Siemens will Upgrade Railway Network in Egypt

Siemens has secured a contract from the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) to upgrade 260km of railway networks in Egypt with advanced technology for signalling, level-crossings and communications.

Siemens will Upgrade Railway Network in Egypt
April 5, 2016 11:17 am

The modernisation, which is part of a plan to upgrade Egypt’s rail system, aims to increase safety levels and allow the railway’s maximum speed to be raised from 140km/h to 160km/h.

The upgrade will be carried out on rail corridors from Zagazig to Abu Kebir in the north of Cairo and from Benha to Port Said, a strategic port situated on the northern end of the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea.

Siemens mobility division CEO Jochen Eickholt said: “The existing mechanical interlocking systems will be being replaced by modern, state-of-the-art centrally controlled electronic systems.

“This will enable both the safety and throughput of passenger trains to be increased, as well as the freight volume on the routes.”

Under the deal, Siemens will provide the electronic interlocking systems, point mechanisms, level-crossing technology and communication technology for the routes, which include 21 stations.

Commissioning is expected to be completed and the routes are expected to be operational by 2020.

The contract also includes equipping the operations control center located in Zagazig and modifications to signaling equipment.

More than 9,500km of the Egyptian rail network carries 500 million passengers and six million tons of goods per year.

It is reported that less than a third of the rail network is double tracked. The transport ministry approved a programme to modernise the signaling system of the entire railway network in the country. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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