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Minister of Transport Speech during the General Session of the House of Representatives on Railways Projects

31/01/2021

The total cost of the Railway projects is 220 billion pounds

First:

 A comprehensive plan has been drawn up for the advancement of the Railways, and a significant quantum leap in the level of service provided to the passenger public by developing all elements of the current railway system, whose network lengths reach 10 thousand km in parallel with the establishment of a network of express electric train lines and linking them together. The plan elements  include: (Development of signaling and communication systems in the main railway network lines, updating them with a modern electronic system, providing them with  CTC to prevent human errors, and providing the network with the latest global automatic control system (ETCSL1) to increase safety rates, prevent human errors during train driving, duplicating the high-density single lines, electrifying  its signaling with a total length of 442 km, establishing of (6) new lines to connect the network with the logistical areas and link with neighboring countries with a total length of 1813 km, developing the operating system and control the  level crossings by providing it with a control system that works automatically when trains approach the level crossings without human intervention, with a total of 1120 level crossings, and the development of stations with a total of 180 stations, as well as the development of workshops in stages according to the importance of the requested part with a total of 33 workshops and the supply of new locomotives with advanced technology and equipped with a computer to find out the technical condition of these locomotives in addition to recording all the data related to the trips of these locomotives during their operation and the supply of new coaches with the latest technology to ensure the safety of these coaches, to provide comfort to travelers, to ensure the provision of a distinguished service to the public of passengers supplying Passenger trains and integrated sleeping trains equipped with the latest technology to provide excellent service to travelers, to achieve comfort and luxury,  supplying diagnostic machine track with an ultrasonic system that checks the condition of the rails, and switches automatically through their running on the track at normal speed and provide a report on the technical condition of the entire track, and to supply new machines for maintenance and renovation of  tracks in according with the latest technology in this field.

Furthermore, localize the rolling stock industry (coaches – locomotives) to achieve self-sufficiency from the railway needs (new purchase / repair / raising efficiency / maintenance) in a way that contributes to limit the import of  rolling stock / spare parts, providing foreign currency and the possibility of expanding the industry in the future and exporting to African countries. Moreover to maximize the transportation of goods by rail by linking the railway network with sea ports, dry ports and logistical centers with new rail connections to relieve pressure on the road network and implement the smart gates project to automate, develop and manage entry and exit ports for railway stations, where the first phase includes stations (Cairo - Giza - Sidi Gaber - Alexandria) as well as developing and automating electronic ticket reservation systems through the website, mobile applications and ticketing machines.

Second:

It has been planned to implement railway projects with a total of (257) projects, with a total cost of (220) billion pounds until 2024. The implementation of (177) projects with a total of (45) billion pounds has been completed. (52) projects are being implemented with a total cost of (43) billion pounds. It is planned to start implementing a number (28) projects, with a total estimated cost of (132) billion pounds, as follows: -

1. Development of signaling systems in main lines and duplication of high-density single lines, with a total cost of 46.8 billion pounds.

2. Development of the current network system (spare parts – power coaches - microwave – renewal and diagnostic machines for the track - maintenance of bridges - ....) with a total cost of 27.7 billion pounds.

3. The establishment of new lines (passengers - freight) at a cost of 73.8 billion pounds

4. Supplying and raising the efficiency of rolling stock at a cost of 48.2 billion pounds. Track renewals, level crossings, stations and workshops at a cost of 23.5 billion pounds.

Third, the development of signaling systems and the duplication of single lines:

• It has been planned to implement signaling systems development projects for (14) projects, with a total cost of (46.8) billion pounds

• (5) projects are being implemented, with a total cost of LE 9.8 billion, including the construction of 86 main towers and 74 secondary towers with a total length of 971 km, as follows:

1. Modernizing the signaling systems on the Cairo / Benha / Alexandria line at a cost of 103.4 million euros + 452.1 million pounds

2. Modernizing the signaling systems on the Beni Suef / Assiut line, at a cost of 66.6 million euros + 348.2 million pounds

3. Modernizing the signaling systems on the Assiut / Sohag / Nagaa Hamady line at a cost of 86.5 million euros +846 million pounds.

