Ismailia-Rafah railway link inaugurated
Egypt’s ministry of transportation plans to inaugurate for testing purposes a 217-kilometer stretch of railway link between Ismailia and Rafah. The project aims to end the isolation of Sinai from the Egyptian mainland.
Egypt’s national railway network has some 4,900 kilometers of tracks, of which 1,406 kilometers are dual tracks. Long-term plans call for developing the railway system to cover all of Egypt, including a 40-minute railroad trip from the Nile to the Giza Pyramids to service tourists and a better line to Aswan. Future plans also identify the need for "inland container logistic centers" or ports to encourage container transport inland by train.
The improved railway network will include high-speed electrified lines, dual electrified rail lines and single, non-electrified lines. This scheme is forecast to take 30 years to complete, at a cost of about 60 million Egyptian pounds.
Egypt is considered the largest railway market in the Middle East and Africa, and the Egyptian railway network is the second oldest in the world, after Great Britain’s — (Albawaba-MEBG).
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