ALSTOM has successfully tested and commissioned the signalling, centralised control and driving systems that it has supplied for Phase 3A of Egypt’s Cairo Metro Line 3, enabling the extension and its four new stations to be inaugurated this week.

Phase 3A runs in tunnel from Attaba, in the east-central area of the city, to Kit Kat via intermediate stations at Nasser, Maspero and Zamalek.

The new section of Line 3 was inaugurated by Egypt’s Transport Minister, Mr Kamel El Wazir, accompanied by chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT), major general Sherif Leil; the French ambassador to Egypt, Mr Marc Baréty; and Alstom Egypt managing director, Mr Ramy Salah.

The contract to provide system and subsystem design, manufacturing, installation, testing, commissioning, training and maintenance for the signalling, centralised control and telecommunications systems for Phase 3 was awarded to Alstom by NAT in November 2015.

At the same time NAT awarded Alstom a contract for the design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning, training and maintenance of the traction power supply system and depot equipment.

Alstom has installed its Urbalis signalling system designed specifically for metros with heavy traffic, which offers functions to improve headway and average speed performance to help ease congestion.

In November 2021 NAT awarded Alstom an €876m contract for the supply of 55 nine-car Metropolis trains as well as an eight-year maintenance contract for the upgrade of the 44.3km Cairo Metro Line 1.

In June a turnkey contract to install, commission and maintain for two years communications, centralised control and ticketing systems for Phase 1 of Line 4 was awarded by NAT to an alliance of Thales, Orascom Construction and Colas Rail.

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