EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels signed a US$1·24bn contract on August 15 for the construction of a fast tram route serving greater Cairo. Work is due to start in two to three months and will be carried out by a consortium of AVIC International and China Railway Group.
The 66 km route would have 11 stops and would serve the new capital, planned to be built to the east of Cairo. It would also serve Al-Salam City, Ramadan 10 City, Obour City, Badr City and Shorouk City. Ridership is forecast at 340 000 passengers a day.