President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the extension of the second line of the high-speed electric train currently being implemented between Giza and Aswan to Abu Simbel instead of Aswan, Ministry of transport announced on Saturday.
The 530 km route from Abu Simbel to Luxor will include 12 stations, five for the high-speed train and seven stations for the regional train, Minister of Transport, Kamel al-Wazir said.
The second line’s route reaches 1,100 km, which passes across October, Aswan and Abu Simbel high-speed train network, the statement added.
This move will support tourism flow, facilitate citizens’ movement, help transfer crops and agricultural products from the farms of Toshka and Sharq al-Owainat to residential areas and seaports such as Safaga and Alexandria, the statement added.
Wazir noted that the train route being near the Western road was taken into account, alongside having the location of the stations close to roads and residential places in Upper Egypt.