The contract, whose execution period is three years, involves the section of line between the towns of Asyut and Nagh Hammadi, in the north portion of the Alexandria–Cairo–Aswan rail corridor. The project is part of the plan promoted by the Ministry of Transport and completely financed by the World Bank aimed at transforming Egypt's railway infrastructure.
This project will improve traffic safety and allow trains to travel at speeds of up to 160 km/h as opposed to the current 120 km/h, something that will increase passenger and goods transport capacity across the backbone line that links the north and south of the country.
The solution is designed to work together with the ATP system and a future ETCS. The project includes the installation of leading-edge electronic interlocking systems as well as full protection of signalling and telecommunications systems against cyberattacks, in order to ensure safety and system availability.