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07 June, 2018

Egypt takes up modernisation of Alexandria tram system

78% of the $425.6 million project to be financed by European funding agencies

07 June 2018
Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), responsible for implementing underground metro projects, is embarking on a project to modernise Alexandria's Raml tram line at an initial cost of about 360 million euros ($425.6 million), a NAT official said.

Tariq Abu Al-Wafa, Head of NAT's Central Planning Department, told Thomson Reuters Projects that the project includes replacement of tram lines, carriages, signalling system as well as construction of overhead bridges.

Work is expected to start in 2019 for completion in three years.

The project aims to modernise the 13.7 km tram line from Victoria to Raml including 28 stations and increase its carrying capacity to 350,000 passengers per day.

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The project is financed with a loan of 180 million euros from the European Investment Bank (EIB), 100 million euros from the French Development Agency (AFD) with the Egyptian government providing the rest.

NAT is currently studying offers to provide technical services for the project, said Al Wafa.

In May 2018, local English language newspaper Daily News Egypt reported that NAT proposed a limited tender for the consultancy for the rehabilitation of the tram system and an extension to Manshya Square.

(Reporting by Eman Hamed; Editing by Anoop Menon and Bhaskar Raj)

(anoop.menon@thomsonreuters.com)

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