Loan approved for modernization of Egyptian railways

The World Bank’s Board of Directors has approved a $ 440 million loan to the National Railways of Egypt (ENR) to partially finance a $ 681.1 million modernization and security modernization  project (RISE). It is intended primarily for the reconstruction of the track and signaling facilities on the Cairo – Giza – Beni Sueif line, reports Railway Supply magazine with reference to Zdmira.

modernization of Egyptian railways
Picture: ENR

The project is a continuation of the renovation of signaling and track facilities on the Alexandria – Cairo and Beni Sueif – Nag Hammadi lines. Taking into account these works, the total length of the lines reconstructed according to both projects will be 763 km.

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One of RISE’s goals is to improve the safety of passengers and staff through the deployment of a modern security management system. This is expected to increase the accuracy of train timetables from 75% to 90%.

The length of Egyptian railways exceeds 5 thousand km; they are used to a large extent by passengers with low incomes. In 2019, 270 million passengers were transported by rail.


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