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Bombardier wins contract for Egyptian monorail

UK train manufacturer Bombardier Transport has secured a €4.4billion contract for the construction and maintenance of the Egyptian monorail.

Bombardier Transportation has been named by the Egyptian Government as preferred bidder to build and operate a new Egyptian monorail system, including supplying rolling stock, to a new trainline in Cairo. This project was announced by the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Dr Liam Fox during his visit to Egypt.

The monorail system is a 54km line connecting the New Administrative Capital with East Cairo and a 42km line connecting 6th October City with Giza. The project involves both the civil engineering of the monorail infrastructure, as well as manufacturing of the cars themselves, at Bombardier’s Derby facility in the UK for export to Egypt.

Dr Liam Fox said: “This is a strategically important project in a growing market like Egypt, demonstrating how UK manufacturing expertise is competing and winning in global markets against tough competition. The global headwinds are getting stronger and we face a world economic slowdown. But the UK now has an international economic department – the Department for International Trade – helping British business succeed abroad in ways that never happened before.”

“The British rail industry is world class. Derby has been making trains for 180 years, and this project shows that the Derby Litchurch Lane facility remains globally competitive.”

The bid is supported by UK Export Finance (UKEF). Bombardier will deliver the project in partnership with two Egyptian companies; Orascom Construction and the Arab Contractors.

The two monorail lines (New Administrative Capital and 6 October City) will be linking both cities with the current city of Cairo and will be able to transport around 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction when it reaches its ultimate capacity. The lines will have 70 train fleets (with 4 cars per train) to support the operations and can be expanded in the future to reach the ultimate capacity.

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