Egypt seeks to benefit from British expertise in infrastructure projects: Transport minister tells UK's Cleverly

Mohamed Soliman , Monday 18 Oct 2021

Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir told British Minister for the Middle East James Cleverly, who is on a visit to Cairo, that Egypt is seeking to benefit from the UK's expertise in infrastructure projects to the maximum.

Kamel El-Wazir
Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir during a meeting in Cairo with British Minister for the Middle East James Cleverly on Monday, 18 October 2021 (photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport)

The pair discussed means of boosting joint cooperation in the different transport sectors, a statement by the Ministry of Transport Ministry said.

El-Wazir voiced desire to benefit from Britain's success story in the field of transport, which he said would "positively" contribute to upgrading the Egyptian infrastructure.

He also expressed his appreciation to the current cooperation between Egypt and the UK to establish a monorail project that extends from the New Administrative Capital to the 6th of October City.

In January, a consortium led by Bombardier Transportation, which is now part of Alstom, confirmed a deal with the Egyptian government to build two new monorails in Cairo.

Egypt’s first mass-transit link between Greater Cairo, the New Administrative Capital, and 6 October city, which extends over 100km will become one of the longest monorail system in the world.

The project will involve the construction of two monorail lines.

The first will extend for 56km from eastern Cairo to the New Administrative Capital.

The second, 43km long, will connect 6 October city and Giza. 

The monorail will intersect with the Cairo metro Line 3 as well as the high-speed rail network.

The first line is set for completion by the end of 2022 and the second by April 2023.

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