Thales wins a €136 million rail signalling contract in South Africa

Rail modernisation project will include signalling, communications and train management systems, covering 46 train stations in the Western Cape Region

Thales wins a €136 million rail signalling contract in South Africa

Thales has been awarded a contract to supply a rail signalling solution to the Western Cape Region of South Africa that will cover 250km of the province’s passenger rail system.

This contract has been signed between the Thales-Maziya consortium and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

The new rolling stock programme is one of the largest rail infrastructure projects on the African continent. The project will include the modernisation of the rail signalling, communications and train management systems, covering 46 train stations over the highly populated area in the Western Cape Region. This state-of-the-art signalling system will enable highly reliable operations and improved passenger services and comfort.

The project includes:

  • The construction of a control centre, which will allow the monitoring and efficient management of all the train operations in the entire region.
  • The design, supply, installation, test and commissioning of the new electronic interlocking systems and the associated wayside equipment, to ensure the highest levels of safety in train control.
  • The design, supply, installation, test and commissioning of new telecommunications and security systems.
  • Upgrade and construction of new technical buildings.
  • Improvement of the track in some significant and critical zones, towards better performance and more comfort to the passengers.

Thales’s consortium partner Maziya will bring the infrastructure, civil works and power supply expertise.

Justice Tootla, Deputy CEO of Thales South Africa said: ‘Being part of the country’s major ground transportation projects is very exciting and we are committed to delivering solutions that positively impact the country’s development.

‘As local players forming part of a continuously innovative global company, we are able to match the local industry challenges with our global technology advancements. The provision of an integrated rail signalling system to the country’s Western Cape Province will ensure efficiency and reliable investments, contributing to a fast developing continent,’ said Tootla.

Written by Wireless magazine
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