Despite of tender cancelation, Metro Line 4 to be executed
Shaat added that two other tenders are still in place for the railcars and electricity work needed for the line. The deputy minister clarified that the Japanese loan is still on, and that the tender for construction works was cancelled because the financial offers exceeded the estimated cost.
Shaat stated that studies are taking place to re-invite the tender, and select the most efficient one.
CAIRO - 13 July 2018: The Ministry of Transportation announced an urgent and comprehensive plan to develop and upgrade the infrastructure of the subway system in Cairo worth billions of pounds. The plan directs a great deal of attention to raising the efficiency of the oldest metro line running from El-Marg to Helwan, south of Cairo.
As part of 2030 Vision, the number of metro lines in Cairo will increase to six from two, and the first line will be renovated. The third phase of the first line will start operation 2021.
CAIRO - 31 May 2018: Construction works have officially commenced on the third phase of the Greater Cairo metro's third line, announced the Ministry of Transportation on Thursday. The third phase of the metro's third line will expectedly start with Attaba station, passing east through the Ring Road and ending with the Rod El-Farag Axis; it stretches over 17.7 kilometers.
That phase, which stretches from Attaba till Cairo University, is 17.7 kilometers long and includes 15 tunnel and at grade stations, and goes through Gamal Abdel Nasser, Maspero, Zamalek and Kit Kat stations.
The fourth line is 19-kilometer long line, and will connect Sixth of October City with Old Cairo through 17 stations, and meet with the first line at Giza station. Works on the first phase of the fourth line cost LE 30 billion.
In December 2017, three foreign coalitions offered to execute the construction of the fifth metro line in Greater Cairo, which stretches across 24 kilometers and passing through 17 stations. Line 5 extends from Maadi neighborhood and connects the first line to New Cairo.
Egypt signed an agreement with Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier in July 2017 to finance and carry out the construction of Line 6. The 20-kilometer line will lessen the pressure on the metro’s first line, which runs from northern Cairo and passes through Shubra el-Kheima and New Maadi. The future projects also include establishing the Alexandria Metro with 18 above ground stations.
With metro tickets increasing from a flat fee of LE 1 less than a year ago to up to LE 7 today, commuters find themselves up against more austerity measures. Egypt's Transport Authority, however, argues the increase is a fairer categorization of the fare system.