What to know about expansion plan of Greater Cairo's metro in FY2020/2021

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Sun, 10 May 2020 - 03:19 GMT

Metro train entering Kobry el Qobba station, Cairo - Reuters

Metro train entering Kobry el Qobba station, Cairo - Reuters

CAIRO – 10 May 2020: The state's expansion and upgrade plan of Greater Cairo's metro in FY2020/2021 targets to add 6.35 kilometers and five stations.

As such, the number of customers served is expected to rise to 920,000 from 900,000 estimated in FY2019/2020, and 810,000 in FY2018/2019.

The length of new metro lines was 5.15 kilometers in FY2018/2019, and the number of added stations was three. In the current fiscal year, the figures are estimated at 5.15 kilometers and five stations.

The number of trips recorded in FY2018/2019 is 556,000. The figure estimated in the current fiscal year is 570,000, and is expected to be the same.

By 2030, Greater Cairo will have six metro lines. The third of them is still being accomplished.

Minister of Transportion Kamel el Wazir made on May 3 an inspection tour of the subway stations under-construction as part of the 4th phase of Cairo Metro Line 3.

During his tour, Wazir followed up the finishing touches in progress before the line comes into operation upon receiving the equipment necessary for its test run to ensure operational safety before officially putting it into service.

The minister began his tour at El Nozha station where he inspected ticket counters, entry and exit gates, fire alarm systems and escalators.

He also followed up the latest progress in establishing Cairo Metro Line 3 workshop built over 65 feddans to be the largest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa.

The workshop will have a massive garage housing 15 double-lanes with a total capacity of 30 trains.

Wazir underscored the importance of adhering to anti-coronavirus precautionary measures, including disinfection operations at work sites and regularly checking workers' temperatures by digital thermometers before and after working hours.

Additional contribution by MENA

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