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Video: Push in Iraq to get Trains back on Track

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is trying to get its antiquated rail system back on track. Established in the early 1950s, it was one of the most prominent train hubs in the Middle East. But war and […]

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4 Metropolitan Transport Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) has included four subway and metropolitan rail projects in its list of major strategic projects to be presented during the Kuwait International Conference for Iraq Reconstruction, to be held in Kuwait from 12th to 14th February: 1. Baghdad Metro The project consist of two lines with total […]

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Iran Resolved to Establish Railroad Link with Iraq

The Iranian president’s chief of staff voiced the administration’s determination to construct a railroad linking Iran to the Iraqi city of Basra, saying the project would give a major boost to the transportation industry in the region. Speaking to reporters in the southwestern city of Khorramshahr on Friday, Mahmoud Vaezi said various related bodies, including […]

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Iraq to link Rail Network with Iran

By John Lee. Iraq’s state-run Iraqi Republic Railways (IRR) announced on Tuesday that it plans to link its rail network to that of neighbouring Iran. IRR Information Director Abdul Sattar Mohsen told Anadolu Agency that Iraqi and Iranian officials had already held several meetings to discuss the project. He added that several international companies had […]

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Iraq to Rebuild Rail System

Plans to revive Iraq’s rail system are gaining pace, reports Reuters. Last year the railway company opened a 32-km line between Mussayab [Musayyib, Musayyab], south of Baghdad, and the holy city of Kerbala to transfer hundreds of thousands of pilgrims during Shi’ite religious festivals. It is also building a new railway parallel to the old […]

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Iranian Company to Repair Iraqi Trains

AKnews reports that Iraq’s Transport Ministry has officially agreed to award the contract for refurbishing 50 Iraqi trains to the Iranian Wadi al-Bar Company. A spokesman for Iraq’s railways told the agency that the company will repair the trains and carry out maintenance at the rail depot and workshop at Samawa (pictured). The Transport Ministry […]

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US Helps Iraq Build Safe and Efficient Rail System

Iraq’s railways are now safer and more efficient as a result of two projects funded with $60 million by the United States. The successful completion of the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system and Digital Microwave Radio Communication Network (DMRCN) will help Iraq to move goods, people, and raw materials quickly about the country. They […]

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Alstom in Deal for High-Speed Rail in Iraq

French engineering group Alstom is in exclusive talks to build a high-speed rail line between Baghdad, French junior transport minister Thierry Mariani announced. “Alstom and the Iraqi railway have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a high-speed rail line between Baghdad and Basra,” Mariani told journalists at the Paris International Airshow, according to a […]

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National Railway Company Reports March Revenue

The Iraqi Railway Company [Iraqi National Rail Company] has announced that its revenues for March totalled $1.4 million [1.7 billion Iraqi dinars], according to a report from AKnews. The company’s assistant general manager, Salam Jaber Salloum, told the agency that proceeds from the transfer of freight reached $310,000 with the remaining revenues coming from the […]

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France’s Alstom to Head Baghdad Metro Project

Reuters reports that the French engineering group that has signed an outline agreement to build a metro line above Baghdad’s streets is in fact Alstom. Shaker al-Zamili, the head of Baghdad Investment Commission, said on Thursday that Iraqi officials signed a memorandum of understanding with Alstom in France last week. An Alstom spokeswoman in Paris […]

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Iraq Rail Boss Calls for Privatisation of Loss-Making Co.

The Iraqi Transport Ministry said on Sunday evening that the national rail company loses 72 billion Iraqi Dinars ($62m) each year due to high payroll expenditure and low annual revenues of less than 12bn Iraqi Dinars ($10m). Speaking to AKnews, the General Director of the Iraqi National Rail Company, Jawad al-Kharasani, complained that the network’s […]

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