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Bombardier-led consortium signs US$4.5bn contract to build monorail in Egypt

The Innovia Monorail 300 system has been operating in Sao Paulo, Brazil, since 2014. (Image source: Bombardier)

Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors have signed an agreement with the National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo to design and build two monorail lines in Egypt

On completion of the construction phase, the consortium will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of both lines for 30 years. The total value of the design, build as well as operation and maintenance contract exceeds US$4.5bn.

Bombardier Transportation?s share is US$2.85bn. Orascom Construction?s share of the overall contract is close to US$900mn. The agreement is subject to final signatures of supplementary documents.

This project supports to enable fast, sustainable, comfortable and safe transportation for millions of people every year in the Cairo metropolitan area. The first monorail line will extend 54km from East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital. The second line will be 42km long to connect 6th October City to Giza.

The two lines will be able to transport around 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction. With operating speeds, up to 80km/h, the journey time for the new Capital City will be approximately 60 minutes (for 54km line) and about 42 minutes for 6th October City (42km line).

Orascom Construction will design and build all infrastructure and civil works, including stations, guideway structures and new depot buildings.

Bombardier will design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical equipment for the two lines including 70 four-car Bombardier Innovia Monorail 300 trains (280 cars),Bombardier Cityflo 650 signalling and automatic train control technology, the operation control centre, communication systems, platform screen doors and fare collection, power supply / power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment.