4th phase of 3rd metro line to break ground next week: NAT head
Passengers are seen boarding the carriages of the new metro line in Cairo on February 21, 2012, linking the central Ataba district with the subrub of Abbasiya, two of the Egyptian capital's busiest neighborhoods. AFP
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CAIRO: Digging at the fourth phase of the Cairo’s third metro line will begin next week, the head of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) Tariq Gamal el-Din told Youm7 Wednesday.

The total length of the phase is set to be 15.8 km extending from Haroun Station on Heliopolis up to Cairo International Airport, passing through 10 stations, according to NAT website.

El-Din said that a giant driller called “Amenhotep” will being working at Haroun station heading to Nozha, after maintenance works at the second phase are finalized.

French company Vinci was chosen to finance the fourth phase at a cost of 4.345 billion EGP; the phase is expected to be inaugurated by the end of 2017.

Work is still ongoing at the third phase of the line, which comprises 15 stations with a total length of 18 km. It extends from El-Attaba to Rod el-Farag corridor, passing through Al-Kit Kat up to Cairo University station of line 2.

The entire Third Metro Line extends over 47.87 kilometers with 39 metro stations.

Construction of new extensions to the metro lines is meant to meet the growing demand on the subway, which is used by millions of Egyptians every day. The government has been importing air conditioned vehicles for the metro lines to improve the services.

The Cairo subway is considered an affordable and fast means of transportation for 20 million commuters in the greater Cairo area; huge traffic jams occur above the ground if the metro is out of service.

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