“We are delighted to have been awarded the Pudong International contract, which in addition to reinforcing our reliability as a partner to Chinese authorities, confirms Keolis’ worldwide expertise in automated and CBTC metro operations.”
A Keolis joint venture has again been selected to deliver a Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) metro in China, a 20-year contract that will link two airport terminals at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The Shanghai Keolis automated metro system will link the existing terminals, T1 and T2, to the future satellite terminals, S1 and S2, from June 2019 as part of the airport’s plans to increase the airport’s annual capacity by 20 million passengers to 80 million.
When it begins operating, the latest contract will be Shanghai Keolis’s second driverless contract in the city. In April 2016, the joint venture – made up of Shanghai Shentong Consulting (51%) and Keolis (49%) – was awarded the deal for the 6.7km extension of Shanghai’s metro line 8 that will enter operation at the end of this year.
The new 7.8km line will carry a predicted 250,000 passengers, 24 hours a day and will be fitted with CBTC technology that allows it to carry more passengers at greater speeds that is possible with older fleets. At peak operating times the 94 metre-long trains will stop at stations every four minutes, taking just a minute longer during off-peak times.
Speaking after the award, Keolis CEO International, Bernard Tabary, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Pudong International contract, which in addition to reinforcing our reliability as a partner to Chinese authorities, confirms Keolis’ worldwide expertise in automated and CBTC metro operations.”
Outside of China, Keolis operates two automated metro networks in Lille and Lyon in France and the Docklands Light Railway in London, England. Lille became the world’s first fully-automated metro when it was launched in 1983, while Lyon became the world’s first CBTC metro when it was launched eight years later.
Later this year Keolis will launch the CBTC automated Hyderabad metro in India, while the company will open another in France in 2020, this time in the country's north west in Rennes.
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