UK train manufacturer named preferred bidder for £3.9bn contract

City at nightBombardier Transportation has been named by the Egyptian Government as preferred bidder to build and operate a new monorail system, including supplying rolling stock, to a new trainline in Cairo.

This project was announced by the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Dr Liam Fox during his visit to Egypt.

Dr Fox is currently on a four-day visit to Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia to highlight the wealth of opportunities for trade and investment in the region.

The total value of the Engineering Procurement and Construction deal is about £2.5bn of which the BT value is roughly 50%. In addition, there is an Operations and Maintenance deal with a value of about £1.4bn.

The monorail system is a 54km line connecting the New Administrative Capital with East Cairo and a 42km line connecting 6th October City with Giza.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: “This is a strategically important project in a growing market like Egypt, demonstrating how UK manufacturing expertise is competing and winning in global markets against tough competition. The global headwinds are getting stronger and we face a world economic slowdown. But the UK now has an international economic department – the Department for International Trade – helping British business succeed abroad in ways that never happened before.

“The British rail industry is world class. Derby has been making trains for 180 years, and this project shows that the Derby Litchurch Lane facility remains globally competitive.”

Phil Hufton, President UK, Bombardier said: “Being named as preferred bidder for the Cairo Monorail is excellent news for Bombardier and for our teams in the UK and in Egypt. It shows that the British rail industry is world class and can compete and win in global markets. We welcome the Government’s support for our bid.”