Yesterday, I had a fantastic afternoon joining Secretary of State Liz Truss MP at ALSTOM on Litchurch Lane here in Derby, to see their amazing Cairo Monorail Project, with the first trains heading there in the immediate future.
By providing two new monorail lines in Cairo, the project will remove significant road traffic from a heavily polluted city and support hundreds of jobs in the UK, with 280 monorail cars to be built and exported from Derbyshire. It represents the first export of UK-built rolling stock for 13 years, and it's happening right here in our City.
Derby is the UK’s home of innovation and manufacturing, with companies like Alstom part of a family of businesses that are the backbone, and the heart, of our incredible 15-minute City, and I want to thank the Secretary of State for showcasing what Derby has to offer.
Our proud industrial heritage continues to this day, and the Cairo Monorail Project will not only support hundreds of local jobs for local people, but will help reduce air and noise pollution in Cairo itself, demonstrating our continued commitment to the environmental issues we face as a world.
The East Midlands has thousands of businesses exporting goods across the world and as we continue forging a new path as an independent trading nation new trade deals, negotiated by the Secretary of State, will allow British products, including those made here in Derby, to reach new corners of the globe.”