May 19, 2017

Funding agreed for Alexandria tramway upgrade

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EGYPT’s Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation signed a €100m loan agreement with the French Development Agency (AFD) on May 16 which will help finance a €360m project to modernise the 13.7km Raml tram line in Alexandria.

The three-year project aims to increase capacity on the network from 100,000 to 230,000 passengers per day, with measures including grade separation at busy road intersections and traffic signal prioritisation for trams. There will also be a 0.9km extension from Al-Raml Square to Ahmed Orabi Square in Al Manshiya.

In addition to the agreement with AFD, the ministry says the European Investment Bank has expressed an interest in co-financing the project with a €180m contribution.

In February Alexandria placed an order with Tatra-Yug, Ukraine, for 15 high-floor trams, which will enter service in 2019.

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