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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies plans to hold a public unveiling of the Toulouse facility sometime later in 2018.
Pieces fall into place for new Hyperloop test track in France

Startup Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has been quite busy signing deals to explore the potential of high-speed transport routes all around the world, but has little in the way of functioning prototypes and test tracks to show for it...

By Nick Lavars 17 Apr 2018

Prasa's bizarre CEO appointment
Prasa's bizarre CEO appointment

Cromet Molepo, Prasa's acting group CEO for just four months, started retirement on Sunday with leave worth more than R1.3-million and a controversial legacy...

By Rebecca Redelmeier 6 Apr 2018

Almost 1,400 train coaches lost due to vandalism in past three years
Almost 1,400 train coaches lost due to vandalism in past three years

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has lost almost 1,400 train coaches due to vandalism in the past three financial years resulting in over R503m in losses...

27 Mar 2018

Siemens and Alstom couple train units
Siemens and Alstom couple train units

PARIS, France - The maker of France's iconic TGV trains Alstom and German industrial leader Siemens have signed an agreement on creating a global leader in the rail industry...

26 Mar 2018

Benin president taps China for controversial railway
Benin president taps China for controversial railway

COTONOU, Benin - Benin's President Patrice Talon has asked local firm Petrolin and French giant Bollore to "withdraw" from a major rail infrastructure project to make way for China, in the latest development of the controversial scheme...

26 Mar 2018

How to effectively report railway crimes
How to effectively report railway crimes

More and more commuters are affected by crime on railways and many are reaching a point where they feel helpless, leading them to take matters into their own hands. They often do this by posting a comment or video recording on social media.

16 Mar 2018

More than 30 global firms want to supply Tanzania with electric trains
More than 30 global firms want to supply Tanzania with electric trains

The government has reportedly started screening more than 30 global firms which applied for contracts to supply electric trains to ply the standard gauge railway (SGR) line of which construction just started...

By Sylivester Domasa 6 Mar 2018

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Anger as rail construction begins in Nairobi National Park

Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage on Thursday, 1 March 2018, after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project...

5 Mar 2018

Images of Virgin Hyperloop One's prototype pod show a very spacious cabin.
Virgin Hyperloop One shows off a passenger pod in Dubai

Virgin Hyperloop One has been making inroads in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a little while, having already presented its vision for a route connecting cities across the Middle East, including a 12-minute link between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

By Nick Lavars 1 Mar 2018

Prasa to fork out R1bn in backpay as it reinstates 700 dismissed workers
Prasa to fork out R1bn in backpay as it reinstates 700 dismissed workers

The cost to reinstate the 700 workers who were fired by the Passenger Rail of South Africa (Prasa) after a protected strike five years ago will amount to over R1-billion...

By Ernest Mabuza 28 Feb 2018

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France to force reforms to 'untouchable' rail sector

PARIS, France - President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled on Monday plans to push through reforms of France's mammoth rail system, daring to tread where his predecessors have failed...

27 Feb 2018

Zimbabwe's national railway back on the rails
Zimbabwe's national railway back on the rails

The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has entered a new era towards a historic turnaround after President Mnangagwa officially commissioned $400 million coaches, wagons and locomotives...

23 Feb 2018

Prasa to get a new permanent board 'soon'
Prasa to get a new permanent board 'soon'

A permanent board will soon be installed at the Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa), Deputy Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga says...

By Khulekani Magubane 14 Feb 2018

Cape Town to upgrade security on railways
Cape Town to upgrade security on railways

A huge security operation was unveiled on Friday for Cape Town's collapsing and crime-ridden railway system...

12 Feb 2018

Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa
Public Protector investigating "irregular" recruitments at Prasa

The recruitment processes for several senior employees at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in the Western Cape were "irregular" and in breach of company policy...

By Barbara Maregele 7 Feb 2018

NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters
NEWSWATCH: Delays continue for Metrorail commuters

Metrorail commuters travelling on the central train line along the Cape Flats will be affected by the closed line until Wednesday, 17 January 2018...

15 Jan 2018

Transport Minister orders expedited investigation after Germiston train crash
Transport Minister orders expedited investigation after Germiston train crash

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has directed the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to expedite the investigation into the cause of a collision between two Metrorail trains at Geldenhuis station...

By Linda Ensor 10 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Industry 4.0: A disruptive revolution or simply evolution?

Historic industrial revolutions have led to the "silent generation" (the likes of Warren Buffet and the Beatles) bearing witness to both pre- and post- liberated populations...

By Benji Coetzee 10 Jan 2018

Does Metrorail have a future in SA?
Does Metrorail have a future in SA?

Crime and vandalism are causing the fast decline of SA's railway system. The City of Cape Town has attempted to step in and help Metrorail stay afloat...

By Melissa Cohen 27 Dec 2017

Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers
Apapa port not conceived to receive trucks, fuel tankers

The Apapa port was originally designed to receive imported goods and petroleum products and move them out by railway and pipelines, and not to receive articulated trucks and heavy-duty vehicles...

By Ejiofor Alike 13 Dec 2017

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Cromet Molepo new acting group CEO of Prasa

Cromet Molepo has been appointed as the new acting group CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) with immediate effect...

11 Dec 2017

New partnership agreement between Prasa, SNCF, AFD
New partnership agreement between Prasa, SNCF, AFD

On Monday, 27 November 2017, France's national state-owned railway company SNCF, the French Development Agency and Prasa signed a tripartite financial partnership agreement amounting to R6.15m in the form of a grant...

29 Nov 2017

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Railway's R1bn accident and crime bill

Accidents and crime cost South African railway operators almost a billion rand. Most of the increased cost arose from derailments, collisions, and train fires. Eight train-on-train collisions cost railway operators...

By Laura Bratton 24 Nov 2017

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Corruption watchdog finds more than 20 banks handled money for Gupta companies in Transnet deal

More than 20 banks sent or received money to Gupta-linked companies, an investigation by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) found...

17 Nov 2017

Freight helps Transnet's profit balloon
Freight helps Transnet's profit balloon

State-owned rail and logistics group Transnet has reported a 230% increase in net profit to R3.48bn for the half-year to 30 September 2017...

1 Nov 2017

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South Africa needs to revamp its new public transport system

Over the past eight years, the South African government has spent more than R130bn on public transport projects in the country's main cities...

By Christo Venter and Gary Hayes 23 Oct 2017

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City of Cape Town aims to take over management of commuter rail

Earlier this week, Councillor Brett Herron addressed the media about the City of Cape Town's intention to take over management of commuter rail in Cape Town...

12 Oct 2017

Join the #TransportMonth conversation this October
Join the #TransportMonth conversation this October

This year, Transport Month will be hosted under the theme: “Together we move South Africa Forward.”

10 Oct 2017

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Nigeria needs $16bn to construct, modernise rail lines

The Nigerian government needs about $16 billion to construct and modernise major rail lines, an official said...

By Sani Tukur 9 Oct 2017

Important announcement about future of commuter rail in Cape Town
Important announcement about future of commuter rail in Cape Town

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 10 October 2017, will see the City of Cape Town's Councillor Brett Herron, make an important announcement about the future of commuter rail in Cape Town...

9 Oct 2017

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