Two technical offers were submitted on 14 March for construction package 1, covering civil works. For package 2, involving electrical installations, a total of five international contractors submitted bids. Commercial proposals on both packages will be opened in mid-May.

Tender documents for package 5 – rolling stock – have now been issued, with bids due on 1 June.

France’s Systra is the frontrunner for the contract to carry out consultancy services on the first phase of line 3 following the opening of commercial bids on 13 March.

The 33-kilometre line 3 will link the western districts of Cairo with the international airport. The project will be carried out in four phases. Bidders are expected to bring project funding to the scheme.