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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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SAUDI Railway Company (SAR) saw a 139% increase in the number of passengers on its trains during the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year with an extra 46,000 passengers using...
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ISRAEL’s transport minister has revived plans to build a new line from Rosh-Ha-Ayin via Petakh-Tikva in the center of Israel east to Ariel, but rather than constructing it as a heavy-rail line it will now...
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QATAR’s prime minister and interior minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, together with the transport and communications minister, Mr Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, travelled on an LRV from the depot to Lusail...
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ACCORDING to a report by SCI Verkehr, the market for railway products and services in Africa and the Middle East is forging ahead, with an average annual growth rate of 4% predicted between now and...
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ETIHAD Rail has awarded a project management consultancy contract to Egis, France, to assist with the expansion of the existing 264km line linking Ruwais and Habshan on the Persian Gulf with Shah. Etihad Rail plans to...
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ISRAEL’s transport minister Mr Israel Katz announced on May 18 that the 57km A1 Link between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will now open on September 23.The line was supposed to open on March 30, and...
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The oil price crash of 2014-2015 had a huge impact on government revenues of the petrostates of the Persian Gulf, forcing a rethink of ambitious rail development plans. Now private financing is gaining ground in...
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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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