Thales to provide Fare Collection and Communication Systems for Cairo Metro

Alstom wins €190m contracts to supply equipment for Cairo metro’s line 3. Under the deal, Alstom which is leading a consortium with Thales will offer its Urbalis signalling solution, including Iconis at the operating control centre, point machines and station signalling equipment.

Thales Fare Collection systemThales has signed two new contracts to upgrade the fare collection system for Lines 1 and 2 on Egypt’s Cairo Metro, as well as provide communications systems for the Al Thawra extension on Line 3 (Phase 3).

As part of the deal, Thales will deploy its TransCity fare collection solution, which uses its Web 2.0 technologies, on Cairo Metro’s Lines 1 and 2, effectively replacing the equipment installed in the 1980s.

Thales will deliver 850 access gates, 100 vending terminals for ticket outlets and 75 portable ticket control terminals, as well as implement new system architecture.

The TransCity central system will also supervise all data generated across the existing network and accommodate future network evolutions and extensions. This is the company’s second deployment of the TransCity system this year, following a contract awarded in South Africa in September. Following the completion of the 18-month project, a combination of magnetic stripe and contactless fare media technology will make it easier for passengers to access the metro system. The new fare collection equipment installed at stations on these lines will improve reliability while reducing maintenance costs. In addition, a consortium comprising Thales and Alstom will implement fully integrated communication and supervision systems, relevant to 15 new stations and an additional depot, from Attaba to Rod El Farag and Cairo University, for a length of more than 17km. The extension is one of the strategic investments by Egypt in Cairo to increase the level of public transport services. Installed at the Line 3 operational control centre, the systems will ensure real time management and control of the whole telecommunications, ticketing and electromechanical systems. In February, Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has signed two contracts with Alstom-led consortiums to deliver signalling system and the infrastructure of the Phase IVA of Cairo Metro Line 3. A consortium of Alstom and Thales was responsible for the supply of signalling system, while another consortium comprising Alstom, Colas Rail, Orascom and ARABCO will deliver infrastructure for Cairo metro.

Egypt Cabinet endorses $669mn to finish phase 4 of Cairo Metro-line 3

The Egyptian Cabinet approved Tuesday the final value to complete the second part of the fourth phase of Cairo Metro Third Line estimated at 5.237 billion Egyptian pounds (US$668.6 million). The second part of phase 4 extends with length of 6.36 km and include four stations; Gesr el Suez ,Haykesteb Bridge , the Ring Road ,Ismailia desert road. The Cairo Metro Line 3 extends from Cairo‘s the northwest district of Imbaba to the northeast nearby the Cairo airport. The line will cross the River Nile twice, once at the western branch between Imbaba and Zamalek Island, and again at the eastern branch between Zamalek and downtown Cairo. The total length of the line is approximately 30.6 km, of which 28.1 km is an underground section. National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) has awarded a contract to Orascom Construction Industries and Arab Contractors to build a 6.3km surface section from Nozha 2 to Al-Salam in the 10th City of Ramadan. NAT has signed a contract with Vinci Construction France to implement the fourth phase of Line 3, which will extend the line by 5.1km from Haroun to Nozha 2.

The 78km-long Cairo metro network currently carries three million passengers a day, and may reach five million by 2020. The network includes two complete lines, with a third partially open due to construction in different phases. Currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2022, phase 3 comprises a 17.7km line extension and 15 extra stations. “We are committed to accompany our customer in the further development of Cairo’s metro network to meet the growing demand for mobility.” Following completion, line 3 will be capable of carrying more than 1.5 million passengers a day. Under the deal, Alstom which is leading a consortium with Thales will offer its Urbalis signalling solution, including Iconis at the operating control centre, point machines and station signalling equipment. The signalling solution will allow safe and comfortable journeys to commuters and a short headway between trains. A consortium comprising Alstom, Colas Rail, Orascom and Arabco will supply electromechanical equipment, which includes power substations to feed the third-rail electrification, ventilation, escalators and lifts. Alstom Middle East and Africa senior vice-president Gian-Luca Erbacci said: “These new projects will undoubtedly strengthen our partnership with NAT that started more than 30 years ago. We are committed to accompany our customer in the further development of Cairo’s metro network to meet the growing demand for mobility.” The company has already provided Metropolis trains and infrastructure, signalling and services solutions for lines 1 and 2 of Cairo Metro, and it has been awarded phases 1, 2 and 4a of line 3. The company has also secured a contract to modernise the signalling systems on the regional railway line from Beni Suef to Asyut.

Orascom Construction awarded €105 m for phase III of Cairo Metro Line III

Orascom Construction (ORAS) announced today that its consortium with Colas Rail, Alstom and Arab Contractors has signed a contract with the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) in Egypt to execute electromechanical and related civil work for the third phase of Cairo Metro Line III. OC’s share of the contract is approximately EUR 105 million. OC has played an integral role in the development of CairoMetro and is well-positioned for future metro awards. The Group is currently executing another package for the third phase of Cairo Metro Line III and has previously completed significant work on the existing lines.

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