Alcatel and KCRC sign Euro 12 million agreement
Paris, France – Alcatel announced that it has formalized an agreement
valued at Euro 12 million with the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC)
to extend the application of SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)
to Hong Kong’s Kowloon Southern Link.
Alcatel’s world-leading CBTC solution has been successfully
operating on the West Rail line since 2003 and on the Ma On Shan line since
The Kowloon Southern Link, an extension of the existing West Rail system,
is a 3.8 km underground twin track that will be formed by extending the
overrun tunnel at West Rail’s Nam Cheong station to East Tsim Sha Tsui
Under the agreement, Alcatel will provide the design and supply of the
SelTrac automatic train control system and KCRC will provide installation,
testing and commissioning services.
“We again selected Alcatel due to the successful operation of SelTrac CBTC
on both the West Rail and the Ma On Shan line. This proven technology has
shown to be reliable, safe, upgradeable and cost-effective. Alcatel also
has a solid track record of on-time delivery to facilitate a successful
start-up,” said Lr Lee Kang-Kuen, Senior Director Capital Projects, KCRC.
“We are pleased that KCRC has again demonstrated its satisfaction in our
capabilities and service, realizing that SelTrac CBTC is integral to a
long-term operation solution. This agreement signifies the strength of our
business relationship with KCRC,” said Olivier Perraud, Senior VP and GM of
Alcatel’s Transport Automation Solutions Urban Rail business.
Alcatel’s SelTrac S40 CBTC system is well known for its high performance,
low life cycle cost, moving-block technology that allows short headways and
operation with shorter trains for optimal passenger service frequency,
allowance for smaller stations, and unattended/driverless operation.
The Kowloon Southern Link system-wide control will be carried out at the
West Rail Operation Control Centre located at Kam Sheung Road West Rail
Building. Alcatel’s solution includes its NetTrac MT System Management
Control, which provides central operators with significant flexibility and
automation of many functions.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation is a public corporation charged with
the task of operating and developing domestic, cross-boundary and intercity
railway services. The Corporation currently provides three domestic
passenger rail services: East Rail, West Rail and Light Rail. In addition
to its domestic service, East Rail operates intercity passenger services to
Guangzhou on its own train and provides access for other intercity trains
running to and from cities in the Mainland including Guangzhou, Shanghai
About Alcatel’s Railway Solutions
To meet the challenge of increased mobility, Alcatel offers a host of
advanced railway solutions that ensure safe, reliable and comfortable
transportation of passengers and freight through the network. Drawing on
wide international experience in all aspects of transport automation and
network integration and services, Alcatel is a leading worldwide supplier
for signaling – train control, train routing, control centers – and
integrated communications solutions to carry and distribute voice, data and
video to and from all sites of urban and main line rail. Whether enhancing,
renewing or building new lines, Alcatel is an ideal partner to address the
operational needs of main line and urban rail operators.