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10 bidders shortlisted for Mecca metro contracts 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.
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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. The Arabic daily newspaper Al Hayat quotes...
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THE governor of Riyadh Prince Khaled bin Bandar officially launched construction on April 3 of the six-line metro to be built in the Saudi capital. The $US 22.5bn project entails construction of a 176.6km fully-automated...
israel-receives-first-coaches-for-electric-services
ISRAEL Railways (IR) has received the first six of 72 push-pull double-deck coaches currently being built by Bombardier to serve new electrified services which will be introduced on the Tel Aviv - Jerusalem and Acre...
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ETIHAD RAIL, the company responsible for developing and operating the railway network in the UAE, has signed a joint venture agreement with German Rail (DB) subsidiary DB Schenker Rail to operate and maintain the system. The...
israel-awards-contracts-for-three-new-lines
ISRAEL's National Transport Infrastructure Company has awarded a Shekels 800m ($US 230m) contract for infrastructure works on three new lines to a consortium of Israeli companies Shikun & Binui and Leisco and German Rail (DB)...
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QATAR Railways, which is responsible for the construction of Doha's 354km four-line metro, has awarded a €506m contract to a consortium led by FCC, Spain, to build a section of the Red Line. The FCC...
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The Saudi capital Riyadh has set itself a daunting task: to build an automated metro comprising six lines simultaneously in five years. David Briginshaw explains how this ambitious project will be implemented.MOST cities build their...
PARSONS, in a joint venture with Systra, has secured a consultancy services contract for the design of Qatar's main line railway network. The 400km section, which will be used by freight and passenger traffic, includes six...
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CHINA Southern Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR) formally presented the first of a fleet of ten diesel trains for Iraqi Republic Railways (IRR) to Iraq's ambassador to Beijing Dr Abdul Karim Mostafa and other...
dubai-plans-metro-extensions
DESIGN and planning of three extensions which will add 35.4km and 33 stations to Dubai's metro network is well underway, according to the acting CEO of Roads and Transport Authority's (RTA) Rail Agency, Mr Abullah...