Egypt: commissioning of the first electrified light rail transport system

Egypt’s first electrified light rail transit (LRT) system, jointly built by Chinese and Egyptian companies, began its trial on Sunday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi took the first lap on the LRT during his inauguration ceremony, which was also attended by Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqiang.

The LRT project is the result of a US$1.24 billion contract signed in August 2017 between the Egyptian National Tunneling Authority and the consortium of China Railway Engineering Corporation and AVIC International Holding Corporation.

The railway project connects the new administrative capital being built east of Cairo with surrounding new towns and remote districts, including El-Salam City, 10th of Ramadan City, El-Obour City, Badr City and El-Shorouk City. Egyptian Transport Minister Kamel el-Wazir said the first phase of the LRT includes 22 trains and will serve 360,000 passengers daily.

The 12-station LRT line-up starts at the huge Adly Mansour Central Station, a transport hub east of Cairo, and ends at the NAC, comprising seven bridges, three tunnels, two substations and a deposit.

The SLR project is divided into several phases, covering a total distance of approximately 103 kilometers with 19 stations. The current phase covers a distance of approximately 70 kilometers with 12 stations.

Future phases will include a southern extension that covers a distance of about 18.5 kilometers with four stations and a northern extension that covers about 16 kilometers with three stations, the transport minister pointed out.

Twenty Egyptian companies and 15 Chinese companies participated in the execution of the project, according to the minister.

Jose P. Rogers