Thales has signed a €109 million contract with the Egyptian National Railways for the modernisation of the signalling systems on the Cairo-Alexandria rail corridor.
The Cairo-Alexandria railway line is approximately 208km long and is currently the busiest section of the Egyptian Railways network, carrying more than 25 million passengers per year.
Thales signed a turnkey contract including 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 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 140 km/h to 160 km/h, the headways between trains will decrease from 10 to 5 minutes. The construction will take four years.
‘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.