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Egyptian student killed by train in Alexandria

The young man was trying to catch a moving tram pulling out of Raml Station in northern Alexandria but lost his balance and fell under the tram's wheels

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Mar 2019
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A 16-year-old student died Tuesday after a railway tram in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria ran over him, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The young man was trying to catch a moving tram pulling out of Raml Station in northern Alexandria but lost his balance and fell under the tram's wheels.

Tram movement was partially suspended for close to half an hour.

In 2018, the government announced a project to renovate and upgrade the tram system in Alexandria.

The project, which is set to be completed in early 2022, aims to increase passenger capacity to between 250,000-300,000 riders per day and is estimated to cost around 360 million euros.

In 2017, the Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation signed a 100 million euro deal with the French Development Agency (AFD) to upgrade Alexandria's Raml tram line, known as the Blue Tram, which connects the city's western and eastern sections. 

AFD will cover 100 million of the new project's total budget of 360 million euros, with another 180 million provided by the European Investment Bank.

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