August 16, 2017

Egypt and China sign Cairo interurban light rail contract

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EGYPTIAN prime minister Mr Sherif Ismail attended a ceremony in Cairo on August 15 to witness the signing of a $US 1.24bn contract between Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) and a consortium of China’s Avic International and China Railway Group for the construction of an interurban light rail line to the east of Cairo.

The 66km 11-station line will connect Cairo with El Obour City, El Shorouk City, Badr City, and 10th of Ramadan City.

The line is forecast to carry around 340,000 passengers per day, reducing traffic on the Cario - Ismailia highway by around 30%.

NAT director Mr Tarek Gamal al-Din said construction will begin within the next three months.

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