will be bored mechanically with a hydro shield tunnel boring machine over a length of about 3.8km. The contract also includes trough sections to the south and north as well as a supply shaft and an operational building.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
As many as 18 consortiums have been pre-qualified for civil work and another five consortiums for the prestigious 2,244-km-long Oman national railway project, according to sources at Oman Railway Company (ORC). ORC, which is responsible for implementing the project, has received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies for prequalifying themselves for a design-and-build civil infrastructure and railway track contract, while nine quotations have been submitted by 14 local and international firms for pre-qualifying themselves for technology systems for the national railway project.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
Ministry of Communications has finalized the layout of the 61 stations of the Metro Project which will be distributed along three railroads to cover all areas and governorates of Kuwait, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources. They explained that the ‘Metro Project’ which is worth about $20 billion, is being implemented based on a contract of partnership between the public and private sectors, adding that the work will start in the year 2017. They revealed that the first railroad covering 23.7 kilometers will start from Salwa area and end the station of Kuwait University, passing through 19 stations. The second railroad covering 21 kilometers will start from Hawally area and end at Kuwait City, passing through 27 stations.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
The insurance and transport sectors were seen going through their troughs in terms of profitability during the first six months of this year, but they exhibit inherent intrinsic strengths in view of the country's capital expenditure-driven economy. The cumulative profit of the insurance sector, under which there are five listed constituents, had fallen 33.26% in January-June this year against a stupendous 148.71% growth in the corresponding period of 2013. The five national insurers were among the consortium that recently won a big-ticket risk cover contract for Qatar's mammoth metro rail project, which is now progressing as per the schedule for completion by late 2019.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
The UK government has launched a study to explore Crossrail extension, that would provide faster rail services for passengers in Hertfordshire and also pave way for the redevelopment of Euston station for HS2. Under the plan, the government is planning to construct a new rail link to connect Old Oak Common and the West Coast Main Line. London mayor Boris Johnson said: "Providing a new rail route into the capital for passengers from Hertfordshire will be vital for Euston to be properly redeveloped to accommodate HS2 and to maximise the delivery of new homes and jobs in London and beyond."
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
Mohamed Al-Suwaiket, President of Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), has signed a contract worth SAR 391.49 million with a local firm, to build the 214 km first phase of doubling the freight mainline from Dammam to Riyadh passing by Abqaiq, Hasa, Harad and Al-Kharj, according to Arab News. The 24-month contract is aimed at boosting the organization’s operational capacity to meet the growing private sector demand for transportation by train. The SRO is keen to increase its share of the freight market emphasizing the advantages of movement by train in terms of safety and security as well as significant benefits to the national economy, Al-Suwaiket said.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 12
Works for the much awaited Metro Rail project in the country will start by the year 2017, local Arabic daily reported. According to report, Ministry of Communication has finalized the layout of the 61 stations in the Kuwait metro Project. The Metro will be established in three routes. The first railroad covering 23.7 kilometers will start from Salwa area and pass through 19 stations to end at the station of Kuwait University. Second railroad covering 21 kilometers will start from Hawally and end at Kuwait city, passing through 27 stations. The third line covering 24 kilometers will start from Kuwait Airport and pass through 15 stations to end at Abdullah Al Mubarak area.
Posted on Monday Aug 11
The UAE is expected to award infrastructure projects worth $15.18 billion in 2014, almost five times more than the value of contracts awarded in 2013, a study by construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsite showed. The Gulf Arab country’s successful bid for the Expo 2020 has further fast-tracked plans to spend on infrastructure projects such as building roads and improving transport. The UAE, in particular, is expected to spend heavily on its rail projects, with plans to spend almost $25 billion on railway infrastructure, according to the UAE’s National Transport Authority (NTA). Around $11 billion has been allocated for the UAE’s national rail network Etihad Rail, which connects all emirates while Abu Dhabi’s Department of Transport has approved a budget of $8 billion for its metro project.
Posted on Monday Aug 11
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) President Mohamed Al-Suwaiket has signed a contract for SR391.49 million with a local company to build the 214 km first phase of doubling the freight mainline from Dammam to Riyadh passing by Abqaiq, Hasa, Harad and Al-Kharj. The 24-month contract aims to enhance SRO’s operational capacity to meet the growing private sector demand for transportation by train. Al-Suwaiket said the SRO is keen to increase its share of the freight market emphasizing the advantages of movement by train in terms of safety and security as well as significant benefits to the national economy. He said rail transport could help reduce accidents on the roads and road maintenance costs while cutting environmental pollution. “The project will enable SRO to achieve significant operational benefits particularly reducing the journey time of the freight trains thorough increased speed, avoiding sidings, increasing the number of trips, running longer trains as well as meeting the growing demand for rail transport by private sector companies such as ARASCO, Cement Co, Al Belha Co, GEERCO and GSFMO,” he said.
Posted on Monday Aug 11
GRAND Central Railway has been awarded the contract to run services between London and Bradford for another 10 years. The new contract, agreed by the Office of Rail Regulation, will allow the company to continue operating services betweeen London King’s Cross and Sunderland and King’s Cross and Bradford until 2026. The company said it was now in a position to make “significant investment” to improve services. Managing director Richard McClean said: “For many of the towns on our routes we operate the only direct service to London, so this extension is a big coup for those communities and local businesses as well, who can continue to make connections to the capital.” He said the company would be investing in rolling stock to improve reliability and would improve facilities for passengers such as car parks.
Posted on Monday Aug 11
The Länder of Bayern and Baden-Württemberg have awarded DB Regio two contracts to operate Dieselnetz Allgäu passenger services between December 2017 and December 2029. The services were tendered as two lots, with Lot 1 covering regional express services between München, Augsburg and Nürnberg which are to be operated using new Pesa Class 633 diesel multiple-units. Lot 2 covers regional express services from Ulm and various local stopping services. Bidders for Lot 2 could offer either new low-floor DMUs or refurbishment of the existing high-floor Class 612 two-car tilting DMUs, with DB opting for the latter. All trains will have a conductor, and real time passenger systems are required at stations and on trains.
Posted on Monday Aug 11
Dubai: Work on phase one of the Dubai Tram project is nearing completion with 11 trams ready to roll out in November. The trams have arrived in Dubai and technical and operational tests are being conducted on a daily basis. Served by seven stations on a 10.6km stretch in phase one, Dubai Tram will have the world’s first tram stations with platform screen doors.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
Infrastructure project awards across the GCC are forecast to exceed $86 billion in 2014, an increase of 77.8 per cent over 2013. New figures released by construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsite show a dramatic increase in contract awards across the region, in every country except Saudi Arabia. Qatar will award projects worth $26.2 billion compared with just $9.4 billion last year while Kuwait is expected to award $3.45 billion, almost 10 times the previous year. In the UAE, $15.18 billion will be awarded, almost five times the 2013 contracts, while in Oman infrastructure awards are expected to reach $7.4 billion — up $5.5 billion on 2013. Meanwhile Bahrain, which awarded $382 million last year, is expected to award $3.4 billion.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has signed a contract with a local firm to begin work on doubling the country's freight mainline, in a bid to increase capacity and meet private sector transportation demand. The first phase involves doubling the freight mainline from Dammam to Riyadh that will pass by Abqaiq, Al Hasa, Harad and Al Kharj. The contract has a performance period of 24 months.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) will spend around SFr 1.5bn ($US 1.66bn) on revamping stations, modernising infrastructure and acquiring new rolling stock for Ticino, Switzerland's southernmost canton by 2020. The first of eight ETR 610 tilting trains being supplied by Alstom, which will enter service between Zürich and Milan in December, was named Ticino at a ceremony in Lugano on August 7. At the same, the newly renovated historic part of Lugano station was inaugurated by SBB CEO Mr Andreas Meyer and the mayor of Lugano Mr Marco Borradori. Work started in February on the construction of a new main ticket hall for completion in 2016.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
A Genie S-45 Trax unit has been used to help build a railway flyover near to the German city of Hamburg. The self-propelled telescopic track boom lift, which was supplied to contractor Bernhard Becker by hire firm Zeppelin Rental, had to operate in a variety of challenging conditions in order to connect the B208 dual carriage way in Ratzeburg with the B207 road to Lübeck.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
Gateshead-based IT firm says eTrac app could revolutionise access planning and health and safety management in the rail industry One of the North East’s fastest growing IT solutions companies has been awarded a multi-million pound contract that will help Network Rail plan and manage its railway infrastructure. The Gateshead-based On:trac has developed an application known as eTrac which uses geospatial asset information to create live schematic diagrams detailing complex infrastructure in both 2D and 3D.
Posted on Saturday Aug 9
The Metro of Algiers company EMA announced the provisional award of civil works supervision contracts for the construction of the two new metro lines “El-Harrach Airport” lines and “Ain Naadja-Baraki” to two international consortia.
Posted on Friday Aug 8
The contract involves the construction of 13km of including 14 stations and will also involve the construction of a car park. It will be carried out by a consortium of Isolux Corsán (33.3%), Alstom (37.7%) and Cosider (29%).
Posted on Friday Aug 8
Infrastructure project awards across the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are forecast to exceed $86 billion in 2014, an increase of 77.8 percent over 2013, a new report has said. New figures released by construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsite show a dramatic increase in contract awards across the region, in every country except Saudi Arabia.
Posted on Friday Aug 8
Network Rail has announced that the Grand Central and redeveloped Birmingham New Street station will be officially opened in September 2015. The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station forms a part of the £38bn investment to maintain and enhance Britain's railway network over the next five years.
Posted on Friday Aug 8
The MoU will enable WBG to use rail for distribution from its crusher location at Tawyeen to the Etihad Rail distribution and export terminals in the UAE. The approximate annualised transport by rail volume is set to rise to 10,000,000 tonnes by 2020. Commenting on the MoU, Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, said: “By working with Etihad Rail, WBG stands to gain faster and more consistent transit times, lower overall cost for transport and capacity to move a larger quantity of goods at once.”
Posted on Friday Aug 8
THE president of Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), H E Mohamed Al-Suwaiket, has signed a Riyals 391.5m ($US 104.4m) contract with a Saudi contractor for the first phase of track-doubling on the Riyadh - Harad - Dammam freight-only line. The contract involves doubling a 214km section of the line from Hofuf to Harad, and the project is expected to take two years to complete.
Posted on Friday Aug 8
Polish bus, trolleybus and tram manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach will be displaying its latest low-floor tram at InnoTrans. This is the Tramino Braunschweig, the first of which was delivered to the Germany city on July 18. The four-section unidirectional vehicles are 36 m long with capacity for 201 passengers, including 77 seated, and will run on the network’s unusual 1 100 mm gauge.
Posted on Friday Aug 8
Infrastructure project awards across the GCC are forecast to exceed $86 billion (Dh315.62 billion) in 2014, an increase of 77.8 per cent over 2013. New figures released by construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsite show a dramatic increase in contract awards across the region, in every country except Saudi Arabia.
Posted on Thursday Aug 7
Spanish construction firm FCC said that recent contract wins on GCC metro projects in Riyadh and Doha should play a key role in its bid to recover from sizeable losses. Last year, the company led a consortium that won an $8.46bn (€6.3bn) contract to build three lines of the Riyadh Metro, while in March of this year it led another consortium that won a $335.8mn (€250mn) deal to build one of the Doha Metro subway lines.
Posted on Thursday Aug 7
The consortium of Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH (Salzgitter), elemag GmbH (Hildeheim) and Rausch Metalltechnik GmbH (Lengede) has been awarded a price from the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Transport of Lower Saxony worth € 150,000. The scope of the Ministry´s project is the development of a production system to manufacture rail vehicles. This system optimizes processes, facilitates them and makes them more efficient.
Posted on Thursday Aug 7
Constructing more Crossrail routes and a new orbital rail network are two of the solutions which have been put forward by Mayor of London Boris Johnson to solve the transport challenges facing the city. Launching the London Infrastructure Plan 2050, Johnson stressed the importance of continuing to develop the capital’s urban rail network if the city is to cope with the predicted growth in its population.
Posted on Thursday Aug 7
Spanish construction giant FCC, which is fighting its way out of heavy losses, said it expects a boost in revenues from the launch of contracts to build new subway lines in Saudi Arabia and in Peru. FCC, which reported that it had slashed losses by 91 percent year-on-year to 52.7 million euros ($71 million) in the first half of 2014, said the foreign contracts would help sales in the short term.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 6
The Etihad Rail is slated to be one of the region’s most ambitious and eagerly awaited developments. Launched in 2009, its mission is to essentially manage the development, operation and construction of the UAE’s freight and passenger railway network.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 6
The S&C South Alliance contract is worth up to £400m to the Colas URS team over the next 10 years. Work begins immediately. Contract award follows an announcement in May that Colas Rail and URS were the preferred bidders for the programme in the south region. The alliance approach will combine the skills of URS as designer and Colas Rail as installer, both working alongside Network Rail.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 6
Tunnel work is ongoing at Augsburg train station :Various modernization projects are being implemented in the city Augsburg, which has a high population of Turkish citizens. Within this scope excavation and construction work is progressing in the double level tunnel that is being constructed under the Augsburg Main Train Station.
Posted on Wednesday Aug 6
Qatar Rail awards two new projects to Austrian firm PORR and its joint venture partners Saudi Bin Laden Group and HBK Contracting for a value exceeding EUR 200 million. The project “NDIA – Early Works” (New Doha International Airport; tender value QAR 106m = around EUR 21.6m) involves the preliminary works for a metro station in the new airport, which recently opened. The works are set to take one year.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
Five years on from the financial crisis that caused a construction meltdown throughout much of the Middle East, experts are ushering in a new boom era for the building trade in the GCC with justifiable confidence. In a report commissioned for this year’s the Big 5 construction trade show set to take place in Dubai from November 17-20, Ventures Middle East revealed projects awarded across the GCC are forecast to reach $195.7bn this year, an increase of 22% – or nearly $35bn – compared to 2013.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
The companies Serbian Railways and Energoprojekt Holding have signed a contract to resume construction works on the railway station in downtown Belgrade Serbia, which is financed from the Kuwaiti loan of nearly EUR 26 million. The works will begin in about 30 days, 18 months being the stipulated timeframe for completing the railway station.The contract was signed by general managers of Energoprojekt Holding and Serbian Railways, Vladimir Milovanovic and Dragoljub Simonovic respectively, on Wednesday. Milovanovic said that members of the Energoprojekt-led consortium are completely ready to start the works, as they have the technical documentation and necessary equipment reports Tanjug.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
A powerful panel of global industry leaders and Middle East government decision-makers will address the 10th Annual MENA Rail & Metro Summit at The Conrad Hotel in Dubai on 20-22 October 2014. They include GCC Secretariat General transport Chief Ibrahim Al Sabti and GCC World Bank adviser Ramiz Al Assar who will provide an update about the ground-breaking multi-billion dollar GCC Railway, the most important rail project in Middle East history that starts operating in four years.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
BIDDERS shortlisted for a key contract to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for the Oman National Railway project have been instructed to extend their bid bonds by a further two months, according to a newspaper report. In total, three consortiums each led by a prominent international engineering heavyweight are in contention for the prestigious PMC package, an award that has been delayed for several months, said the Oman Observer.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
INTERNATIONAL high-speed operator Thalys enjoyed continued revenue growth in the first half of this year with increasing ridership on its core routes from Paris to Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne and the successful launch of Amsterdam – Lille services in April. Turnover rose 2.1% compared with the same period in 2013 reaching €251m and passenger numbers increased by 3.4% year-on-year to 3.4 million.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
Sheffield City Region Combined Authority (SCRCA) is tendering for consultants to work on a connectivity study to support the case for a potential HS2 station in Sheffield city centre. The authority – formed in April, which represents Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, as well as five local authorities in north Derbyshire – received bids from consultants for the work on the proposed station at Sheffield’s old Victoria Station site earlier this month.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
A-TRAIN, the company which operates the rail link to Stockholm's Arlanda airport and runs the Arlanda Express service has been sold by Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund (MEIF) to Portare Acquisition, an international consortium of investors, for an undisclosed sum. Portare comprises Australian pension funds STC Pooled Fund (37.5%) and Sunsuper (25%) and China's government-owned State Administration of Foreign Exchange (37.5%), which manages foreign investments on behalf of China's central bank.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is ordering a further nine Railjet trains from Siemens, with delivery of the seven-car units planned for December 2016. The order is worth around 145 million euros in total. ÖBB already operate 51 Railjets across Austria, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. The new units will run on the Vienna-Salzburg western route and be equipped to operate in Italy, being deployed on the route to Venice, for example. Final assembly of the Railjets will be completed at Siemens’ plant in Vienna, while the bogies will come from the company’s plant in Graz.
