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Minister of Transport announces that Balsfoura’s signaling tower has entered into service with a length of 8 km long

18/03/2021

Based on the directives of His Excellency President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, to complete the projects of developing railways signaling systems so as to increase the safety and security factors on the lines;

Minister of Transport announces that Balsfoura’s signaling tower has entered into service with a length of 8 km long, within the project of developing railways signaling systems on Asyut-Naga’ Hammadi railway line

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Based on the continuous directives of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic of Egypt, to the Egyptian Government represented by the Ministry of Transport concerning the necessity of completing the projects of developing and modernizing railway signaling systems to increase safety & security rates, achieve full control over the traffic of trains running as well as reducing reliance on the human element to limit accidents on railways line; Balsfoura’s signaling tower has entered into service with a length of 8 km long within the project of developing railways signaling systems on Asyut-Naga’ Hammadi railway line with a length of 180, which is currently being implemented by Spanish International Thales Company through a modern electronic system (EIS) that achieves the highest safety rates and has a 4SILL certificate.

The project consists of (17 main towers, 3 secondary towers, and 64 level crossings). The implementation rate of the project has reached 55%. 4 main service towers have been entered into service so far, namely (Gaziret Shandwil on June 18, 2020 – Al-Maragha on September 7, 2020 - Tahta on December 17, 2020 – Balsafoura on March 17, 2021), besides the entry into service of 11 level crossings, indicating that Balsfoura signaling tower controls 27 optical semaphore, 2 automatic level crossings, 14 point machines, and 50 track electric circuits.

He added that the modernization of railway signaling systems aims to replace the mechanical system with a modern electronic one, increase the number of trips per day, and achieve the highest levels of safety and security; pointing out that the modernization of signaling and communication systems includes moment-to-moment follow-up, besides providing level crossings with bells, lights and automatic barriers to reduce accidents and achieve safety for vehicles. It is a system allowing the driver to contact the operation controller from any semaphore in cases of emergency or sudden breakdowns. He added that projects for modernizing signaling systems on railways with a length of 1,800 km at a cost of 46.8 billion pounds are currently carried out to increase safety and security rates on the railways.