Alstom awarded Egypt’s largest metro rolling stock contract to improve public transport within Cairo

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  • An 876 million euro[1] contract by National Authority for Tunnels, for Cairo Line 1 upgrades
  • 55 Metropolis trains: brings state-of-the-art technology and 8-year maintenance programme

8 November 2021 – Alstom and National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) announced an agreement for 55 Metropolis trains (9 cars per train) and an 8-year maintenance contract, valued at 876 million euro, for the upgrade of Cairo Metro Line 1, at TransMEA 2021 today, financed by the French Government.

Launched in 1987, Cairo Metro line 1 is the oldest metro line in Egypt, moving approximately 2.5 million passengers per day between El Marg and Helwan. These upgrades are part of Egypt’s plans to increase and improve public transportation capacity and passenger experience for citizens.

“We are honoured to play a role in the development and modernisation of Egypt’s urban network and are grateful for the National Authority for Tunnels confidence in Alstom’s Metropolis solution. It is a proven and technologically advanced platform. With a fleet of about 495 Metropolis cars, more residents will be able to commute safely and comfortably every day. We thank H.E. Kamel El-Wazir, Egyptian Minister for Transport, the National Tunnel Authority, the French authorities, and all those who have made this project possible for the benefit of the Egyptian people,” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, CEO of Alstom.

A state-of-the-art metro, Metropolis brings an unprecedent level of comfort to Cairo residents and tourists. Its interior layout is tailored to the specific requirements of the line and designed to maximise train capacity while enhancing comfort, accessibility and passenger flow. It features wide corridors and a dedicated women’s area. At peak times, each train will be able to carry 2,580 passengers and its eco-design brings increased energy-efficiency and is up to 98% recyclable. Finally, Alstom’s proposal includes a unique design to reflect the history and culture of Cairo.

Henri Poupart-Lafarge

“We are honoured to play a role in the development and modernisation of Egypt’s urban network and are grateful for the National Authority for Tunnels confidence in Alstom’s Metropolis solution.”

Henri Poupart-Lafarge
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Alstom

Incorporated digital solutions allow for real-time passenger information, dynamic route maps, video displays and video surveillance. Also included is Alstom’s cutting-edge condition-based and predictive maintenance solution known as HealthHubTM. Through enhanced data collection, the system optimises the lifecycle costs and saves up to 20% in preventive maintenance labour and 15% in materials consumption. Maintenance work will be carried out at the depot in Cairo and managed locally, creating long-term job opportunities for local talent. A training and development plan will be rolled out in partnership with the Egyptian Company for Metros (ECM) – the operator and maintainer of Line 1.

This signature follows the agreement signed on 13 June 2021 between Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, and H.E. Kamel El-Wazir, Egyptian Minister of Transport, concerning the financing of this agreement and of the maintenance contract, for the development of the Cairo metro.

Signature Cairo Metro Line 1
Andrew deLeone, President, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia Region for Alstom and M. Essam Wally, Chairman NAT
  • 876 M
    euro contract for the upgrade of Cairo Metro Line 1
  • 55
    Metropolis trains and an 8-year maintenance contract
  • 98%
    recyclable trains

The Metropolis metro will be designed and manufactured in France, at the Alstom site in Valenciennes Petite-Forêt. The other French sites involved are Le Creusot, for the bogies and motor integration, Villeurbanne, for the passenger information systems, and Toulouse, for electrical engineering.

Alstom has been a partner to Egypt’s railways since 1971, supporting the railway infrastructure development in the country. Alstom Egypt has established a strong local team and a Center of Excellence (COE) for signalling systems, power supply and maintenance workshops to support projects across its Africa-Middle East-Central Asia (AMECA) region. Egypt’s vision and strong talent pool has enabled Alstom to make significant contributions to Egypt’s rail industry development. Today, Alstom employs approximately 500 people in Egypt with several ongoing projects including a consortium to design, implement, operate and maintain two Monorail lines connecting the New Capital City and 6th October City to Greater Cairo.

Alstom™, Metropolis™ and HealthHub™ are protected trademarks of the Alstom Group.

[1] will be booked at entry into force which should happen in Q4 2021/22