The Railway Authority plans to launch a public tender at the end of this January, to implement an integrated monitoring network for all crossings in all governorates of the Republic, within the framework of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to control train tracks and reduce accidents.
Informed sources told "Al-Mal" that the monitoring system intended to be implemented will be similar to the system used in the subway, and aims primarily to know everything that is going on in the crossings, and to control the identification of the elements that cause any accidents, and then hold the wrongdoer accountable.
She stated that the system will be implemented in several stages, the first includes 300 crossings on the lines of Upper Egypt governorates, the second will be the same number in Lower Egypt, and the last will be implemented on suburban lines.
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Railroad Authority sources expected that the total cost of the system, which may take two years, will reach about 200 million pounds, to be provided from the authoritys own resources.
She explained that the new monitoring network will be a direct transmission and transmission of movement, whether large or small, on the railways, and then the information center at the authority will have the ability to submit quick reports to the office of the head of the authority, in the event of any procedure contrary to the instructions for the security and safety of crossings and stations.
The number of crossings along the railway network is 1332, and the Ministry of Transport announced in the last period the end of civil works for 693 crossings and the comprehensive development by installing control and operating systems for 435 of them at a cost of 1.2 billion pounds.
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The cost of implementing projects to develop signals and infrastructure for the railway facility is estimated at 46.8 billion pounds, including 14 projects, 9 of which have been contracted, and agreement has been made on 5 projects at a cost of 9.8 billion pounds from the previously mentioned total cost.
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