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Revised opening date agreed for Saudi HS project A new opening date for the Haramain high-speed project, announced last November, was ratified on January 16 during a visit to Saudi Arabia by a Spanish delegation led by Spain’s King Felipe VI when Saudi authorities agreed to extend the delivery deadline by 14 months until March 2018 and to acknowledge €150m in cost overruns.
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TUNNEL boring on the Red Line of the Tel Aviv metro started four months ahead of schedule on February 19. Half of the 24km line will be underground.Eight tunnel boring machines will work in pairs...
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ISRAEL’s National Council for Design and Construction has approved plans for a 43km interurban tram-train line linking Haifa with Nazareth and referred the project to the Israeli government. The Shekels 5.9bn ($US 1.6bn) line from Haifa...
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An agreement was ratified last month between Saudi Arabia and the Al Shoula consortium responsible for equipping and operating the Haramain high-speed line for a phased opening. IRJ’s Spanish regional editor Ferran Torga explains why...
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Turkey’s railway sector entered a new era on June 20 2016. Turkish State Railways (TCDD) became solely responsible for infrastructure and traffic management, with TCDD Tasimacilik formed as a passenger and freight operations subsidiary. Veysi...
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UKRAINIAN steel producer Interpipe has delivered its first batch of wheels to Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO). So far 3000 wheels have been delivered to Dammam port and in total Interpipe will supply 14,000 wheels. Interpipe will produce...
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ONE of the first Alstom Metropolis driverless metro trains for Riyadh Metro was presented to representatives of Arriyadh Development Authority and the international media at Alstom's plant in Katowice on February 7.   Alstom is a member...
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A 1.8km funicular railway which passes inside Carmel mountain in the Israeli city of Haifa has closed following a fire which broke out on the morning of February 4 and resulted in extensive damage to...
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ITALIAN contractor Salini Impregilo announced on February 3 that it has completed tunnel excavation work on Line 3 of the Riyadh Metro project. Line 3, also known as the Orange line, is 41.5km long with an...
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SYRIA’s transport minister Mr Ali Hammoud visited Aleppo on January 25 to mark the resumption of passenger services in the country’s largest city more than four years after operations were suspended due to the civil...
LAST autumn, Unife and Roland Berger published the sixth World Rail Market Study which predicts further investments in rail systems and stable growth for the world market for rail equipment (infrastructure, train control rolling stock...

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