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IRAQ: A memorandum of understanding for the development of urban rail projects in Baghdad and Basra has been signed by the Iraqi government and Alstom as part of a Franco-Iraqi inter-governmental meeting.

A 20 km elevated light rail line is proposed for Baghdad, which would link Mustansiriyah, Shaab, Wazireya, Alsarafiya bridge, Al-Khadumia, Al-Muthanna airport and Allawi. It is envisaged that Alstom would supply the rolling stock, electromechanical systems, track and associated civil works.

The proposed Basra metro would have two lines, both 15 km long with 15 stations. One would run north to south from the Shatt Al-Arab to Zubair, the other east–west from Karma.

‘We appreciate the opportunity to develop industrial cooperation with the Republic of Iraq, in order to better address the country’s needs for urban transport’, said Bernard Peille, Managing Director of Alstom in Western & Central Asia, on December 6. ‘Alstom is ready to bring its innovative technologies and sees the signature of this MoU as a first step towards the development of a long-term partnership with Iraq.’

A number of proposals for metro lines in Baghdad have been proposed over the years. In February 2013 Alstom was awarded a contract to undertake detailed design studies for an elevated line on a similar route to the current proposal; at the time it was hoped that construction could begin in 2014 and take around six years at a cost of US$1·5bn.
 

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Perhaps this thread can be renamed to Basra elevated light rail (there's already a thread for the Baghdad one).
 

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http://www.metro-report.com/news/pr...a-urban-rail-memorandum-signed-by-alstom.html




The proposed Basra metro would have two lines, both 15 km long with 15 stations. One would run north to south from the Shatt Al-Arab to Zubair, the other east–west from Karma.

‘We appreciate the opportunity to develop industrial cooperation with the Republic of Iraq, in order to better address the country’s needs for urban transport’, said Bernard Peille, Managing Director of Alstom in Western & Central Asia, on December 6. ‘Alstom is ready to bring its innovative technologies and sees the signature of this MoU as a first step towards the development of a long-term partnership with Iraq.’

A number of proposals for metro lines in Baghdad have been proposed over the years. In February 2013 Alstom was awarded a contract to undertake detailed design studies for an elevated line on a similar route to the current proposal; at the time it was hoped that construction could begin in 2014 and take around six years at a cost of US$1·5bn.
 

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How long would this take to finish if it even goes through? I tend to read how it take years just to add an additional line with a couple of stations in developed countries but that might also be because they already have an existing metro system in place to consider when expanding it.
 
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How long would this take to finish if it even goes through? I tend to read how it take years just to add an additional line with a couple of stations in developed countries but that might also be because they already have an existing metro system in place to consider when expanding it.
I am not sure but I read that it would take 5-10 years. I am just mad that Iraqis can do that by themselves.

I remember seeing a documentary, where Iraqis were operating a ice cream company under Danish supervision but when the Kuwait Invision happened, the Danes left and Iraqis couldn't even manage to make ice cream.

The Iraqi government should invest in the public universities for improving agriculture, infrastructure l, and technology.
 

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the iraqi education system is terrible. and has been terrible for many many decades (if not centuries).

Sadly along with the dysfunctional education system, Iraq has a rather unhealthy dose of arrogance and defensiveness that does not acknowledge this truth.

It means that they consistently graduate masses and masses of "university graduates" but are singularly incapable of running the most rudimentary technology business or development.
 
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http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/...nding-for-the-development-of-urban-transport/

this is the official alstom release.

very good news.

Alstom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iraqi government for the development of urban transport in Baghdad and Basra. The MoU was signed during the Franco-Iraqi government authorities meeting, in the presence of Dr.Sami Al Araji, Head of National Investment Committee of Iraq and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Secretary of State.

The MoU covers two major projects. The first project is to implement a 20 km Elevated Train in Baghdad, with the supply of rolling stock, electromechanical systems, tracks, associated civil works. The light rail system would link Al-Mustansirya, AlShab, Al-Wazyria, Alsarafia AlEtafia bridge, Al-Khadumia, AlMuthana airport and Al-Alawi.

The second project focuses on the development of the Metro System in Basra, which consists of two elevated lines of approximately 30km each, 15 stations and one depot for each line from North to South, from Zubair to Shat Alarab and from East to West, from Karma to the Desert.

These projects would significantly contribute to the development of the country’s urban infrastructure and national economy.

“We appreciate the opportunity to develop industrial cooperation with the Republic of Iraq, in order to better address the country’s needs for urban transportation. Alstom is ready to bring its innovative technologies and sees the signature of this MoU as a first step towards the development of a long-term partnership with Iraq”, said Bernard Peille, Managing Director of Alstom in Western & Central Asia.

Alstom is already well established in the Middle East & Africa Region with more than 3,800 employees, 1,800 suppliers and present in more than 15 countries in the region with offices and joint-ventures in Algeria, Morocco, South Africa and Kazakhstan.

so they are doing all the work!

and the Basra metro will be 60km with 30 stations spread over 2 lines!
 
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