Ineco carried out a feasibility study for the Egyptian government of what could be, from 2026, the first high-speed line in the country of the Nile. An study was carried out on over one thousand kilometres connecting the capital, Cairo, with Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada, to the shores of the Red Sea at a speed of more than 230 kilometres per hour.
Egypt is currently in the process of modernising and improving its railway. The implementation of the high-speed train will transform Egyptian rail transport. The Government is studying two large corridors connecting the capital, Cairo, with the north and north-east, including the Delta area, the city of Alexandria and the port hubs of Suez and Port Said, with the south: and to the south along the Luxor-Aswan axis and the Red Sea coast to the east. The study conducted by Ineco focuses on this second corridor, approximately 1,087 kilometres long, with six stations: Cairo-6 October, Minya, Asyut, Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada, and a maximum commercial speed of 240 km/h between Cairo and Luxor.
According to the demand study – which includes three possible scenarios, mainly linked to the evolution of international tourism – development of a corridor is proposed in different stages, over a period of 15 years. The first would include the stretch of 650 kilometres between the capital and Luxor, which would be operational in 2026; Luxor-Aswan, in 2031 and the branch to Hurghada, in 2036.
The feasibility study was developed in four large stages. The first one involves an analysis of the current situation and the main conditions for the design of the new infrastructure. The second one includes a study of alternatives to the 1: 50,000 scale and was carried out along with a multicriteria analysis to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Once the optimal alternative was identified, in the third phase a more detailed design was developed at a scale of 1: 25,000, including future demand estimates and the corresponding operating plans, with the type of rolling stock recommended. Finally, the fourth phase of the study assesses the necessary investments and operating and maintenance costs of the system, as well as the income, as well as an analysis of the country’s macroeconomic and institutional framework and a proposal for a management model of the high-speed system.