Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Egypt announced, on Wednesday, its intention to establish a rapid electric train system, which will be implemented by the “Siemens” company, with a length of 1,000 kilometers across the country, at an estimated cost of 360 billion pounds.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Presidency, the immediate implementation of one of the project lines will begin, which will connect the city of Ain Sokhna on the coast of the Gulf of Suez and the new city of El Alamein with the Mediterranean Sea, via the new administrative capital. The number of its stations is 15 stations, with a length of 460 km, and its implementation takes a period of two years.
Earlier Wednesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Joe Kaiser, President and CEO of “Siemens”, and his deputy Roland, in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir.
Al-Sisi said, during his mock-up review of what the project will look like, that the new electric train line will represent a great addition to the transportation network system in Egypt, whether for the movement of individuals or facilitating trade, given that it will connect the Red Sea and the Mediterranean coasts through the New Administrative Capital and a number of other major cities. Which will enhance development efforts in Egypt and open up promising future horizons for developing cooperation with Siemens in modern transportation systems.