Cairo Monorail

Country: Egypt
Type: Monorail
Construction Start: 2020
Completion: 2023
Length: 96km
Cost: $US 4.5bn

Two monorail lines are being built in Cairo under a contract awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels in August 2019 to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation (now Alstom), Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors. A 54km line will link the New Administrative City with eastern Cairo, and a 42km line will connect 6th of October City with Giza. Both lines are expected to open in 2023 and the combined cost of the two lines will be $US 4.5bn.

Malawi - Mozambique Line reconstruction

Country: Mozambique and Malawi
Type: Main line
Construction Start: 2021
Length: 115km
Cost: $US 30m

The 115km line that connects Nsanje in Malawi via Vila Nova to Mutararar in Mozambique is being reconstructed. The line was closed due to Mozambique’s civil war. The re-establishment of the link between Mozambique and Malawi will facilitate imports and exports. Of the total 115km, 71km are on the Malawian side. The reconstruction has extended 44km of the track from the old Sena Line that connects the Dona Ana Bridge over Zambezi River to Vila Nova da Fronteira. Line speed will be increased from 30km/h to 60km/h, and the axleload will be increased from 16.5 tonnes to 20.5 tonnes.

Machipanda Railway rehabilitation

Country: Mozambique
Type: Main line
Construction Start: 2020
Completion: 2023
Length: 318km
Cost: $US 200m

The project involves the rehabilitation of the 318km line between the port of Beira in Mozambique and Machipanda near the border with Zimbabwe so that it can carry up to 300 million tonnes of freight per year. Starting at sea level, the steeply graded and sharply curving line reaches an altitude of 663m at Gondola before descending to 300m near the Zimbabwe border. Construction started in 2020 and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

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