Egyptian and Sudanese transport officials have started talks for a new 900 km rail line connecting the two countries to improve passenger and freight transport.
Sudanese Transport Minister Muawia Ali Khalid’s undersecretary held talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Hassan Al-Laithi, about the new rail connection.
The Egyptian delegation, which visited Ashkit, Sudan, presented a model with possible routes for the project. These routes include Aswan to Toshka and a path from Abu Simbel with a 66 km bridge to Qastal to lead to Wadi Halfa, the city in northern Sudan.
The new rail line in Sudan will link Aswan to Khartoum and will be built to specifications of the Egyptian network.
Once the project is completed, people will be able to travel to the Sudanese capital from Sidi Gaber station in Alexandria, Egypt, without any stopovers.
Earlier this month, the African Development Bank (AfDB) agreed to provide a € 145 million loan to finance improvements to the reliability and performance of Egypt’s rail system.
The funding will be used to improve operational safety and increase network capacity on national rail lines as part of the Egyptian National Railways Modernization Project (ENRMP).
As part of the ENRMP, a cost-effective train protection system will be installed on 950 km of railway line along the busy roads connecting Alexandria in the north to Negh Hammadi in the south, as well as Port Said in the east. .