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Alstom to upgrade Cairo metro for €876m

Written by Eric Apim on Tuesday, November 9th 2021 à 11:42 | Read 669 times

The future metro line 1 in Cairo will be designed by Alstom (photo: Alstom)
The future metro line 1 in Cairo will be designed by Alstom (photo: Alstom)
EGYPT / FRANCE. On Monday 8 November 2021, the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) awarded the contract for the modernisation of line 1 of the Cairo metro to the French company Alstom (€14bn turnover and 70,000 employees).

Worth €876m, it is financed by the French government as part of the €3.8bn strategic projects signed between France and Egypt in June 2021. The contract includes the delivery of fifty-five Metropolis trains, nine cars from the same range and an eight-year maintenance contract. Each train, with wide corridors, a women's area, video surveillance and real-time digital passenger information, can accommodate 2,580 passengers. They are 98% recyclable.

The first Metropolis electric rail rolling stock entered service in 2000 in Warsaw. They are now in use in 25 cities around the world, including the metros in Barcelona (line 9) and Istanbul (line 3), and have been chosen for the metros in Marseille (2024), Toulouse (Toulouse Aerospace Express line 2027), Grand Paris Express (2024), Lille (line 1 2024) and Athens (line 4). Since 1998, 5,500 Metropolis cars have been sold worldwide as well as 380 driverless Metropolis trains.

Designed and built in France

The Cairo Metropolis metro will be designed and manufactured in France at the equipment manufacturer's site in Valenciennes Petite-Forêt. The Creusot site will handle the bogies (carriages under the vehicle where the axles and wheels are attached) and the integration of the engine, while Villeurbanne will manage the passenger information systems and Toulouse the electrical engineering.

"Maintenance work will be carried out at the Cairo depot and managed locally, creating long-term employment opportunities," said an Alstom statement. The company will implement a training and development plan in partnership with the Egyptian Company for Metros (ECM), the operator and maintenance manager of Line 1. In October 2021, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed an agreement with the South Korean Hyundai Rotem Company to train eighty young Egyptian unemployed people in the maintenance of the rolling stock of line II of the Cairo metro.

Launched in 1987, line 1 of the Cairo metro (New El-Marg/Helwan) is the oldest in the country and even in Africa. It carries up to 2.5 million passengers per day during rush hour and serves 35 stations. The current trains date from the 1980s.


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