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Africa’s first driverless metro arrives in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt - March 01, 2010: Metro Train With Women Only Carriage at Platform Overground Rapid Transport in Cairo, Egypt.

French multinational Alstom has announced the signing of a framework agreement with the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels (Nat) to develop the first driverless metro project in Egypt, the first on the continent.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention, Cop27, being held in Sharm el-Sheikh. The project is associated with the development of line 6 of the Cairo metro, for which Alstom is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance.

500,000 passengers per day

As reported in the local press, this line is currently the last planned extension of the metro, which was built in 1987. The 35 km long line will run north-south through the Greater Cairo neighbourhoods of Shubra El-Kheima and New Maadi, ending at the beginning of the Ain El-Sokhna – Al-Khosos road. The line is expected to have 27 stations, 12 of which will be underground, and could accommodate around half a million passengers.

According to Alstom, the construction of this line will help reduce congestion on Line 1 of the Cairo Metro and expand the range of transport options for people travelling in the city. The project also incorporates current sustainability requirements and its implementation will reduce the city’s transport CO2 emissions.