CAIRO: Egypt’s oldest metro line to operate its eighth air-conditioned carriage imported from South Korea by the end of December, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Some seven air-conditioned trains were installed on the Helwan-Marg line in Cairo, with the last one entering into service on Tuesday.
So far, Egypt has imported 11 trains as part of a South Korean deal to export 20 trains purchased from Hyundai Rotem for 2.2 billion EGP ($288.8 million.)
The ninth and tenth trains were announced to be added to the metro’s fleet in December.
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.
Additional reporting by Reda Hebeishy