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GCC Transport & Railways Conference Urs Mosimann, Strategy & Performance Director, Etihad RailOctober 19, 2011Part of the GCC railway networkGCC NetworkEtihad RailExisting LinesNorth-South Line (built)Mecca-MedinaKey Facts and Network Phasing20132014201618201516Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Key Facts 1200 km Network Length Mainly double Track 6 Tunnels and around 300 Structures Design Speed up to 120 km/h (freight) up to 200 km/h (passenger) Designed and built to mix of standards (AREMA / AAR, UIC) Diesel traction with option to electrifyStatus of the Project Preliminary Engineering Stage 1 completed Stage 1 Design & Build and Rolling Stock contracts awarded Safety & Security Consultants and Independent Safety Assessor retained Locomotives awarded to U.S.-based Electromotive Diesel Wagons Awarded to China- based CSR Sleeper Factory: PCM Strescon Ventures Start of Construction expected before the end of 2011 Start of Operations of first service from Habshan to Ruwais in 2013 Preliminary Engineering for Stages 2 & 3 has started including surveysIssues around interoperabilityQuestions from 7 areas need to be addressed to ensure successful GCC-interoperability.So far, we have only just touched the tip of the iceberg!5Mechanical parameters Track gauge Loading gauge Right or left hand runningSystems Signalling (ETCS Level 2) Communications (GSM-R)Operation Safety Rules Operating rulebook harmonization Vehicle acceptanceCustoms & immigration Border control processes Customs-bonded traffic Systems for goods declaration and duty collectionOperational planning Planning of international service Network path allocationCommercial agreements Resource pooling and revenue sharing Agreed access charges Cabotage rules (return trip)Ancillary items Rolling stock maintenance abroad Passenger reservation, ticketing and pricing Insurance, liabilities, incident investigation Platform interface Train lengths Axle load Train driver certification Operating languageSummary A modern, safe, efficient and value adding railway network Freight network - part of a seamless logistics network Passenger network - open up new journey opportunities and support continued growth and development Incorporate good international practices as well as solutions relevant for local context A new industry new employment, training and development opportunities for UAE nationals opportunities for partners around the world to participate in this exciting new venture The project is now well underway!


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