A 54km line will connect New Administrative City with East Cairo while the second 42km line will connect 6th October City with Giza. Together the two monorail projects could be worth up to €3bn.

Bombardier will be responsible for the design and build contract and says its share of the deal is worth €1.2bn. The company also has a 15+15-year operations and maintenance contract with a potential value of around €1.1bn. The supplier says the monorail trains will be designed and built in Derby, Britain.

Negotiations over the schedule for delivering the Cairo project will now take place ahead of the award of the contract.

If negotiations with the chosen consortium fail, the ministry will turn to a Chinese consortium to deliver the project.