No intention to open Tahrir metro station soon: Metro Authorities
Cairo metro station - YOUM7/Hassan Mohamed

CAIRO: There is ‘no intention’ to open the Sadat metro station near Tahrir Square ‘soon,’ Ahmed Abdel Hady, media office head of the Metro Authorities, told Youm7 Friday.

The Sadat station has been closed since the 2013 dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares in support of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Hady added that any change would be announced by the government, and that ongoing cleaning is procedure to keep the station in working order in case it is re-opened.

More than 3 million Cairenes use the metro to travel every day, and since the closure of the Sadat station, all commuters on the two main lines depend on one transfer station, resulting in overcrowded stations during rush hours.

Different and mixed statements were released regarding the station since it was closed; the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operations President Ali Fadaly announced last April that security authorities approved the re-opening in May of the station as a transit point between the first and second metro lines but not for exit to the street, but it was never opened.

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