Cairo selects French engineering consultants for Metro Line 6

24 October 2023 2 min. read

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport has chosen a joint venture of French consulting engineers Egis and Setec to work on the design of the second phase of Cairo’s new Metro Line 6.

Spanning 34 kilometres from North to South, running through the Greater Cairo neighbourhoods of Shubra El-Kheima and New Maadi, the Metro Line 6 is projected to be used by 1.5 million passengers.

The line, which will include 26 stations (12 of which will be located underground), is intended to alleviate congestion on Line 1 and improve the system’s flexibility by interchanging with Lines 1, 3 and 4.

Cairo selects French engineering consultants for Metro Line 6

Cairo’s metro system provides pubic transport solutions to more than 22 million people living and working in the Cairo metropolitan area. The Line 6 project is part of Egypt’s wider strategy to increase and improve public transport capacity and passenger experience for citizens.

“As we embark on this visionary project, that not only pledges to transform Cairo’s urban mobility, but also holds the potential to enhance the quality of life for our citizens in profound ways,” said Kamel El Wazir, Egypt’s Minister of Transport.

The project will see Egis and Setec develop the designs needed to realise the second phase of Line 6, and assess its costs.

The two companies have been retained from the previous phase of the project. The Egis-led team also conducted the design study for the first phase of the line, which is expected to cost around $6 billion.

Egis is a well-known consultant to Egypt’s transport landscape. The firm is also working on the modernisation of Line 2 in Cairo, and is involved with works for the Raml Tram in Alexandria, among others.

Earlier, Egypt’s Ministry of Transport selected Alstom as the train and infrastructure supplier to Metro Line 6. The agreement, which was signed at the COP 27, will see Alstrom design, build and maintain the metro line. The French rail transport company will also be also in charge of signalling systems, infrastructure, telecom systems, traction, power supply, high voltage substation, depot equipment, design of the depot, trackwork, third rail and automatic fare collection.