The Egypt rail is under
the state’s property and has a long history. From Aswan to
Cairo you can travel with the sleeping compartments which
offer an intimate atmosphere.
The main rails are along the
Nile and between Alexandria and Cairo. Their total length is
over 5000 kilometers.
The train trip is generally
cheap but some compartments of the state company need to be
modernized. The World Bank approved a loan of $270 million
to support the Egypt rail's project of reorganization.
The program includes the sustaining of
the Egyptian government` strategy of increasing the
efficiency and the safe of the rail services through
investments for the renovation of the signalization systems
and of the railway lines as well as for the modernization of
the management and operational practices in order to
increase the rail domain` s capacity to respond to the
country` s social and economical needs.
The support of the
World Bank for the Egypt rail sector follows the line of the
assistance strategy of country`s bank that identifies the
public services extension as the main goal for obtaining a
The director for Yemen, Egypt and
Djibouti said that the bank was happy to support the reforms
that vise the creation of some more secured, more dynamic
adapted and competitive services because the rail sector
plays a very important role in the Egyptian economy. The
main categories of beneficiaries of the investments are the
passengers and the companies. The passengers will benefit
from some faster transport services and the companies will
have access to a larger offer of good transportation
services. The first step of the project will assure the
finance of the signalization systems modernization on the
Arab el-Raml – Alexandria line and of a computerized system
of traffic central control.
The World Bank said that when this
line, it will be the most modern segment of the
Egypt rail in terms of signalization and standards
The second step of the project will
finance some works of replacing the rails on a
totally segment of 200 kilometers of the Cairo-Aswan
and Benha-Port Said lines.
The first Egyptian
railway road was made in 1851, on July 12 and begun
to work after the ceremonies of the Suez Canal
opening, in 1854, in the time of khedive Ismail Basha ruling period and under the Robert Stevenson`s
supervision, an English engineer, the George
Stevenson` son, no one else than the train inventor.
The Egypt rail network has about 6700 kilometers,
from which 4872 are non stop and the rest are block
points and stations.
The network covers the entire
Delta and makes the connection between the majority of the
economic and inhibited points such as harbors on the Red Sea
and on the Mediterranean Sea with all the cities making an
immense network of modern rails.
The network is modern
equipped to able to operate all the trains of high speed.
The Egypt rail offers 2 methods of transportation services:
for people and for merchandise.