Alstom has successfully supplied, tested, and put into commercial service its SIL4 electronic interlocking system solution (SMARTLOCK 400 GP) for the Matai sector in the railway line linking Beni Suef and Assiut. The new system ensures effective performance and safe operation of railway traffic at train speeds up to 160 km/h.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Hussein Rashidy, Head of Signaling System at the Egyptian National Railways (ENR); Shaban Mahmoud, Upper Egypt Zone Manager at ENR; Ashraf Khalifa, Head of Operation Department; Mohamed Magdy, BSA Executive Project Manager at ENR, among other officials.
Matai is the sixth sector of Beni Suef – Assiut line to enter commercial service with Alstom’s interlocking signalling system following the commission of the Mallawi section on 23 July. It is an extended sector of over 18 km and includes two stations; Matai and El-Kofor, 6 level crossing, 36-point motors, and 79 signals. With this new milestone, Alstom is putting into service over 80 km of mainline railways in Egypt all operable in contraflow mode.
Mohamed Khalil, Managing Director of Alstom Egypt, said, “I am proud of the dedication of our teams who continue to progress with operations despite the current challenging context. They demonstrate their responsibility towards our Clients through presenting agility and adaptability in their ways of working. We remain committed to meet our customer’s expectations and to be an exemplary partner to them.”
Alstom has been present in Egypt for over 40 years and has continually engaged and supported railway infrastructure development in the country. Over these years, Alstom Egypt has employed around 420 employees and developed a local talent pool that is today in charge of a centre of excellence related to signalling, power supply, and depot equipment.