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Bombardier Innovia Monorail, source: Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier to supply 70 monorail vehicles to Egypt

The consortium led by Bombardier Transportation has signed an agreement with Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels on the design and construction of two new monorail lines in Cairo. 70 four-car monorail vehicles will be supplied by the Canadian manufacturer while the Egyptian partners, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors, will design and build the infrastructure of the future transport system.

Bombardier Transportation will deliver to Cairo the newest generation of its monorail vehicles – Innovia Monorail 300 (it is being operated only in Sao Paulo, Brazil). They will be produced at the Bombardier’s plant in Derby, the United Kingdom. “Our Innovia Monorail 300 technology has proved to be a game-changer in the industry, as it allows fast construction of high capacity transit lines at lower costs. This proven platform will dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of residents by significantly reducing their daily commuting time as well as reducing traffic congestion and its impact on the city,” President of Bombardier Transportation Danny Di Perna said.

The entire deal costs 4.1 billion Euros, the Bombardier’s share is 2.6 billion Euros. The Canadian company will also responsible for providing technologies on the public transport system: it will supply the Cityflo 650 signalling and automatic train control technology, equip the Operation Control Centre, install the communication systems, platform screen doors and fare collection, power supply and power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment. After the technical equipment of the monorail system, Bombardier Transportation will provide testing and commissioning for the trains and signalling as well as operations and maintenance of the vehicles and wayside systems.

Cairo monorail project

The Cairo monorail project includes the construction of two lines in the metropolitan area of the Egyptian capital. The first route will have a length of 54 kilometres and link East Cairo with the New Administrative Capital. The second line will be 42-kilometre long and connect 6th October City to Giza. The entire monorail system in Cairo will be able to carry circa 45,00 passengers per hour in each direction at an operating speed of up to 80 kilometres per hour. The Innovia Monorail 300 vehicles will deliver passengers between the termini for around 60 minutes (on the first line) and around 42 minutes (on the second line). After entering the monorail system into service, the Bombardier-led consortium will be responsible for its maintenance for 30 years.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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