The first two of 70 four-car Innovia 300 monorail trains for the Cairo Monorail project have arrived at in Cairo after being completed at Alstom’s Derby UK factory. We remind that the UK Export Finance agreed to provide a credit facility of GBP 1.7 billion (EUR 1.97 billion) to the consortium of Alstom, Orascom and Arab Contractors responsible for the monorail project.
The propulsion systems application was developed at Alstom’s site in Trapaga, Spain.
The dispatch of the first 8 fully automated, driverless cars out of 70 trains comprising a total railcar fleet of 280 cars is a major milestone in the Cairo Monorail project.
The Innovia 300 monorail trains are equipped with the Cityflo 650 communications-based train control solution, providing high reliability, flexible operation, shorter headways between trains, improved safety and reduced maintenance costs. The Mitrac propulsion system provides strong reliability and maintainability, and thanks to its permanent magnet motor, better energy consumption figures.
The Innovia 300 monorail system allows fast construction of high-capacity lines at lower costs.
The two lines represents country’s first monorail system, linking the New Capital City and 6th October City to Greater Cairo. Both lines are expected to enter operation in 2023.
In August 2019, an Alstom-led consortium composed of Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors signed a EUR 2.7 billion contract to design, implement, 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 monorail will be a game changer for residents, decreasing commute times, congestion, pollution, and carbon emissions. It is an important part of the government’s ongoing efforts to redefine Egypt’s urban future,” said Andrew DeLeone, President Alstom Africa, Middle East & Central Asia.
The two monorail lines will transport 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction.
Egypt is committed to developing and improving mobility services for its citizens, while reducing traffic congestion and environmental impact.