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Authority (VBB) has published a pre-information notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for the direct award of an interim contract to operate the ring line of the Berlin S-Bahn to DB Regio subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin. The contract starts in December 2017 and covers the operation of around 9.4 million train-km on the following routes:
Posted on Tuesday Aug 5
WORK on the Light Rail Transport (LRT) project in Lusail, Qatar, is on schedule with all the excavation and work on 7 km of tunnels having been completed, according to Qatar Rail, its developer. The main civil works of seven underground stations have also been accomplished, said Saad Al Muhannadi, Qatar Rail’s CEO, who recently accompanied Qatar’s Minister of Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti and Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, managing director of Qatar Rail, on a tour of the project.
Posted on Monday Aug 4
The Metro Jeddah Company will invite bids for the main contractor on the three lines of its Jeddah Metro project early next year, a source familiar with the project told Zawya in an exclusive interview. "The prequalification process for the main contractor tender will start at the end of this year," said the source, who added that construction works are scheduled to commence in the second half of 2015.
Posted on Monday Aug 4
The Russian railway company RZD has declared plans to undertake over $3 billion worth of projects in the MENA region. The head of the foreign projects branch of the company, Mr. Yuri Nicholsson, was reported by Prime News agency as saying “‘The talks about our participation in several rather interesting projects in Iran are being held. One of the projects stipulates a contract of about $250 million.”
Posted on Monday Aug 4
Stadler Rail Group rolling stock plant in Fanipol (Belarus) is in the final stage of construction. The company has started the production of double-deck trains for Moscow’s Aeroexpresss at the plant in Stadler Altenrhein (Switzerland). In Fanipol plant, four carriages have been already manufactured, the first double-deck trains produced in Belarus.
Posted on Monday Aug 4
Balfour Beatty Rail completed the £5·5m sale of its UK trackside plant and equipment business to engineering and equipment rental specialist Vp plc on July 28. The TP&E business has approximately 60 staff and operates locations in the southeast. Following the sale it is to be integrated into Torrent Trackside, Vp’s specialist rail business. The deal includes a five-year framework agreement for the hire of trackside plant and equipment to Balfour Beatty Rail across the UK.
Posted on Monday Aug 4
STADTWERKE Ulm (SWU) has selected Siemens as preferred supplier for a €31m contract to supply 12 low-floor LRVs for the expansion of the metre-gauge tram network in the German city. Ulm needs additional vehicles for its second tram line, which will run for11km from the Science Park in the northwest of the city to the main station and Kuhberg in the southwest. The line is expected to open in 2018 and the city is currently seeking funds from the German government for the €155m project.
Posted on Monday Aug 4
The complicated rehabilitation of London’s Victorian-era Connaught Tunnel for the Crossrail project has been completed. Built in 1878, the Connaught Tunnel – the only existing tunnel to be used as part of the Crossrail route – sits on the North Woolwich branch of the North London Line, which closed in 2006. Structural works to ” deepen, strengthen and widen” the 550-metre tunnel have now been completed by Crossrail engineers. Installation of the track infrastructure and S&T system will begin next year.
Posted on Saturday Aug 2
Alstom obtains all German homologations for 91 new regional trains :Alstom has obtained all homologations by the German Federal Railway Office1 for its 91 Coradia Lint regional trains half a year prior to their scheduled start of operations. 63 trains will be operated by vlexx GmbH and the other 28 trains which are owned by Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen will be operated by erixx GmbH. All 91 diesel multiple units are expected to enter operation as scheduled in December 2014.
Posted on Saturday Aug 2
Louis Berger, as part of the Consorcio PML2, yesterday signed a $32 million contract to oversee Panama City Metro's second line during a signing ceremony with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez and senior government officials. The signing follows the award by the Panamanian secretary for the Metro announced on July 10.
Posted on Saturday Aug 2
SAUDI Arabia has asked 10 prequalified international consortia to submit their bids for the multi-billion-dollar Makkah Metro project, contracts for which are expected to be signed in early October, according to the city’s mayor. Osama Al Bar said the project would be launched in mid-2015, operated on a trial basis in 2017 and fully commissioned at the start of 2020.
Posted on Saturday Aug 2
The bridge near King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) will be removed within two months to make way for new railway tracks under the Haramain High Speed Rail Project. “The tracks will pass through several intersections along the Haramain and Nuzha roads,” said Bassam Ghulman, project director. “Intersections are slated for completion within the two-month timeframe with the exception of the King Abdullah intersection, which will be complete by the end of the year,” he said.
Posted on Friday Aug 1
The 2,250-kilometre long rail network, which will link all the Gulf countries, is expected to be completed in 2018 Earlier this month, the committee charged with preparing the GCC rail network project put the final touches to the design in preparation to put it out for bid. The 2,250-kilometre long rail network, which will link all the Gulf countries, is expected to be completed in 2018, after extending its timeline by one more year. It will run along the Gulf coast from Kuwait in the north, through Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries, to Oman in the south.
Posted on Friday Aug 1
The German Federal Railway Office (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt) has granted operational approval for Alstom's 91 new Coradia Lint diesel multiple units (DMU), which are expected to begin scheduled operations in December. Of the 91 regional trains, 63 will be operated by vlexx and the other 28 will be owned by Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen and operated by erixx.
Posted on Friday Aug 1
The Manchester Rail Operating Centre was formally opened by infrastructure manager Network Rail on July 21, one of 12 which will eventually control the entire railway network in Great Britain. The Manchester ROC is initially controlling just the 0·8 km Huyton – Roby section of the Manchester – Liverpool route. It is due to take over lines in central and North Manchester next year, and within 20 years will house signallers and train operating company staff controlling all routes in the area of northwest England between Crewe, Todmorden, Carlisle and the Welsh border.
Posted on Friday Aug 1
Atkins has announced that it has been appointed as lead designer for the Gold Line of the Doha Metro in Qatar. The consultancy, which last year won a $120mn commission to design three of the six lines of the $23.5bn development, revealed that the win is worth around $135.5mn to the company over the lifespan of the five-year project.
Posted on Thursday Jul 31
Open access company Hamburg-Köln-Express marked the second anniversary of its operations on July 23, saying it has now carried 800 000 passengers on more than 3 000 trains. The second anniversary is ‘is longer than many observers expected’, said CEO Carsten Carstensen. ‘We’re proud of this success.’ However HKX said its initial sales expectations have not been met, as a result of changing market conditions including the introduction of long-distance buses and an increase in the number of flights on the route.
Posted on Thursday Jul 31
The volume of business passengers rose 6 percent compared to the same period in 2013 Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, recently reported continued growth in both passenger volumes and sales revenues in the first half of 2014. In the first six months of the year, passenger numbers rose 2% to 5.0 from 4.9 million in the same period in 2013. Sales revenues also grew by 0.5%1 to £456 million from £453 million in H1 2013.
Posted on Thursday Jul 31
Alstom has delivered a new signalling system to be equipped on the Málaga Metro in Spain, under a €15.4m contract that was awarded in 2006. The signalling system is based on Alstom's Urbalis 400 communication-based train control (CBTC) solution, which provides real-time information about the train's location by using radio communication.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Germany’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn AG has won a ?lion ($26 billion) contract to build a railroad network in Qatar, the German Minister for Traffic said Friday. “This is exemplary for Germany’s foreign trade,” Peter Ramsauer, the traffic minister said, adding that he would travel to Qatar together with Deutsche Bahn Chief Executive Ruediger Grube to sign the deal this weekend.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Oman Transport Minister Dr Ahmed Mohammed Salim Al Futaisi said last week that the new Oman railway network will be part of an integrated transport network to include road, rail, air and sea, and should boost development in the area. The intent is to help the Sultanate diversify away from oil exports and help drive other industries. An integrated transport network will be a vital resource for Oman’s industry and trade. The rail links to ports should help boost trade in a variety of ways.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to FutureCard for the supply of nine million Nol smart cards. The smart card manufacturer was selected out of five vendors for the supply of RFID fare cards which can be used to pay for travel of the metro, buses, water buses and paid parking provided by the RTA. The contract started on 1 July, 2014 and covers a period of two years. Commenting on the contract win, Ayhan Yalcintas, CEO, FutureCard, said: “We are extremely delighted at the advent of this relationship that allows us to team our experience and solutions with the Roads and Transport Authority.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has come up with new policies to achieve the benefits of rail transportation for the national economy as well as to provide a work environment that enables upgrading behavioral practices by contributing in increasing the productivity, reduce costs and raise the level of quality.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
The GCC countries have agreed to pursue individually their segment of the pan-GCC railway system, hoped to be operational by 2019, said Kuwaiti undersecretary of the ministry of communications Abdulmuhsen Al-Mazidi said on Tuesday. In statements to KUNA on the sidelines of a GCC meeting for communications officials, Al-Mazidi Kuwait has already signed a KD two-million contract with an international consulting firm, which will conclude in 16 months a feasibility study on Kuwait’s portion of this GCC railway system.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
The Brenner Base Tunnel :The BBT consists of two tubes, each 8.1 m wide, running 70 m apart from one another. These tubes are each equipped with a single track, meaning that train traffic through the tubes is one-way. The two tubes are linked every 333 m by connecting side tunnels. These can be used in emergencies as escape routes. This configuration conforms to the highest security standards for tunnels.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Brussels public transport authority MIVB is investing €430 million in 43 new metro trains to make the lines 1 (Weststation – Stockel) and 5 (Erasmus – Hermann-Debroux) fully automatic, without the need for drivers. The new phase of development will begin in 2019, when the metros will be automatically driven but with a human driver still present. The frequency of metro trains on the two lines will go up to one every two minutes. The process of automation will be complete by 2023, with human drivers no longer present, and frequency increased to one train every 90 seconds.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Stockholm's new metro line is not set for preliminary construction until 2016, and will not be completed until 2022 - but Swedes already have the chance to vote for the new line's colour. In November last year the Swedish government announced a massive building project including nine new metro stations comprising a new tunnelbana line towards Nacka Forum and Arenastaden.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
Hitachi Rail Europe unveiled full-size mock-ups of its AT100 and AT200 EMU designs in London on July 21. Aimed primarily at the UK market, the two designs are intended to augment the existing AT300 (Class 395/Class 800) design to create a family of trains. These can be configured using standard components to cover a wide range of applications. The AT100 is a high-density inner-suburban trainset with 20 m long cars for use on intensive metro-type services, while the AT200 is targeted at a wider range of commuter, suburban and inter-regional applications with operating speeds of between 140 km/h and 200 km/h. Nominal vehicle length would be 23 m.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 30
FP McCann has recently secured a prestigious supply deal to the Middle East for its precast concrete railway platform copers. Education City, a major new initiative of the Qatar Foundation of Education, Science and Community is located on the outskirts of Qatar's capital city, Doha. On completion, it will cover 14 square kilometres consisting of education centres from school age and research and learning facilities including branch campuses of some of the world's leading universities.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 29
A short time ago, the Sultanate of Oman’s government announced that it is to fast-track its railway building, commencing construction in the latter part of 2014. The 2244 kilometre network will crisscross the country and in due course connect neighbouring countries Yemen and the UAE as part of the GCC Railway Network.Contracts for the $15 billion railway network will be handed out over the next 12 months, with the Oman Railway Company awarding the Project Management Consultancy in the early part of 2014.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 29
Boring work started at the BBT rail tunnels :The Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT Tunnel) is a tunnel that will be constructed at the center of the 2200 km long Berlin Palermo railway. Once the railway commences revenue services, the travel time will be reduced to 2.5 hours between the two cities. The BBT being the longest underground railway connection, is a 64 km long tunnel that consists of two tubes, each 8.1 m wide, running 70 m apart from one another. Each tube will be equipped with a single track, so the trains will run one way.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 29
At the end of this month, work will begin on developing Euston station. Network Rail have proposed that a budget of £12.5m will be spent on expanding the size and facilities at London’s fourth busiest station. The development will be sectioned into two phases; Phase one will involve the station being cleared of kiosks and replaced with ‘grab and go’ food units. Network Rail have suggested that this will ‘provide more space and create a more pleasant atmosphere.’
Posted on Tuesday Jul 29
Sharjah might soon have its own Metro, which could be linked to Etihad Rai, as part of a massive plan to develop the emirate’s transport infrastructure, according to sources familiar with the plan. The newly-created Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority has been tasked with the responsibility of undertaking the feasibility studies in this regard. The plan also includes the development of new road networks and a tramway system. The time frame is not known yet.
Posted on Monday Jul 28
Express Rail Link (ERL) and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) will send their operation staff to support Makkah Metro's operation during the 2014 haj season. ERL chief executive officer Noormah Mohd Norin, in a statement today, said that this was their third year in providing operational support for Makkah Metro. "We have recently renewed our contract with China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) Saudi, the railway operation company appointed by the Saudi Government to operate the Makkah Metro line this year.
Posted on Monday Jul 28
Bombardier Transportation recently celebrated the official opening of its new Bogie Technical Centre in Siegen, Germany. The new centre of excellence brings together Bombardier's engineering experts with the necessary tools and means to continue to develop and test Bombardier's FLEXX bogie portfolio to better fulfill customer requirements, in particular in terms of strict certification and homologation processes.
Posted on Monday Jul 28
Crossrail has manufactured the last of its 250,000 concrete segments, which will be used to line the 12km-long eastern twin tunnels connecting east London and Farringdon. The final piece was manufactured at Crossrail factory in Chatham, Kent, UK, and is a part of 110,000 tunnel segments that will be used for the twin tunnels.
Posted on Monday Jul 28
Sweco has been commissioned for the large-scale task of upgrading and modernising the railway between Stockholm’s Central and Southern stations, the so-called Getingmidjan, or “wasp waist”. The contract is worth around EUR 10.9 million for Sweco. “Getingmidjan is Sweden’s most heavily trafficked stretch of railway, carrying over 600 trains every day. The fact that Sweco has been selected for this extraordinarily complex and sensitive assignment is a clear acknowledgement of our strong expertise in railway and civil engineering,” says Tomas Carlsson, President and CEO of Sweco.
Posted on Saturday Jul 26
Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo Stadiums and glitzy venues may attract all the attention when hosting major international events, but it is transport projects that really make the difference. The events are designed to attract hundreds of thousands of people and before anything else can be considered, the hosts have to make sure large volumes of people can get to the venue smoothly and safely.
