Shenkai, a joint venture of Keolis and Shanghai Shentong Consulting, will be the future operator of the 6.7km extension of Shanghai’s metro line 8 (line 8-3). When launched at the end of 2017, this new section will become the first automated metro system in the city.
The contract was signed on 27 April between Shenkai and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, which owns Shanghai Shentong Consulting. It covers two years of pre-operational work and five years of network operations and maintenance.
Line 8-3 will be the first automatic metro system in Shanghai, and the second in China after Beijing. It is estimated that the line will transport approximately 73,000 people per day. Peak time headway at the opening will be 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The system is designed for a minimum headway of 90 seconds.
The initial fleet of 11 four-carriage rubber tyre trains, supplied by Bombardier, will travel at up to 75 kilometres per hour and carry approximately 600 passengers per train. 21 trains are planned in the long term.
Construction of the project started in January 2015, with a launch scheduled for the end of 2017. Once complete the line will span 6.7 kilometres, with six completely elevated stations and one depot.
The existing part of Line 8 (phases 1 and 2), which are not driverless, have total of 30 stations and is 37.4 kilomtres long. The phase 3 extension will not be physically connected to the first two phases, with passangers needing to change train at the common terminal station.
UTO operations in France and UK
Keolis has 33 years’ experience in operating automatic metro systems. It currently operates over 156 kilometres of automatic metros lines in France (Lyon, Rennes and Lille), and in London (Docklands Light Rail). Keolis will also operate and maintain the new automatic metro of Hyderabad (the fifth largest city in India), when it is launched in the coming months.
[Article updated on 18 May 2016]