CAIRO: The installment of 850 French turnstiles across Cairo’s metro lines 1 and 2 will begin in six months, head of the National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) Ahmed Gamal el-Din told Youm7 Monday.
The Central Bank has provided the $4.5 million needed to begin importing the turnstiles in the first installment of the $160-million contract, Gamal el-Din said.
The agreement between NAT and French company Thales was signed in October after the cost was reduced from $200 million. The deal also includes 100 ticket printers and 75 ticket checking devices.
Upgrading the turnstiles across Cairo’s two oldest metro lines has not been possible due to a lack of equipment. The turnstiles were first installed in the late 1980s when the metro was inaugurated, according to the source.
As per the agreement with Thales, the new turnstiles will use the same technology that is used in line 3, and partially in lines 1 and 2, with the ultimate aim of creating a unified network of turnstiles across all stations, the source said.
Many turnstiles across lines 1 and 2 are out of service; passengers leave their tickets with metro personnel at one of the few working turnstiles. The installment will take 18 months to complete.