A new system will increase operational capacity, provide a higher level of flexibility and safety, and reduce train delays.
Siemens, under the leadership of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), is busy with execution of the Gauteng Signalling Project, one of the biggest railway signalling projects ever executed in South Africa.
This involves the upgrade of aging signalling infrastructure in the region to a modern, safe and reliable system. The project includes the upgrade to electronic interlocking, installation of new signal equipment, changing of the points machines and the introduction of reliable, safe track detection axle counters.
The Siemens equipment has been tested in the South African environment under strict and controlled safety rules over the past years. An iconic control centre, known as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC) will be built in Kaalfontein to house the modern monitoring and control systems under one roof. This centre will form the base for key personnel from PRASA to conduct daily operational duties.
“Over the past few months, Siemens has diligently set-up project structures, key processes and started with system design and procurement activities in close collaboration with PRASA and the transaction advisors”, says Kevin Pillay, Head of Siemens’ Infrastructure & Cities Sector in Africa.
“Siemens is indeed a proud partner to PRASA in this prestigious project which is closely monitored by Mr. Lucky Montana, the Group CEO of PRASA, and his management team. We are sure that our over 150 years in South Arica is just a start and we look forward to continued participation in the long term infrastructure plans that will serve us and our children proudly”, says Kevin in conclusion.
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