Egypt s third metro line (Photo: Al-Ahram)
The contract includes the advanced and integrated digital solutions for telecommunications, centralised control, and ticketing system of phase one.
According to Thales, Line 4 will see the development of a 42km line and 35 stations in two phases.
The first phase of the project will take six years, according to the French multinational company, to complete 19km, 16 stations, a depot and an operations control centre.
Phase 1 of Metro Line 4 will connect the centre of Greater Cairo to the Giza Pyramid Complex in southwest Greater Cairo and is expected to be heavily used by tourists, transporting them to the Pyramids site and the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), according to Thales.
Thales will supply and install the full scope of its Integrated Communication and Supervision systems (including radio, multi-service network, wayside telephone and wireless LAN systems, wayside equipment for security systems, Passenger Information and Public Address, and Operations Control Centre) as well as revenue collection solutions in the project.
Phase 2 will be implemented at a later stage, with additional 23.5km, 19 stations, and 92 trains.
"This contract confirms our strong commitment towards NAT to support their development of Metro Cairo and the more than 30 years of GTS presence in mass transit in the country, having previously provided the first ticketing system for Cairo Line 1, and the Integrated Communication, Supervision and ticketing solutions for lines 2 and 3." Thales said in its statement.
In November 2020, Egypt's Orascom Construction and Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation signed a contract worth around $800 million to begin construction work at the first phase of Line 4 of the Cairo Metro.