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Morocco plans $US 780m rail investment in 2015 THE board of Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) approved a capital budget of Dirhams 7.5bn ($US 780m) for this year at a meeting in Rabat on February 19, which was chaired by minister for infrastructure, transport and logistics Mr Aziz Rabbah.
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THE board of Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) approved a capital budget of Dirhams 7.5bn ($US 780m) for this year at a meeting in Rabat on February 19, which was chaired by minister for infrastructure, transport...
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RIFT Valley Railways (RVR), which holds A 25-year concession to operate the Kenya-Uganda railway, has asked the Kenyan High to stop the government from charging it the mandatory monthly fuel levy. The concessionaire, which is currently...
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NIGERIA's Federal Executive Council has approved the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2014, which will open up railway operations to the private sector and relinquish government control of railway infrastructure, which dates back to the 1957...
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PASSENGER Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has confirmed it expects its new Vossloh Afro 4000 diesel locomotives to enter service on long-distance mainline passenger trains within the next two months. Prasa has recently accepted a...
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ABB announced on February 5 that it has been awarded a contract worth around $US 50m to supply transformers and associated traction equipment to Bombardier for a new fleet of electric locomotives ordered by Transnet,...
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ZAMBIA's new president Mr Edgar Lungu has pledged to prioritise construction of the new 590km line in the northwest of the country that will link with Angola's Benguela Railway. Lungu said this week that talks are...
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Transnet Freight Rail is investing unprecedented amounts in new assets. Paul Ash speaks to chief executive Siyabonga Gama about the state-owned railway's bold plan to win traffic back from South Africa's roads. MR Siyabonga Gama...
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THE African Union (AU) is seeking private investors to support an upgrade of the 1000mm-gauge single track Dakar - Bamako line to improve connectivity and boost trade between Senegal and landlocked Mali. The upgrade entails investment...
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CONSTRUCTION of the second phase of Kenya's new standard-gauge railway from the capital Nairobi to the Lake Victoria port of Kisumu will start in July. This is a change in government policy because it was...
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TRIAL operation of the Addis Ababa light rail network was officially launched on February 2 in the presence of Ethiopia's prime minister Mr Hailemariam Dessalegn, deputy prime minister Mr Demeke Mekonnen, foreign affairs minister Dr...