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Etihad Rail suspends Stage 2 tendering ETIHAD Rail confirmed on January 26 that it has suspended tendering for the construction of the second phase of the UAE's national railway network in a move which is likely to deal a significant blow to the GCC Railway project.
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ITALIAN State Railways (FS) CEO Mr Renato Mazzoncini and Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) president Dr Mohsen Pour Seyed Aghaei signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Tehran on February 9 pledging to co-operate in...
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MASHHAD became the first Iranian city to complete an urban rail link to its airport on February 6, when the country's president Dr Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the extension of light rail Line 1 from Ghadir...
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ISRAEL's transport minister Mr Israel Katz approved on February 3 what is claimed to be the country's largest railway budget which calls for an investment of Shekels 28.3bn ($US 7.24bn) until 2020.The budget includes Shekels...
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IRAN's minister of transport Mr Abbas Akhoundi and Italy's minister of infrastructure and transport Mr Graziano Delrio have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Italian State Railways (FS) to become a development partner for...
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THE start of construction on Jerusalem's third light rail line moved a step closer on January 28, when the Municipal Planning Committee granted approval for the Blue Line, which will link Gilo in the south...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) has issued an invitation to prequalify for a design-build contract for the trackside element of the first stage of its national ERTMS rollout. In order to accommodate rising levels of freight and passenger...
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ALSTOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation of Iran (IRDO) in Paris on January 27, which is intended to pave the way for the supplier to re-enter the...
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ETIHAD Rail confirmed on January 26 that it has suspended tendering for the construction of the second phase of the UAE's national railway network in a move which is likely to deal a significant blow...
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ETIHAD Rail was granted final safety authorisation on December 10 by the United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority (FTA) for the 264km Shah - Habshan - Ruwais line, clearing the way for the start of...
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FOR its January 2016 issue, International Railway Journal has forsaken its usual format for something a little different. The Railway in 2016 is a comprehensive look ahead to the trends and issues set to impact...