Alstom marks major milestone in Cairo monorail project

Alstom marks major milestone in Cairo Monorail project

The first four-car Alstom INNOVIA 300 monorail train for the Cairo Monorail project has been completed on time at Alstom’s Derby, UK factory and is now bound for Cairo. The dispatch of the fully automated, driverless cars marks a major milestone in the project which will deliver Egypt’s first two monorail lines.

The project includes a 54km line connecting the New Administrative Capital with East Cairo and a second 42km line connecting 6th of October City with Giza.

The two lines are expected to open in 2023 and each will be able to transport 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction.

The INNOVIA 300 monorail system is equipped with Alstom’s CITYFLO 650 communication-based train control (CBTC) solution with benefits including high reliability, flexible operations, shorter headway, improved safety, and reduced maintenance costs.

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The Alstom-led consortium involving Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors will also provide 30 years of operation and maintenance services for both lines.

In January, the consortium received a financial backing of £1.7bn ($2.32bn) from UK Export Finance (UKEF), the largest amount of financing the organisation has ever provided for an overseas infrastructure project.

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