Authorities to shut down some New Cairo roads to work on monorail project

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Sep 2022

Several roads will be closed and traffic will be diverted in the New Cairo district for two months to allow for construction work on the Cairo Monorail project, the General Administration of Cairo Traffic announced Sunday.

File Photo: Egypt s first monorail on its track at the New Administrative Capital. (Photo courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Transportation)


Baqui Zaki tunnel on the southern Road 90 will be closed, as will the Al Mushir ramp on Road 90 on the Ring Road in the direction of Maadi from the Suez Road, and the entrance to the southern Road 90 for vehicles coming from Maadi via the Ring Road.

Egypt’s first monorail is set to operate by 2023, with its two lines extending for almost 100km, making it the longest monorail network in the world.

The two-line monorail, which will be Egypt’s most advanced means of mass transportation, will link Cairo, New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, the New Administrative Capital, and 6th of October City.

The East Nile Line – or the New Administrative Capital Line – connects the administrative capital to New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement and Cairo’s Nasr City district, via 22 stations extending over 56.5 km.

The West Nile Line – known as the 6th of October Line – links 6th of October City to the Arab League headquarters in downtown Cairo, via 12 stations extending over 42km.

A consortium of Orascom, Alstom, and Arab Contractors companies has been implementing the project.

The monorail, which runs on electricity, is among various methods of green transportation that Egypt has been constructing in order to improve mobility for its population, reduce emissions, and ease traffic congestion.

These include the light rail transit (LRT), the high-speed electric train and the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

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