Two major announcements from the German based powerhouse have entrenched further their position as a leading supplier of rail and metro signalling solutions. Régie autonome des transports parisiens (RATP), the operator of the Paris metro in France, has placed an order with Siemens for the Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system of line 14. This line is the backbone of the Grand Paris Express, the planned new fully automated transit network for the French capital and the largest transport project in Europe. The contract comprises the Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4) Trainguard MT CBTC and an option for maintenance services over the system's lifetime. Whilst on the other side of the world, they are also confirmed as supplying CBTC for the planned Downtown line 3 (DTL3) extension in Singapore. The deal worth around €90 million also includes Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4 in 2 new stations and one depot.
"RATP's continued trust in our CBTC solution demonstrates their commitment to meet the demands of Paris' and the Ile-de-France region's constant urban expansion through infrastructure refurbishments and extensions, helping retain the region's development in a sustainable way. It also ensures continued optimal operational performances, with an eight-car train every 85 seconds. With this new contract, Siemens will extend the backbone of the Grand Paris Express, enabling RATP to provide easier and more efficient connections for passengers more safely and comfortably" said Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division ( @SiemensMobility ) .
The system is expected to go into operation in 2024. By then, the capacity of line 14 will benefit 40,000 passengers per hour and per direction, up from 30,000 today, making it the most frequented line of the Paris metro. It will allow passengers to travel directly between the Orly airport and the Paris city center and will serve the north of Paris through to the Saint-Denis Pleyel station.
The extended line 14 route will be 28 kilometers long with 21 stations. The work comprises replacing the existing CBTC system with a new one on the existing line sections and the existing 35 trains on-board. Furthermore, Siemens will install the CBTC system on the line extensions and on the whole fleet, which will increase to 72 trains in 2024. The contract also includes an operations control center and the implementation of a shared backup operations control center, with a training resource for the operators.
"With this project, Singapore's Downtown line is not only the world's longest suburban automated metro line, but it is also benefiting from the most advanced CBTC technology. This enables the operator to strengthen the capacity and availability of the network, and contributes to improve the passenger experience of up to half a million people commuting every day," said Michael Peter,
Siemens successfully commissioned the first 3 sections of Downtown Line (DTL) in Singapore, that is now considered the world's longest suburban metro line fully automated. The first section of the line, the DTL 1, with more than 4 kilometers, was opened in December 2013 and comprises 6 stations between Chinatown and Bugis. DTL 2, the second section, with 12 stations and 16.6 kilometers, connects Bukit Panjang and Rochor since December 2015. The third section of the line, the DTL3, with 21 kilometers and 16 stations, was commissioned in October 2017 and it is the longest section with 3 interchange stations in MacPherson, Tampines and Expo. With the opening of this new section, a significant improvement in the connectivity between residential and industrial areas is achieved.
The customer Land Transport Authority (LTA) awarded Westinghouse (today Siemens) in 2008 the contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of the signaling system for the DTL, which includes CBTC technology for the 34 stations and 92 trains, and the Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system, Controlguide Rail 9000.
The core of the fully automated signaling system of the line is Trainguard Sirius CBTC, an automated train protection and operation system from Siemens with many advantages as a reduction of the interval between trains, which increments the line's transport capacity. In case of an eventual incident, the CBTC system is able to continue to be operative thanks to its exclusive backup mode based on a speed codes Automated Train Protection (ATP system), able to maintain safely train operation.
The Downtown Line, which has a total length of 42 kilometers and comprises 34 stations, transports up to 500,000 passengers per day with a fully automated technology and connects East and West of the island with the Central Business District (CBD) and with Marina Bay area.
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