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IQ - Railway Safety Improvement Project

August 11, 2014

Project ID : P150441 Project status : Active Project Phase : Planning Total project cost : US$ 200.00 million Country : Iraq Region : Middle East and North Africa Sectors : Railways Preliminary Description The World Bank s support will focus on institutional development and safety improvement. The reform TA component of this proposed project will introduce IRR and Ministry of Transport officials, who have been relatively isolated due to the war and embargo imposed by the international community, to the reform options available to support efficient and market oriented transport service provision including a program for the revitalization of the railway system. The investment component, on the other hand, will address a technically complex and critical safety gap signaling on the South Line between Baghdad and Basra, and combine it with an overall program of safety improvement measures especially as the railway increases traffic volumes and speeds. Component 1: Railway Modernization and Revitalization Technical assistance to support modernization of the IRR to become more efficient and cost effective in planning and operating the railway. This would include: a) TA to expose IRR to new technology on signaling and communication; b) TA to support the establishment of a Management Information System (MIS) to improve train and freight operations; and maintenance of infrastructure and rolling stock, and to strengthen financial management; c) TA to review the operating rules and procedures and recommendations for improvement; d) explore options for private sector participation in the railway sector; and e) TA to support location selection, associated land acquisition and design of grade separated railway crossings to maximize impact on safety for both road and rail users. Component 2: South Line Infrastructure Development Investment in a modern, robust signaling system for the railway line from Baghdad to Um Qasr. This would include the supply and installation of equipment for central dispatching, communications to locomotives/drivers, communications to stations staff, control of point machines that operate switches, protection of level crossings, and the systems that integrate and operate equipment. It would also include training of IRR locomotive staff, maintenance staff, station staff and train control staff to operate and maintain the new system. Component 3: Technical Assistance in Citizen Engagement, Safety and Logistics Programs Technical assistance and investment towards supporting a system which ensures that service delivery is directly responsive to the needs of its users (i.e, citizens). The project will therefore: a) develop and operate a Citizens Railway Reporting System to ensure user feedback on service delivery performance; b) develop a comprehensive safety program for the proposed line. This component includes the following sub components: (i) Training to ensure the IRR has the human resources (skills and or

Project completion date : 2015-12-31 12:00:00


Address : Iraq

Country :Iraq

Financier : World Bank (WB)

Financier address : The World Bank 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433 USA tel: (202) 473-1000 fax: (202) 477-6391 Contact : Ibrahim Khalil Dajani

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