Egypt signs contract with VINCI for 3rd phase of Cairo’s 3rd metro line
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

CAIRO: French Construction Company Vinci has won a tender to implement the civil engineering and digging works of the third phase of Cairo Metro third line, head of the National Authority for Tunnels Tarek Gamal el Din was quoted by Youm7 Friday.

Per the terms of the tender, the third phase is 17.7 kilometers long with 15 metro stations, stretching from Cairo districts of Attaba to Bulaq al-Dakror, Gamal el Din said, adding that the cost is estimated 10 billion EGP ($1.1b.)

In 2014, NAT announced a tender to implement the project. Vinci and Spanish Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) were competing for the tender, he added.

The first two phases of the third line are operating with a length of 4.3 km (5 stations) and 7.7 km (four stations), respectively.

The planned fourth phase of the third line will establish a total of 39 metro stations, according to the NAT official website.

Once fully completed, the third line is expected to run from Cairo Airport to Cairo University.

It is part of the large-scale plan designed to relieve traffic and limit pollution in Cairo.

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