In Photos: Egypt’s PM inspects pilot operation of light rail transit system set to operate in March

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 Jan 2022

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly followed up Saturday on the pilot operation of the light rail transit (LRT) system connecting the capital with new cities in east Cairo, which is scheduled to operate starting March.

An LRT train moves across east Cairo as the pilot operation of the system has started since 12 January. Egyptian Cabinet

Madbouly, Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir, and other state officials toured a number of ongoing transportation projects, including the LRT system, a cabinet statement said.

The LRT multiple-stop line, whose pilot operations started on 12 January, connects El-Salam district in Cairo with the 10th of Ramadan city in Sharqia governorate through the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

The LRT system is scheduled to transfer tens of thousands of passengers daily in east Cairo.

The first phase of the LRT project will connect the new capital with the Adly Mansour station, a central metro interchange station in Cairo on the Cairo-Ismailia desert road. The station is set to include an LRT system, a railway station, a SuperJet bus station and a shuttle bus station.

The second phase extends over 18.5 km and comprises four stations starting from the new capital to a central interchange station linked with the high-speed train line in Ain Sokhna city on the Red Sea coast.

In addition to the LRT, the new capital will also be connected to Greater Cairo by Egypt’s first monorail train, whose first phase is scheduled to be operational in June 2022.

The El-Salam/New Administrative Capital/10th of Ramadan project will also connect the new cities of Obour, El-Mostakbal (Future), El-Shorouk, New Heliopolis, Badr, the Industrial Zone, 10th of Ramadan and New Administrative Capital, El-Wazir said during the tour.

The project comes within the framework of expanding the country's eco-friendly clean transportation network as per President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives, El-Wazir said.

Madbouly followed up on the ongoing tests on the six-carriage trains for the LRT system, 12 of which have already been delivered out of 22 that will eventually be in operation, as well as a diesel-powered locomotive to be used for workshop activities. This comes at a total cost of $227 million.

The remaining 10 trains are being shipped by the international Chinese consortium of CREC-AVIC INTL, according to the statement. The trains are designed to move at a speed of 120 km/hour.

El-Sisi has urged speedy completion of the new transportation system as it facilitates the fast and safe movement of citizens and copes with the huge development projects being implemented, Madbouly said during the tour.

Egypt has embarked on a mega transportation project comprising the LRT system, high-speed trains, and a monorail that will help to provide safe and environmentally friendly modes of transport for people nationwide. 

The goal of the Ministry of Transportation is to build systems that serve the transportation needs of nine million people by 2030, Essam Wali, head of the National Tunnels Authority, said in earlier remarks.

*Also read: Final touches to the LRT for more information about Egypt’s first LRT line.

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