Africa Update

AfDB Approves €286 Million for the Cameroon Transport Sector

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved two loans totalling €282 million to support the financing of the second phase of a project aimed at developing the Cameroonian transport sector....

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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AfDB Approves $US3.04 Million Grant For Feasibility Studies In Central Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $US3.04 million grant to assist the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to undertake studies for the Kribi-Campo-Baba Multinational...

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Capacity Upgrade at Congo Terminal with the Acquisition Of Two New STS Gantries

The acquisition of two new gantries for the Republic of the Congo’s Congo Terminal will enable the loading and off-loading of ships with a capacity of up to 16,000 containers. Added to the four...

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Railways Africa Magazine Issue 5:2016

The upcoming issue 5:2016 of Railways AfricaTM Magazine brings you news from some of the industry’s most exciting events locally and abroad including InnoTrans, Transport Forum, GARA and the Rail...

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Eseka Train Accident – Speed May Be The Cause

Following preliminary investigations into the fatal train accident at Eseka, Cameroon on 21 October, officials from Bolloré have indicated that the initial assumption that overcrowding may be the...

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Rolling Stock For Kenya’s Standard Gauge Line Arrives At Mombasa Port

The first batch of six locomotives to be deployed on Kenya’s much anticipated national Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) line arrived in the port of Mombasa aboard MV Kota Bistari from China on 7 January...

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TAZARA Training Centre To Benefit From Closer Ties With Regional University

TAZARA’s Mukuba Express Passenger Train played host to 31 senior members of the Copperbelt University (CBU) Senate on 10 January. The University’s most senior body decided to use TAZARA’s passenger...

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Qalaa Confirms Intentions To Sell Interests In RVR

Qalaa Holdings has confirmed that preliminary negotiations are on-going with several prospective local and international investors for the sale of its stake in Rift Valley Railways (RVR). The company...

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Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed

The completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a 752km track linking Ethiopia's capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked at a ceremony held on 10 January at Nagad Railway Station...

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Building Construction Tender - Kenya Railways

The Kenya Railway Corporation has requested bids from suitably qualified construction companies for the proposed relocation of Samburu Secondary School, in Northern Kenya. The facility has been...

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Tanzania – Zambia State Visit Cements Commitment to Revitalisation of the TAZARA Line

At the invitation of president Dr John Magufuli of Tanzania, president Edgar Lungu of the Republic of Zambia has recently paid a three-day state visit to Tanzania with the aim of reaffirming...

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Qalaa Confirms Intentions To Sell Interests In RVR

Qalaa Holdings has confirmed that preliminary negotiations are on-going with several prospective local and international investors for the sale of its stake in Rift Valley Railways (RVR). The company...

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Africa’s First High-Speed Railway Line Due To Commence Operations In June Next Year

Construction of the first commercial high-speed railway line in Africa is well underway in Morocco, with testing and commissioning work scheduled to commence next month. Commercial services are set to...

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Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed

The completion of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a 752km track linking Ethiopia's capital with the Port of Djibouti, was officially marked at a ceremony held on 10 January at Nagad Railway Station...

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Progress Rail Signs Contract With Tunisian Railways for 20 EMD Locomotives

As part of an effort to improve infrastructure in North Africa and the Middle East, Progress Rail, a Caterpillar company, announced on 8 December that it has been selected by the Tunisian...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Morocco Plans to Partner With China to Construct a New Industrial City

Morocco is currently planning to develop a new economic hub in the north of the country, with the assistance of development organisations and Chinese multinationals, including the international...

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TAZARA Training Centre To Benefit From Closer Ties With Regional University

TAZARA’s Mukuba Express Passenger Train played host to 31 senior members of the Copperbelt University (CBU) Senate on 10 January. The University’s most senior body decided to use TAZARA’s passenger...

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Train Derailment Claims Driver's Life in the North West

A Transnet freight train, traveling from Kimberly in the Northern Cape to Mafikeng in the North West Province, derailed near the Madibogo station late last month. The derailment has been attributed to...

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Angola Receives The First Of 100 Locomotives From GE

The National Institute of Railways of Angola (INCFA) has received the first 15 of 100 locomotives that are on order from U.S-based General Electric Transportation, signaling the start...

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Zambian Government To Issue A Statutory Instrument To Force Freight Back Onto Rail

Speaking at a recent stakeholder meeting, Zambian minister of communication and transportation, Brian Mushimba has indicated that the Zambian government intends to issue a Statutory Instrument (SI) to...

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Transport Forum Special Interest Group

The next monthly Transport Forum Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting will be held in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on 2 February.  The SIG will be held under the theme: “Is regional Integration...

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Cape Town Metrorail Riled After Further Coaches Are Torched

Cape Town’s Metrorail has not managed to operate at optimum capacity for more than a year, as PRASA’s fleet of passenger trains have fallen victim to repeated arson attacks on the city’s Central...

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NRC Completes Refurbishment Of Passenger Coaches for Lagos-Kano Line

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced that they have successfully implemented a rolling stock refurbishment project, which has resulted in three air-conditioned, 90-seater sleeper...

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Alstom to supply 15 Coradia Polyvalent trains to Senegal

Alstom has been awarded a contract¹ for the supply of 15 regional trains by APIX², acting on behalf of Senegal’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening Up. The manufacture of the...

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Bolloré Launches Construction Works on the Port of Tema

French multinational Bolloré Transportation and Logistics recently hosted an official launch ceremony for the construction works on the Port of Tema, in the Republic of Ghana, West Africa. The...

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Nigeria and West Africa Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management Event – Multimodal West Africa

Multimodal West Africa is Nigeria and West Africa’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event. It represents every logistics sector, making it a unique and highly...

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Changing the Way Railway Projects Are Executed With ARES PRISM

Global project management leaders, ARES PRISM, will be featured in the upcoming issue of Railways AfricaTM Magazine (6:2016), due for release soon. The company is currently providing project...

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Nigeria to Deploy High Speed Train on the Abuja-Kaduna Line

The managing director of Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC), Mr Figet Edetanlen Okhiria, announced this week the NRC intends to deploy a locomotive capable of travelling at 150km/h on the...

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International Rail News

Alstom To Acquire Nomad Digital

Alstom has signed a purchase agreement for the acquisition of Nomad Holdings, commercially known as Nomad Digital, from Amadeus Capital Partners, SEB Venture Capital and Deutsche Telekom Strategic...

Bombardier’s INNOVIA Metro 300 Enters Service in Kuala Lumpur

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation, in partnership with Hartasuma, recently announced the launch of the latest INNOVIA Metro 300 train in the Asia Pacific region. The new train enters...

Global Sustainable Transport Conference

The first-ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 27 November, has anchored sustainable transport firmly into the United Nations global sustainable...

Vossloh Strengthens its Competitive Position in The USA With Acquisition of Rocla Concrete Tie

German transport technology manufacturer Vossloh recently signed a contract for the acquisition of the US rail infrastructure company Rocla Concrete Tie, with Altus Capital Partners. Rocla...