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Egypt and China sign Cairo interurban light rail contract EGYPTIAN prime minister Mr Sherif Ismail attended a ceremony in Cairo on August 15 to witness the signing of a $US 1.24bn contract between Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) and a consortium of China’s Avic International and China Railway Group for the construction of an interurban light rail line to the east of Cairo.
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EGYPT National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise the signalling and telecommunications system used on the 180km Asyut - Nagh Hammadi line on the north-south Alexandria - Cairo - Aswan rail corridor. The...
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SUDAN’s Ministry of Roads and Bridges signed an agreement with two Chinese companies in Khartoum on November 7 for a 12-month feasibility study into the construction of a 3400km railway linking the Red Sea with...
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THE CEO of Algiers Metro Company (EMA) Mr Omar Hadbi confirmed on November 7 that two extensions of the Algiers metro network will open before the end of the year, while several other Algerian cities...
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AFTER six years of construction, excavation of North Africa’s longest railway tunnel was completed on the morning of October 30, when Algeria’s minister of public works Mr Abdelghani Zalène witnessed the breakthrough on the final...
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SOUTH African private locomotive repair and leasing company, Sheltam, has announced a rebranding and the launch of new rolling stock leasing and railway infrastructure investment subsidiaries.   Sheltam Group will be known as Traxtion Sheltam and its...
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RABAT-SALÉ Transport (STRS), Morocco, has awarded a €45m contract to Alstom for the supply of 22 Citadis LRVs for operation on the city’s 19km light rail network and two new extensions totalling 7km, which are...
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THE first Citadis LRV for the initial phase of the Sétif light rail network arrived in the Algerian city on October 18. The fleet of 26 vehicles is being assembled by Cital, a joint venture of...
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TANZANIA’s Reli Assets Holding Company (Rahco) has awarded a $US 1.9bn contract to Yapi Merkezi, Turkey, to build another section of the new 160km/h standard-gauge railway that will eventually link Dar es Salaam with Mwanza...
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Trade between African nations is considered one of the continent’s great untapped economic opportunities, but poor cross-border connectivity continues to hinder growth. Keith Barrow reports from Cape Town on the potential role for rail in...
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TUNIS public transport operator Transtu has submitted an application to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a €100m sovereign loan to help finance its €240.2m Urban Rail Fleet Renewal programme. The project is divided...

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