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Italian state railways acquires stake of Milan automated metro concessionaire 13/06/2017

AnsaldoBreda train on M5 line in Milan

On 9 June the Italian state railways, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A., acquired a 36.7% stake (equity and shareholder loan) of M5 S.p.A., concessionaire of the automated Line 5 of the Milan metro. The shares, valued at EUR 64.5 million, were bought from Astaldi, a construction company.

“FS Italiane’s entry among the shareholders in Metro 5 marks another step toward the creation of an integrated infrastructures and services system aiming at improving public transport also in large urban areas”, said Renato Mazzoncini, CEO and General Manager of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.

Astaldi will continue to hold a 2% stake in M5. The shares held by other shareholders remain unchanged: Ansaldo STS hold 24.6%, ATM 20%, Alstom 9.4% and Hitachi Rail Italy 7.6%.

Line 5, also known as the Lilla line, links Bignami Parco Nord station to San Siro Stadio station, along a route extending for about 13 kilometers, with 19 stations and a light transport system connected with Milan’s other underground lines. There are planned extension projects to Monza and Settimo Milanese.


Astaldi press release

More Bombardier trains for Kuala Lumpur’s Kelana Jaya Line 17/05/2017

Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation and its local partner Hartasuma SDN BHD announced on 27 March that they will deliver an additional 27 Innovia Metro 300 trains for the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line in Malaysia. The order from Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is valued at approximately 1.7 billion Malaysian ringgit (€359 million).

The Innovia Metro 300 trains can move up to 30,000 passengers per-hour, per-direction. Once final delivery is completed in 2022, these highly efficient four-car trains will help to increase reliability and provide high capacity mobility on the Malaysian capital’s integrated transit network. Kuala Lumpur’s new fleet comes from the same generation of Bombardier Innovation Metro 300 trains which have been progressively entering service on the Kelana Jaya Line since December 2016.

Since 1998 Bombardier has received three orders from Prasarana for a total of 374 vehicles.

Final assembly and interior fit-out for these trains are all being carried out in Malaysia. In addition, the consortium is also increasing transport capacity on the same line through the conversion of the original Innovia fleet from 34 two-car to four-car trains with inter-car walkthrough and associated wayside system upgrade, to be completed by 2020.

Bombardier is also currently delivering its Cityflo rail control solution for the first two lines of the new, fully-automated and driverless Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system which will increase connectivity, including in and out of Kuala Lumpur, for an estimated 1.2 million residents.

Source: Bombardier Transportation

Call for tenders for Athens automated line 21/04/2017

Archaeological works will be included in the contract. Pictured: display of archeological finds at Syntagma Metro Station, Athens (photo Dario Sušanj/Flickr)

On 6 April Attiko Metro published a call for tenders for the first section of a new metro line in Athens, Line 4, which will be the first automated line in Greece. Section A, running from Alsos Veikou to Goudi, will be approximately 13km long and will have 14 new stations.

The scope of the contract will include among other final design and construction of the line, stations and a new operations control centre, as well as the supply of trains and training of operations and maintenance staff.

Line 4 will complement the city’s existing three lines (line 1 – former ISAP and lines 2 and 3 of Attiko Metro). Its U-shape will include two radial branches (towards Galatsi and towards Maroussi) and one central part connecting the branches with busy and densely populated areas such as Kypseli, Exarchia, Kolonaki, Kaissariani, Ilissia, Zografou and Goudi. It will be connected with Line 2 at Panepistimio Station and with Line 3 at the existing Evangelismos Station.

Signalling and the train control system will be based on CBTC technology. Central control of the trains and stations will be done exlusively from the new OCC, which will also be designed to take over the control of the existing metro lines and tram lines. It will be located in a new building to be constructed in an area within Sepolia Depot.

Stations wil be 110m long and equipped with platform screen doors.

Construction will include a 10km double-track tunnel, as well as a connecting single-track tunnel (approximately 840m long) including start-end turnouts, which will connect Line 4 with the existing connecting tunnel of lines 2 and 3.

Call for tenders on the Attiko Metro website


First phase of Kuala Lumpur SBK Line opens 20/03/2017

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Phase One of the automated metro Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line (SBK Line) in Kuala Lumpur began operations on 16 December 2016.  This first stretch, which runs from Sungai Buloh to Semantan, is part of a line which will be 51km long crossing Kuala Lumpur and connecting the capital city with Kajang, a fast developing town to the south-east.

The recently opened section includes 12 stations on 21km of elevated tracks. When completed, the line will run underground for a distance of 9.5km beneath the centre of Kuala Lumpur while the rest of the alignment is elevated and will have 31 stations of which 7 will be underground while the remaining 24 are elevated stations.

Phase Two, from Semantan Station to Kajang Station is to be operational by July 2017, completing the line.

The SBK Line will be owned by the Government of Malaysia through Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) and operated by RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana. Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) / Land Public Transport Commission is the supervisory agency for the project.

The daily ridership is estimated to be about 400,000 passengers. Trains travel at frequencies of 3.5 minutes during peak hours. They operate at a speed of 35km/h and will cover the distance between Sungai Buloh and Kajang in 88 minutes.

The SBK Line is the first of three metro lines planned for the Klang Valley. Constriction of the 56 km Sungai Buloh – Serdang – Putrajaya Line began on September 15, and a feasibility study is being carried out for Line 3.

Siemens Inspiro rolling stock
The rolling stock is manufactured by Siemens/CSR Nanjing Puzhen with a partnership with SMH Rail Consortium Sdn Bhd. The Siemens Inspiro rolling stock will be supplied with the same configuration as the trainsets supplied for Warsaw Metro M1. A fleet of 58 four-car trains will run the SBK line with a capacity of 1,200 passengers (300 per car).

Other contracts awarded for the project include:

  • Electric trains, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles (packages one and two) –  consortium of Siemens Malaysia and SMH Rail
  • Signalling and train control system (package three) – Bombardier
  • Power supply & distribution system (package five) – Meidensha Corporation
  • Track works (package six) – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • Telecommunications (package seven): consortium of Apex Communication and LG CNS
  • Platform screen door systems: ST Electronics
  • Advanced communication system for the light rail network extension: joint venture of Alcatel-Lucent and CMC Engineering

Inspired by traditionnal architecture
The architecture of the elevated stations along the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line is based on the “wakaf”, a traditional pavilion found in Malaysia built for travellers to stop and rest. Like a traditional wakaf, the elevated MRT stations are open-sided, allowing for natural lighting and ventilation.

Sources: MRT Corp (developer and asset owner of the MRT project), international trade press (Railway Technology, Metro Report), local trade press ( and local general press (The Malay Mail Online).


First driverless car arrives for Shanghai Line 8 17/01/2017

Innovia APM 300 train for Shanghai Metro Line 8 (Bombardier Transportation)

Innovia APM 300 train for Shanghai Metro Line 8 (Bombardier Transportation)

On 12 January Bombardier Transportation delivered the first Innovia APM 300 train to the city of Shanghai, China. The vehicle is part of an order placed in June 2015 by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. for a turnkey driverless system including 44 trains. Read more →