Egypt is aiming to finalise a plan to modernise the country’s railway system infrastructure by 2022, according to local reports.
Transport Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ezz said that the plan will involve further engagement with the private sector to boost manpower efficiency and improve maintenance standards of railway infrastructure, Egyptian daily Awal Al Ghad reported.
The need for railway system improvement in Egypt has reached a critical point, as a string of accidents have been reported over the last few years, many of which were said to be the result of “human error” and a lack of basic safeguards enforced by the government.
In March, Egypt’s Transport Minister Hesham Arafat said during a conference that the country is targeting up to $810m (€14.4bn) worth of investment in new rail and metro projects.
The bulk of the investment for three high-speed rail lines running from Luxor to Cairo, Alexandria to Cairo and from Luxor to Hurghada, will have a combined value of $731m (€13bn), Arafat added.