Egypt's LRT to halt services for few hours on Wednesday to test firefighting systems

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Jul 2023

Egypt's light rail transit (LRT) will suspend operations for several hours late Wednesday, 19 July, to conduct routine tests of its fire safety and smoke evacuation systems, the National Tunnel Authority (NAT) said in a statement on Tuesday.

A file photo of Egypt s LRT. Cabinet


NAT said routine inspections would be carried out tomorrow at the Adly Mansour and Badr transfer stations and announced the closure of all LRT stations up to the City of Arts and Culture station in the New Administrative Capital east of Cairo. 

The tests will extend from 9 pm on Wednesday until 5:30 am on Thursday and will resume operation half an hour later, NAT said.

Starting Thursday, LRT hours will return to regular hours of 6 am to 11 pm, officials added. 

The last train to the new capital on Wednesday leaves at 7:30 pm, but if you want to travel to New Obour City, you must be on the train by 7:45 pm.

Also, the last train leaving from the City of Arts and Culture and New Obour stations tomorrow will depart at 7:35 pm.

NAT urged passengers commuting by train not to panic if they see or smell smoke during the exam. 

Egypt's LRT

Egypt's first LRT opened in July as the first phase linking the New Administrative Capital with the Cairo metropolitan area. 

The project will serve New Obour, Shorouk, Badr, Mostakbal, 10th Ramadan City and the New Capital. 

The LRT is electrically powered, and the vehicles can accommodate up to 300 passengers for a total passenger capacity of 1,300, making it a sustainable and environmentally-friendly mass transit system. 

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