The Heliopolis tram system in Cairo has essentially reached a critical point where the rolling stock, infrastructure, and supporting systems need to be rehabilitated and/or replaced. There is also a pressing need to improve passenger transport services between Heliopolis and the rapidly developing New Cairo city, via Nasr City, as in this travel corridor there are no existing or planned mass transit services. Future developments such as a new Governmental district will make the area even more attractive for either residents or commuters. Together with the bus system and planned metro line No. 3, the Heliopolis - Nasr City – New Cairo City Link will be important in the growing transport demand between these areas. Extending the Heliopolis tram system is therefore required, in order to face future transport demand.
Assignment of the World Bank is to make the system choice, preliminary design and bidding documents for the renewal and extension of the Heliopolis - Nasr City rail link and its extension to the American College (ACU) in New Cairo City. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and the General Organization of Physical Planning in Cairo (GOPP) will act as the client for this assignment to the consultant.
The project is the first line of the Heliopolis modernized network (at grade) as part of larger scheme including a new underground metro connection to be built soon from Cairo CBD to Heliopolis (Metro line 3). The renewal includes the extension from Nasr City till ACU in New Cairo City.
Generally, the approach for the technical solutions was based on a practical design that fits to the situation in Cairo and its level of technical personnel available in the implementation and operational phase. In other words, solutions were based on a design concept that is balanced between cost effectiveness and technology. International standards will be used as much as possible to provide the best possible conditions for the next stages as design, construction and operations.
In 2009 Mena Rail was commissioned by the Ministry of Housing to produce traffic study, preliminary design and tender documentation for LRT line from Heliopolis to Nasr City. The total length was 18.3 km. Part of the line was on the corridor of existing Heliopolis Tram network. Soon after the competition of traffic study and preliminary/conceptual solutions for power supply system, signaling, etc., clients, City of Cairo, the Ministry of Housing and the World Bank asked Mena Rail to expand its work to the new residential area of New Cairo City. Total length of the line, planned for the first stage of construction will be 29.8 km with 28 stops.
N-ING Company developed complete project documentation for Mena Rail, including traffic analysis, estimation costs, preliminary designs (alignment, power supply, structural, traffic, etc.)