Posted on Saturday Jul 26
London Underground (LU) has announced that a Ferrovial/ Laing O¹Rourke joint venture is the preferred bidder for the Northern Line Extension contract. LU invited tenders from four bidders ( for the design and build contract, which involves the construction of some 3.3km of 5.2m i.d. twin tunnel and two large-scale stations, one at Battersea and one at Nine-Elms.
Posted on Saturday Jul 26
THE transport authorities of the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have awarded DB Regio a 12-year contract to operate the Allgäu diesel network which covers 7.8 million train-km per year. The contract begins in December 2017 and ends in December 2029 and covers all non-electrified routes in the Bavarian Allgäu region together with connections to Augsburg and Ulm.
Posted on Saturday Jul 26
Hong Kong rail experts MTR were today awarded the £1.4 billion contract to operate Crossrail services when the line opens in 2018. The company will hire 1,100 staff, including 400 train drivers, and will begin by taking over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line next May. MTR, which already runs the London Overground in partnership with Deutsche Bahn, also operates metros in Stockholm, Beijing and the other Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Hangzhou, and Melbourne.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
Around a year ago, in collaboration with Infrabel, TUC RAIL began work on the Mechelen railway bypass. The creation of this 3.2 km bypass includes the construction of two additional tracks and two new platforms. The new railway infrastructure is part of the extension of the Diabolo rail link and represents the end point of the high-speed network in Belgium.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
Metro de Santiago has awarded the contract for the construction of the first sections of the new Line 3 of the Santiago de Chile Metro (subway) to a consortium headed by ACCIONA - in which the Chilean companies Brotec and Icafal also participate - for 2.53 million UF (around 77 million euros). The contract covers the construction of 6.7 kilometers of tunnels and accesses to installations for the stations of Cola de Maniobras, Estación Terminal Norte, Estación Cardenal Caro, Vivaceta, Conchalí and Plaza Chacabuco.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
|By TAP Staff| Trade in petrochemicals between Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states is set for robust growth in the coming years led by the development of the region’s rail and transport network, predicts the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA), the region’s longest-standing trade association. “An integrated railway network is an important catalyst in driving increased economic integration between GCC countries as it fosters the region’s development agenda,” said Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, GPCA Secretary General. “Railways will similarly have a positive effect on the intra-regional petrochemicals supply chain as it will enhance cross-border trade within the Gulf, while minimizing the risk of transporting chemicals across long distances.”
Posted on Friday Jul 25
The European Commission (EC) has agreed to cover half of the cost of a €1.25m feasibility study into the construction of a high-speed line linking Germany and the Czech Republic. The existing line between Dresden and Prague follows the River Elbe through the mountainous border region between the two countries and the sinuous nature of the route means journey times between the two cities are slow. The line is also vulnerable to flooding where it runs alongside the Elbe.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
According to a new report from MEED Insight, billions of dollars are being invested in rail and metro projects for the first time across the Mena region - from Africa’s first high-speed rail network in Morocco to Oman’s first ever rail scheme,. Today every country has announced rail or metro plans and in total there are more than $200bn worth rail and metro projects either planned or under way in the Middle East. This translates to more than 33,700km of mainline routes and 3,000km of metro.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
NewPort Tank Containers has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding to move cargo on the UAE’s new railway network. This the latest business to sign up to use the railway network as businesses from around the world with interests in the Middle East take a great interest in the new railways in the region. Etihad Rail is the first ultra modern railway network to near completion as countries throughout the GCC build a railway system which will soon span from the Iraqi border via Kuwait, Saudi, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman to the Yemeni border.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
The design consultancy contract for the USD 9.3 billion Jeddah Metro in Saudi Arabia has been awarded to French company Systra. Systra will provide preliminary engineering designs for the project after reviewing the previous plans. Jeddah Metro involves construction of a 108 km long metro system that will run across Jeddah. The Jeddah Metro will consist of three lines. The first line (Orange Line) will include a 67 kilometers long metro system connecting the Makkah Road with Obhur, passing through the central part of the city northward. The project will also include construction of 22 stations besides a branch line to the east along Sari Street.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
Alstom’s expertise in DC motor renovation has led to a two-year extension of a contract with Eversholt Rail Group. The contract will see the Alstom team at its Parts and Modernisation centre in Preston renovate the TM2141 DC motors in use by train operating companies (TOCs) across the UK, including Abellio Greater Anglia, First Scotrail, First Capital Connect, Northern Rail and London Midland.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
An MOU was signed today that could see solar technologies installed in Qatar’s upcoming rail network. Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec), who are currently building a 150 Megawatt solar module manufacturing facility and a 8,000 metric ton polysilicon manufacturing plant in Qatar, announced yesterday that it has entered into a strategic MOU agreement with Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail)to explore opportunities that may lead to the installation of up to 80 Megawatts of solar technology within Qatar’s multi billion dollar railway development.
Posted on Friday Jul 25
LEIPZIG Transport (LVG) engineering subsidiary Iftec and Vossloh Kiepe handed over the first two refurbished F76 U-Bahn vehicles to Berlin Transport (BVG) on July 15, marking the completion of the first phase of a project to extend the life of the fleet by up to 20 years. A total of 78 F76 vehicles will be modernised by February 2017 at Iftec's workshops in Leipzig. As the major contractor to BVG, Vossloh Kiepe is responsible for electrical works, including rewiring, assembly of electrical components and electronic communications systems, and upgrading of heating and ventilation systems.
Posted on Thursday Jul 24
The Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) on Monday hosted Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, as part of Ramadhan 3rd evening this year. The evening focused on three themes: developments in projects supervised by the Ministry (roads, airports, ports, railway), its orientations to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the current and future projects and its vision about integration with the private sector in the infrastructure projects.
Posted on Thursday Jul 24
Bechtel and Network Rail have successfully completed the massive expansion of Reading railway station-one of the busiest outside London-on schedule and within budget. The work was carried out over four years as a major part of the $1.5 billion (£895 million) Reading Station Area Redevelopment program. The track layout outside Reading station has been improved to ease congestion, and the station's capacity has been doubled, allowing it to handle up to 30 million passengers a year, which is forecast by 2030. The new station was formally opened today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Posted on Thursday Jul 24
Muscat: Oman wants to develop railways to diversify sources of income and develop the Omani ports to make them competitive and contribute towards the gross domestic product. Minister of Transport and Communications Dr Ahmed Mohammed Salim Al Futaisi has said that the focus was on developing a train network to enable the transport industry to become a vital resource of the Omani economy and help Oman become the gateway to the region.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 23
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently briefed a visiting Saudi delegation from the Jeddah Metro about its operational model of the Dubai Metro along with the best practices & technologies in use at Rashidiya Metro Station and Depot. The visit comes in the context of boosting joint cooperation between the two sister countries and sharing expertise with the aim of improving services.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 23
The Land of Schleswig-Holstein signed operating contracts for Netz Mitte passenger services with DB Regio and Nordbahn on July 16. The two contracts run for 13 years from the December 2014 timetable change. DB Regio has been awarded Contract A, covering regional express services carrying 22 000 passengers/day on 211 route-km from Hamburg to Kiel and Flensburg. Bombardier is to supply new double-deck coaches in 2016 to support a planned increase from 3·9 million to 4·6 million train-km/year.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 23
The rebuilt station at Reading on Network Rail’s Great Western Main Line was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II on July 17, marking the completion of a four-year project. The station reconstruction forms a key element in the £897m Reading Station Area Redevelopment programme, which is now expected to be completed a year ahead of schedule in the spring of 2015. This includes remodelling and grade-separating junctions west of the station to segregate east-west and north-south flows plus the construction of a new rolling stock depot. The GWML is also being electrified and resignalled with ETCS Level 2 under related projects which are due for completion over the next five years, adding to the complexity of the work programme.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 23
The first interactive information screen was installed on Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Metro station in Dubai about half-a-year ago. Today, 50 giant touch screens are spread over 23 Metro stations. They are called 'Smart Metro Information Kiosks' by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), big touch screens offering a wide array of life information to the Metro users.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 22
The first tracks for a new tram network at Qatar Foundation‘s Education City campus have been laid, and stations are beginning to take shape as construction on the 11.5km public transportation network proceeds. In a statement to Doha News, QF answered questions about a plan to link all the universities and facilities throughout EC with a people mover system, eliminating the need for cars on campus.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 22
Deutsche Bahn AG has launched its “StationGreen” programme, under which the first climate-neutral railway stations in Germany are being designed. The first station in Kerpen Horrem officially opened in june 2014, while the StationGreen for Wittenberg is in the planning stage, with operation expected to start in 2017. This article explores the basic concept behind the pilot project in Horrem and sheds light on the various technologies applied for the resource-efficient and energy-saving construction of passenger buildings.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 22
Passengers are being reminded that train services between Chorley and Leyland will be disrupted from Saturday (19 July) until the end of August as part of Network Rail’s investment in the railway in the north west. Chorley Tunnel will be upgraded as part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ investment to provide a faster, more reliable and efficient railway. The track through the 113m tunnel will be lowered to accommodate overhead line equipment which will power electric trains between Manchester and Preston from December 2016.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 22
The City of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has begun efforts on constructing one of the largest public transportation projects in the world. The Riyadh Metro Project, valued at $22 billion, consists of six Metro rail lines to be constructed within five years. BACS (Bechtel, Albamani, CCC, and Siemens) is the design build consortium that is responsible for Package 1 (Metro Lines 1 and 2), which will run along two of the busiest streets in Riyadh. These streets serve as thoroughfares in the busiest commercial and retail area of the City, which includes tourist attractions such as the Kingdom Centre and the Al Faisaliyah Tower. Ultimately, the rapid transit system will serve as the backbone of the City’s public transportation system.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 22
The first low-floor Tramino tram for Braunschweig arrived in the early hours of July 18 from the Solaris Bus & Coach factory in Poznan. The second and third vehicles are to arrive in the following two weeks, with the remaining 15 trams due by the end of the year. Braunschweiger Verkehrs AG signed the €33·1m contract with Solaris on July 5 2012, and production started in November 2013. The 1 100 mm gauge four-section trams will replace 30-year old cars which do not meet modern accessibility requirements.
Posted on Monday Jul 21
The government has signed a SR276 million project with a French firm to provide preliminary engineering designs for its public transport metro project in Jeddah. The agreement was signed Thursday with the company Systra for a period of 20 months, according to a local newspaper. The company would look at all previous plans and come up with a new one, according to reports.
Posted on Monday Jul 21
TRANSPORT for London (TfL) announced on July 15 that four bidders have been shortlisted for a contract to supply at least 39 new trains for the London Overground network. The shortlist comprises Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi Rail Europe, and Siemens. TfL requires 30 new trains for West Anglia services from Liverpool Street to Enfield Town, Cheshunt, and Chingford, which will be transferred to London Overground from the Greater Anglia franchise in May 2015. One set will be used on the Romford – Upminster line and the remaining eight units will be allocated to the Gospel Oak – Barking line, which will be electrified by 2017. The acquisition of these trains will allow the redeployment of the eight two-car class 172 DMUs currently employed on this route.
Posted on Monday Jul 21
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 19 July, 2014: Etihad Rail , the developer and operator of the UAE's national railway, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NewPort Tank Containers, a leading global tank container operator with substantial operations in all major trade lanes. The agreement, signed by Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail , and Pim van den Doel, General Manager Middle East & India of NewPort Tank Containers, will allow NewPort to adopt rail as a transport solution for its shipping and logistics services in the region. The MoU represents yet another successful partnership with an organisation that recognises rail as the preferred means of cargo transport in the MENA region.
Posted on Saturday Jul 19
German Railway Industry Association (VDB) remarked recently the new German rail approval procedures. One year after the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) put an interim arrangement for the authorization of railway engineering into force together with the railway industry, Deutsche Bahn, the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) and the Federal Railway Authority (EBA) the railway engineering manufacturers gave a slightly optimistic summary of the new regulation.
Posted on Saturday Jul 19
The bridge over the railway on Rochdale Road in Manchester is to be rebuilt as part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ investment in the north west. A new bridge is required to accommodate overhead electrical lines underneath it as part of the electrification of the railway between Manchester and Stalybridge. Electrification will help to provide a cleaner, faster and more reliable railway for passengers as well as contributing to additional capacity across the north of England.
Posted on Saturday Jul 19
The government of Saudi Arabia will officially award the primary engineering design contract for the multi-billion-dollar Jeddah metro project to France's Systra Consulting tomorrow [Thursday], a newspaper said on Wednesday. The Saudi Arabic language daily Al Watan reported that municipal and rural affairs minister Prince Mansour bin Mutaib will sign the SAR 276.6 million (USD 74 million) deal, which involves consultancy services for the project's primary engineering designs.
Posted on Saturday Jul 19
The Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company, STIB, which operates the city’s Metro, has awarded Ingeteam a contract to supply five energy recovery systems that can recover between 10% and 30% of railway traction energy. Brussels Metro already had one of these Ingeteam systems installed and, after receiving positive results, it was decided that additional systems should be installed.
Posted on Friday Jul 18
Sweco has been commissioned for the large-scale task of upgrading and modernising the railway between Stockholm's Central and Southern stations, the so-called Getingmidjan, or "wasp waist". In a media release, the Company noted that the contract is worth around EUR 10.9 million for Sweco. "Getingmidjan is Sweden's most heavily trafficked stretch of railway, carrying over 600 trains every day. The fact that Sweco has been selected for this extraordinarily complex and sensitive assignment is a clear acknowledgement of our strong expertise in railway and civil engineering," said Tomas Carlsson, President and CEO of Sweco.
Posted on Friday Jul 18
According to a report by economic consultant Ventures Middle East, the total value of construction contracts put out to tender in Kuwait will reach $17.5bn by the end of this year, almost twice the the $9.8bn total reached in 2011. The increase in contract revenue is due to large-scale infrastructure projects such as a $7bn metro contract for Kuwait City that is presently in the design stage. This 160km project will include three lines and 69 stations, and will be 65% underground.
Posted on Friday Jul 18
Crossrail's new stations construction in London is now half complete with approximately three miles of platforms and station tunnels built under the city. The new stations that are under construction are at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich.
Posted on Friday Jul 18
LOWER SAXONY Transport Authority (LNVG) has awarded German regional operator Metronom a two-year extension to its contract to operate services on the 120km line from Hamburg to Stade and Cuxhaven. The deal extends Metrnom's tenure until December 2017 and covers the operation of around 1.5 million train-km per year on the non-electrified route, which Metronom has operated since December 2007 using a fleet of diesel locomotives and double-deck coaches supplied by Bombardier.
Posted on Thursday Jul 17
The line between Liverpool and St Helens has reopened today (14 July) after a nine-day closure to improve the railway in the north west of England. Network Rail installed a new third track in the Huyton and Roby area to help increase capacity and allow faster journeys between Liverpool and Manchester as part of the £1bn+ Northern Hub and North West Electrification Programme.
Posted on Thursday Jul 17
The MENA region is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for rail projects. There are plans to build more than 33,712 km of mainline routes and 3,004 km of Metro, monorail and tram lines. 2015 will see several huge rail and metro projects awarded. The combination of rapidly growing population and severe traffic congestion necessitated the building of an urban rail system to provide additional public transportation capacity, relieve motor traffic and provide infrastructure for additional development.
Posted on Thursday Jul 17
MAKKAH – The second basic contract for public transport project in Jeddah region will be signed on Thursday in the presence of Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour Bin Miteb and Makkah Emir Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah. The contract, worth SR276.67 million, will be signed by Jeddah Metro and a French company. The project, which involves offering consultancy services for primary engineering design works, is for a period of 20 months.
