Siemens wins Chinese metro signalling contract

Siemens is to supply Trainguard MT Automatic Train Operation equipment to China’s Xi’An Metro Line 3 in a €28 million contract. The 39km long route has 26 stations and will link the northern and western areas of the city.

The company, which sponsors www.intelligentsignalling.com, equipped the city’s Line 1 for automatic operation last year. Data is transferred between signalling centre and train by Siemens’ Airlink radio transmission system.

Trainguard is amongst the most widely used Automatic Train Operation systems in the world, with successful installations in Beijing, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Chongqing and Nanjing. Metros under construction in Qingdao, Dongguan and Fuzhou are also set to use Trainguard MT.

Siemens scoops €15m Suzhou metro deal

Siemens is to supply Communications Based Train Control equipment for the extension of Suzhou’s Metro Line 2 in China. The new underground section runs for 15km and incorporates 13 stations.

Siemesns will supply Trainguard MT automatic train control, Trackguard Sicas ECC electronic interlockings and Airlink radio transmission systems for the metro, with commissioning scheduled for 2016.

Beijing opens world’s longest CBTC metro line

The latest section of Beijing Subway’s Line 10 opened at the end of December 2012, and at 57km in length with more to follow is now claimed to be the world’s longest metro route equipped with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling.

Line 10 forms part of the outer subway loop linking the North West and South East of the city centre, and the first sections opened in 2010. The second section of the route comprises 30km of track and has 21 stations – with the final third section expected to be completed in Spring this year.

Siemens’ popular Trainguard MT forms the CBTC system using moving block signalling to optimise route capacity and speed. Siemens has scored significant success in China, with installations in operation in cities such as Guangzhou and Nanjing in addition to the country’s capital.