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Trade Secretary visits Alstom Derby as first British-built monorail cars leave for Egypt


Rt Hon Liz Truss MP, International Trade Secretary, has visited Alstom’s Litchurch Lane factory in Derby to mark a major milestone in the Cairo Monorail project.

The first Alstom Innovia™ 300 monorail for the project has been completed on time at the former Bombardier site in Derby and is now bound for Cairo. The dispatch of the first four of 280 fully automated, driverless cars is a major milestone in the Cairo Monorail project which will deliver Egypt’s first two monorail lines, linking New Capital City and 6th of October City to the Greater Cairo area.

In August 2019, an Alstom-led consortium with Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors signed a €2.7 billion (£2.3 billion) contract to design, construct, operate, and maintain the two lines. The project includes a 54km line connecting the New Administrative City with East Cairo and a second 42km line connecting 6th of October City with Giza.

Both lines are expected to open in 2023. After the construction phase is completed, the consortium will provide 30 years of operation and maintenance (O&M) services for both lines.

Liz Truss, International Trade Secretary (right), is joined at Alstom’s Derby factory by Amanda Solloway, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation and MP for Derby North.
Liz Truss MP.

The export of the cars from Derby, the UK’s largest train-building factory, is the first UK rolling stock export since the Gautrain project in South Africa, which was completed in 2008. The Alstom-led consortium is able to deliver the project because of £1.7 billion backing from UK Export Finance (UKEF), the largest amount of financing it has ever provided for an overseas infrastructure project.

“UK Export Finance has led the way in delivering innovative finance to help British companies achieve international success in a wide range of industries across the world and it’s great to see Alstom Derby’s export project come to fruition,” Liz Truss commented. “Our free trade agreements will open up new opportunities for UK manufacturers around the world.”

Andy DeLeone, Alstom.

“We are delighted with the progress on this landmark project for Egypt,” said Andrew DeLeone, Alstom’s president for Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. “Thanks to great teamwork and dedication, we have shipped the first Innovia monorail unit earlier than expected.

“We are committed to meeting our customers’ expectations and pursuing our long-term partnership with Egypt’s National Authorities of Tunnels.”

Designed to integrate seamlessly into the urban environment, Alstom’s fully automated and driverless Innovia monorail systems provide an energy-efficient, comfortable and cost-effective mobility solution, particularly for growing or dense cities. The modern looking and quiet vehicles run on elevated guideways that are built off-site to permit fast assembly with minimal disruption on-site.

When it purchased Bombardier Transportation, Alstom acquired 30 years of expertise in successful monorail design, build, operations and maintenance, with industry-leading availability and safety standards. The two Cairo lines will each be able to transport 45,000 passengers per hour in each direction when complete.


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