RATP Dev to operate Cairo Metro Line 3

RATP Dev to operate and maintain Cairo Metro Line 3

[UPDATE: June 27, 2021]: RATP Dev Mobility Cairo takes over the operation of Cairo Metro Line 3 in a ceremony witnessed by Kamel El Wazir, Dr Essam Wally, Stéphane Romatet, and Laurence Batlle.

The National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) and RATP Dev, a subsidiary of RATP Group have signed an agreement for the operation and maintenance of Cairo Metro Line 3 for a period of 15 years. This follows the signing of a pre-contractual agreement between NAT and RATP Dev in January 2019.

The signing ceremony was attended by Egypt’s Minister of Transport Kamel El Wazir, French Ambassador to Cairo Stéphane Romatet, Chairman of the National Authority for Tunnels Dr Essam Wally and President of RATP Dev Executive Board Laurence Batlle.

Under the €1.138 billion contract, RATP Dev will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the line as well as the operational commissioning of future extensions of the line, which are under construction.

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The French transport operator will operate the metro line through its Egyptian subsidiary RATP Dev Mobility Cairo and will rely on Egyptian labour with the objective of achieving at least 90% localisation rate. A Mobility Training Centre will be established in Cairo to ensure proper transfer of expertise and know-how, and it will be complemented by specialized training overseas.

The takeover of the operations by RATP Dev will take effect after a mobilization phase that includes an audit of the existing situation, recruitment, handover, assessments, training and other preparatory steps.

This is the first time the Egyptian government is tapping the private sector to operate a metro line in Egypt. It is aimed at relieving the Egyptian Company for Metro Management and Operation and enhance the efficiency and quality of services. Egypt will benefit from RATP Dev’s extensive experience and international standards set in major cities around the world: higher punctuality and regularity, acclaimed customer service practices and strong asset maintenance capabilities. In Africa, RATP Dev — short for Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens Développement — operates urban transport systems in Algeria, Morocco and South Africa.

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Inaugurated in 2012, Cairo Metro Line 3 is 26 km long and serves 19 stations. It is projected to reach 40 km with 34 stations once all extensions are completed.

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