EGYPT’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed a turnkey contract with Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail to design, install, commission and maintain for two years communications, centralised control and ticketing systems for Phase 1 of Cairo Metro Line 4.

Phase 1 will run for 19km underground from the centre of Cairo to the Giza pyramid complex in the southwest, serving a total of 16 stations. The new route is expected to be heavily used by tourists, as it will also serve the future Grand Egyptian Museum.

Work on Phase 1 is expected to take six years to complete and will see Thales install and supply integrated communications and supervision systems, and revenue collection equipment for the new route.

The communications and supervision systems will include radio, a multi-service network, and lineside telephone and wireless LAN system. Thales will also supply passenger information and public address systems, lineside security equipment and an operations control centre.

Thales has previously been awarded contracts by NAT to supply the first ticketing system for Line 1 of the Cairo Metro, as well as communications and ticketing systems for lines 2 and 3.

The future Phase 2 would add a further 23.5km and 19 stations to Line 4, operated with a fleet of 92 trains.

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