Beni Suef-Asyut fifth rail section operates with a new signalling system

signalling systemFollowing the needed tests, Alstom has put into commercial operation its power supply system and computer-based interlocking signalling system for the Mallawi section on the Beni Suef – Asyut railway line in Egypt.

Despite coronavirus global crisis that led to an important disruption of business activities, Alstom has continued the works to deliver a new milestone for the Beni Suef – Asyut line modernisation.

This is the fifth section of the Beni Suef – Asyut line to enter commercial service with the Smartlock 400 GP interlocking signalling system following the commissioning of Beni Mazar station on November 2019. With the achievement of this milestone, 40 km are now fully automated operating with contraflow function. In March 2019, Alstom has commissioned the Smartlock 400 signalling system at the Maghagha central station, which is the second-equipped section on the line. In 2018, Alstom has commissioned the system at Abu Qurqas station.

To date over 70 km of mainline railway in Egypt are using Alstom’s signalling solution.

“Our Egyptian team of experts namely in the fields of installation, construction and commissioning, succeeded to deliver this new section despite a challenging operational context. We are proud with this new demonstration of the sense of responsibility of our teams,” said Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director at Alstom Egypt.

Egyptian National Railways awarded Alstom a EUR 100 million contract to supply the signalling equipment for the 240 km-long Beni Suef-Asyut line, one of the three main lines in Egypt and an important railway connection between the two cities. The project is part of country’s national investment plan to develop the railway transport in the area of the Nile River, south of Cairo.

Under the contract, Alstom was responsible for the provision of Smartlock solution, its electronic interlocking system, to replace the existing electromechanical one, as well as a trackside equipment, a power supply and a telecommunication system.


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