Dubai Hyperloop Competition

The Government of Dubai is planning to build Hyperloop infrastructure in the near future between two great global cities, Dubai and Fujairah City in the neighbouring Emirate of Fujairah. The...

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Alstom and Qatar Railways unveil the new Citadis Tram for the city of Lusail

In June 2014, Qatar Railways awarded a contract to Alstom, who were operating as a part of a consortium, for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of an integrated...

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Qatar metro tunnel breakthrough

The 11.3km Red Line tunnel on which boring began in July 2014 for the Doha metro in Qatar achieved breakthrough on 21 March. Four tunnel boring machines were used on this project. The northern section...

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Israel Railways orders more double-decks

Israel Railways is exercising an option to acquire 60 more coaches from Bombardier at a cost of €106 million, increasing the fleet of double-deckers to 425 vehicles. The new sets will comprise both...

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Siemens rolling stock for Riyadh metro

As part of the BACS consortium, Siemens is supplying the vehicles, signalling, train control and electrification equipment for Lines 1 and 2 of the 175km, six-line Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia. The...

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Hazardous material on rail in the United Arab Emirates

Every day, two trains 1,600 metres in length, carry 11,000 tonnes of granulated sulphur along the 254km Shah-Habshan-Ruwais railway - the first in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - for the Abu Dhabi...

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GCC ministers discuss Gulf railway

Substantial reduction in the world price of oil has seriously affected funds available for building the ambitious 2,177km Gulf Railway. It is now clear that completion cannot be achieved as planned in...

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Israel: 1st stage ERTMS signalling

Current Israel Railways (IR) signalling is based on Indusi I60R automatic train detection with electronic and relay interlockings. The installation of ETCS Level 2 is planned to provide for growing...

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Alstom stake in Kazakh EKZ now 50%

Alstom and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) have finalised Alstom’s acquisition of an additional 25% in the EKZ joint venture (JV). It was formed by Alstom, KTZ and Transmashholding (TMH), to produce...

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Israel’s $7bn rail investment

On 3 February, transport minister Israel Katz approved Israel’s largest railway budget to date, involving investment equivalent to $US7.24 billion up to 2020. The budget includes substantial amounts...

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