Thales has completed the equipment installation at three key stations on the Alexandria – Aswan railway line crossing Cairo.
The Sedfa and Al Ousayrat equipped stations are located on the line linking the towns of Asyut and Nagh Hammadi while Tanta station is on the Cairo – Alexandria line. The delivery of Tanta station, one of the largest stations in Egypt, means the entry into operation of a continuous section of approximately 195 km, with only the ends of the line remaining to be delivered which includes Alexandria station in the north on the Quesna – Alexandria section, and Farz Waborat and Cairo North in the south on the Cairo – Benha section, the total length of the line being 207 km.
At Tanta station, Thales has equipped one main technical building and one secondary technical building to cover the 18 km controlled by this station, 132 signals, 124 switch motors, 267 track circuits and 8 level crossings, which gives an idea of the complexity of this entry into service.
At the Al Ousayrat station, in addition to the signalling and telecommunications systems, the delivery includes a new technical building, three level crossings and 10 km of track in addition to the 63 km of track already in operation on the line to date.
The Sedfa station involves the commissioning of 11 additional km, a technical building, 44 signals, 74 track circuits and two level crossings, among others.
Egyptian National Railways (ENR) is implementing a project to modernise the signalling and telecommunications systems on its railway network by replacing the mechanical signalling systems with the Thales’ electronic interlocking system (EIS) on three of the most important lines of the Egyptian railway network. The implementation of the project will result in a significant increase in passenger and freight reliability, as well as an increase in speed and track capacity of up to 40%. Specifically, the speed of trains will increase from 140 to 160 km/h. Similarly, reduced maintenance costs will have an impact on the life-cycle cost of the systems.
In 2013 ENR and Thales signed a contract to modernise and equip Alexandria – Cairo line, and continued in 2017 with the contract for the Asyut – Nagh Hammadi section on the Upper Egypt portion of the Alexandria – Aswan railway corridor.
In 2021, ENR awarded Thales two contracts to deliver new signalling and telecommunication systems on two key railway lines.