The delivery of Tanta station, one of the largest stations in Egypt, means the entry into operation of a section of approximately 198 km (the total length of the Cairo-Alexandria line being 208 km), with only the ends of the line remaining to be delivered: Alexandria station in the north, and Farz Waborat and Cairo North in the south.
These works are part of a project whose aim is to modernise the signalling and telecommunications systems of the Egyptian National Railways (ENR). The speed and track capacity will increase of up to 40%. Specifically, the speed of trains will increase from 140 to 160 km/h. Safety will also be improved, and reduced maintenance costs will have a positive impact on the life-cycle cost of the systems.
Thales has equipped Tanta with technical buildings, signals, switch motors, track circuits and level crossings. In the specific case of Al Ousayrat, in addition to the signalling and telecommunications systems, the delivery includes a new technical building, level crossings and 10 km of track in addition to the 63 km of track already in operation on the line to date. The Sedfa station, on the other hand, involves the commissioning of 11 additional kilometres, a technical building, signals, track circuits and level crossings, among others.