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The Minister of Transport announces that the Tahta Tower in service

20/12/2020

Based on the directives of His Excellency the President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to complete the projects of  development and modernization of Railway Signaling Systems to increase safety and security factors in lines.

 

The Minister of Transport announced the entry of Tahta tower and the automatic area between Tahta signaling tower and Al-Maragha signaling tower into service with a total of 12 km within a project of development on the Assiut Nagaa Hammadi railway line.

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Based on the continuous directives of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi,  President of the Republic, to the Egyptian government represented by the Ministry of Transport, the last of which was during His Excellency opening of the Trans MEA 2020 the Exhibition and Conference of Intelligent Transport Technology. regarding the necessity of completing projects of  development  and modernization of Railway Signaling Systems to increase safety and security and achievement of full control on the  trains traffic , and reduce  the dependence on the human factor to reduce accidents on railways lines. Tahta Tower and the automatic area between Tahta Signaling Tower and Maragha Signaling Tower have been entered into service with a total of 12 km as part of a project of development of signaling systems on Assiut/ Naga Hammadi railway line  with a length of 180 km, which is currently being implemented by the Spanish international company Thales with a modern electronic system (EIS)m which achive highest security and certified with SIL4.

The minister explained that this project consists of (17 main towers, 3 secondary towers and 64 level crossings) and that the project implementation percentage has reached 50% and so far (3) main towers have been entered into service namely (Shandawil Island - Maragha - Tahta) indicating that Tahta tower and the automatic area are control in 70 color-light semaphore, 5 automatic level crossings and 19 point machines.

Adding that the modernization of the railway signaling systems aims to replace the current system(old electrical) with a modern electronic one, increase the number of trips per day and achieve the highest levels of safety and security, pointing out that modernizing signaling and communication systems includes following up trains moment by moment and equipping level crossings with bells, lights and automatic barriers to reduce accidents and achieve safety for vehicles and a system that allows the driver to contact with the operation observer from any Semaphore in cases of emergency or sudden breakdowns, adding that projects implementation are ongoing and planned to modernize signal systems on railways lines with a length of 1,800 km at a cost of LE 46.8 billion to increase safety and security on railways lines.