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Thales signs two signalling upgrade agreements in Egypt

Thales and Egyptian National Railways (ENR) have signed two agreements covering signalling modernization and track upgrades.

Under a Framework Agreement, Thales will be responsible for the modernization of signalling and telecommunication, track rehabilitation and doubling of the Qalyoub – Menouf – Tanta line (94 km) and Qalyoub – Shebin El Qanater – El Zagazig line (64 km), two key priority lines for ENR, located in the Delta Region in Egypt. The framework agreement is a continuation of an MoU that was signed between Thales and ENR in September in Madrid.

In this project, Thales will provide ENR with a turnkey solution for signalling and telecommunication system modernization, for track rehabilitation and conversion of the lines from a single line to a double line. The French company will also explore both the possibility to implement a national Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) for ENR network and to install ETCS Level 1 on the two lines.

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ENR and Thales have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to modernize two interlocking stations located in Farz and Limon Bridge. The two towers will complement the ongoing modernization of the Cairo – Alexandria Corridor.

Thales is currently upgrading the signalling system on the 208km Cairo – Alexandria and 180km Assiut – Nagh Hamadi rail lines which has increased the train speed from 140 to 160 km/h and headways between trains reduced from 10 to 5 minutes.

Egypt is undertaking a nationwide signalling modernization programme to increase efficiency, operational capacity and improve the safety level to match international standards.

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