Posted on Thursday Jul 17
Alstom will supply 6 new Coradia Lint regional trains to Germany’s Lower Saxony State public transit authority, LNVG. This order follows an initial contract signed in 20111. The total value is around €25 million2. As part of the contract, Alstom will also adapt 13 Coradia Lint regional trains already in service so that they can be operated as multiple units with the new trains. All new and modernised trains will be ready for operation in 2016.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 16
TQ, the UK Pearson-owned training provider, has opened a college in Saudi Arabia for rail technicians. The Saudi Railway Polytechnic (SRP), based in Al Qassim Province, will provide technical training as well as English language tuition. TQ will run the college in partnership with the Saudi Railways Company under a five-year contract. The first 60 students began at the college in April 2014. SRP can accommodate up to 3,000 students between the ages of 19 and 23, who complete a two-week assessment before being admitted.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 16
St. Louis Park unanimously approved plans Monday night for the $1.6 billion Southwest light-rail project, having successfully resisted sending freight trains through its community to make room for the transit line in Minneapolis. “There is no question, this is a momentous vote for us,” said St. Louis Park City Council Member Anne Mavity.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 16
The Salini Impregilo and Strabag involvement in the construction of the Brenner Base Tunnel through the Alps continues, as the contractors are awarded another contract on the project – this time for an underpass beneath the Isarco River at the southern segment. Valued at €300 million, the Isarco underpass win follows a contract from the Austrian side of the tunnel, awarded to Salini Impregilo and Strabag in April and worth €380 million.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 15
30 DaysofSharing gives the UAE community the chance to do good from anywhere and everywhere. And with complimentary WiFi provided by du for all passengers on Dubai Metro this Ramadan, travellers can share their special moments while helping those in need. Under the hashtag #30DaysofSharing, social media users on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are invited to share the things that make Ramadan special to them.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 15
Following a competitive process design studio Barber & Osgerby has been appointed as Transport for London’s (TfL) design partner for the fleet of Crossrail trains that will go into service from 2017 on the UK’s newest rail line. The London-based design studio will be working on the interior and exterior designs with TfL and Bombardier, who will be building the trains at their factory in Derby. Each train will be just over 200 metres long, made up of nine walk-through carriages and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 15
GERMAN Rail (DB) marked the completion of a major capacity enhancement project in northern Germany on July 10, when Federal state secretary for the Ministry of Transport Mr Enak Ferlemann and DB board member for infrastructure Dr Volker Kefer inaugurated the third track on the 27km Stelle – Lüneburg section of the Hamburg – Hannover line.
Posted on Monday Jul 14
Alstom joint venture, ABC(1) Electrification Ltd, has been appointed by Network Rail (UK) as one of four suppliers to deliver a €2.4 billion electrification programme which will electrify more than 3000 kilometres of Britain’s railways over the next seven years. The framework agreement is valued at around €1.1 billion over an initial seven year term for ABC, with an option to extend for a further three years.
Posted on Monday Jul 14
Tenders for stage two of the AED40bn ($10.8bn) Etihad Rail project will have taken more than two years to be awarded as Etihad Rail told Construction Week it is in the "final stages" of making an announcement. Stage two packages were first tendered in July 2012 and the expectation within the industry was that all the contracts would be awarded by the end of the year.
Posted on Monday Jul 14
SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways announced two firm orders for Stadler Rail to supply additional electric multiple-units on June 9. A SFr397m order covers 19 six-car double-deck EMUs to be delivered from late 2018. These will enable service frequencies to be increase on the Zürich S-Bahn network.
Posted on Saturday Jul 12
A joint venture between Colas Rail and Morgan Sindall has been contracted by UK Network Rail to refurbish the roof of London's Paddington station in a £20m project. Awarded as part of the multi-asset framework agreement, the joint venture will deliver the scheme in partnership with the UK rail infrastructure operator.
Posted on Saturday Jul 12
GERMANY: The Länder of Brandenburg and Berlin signed contracts for local railway company Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn to operate Netz Ostbrandenburg regional passenger services on July 10. The services on routes north and east of Berlin were tendered as two lots totalling 5 million train-km/year, with NEB named as the winner last year. The contracts run to December 2024, and include various quality and safety improvements. All trains will have passenger-facing onboard staff, and NEB is required to take on employees from incumbent operator ODEG.
Posted on Saturday Jul 12
THE CEO of French National Railways (SNCF) long-distance subsidiary SNCF Voyages Mrs Barbara Dalibard announced on July 8 that a direct TGV service will be launched between Strasbourg and Brussels following the completion of the second phase of TGV Est in 2016. SNCF is planning to operate two return services per day on the route from spring 2016 with a journey time of 3h 40min.
Posted on Friday Jul 11
SBB has placed two orders with Stadler for 19 regional Kiss trainsets for the Zurich S-bahn and six Flirt EMUs for the Canton of Vaud. The new 19 double-deck vehicles are being procured on behalf of the Zurich Transport Network at a cost of CHF 397 million (€327 million). The new trains will supplement the existing fleet of 30 double-deck S-bahn trains when they are delivered to SBB in 2018.
Posted on Friday Jul 11
UK Network Rail has reopened the Oldham Road railway bridge within Ashton-under-Lyne to provide better railway infrastructure in the north of England. The move forms a part of the £400m North West Electrification Programme. The electrification initiative is being delivered in five phases and will see 352km of track electrified across the north-west of England by the end of December 2016.
Posted on Friday Jul 11
AL JABER Crushers & Quarries, a subsidiary of Al Jaber Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway to utilize rail transport for its logistics operations. Signed by Eng. Faris Al Mazrouei, acting CEO of Etihad Rail and Khalifa Obaid Al Jaber, Al Jaber Group board member, the MoU establishes a strategic collaboration between the two parties and allows Al Jaber Crushers & Quarries to transport its products in a cost and time effective manner.
Posted on Thursday Jul 10
Significant progress has been made on the Lusail Light Rail Transit (LRT) project as over 7km of tunnel construction and main civil works for seven underground stations have been achieved, according to a senior Qatar Rail official. Besides, 100% of the excavation works, 98% of the structure of underground stations and 100% of a bridge that goes over the Al Khor highway have also been completed.
Posted on Thursday Jul 10
Bombardier Transportation and the leasing company Railpool have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 65 Bombardier TRAXX locomotives, with a first call-off of 35 locomotives and an option of up to 30 additional locomotives. The total potential contract value is up to 250 million euro. The value of the call-off based on the list price is approximately 135 million euro).
Posted on Thursday Jul 10
Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £16 million Crossrail contract by Network Rail Infrastructure Limited to deliver a series of substations and associated civil works. The contract involves the detailed design, construction and commissioning of eight 25kV Auto Transformer substations and associated civil works located between Shenfield and Pudding Mill Lane in the east and north east of London, and the Kensal Green Auto Transformer feeder station and Maidenhead in the west of London.
Posted on Thursday Jul 10
Muscat - The Oman Railway Company (ORC) has inaugurated an electronic system for companies to register to participate in sub-contracts for the railway network project. Registrations are open for companies involved in engineering consultation, supplying materials for railway tracks, civil engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, railway equipment, and construction materials, such as quarry products, marble, cables, and those offering specialised services.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 9
French transport group Keolis has been awarded a new franchise to operate London's Dockland's Light Railway (DLR) from December 2014. Keolis will operate the franchise as Keolis Amey Docklands until April 2021, Transport for London (TfL) said. The group is a joint venture between the SNCF subsidiary and Amey, the UK services group owned by Spain's Ferrovial.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 9
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has recently briefed a visiting Saudi delegation from the Jeddah Metro about its operational model of the Dubai Metro along with the best practices & technologies in use at Rashidiya Metro Station and Depot. The visit comes in the context of boosting joint cooperation between the two sister countries and sharing expertise with the aim of improving services. “The RTA constantly seeks to communicate with experts of rail operators, be it within the UAE or beyond, with a view to exchanging expertise and enhancing knowledge in all matters of relevance to the rail industry,” said Mohammed Al Mudharreb, Director of Rail Operation, RTA Rail Agency.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 8
Oman Rail has announced new procurement opportunities for all Omani vendors to contribute to the development of a strategic national railway that will transform the transportation landscape of the country, Times of Oman has reported. Registration is open for all Omani companies and businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which are particularly encouraged to register, the firm said.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 8
The first completed Class 700 Desiro City train, designed and built by Siemens for Thameslink, has comfortably reached 100mph in a speed test at the company’s dedicated test track at Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany. The 12-car train successfully achieved the speed earlier this month, marking an important milestone for the ongoing Thameslink Programme. Siemens is on schedule to complete the first train for handover to the long term owner and the train operator.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 8
Harsco Corp. recently obtained its second major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award from SBB, the federal railway system of Switzerland. Valued at more than $100 million, the contract calls for 59 high-speed catenary vehicles that will be used for the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead catenary systems throughout Switzerland. Equipment deliveries will begin in 2016 and continue through 2017.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 8
Abu Dhabi-based Western Bainoona Group (WBG), a leading producer and seller of quarry products, has signed a deal with Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, to utilise its services for its construction projects. As per the MoU, WBG will be able to use rail for distribution from its crusher location at Tawyeen to the Etihad Rail distribution and export terminals in the UAE.
Posted on Monday Jul 7
Saudi Arabia has asked 10 of 16 international consortiums to submit their bids for the USD multi-billion Makkah Metro project and the contract will be signed in early October, the city’s mayor was quoted on Sunday as saying. Osama Al Bar said the project would be launched in mid-2015 and would be operated on a trial basis in 2017 before it is fully commissioned at the start of 2020.
Posted on Monday Jul 7
An 8 million sq ft extension of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (Dirft) has been given the green light by the Secretary of State. Dirft III will have a capacity for up to 32 freight trains in and out of the site each day, handling more than 500,000 containers a year. Located next to the M1 motorway and the West Coast main line, DIRFT III is the first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange to secure a Development Consent Order (DCO) in line with the Planning Act 2008 and is the largest rail-linked logistics development in the UK.
Posted on Monday Jul 7
Saudi Arabia to enhance $22bn Riyadh metro The actual Saudi government features announced it should spend $22bn (£14bn) for a metro device for the budget Riyadh. Officials say the task, said to be very large public transport project in the world, are going to have six creases and will benefit boost the marketplace. Among the succeeding designs to your main stops were that relate to the Iraqi-British designer Zaha Hadid. Construction on the metropolitan will begin very early next year, with all the trains sprinting by 2019. Continue analyzing the main storyAnalysisBill LawGulf specialist This metro undertaking is a announcement of have in mind from the Saudi federal government and Double Abdullah.
Posted on Saturday Jul 5
A consortium including French industrial groups Vinci and Alstom has signed a €2-billion (US$2.72 billion) contract with Qatar Railways Company to build a tram system for the city of Lusail. The contract won by Alstom and QDVC, which is 51 per cent owned by Qatari Diar and 49 per cent by Vinci’s major projects unit, was signed last month (June) at Paris’s Elysee Palace during an official visit by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. According to Vinci, the contract includes the construction of 25 stations and the electric infrastructure surrounding the four-line network.
Posted on Saturday Jul 5
COWI Belgium has been awarded by the European Commission a new 4-year framework contract worth up to EUR 2 million to provide consultancy services in the field of rail transport. The award means that COWI Belgium will have the opportunity to deliver its impact assessment and evaluation expertise to DG MOVE, the European Commission’s Directorate General responsible for the implementation of policies in the field of mobility and transport.
Posted on Saturday Jul 5
TRANSPORT for London (TfL) has selected Keolis Amey Docklands, a joint venture of Keolis (70%) and Amey (30%), to operate the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) automated metro network until April 2021 with an option for a two year extension. Keolis Amey Docklands will take over operation of the network from Serco Docklands on December 7 and TfL says the total value of the contract will be more than £700m over the duration of the franchise and extension period.
Posted on Saturday Jul 5
Sweco has been commissioned for the large-scale task of upgrading and modernising the railway between Stockholm’s Central and Southern stations, the so-called Getingmidjan, or “wasp waist”. The contract is worth around EUR 10.9 million for Sweco. “Getingmidjan is Sweden’s most heavily trafficked stretch of railway, carrying over 600 trains every day.
Posted on Saturday Jul 5
CH2M HILL has been awarded a contract to carry out the feasibility study and design for the electrification of the 278 railway line from Wegliniec to Gorlitz in Poland. The project, which has an estimated contract value of 313,600 GBP (1,568,000 PLN), will require track modernisation for approximately 30km of the E30 line – running from Wegliniec to Gorlitz at the country border with Germany. The scheduled date for completion of the contract is the end of November 2015.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
Representatives of the private sector in six Gulf hydrocarbon producers will meet with government officials in Oman next month to discuss how to get a share of a major regional rail network project that will be dominated by foreign contractors, according to a report. The rail network, traversing the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), will cost more than USD 15 billion and is expected to be commissioned in 2018.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
The Swedish railway agency Trafikverket will replace its current railway switch standards UIC60 and BV50 with the new 60E standard. The switches called Easyswitch-R are manufactured by the industry group Vossloh. The switches and sleepers will be assembled at Vossloh’s manufacturing plant in Örebro, Sweden. On the occasion of the start-up of series production of the switches an international press event took place on this site gathering journalists from all over Europe.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Harsco a contract to supply 59 catenary construction, maintenance and repair vehicles between March 2016 and September 2017. These will replace existing vehicles and expand the fleet, enabling maintenance and repairs to be undertaken more quickly to minimise disruption on the network.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
Bombardier has confirmed that it has been notified by Transport for London and The British Department for Transport of their intention to award a contract to deliver rolling stock and a new depot for Crossrail. The intended contract between TfL and Bombardier covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new trains and a depot at Old Oak Common.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
The company will provide BIM implementation, consultancy and advisory services to Qatar Rail, which is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the entire rail network and systems within Qatar. Autodesk’s consulting team will support Qatar Rail on the implementation of BIM technologies and practices.
Posted on Friday Jul 4
German company is awarded with the Design contract of Uganda – Rwanda railway line :Uganda and Rwanda are planning to implement 1400 km of new railway lines. The Section between Kampala, Uganda’s capital and Kigali in Rwanda, is a part of a project that connects Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. The construction in the Kenya section is ongoing and is estimated to be completed by the year of 2018.
Posted on Thursday Jul 3
Two teams from Saudi Arabia and Qatar have begun conducting studies on where the rail links from the two countries will land in Bahrain The rail link to Bahrain will be part of the wider GCC rail network which will begin from Kuwait City running down through Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province with an extension to Bahrain and another extension towards Doha. The extension will then rejoin with the main line running through Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and finally towards Muscat in Oman.
Posted on Thursday Jul 3
The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority, announced that the Gold Souk Bus Station, near Gold Souk in Deira, is being temporarily relocated to Palm Deira Metro Station starting from July 1st, 2014 from the start of the holy month of Ramadan where all requisites of the station in terms of services, equipment and NOL selling machines will be in place. Eisa Al Hashmi, Director of Planning and Business Development, Public Transport Agency, said: “Relocating the Gold Souk Bus Station to Palm Deira Metro Station is dictated by the need to build a new Gold Souk Bus Station to accommodate the rising number of public bus riders in the area; which is witnessing bustling business activities throughout the week.
Posted on Thursday Jul 3
The UK Department of Transport (DfT) has announced plans to invest £146.6m in rail improvements across the south-west region of Cornwall. A total of £9m is being provided by DfT, £29.6m will be secured through Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and £103.5m from Network Rail, while the remaining £4.5m will be offered by train operator First Great Western.
