Egypt Independent

Ganzouri opens third metro line on Tuesday



Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri will open the first phase of the third metro line on Tuesday. The line extends from Abbasseya to Attaba, at a construction cost of LE4.2 billion, and includes five stations.

All stages of the metro line have been completed, including trial operations of the metro trains in preparation for the opening ceremony. Between 250,000 to 300,000 passengers are expected to be transported daily through this line.

Transport Minister Galal al-Sayed reviewed the opening ceremony arrangements. The ceremony will begin at the Abbasseya Metro Station, after which he will board a train to the Attaba Metro Station, passing through the Abbasseya, Bab Shaaria, Abdu Pasha, Armed Forces Street and Attaba metro stations.

Sayed explained that 60 percent of the second phase of the third metro line had been completed. The second phase extends over an area of seven kilometers from Abbasseya to Ahram Square in Heliopolis, and is expected to transport over 600,000 passengers a day after completion.

Sayed said he expected the third line to be completed within four to five years, and that it will run its course from Abbasseya to Kit Kat, passing through Zamalek, Abbasseya, Attaba and Haram. The line will transport 1.5 to 2 million passengers per day, which will help reduce traffic on Cairo’s streets.