WEGH Group in Ethiopia confirms worldwide excellence in signalling
WEGH Group confirms its role as an international partner, reliable and involved by several large companies in diversified projects worldwide. Just in these days, the TD96/2 level crossing machines, which stand out for their safety, robustness, ease of maintenance and which reach a reliability index of 98%, are installed in Ethiopia on the newly built line Awash – Kombolcha – Hara Gebaya. The construction of the new line, with normal and electrified gauge, was entrusted to the Turkish general contractor Yapi Merkezi, who recently completed the Dubai metro, the Casablanca tram and the high-speed line Ankara-Konya. A project involving Bombardier signalling. The Canadian company’s technicians have chosen the WEGH Group’s level crossing machines, recognised as one of the sector’s excellences and adopted not only in Italy but also by various railway networks around the world (the latest being Vietnam and Ghana). The railway line is one of the cornerstones on which the new network of transport infrastructure wanted by the Ethiopian government for the revival of the economy is based and serves the northern part of the country, connecting it to the new line, already in operation, Addis Ababa – Djibouti. The technical characteristics of the new railway are remarkable: 392 km long, standard gauge, electrification 25 kV AC/50Hz safety and traffic control system ETCS-2 (Sil-4) through 12 radio towers, 5300 mm maximum speed for passengers of 120 km/h and for freight trains of 80-90 km/h. It is designed to transport 8.5 million tonnes of goods per year in addition to passenger traffic.