4. Modernizing the signaling systems on the Benha / Zagazig / Ismailia / Port Said line, as well as the connection from Zagazig / Abu Kabir, at a cost of 61 million euros + 399.5 million pounds + 8.7 million Swiss francs.

5. Modernizing the signaling systems on the Nag Hammadi / Luxor line, at a cost of $ 115 million

• 22 main towers and 16 secondary towers, with a total length of 263 km, were completed and entered service with a value of LE 6.7 billion.

• It is planned to start implementing (9) projects that include duplicating single lines and electrifying their signals at a cost of (37) billion pounds, the most important of which are:

1.  Qalioub - Menouf - Tanta line, with a length of 94 km, with an estimated cost of LE 5.02 billion

2.  Qalioub - Shebin El Qanater - Zagazig line, with a length of 65 km with an estimated cost of 2.75 billion pounds

3. Imbaba - Al Ittihad - Al Qebbari line and the Ittihad / Itai Al Baroud line, with a length of 227 km and an estimated cost of 7.22 billion pounds

4. Tanta - Zefta - Zagazig line, with a length of 56 km, and an estimated cost of 3.14 billion pounds.

Fourth: - Level crossing (LX) development:

1. It was planned to develop civil works for (1,102) LX, in addition to developing control systems for (1120) LX, with a total cost of (2,548) billion pounds.

2. The development of civil works for (732) LX was completed, and the development of control systems with (479) LX was completed, with a total cost of (1.7) billion pounds.

3. Civil works are being developed for (370) LX and control systems are being developed for (641) LX, with a total cost of EGP 848 million.

Fifth: - Renovations of the railway

1. Track renewals with lengths of (1418) km + (2053) keys were planned, with a total cost of (14.2) billion pounds. Renovations of (500) km length + (591) switches have been completed at a cost of (3.9) billion pounds.

2. Renovation works are being implemented with a length of (100) km + (750) switches at a cost of (2.7) billion pounds

3. It is planned to start implementing renovations of (818) km + (712) switches at a cost of (7.6) billion pounds.

4. In light of the directives of the President of the Republic, coordination is underway with companies specialized in the iron and steel industry to establish a factory for the production of railways in Egypt to localize this industry, provide hard currency and create new job opportunities.

Sixth: - Stations Development

1. It has been planned for the improvement, rehabilitation and development works for (180) stations.

2. The works of improvement, rehabilitation and development for (176) stations have been completed; with a total cost of EGP (1.7) billion. Currently, the works of improvement, rehabilitation and development for (4) stations are being completed.

Seventh: - Workshops Development

1.  It has been planned to develop 33 railway workshops in cooperation with the international companies supplying locomotives and coaches, including (developing Al-Tebeen Workshops in cooperation with the American General Electric Company - developing ERMAS Workshops in cooperation with American Progress Rail - ....); all that is carried out in light of the plan of the Ministry of Transport to improve the level of maintenance and overhauls services in these workshops, as ENR has (6) main workshops, namely (ERMAS – Abu-Radi – Abu-Za’bal – Gabel Al-Zaytoun – Al-Abbasiya - Electronic Center) and 27 sub-workshops. The total cost of developing these workshops is up to EGP (2,491) billion.

2. The implementation of the first stage works of developing the main workshops has been completed, as well as the completion of the development of 20 sub-workshops, with a total cost of EGP 1,130 billion.

3. The second phase of developing the main workshops is currently being implemented with a cost of EGP 668 million.

4. It is planned to implement the third stage of developing the main workshops and complete the development of the remaining sub-workshops, which are 7 workshops, at a cost of EGP 693 million.

5. Coordination is underway with Russian Transmashholding Company to establish a new main workshop for the repair, maintenance and development of coaches and locomotives in Abu-Za’bal region, and with Austrian Plasser Company to establish a new workshop for the repair and maintenance of the tracks renewal machines at Kobri Al-Laymoun Workshops at Ramses.

