27 October 2020
SYSTRA has just signed a new contract in Egypt with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), for the design and supervision of the rehabilitation of the Raml Tram tram line in Alexandria.

Modernisation of a historic network

Alexandria’s tramway network, which came into service in 1860, is the oldest in Africa and the Middle East. It consists of two lines: the Raml line and the Al Madina line. Renovated in the 1960s, these lines are still in service today and are used by locals and tourists alike.

The aim of the rehabilitation project is to transform the Raml line into a modern and efficient tramway with modern infrastructure, systems and rolling stock. The project includes the construction of footbridges, the installation of electronic light signalling and the complete renewal of the rolling stock.

Journey times cut in half

The consortium, led by SYSTRA and comprising its partners Egis, ACE and Projacs, will provide services on behalf of NAT for the preliminary design, preparation and evaluation of tender documents, and supervision of works until the end of the guarantee period.

The rehabilitation of the tramway, with a design phase of about 10 months, followed by an implementation phase of at least 24 months, will make the line more fluid by removing one of the existing branches and relocating some stations.

As a result, journey times will be halved between the two terminals Raml and Victoria, while offering greater comfort to passengers and tripling the capacity of the trams, so as to reduce car traffic to the benefit of the environment.

“This project reinforces SYSTRA’s positioning in Egypt and our role as a reference consultant to our client, NAT, which we have been advising for 50 years to provide sustainable and safe transport for Egyptians.” 

Faiçal Chaabane, Senior Vice President – Managing Director of SYSTRA Egypt

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