File Photo: Cairo metro's line 3 (Photo Courtesy of Cairo metro's official page on Facebook)
Egypt has received a fifth train under the deal with South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem to supply 32 new modernised trains for Cairo Metro’s Line 3, Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir announced on Friday.
El-Wazir said the new trains will be equipped with an air conditioning system and a corridor that allows passengers to move from one carriage to another while the train is in motion.
They will also be equipped with closed-circuit television cameras for central oversight and LCD screens inside trains to provide passengers with information about their trip alongside paid advertisements.
The 32 new trains are part of the 2017 deal between the National Authority for Tunnels and Hyundai Rotem. The deal costs an estimated 317 million euros and EGP 640 million, which is being provided by the state treasury.
The agreement includes an eight-year maintenance deal for trains and the assembly of 10 trains locally in Egypt with technical support from Hyundai Rotem.
The Cairo underground metro system carries more than four million passengers daily throughout the capital and surrounding areas.
The underground system, once deemed the cheapest in the country - with a basic fare of one Egyptian Pound - has seen multiple price hikes in recent years to offset annual losses and develop ailing lines in the network.
The latest hike in August - which came shortly after the inauguration of Line 3's fourth phase - saw rides up to nine stops in all metro lines costing EGP 5. While rides up to 16 stops are priced at EGP 7, and rides exceeding 16 stops cost EGP 10.