Eighth: - Rolling Stock

 It has been planned to develop rolling stock fleet, with a total cost of EGP 48.2 billion, the most important of which is:

Firstly, Locomotives:

1. A contract was signed with General Electric Company to supply 110 new GE locomotives in addition to the technical support for a period of (15) years for 181 locomotives, including the supply of spare parts at a cost of $ 602 million (the supply of 100 new locomotives and the rehabilitation of 15 locomotives have been completed).

2. A contract was signed with Progress Rail to supply 50 new locomotives, upgrade 50 Henschel locomotives, as well as carrying out an overhaul for 41 locomotives. Moreover, a 15-year maintenance contract for 141 locomotives was signed at a cost of $ 466.1 million (the overhaul of 24 engines out of a total of 30 engines, which were shipped to the company's factories in the United Kingdom and Mexico, was completed, and 13 of them arrived in Egypt. In addition to that, the overhaul of 99 traction motors out of a total of 120 traction motors, which were shipped to the company's factories, was completed, and 54 traction motors arrived in Egypt.

3. Supplying 100 locomotives through finance from European ank for Reconstruction and Development Bank (EBRD) at a cost of €290 million. The first phase to qualify the companies applying for the implementation of the project has been completed, and the second and final phase is underway).

Secondly, Supplying Coaches:

1. A contract was signed with Russian Transmashholding Company to supply 1300 passenger coaches of various models at a cost of € 10016 billion (300 A/C coaches - 500 A/C Momayaza coaches - 500 Momayaza coaches with dynamic ventilation) at a cost of € 1.016 billion). 227 coaches have already been supplied till now.

2. A contract was signed with the Spanish Talgo Company to supply 6 trainsets with A/C coaches and diesel locomotives, including a 7-year maintenance contract at a cost of € 157 million.

Thirdly, Coaches Development:

1. A contract was signed with SEMAF Factory at the Arab Organization for Industrialization to develop 200 ordinary third-class coaches (97 coaches have already been developed).

2. (90) Spanish A/C coaches have been developed in ENR’s Abu-Rady Workshops by ENR’s staff.

Fourthly, Sleeping Coaches Development:

Coordination is underway with SEMAF Factory to manufacture and supply (200) sleeping coaches of the latest international specifications.

Fifthly, Wagons Supply:

1. 131 flat wagons for containers have been supplied by SEMAF Factory. A contract has been signed to supply 75 cereal wagons. Coordination is underway with SEMAF Factory to supply 1,000 wagons of various models, including 160 tippers, which is a new quality that enters service within Egyptian railways for the first time.

2. It is planned to develop SEMAF Factory in a way that enables it to manufacture railway vehicles (coaches and wagons) of the same international specifications. Coordination has been made with a group of Egyptian investors. A factory for rolling stock with electric traction has been established in East Port Said in the Suez Canal Economic Zone with the participation of some government agencies in order to localize this industry in Egypt.

Sixthly, Railways Lines Construction and Rehabilitation:

1. It was planned to construct and develop 6 new railway lines and connect with neighboring countries with a total length of 1813 km and a cost of EGP73.8 billion.

2. Al-Manashi / 6th of October line, with a length of 50 km, and an estimated cost of EGP 2.7 billion.

3. Al- Rubiky Line / 10th of Ramadan / Belbeis, with a length of 69 km and a cost of EGP 3.25 billion.

4. Fardan - East Port Said - Rafah - Taba railway line, with a length of 435 km and a cost of EGP 20.4 billion.

5. Connecting Cairo-Aswan railway line to Sudan railways, with a length of 400 km, of which 350 km is inside Egypt and with a cost of EGP 16.45 billion.

6. Development / construction of Matrouh - Jarjoub - Sallum line and its extension from Sallum to Bani Ghazi in the future, with a total length of 875 km, of which 315 km is within the Egyptian territory, and with a cost of EGP 15.7 billion.

7. Aswan-Bernice line, with a length of 325 km and a cost of EGP 15.29 billion.