Egyptian National Railways has chosen Thales to upgrade the signalling system on the important Cairo-Alexandria corridor.
The turnkey contract is valued at around £90 million and includes design, supply, construction, phasing, commissioning and maintenance services. It covers the modernisation of the signalling as well as the telecommunication system and the centralised traffic control.
The Cairo-Alexandria railway line is approximately 208 km long and is currently the busiest section of the Egyptian Railways network, carrying more than 25 million passengers per year.
The Thales signalling solution will enhance the safety and the capacity of the line, allowing an expected 32 million passengers to use it every year. The speeds of the trains will increase from 140km/h to 160km/h, the headways between trains will decrease from 10 to 5 minutes.
The World Bank is funding the upgrade, which will take four years to implement.
“We are delighted to have won this important contract. It is the first step of the ambitious renovation programme for the signalling system launched by the Ministry of Transport and the Egyptian National Railways network. The contract fits in with the long term strategy of modernising the railway infrastructure,” said Michelangelo Neri, Thales country director in Egypt.
Egyptian transport authorities are under pressure to improve the country’s safety record. In November 2012 a train collided with a school bus at a level crossing, killing 50 people, most of them children.