A 450-kilometre North-South Railway (NSR) running from Damascus to the Red Sea city of Aqaba in the south, which would pass near Mafraq, the area around Amman-Zarqa and Maan in the southwest. Preliminary feasibility studies have already been carried out by Holland Rail Consult.
An 800-kilometre East-West Railway (EWR) running from Baghdad across the Iraqi-Jordanian border to Zarqa and Irbid, and on to the western part of the kingdom. The railway will be split into two sections: a 400-kilometre section from Baghdad to the Iraqi-Jordanian border; and a 400-kilometre section from the border, which will pass near Mafraq and Irbid, and terminate in the west.
A 250-kilometre Dead Sea-Red Sea railway that will primarily transport potash from the Dead Sea to the port at Aqaba.
A Sinai railway, connecting the Aqaba port to the Egyptian rail network.
A 70-kilometre railway connecting Maan to Medina in Saudi Arabia, which would connect to the NSR at Batn-Ghul, in Jordan.
Ultimately, Amman aims to connect Jordan’s rail network to Europe, via Syria and Turkey, making freight traffic feasible. There are also plans to build an inland container depot in the Amman area to handle container traffic.
CPCS in a consortium with Spain’s Santander Central Hispano Investment, Canada’s Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, a company identified as International Business Law Associates and the local Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organisation has already started work on restructuring and privatising Aqaba Railway Corporation (ARC – MEED 24:6:05). The project is split into two phases. In phase 1, ARC will be abolished and a new company, Aqaba Railway Operating Company (AROC) will be established. A long-term transport contract is planned to be signed between AROC and Jordan Phosphate Mines Company, and a long-term operating contract between AROC and the government. Under phase 2, potential strategic investors will be sought.
CPCS was also appointed as financial adviser to the Public Transport Regulatory Commission to assist on the estimated $100 million build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) contract to build a 26-kilometre light railway between Amman and Zarqa (MEED 24:6:05).