The Taipei Metro has awarded a £334 million (€378 million) contract for the supply of an integrated metro system on a new line that will connect the city’s main central station with two districts to the south. The work on the six mile (9.5 kilometre)-long line, which will have nine stations and a 15-minute journey time, will be undertaken by French train manufacturer Alstom and the Taiwanese engineering and contracting services company, CTCI.
The Taipei Metro Line 7, which is perhaps better known in the country as the Wanda Zhonghe Shulin Line, is a medium capacity rapid transit section that when it enters service will operate 19 of Alstom’s Metropolis trains. Alstom will receive in the region of two-thirds of the funding (£195 million) will also provide its Urbalis CBTC driverless signalling system to control the fleet of train.
CTCI, meanwhile, will work on project management and system integration, providing the track work, power supply, depot equipment, telecommunications and ticketing systems.
The vice president of Alstom’s operations in Taiwan, Ling Fang, said: “Alstom is very pleased to win this contract, supporting Taipei to extend its efficient, reliable and sustainable transport system.” Already familiar with the country, Alstom has had a presence in Taiwan for more than 37 years – where it provides signalling systems to all but one of Taipei’s metro lines and is currently supplying driverless signalling system for Taichung metro line. In 2017,
Alstom’s win comes in a month that the company signed an agreement in Nigeria that marked its first contract in the country. As a result, it will help introduce a new metro system in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, on the yet-to-be-completed Blue Line metro. That deal was officially agreed at the France-Nigeria Business Forum attended by President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron.
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