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Contracts for Cairo metro Line 3 awarded

Infrastructure contracts for fitting out and signaling for Phase 4A of Cairo, Egypt’s, Metro line 3 have been awarded.

Infrastructure contracts for fitting out and signaling for Phase 4A of Cairo, Egypt’s, Metro line 3 have been awarded by the National Authority for Tunnels.

A consortium of Colas Rail, Orascom and Arabco will be responsible for infrastructure, while Alstom – whose share of the contracts are worth EUR80m – will be responsible for power supplies, electromechanical equipment and ventilation systems. Thales and Alstom will supply signalling (Urbalis 200), train control, and telecommunications.

A Vinci/Bouygues consortium is carrying out civil works on the five-station extension, which will extend Line 3 by 5.7km (3.5 miles) from Haroun station in Heliopolis to Al-Nozha 1. Service is expected to begin early in 2018, with the opening of Phase 4A expected to boost ridership on Line 3 by 750 000 p/day.

A French government loan of EUR344m will finance the acquisition of 64 trains for Line 3, as well as the new Line 4 – the first phase of which, 19km (11.8 miles), will run from El-Malek El-Salah on Line 1, via Giza on Line 2, and west to Remaya Square.