Posted on Thursday Jul 3
CAMP HILL, Pa., July 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Diversified global industrial company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) announced today its second major railway track and infrastructure maintenance equipment award from SBB, the federal railway system of Switzerland. The award, valued at more than $100 million, calls for 59 high-speed catenary vehicles that will be used for the construction, maintenance and repair of overhead catenary systems throughout Switzerland. Deliveries will begin in 2016 and continue through 2017.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 2
Bidders shortlisted for a key contract to provide Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services to the government in the implementation of the Oman National Railway Project have been instructed to extend their bid bonds by a further two months. In total, three consortia participate in the tender. The smallest quote of OMR 34.297 Million (EUR 65.2 Million) has been submitted by the consortium led by Korea Rail Network Authority, which also includes Dohwa Engineering (South Korea), National Engineering Office (Oman), First China Railway and Balaji Railroad Systems (India).
Posted on Wednesday Jul 2
The new light rail tramway in Qatar’s city of Lusail (population 200,000) is expected to open in 2018. Additional lines will be built later. A consortium including Alstom and Vinci is to construct the system in terms of a contract worth €2 billion. There are to be 25 stations along the 33km, four-line network. Alstom is to supply 35 light rail vehicles for €750 million, as well as power supply equipment, signalling and trackwork.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 2
SWEDEN's Environment Ministry gave its approval on June 26 for the Västlänken suburban rail tunnel beneath Gothenburg, allowing infrastructure manager Trafikverket to develop detailed plans for the SKr 20bn ($US 2.99bn) project. The 8km link will branch off the Halmstad – Gothenburg line in the district of Almedal, looping beneath the city centre in a 6km tunnel before emerging to rejoin the existing network east of Gothenburg central station. The project will include new underground stations at Korsvägen, Haga, and Gothenburg Central.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 2
Etihad Rail is evaluating bids to connect key cities and industrial hubs in the country and link them to the Saudi border as part of the most important phase of the UAE’s multibillion dollar railway project. With the first phase of the project under way, the government-owned Etihad Rail has turned its attention to the key 628km of rail lines that will connect Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain, and run to Ghweifat on the border. The first phase of the project connects the Shah oil and gas field with the port of Ruwais.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 2
Britain said on Friday it had awarded a fifteen-year contract to run rail services in a part of south eastern England to incumbent operator National Express . Under the terms of the deal, rail and coach group National Express will continue to operate the Essex Thameside contract, run under the name c2c, until 2029 and invest 160 million pounds ($272 million) to add new train services and upgrade station facilities.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 1
Kuwait will tender the much-delayed USD multi-billion metro rail project in its next five-year development plan, according to the Gulf emirate’s minister of state for development and planning. Hind Al Sabeeh said other major projects to be included in the 2014-2018 plan involve Mubarak port, the media city the privatisation of schools, university and cooperatives.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 1
The lead contractor of Lusail’s under-construction light-rail transit (LRT) system has said that the first line will begin operating in 2018. QDVC – a joint venture between the Qatari Diar and French infrastructure firm Vinci – said the “yellow” line would be the first to enter service, followed by the remaining three routes in 2020.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 1
The 200km first phase of the UAE-wide federal railway network will be operational in the near future to link Shah Area to Ruwais area in Western Region and provide freight services. The project will be followed by the completion of two other phases by the end of 2018, an official from National Transport Authority has announced.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 1
UK Chancellor George Osborne is set to propose a new HS3 high-speed rail link to be built between Leeds and Manchester. The project will complement the $85bn HS2 project and the existing HS1 rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel. Proposed HS2 rail link will be developed in two phases, based on existing rail routes with new tunnels and infrastructure.
Posted on Saturday Jun 28
Alstom, as part of a consortium, has been awarded a contract by Qatar Railways Company (QRAIL) to supply a turnkey tramway system for a 4-line tram network in Lusail, Qatar. Alstom’s share of the contract is around EUR 750 Million including options for 32 additional tramways. Alstom will provide the city of Lusail with its fully integrated tramway system including the design, manufacturing, commissioning and servicing of 35 Citadis tramways, power supply equipment (substations, catenary and APS), signalling and trackworks.
Posted on Saturday Jun 28
The 200km first phase of the UAE-wide federal railway network will be operational in the near future to link Shah area to Ruwais area in Western Region and provide freight services. And it will be followed by the completion of two other phases by the end of 2018, an official from National Transport Authority has announced. The entire 1200km double-track network, handling both freight and passenger services, will link the UAE to Oman and Saudi Arabia, Nazim Assad bin Taher, director, Roads and Transport Department, National Transport Authority, said in his remarks at the opening of a workshop on the drafting of a federal law which will regulate the UAE railway sector.
Posted on Saturday Jun 28
SWEDISH transport administration Trafikverket has awarded Strukton a five-year contract worth SKr 367m ($US 55.8m) to provide maintenance services on 310 track-km in southern Stockholm. Specifically the contract encompasses the 55km Nynäs Line between Älvsjo and Nynäshamn, which includes a 22km double-track section from Älvsjo to Västerhaninge, and the Västra main line between Älvsjö and Gnesta, which is double-track with some four-track sections and forms part of the primary route between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Posted on Friday Jun 27
George Osborne will today launch a fervent defence of the proposed £43bn High Speed 2 rail link from London to the north, and suggest that even more cash is spent on new rail links between cities such as Manchester and Leeds. Speaking in Manchester, the chancellor will argue that the UK economy is excessively dominated by London, and pledge to restore some balance by improving high-speed links between key northern towns.
Posted on Friday Jun 27
Over the past years, the number of Mecca residents has increased to 1.54 million and it is expected to further rise to over 2.2 million. The number of pilgrims often exceeds that of residents and it is also expected to rise. The city currently has a limited public transport system to provide mobility services to citizens, pilgrims and visitors. The system relies on bus lines and one metro line (Mashaaer South Line) which serves a limited area of the city. Consequently, a modern public transport system is necessary to meet mobility demands.
Posted on Friday Jun 27
Qatar Railways Company (QRAIL) has awarded a consortium, comprising of Alstom and QDVC, the contract to supply a turnkey tramway systems for a line tram network in Lusail, Qatar. Qatari Diar owns 51% stake in QDVC and Vinci Construction Grand Projets owns the remaining 49%. Alstom’s share in the recently-signed turnkey contract is $1.02 billion including the option for 32 additional tramways. The company’s contract value without this option is $613.1 million.
Posted on Friday Jun 27
The Dubai Tram project is 93% complete, according to Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). He also revealed the completion rate of the tram's depot has exceeded 92 percent, with all works in the maintenance and storage facility expected to be completed in August. Al Tayer added that the completion rate in the tram's stations is currently hovering around 91 percent.
Posted on Friday Jun 27
Riyadh, the capital and the largest city in Saudi Arabia, has a population of almost 6 million people and, according to estimates, the population is expected to rise to over 8 million by 2030. Urbanisation, as well as the continuous development of economy impose new challenges to providing mobility services to meet the demand. The city faces traffic congestion and the public transport system focuses on road transport services, but the authorities have become aware of the importance of providing a public transport system to tackle all these issues.
Posted on Thursday Jun 26
UAE officials have confirmed that the first phase of the Etihad Rail Network will be operational in the “near future”. This includes the 266 km lines between Shah and Habshan sulphur fields and the port of Ruwais. Construction is complete on the lines and testing has been underway for some months. Meanwhile a new Federal law to regulate the UAE’s railway sector is passing through the Ministerial Council for Services.
Posted on Thursday Jun 26
Alstom and VINCI Construction Grands Projets have been awarded the contract for the final package of works for a four-line light rail system in Lusail, Qatar. Alstom’s €750 million share of the contract includes the supply 35 trains equipped with catenary-free technology, track-laying, energy supply and telecommunications as well as control systems. The order includes an option for a further 32 vehicles.
Posted on Thursday Jun 26
UK Chancellor George Osborne is reportedly set to propose a new HS3 high-speed rail link to be built between Leeds and Manchester. The project comes after the $85bn HS2 project and the existing HS1 rail link between London and the Channel Tunnel. The HS2 rail link will be developed in two phases, based on existing rail routes with new tunnels and infrastructure.
Posted on Thursday Jun 26
Saudi Arabian Minister of Transport Jubarah Al-Suraisri has said that five of the Al- Haramain train stations will be completed this year. Al-Suraisri revealed that 70% of the work on the stations is now complete. He added that Al-Rusaifah station in Makkah will be the largest station, capable of accommodating up to 20,000 passengers an hour and 10 trains at a time.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 25
Crossrail recently started its shortest tunnel drive from Limmo Peninsula, beside Canning Town station, towards Victoria Dock Portal in east London. Tunnelling machine Jessica, named after British Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, will create the 900m tunnel forming part of the south-east spur of London’s new rail line. The tunnel begins from a 35m deep access shaft alongside the mouth of the River Lea. It is Jessica’s second tunnelling mission, having already completed a tunnel from Pudding Mill Lane, near Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to Stepney Green over the winter.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 25
QATAR: Railway project promoter Qatar Rail has awarded a consortium of Alstom and QDVC the €2bn main contract for the construction of a four-line tram network in Lusail. Opening of the Yellow Line is planned for 2018, with the Green, Red and Purple lines to follow in 2020. The contract was signed in Paris on June 23 in the presence of Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and French President François Hollande.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 25
The 200-kilometre first phase of the UAE-wide federal railway network will be operational in the near future to link Shah area to Ruwais area in Western Region and provide freight services, and it will be followed by the completion of two other phases by the end of 2018, announced an official from National Transport Authority on Monday. The entire 1200-kilometre double-track network, handling both freight and passenger services will link UAE to Oman and Saudi Arabia, Nazim Assad bin Taher, Director, Roads and Transport Department, National Transport Authority, said in his remarks at the opening of a workshop on the drafting of a federal law which will regulate UAE railway sector.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 24
The GCC Metro and Rail Conference (GMRC 2014) will be hosted by Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications, in collaboration with The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf - Secretariat General. The conference will be held in Muscat from 15 to 16 September 2014. This conference is the first of its kind whereby the six GCC Member States come together in an effort to create strong manufacturing and services industries around the massive investments in rail and metro projects in the GCC.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 24
Jordan has selected consultants for two key rail projects, which will be launched before the end of 2014, according to a media report on Wednesday. "We have qualified the consultants to provide consulting services including the review of designs, bids and supervision of the projects. The designs will be presented to the financiers before the end of this month," said Lina Shabib, Jordanian Minister of Transport.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 24
Network Rail has awarded full approval for the implementation of C.A.T.E.R's HANDWave ultrasonic rail flaw detection (RFD) system for rail inspection in the UK. The RFD system is considered to add value to Network Rail's drive to deliver efficiencies in the critical area of rail integrity and operational expenditure.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 24
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority will incorporate a cycling track along the route of its new tram. The new track, which will also combine as a pedestrian way in the Marina/JBR area, will run for a large part of the new 10.6km tram route. The three-metre wide track will be built from stations 1 to 5 – JBR to Dubai Marina – as a cycle and pedestrian path. At station 7 – Mina Seyani (in front of Westin Hotel) – the track will narrow to become a cycle way as far as station 11 (Al Sufouh).
Posted on Monday Jun 23
Dubai - The GCC Metro and Rail Conference (GMRC 2014) will be hosted by Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications, in collaboration with The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf - Secretariat General. The conference will be held in Muscat from 15th to 16th of September 2014. This Conference is the first of its kind whereby the six GCC Member States come together in an effort to create strong manufacturing and services industries around the massive investments in rail and metro projects in the GCC.
Posted on Monday Jun 23
The Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation (SŽDC) together with the German infrastructure manager DB Netz prepare the renewal of the Aš – Selb Plössberg line. International operation should start there in December next year, according to SŽDC. Project preparation necessary for ensuring the line renewal has been currently finished both on the Czech and the German side already. During this summer, SŽDC assumes obtaining necessary building permits, the same should be completed in Germany during autumn as well.
Posted on Monday Jun 23
Around 10 of the 16 consortiums that expressed interest in the USD multi-billion metro projects in its western town of Makkah will present their bids in September, the city's mayor told a local daily on Wednesday. "The project will have four phases. The first phase involves civil works, which had attracted 16 consortiums, of which 10 have been shortlisted and supplied with documents on the project details," Osama Al Bar told the Arabic language daily Okaz.
Posted on Monday Jun 23
Close on the heels of securing Riyadh Metro contract in the face of stiff global competition, the engineering and infrastructure building giant, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in an official statement claimed that its construction division had won a prestigious order worth Rs 4,510cr from the Qatar Railways Company for the design and construction of the Gold Line of the Doha Metro project in the Gulf State.
Posted on Saturday Jun 21
The opening of the Sohar-Al Buraimi rail line, which will be the first section of the national rail network to become operational, will give the much-needed impetus for Al Buraimi’s economic advancement, Governor of Al Buraimi HE Sayyid Ibrahim Al Busaidi told Oman Tribune on Wednesday. This section “will be the first to become operational according to information we have received from the Ministry of Transport and Communications,” he said.
Posted on Saturday Jun 21
THE INITIAL phase of test running in the first completed section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel has concluded successfully, paving the way for the start of test operation through the entire length of the 57km tunnel next year. More than 650 test runs operating at speeds of up to 220km/h have been carried out over 78 days on the 13km section between the southern portal at Bodio and the multifunctional station inside the tunnel at Faido.
Posted on Saturday Jun 21
MAKKAH -- Minister of Transport Jubarah Al-Suraisri said five of the Al- Haramain train stations will be completed this year, Al-Watan daily reported. He explained that the 450-km long railway will greatly facilitate travel between the two holy cities, especially by Umrah and Haj pilgrims. He said the Haramain trains will travel at an average speed of 300 kilometers an hour.
Posted on Saturday Jun 21
For the year ended 31 March 2014, Network Rail’s revenue, which ultimately comes from train passengers and freight companies, was up 2% to £6,333m. Operating profit was £2,001m, down 9% on the previous year’s £2.2bn. Pre-tax profit was up 38%, however, to £1,035m. With capital expenditure rising 36% to £6,873m (2012/13: £5,050m), Network Rail’s net debt stands at £33.0bn, up from £30.4bn a year ago. However, this gearing ratio of 65% is well within the 75% limit set by the regulators.
Posted on Saturday Jun 21
SWITZERLAND: Passenger services on the Durchmesserline cross-city line though Zürich began on June 15. Around 200 000 people attended celebratory events the previous day, and 10 000 travelled on free preview services. Described by Swiss Federal Railways as biggest development in the history of the Zürich S-Bahn, the 9·6 km Durchmesserline is being built to provide a through route across the city for both local and inter-city trains , eliminating the need for east–west trains to reverse at the Zürich Hauptbahnhof terminus.
Posted on Friday Jun 20
As part of the city’s plans to reduce congestion, the Dubai Metro Red Line is to be extended to the Expo 2020 site near Mirdiff’s city centre and the Green Line is to be extended to meet the Yellow Line, which in turn will end at Dubai Academic City. The extension to Mirdiff is because there is a lot of congestion in that part of Dubai. Prior to The Dubai Road and Transport Authority taking over most of the roles associated with transport in the city, congestion cost residents and businesses USD $2.9bn a year where road accidents cost over USD$5bn annually until 2007 when the RTA came into being, according to Abdul Aziz Malik, advisor to the RTA.
Posted on Friday Jun 20
THE Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture for the German state of Brandenburg has initiated a tendering process for the direct award of a contract to operate regional passenger services on the Prignitz network northwest of Berlin. Operations will commence at the start of the 2015 timetable on December 14, and will terminate on December 10 2016. The network encompasses the following lines:
Posted on Friday Jun 20
Saudi Desert High-Speed Rail :Our weekly roundup of new and newsworthy transportation projects around the world.Uber Launches Illegally in Miami.Uber and Lyft aren’t legal in Miami-Dade County, according to regulators, but the smartphone-dispatched cab companies aren’t letting that stop them. Lyft started offering rides in Miami two weeks ago, and Uber reportedly launched its low-cost UberX service last week, offering $200 worth of rides to each person as a promotion through most of June.
