Siemens modernizes rail network in the Cairo conurbation

Munich, 2016-Apr-04

  • Part of Egyptian National Railways modernization program
  • Commissioning scheduled for 2020

On behalf of the Egyptian National Railways (ENR), Siemens is supplying signaling technology for 260 kilometers of 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. “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”, says Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division. Commissioning of the route is scheduled for 2020.

(Siemens Press Picture)

The 9,500 plus kilometers of the Egyptian rail network carries around 500 million passengers and six million tons of goods annually. Less than a third of the rail network is double tracked. The transport ministry therefore approved a program to modernize the signaling system of the entire railway network in the country. Siemens is supplying the electronic interlocking systems, point mechanisms, level-crossing technology and communication technology for the routes, which include around 21 stations. The contract also includes equipping the operations control center located in Zagazig. Modifications to the signaling equipment enable the maximum speed to be increased from 120 to 160 km/h.