Egyptian women exit a metro station in Cairo. Egypt doubled the price of tickets to 2 Egyptian pounds, effective from Friday. (File photo: Reuters)
CAIRO – 11 May 2018: In line with the government’s strategy to upgrade the subway service and decrease Cairo’s incessant congestion, construction works of Greater Cairo’s third line subway extensions and the fourth line subway have already intensified.
According to a video broadcasted on TV satellite channel ON LIVE about the state’s efforts to develop the cheapest and fastest transportation in Egypt, the construction works of the first phase of Cairo’s third line extension, which runs from Attaba to Cairo University, cost around €486 million ($580.9 million) and LE 5.48 billion ($309.69 million).
The third line’s first phase initially stretches from Attaba station to Abbasiya, while the second phase extends from Abbasiya to Heliopolis’ main station, called al-Ahram, and proceeds along Nasr City’s Fair Zone and Cairo Stadium, and then the Heliopolis district of Merghany.
Running along Giza’s districts of Imbaba, Kitkat, Bolaq El Dakror and Rod El Farag axis and ending with a stop at Cairo University, the third phase of the third line spreads 17.7 km.
The fourth phase of the third line’s extension plan is divided into two stages. The first stage involves covering stations in the districts of Heliopolis and Ain Shams, starting with Haroon Street and ending at Nozha City.
The second stage extends from Nozha City and stops at Cairo Airport.
The metro’s fourth line, the works of which already commenced at the beginning of 2018, will expectedly cover 6th October City, Nasr City, Heliopolis, Haram, Giza, Rehab and Old Cairo; it runs along 19 km.
The works of the first phase of the fourth line cost LE 30 billion.
The video also cites a contract that was signed earlier with the French Development Agency to develop Alexandria’s tram system with a total cost of €100 million.
Twenty new trains worth LE 2.3 billion have been added to operate along the metro’s first line, which travels between Helwan and Marg City.
The development plan also includes the maintenance of 17 trains at a cost of LE 335 million and the development of insurance and control systems with a total cost of LE 100 million.
It also includes the allocation of LE 360 million for the installation of 46 mobile escalators and 28 elevators.