The consortium, which was named as preferred bidder in May, will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of both lines for 30 years. The total value of the design, build and O&M contract exceeds $US 4.5bn. Bombardier´s share is worth $US 2.85bn while Orascom Construction’s share is close to $US 900m. The agreement is subject to the final signing of supplementary documents.

The 54km line from East Cairo to New Administrative Capital and the 42km line to connect 6th October City to Giza will be the first mass transit links to connect Greater Cairo with the outlying metropolitan areas. The two lines will have capacity for around 45,000 passenger per hour per direction with an operating speed of 80km/h, providing a journey time of around 60 minutes to new Capital City and around 42 minutes to 6th October City.

Orascom Construction will design and build the infrastructure and civil works, including stations, guideway structures and new depot buildings.

Bombardier will design, supply and install the electrical and mechanical equipment for the two lines including 70 four-car Innovia Monorail 300 trains, Cityflo 650 signalling and automatic train control, the operation control centre, communication systems, platform screen doors, fare collection, power supply and power distribution systems as well as switch beams and depot equipment.

Bombardier will also provide the overall electrical and mechanical system integration, project management, systems engineering and integration, testing and commissioning for the trains and signalling as well as operations and maintenance of the vehicles and wayside systems.

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