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El Raml tram line upgrade

Upgrade of the 32km standard-gauge line which will:

  • Cut travel time from 90 to 30 minutes
  • Triple tram capacity from 150,000 to 400,000 passengers daily.
  • Renovate all existing stations and rolling stock
  • Add a 1km extension from El Raml square to Al Manshiya.

Formally announced in March 2017 following completion of a feasibility study by French consultancy Egis Rail.

Initial tenders for the project were unsuccessful and so the Alexandria Public Transportation Authority (APTA) reissued them in March.

In October 2017, the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) announced six bidders had qualified to submit proposals, with details in the section below. Three bids were then opened in mid-2018.

Cost breakdown is given as follows.

  • EUR102m civil work, roads, and public areas
  • EUR100m vehicles
  • EUR30m electrical energy
  • EUR56m rail, systems, and warehouses
  • EUR31.8m consultancy
  • EUR43.2m emergency expenses

The project is funded by the AfD and the EIB

Timings on the project have been repeatedly delayed and it reimains unclear when actual work will start. Reports from summer 2018 said that the design and supervision tendering process had been put on hold because of unexpectedly high costs.

The three bids were all reportedly above cost estimates envisaged in the project 


Alexandria Public Transportation Authority (APTA)
March 2017
Planning and tendering stage
Completion Date
Key dates
Date Details
Project formally announced March 2017
Completion of feasibility study March 2017
Transport ministry signs agreement with AFD for loan May 2017
Six companies successfully qualify to submit bids November 2017
Government approval for the EUR100m funding from the AFD 27 January 2018
AFD provision of first batch of loan November 2018 latest
Technical proposal assessment completed June 2018
Construction contracts awarded (est.) N/A
Work inauguration 2019+
Project completion 2022+
Contractors, consultants and suppliers
Consortium Status
Systra, Egis Rail, Moharram Bakhoum and Projacs Egypt Shortlisted from technical proposal, June 2018
CITC, Khatib & Alami Initially invited to bid
Artelia, MENA Rail and Ingerop Shortlisted from technical proposal, June 2018
Tepsa, Egyptian Integrated Consulting Group (ICG) Qualifying bidder
TPF Getinsa Euroestudios, Areeb and Bureau Egyptien de Conseils Technique Qualifying bidder
SENER Group, Setec, Khatib & Alami Shortlisted from technical proposal, June 2018
Funding body Value
European Investment Bank (EIB) €180m
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) €100m (gov't approved January 2018)
EU Technical Assistance Grant €8m (Presidential Decree approval October 2018)
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) €8m grant (technical studies & community awareness campaigns)
Raml line