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El Raml tram line upgrade

Upgrade of the 32km standard-gauge line which will:

  • Cut travel time from 90 to 30 minutes
  • Triple tram capacity from 150,000 to 400,000 passengers daily.
  • Renovate all existing stations and rolling stock
  • Add a 1km extension from El Raml square to Al Manshiya.

Formally announced in March 2017 following completion of a feasibility study by French consultancy Egis Rail.

Initial tenders for the project were unsuccessful and so the Alexandria Public Transportation Authority (APTA) reissued them in March.

In October 2017, the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) announced six bidders had qualified to submit proposals.

Cost breakdown:

  • EUR102m civil work, roads, and public areas
  • EUR100m vehicles
  • EUR30m electrical energy
  • EUR56m rail, systems, and warehouses
  • EUR31.8m consultancy
  • EUR43.2m emergency expenses

The technical offers will be analyzed by 1 April 2018.

AfD is expected to sign an 8m grant in March 2018 for technical studies and community awareness campaigns.

Alexandria Public Transportation Authority (APTA)
March 2017
In planning, main tender expected to be awarded in H1 2018
Completion Date
Key dates
Date Details
Project formally announced March 2017
Completion of feasibility study March 2017
Transport ministry signs agreement with AFD for loan May 2017
Six companies successfully qualify to submit bids November 2017
Government approval for the EUR100m funding from the AFD 27 January 2018
AFD provision of first batch of loan November 2018 latest
Completion of consultancy bid analysis by NAT (est.) April 2018
Construction contracts awarded (est.) September 2018
Contractors, consultants and suppliers
Consortium Status
Systra, Egis Rail, Moharram Bakhoum and Projacs Egypt Qualifying bidder
CITC, Khateeb and Amaly Qualifying bidder
Artelia, MENA Rail and Angro Qualifying bidder
Tepsa, Egyptian Integrated Consulting Group (ICG) Qualifying bidder
TPF Getinsa Euroestudios, Areeb and Bureau Egyptien de Conseils Technique Qualifying bidder
SENER Group (remaining companies unannounced) Qualifying bidder
Funding body Value
European Investment Bank (EIB) €180m
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) €100m (gov't approved January 2018)
EU Technical Assistance Grant €8m
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) €8m grant (technical studies & community awareness campaigns)
Raml line