ALSTOM X’TRAPOLIS MEGA DESIGNS UNVEILED

Detailed exterior and interior plans for the new coaches to be built for the Passenger ...

MOLOTO CORRIDOR “RAPID RAIL”

Following the initial needs-analysis phase (completed in February 2013) of the Moloto Corridor transport project, the options analysis phase recommended “rapid rail” as the preferred mode. At a subsequent political oversight committee (POC) meeting in December, transport minister Dipuo Peters told parliament recently, the rapid-rail option was endorsed. A detailed investigation is presently in hand. […]

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APPLE EXPRESS & BAYWEST MALL

The 110-year-old, 610mm gauge railway running west from Port Elizabeth passes very close to the R1.7 billion Baywest Mall complex currently under construction. The Apple Express Rail (AER) organisation, which hopes to secure operating concession rights from Transnet, envisages rehabilitating the railway as far as Thornhill (53km) by the end of 2014, and providing hourly […]

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METRORAIL COACH REFURBISHING

Delivery of the new fleet of coaches on order for Metrorail will take a number of years to complete. This means that the programme to refurbish existing coaches will continue for some time – probably for at least 15 years. At present about 500 coaches undergo refurbishing annually. It is understood that some R2.1 billion […]

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PRASA DOUBLES ALSTOM’S ORDER BOOK

The order book at France’s Alstom is looking good, largely thanks to the 600 six-coach EMU sets being built for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). Orders for rolling stock received by the French manufacturer this year total some €8.2 billion in value – doubling the previous figure.

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PRASA’S VISION

From the website of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa): Vision To be South Africa’s number one public transport operator Two fundamental principles underpin the vision: a. Integration – Prasa should facilitate integrating individuals and communities, enabling a better quality of life through access to socio-economic opportunities. b. Mobility solutions – Prasa should […]

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A PLEASED METRORAIL CUSTOMER

Jeremy Thorne, writing on News24, says he e-mailed Metrorail about the poor public address system and announcers at Pretoria main station. Metrorail sent back a couple of “rather nice” replies. On 23 July, to his “absolute surprise and amazement, there was a new and upgraded PA system in operation at Pretoria station, with a new […]

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GAUTRAIN: FAST & CLEAN, BUT TRAINS ARE SHORT

Jeremy Thorne, writing on News24, commends clean and comfortable Gautrain’s speed and quiet running – he says he enjoys the journey – but can’t understand the use of trains with only four coaches in the busy peak hour (charging premium fares) which have obliged him to stand all the way to Johannesburg. A minor gripe […]

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CFB AND THE DRC

Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela (the 1,344km CFB), devastated by the prolonged Angolan civil war, is now completely rebuilt from the Atlantic Ocean at Lobito to Luau near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Chinese construction company has carried out the work to very high standards, using rail substantial enough to […]

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ETHIOPIA: TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM

A regional transport infrastructure forum was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from 24 to 26 July. Hosted by the Economic Commission for Africa, the forum’s theme was “Boosting market integration and intra-African trade through effective management of regional transport infrastructure and services”. The main aim was to […]

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STRIKE ALMOST HALTS GHANA TRAINS

Members of the Railway Workers Union of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) workers went out on strike on 21 July, citing poor working conditions but called off the action when Ghanaian President John Mahama personally intervened. Railway Workers Union chairman Alex Boateng was quoted saying that the management of the Ghana Railways Company had […]

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