Egyptian Railways rely on thales to double the number of trains on the busiest section of the Cairo-Alexandria line


This project will improve traffic safety and security to allow trains to travel at a speed of up to 160 km/h, as opposed to the current 120 km/h. Current traffic volumes are also expected to double. All of these changes will increase passenger and goods capacity on the backbone line that links the North and South of the country from Alexandria to Cairo and all the way to Aswan.

The Cairo-Benha section consists of 9 stations and 48 km of tracks and carries some of the busiest traffic on Egypt’s railway network. Thales will extend to this section its signalling technologies that are currently being implemented on the Benha-Alexandria section of the line. Harmonisation of signalling technology along the entire Cairo-Alexandria corridor will ensure that ENR masters every decisive moment of the operation of this heavy traffic line.

This extension includes the supply of new signalling technologies such as 9 electronic interlocking devices, 11 level crossings and field elements, and also the interface to existing assets. The scope of the Thales contract also includes the overhaul of associated energy systems, refurbishment of existing technical buildings and construction of new ones in different locations. With this extension, the traffic control centre will be able to manage the whole line from Cairo to Alexandria.