Fri, 10 Jul 2020 - 10:29 GMT
FILE - The second batch of the Russian railway vehicles are expected to dock at Alexandria Port on Friday night
CAIRO – 10 July 2020: The second batch of the Russian railway vehicles are expected to dock at Alexandria Port on Friday night, carrying eight vehicles shipped by sea.
Egypt received the first batch that included 22 ordinary vehicles with dynamic ventilation.
An experimental trial of the model vehicles that arrived in June is underway without passengers to ensure its safety in preparation for the operation of the first batch of vehicles during July.
A number of 30 vehicles are set to arrive each month. By the end of the year, the authority will receive 180 new vehicles.
The cost of the 1,300 vehicles is up to €1.065 billion that are being funded in the form of a soft loan.
The agreement with the Russian-Hungarian alliance, led by Transmashholding Company, includes the supply of the 1300 vehicles within 40 months of the date of activating the signed contract.
The contract includes the manufacture and supply of 800 air-conditioned vehicles, including 500 third-class air-conditioned vehicles, a new service offered to passengers for the first time in Egyptian railways history.
The new Russian vehicles will work entirely on the main lines in Lower and Upper Egypt, as they will replace some of the distinctive train cars currently operating and are planned to be transferred to operate on the sub-lines between governorates.