CAIRO - 12 April 2022: The German company, Siemens will be implementing both the second and third lines of Egypt's first high-speed train, with lengths of 925 km and 297 km, respectively, the the Ministry of Transport announced.
The second line extends from October 6 to Aswan, and the third line links Luxor and Hurghada.
According to the Ministry of Transport, negotiations with the German company are in their final stages, and contracts will be signed soon.
Sources confirmed that bridges and industrial works for the two lines, as well as stations and fences, will be implemented by major Egyptian companies specialized in these fields, in addition to industrial works on roads intersecting with the train track, while the German company Siemens will implement all systems works for the project: represented in signals and communications, railway works, electromechanical works, and others, in addition to the manufacture and supply of mobile units of all kinds, including express trains, regional trains and electric tractors, as well as workshop design, supply and installation of their equipment.
The designed speed of the train reaches 250 km / h.
The sources pointed out that the second line of the high-speed rail extends from 6 October, linking with the monorail project of October 6 - Nile Valley in Mohandessin, starting parallel to the western desert road to Aswan, linking east and west of the Nile.
The first line includes 18 stations, 8 express train stations and 10 local stations.
The sources said that the number of fast electric trains on the second line will reach 20 trains at a speed of 230 / h, and 48 regional electric trains at a speed of 160 km / h, and 20 freight trains to ensure the greatest financial return that covers operating and maintenance expenses, pointing out that the goal is to diversify the trains between fast Regionalism is to provide a civilized means of transportation that suits all levels of social income.
The sources indicated that the route of the third line extends from Luxor railway station, passing through Qus and Qena station, and then extends eastward to Safaga port to reach Hurghada.
The sources pointed out that the third line will include 7 stations: Luxor, Qus, Qena, East Sohag, Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh and Safaga, pointing out that the project is planned to be implemented within two years from the date of completing the negotiations and contracting with the consortium of companies that will be selected at a total cost of $2.7 billion.
The sources stressed that the network of express trains, which is being implemented, will cover all parts of the Republic, in addition to preserving the environment.