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The Minister of Transport announces the entry into service of the Ciplanga Tower

25/02/2021

The Minister of Transport announces the entry into service of the Shiplanga Tower, with a total of 10 km, within the project to develop signaling systems on the Benha Port Said line

 

Based on the directives of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to complete projects to develop and modernize railway-signaling systems to increase the safety and security factors of the lines

 

The Minister of Transport announces the entry into service of the Shiplanga Tower with a total of 10 km within the project to develop signaling systems on the Benha Port Said line.

 

Based on the directives of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Republic of Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Transport, on the necessity of completing projects to develop and modernize railway-signaling systems to increase safety and security rates and to achieve full control over the movement of trains. And to reduce reliance on the human element to reduce accidents on railways, the shiblanga tower was put into service with a total of 10 km as part of a project to develop signaling systems on Benha Port Said railway line with a length of 214 km, which is currently being implemented by Siemens International with a modern electronic system (EIS). It achieves the highest levels of safety and is SIL4 certified.

The minister explained that this project consists of (21 main towers, 19 secondary towers and 84 level crossings ), indicating that the Shiplanga tower controls 26 optical semiphores, 2 level crossings  that operate automatically and 18 point machine, and this is the second tower that entered service within the project after entering Abu Hammad Tower service on December 28, 2020.

Adding that the modernization of the railway signaling systems aims to replace the current (old mechanized) system with a modern electronic one, increasing the number of trips per day, and achieving the highest levels of safety and security, pointing out that modernizing signaling and communication systems includes following up trains movement moment by moment.

 

And equipping the level crossings with bells, lights and automatic gates to reduce accidents and achieve safety for vehicles, and a system that allows the driver to contact the operation controller from any Semaphore in cases of emergency or sudden breakdowns, adding that projects are ongoing to modernize the signaling systems on railways along 1,800 km at a cost of 46.8 billion pounds to increase Safety and security rates on railways