Egypt will build one of the world’s longest high-speed train networks

Egypt has signed a contract with Siemens Mobility for the construction of about 2,000 kilometers of railway infrastructure for high-speed trains, Al-Ahram reports. In its final form, this network will be the sixth longest in the world, quotes the German company BTA.

The project envisages the connection of sixty cities with a maximum speed of 230 km / h. Egypt’s first high-speed rail system will include three lines with a capacity of 500 million trips a year. The network will be accessible to 90 percent of the North African population, as well as tourists.

The first line will connect the Red Sea city of Ain Sokhna with Alexandria and Marsa Matruh, located on the Mediterranean coast. Its length will be 660 kilometers. The second line will run between the capital Cairo and one of the southernmost settlements, Abu Simbel, and the third between Luxor in Upper (southern) Egypt and Hurghada on the Red Sea.

Siemens Mobility has announced that it will participate with 8.1 billion euros, which includes a contract for the first line for 2.7 billion euros, signed in September 2021.

The German company will equip the network with 41 Velaro eight-car trains, 94 Desiro four-car trains and 41 Vecron freight locomotives.

The project is expected to create up to 40,000 jobs. In addition, about 6,700 new jobs are expected in Egyptian delivery companies.

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