South Africa: Siemens in line for R961m rail contract

Nthambeleni Gabara
1 November 2010

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has named Siemens SA as the preferred bidder to install a R961-million state-of-the-art signaling and communication system on the country’s commuter rail network from January 2011.

Making the announcement last week, Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chief executive Lucky Montana said the current signaling system could no longer be considered sufficiently safe or reliable.

“Approximately 80% of the signaling installations have become obsolete, and the remainder not able to fully support modern and safe railway operations.”

Montana said the first phase of installation was expected to commence in January 2011, along with the construction of a new central Train Control Nerve Centre for Gauteng province.

“This massive investment is in line with Prasa’s critical priorities over the next three to five years of upgrading the existing passenger railway system and championing the adoption of [continue reading]


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