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Automatic train control system to Santiago

03/01/2010 AT 06:45

This contract, worth nearly 50 million euros, concerns the renovation of the existing train control system, including design, manufacturing, installation, putting into service of the Urbalis solution and its maintenance for a 3-years period.

Implementation of the system on the line will be with no service interruptions and is scheduled to begin in September 2010. Alstom has already renovated the train control systems of other equally busy lines in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing without any interruptions in service.

The Urbalis solution will significantly increase train frequency and transport capacity whilst, at the same time, ensuring optimal safety, flexible operations and heightened passenger comfort. The new system will permit Metro de Santiago to reduce intervals between trains on line 1 allowing an increase of passengers per hour by 20% on the line that at present carries approximately 1 million passengers per day.

Urbalis is an advanced Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC ) system that integrates data transmission by radio. Recently implemented on the Lausanne metro M2 line in Switzerland and on the Circle Line in Singapore, this tried and tested technology will soon be used on lines 1, 2 and 3 of Sao Paulo metro in Brazil, on Milan line 1 and on Shangai line 10 which will thus become China's largest fully automated metro line. It is also being used on the Beijing Airport link, on line 2 of the Beijing metro and on Singapore's North-East line which is the world's highest capacity driverless metro line.

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