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CCP: 110
Edited by: J. Pombo
Paper 328

Proposed High-Speed Rail Line between Cairo-Alexandria: Cost-Benefit Analysis

M.A.M. Ali1, K. Osra2 and J. Siegmann3

1Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Minia University, Egypt
2Department of Urban and Engineering Researches, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Omrah Research, Umm-Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Track and Railway Operations, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
M.A.M. Ali, K. Osra, J. Siegmann, "Proposed High-Speed Rail Line between Cairo-Alexandria: Cost-Benefit Analysis", in J. Pombo, (Editor), "Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 328, 2016. doi:10.4203/ccp.110.328
Keywords: high-speed rail, cost-benefit analysis, net present value, Egypt.

Egypt National Railway trains (passenger and freight) are currently operated with diesel traction, except for two electrified metro lines in Cairo of about 60 km in length. The study of the opportunities for high-speed railways (HSR) in developing and emerging countries has approved funding of 1.65 billion euros to build the Cairo-Alexandria HSR line in Egypt. The HSR system could have a number of operational and environmental benefits. HSR is a break-through technology that allows trains running at speeds over 200 km/h. The most controversial part of the HSR investment is whether its cost could be compensated by the social benefits. The evaluation of different types of costs and benefits included a sequence of analytical steps. The results show that the project has a positive net present value (NPV) up to 45.18 million euros and achieves only about 11.66 percent internal rate of return. However, applying a broader cost benefit analysis to include all sources of benefit shows that it is highly desirable on an economic basis. Although extreme difficulty was experienced to obtain the required data and information, plausible and coherent results were achieved, which are also seen to be consistent with other results of HSR in Europe.

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