The Egyptian government is in talks with a Chinese construction company to launch an electric train linking the New Administrative Capital with Cairo, state-owned Ahram reports.

The USD 1.5 bn train will pass through the 6th of October City and the Cairo-Ismailia desert road on the outskirts of Cairo, the newspaper said.

“The train will also extend over 170 km and include 14 stations from el-Salam City to the Administrative Capital on the Suez Desert Road,” Minister of Transportation Hesham Arafat said.

The Roads and Bridges Holding Company has previously met with representatives from the Chinese company to discuss arrangements and plans regarding the implementation of the project.