Bombardier secures monorail contract

Derby’s Bombardier Transportation, as part of a consortium with Orascom Construction PLC and Arab Contractors, has signed an agreement with National Authority for Tunnels in Cairo to design and build two new monorail lines in Egypt.

On completion of the construction phase, the consortium will be responsible for the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years. The total value of the design, build and O&M contract exceeds $4.5 billion US. Bombardier Transportation´s share is $2.85 billion US. Orascom Construction’s share of the overall contract is close to $900 million US.

Danny Di Perna, President of Bombardier Transportation, said: “To be selected as the monorail system supplier in Egypt is a great privilege and our fully-automated monorail system is the smart mobility solution for Cairo’s urban future.”

He added: “Our INNOVIA Monorail 300 technology has proved to be a game changer in the industry, as it allows fast construction of high capacity transit lines at lower costs. With its advanced technology, unmatched safety features and attractive aerodynamic design, this proven platform will dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of residents by significantly reducing their daily commuting time as well as reducing traffic congestion and its impact on the city.”

The project supports Cairo and Egypt to enable fast, sustainable and safe transportation for millions of people every year in the Cairo metropolitan area. The first monorail line will extend 54 km from East Cairo to the New Administrative Capital. The second line will be 42 km long to connect 6th October City to Giza. The two lines will be able to transport around 45,000 passenger per hour in each direction when ultimate capacity is reached.

Bombardier will design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical (E&M) equipment for the two lines including 70 four-car BOMBARDIER INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains (280 cars), BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 signaling and automatic train control technology, the Operation Control Centre, communication systems, platform screen doors and fare collection, power supply / power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment.

It will also provide the overall E&M system integration, project management, systems engineering and integration, test and commissioning for the trains and signalling as well as operations and maintenance of the vehicles and wayside systems.