Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) awarded the consortium a contract in 2017 to construct the 66km 11-station line to 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%.

CRRC Sifang will supply six-car EMUs with a design speed of 120km/h for operation on the line, while the contract also includes 12 years’ maintenance. CRRC says the EMUs will be adapted for use in the Egyptian environment, with low noise emission and a high passenger capacity.

CRRC Sifang says the project is a major achievement under the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which it says will support its expansion into the North African market.

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