Impression of Mitsubishi and Kinki Sharyo train for Phase 1 of Cairo metro Line 4

EGYPT: The National Authority for Tunnels has awarded Mitsubishi Corp and Kinki Sharyo a ¥40bn contract to supply 184 metro cars incorporating ‘advanced railway technologies developed in Japan’ for use on Phase 1 of Cairo Line 4.

Announcing the contract on November 9, Mitsubishi Corp said it would be the prime contractor and oversee the project, while Kinki Sharyo will produce the cars, mainly with Japanese components, for delivery in 2025-28.

Cairo metro Line 4 map

Phase 1 of Line 4 will run 18·8 km west from El-Malek El-Saleh in central Cairo to Hadaek EI-Ashgar in Giza, with 16 stations. It is scheduled to open in in 2028, helping to ease traffic congestion by taking tourists to the pyramids and the future Grand Egyptian Museum.

The line is being financed through official development assistance loans from Japan International Co-operation Agency. In November 2020 NAT awarded a consortium of Mitsubishi Corp and Orascom Construction a US$800m contract to supply railway systems, track and depot equipment.

A planned Phase 2 would extend Line 4 to ‎‏42‏‎ km and ‎‏38‏‎ ‎stations.