The arrival of the first 4 railway cars manufactured in Hungary
Minister of Transport, Kamel Al-Wazir, said that coordination is underway with companies specialized in the iron and steel industry to establish a factory for the production of railways in Egypt to settle this industry, provide hard currency and create new job opportunities.
He added that the implementation of the first factory for the production of railways in Egypt has already started, and it is planned that the rails will be produced in this factory within 24 months.
During the parliament plenary session last month, the minister said that coordination is underway to establish a factory for the production of railway rods, and we need to produce 50 thousand tons to cover our needs, and production will be half a million tons, and we will export the bars to other countries.
Egypt is seeking to settle the railway industry in Egypt, and last year it established a “Nirk” factory in the Suez Canal area to manufacture electric trains and metro cars.
This came during his presence at the receipt of the first batch of new vehicles manufactured in Hungary with 4 vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles that reached Egypt to 260 (256 vehicles from Russia, of which 29 arrived this month, in addition to 4 vehicles that arrived from Hungary).
The minister said that the agreement signed between the Railways Authority and the Transmach Holding Company, the representative of the Russian-Hungarian Alliance, worth one billion and 16 million euros, provides for manufacturing 51% of the contracted car deal in Hungary and manufacturing 49% of it in Russia, provided that the rest of the cars will arrive in batches accordingly. For the specified schedule, for the deal.
The total supplied so far of these vehicles has reached 260 vehicles, and the rehabilitation and development of 160 vehicles have been completed, bringing the total number of vehicles suitable for operation on the network lines currently to 2575, and the number of passengers on the railway has increased to one million passengers per day.
The minister pointed out that upon completion of this deal, it is planned that the number of passengers will reach 1.5 million passengers per day.
The Minister of Transport added that the passenger car fleet of the Egyptian National Railways had become obsolete, which led to a low operating efficiency on the network and poor levels of service provided to the riders, as the number of vehicles suitable for operation before contracting this deal reached about (2,155) vehicles of various models.
This led to the cancellation of some trains on the network as well as the reduction of the number of cars in some trains due to the lack of operational vehicles, pointing out that this had resulted in a decrease in the number of daily passengers on the network lines to about 700 thousand passengers per day.
The minister confirmed that, in light of the political leadership’s directives not to operate any old trains on the network lines by the end of this year, the plans have been made to rehabilitate and develop all railway cars so that all passenger trains that will be operated on the network lines of all levels are new by the end of this year
He pointed out that transportation is the locomotive of development, which was reflected at all levels in the fields of transportation, starting with digging the new Suez Canal as a global waterway at a record time, establishing an economic zone for the Suez Canal, passing through our ambitious projects in the various transport sectors, foremost of which is the railway that has witnessed a boom. Great during the recent period.
He pointed out that coordination is underway with the Russian-Hungarian Transmach Holding Company to establish a new main workshop for the repair, maintenance and development of vehicles, and a long-term maintenance contract with the company to maintain these vehicles continuously, in a manner that guarantees the transfer of expertise to the Egyptian side.
The Russian-Hungarian carriage deal includes the supply of 800 air-conditioned cars (500 third-class air-conditioned vehicles, a new service that is offered to passengers for the first time in the history of Egypt Railways, a luxurious 180-degree second, 90 luxurious first-class carriages and 30 air-conditioned buffet cars), in addition to 500 third-class air-conditioned cars. dynamism.
The article: The Minister of Transport: Egypt will establish a factory for railways and start production within 24 months. It was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.