Essential to every country’s economy is a successful transport and logistics sector, one which will allow commercial activity to flow unhindered from production to consumption. A successful transportation system also facilitates access to raw materials, services and operating, all of which are essential for the success of any viable business venture. Egypt’s unique geographic location combined with an expanding infrastructure base is enhancing the country’s position as a key global logistics hub for companies looking to do business in, or trade between, Europe, Asia and Africa.
To create a solid foundation for the multitude of projects which are set to take place over the next decade, the government has created a 2030 plan which focuses on the transport sector, with the aims of making it an integrated, well developed system that satisfies national and global developmental needs.
Much of the plan is already underway, and below you will find an overview of the most significant of these changes:
Sohag – Red Sea Road: Connecting Upper Egypt to the Red Sea governorate.
Farafra-Dairut Road: Connecting Farafra in New Valley governorate to the southern city of Dairut in Assiut.
30 June Axis: Connecting Cairo to Port Said via Zagazig and Ismailia cities; in addition to linking several other main cities and governorates throughout the country.
Gabal El Galala Road: The Gabal El Galala is a highway that will be erected through the mountains on the Ain Sokhna road heading towards Zaafarana and Beni Suef.
Cairo – Suez Road: The project involves adding a service route on either side of the road as well as expanding the main road via an additional lane so that it becomes a five-lane dual highway which includes six bridges and a tunnel.
Dahshur – Wahat – Fayoum Road: Upgrades several parts of the Wahat road axis, as well as the southern Dahshur connection to decrease congestion.
Shoubra-Benha Road: The Shoubra-Benha road in Qaliyubia governorate is a freeway that will reduce traffic congestion on the Cairo-Alexandria agricultural road, which is used by around 140,000 vehicles each day.
Wadi El Natroun Road: Reopening of this road which links Cairo to Alamein City and the North Coast after more than a year of construction work.
Al Fouka Road: Linking Cairo with the extensions of the currently underdevelopment project of the West North Coast, located near Al Fouka and Ras El-Hekma areas. The new road will reduce the distance towards the coastal governorate of Matrouh, easing future trade access to Libya.
Upgrading the Railway System
Changes in the country’s railway system have been focused on improving the signaling system which is currently only 15% electrical.
– Additional changes include improving the Cairo-Alexandria line.
– High-speed rail from Alexandria, through Cairo, and on to Aswan have also been introduced.
– Chinese investments are being used to establish an electric train between Salam City and the New Administrative Capital, and 11 stops along the way.