Electric train connecting Egypt's New Administrative Capital with Salam City to enter service October 2021



Sun, 08 Nov 2020 - 11:08 GMT


Sun, 08 Nov 2020 - 11:08 GMT

FILE - Monorail

FILE - Monorail

CAIRO – 8 November 2020: Minister of Transportation Kamel al-Wazir told press Sunday that the electric train connecting Salam City, the New Administrative Capital, and 10th of Ramadan City together will enter service in October 2021.


The pilot operation of the line extending over 90 kilometers will begin in August 2021.


The other two transportation projects linking the New Administrative Capital with other parts of Egypt are the monorail stretching to 6th of October City western Cairo, and the high-speed train between Alamein and Ain Sokhna.


The minister underlined a set plan to establish a locomotive factory in the industrial zone located eastern Port Said.


High-speed Train


In October, the minister stated that the implementation of the first phase of the high speed train project linking Ain el-Sokhna with El-Alamein will begin within two months.



The first phase will begin from the international sports city in the Administrative Capital to Borg el-Arab city in Alexandria, with a length of 260 km, passing through New Cairo and 6th of October city.



An alliance of Egyptian and international companies are carrying out the implementation of the project, whose length is 438 km, and its speed reaches 260 km/hour.  



The railcars of the speed train will be manufactured locally in East Port Said zone.




The monorail project consists of two lines. The starting point of the the new capital's line will start in Nasr city with a 3 kilometer length, and Sixth of October's monorail will start from Giza with a length of about 42 km.

The line of the New Administrative Capital includes 21 stations: Stadium - Hisham Barakat - Nuri Khattab - Seventh district - Zakir Hussein - Free Zone - Marshal Tantawi - Cairo Festival - Choueifat - Emaar – Al-Nafoura Square – Al-Barwa - Middle Ring Road - Mohammed bin Zayed - Regional Ring - Almasa Hotel - Ministries Quarter - Administrative Capital.


The monorail of the Sixth of October City includes 12 stations and will serve the major expansions of the city, especially social housing projects.

In May 2019, Bombardier had announced being selected to establish a €3 billion ($3.36 billion) monorail project in Egypt that will run from Cairo to the eastern and western outskirts.


The total value of the design, build and O&M contract exceeds $4.5 billion (EUR 4.1 billion). Bombardier Transportation’s share is $2.85 billion (EUR 2.6 billion) and Orascom Construction’s share is close to $900 million. 


Orascom Construction will design and build all infrastructure and civil works, including stations, guide way structures and new depot buildings.


Warehouses are being built in the New Administrative Capital and 6th of October City at the ends of the line, and the coalition will provide maintenance and secure spare parts.


The government announced earlier that a number of international and local consortiums submitted to the project. According to the announcement, the project consultant, the technical committee and the bid committee reviewed and evaluated all the offers submitted in accordance with the conditions, criteria and principles on which the bid evaluation process was based.

In January 2019, Deputy Minister of Transport Amr Shaat said that Canadian, Chinese and Malaysian Companies compete in the bid launched by the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Housing to set up two monorail projects at the New Administrative Capital.


The two lines will be able to transport around 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction when ultimate capacity is reached. With operating speeds of up to 80 km/h; the journey time for the new Capital will be around 60 minutes (for 54 km line) and around 42 minutes for 6 October City (42 km line), according to the company.


Locomotive Factory


The Cabinet approved on October 26 the establishment of the National Company for Railway Industries in SCzone.


The company will be responsible for establishing and managing the factory in partnership with the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt and the private sector.


The establishment of the company comes with the aim of manufacturing, maintaining, replacing, and renewing railcars to settle that industry.



A mechanism shall be developed to enable the ministry of transportation to determine the global price of the final product.




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