Egypt National Railways selects Thales for moderation programme

Egypt National Railways selects Thales for moderation programme

As part of the railway modernisation contract for the Cairo-Alexandria line, which carries more than 25 million passengers per year, Egypt National Railways (ENR) has selected Thales for the extension to modernise the 48-km Cairo-Benha section.

The project will substantially improve safety on the Cairo-Benha section on the country’s busiest line.This project will improve traffic safety and security to allow trains to travel at a speed of up to 160 km/h, as opposed to the current 120 km/h. Current traffic volumes are also expected to double.

he Cairo-Benha section consists of nine stations and 48 km of tracks and carries some of the busiest traffic on Egypt’s railway network. Thales will extend to this section its signalling technologies that are currently being implemented on the Benha-Alexandria section of the line. Harmonisation of signalling technology along the entire Cairo-Alexandria corridor will ensure that ENR masters every decisive moment of the operation of this heavy traffic line.

This extension includes the supply of new signalling technologies such as nine electronic interlocking devices, 11 level crossings and field elements, and also the interface to existing assets. The scope of the Thales contract also includes the overhaul of associated energy systems, refurbishment of existing technical buildings and construction of new ones in different locations. With this extension, the traffic control centre will be able to manage the whole line from Cairo to Alexandria.

Thales has been involved since the start of this ambitious programme of railway modernisation, first on the Cairo-Alexandria project and more recently with the signing of the contract for the modernisation of the signalling and telecom systems on the 180 km section between Asyut and Nagh Hammadi in the Upper Egypt portion of the main Alexandria–Cairo–Aswan corridor. ENR is the second-largest railway operator in Africa, with a network of more than 5,000 km of track, and the second-oldest in the world after the UK.