Alstom has completed the manufacturing of the 1st four-car Innovia 300 driverless train for Cairo Monorail project at its Derby factory in the UK.
The dispatch of the first of 70 fully automated vehicles (280 driverless cars) is a major milestone in the Cairo Monorail project which will deliver Egypt’s first two monorail lines, linking New Capital City and 6th of October City to the Greater Cairo area. The two lines are expected to open in 2023.
The Innovia 300 monorail system is equipped with Alstom’s proven Cityflo™ 650 communications-based train control solution. Benefits of this flagship technology include high reliability, flexible operations, shorter headways between trains, improved safety, and reduced maintenance costs.
In August 2019, an Alstom-led consortium also involving Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors signed a EUR 2.7 billion contract to design, construct, operate, and maintain the two lines. The project includes a 54 km line connecting the New Administrative City with East Cairo and a second 42 km line connecting 6th of October City with Giza.
After the construction phase is completed, the Alstom-led consortium will provide 30 years of operation and maintenance (O&M) services for both lines.
The Innovia 300 driverless train will transport 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction on both monorail lines in Cairo.
With its innovative construction principles, Cairo will benefit from the Innovia monorail 300 system’s slender unobtrusive guideways that allow easy integration into existing urban infrastructure. The monorail system allows fast construction of high-capacity lines at lower costs.
This transit system’s iconic design and mass transit capability will help to shape Cairo’s identity as a modern thriving city.
On June 25, the UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss visited Alstom Derby factory to mark major milestone in Cairo monorail project which is supported by a GBP 1.7 billion (EUR 1.99 billion) from the UK Export Finance (UKEF), the largest amount of financing it has ever provided for an overseas infrastructure project.