Posted on Friday Jun 20
The four cities have been shortlisted by the department for business, innovation & skills (BIS) to house the college ‘hub’. It will be supported by a number of ‘spoke’ operations around the country, training rail engineers. It is being developed, in the first instance, to support construction of the HS2 project. Bids were assessed against a range of criteria, including the size and availability of a suitable site, accessibility, and the potential to develop strong links with employers and providers already operating in the sector.
Posted on Friday Jun 20
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) reported smooth functioning of its new Zurich underground station and commuter line, which opened to rush hour traffic on Monday following an opening celebration at the weekend. The diameter line (Durchmesserlinie) runs through the new Löwenstrasse station, as part of a two-billion-franc ($2.26 billion) plan that is the biggest urban construction project in Switzerland.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
Sources in contracting firms, which are bidding for pre-qualification of design and build contract for civil infrastructure/railway track and the railway systems contract for the prestigious 2,244km-long Oman National Rail Project, said that the authorities would name pre-qualified companies by mid-July 2014. The Oman Rail Company (ORC), which is responsible for implementing the project, has received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies for the pre-qualification process for developing the infrastructure, while 14 local and international companies submitted nine quotations for pre-qualifying themselves for technology systems for the railway project. The consortium leaders in the race are from Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Europe, etc.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
Dubai: The third phase of Dubai Tram test runs started at Al Sufouh station on Sunday. The Dubai Tram, which will begin operations in November, will run for 20 hours daily between 5am and 1am. A fleet of 11 trams will operate in phase one of the project that will cover 10.6km from Al Sufouh to Dubai Marina.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
A major deal for a pioneering rail project connecting five countries has been signed today (June 18) in Tallinn. The Rail Baltica project plans to create a rail line from Tallinn to Berlin in an effort to create faster connection times and boost local economies. It's estimated work on the project could be completed in a decade whilst its hoped construction work could begin next year.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
Latest Crossrail tunnel will slash journey times from South East London, increasing access to employment for local people and supporting the construction of new housing. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, unveiled London's newest tunnel under the River Thames. The ‘Thames Tunnel’, part of the £14.8bn Crossrail project, stretches for almost two miles and will help to significantly improve connections between southeast London and the rest of the capital when it opens in 2018.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
The Haramain speed train project, which is in the final stages, will change the dynamics of pilgrim transportation between the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, said Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah. Speaking to reporters after inspecting the progress of work on the project at Rusaifa, he emphasized the government’s continuing efforts to improve services being rendered to pilgrims coming for Haj and Umrah.
Posted on Thursday Jun 19
BELGIAN infrastructure manager Infrabel has started test operations in the newly-completed Liefkenshoek rail tunnel in the port of Antwerp the final phase of the project before the launch of commercial operations in December. With the opening of the 16.2km tunnel between the east and west banks of the River Schelde, many freight trains will no longer need to run via the city of Antwerp, where they share congested infrastructure with intensive passenger services.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
According to John Lesniewski, Etihad Rail's director of sales, the plan is to offer customers air, road and rail-based logistics options similar to the Forth Worth Alliance Airport in Dallas, TX. H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of Etihad Rail DB and vice chairman of Etihad Rail, added: "The UAE has successfully developed and managed other mega-infrastructure projects, and Etihad Rail DB will play a vital role in integrating rail into the nation's state-of-the-art transport system."
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
The 'Rail Projects GCC Summit 2014', conceptualised by Nispana Innovative Platforms, will be held on August 20-21 in Muscat to address the issues facing the rail sector across the GCC region. The summit, themed 'Connecting Oman to the GCC region,' will be attended by government stakeholders and professionals. The two-day forum will address the latest project developments and opportunities, as well as in-country value initiatives across the sultanate's rail sector.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
Saudi Railways Organisation has a lot on its plate. It is upgrading its existing railway in the east of Saudi Arabia, overseeing the construction of the Haramain high-speed line in the west, and developing plans for a second high-speed line and the Saudi part of the Gulf Railway. David Briginshaw visited SRO's headquarters in Dammam to find out how the work is progressing. THE president of Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO), HE Mohammad Khalid Al-Suwaiket, is a man with a mission: he is trying to develop the existing railway linking Dammam on The Gulf with Riyadh as quickly as possible, he is pushing for the rapid completion of the northern section of the Haramain high-speed line, and he wants to complete the national plan to build 19 lines totalling 9900km 10 years earlier than originally conceived.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
GERMAN Rail (DB) has completed the first phase of upgrading the Berlin – Rostock main line, and from June 15 journey times will be cut from 2h 54min to 1h 59min by ICE. DB has invested €658m so far to increase the maximum speed to 160km/h and raise the maximum axleload to 25 tonnes which will benefit the increasing amount of freight traffic using the port of Rostock. The European Union has contributed €167m towards the total cost.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
The UK Department of Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation into the future of rail services in the north, marking the start of bidding for the new Transpennine (TPE) and Northern rail franchises. An OJEU notice has been published by the DfT, seeking expressions of interest from operators for both franchises. They will awarded by February 2016.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 18
The Council today adopted a regulation setting up a public-private partnership called Shift2Rail joint undertaking (9018/14 + 9018/14 COR1; statement 10357/14 ADD 1). The new entity will manage a research and innovation work programme to support the development of better rail services in Europe. Located in Brussels, it will be officially established in early July, and operations are expected to kick off in early 2015.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
Oman's national railway is likely to be powered by diesel engines, instead of an electric traction as proposed earlier, a report said. The railway lines could be later converted into electric lines, added the report in the Times of Oman. The Oman Rail Company (ORC), which manager the 2,244-km long national railway project, is likely to name pre-qualified companies for design building the railway track and the by mid-July, the report quoted sources in contracting firms.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
A full-size mock-up of the class 490 EMU for the Hamburg S-Bahn network was unveiled on June 16 by Mr Kay Uwe Arnecke, managing director of German Rail (DB) subsidiary S-Bahn Hamburg, minister of transport for the City of Hamburg Mr Andreas Rieckhof, and Mr Dietrich Hartmann, CEO of Hamburg transport authority HVV.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
Testing of the first line of the multibillion-riyal high-speed Haramain railway system will start in six months, according to local media on Friday. The testing will take place on the line between Madinah and King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh. Khalid Al-Suwaiket, president of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), said: “Work is going according to plan and the SRO has been monitoring progress with regular field trips. Results in the field are good, with fifty percent of the work completed in Makkah, 70 percent in Madinah, 57 percent in Rabigh and 50 percent in Jeddah,” he said.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
The first Urbos 3 tram in Midland Metro’s £40m new fleet will go on display for the public this weekend at the St George’s stop in Wolverhampton. Between 9am and 3pm on 14 June 2014, commuters and transport enthusiasts will be able to climb aboard and look around one of the new Spanish-built vehicles.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
The British design and engineering consultancy Atkins improved its Middle East performance last year after major railway contract wins in the region. Besides design contract wins for the Riyadh metro, a boom in the UAE property sector “[offset] restructuring costs and delays to project mobilisation during the first half of the financial year”, the company said in a filing to the London Stock Exchange.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 17
Switzerland’s Federal Office of Transport has approved plans to build a new Albula Tunnel on the RhB network. Work is expected to start in 2015 for completion in 2020 at a cost of SFr345m. The existing 5864 m bore dating from 1903 would be retained for safety purposes. Russia’s Freight One is to launch a subsidiary in Kazakhstan. ‘Equal and active participation in the development of the promising railway market of Kazakhstan will significantly strengthen Freight One’s position in the region, improving the quality and quantity of services to our clients’, said CEO Oleg Bukin.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
Qatar Rail has announced that the company has achieved six million work hours without a Lost Time Injury (LTI) at the Doha Metro Green Line works. Qatar Rail praised the “safe work” of its construction contractors, led by Austrian firm PORR and its joint venture partners Saudi Bin Laden Group and HBK. “This significant achievement is a clear indicator of Qatar Rail’s commitment to ensuring that safety remains a core value,” it added.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
A cycling track will be constructed along the route of Dubai tram, Dubai's Road and Transport Authority revealed in a statement to Emirates 24|7. Although not covering the entire length of the tram railway, the cycling track will reach all but one tram stations in the first stage of its development. In November this year, the first phase of Dubai tram will be launched. Along a track of 10.6 kilometres, the tram will serve 11 stations in popular communities such as Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Jumeirah Beach Road (JBR), Dubai Marina and Al Sufouh area.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will launch public consultation on July 4 on the planned 5.5km western extension of the Metrolink light rail network to Trafford Park. The line would branch off the existing Eccles Line near Pomona station and run on a largely off-street alignment following the Manchester Ship Canal through Parkway Circle, where a park-and-ride station is planned, before reaching a terminus at the Trafford Centre leisure and shopping complex.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
BERLIN Transport (BVG) confirmed on June 10 that Stadler Pankow has completed the production of bodyshells for the first of a new-generation of trains for the city's narrow profile U-Bahn lines. Two pre-series type 1K sets will be delivered to BVG next year under a contract which includes an option for 34 production trains for delivery from 2017 onwards.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
A second consultation on Crossrail 2, which will look at variations to the proposed route, has been launched by Transport for London (TfL). The new review has been launched because the results of an earlier consultation on Crossrail 2 raised some issues on specific route alignments. However, it also revealed that there was considerable support for the infrastructure project, particularly for the Regional route option (the other option was nicknamed 'Metro')
Posted on Monday Jun 16
JEDDAH - Emir of Makkah Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah, who is the chairman of the Authority for Development of Makkah and the Holy Sites, has approved inviting bids for supplying locomotives and coaches from qualified international companies for the Makkah Metro, the Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday. This was disclosed during a reception for Osama Al-Bar, Makkah mayor of Makkah and secretary-general of the authority.
Posted on Monday Jun 16
Qatar Rail has selected contractors for the Red Line South and Green Line construction phases of the Doha metro. The consortium selected for Red Line South is led by QDVC and also includes GS Engineering & Construction Corp, and Al Darwish Engineering. The contract covers the design and construction of six underground stations Qatar Rail has selected contractors for the Red Line South and Green Line construction phases of the Doha metro.
Posted on Saturday Jun 14
Great North Western Railways Company, owned by Germany's Deutsche Bahn, has secured agreement from Network Rail to operate services on the West Coast Main Line in competition with Virgin. A company owned by Germany’s state railway has moved a step closer to launching rival train services on Britain's West Coast Main Line, between London and Manchester, which would potentially give Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains a run for its money.
Posted on Saturday Jun 14
London Gatwick Airport has outlined plans to increase its rail capacity by the end of 2020, which include new services and an improved infrastructure. Works under the infrastructure improvements include Brighton Mainline re-signalling and junction replacements, as well as upgrades to the M25 and M23 motorways.
Posted on Saturday Jun 14
The Dubai Metro operator, Serco Company , has signed a one-year renewable contract with Needa Professional Communication Corporation whereby the Corporation will cater to delivering technical services and applications related to the maintenance of the Wireless communication network of the Dubai Metro on both the Red and Green Lines.
Posted on Saturday Jun 14
A prequalification bid was invited by Saudi Railway Company (SAR)for the Saudi Landbridge project’s construction supervision consultancy contract. Applications for the bids are to be submitted by 22nd July. Fluor Corp and Parsons Brinckerhoff,Project management consultants together with the SAR are currently working on making the contracting strategy and work package structure for the Landbridge project.
Posted on Saturday Jun 14
On 4 June, CEOs of European rail freight companies and European rail infrastructure managers met in Stockholm. The meeting was an occasion for the CEOs to review the situation of rail freight on the open market. The meeting also focused on how to further improve operational collaboration between rail freight undertakings and infrastructure managers to optimise the opportunities for rail freight in the European Union.
Posted on Friday Jun 13
June 12--It will commence operations from November and is expected to ferry 27,000 riders per day. The Dubai tram, which is expected to provide accessibility and mobility within Dubai -- particularly in the new leisure and business districts of the emirate -- will undergo testing for three months from July end to October before it commences operations by November this year.
Posted on Friday Jun 13
From Sept. 23-26 in Berlin more than 2,500 international exhibitors will be showcasing the state-of-the-art products and services of the global transport technology industry. Published by Messe Berlin, the Innovation Report highlights the selected rail technology innovations of individual exhibitors which are due to be displayed at InnoTrans. The first instalment of product descriptions, complete with images, is now available online.
Posted on Friday Jun 13
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the weekly Cabinet session at the Emiri Diwan yesterday. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud said the meeting took measures to issue a draft law excepting the Railway Network Project from the application of the provisions of the Law No 4 of 1985 on the organisation of buildings after being briefed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.
Posted on Friday Jun 13
Nottingham station’s new Southern Concourse has officially been opened, marking the culmination of a £150m investment in the city’s railway. Completely glass-fronted and with lift and escalator access, it is hoped the new Southern Concourse will help Nottingham to secure its place as a ‘world-class’ transport hub.
Posted on Friday Jun 13
The first of a total of eight Alstom’s Pendolino ETR 610 trains ordered by the Swiss operator, SBB, in July 2012 left Savigliano manufacturing plant in Italy June 3, in accordance with the planned schedule. At its arrival, the train – which has already obtained the type homologation for Switzerland – will pass the last dynamic tests. Two trains are scheduled to be handed over to SBB by the end of 2014.
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London (TfL) have announced plans to make the remaining seven stations step-free on the Crossrail route. Eight stations on the route are already step-free and work to upgrade or construct 25 more to give step-free access is currently underway. The route will serve 40 stations from Reading and Maidenhead in the west and Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
PUBLIC transport authorities in the German states of Saxony, Thuringia, and Bavaria have revealed plans to step-up cross-border regional services into the Czech Republic. At a recent meeting in Saxony the authorities agreed to fund an additional 31,000 train-km per year on the Hof – Pausa, Zeulenroda – Gera, and Gera – Greiz – Plauen – Cheb (CZ) routes. The additional services will be operated under existing contracts with regional operator Erfurt Railway (EB) and agreements between the transport authorities involved.
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
The National Railway Project has been generating a considerable buzz over the past year. According to local new reports, 'Oman government Is taking a series of measures to develop industries capable of meeting demand for construction material emanating from the 2,244- km long national railway project, when the first segment reachesthe implementation phase earlynext year. As part of such efforts,the Ministry of Transport and Communications has floated atender for selecting a consultant to advise the government on 'industrial capacity building for Oman railway project.'
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm, has announced that the Etihad Rail Project in Abu Dhabi has surpassed more than 10 million manhours worked (over 250 days) with zero lost-time injuries. The Etihad Rail project is managed by a joint venture between Parsons and AECOM. This significant safety achievement is a clear indication of Etihad Rail’s commitment to ensuring that safety is a core value throughout the project’s life cycle—from project inception and construction to commercial operations.
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
Saudi’s Shoura Council has urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to investigate delays in completing the Haramain Railway project after it was originally scheduled to be finished by 2012, it was reported. At a meeting to discuss the annual report of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO), it said the Nazaha should investigate the budget allocated to the Haramain Railway project and the reasons for the increase in the funds needed for the completion of the project, Arab News reported.
