S. Africa to spend 700 mln USD upgrading railway signaling system

S. Africa to spend 700 mln USD upgrading railway signaling system :S. Africa to spend 700 mln USD upgrading railway signaling system.The signaling system of the passenger railway between Johannesburg and Pretoria will be modernized at a cost of 7 billion rands (about 700 million U. S. dollars), the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) announced Wednesday.

As part of the modernization plan of the passenger railway network, the signaling system upgrading project between Johannesburg and Pretoria will be finished within three years, said the PRASA in a statement.

Johannesburg is the largest city and economic capital of South Africa, while Pretoria is the administrative capital of the country.

However, some technology of the passenger railway between Johannesburg and Pretoria could date back to the 1930s.

The outdated signaling technology would be replaced by the modern electronics system, according to the rail improvement program.

Stressing the need for more effective train control is very important as the number, speed, mass and length of the trains increase, the PRASA said, “The modern signaling infrastructure will underpin the safe movement of trains in the Gauteng province. ”

Gauteng, a small but the richest province among all nine ones in South Africa, is where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located.

“Upgrading the existing rail infrastructure will increase capacity and ensure more flexibility, greater safety and fewer train delays,” said the PRASA statement.

The modern railway between Johannesburg and Pretoria is expected to serve passengers in 2015.

S. Africa to spend 700 mln USD upgrading railway signaling system

Source : www.globalpost.com

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