Vossloh wins contract for new UAE rail link 01 July 2020

Vossloh AG has won the contract for the supply of turnouts and rail fasteners for phase two of a new railway construction project in Abu Dhabi.

By October 2020 Vossloh will supply 38 turnouts and 495,000 sleeper sets of the rail fastening system. For the project, the specifications of the future integrated Etihad Rail network with mixed use traffic have already been taken into account. The line is rated for a maximum load of 32.5 tonnes and speeds of up to 160km/ph in freight traffic and up to 200km/ph in passenger traffic.

Phase one covered the 264km long freight line operated by Etihad Rail between the gas fields at Shah and Habshan and the port and industrial city Ruwais. Phase two will extend 60km from Ghuweifat on the border with Saudi Arabia, to Fujairah on the east coast of the United Arab Emirates. Due to its dimension, the standard gauge and mainly double-track network will be constructed in five phases. The initial part of the second phase will be a 139km long link between Ruwais with Ghuweifat at the border between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

After the completion of all stages, the volume of goods transported across the network will increase from 7 million tonnes to more than 50 million tonnes per year.