Posted on Thursday Jun 12
Zeleznice Srbije (Serbian Railways) has got the green light to use the proceeds of the Kuwaiti loan of EUR 26 Million to resume the construction of the main railway station Beograd centar in Prokop. “We’ve obtained the consent from the Kuwaiti Development Fund to use that credit line and commence the work – Serbian Railways General Manager Dragoljub Simonovic said.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 11
The chairman of Dubai roads and transport authority (RTA) Mattar Al-Tayer has discussed transport cooperation on Monday with Algeria transport minister Ammar Ghol. Both sides explored ways of boosting cooperation and exchanging expertise in designing, constructing and operating mass transit means.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 11
Dubai based advanced composites manufacturer is the first contractor to complete roof installation at any of the four Haramain Railway Stations. The Haramain High Speed Railway project links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City. The work was planned in phases and includes the construction of four passenger stations.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 11
The new Doha Metro will be ticket-less, with passengers likely to carry a chip-reading device in their pockets or bags, a senior Qatar Rail executive has revealed. Chief technical officer Daniel Leckel said technology would be so advanced by the time the metro opened in 2016 tickets would no longer be necessary, saving time, space and cost.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 11
Etihad Rail has announced that 10 million man hours have been put into building its rail network over the last 250 days of construction. The first phase of the rail network, between the sulphur fields of Shah and Habshan to the port of Ruwais, is scheduled for completion at the end of 2014. Two trains will move 22,000 tonnes of sulphur a day along the route of the first phase of UAE’s railway network, making the country one of the world’s biggest sulphur exporter and helping it diversify from its primary export, oil.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 10
Qatar, host of the 2022 soccer World Cup, will invite bids for early work on a QR130bn ($36bn) railway and metro system in the next two months, Geoff Mee, Qatar Railways Co’s deputy chief executive officer, said. “We will start to invite people to come forward to discuss it with the intention we go to full contracts in the early part of next year,” Mee said on the sidelines of the MEED Transport conference in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 10
During his field tour on last Wednsday and Thursday, Minister of Transport & Chairman of General Establishment of Railways Dr. Jubara Bin Eid Al-Suraisiri together with Director General of the Establishment and members of the Supervisory Committee, has clarified that Al-Haramein Fast Train Project is progressing very well and that the accomplished results are encouraging.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 10
RTA has plans in place to bring in solutions in terms of service. If you are a Dubai Metro regular and hit the station during peak hours, you probably know that it's not going to be an easy ride. If you find a place to sit count yourself lucky, standing can become cumbersome as foot fall keep increasing every day.
Posted on Monday Jun 9
Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat—Significant progress has been made on the much-delayed Haramain high-speed rail project and the stations along the line are 75 percent complete, according to Saudi Transport Minister Dr. Jabara Al-Suraisari. The minister’s comments came in a statement following a two-day tour of work on the new line, which will connect Mecca and Medina via Jeddah. Suraisari, who is also the chairman of the board of the Saudi Railways Organization, said that the progress made was “reassuring.”
Posted on Monday Jun 9
Qatar Rail has received four more tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro. The four TBMs 'Al Mayeda', 'Al Khor', 'Lehwaila' and 'Al Wakra' were made by Germany's Herrenknecht and will be used for the Red Line North and South Underground projects. Al Mayeda and Al Khor will be used for the Red Line North Underground.
Posted on Monday Jun 9
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 07 June, 2014: Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, has been certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant in the field of quality management by Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The AED 40 billion, 1,200 km Etihad Rail network will connect industrial areas as well as urban and peripheral communities throughout the country, facilitating trade and fostering economic growth
Posted on Saturday Jun 7
MUSCAT The Sultanate’s railway project, linking it with other GCC countries, will boost the transport and logistics sector in the country, said HE Dr Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications, while talking at the third TransOman Conference 2012 at Grand Hyatt Muscat Hotel on Monday.
Posted on Saturday Jun 7
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of the much-anticipated integrated railways network, has received 4 more tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for Phase 1 of the Doha Metro. The four TBMs Al Mayeda, Al Khor, Lehwaila and Al Wakra were manufactured by Germany’s Herrenknecht and will be used for the Red Line North and South Underground projects. Al Mayeda and Al Khor will be used for the Red Line North Underground.
Posted on Saturday Jun 7
The Saudi Railway Organisation is planning on building 9900 km of railways in the next 16 years. It is hoped that the availability of trains will break the country’s addiction to cars. With car fuel some of the cheapest per litre in the world, Saudi Arabia’s population tend to drive out of preference to public transport. With congestion becoming a major issue in its ever growing big cities, the authorities are trying to encourage modal shift from transport by car to rail.
Posted on Saturday Jun 7
At the 70th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting, Qatar’s Transport Minister Jassem Al-Sulaiti reaffirmed his country’s commitment to meeting the deadline of 2018 for completing its section of the GCC Rail Network. Al Sulaiti said that the meeting of GCC Transport Ministers in Bahrain in April had moved the project forward and it is likely to be met. He also said that the mega project’s final design will be completed by the end of this year. The Bahraini minister for transport will be visiting Doha later this month.
Posted on Friday Jun 6
The Saudi Railways Organization SRO is working on a SR365 billion (USD97bn) strategic plan for developing the railway network in the Kingdom and implementing several projects to interlink the country’s provinces by the year 2040. The project aims to establish an integrated railway network spanning 9,900 km with 19 railway lines.
Posted on Friday Jun 6
Dubai: Dubai Tram, which will begin operations in November this year, will run for 20 hours every day between 5am and 1am, reported Gulf News this week. The tram will operate at a frequency of six minutes during peak hours and eight to 10 minutes during non-peak hours. According to information provided by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), from Saturday to Thursday the trams will run every eight minutes between 5am and 7am and the frequency will improve by 30 seconds between 7am to 10am.
Posted on Friday Jun 6
Upon completion, Etihad Rail network, will span about 1,200km across UAE Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – has surpassed more than 10 million working man-hours, or over 250 days, with zero lost-time injuries, t firm announced in a media statement. It noted that this achievement is an indicator of its commitment to ensuring that safety remains a core value of the UAE’s national railway network
Posted on Thursday Jun 5
The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is working on a SR365bn (£58bn) strategic plan for developing the railway network and linking the country's provinces. The project aims to establish an integrated railway network spanning 9,900km with 19 railway lines. The Haramain high speed railway and a north-south line are under construction, with a line connecting Jeddah to Riyadh slated to begin soon.
Posted on Thursday Jun 5
Doha Metro stations will be better connected to nearby developments than Dubai Metro, Qatar Rail chief technical officer has claimed. Daniel Leckel said several Dubai Metro stations were located too far away from commuters' intended destinations. “A big problem in Dubai is the connection of the metro to [nearby] developments,” Leckel said during a presentation at Cityscape Qatar on Tuesday.
Posted on Thursday Jun 5
Oman plans to launch the construction of the first part of a $15 billion rail network in the fourth quarter of 2014, a government official said on Wednesday. "We expect the works will start in 2014 and in the fourth quarter, the first segment starts," Salim bin Said bin Salim Alami, assistant director-general at the transportation ministry, told Reuters on the sidelines of a rail conference.
Posted on Thursday Jun 5
The UAE’s national Etihad Rail project has reached a major milestone with the project team announcing it has passed 10 million working man hours over 250 days. In a statement, Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, acting CEO of Etihad Rail, said that the 10 million-hours figure was a significant milestone “particularly considering the challenging desert conditions of the Western Region”.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 4
The Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) is working up a strategic plan worth over $97bn (SR365bn) to create an integrated network with 19 lines that would criss-cross the Kingdom. According to Arab News, the SRO's president Muhammad Al-Suwaiket said that it is planning a 9,900km network that could link many ofthe country's provinces under a plan to be delivered by the year 2040.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 4
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has extended the prequalification deadline to 1 June for construction contracts for Qatar Rail Long distance project, which will be part of the GCC regional railway. Contractors had previously been asked to return prequalification documents by 11 May. Tenders for the first phase construction deal will then be released to a shortlist of prequalified firms in late August. A contract award is expected in mid-March 2015.
Posted on Wednesday Jun 4
Qatari Minister of Transport Jassem Al-Sulaiti on Monday reaffirmed his country's commitment to the schedule of the implementation of the GCC railway network, due to go operational by 2018. "The developers of this mega project in the GCC member states are working closely together to lay out the designs of project; this process is well underway and will complete this year," the minister told reporters. Al-Sulaiti made the comments on the sidelines of the IATA's 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, being hosted by Qatar Airways (QA).
Posted on Tuesday Jun 3
Passengers of the transnational GCC Railway will have to be prepared before boarding, and have the required visa at hand, much like when travelling by train. Travelling by train will be like travelling by airplane once the GCC Railway is completed and operative, said representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Posted on Tuesday Jun 3
Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – has surpassed more than 10mn working man-hours, or over 250 days, with zero lost-time injuries. The Etihad Rail project is managed by a joint venture between Parsons and Aecom. Eng. Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, said: “At Etihad Rail, we believe that all accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses are preventable, with safety being a value and mind-set shared by all.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 3
Supply and Installation of Furniture, Signage & Appliances. Invitation: This Request for Information (RFI) is being issued by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) through Saudi Railway Company “SAR”. This RFI formally requests Responses from Respondents for the purpose of selecting those Respondents that demonstrate the legal, technical, and financial capacity required to participate in the competitive Tender for the award of a Contract regarding the supply and installation of furniture, signage & appliances to the building projects along the North-South Railway Project “the Contract”.
Posted on Tuesday Jun 3
The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) is working on a SR365 billion strategic plan for developing the railway network in the Kingdom and implementing several projects to interlink the country's provinces by the year 2040. The project aims to establish an integrated railway network spanning 9,900 km with 19 railway lines.
Posted on Monday Jun 2
Qatar Rail – which is building the country’s integrated railway network – has awarded the single project tunnelling and rail construction contract to a six-member consortium of national insurance companies led by Qatar Insurance Company (QIC). The other members of the consortium are Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Al Khaleej Takaful, Doha Insurance, Qatar Islamic Insurance and Al Koot Insurance and Reinsurance.
Posted on Monday Jun 2
The Dubai Metro has fast become a favourite public transport in the emirate with nearly 14 million passengers travelling on its Green and Red lines in April, indicating an almost 2-million increase on the figure in April 2013. Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, acting CEO of Roads and Transport Authority’s Rail Agency, said the high number in April demonstrates that the Dubai Metro has become one of the prime transit means availed by residents, visitors and tourists for mobility and access to the city.
Posted on Monday Jun 2
The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, announced that the Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines, have posted high ridership rates for April, clocking 13,879,636 passengers, comparing well with last year's April figures of 11,298,414 Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, Acting CEO of RTA Rail Agency, said, "The number of metro riders in April shows that Dubai Metro has become one of the prime transit means for Dubai residents, visitors and tourists, offering smooth mobility and access to key parts of the city in a way that measures up to the needs and expectations of users.
Posted on Saturday May 31
Qatar Railway, the company overseeing the construction of the integrated railway network, has taken delivery of the first of 21 tunnel boring machines (TBMs). TBM S-865, also known as ‘Lebretha’ was manufactured by Germany’s Herrenknecht, and is the first of four TBMs which will be launched for the Doha Metro as part of the Red Line North Underground project – the design and build (D&B) joint venture that is being led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo, with South Korea’s S. K. Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, and Galfar Al Misnad Engineering & Contracting W.L.L. (ISG JV).
Posted on Saturday May 31
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz disclosed here Thursday that 200 Saudi engineers will be working side by side with engineers from international firms in the multibillion riyal King Abdul Aziz Public Transportation (KAPT) project which is already in the first stages of implementation. The KAPT project includes Riyadh Metro and public buses. The-state-of-the-art project is expected to be completed in two years.
Posted on Saturday May 31
Oman Rail Company (ORC) received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies to compete for the implementation of the infrastructure of the railway project in the Sultanate, while 14 local and international companies submitted 9 quotations to compete for the implementation of the technology systems for the railway project. The 109 applying companies represent the best specialised international companies operating in rail projects.
Posted on Saturday May 31
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will host a conference on ‘Localisation of Railway Industries in GCC Countries’ on September 15 and 16. The first joint Gulf conference seeks to unite efforts of GCC countries to localise industries and services in the field of railway, and to highlight the goal of a sustainable development of their economies.
Posted on Friday May 30
With Stage One of the UAE rail network complete, Etihad Rail is planning on awarding the Design and Build contract of Stage Two of the network, which will comprise of 630 km of new track. British engineering company Atkins has completed the first phase of the Stage Two contract, the preliminary engineering work. The next phase of the build process will be split into five tenders and will be completed by 2018.
Posted on Friday May 30
International Joint Venture Construction business based on the Doha Metro in Qatar is looking to appoint Filipino QA/QC inspectors for this Major $8.2 Billion US Dollar Project.The project involves a Major Line on the Doha Metro in Qatar .The project is around 4 + Years worth of work for future employees.
Posted on Friday May 30
The new public transport system which will link Qatif, Dhahran and Dammam is set to cost USD $16.1 bn. The whole project will consist of light rail, metro, shuttle bus and bus services to tackle congestion right across the region. It is estimated that studies on the design and identification of stations along the routes will take around 18 months. The whole project should be completed by 2021.
Posted on Friday May 30
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) and Autodesk has offered platinum sponsorship to the third edition of the information and communication technology conference Qitcom 2014, opening today at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Saad al-Muhannadi, chief executive officer, Qatar Rail, said developing specific and appropriate technology for the major projects related to infrastructure will ensure that resources are used efficiently and enhance the effectiveness of these projects according to Qatar National Vision 2030, particularly Qatar Rail projects through smart applications and smarter environmental systems.
Posted on Thursday May 29
Nearly 14 million people traveled on Dubai Metro’s Green and Red lines in April, indicating an almost 2-million increase over the figure in April 2013, media reports said. The high number in April demonstrates that the Dubai Metro has become one of the prime transit means availed by residents, visitors and tourists for mobility and access to the city, Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, acting CEO of Roads and Transport Authority’s Rail Agency was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times.
Posted on Thursday May 29
Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, Governor of Mecca, has announced that the shortlist to design and build Mecca’s new metro system has been finalised. He approved it last week. Ten consortia have been invited to put in final tenders for one of two contracts. The consortia come from Europe and the Far East, and must file their bids by early July. The contracts in themselves involve three major areas – train transport systems, civil works, and manufacturing of the train cars and maintenance equipment. The first phase is projected to cost USD $6.8bn and be completed within three years.
Posted on Thursday May 29
The Oman Railway Company (ORC) has received expressions of interest from 109 national and international companies with regard the design, build and technological aspects of the planned railway network. The shortlist of the tender applicants who have pre qualified will be announced in July with the final tender being put out in August.
Posted on Wednesday May 28
Aecom Technology Corporation has won the preliminary design contract for the construction of the Jeddah Metro. The international technical and management support services company has 18 months to complete the USD $28 million contract. Aecom will supply expertise and staff to support the preliminary planning and design work for the infrastructure project.
Posted on Wednesday May 28
The supply chain and logistics industry in the UAE is pinning its hopes on the new railway network to boost its growth. Currently, the industry contributes a significant 14% of the UAE's GDP. The strategic geographic location of the country along with superior multimodal transport links has made the country an excellent re-export and transhipment hub.
Posted on Wednesday May 28
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has extended theprequalification deadline to 1 June for construction contracts on the country’s Long Distance Rail Network, which will be part of the GCC regional railway. Contractors had previously been asked to return prequalification documents by 11 May. Tenders for the first phase construction deal will then be released to a shortlist of prequalified firms in late August. A contract award is expected in mid-March 2015.
