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Israel to double rail network by 2040 ISRAEL Railways (IR) presented details of its Shekels 123.6bn ($US 34.9bn) 2040 Strategic Plan at a conference at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv on June 8, revealing ambitious proposals to double the size of the network over the next two decades with high-speed trains connecting key centres.
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THE first trial run on the Haramain high-speed line with VIPs and invited guests onboard was organised by Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) between Jeddah and Medina on July 25.The train carried around 470 passengers including...
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A delegation from Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) visited Coignères in Paris last week to view a full-size mock-up of the Alstom Metropolis train for Dubai metro. As leader of the ExpoLink consortium, Alstom is...
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ISRAEL’s Transport Ministry has granted the city of Beer-Sheva approval to proceed with preliminary design on a light rail line linking the city centre with the suburbs and nearby military facilities. The government decided to support...
saudi-arabia-seeks-private-partner-for-rail-operations
SAUDI Arabia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) has announced that it is seeking to enter into a long-term partnership with leading international railway companies and investors to provide passenger and freight services in the country. Boosting private...
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TESTING of Saudi Arabia’s 453km Haramain high-speed line reached a milestone on June 15 when a Talgo 350 train reached 310km/h on the section between King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and Medina, exceeding the maximum...
israel-to-double-rail-network-by-2040
ISRAEL Railways (IR) presented details of its Shekels 123.6bn ($US 34.9bn) 2040 Strategic Plan at a conference at the Dan Panorama hotel in Tel Aviv on June 8, revealing ambitious proposals to double the size...
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The Saudi capital is making rapid progress with its $US 23bn project to build six metro lines by the end of the decade, with construction reaching 50% completion in early 2017. Keith Barrow looks at...
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TEL AVIV Metropolitan Mass Transit System (NTA), the public company responsible for developing the city's light rail network, published two tenders on May 9 for contracts to provide project management and detailed planning services on...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) has placed a €56m order with Bombardier for 33 additional Twindexx Vario coaches, expanding its fleet of the double-deck vehicles to 462. The order is part of a framework contract signed in October...
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ALSTOM achieved a 6% increase in sales and a 15% rise in Ebit for the year ending March 31 2017, while its order backlog reached a new record of €34.78bn.Although Alstom recorded a sharp drop...

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