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China to build fast tram around Cairo

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport and a joint coalition of China's AVIC International and China Railway Group Limited have signed an agreement worth $1.24bn to build a light rail transit system around Cairo. Covering a distance of 66km with 11 stops, the light railway is described as a fast tram service, with a top speed stated to reach 120 km/hour, linking the new administrative capital city with other districts of Greater Cairo, including Al-Salam City, 10th Ramadan City, Obour City, Badr City, and Shorouk City. It is planned that the tramway will be connected to Cairo's metro, through Adly Mansour station in Al-Salam City. Work is intended to start within three months on the tramway, which is expected to carry 340,000 passengers a day and cut traffic on the Cairo-Ismailia highway by 30%.

The signing ceremony between Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) and the joint coalition of China's AVIC International and China Railway Group Limited was attended by Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Transportation Minister Hesham Arafat, and Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo. The Chinese group said it would assign Egyptian contractors with some civil and railway construction works that will provide thousands of job opportunities in the country.

The project is planned to be completed within two calendar years and will include 20 trams upon completion.

17 August 2017

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