Posted on Wednesday May 28
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will organise the GCC Metro and Rail Conference 2014 in Muscat on September 15 and 16, 2014. This conference is the first of its kind whereby the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states come together in an effort to create strong manufacturing and services industries around the massive investments in rail and metro projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Posted on Tuesday May 27
Dubai: Dubai Tram, which will begin operations in November this year, will run for 20 hours every day between 5am and 1am, Gulf News has learnt. The tram will operate at a frequency of six minutes during peak hours and eight to 10 minutes during non-peak hours.
Posted on Tuesday May 27
The Public Transport Network Plan is approved for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia :Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers have approved the integrated public transport network plan for the Eastern Province, on 19th May. The plan includes a network or light rail systems and buses.
Posted on Tuesday May 27
Al Muhannadi: Executing governmental projects should be through applying the best technologies in order to reach smart applications and smarter environmental system to fulfill sustainability requirements. Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), the company overseeing the construction of much-anticipated integrated railways network, in association with Autodesk.
Posted on Tuesday May 27
Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has taken delivery of the first of 21 tunnel boring machines (TBMs) and the machine is expected to start work in the third quarter of this year at the Al Wahda site, next to the Qatar Exhibition Centre.
Posted on Monday May 26
Passengers will have to be prepared before boarding, and have the required visa at hand, much like when travelling by train. Travelling by train will be like travelling by airplane once the GCC Railway is completed and operative, said representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Posted on Monday May 26
The Al Safouh Tram Project in Dubai is a 14km long route that mainly follows the Al Safouh Road, linking Madinat Jumeirah and the Mall of the Emirates with Dubai Marina and the Jumeirah Beach Residence. It is the first modern application of trams in the Gulf region and is being constructed in two phases.
Posted on Monday May 26
The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro Line (MMMP), which is part of the Makkah (Mecca) Metro, is an 18.1km line constructed to connect the holy cities of Mecca, Arafat, Muzdalifa and Mina. The line was opened in November 2010 and became fully operational in November 2011.
Posted on Monday May 26
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will host on September 15 and 16 the ‘Localisation of Railway Industries in the GCC Countries’ Conference. This is the first joint conference which seeks to unite the efforts of the GCC countries to localise industries and services in railway and metro, and to highlight the vision towards a sustainable development of the economies of the GCC countries by maximising the investments in this sector.
Posted on Monday May 26
The planned integrated public transport system for Saudi Arabia's Dammam and Qatif cities will cost around SR60 billion ($16 billion), a senior official was quoted as saying. Eastern Province Mayor Fahad Al-Jubair said in a report in Arab News that the studies and identification of staions will take about 18 months and the projects expected to be competed by 2021.
Posted on Saturday May 24
Britain awarded an £8.9bn ($15bn) contract to run the expanded Thameslink rail network in London to an operator majority owned by Go-Ahead, ousting rival FirstGroup. The new seven-year Thameslink contract is part of Britain’s £6.5bn upgrade to improve services on major commuter routes across the capital.
Posted on Saturday May 24
Muscat from design and branding to organisational structure of the ambitious 2,244-km rail project, the government has kickstarted the process, signing three major agreements on Wednesday. HE Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Transport and Communications Minister, signed on Wednesday three agreements.
Posted on Saturday May 24
Dubai inaugurated its metro network in September 2009, becoming the first urban metro network to run in the Gulf's Arab states. The system has eased the daily commute for thousands of the workers in the emirate.
Posted on Saturday May 24
Etihad Rail displays its first freight trains running from Habshan to Ruwais. It is only a matter of time, and the first trains of the GCC Railway will officially be operating, and they will do so in no other place than the UAE.
Posted on Friday May 23
Doha Metro in Qatar's capital city will be one of the most advanced rail transit systems in the world when it becomes operational in 2016. The emirate originally planned the metro in 2007, in a bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Doha. The International Olympic Committee, however, chose Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as the host city for the games. The city will still go ahead with the project in hopes of hosting future sporting events.
Posted on Friday May 23
Oman Rail Company (ORC) received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies to compete for the implementation of the infrastructure of the railway project in the Sultanate, while 14 local and international companies submitted 9 quotations to compete for the implementation of the technology systems for the railway project.
Posted on Friday May 23
Riyadh metro is a rapid transit system under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The metro is a part of the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP). The RPTP will be the largest public transport project, which comprises construction of a metro, a bus system and other transport services in Riyadh.
Posted on Friday May 23
Oman Rail Company (ORC) received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies to compete for the implementation of the infrastructure of the project while 14 local and international companies submitted 9 quotations to compete for the implementation of the technology systems for the railway project. The 109 applying companies represent the best specialised international companies operating in rail projects.
Posted on Thursday May 22
With the creation of the GCC Railway network there has to be common standards in order for trains, passengers and cargo to cross the six nations involved in the project. This week, the Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail, the two authorities with the most advanced projects within the GCC Network, have announced the formation of a number of joint committees to help standardise protocols on the network.
Posted on Thursday May 22
Yapi Merkezi and STFA, Turkey's two leading construction companies, have won the tender for the Gold Line of the Doha Metro, a sprawling transport network prepared for FIFA 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar.
Posted on Thursday May 22
Building work that froze in the Middle East property crash is now resuming. This time round the focus is on trade hubs and transport systems rather than iconic skyscrapers and landmarks. Who is benefiting from the latest boom - and is it more sustainable than its predecessor
Posted on Thursday May 22
Motorists forced to commute long distances to and from Al Gharbia say train links with urban areas would vastly improve their lives. There has been talk of a passenger railway connecting to the greater Abu Dhabi area for years, but residents say the need for better transport links are stronger than ever.
Posted on Thursday May 22
Kuwait is moving ahead with its new metro rail system, and the company in-charge of the first phase of the project has announced that it will begin procurement shortly. The Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System Project (KMRT), stretching 160kms will have 69 stations along three lines, and is worth $7bn.
Posted on Wednesday May 21
Etihad Rail, which has completed preliminary engineering for the second stage of its network, is looking to award contracts this year. The second stage of the US$11 billion project, which has provision for passengers as well as freight, will extend the network by 630 kilometres. It will connect Musaffah in Abu Dhabi with Khalifa Port and Jebel Ali, and extend to the Saudi and Omani borders.
Posted on Wednesday May 21
Joining Forces for Rail Systems in Middle East :On 10th May a partnership accord has been signed between Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to establish joint committees. These committees will be responsible from implementation of a general programme aiming to develop common technical and operational standards which would apply to railways being developed across the GCC countries.
Posted on Wednesday May 21
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has authorised the establishment of an integrated public transport system including metros and buses in Dammam and Qatif, Saudi Gazette reports. A high-level committee under the Eastern Province governor will be set up to implement the project in phases over the next seven years as part of the decision.
Posted on Wednesday May 21
About $12bn worth of previously stalled construction projects have restarted in the UAE amid a strong sense of optimism across the Gulf region, Deloitte has said in a new report. It said a total of $83.5bn worth of projects are set to be delivered in 2014 in the GCC - up from $70bn last year.
Posted on Wednesday May 21
Pamplona Capital Management announced a definitive agreement to acquire Beacon Rail Leasing from the BTMU Capital Corp subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on May 6.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
A lead contractor on the AED2bn ($544m) Dubai Canal project has sought to allay fears that the project will cause traffic congestion as diversions begin, saying while there will be "some impact" it will strive to make it minimal.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
A lead contractor on the AED2bn ($544mn) Dubai Canal project has sought to allay fears that the project will cause traffic congestion as diversions begin, saying while there will be "some impact" it will strive to make it minimal.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states exported approximately 79 per cent of its total product portfolio to 177 countries last year, amounting to 63.4 million tonnes of chemicals, according to GPCA estimates. Petrochemical exports for the year were valued at $55.5 billion.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
Aecom has been awarded a contract to do preliminary planning and design work for Jeddah's new metro system.The firm was appointed by the Jeddah Metro Company to carry out pre-programme management services for the project, which is set to be an integrated package including a metro, trams and commuter rail elements containing up to 293km of track. A 750km bus network and water taxis are also planned.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
In a strategic move to diversify its economic reliance away from hydrocarbons, the Sultanate of Oman has invested in major infrastructure projects which will also give a boost to other growth sectors such as tourism, real estate and logistics. The country's 8th Five-Year Development Plan for 2011-2015 has allocated $ 78 billion to fund various infrastructure projects, including a number for social and transport purposes.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
Qatar Rail’s recent awarding of one of the largest railway-related risk covers ever placed globally to a six-member consortium of national insurance companies shows the capability of the Qatari insurance industry to handle large-scale projects and provide high quality service to clients, said Doha Insurance CEO Bassam Hussein.
Posted on Tuesday May 20
LREDC, a subsidiary of the Qatari Diar Real Estate Company, has awarded a major contract to a consortium comprising HBK-QBC
Posted on Monday May 19
A number of joint committees are to be established by Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to implement best practice in railway projects under a partnership accord signed in Abu Dhabi on May 10.
Posted on Monday May 19
UK: On May 12 infrastructure manager Network Rail announced preferred bidders for five regional contracts to undertake plain line and switch & crossing track renewals during Control Period 5 running until March 31 2019, when over 7 000 track-km is due to be replaced.
Posted on Monday May 19
The Kuwait Metro Rail is a 171km long inner city transport running across the city. It is the first metro rail project and the second private-public partnership project launched by the Government of Kuwait since 2009. Estimated to cost $7bn, the government will own 10% of the project and raise 50% of the funds through an initial public offer. The remaining 40% will be held by the private developer.
Posted on Monday May 19
MUSCAT Oman Railway Company (ORC) has floated the tender for pre-qualification by local and international firms as part of the Sultanate’s ambitious railway project. The pre-qualification tender would be for infrastructure and IT systems.
Posted on Monday May 19
Etihad Rail – the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network – signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) that will enhance collaboration and coordination for the rail industry among GCC members.
Posted on Monday May 19
Etihad Rail, UAE’s national railway network, is planning to build four stations to connect to the Dubai Metro.
Posted on Monday May 19
The Roads and Transport Authority RTA announced that the Dubai Metro, comprising the Red and Green Lines, has posted high ridership during the first quarter of this year clocking 40,655,978 passengers, which compares well with the ridership recorded for the same period last year amounting to 33,341,095 riders.
Posted on Friday May 16
The consortium led by Korea Rail Network Authority (KRNA), which is among the strongest contenders for the prestigious Project Management Consultancy (PMC) package of the Oman National Railway Project, has pledged to support the transfer of rail technology, as well as the development of a local production base in the Sultanate.
Posted on Friday May 16
The Jeddah Metro Company has announced a 7 year plan to tackle congestion in the city and get citizens of the city out of their cars and onto public transport. New commuter railways and a metro will be built, with dedicated bus and ferry routes being put in place.
Posted on Friday May 16
As part of a five-partner consortium, STFA group and Yapi Merkezi won USD 4.4 billion tender for underground design and construction of Doha Metro “Gold Line”. The two Turkish companies are the leaders of the joint venture with 40% share (the jv. companies are Indian’s Larsen & Toubro, Greece’s Aktor group and Qatar’s al-Jaber Engineering). With the signing ceremony which was held in Qatar in 23 April 2014, Yapi Merkezi and STFA won the biggest valued tender of Turkish contracting sector outside of Turkey.
Posted on Friday May 16
A consortium comprising Swiss rail construction firm Sersa and Amey, a subsidiary of Spanish infrastructure company Ferrovial Servicios, has been selected as the preferred bidder for a UK railway improvement contract.
Posted on Friday May 16
TEN consortia have been shortlisted for contracts to build two metro lines totalling 44km in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca, according to press reports on April 9.
Posted on Thursday May 15
The shortlist for the Project Management Consultancy (PMC) for the construction of the Oman railway network has been announced. Three consortia from the Far East and Europe have been announced, with the leading consortium being based in South Korea.
Posted on Thursday May 15
Etihad Rail and the Saudi Railway Company have signed a deal that will see the pair collaborating on the establishment of the GCC-wide rail network.
Posted on Thursday May 15
Qatar Rail has awarded one of its largest rail contracts yet to a Greek-led consortium, the Athens-based company announced on Thursday.
Posted on Wednesday May 14
The BACS consortium (Bechtel, Almabani, CCC, Siemens) building lines one and two of Riyadh Metro are to begin a huge recruitment drive following the groundbreaking ceremony which took place in the city last month.
Posted on Wednesday May 14
Jeddah Metro Co has awarded Aecom Technology Corp an 18-month contract worth US$28m to provide consultancy services to support the preliminary planning and design phase of the Jeddah Public Transport Project.
Posted on Wednesday May 14
CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. and its fellow candidates for a $1.5 billion contract supplying Red and Orange line cars for the MBTA must have their bids in Thursday.
Posted on Wednesday May 14
Kuwait looks set to achieve a record breaking year in 2014 as far as contract awards are concerned, according to a report.
Posted on Sunday May 11
Qatar has plans to float tenders for the manufacture and supply of rail coaches and installation of control systems for its multi-billion dollar Greater Doha Metro project by the second quarter of 2013.
Posted on Monday Apr 28
The proposed Jeddah metro project will soon materialize and the budget for the project will be approved, said Mohammed Madani, director-general of roads in Makkah.
Posted on Monday Apr 28
Oman Railway Company (ORC) has floated the pre-qualification tender for the local and international companies that have the capacity and ability to apply for the pre-qualification stage to implement Oman's national railway project. The tender includes two lists for pre-qualification, infrastructure and IT systems.
Posted on Monday Apr 28
Etihad Rail station at Meydan for Dubai Metro connection
Posted on Monday Apr 28
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a deal worth Dh184 million to turn Metro stations into art works and also to decorate bridges and underpasses in Dubai for a project that is expected to be complete by March 2015.
Posted on Friday Apr 25
Conglomerate Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Friday said its heavy civil infrastructure business unit has secured a $740 million (Rs.4,510 crore) order from Qatar Railways for designing and building the rail line for the Doha Metro project.
Posted on Friday Apr 25
Ten firms have been shortlisted in the competition to build the Mecca Metro. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, governor of the province of Mecca, has approved the shortlist which includes international and domestic consortia.
Posted on Friday Apr 25
NFM Technologies has just signed an agreement with the Metro Riyadh Line 3 Ltd. consortium to supply a 10.16-m diameter tunnel boring machine to excavate the Red Line of the Saudi capital’s metro system. The consortium features companies such as Impreglio SpA, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Nesma & Partners Contracting Co. Ltd. It is responsible for building 40.7 km of Line 3 (Red Line), the longest of the project. Line 3 runs in the east-west direction across Riyadh, with 20 stations and a 6-km underground section.
Posted on Thursday Apr 24
Ellaktor, on Thursday announced the signing of a contract to build a “Gold Line Underground” metro rail line in Doha, Qatar, as leader of an ALYSJ JV consortium...
Posted on Thursday Apr 24
The Qatar Railways Company has awarded the SYSTRA-Parsons joint venture a €170 million ($234 million) project management and work’s supervision contract for Phase I of the Doha Metro.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 16
The final shortlist of bidders for the Makkah Metro project is complete, with 10 national and international companies in the running for the contracts, local newspapers report. Makkah's Prince Mashaal bin Abdullah has approved the list, according to the city's mayor Osama al Bar.
Posted on Wednesday Apr 16
Up till now Qatar Rail, the company overseeing the bulk of Qatar’s new railway programmes, has awarded USD $32bn in contracts for infrastructure development of the $35bn budget. The projects include the Doha metro project, the Lusail Light Rail project, and the Long Distance Passenger and Freight Rail which will link Qatar in with the wider GCC Railway network.
Posted on Friday Dec 20