Opening ceremony of the consultative meeting on regional railway transport

Cérémonie d’ouverture de la réunion consultative sur le transport ferroviaire régional

(ECOWAS) Experts from ECOWAS Member States, regional organisations and development partners are meeting in Accra, Ghana, from 9 to 10 May 2024 to examine the railway component of the ECOWAS Regional Infrastructure Master Plan (RIMP) and ensure the harmonisation of railway infrastructure development in the ECOWAS region. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss not only updates on the progress of various regional railway infrastructure projects, but also financing models that can be used to fund the railway component of the RIMP. Three speeches were delivered at the…

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Galison Manufacturing Completes Order of 50 Wagons for DRC-Zambia Logistics Corridor

(Railways Africa) – Galison Manufacturing, a South African-based industry leader in the manufacture and supply of railway freight wagons and mining equipment, is pleased to announce the successful completion of an order for 50 lightweight dual-purpose wagons for a major logistics company operating between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia. The order, awarded in mid-2023, involved the manufacture of lightweight wagons, each capable of carrying both containers and non-containerised cargo such as copper and sulphur in bags with high sides fitted. A key feature of these wagons is…

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SENEGAL-RAILS-RELANCE / GTS offers five free days between Thiès and Diamniadio, from Wednesday

(APS) – Les Grands trains du Sénégal (GTS) will offer five days of free services between Thiès and Diamniadio, starting Wednesday, we learned from its general director, Oumar Amadou Sow. Speaking at a press conference at the Thiès railway station on Monday, Oumar Amadou Sow announced that after dry runs on Monday and Tuesday, to test its machines, its staff and the rails, “the good news , is that from Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (the company) plans to do free trials”. “All the populations of Thiès will be…

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INAUGURATION OF A LIGHT RAIL PROJECT BUILT BY CHINA IN LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA

“The first phase of China’s state-of-the-art light rail project in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, was inaugurated on Thursday by President Bola Tinubu, marking a new chapter in the fight against traffic congestion and delays in commuting that have long hindered the country’s economic prowess. The transformative Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Red Line project, undertaken by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) in 2021, spans 26.5 kilometers and comprises eight stations. Speaking at the handover ceremony in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, Mr. Tinubu described the project…

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Morocco: Marrakech-Agadir High-Speed Rail Line, China Railway Secures Contract

ligne à grande vitesse Marrakech à Agadir

LogisT-Africa – The Kingdom of Morocco plans to launch a second high-speed railway network project following the inauguration in 2018 of the first one connecting Tangier to Casablanca. This new high-speed line, stretching from Marrakech in the central-south to Agadir on the Atlantic coast, will also include three stations at Sidi Zouine, Chichaoua, and Agadir. Estimated at around 50 billion dirhams, the construction of this 230 km-long railway infrastructure has been entrusted to the Chinese group China Railway Design Corporation (CRDC), a subsidiary of the China State Railway Group, a…

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African Development Bank Fuels Mozambique’s Rail Advancements with $40 Million Loan

The recent $40 million loan approval from the African Development Bank to Mozambique’s Rail and Port Authority, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique EP (CFM), marks a significant milestone in enhancing the country’s railway infrastructure. This financial injection aims not only to boost trade and development but also to shape a more sustainable future for Mozambique. Approved on January 31, 2024, as part of CFM’s strategic plan for 2021-2024, the loan targets the acquisition of rolling stock for the country’s primary railway corridor, the Ressano Garcia line. The African…

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Namibia: African Development Bank approves $196 million loan to modernize railway infrastructure

The loan, approved on 31 October 2023, represents 51.8 percent of the project’s total cost The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a loan of $196.43 million for Namibia to implement the second phase of its Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project (TIIP).   The loan, approved on 31 October 2023, represents 51.8 percent of the project’s total cost. The Namibian government will provide the remaining 48.2 percent. The project aligns with Namibia’s long-term Vision 2030 to the country’s Namibia’s logistics value chain by tackling railway infrastructure…

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SENEGAL-RAILS-RELANCE / Revival of the railways: rehabilitation works delivered in December, assures Mansour Faye

(APS) – The rehabilitation works of the country’s railways, 60 to 70% executed, will be delivered in December 2023, announced Thursday the Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening up, Mansour Faye. “We are sure that eventually in December 2023, according to the contractual deadlines, the freight train will run, either at the end of December or at the beginning of January (2024)”, said Mansour Faye. He was visiting the railway rehabilitation sites, aboard one of the three locomotives received, which he took at Pout bound for Diourbel, making a…

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South Africa: Transport on relieve of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Chairperson

The Ministry of Transport has today announced that Mr Leonard Ramatlakane has been relieved of his duties as a Board Member and Chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA).   This follows an investigation by the Entity on the misuse of one of its properties in Cape Town by the Chairperson without due and proper processes being followed. The Rail Lines and Stations were hit by vandalists during the lockdown period and the Rail Recovery Programme is a robust government response to that destruction Transport Minister Chikunga has…

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ALGERIA TO BUILD 1,000 KM RAIL NETWORK TO TRANSPORT IRON ORE

( Ecofin Agency) – The country is seeking to create new rail links to densify its network in order to facilitate freight transport, mass transport, and limit the deterioration of roads. Algeria plans to build a 1,000 km railway network to facilitate the evacuation of iron ore from its Gâra Djebilet mine, located in the western province of Tindouf, Algeria Presse Service reported. The railroad will link the mine to Bechar, a province in the northwest of the country. “Technical teams of the National Agency for Studies and Monitoring of…

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