Algerian JV scores double-tracking contract

A joint venture of Algerian National Railways (SNTF) and Siemens – ESTEL RA – has won a €95 million contract to upgrade the 90km Beni Mansour to Bejaia line with double track and European Train Control System Level 1 signalling.

Siemens will supply its Trainguard 100 train protection system, Vicos automatic operations control system, nine Simis W electronic interlockings, GSM-R radio and RailCom Manager communications management system. Siemens will also provide equipment for a control centre in Bejaia and training for Algerian Railways staff.

Siemens has provided ETCS for Algeria in the past, as well as Line 1 of the Algiers Metro.