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EGYPT: The first two of 70 four-car Alstom Innovia 300 trains for the Cairo monorail project have been delivered to the Egyptian capital.

The vehicles are being manufactured at Alstom’s Derby plant in the UK, with work on the Mitrac traction systems led by the company’s site at Trapaga at Spain.

Two monorail lines are being developed in Cairo under a €2·7bn contract which the National Authority for Tunnels awarded in August 2019 to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom), Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors.

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A 54 km line will link the New Administrative City with eastern Cairo, and a 42 km line will connect 6th of October City with Giza.

Both routes are expected to open in 2023, with the consortium providing 30 years of operation and maintenance services.

‘The monorail will be a game changer for residents, decreasing commute times, congestion, pollution and carbon emissions’, said Andrew DeLeone, President of Alstom Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, on September 8. ‘It is an important part of the government’s ongoing efforts to redefine Egypt’s urban future.’


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