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Faith Nyasuguta

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport confirmed that it has already commenced the manufacture process of the express electric train, which is scheduled to operate in Egypt, with a length of approximately 2000 km, on three lines linking all Egyptian cities.

The Ministry noted that express trains and regional trains of the fast electric train network are manufactured inside the Siemens company’s factory in Krefeld, Germany, according to the latest global technology systems, and the quantitative production of trains for Egypt is now taking place.

The new system of the fast electric train network in Egypt consists of three main lines with a length of 2,000 km, where the first line is a line similar to the Suez Canal in its strategic importance, and will link the city of Ain Sukhna on the Red Sea with the cities of Alexandria, El Alamein and Matrouh on the Mediterranean, with a length of 660 km.

Engineer Kamel Al-Wazir, the Minister of Transport, confirmed that the high-speed electric train system will represent a huge quantum leap in the means of transportation in Egypt, and will cover all parts of the Republic. It also serves the transportation of goods between ports and governorates and shortens the time period for transporting these goods.

In 2022, the German industrial group Siemens said it had agreed on a deal to construct 2,000 kilometers of high-speed rail lines across Egypt.

The deal, which is worth $8.7 billion, is the biggest order in the Munich-based company’s 175-year history.

The contract includes, besides the rail lines, 41 high-speed trains, 94 regional trains, 41 freight trains, and eight depots and freight stations. It also stipulates that Siemens will be responsible for maintenance for 15 years.

The mega-project aims to connect 60 cities by train, at speeds of up to 230 kilometers per hour, providing rail access to around 90% of the population, according to Siemens.

The new high-speed railway network represents a reliable, safe and sustainable means of transport for citizens and freight to all parts of the country. 

This giant project also contributes to creating thousands of job opportunities, stimulating economic growth in Egypt and improving the life quality for millions of Egyptians every day.


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