The Cairo Metro Extension of Line 3 is part of the Cairo Metro mass transit system and connect Attuba in east central Cairo to Adly Mansour Metro Station. We worked through Unlix Signs of Cairo on the overall project for the private operator and maintainer of the Cairo Metro – RATP Dev.
Links Signs manufactured over 400 vitreous enamel signs for the project including: station name signage, directional and wayfinding signage, emergency signage, and PRM (Persons of Restricted Mobility) signage.
Each sign featured clear dark blue lettering on a white or yellow panel, making them readily legible to passengers. Each sign was manufactured by taking steel panels that were cut on our in-house laser cutter and then forming each into the required dimensions and shape for each sign. Finally each panel was enamelled, the lettering screen printed and then fired in our on-site furnace to create the extremely resistant vitreous enamel surface.
Vitreous enamel signage is the perfect choice for outdoor weatherproof signage in extreme climates and for mass transport projects like the Cairo Metro. Vitreous enamel is an extremely robust and resistant material that is virtually indestructible. Vitreous enamel signs will not fade in extreme temperatures and climates and even in the heat of Egypt will last for c. 25 years. It is low maintenance because of the resistant properties of vitreous enamel but it also is has an anti static surface that repels dust and dirt menaing less frequent cleaning is required in busy pedestrian areas.
Most of the work for this project was carried out during the height of the Covid crisis which meant various restrictions in the Links Signs’ offices and our factory. Communication with the client at this time was also challenging but we formed a great working relationship as a result of the Covid complications. Logistically the packing, secure crating and shipping of the items using sea freight was also a complex undertaking but the support of an excellent fright company helped ease the safe passage of all the signs to Egypt.
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A pleasure to work with Links again on such a poignant programme. Delivering amazing high quality. Very much looking forward to working together again in the future.Robert Varney – Engagement Officer (North) & TfL Charities Scheme Manager
Links Signs took on the challenge to provide the awards for the first Transport for London Supplier Awards. Using products and materials that are supplied to TfL for our station signage, Links created very impressive plaques for our winners and runners up. Throughout the production process Links kept TfL up to date with images, delivery schedule and were always on hand to clarify any queries. We look forward to working with them again next year.Amanda Green – Transport for London
Link Signs provide a first class service throughout the design, production and delivery process. I worked closely with the team on a high profile project, with requirements changing on a sometimes daily basis. Links Signs went and above and beyond to meet our requirements and surpassed our expectations. I would highly recommend and endorse working with Link Signs.Catherine Villegas – Project Manager, Transport for London
The team at Links Signs provide unfailing support and flexibility, which enables us to develop ambitious schemes and be confident of the highest quality results. Working with them has transformed the way we approach our exhibition design.Catherine Harvey – Hastings Museum Office & Keeper of World Art
Links Signs successfully managed a complex project overseeing the manufacture and installation of 48 panels to create a bespoke mural on the Transport for London (TfL) owned bridge and the station entrance at Northwood Hills station. Links ensured not only that all the technical and engineering requirements of TfL were met but also that the extensive colour hues specified by mural artists Gordon Collett and Cosmo Sarson were achieved. The finished result is wonderful, as summed up by Mayor of London Boris Johnson when he visited ‘My God, it’s beautiful! Did we do this? The murals – they’re sensational!’ He added: ‘I think it’s all fantastic, really imaginative. I’m very proud.’Helena Webster – Town Centre Improvements Team Manager, London Borough of Hillingdon
Links Signs are experienced, professional and offer great value for money. I know I am in safe hands when I am working with them.Mariam Zulfiqar – Freelance Curator