February 27, 2015

Cairo metro Line 3 contracts awarded

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EGYPT's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) signed infrastructure contracts on February 25 for Phase 4A of metro Line 3, which will extend the line 5.7km from Haroun station in Heliopolis to Al-Nozha 1.

Signalling, train control, and telecommunications will be provided by Thales and Alstom, which will supply its Urbalis 200 signalling system, points machines, and station signalling equipment. A consortium of Colas Rail, Orascom, and Arabco will be responsible for infrastructure, with Alstom providing power supplies, electromechanical equipment and ventilation systems.

Alstom's share of the two contracts is worth €80m.

A consortium of Vinci and Bouygues is carrying out civil works on the five-station extension, which is due to open in early 2018. The opening of Phase 4A is expected to boost ridership on Line 3 to around 750,000 passengers per day.

Last December the French government agreed to provide a €344m loan to finance the acquisition of 64 trains for Line 3 and the new Line 4.

The 19km first phase of Line 4 will run from El-Malek El-Saleh on Line 1, via Giza on Line 2, west to Remaya Square.

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