A consortium of Thales and Maziya has secured a €136m signalling contract from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
Under the contract, the Thales-Maziya consortium will supply a rail signalling system to the Western Cape province that will cover 250km of the region’s passenger rail network.
Work under the deal will include the establishment of the new Cape Town Train Traffic Control Centre to manage train operations for the network.
The work will also include the design, supply, installation, test and commissioning of new electronic interlocking systems, telecommunications and security systems, as well as associated wayside equipment.
Thales consortium partner Maziya will provide infrastructure, civil works and power supply expertise.
Thales South Africa deputy CEO Justice Tootla said: "The provision of an integrated rail signalling system to the country’s Western Cape Province will ensure efficiency and reliable investments, contributing to a fast developing continent."
The project is expected to start in the current financial year and will replace mainly obsolete mechanical and electromechanical systems.
According to Thales, the new signalling system will enable highly reliable operations and improved passenger services and comfort.
Prasa has awarded the contract as part of its new rolling stock programme, which includes the upgrading of the rail signalling, communications and train management systems, covering 46 train stations in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
According to Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani, 139 of the company’s 162 signalling installations across its rail network have exceeded their design life.
Prasa awarded a ZAR1.1bn ($122m) contract to the Bombardier Africa Alliance consortium in March 2013 to carry out re-signalling of KwaZulu-Natal commuter lines in Durban.
Image: The Thales-Maziya consortium will provide rail signalling to the Western Cape Region in South Africa. Photo: Thales Group.