The Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has awarded a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Thales with the delivery of the automated train control system for the Grand Paris Express project.
This project, the largest for metro construction in Europe, comprises the future fully automated lines 15, 16 and 17 in the Paris suburbs. These lines will have a total of 125 kilometers of tracks and 50 stations. They are to be served by 159 passenger trains and 27 work trains.
Under the €360m contract, Siemens will design and implement the communications-based train control (CBTC) system and Thales will design and implement the operating control centers, as well as trackside equipment and a secure communication network.
Twelve construction and commissioning phases are planned throughout the contract. The first one will be completed in 2024 and the others by 2030. The contract also includes associated maintenance services for 30 years.
Thales will also provide onboard systems for the Grand Paris Express including passenger information systems and CCTV cameras. The latter will include video protection with smart real-time decision support tools relying on artificial intelligence, to automatically detect, for example, a passenger remaining on board a train returning to the depot.
Thales will also provide automatic passenger counters to inform operators in real time about the number of riders in each train so that train frequency can be adjusted to match usage.
On 20 September, the Société du Grand Paris awarded the contract for the rolling stock for lines 15, 16 and 17 to Alstom.
Besides four new automatic metro lines around Paris (15, 16, 17 and 18), the Grand Paris Express project includes the extension and upgrade of line 14 to the north and south of Paris, to Orly airport. The network will serve major business areas (airports, business centers, research centers and universities) and metropolitan areas that are currently difficult to access.
On 8 September the Barcelona operator TMB opened Line 10 South, a new line which uses newly built infrastructure and existing track shared with L9 South, which opened in 2016.
The new metro line currently has five stations. The trains run every 7’20” and take nine minutes to cover the 4.5 kilometres that separate the terminus stations Foc (Barcelona) and Collblanc (L’Hospitalet), of which 2.5km represent a new section of track and 2km that are shared with L9 South. There is also a 1.6km long double-track tunnel that the trains use to change direction, meaning that the entire operation extends over a distance of 6.1km.
With the opening of Line 10 South, the total automated sections of the Barcelona metro network are 33km long.
The Barcelona metro is the second largest in Spain in terms of size and demand. The new line takes it to some of the last residential areas of the city that lacked access to the urban rail network.
Bogota’s first metro line, announced in November 2017, will be designed for fully automated operations (FAO).
On 6 August, Metro de Bogotá launched the process to select the company or companies to build the infrastructure, procure trains, operate and maintain the line. This process is expected to take one year.
Due to start operations in 2024, phase 1 of the line will be 24km long and will connect Portal Américas to Avenida Caracas. It will have 16 stations, including 10 interchanges with the TransMilenio bus rapid transit system.
The project is set to cost a total of $4.4bn (approx. €3.9bn), to be jointly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction & Development) and the European Investment Bank.
The new line will be elevated. The proposal for an underground metro was abandoned due to cost and extra time need for the construction works. The fleet for phase 1 is to be composed of 23 trains.
Designs for phase 2, if they are approved and financed, would take the line further to 127th Street (Calle 127e).
A consortium of South Korea’s train manufacturer Hyundai Rotem, Taiwan’s construction company BES Engineering and Siemens will deliver, on a turnkey basis, the electrical and mechanical solutions for the Green Line metro in the city of Taoyuan, in Taiwan.
The Green Line will be 27.8 kilometers long and will have 21 stations. It will link to Taoyuan International Airport. Around 12.5 kilometers of the line will be underground and roughly 15.3 kilometers elevated.
Siemens’ share of the project comprises the Trainguard MT CBTC system, traction drives for the trains and the direct-current traction power supply. The metro line’s signaling system will enable unattended train operation (Grade of Automation 4).
Construction of its elevated section will start in October this year, announced Chen Wen De, Director General of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems at the Taoyuan City Government.
Headways of 90 seconds or less will be achieved with moving block operation, combined with continuous bidirectional radio communication.
Two line extensions, to Daxi with three stations and to Chungli with seven stations, are planned.
UITP publishes a new infographic on the 1,000km of fully automated metros reached in March 2018.