Thales has been awarded a 3-year contract by Egypt National Railways (ENR) for the modernisation of the signalling and telecommunications systems and all works related to a 180 km section of line between the towns of Asyut and Nagh Hammadi.
The stretch of rail is located in the Upper Egypt portion of the Alexandria–Cairo–Aswan rail corridor.
The project is part of an ambitious plan, promoted by the Ministry of Transport and completely financed by the World Bank, aimed at transforming Egypt's railway infrastructure.
This project will improve traffic safety and security to allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 160 km/h, as opposed to the current 120 km/h, and traffic volumes are expected to double.
All of these changes will increase passenger and goods transport capacity across the backbone line that links the North and South of the country from Alexandria to Cairo all the way up to Aswan. This solution is designed to work together with the existing ATP system (Automatic Train Protection) and a future European Train Control System (ETCS).
The project includes full protection of signalling and telecommunications systems against cyberattacks to ensure safety and system availability.
This is Thales's second contract in this domain in Egypt and follows the project awarded in 2013 to modernise the line connecting Alexandria with Cairo.
ENR is the second-largest railway operator in Africa. The network includes more than 5,000 km of lines and is the longest established rail network in the world after the United Kingdom's.