CAIRO: The tenth air conditioned train of the Cairo Metro Helwan-Marg Line has arrived in Cairo from South Korea, according to a Wednesday statement by the company.
Six trains have already been enrolled into service; the seventh and eighth trains will operate before the end of November, while the ninth and tenth train will be added to the metro’s fleet in December, the Cairo Metro statement said.
The new imported carriages are part of a South Korean deal to export 20 trains purchased from Hyundai Rotem for 2.2 billion EGP ($288.8 million.)
The deal aims to improve service for passengers using the first metro line, which is the oldest line of the metro and the most used, extending from Helwan south of Cairo to el-Marg, northeast of the capital. The line includes 35 stations over 44 kilometers.
Meanwhile, the old trains will be under maintenance, according to the statement.
In an effort to promote the oldest line of the metro, Egypt concluded an agreement with French Thales to buy 859 smartcards turnstiles at a cost of $160 million, an official source told Youm7 Oct. 12.
Many turnstiles at Line 1 are out of operation; passengers leave their tickets with metro personnel at exits.