KUALA LUMPUR, 25 SEPTEMBER 2008 - Two European companies have been awarded contracts worth 50 million Euros (US$73.4 million) to work on the northern section of Shanghai's longest train line.
According to China's Shanghai Shentong Metro, the consortium includes French communications giant Alcatel-Lucent's China-based firm, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, electronic solutions company, Thales Rail Signalling Solutions and China's Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Co, Ltd.
Under this new project, Alcatel Shanghai Bell, which will be maintaining the multi-vendor solution, said it would be providing a turnkey integrated communications system, with services experts responsible for project management and network integration services.
Thales vice-president and managing director of Thales Rail Signalling activity, Jean-Pierre Forestier, said that Thales would provide its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system for the automatic operation of Shanghai's new metro Line 11, currently the longest train line in the city.
To be built in three stages
Head of Alcatel-Lucent's industry and public sector activities, Michael Fabian, explained that the Northern section of Line 11 would be built in three stages. Phase one, which is to be completed in 2009, is 44.9km long and will serve 21 stations with 58 trains from Jiading North station to Jiangsu Road station. This includes a branch line to Anting station.
Fabian added that phase two, which is scheduled to be ready for passenger service in 2012, would initially span across 14.6 km serving eight stations from Shanghai Jiao Tong University to Sanlin station. There are also plans to add five more stations in the future.
These new contracts expand the train network, which is served by Thales' world leading Seltrac CBTC solution, said Thales's Forestier. With more than 20 years' experience, Thales has previously developed and smoothly implemented the solution in many cities throughout the world. On the Shanghai project, lines six, eight and nine, which stretch across 90km have been successfully put into operation within two years .The efficient and effective implementation of this project reflects the strength and expertise of our consortium.
This state-of-art communications and signalling solution has been tailor made for the Shanghai Shentong Metro Co, Ltd., to meet their stringent requirements. said Alcatel-Lucent's Fabian. Our skilled local team, along with our global network integration expertise ensures that the solution will be deployed with minimal risk.
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