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Israel Railways and Siemens sign EMU contract ISRAEL Railways (IR) and Siemens signed a contract worth more than $US 1bn on March 7 for the delivery of 60 Desiro HC regional EMUs over the next 10 years.
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OPERATIONAL testing began on the Riyadh metro network on April 4, when a two-car Alstom Metropolis train for the Purple Line (Line 6) ran under its own power. In July 2013 Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) awarded...
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SEVEN of the eight groups prequalified by Israel’s Finance Ministry for the Jerusalem Green Line light rail project have been invited to bid for the tender.The seven groups comprise:• Shapir Engineering and CAF• Shikun u...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) recorded a sharp decline in operating profti from Shekels 73m ($US 20.7m) in 2016 to Shekels 15m last year, with a net profit of Shekels 13m. This was due to a pay...
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ISRAEL’s Committee for National Infrastructure has approved a plan by Israel Railways to quadruple the 85km Tel Aviv - Haifa main line and increase the maximum speed to 250km/h. The project will involve a mixture of...
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IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: Saudi Railway Company (SAR) confirmed on March 12 that it expects to launch tenders “soon” for contracts to build the 950km Landbridge, which will link Riyadh with Jeddah on...
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IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project, confirming that it will complete its connection to the Saudi network within four...
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IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: Kuwait’s Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (Part) is planning to implement the first phase of the country’s national railway network as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) and Siemens signed a contract worth more than $US 1bn on March 7 for the delivery of 60 Desiro HC regional EMUs over the next 10 years. The initial tranche of 24 trains...
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ALSTOM presented the first of 28 Citadis Al Mehmel low-floor LRVs for the Lusail light rail network to Qatar’s minister of transport and communications H.E. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti during a recent visit to...
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Shahar Ayalon, general manager of Israel Railways, talks to Kevin Smith. 2017 was a momentous year for Israel Railways (IR). After five years of construction, the 23km Acre - Carmiel line opened, expanding the network to...

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