ALGERIA: The Estel joint venture of national railway SNTF and Siemens is to supply signalling, safety and train control for 140 km of lines around Alger, serving 18 stations.

Worth €340m to Siemens, the package covers the installation of ETCS Level 1 to shorten headways and permit operation of passenger services at up to 160 km/h on the mixed-traffic routes. Siemens will also provide automate shunting equipment to optimise SNTF’s freight operations. Commissioning is planned for the end of 2019.

Estel has previously won contracts to install ETCS Level 1 and signalling equipment on the freight route between Es Senia and the port of Arzew, the double-tracking of the 90 km Beni Mansour – Bejaia route, a 108 km line between Djelfa and Laghouat, the 129 km line between Méchéria and El Bayadh, and 290 km of the High Plateau line between M’Sila, Boughzoul and Tissemsilt.