Cairo Metro

02 May 2017

Developed to alleviate Cairo’s chronic road congestion, the metro was the first transport system of its kind to become operational in Africa

The Cairo Metro opened in 1987 as a single, 29-kilometre section of line. Lines 2 and 3 were completed in 1996 and 2012 respectively.

A major upgrade is underway to extend existing lines and add new ones. The programme’s overall cost is estimated at $12bn, and is being run by Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels.

Current efforts centre on the Line 3 extension, which has been split into phases. Phases 1 and 2 are complete and phase 3 is under way. The $1.2bn main contract for phase 3 was awarded to a consortium led by France’s Vinci in April 2016.

A $377.5m contract to supply 256 metro cars was won by South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem in February 2017. Phase 3 is due for completion by 2018.

Later this year, awards are due to be made for Line 4. A second section is scheduled to be tendered on this line from 2020.

There is no time frame for issuing tenders for lines 5 and 6; construction on the entire network is due to be finished by about 2050.

The expansion has suffered setbacks, including a tunnel boring machine becoming stuck in 2009, causing a tunnel to collapse.


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