ALSTOM to modernize train control system Beijing metro
Saint Ouen Cedex, France – BMOC, the operator of Beijing’s metro, has awarded ALSTOM a contract for the supply of the Communication-based Train Control system (CBTC) as well as the renovation of the metro line 2 signalling system, within a consortium(*).
This order is part of Beijing’s programme to modernize transport and facilities for the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing in 2008. The contract is worth over € 28 million.
The renovation of metro line 2 covers a 23 km line in tunnel, a depot, and 48 trains (24 existing, 24 new trains). ALSTOM and its joint venture partner CASCO will provide ALSTOM’s URBALISTM solution, a radio-based train control system including: a CBTC, a spread spectrum Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) for Train Control, interlocking, as well as the Operating Control Centre. The URBALIS solution comprises a fall back system with intermittent communication using the Eurobalise beacon, to increase the flexibility and availability of the overall system.
ALSTOM’s URBALIS solution includes an Automatic Train Operation (ATO) system which will optimize the operation of the metro trains on line 2. It will increase service efficiency and traffic fluidity for the operator and provide heightened comfort, safety and punctuality for the passengers.
The renovation, including the installation, testing and commissioning, will take place without affecting the regular operation of the exisiting metro line 2. The renovated metro line will go into service mid-2008.
ALSTOM delivered an URBALISTM solution for Shanghai’s metro lines 3 and 4 in 2005 and has a broad experience in complex metro renovation projects, notably in Hong Kong, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.
As for radio technology, ALSTOM installed for instance spread spectrum radios on Singapore’s driverless Northeast metro Line and on Hong Kong’s East Rail Line in 2003. The use of a state-of-the-art spread spectrum Wireless Local Area Network for Communication-based Train Control provides optimum performance.
(*)The consortium includes the following companies: ALSTOM Transport SA, CASCO, an ALSTOM Transport joint venture present in both, Beijing and Shanghai, and EEB (Electrification Engineering Bureau).
With more than 35 product lines and a presence in more than 60 countries, ALSTOM’s Transport sector offers complete products and services for new rolling stock, signalling, and electrical and mechanical infrastructure as well as maintenance and rehabilitation services to four distinct types of customers: urban transit authorities and operators; intercity passenger rail operators and rolling stock owners; rail freight operators; and intercity railway infrastructure owners. ALSTOM’s Transport sector, with sales of 5.1 billion euros in financial year 2004-2005, is among the world’s leading suppliers to the railway industry.