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Railways Africa is the authoritative trade, technical, business-to-business publication and online news service covering the rail industry across the African continent.
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Nigeria Railways Corporation Hikes Fares On Abuja-Kaduna Railway Line

Effective from 1 February, the Nigeria Railways Corporation (NRC) has announced a 57% increase in passenger fees on the Abuja-Kaduna line.

Speaking on behalf of the NRC, operations manager Victor Adamu told members of the Nigerian media that the price increase was in response to rising fuel prices and will enable the rail operator to improve their service to passengers in the coming months. Adamu also pointed out that passenger fees had not been adjusted since the launch of the new Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge railway line in July 2016. He further explained that the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, approved the fee hike in 2016, but implementation was delayed until the first week of February.

The fee hike comes ahead of the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, scheduled for a six-week period starting in March. The lack of availability of intercity flights from Abuja is expected to result in a much higher demand for passenger train services during the affected period.

Following the fee increase, an economy class passenger ticket on the Abuja-Kaduna line will costs N1,050 ($US3.34) against the previous fare of N600 ($US1.91), and a first class ticket will cost N1,500 ($US4.77) against the previous price of N900 ($US2.86).

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SA Ambassador Leads Business Delegation To The Ghana Ports And Harbours Authority

Testing Starts On Extreme High-Speed Trains In Morocco

A consignment of TGV high-speed trains has arrived from France at the Port of Tangiers and will be deployed on a new high-speed line currently under construction between Tangiers and Kenitra on Morocco’s northern coastline.

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/testing-starts-on-extreme-high-speed-trains-in-morocco


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Namibian-German Bilateral Consultations On Development Cooperation

The 2017 edition of the Consultations on Development Cooperation between Namibia and Germany took place in Windhoek, on 7 and 8 February. During the discussions, both parties confirmed three focal areas for cooperation, namely...

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Namibian-German Bilateral Consultations On Development Cooperation

The 2017 edition of the Consultations on Development Cooperation between Namibia and Germany took place in Windhoek, on 7 and 8 February. During the discussions, both parties confirmed three focal areas for cooperation, namely:

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/namibian-german-bilateral-consultations-on-development-cooperation

Specialised Energy Mission From South Africa To Zambia Commended For Innovative Approach To Doing Business In Africa

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/specialised-energy-mission-from-south-africa-to-zambia-commended-for-innovative-approach-to-doing-business-in-africa

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PRASA - Commuters Pleased With New Train

On 7 February, the first X’Trapolis Mega train, built by Gibela for PRASA, carried its first passengers on the Koedoespoort – Rissik Corridor, in Pretoria.

According to Gibela, commuters were visibly pleased and full of praise for the new train, in particular, its modern, ergonomic design, comfort levels and speed.

The new off-peak service started in early February and will operate on weekdays and Saturdays between 08h30 and 15h30. A total of 25 trips will run on a daily basis until the start of official commercial services. Once operational, PRASA expects to have nine trains running in the Pretoria region by March 2017.

Gibela CEO, Marc Granger, states: “This is a historic moment for Gibela, its shareholders and the country at large, as South African commuters finally get a taste of a service that marks the entry into a new age of rail.”
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Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda Receives Locomotives

In issue 2:2016 of Railways Africa we profiled the work of African Rail & Traction Services (Pty) - who had completed the repair and refurbishment work for four GE U20C locomotives on behalf of the Caminhos de Ferro de Luanda (CFL).

On 7 February, CFL’s administration received the final consignment of locomotives from GE, which the operator is confident will boost their capacity to meet demand in both passenger and freight services, in the Luanda region.

For more information on AR&TS' contract with CFL, see Railways Africa Magazine; 2:2016.
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Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 Have Been Promulgated Come Into Effect 1st April

Doing business in South Africa? The Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 have been promulgated and come into effect 1st April. Whilst this is not breaking news, it perhaps went quietly under the radar. In a media statement issued towards the end of January, it states that the revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was largely influenced by the..

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/news/preferential-procurement-regulations-2017-have-been-promulgated-come-into-effect-1st-april

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This being the last issue of 2016, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our readers, advertisers and contributors for the continued support received during the course of the year. It cannot be denied that it has been a tough year, however, investment in the continent’s infrastructure continues to dominate development discussions across platforms, promising to keep Africa’s continued prosperity on track, in a difficult global economic cycle.

In this issue, our cover article talks to successfully delivering on infrastructure projects, on time and within budget, through the use of intelligent project management software solutions. Built on global best practises and offered by ARES, a leading project management company. If you are interested in a hands-on introduction to the world-class suite of software and services offered by ARES, please feel free to contact me, as Railways Africa™ has negotiated a special introductory offer.

It is pleasing to see that even in these tough economic times, orders for rolling stock are coming through, which is testament to the UNIFE World Rail Market Study’s findings of a 3% projected growth rate over the short to medium term on the continent. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) can expect an increase in orders from the African continent in the 2017/18 FY, placing Africa as a key driver for the rail industry on a global scale.

A few weeks ago, world leaders gathered in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the first global climate change conference (COP22) to be held on the African continent. The need for a shift to more sustainable transport modalities featured highly on the global COP22 agenda, and the potential of rail to contribute to the reduction in carbon emissions emanating from the transport sector was recognised by all stakeholders. In addition, the digitisation of the rail industry continues to drive advancements in rail services, operations and maintenance, a trend that we expect will continue at increasing speeds in years to come.

Safety on the continent’s railways remains a priority, and I would like to commend the Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa (RSR) for their in-depth report back on the state of railway safety in the country. We have provided a detailed analysis of the 2015/16 State of Railway Safety Report in this issue, and add our voice to the call for all stakeholders to observe railway safety protocols, specifically the message to always stop at level crossings “Look, Listen, Stay Alive”, especially at this time of year, when scores of holiday makers take to the road for the holiday season.

The 2017-year looks to be an exciting one for the continent’s railway industry, as we anticipate the roll out of multiple projects and programmes. The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) will be ordering new rolling stock for the Gautrain, and will be releasing the results of the feasibility study on the ambitious extension plans for the project. The first of PRASA’s X’Trapolis MEGA trains will be taking to the tracks in Mamelodi for the initial trial runs of Gibela’s rolling stock for passenger services. The Dunnottar train manufacturing plant will be coming on line, seeing Alstom rolling stock being manufactured in the country for the first time. Kenya will be inaugurating their long awaited standard gauge railway line, and Tanzania is expected to follow close behind. We hope that you share our excitement, as we bring you all the news and business intelligence emanating from the continent’s railways in 2017.

Railways Africa™ looks forward to seeing increased growth for those who participate in the rail sector in 2017/18. As we close on this exhilarating, all be it challenging, year; we wish each of you a fantastic festive season, filled with the rest and recuperation needed to prepare for a sensational 2017.

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/magazine/issue-6-2016
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