The National Authority for Tunnels receives the 13th batch of the new air-conditioned metro trains from South Korea for the third line.
This batch is part of a deal to manufacture and supply 32 new air-conditioned metro trains for the third metro line. 12 metro trains have arrived from the deal so far, and they have started using them in service in the third metro line today.
The metro trains coming to the third line is part of a contract signed by the Ministry of Transportation, represented by The National Authority for Tunnels and the South Korean Hyundai Rotem Company. The total cost was 317 million euros +640 million Egyptian pounds (from State Public Treasury), equivalent to 6.361 billion pounds. The deal includes a maintenance contract for the trains for eight-year, in addition to assembling 10 trains out of the total 32 trains in the country through the technical support of Hyundai Rotem and its support for local manufacturing in Egypt.
The Ministry of Transportation receives from South Korea each new train that has a high capacity air-conditioning system. Moreover, they are equipped with a safe path to allow passengers to transfer between cars more comfortable in normal operating conditions. They are also provided with television cameras installed in the front of the central monitoring of the railway. Inside the cars, there are LCD screens for use in providing passengers with information about the trip, or they can be also used commercially in broadcasting paid commercials.
Above the side doors of the cars is a screen informing passengers of the final station name before getting off the train. There are also places for wheelchairs with fixing devices to help people with special needs in the process of transportation. The cars are also provided with maps above the passenger doors from the inside, showing the route by means of illuminated lamps to assist the deaf.
Contributed by Israa Farhan