Etihad Rail announces MoU’s on knowledge exchange with Renfe, HS1
Renfe and the United Arab Emirates’ Etihad Rail concluded last week’s 16th Annual Middle East Rail event with several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) on knowledge transfers. Etihad Rail inked a similar deal with the UK’s HS1 and GB Railfreight.
Through the MoU’s with Renfe and HS1, the operator of the UK’s first high-speed railway, Etihad Rail wants to expand its knowledge and expertise in the field of high-speed railways, as well as keep abreast of best practices in the field. The same applies to its MoU with GB Railfreight for the transportation of goods.
Etihad Rail intends to deepen its knowledge, as there are a lot of major rail projects afoot in the UAE. In addition to expanding the Etihad Rail freight network to 1,200 kilometres, the company is also working on a passenger service and a future light rail network.
These works are grouped under the UAE Railways Program, which is valued at 50 billion emirate dirham (12,25 billion euros) and calls for 200-kilometre-per-hour passenger services between the country’s main cities. As a result, travel time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai should be reduced to 50 minutes.
The UAE is targeting an annual passenger number across the network of 36,5 million by 2030. By that time, the railway sector should support more than 9,000 jobs in the emirates.
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