Alstom & CASCO to Supply Urbalis™ Signalling System to Shenzhen Line 2 & Line 5

08 June 2009

Alstom has signed a contract with CASCO, one of Alstom’s joint venture in China, to provide Automatic Train Control (ATC) Subsystem to be used at Shenzhen Line 2 & Line 5, after CASCO was awarded a contract by Shenzhen Metro Group Co., Ltd., to provide Urbalis™ signalling system for both lines. Both lines are designed for the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade and will enter into revenue services before the event kicks off.

This is Alstom & CASCO’s first contract in Shenzhen. According to the contract, Alstom, subcontracted to CASCO is in charge of providing equipments and services of ATC subsystem as well as responsible for the safety of whole signalling system.

Both two lines will be equipped with Alstom’s Urbalis™ signalling system, the world’s most advanced and sophisticated mass transit control system that integrates a Communication-based Train Control (CBTC) system based on the state-of-the-art communications and radio network. This innovative and reliable solution increases mass transit line’s capacity by allowing short headways between trains, while guaranteeing maximum safety and comfort for passengers. This technology has been used and proven on Beijing Line 2 - China’s first metro line with CBTC system -, Beijing Airport Link, Singapore’s North-East Line, Lausanne M2 Metro Line. In addition, the Shanghai Line 10 - China’s largest fully automated metro Line and Singapore’s Circle Line - the world’s largest driverless heavy metro line, are also equipped with Urbalis™. ATC subsystem, consisting of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP), is the core of Urbalis™.

Shenzhen Line 2 & its extension, linking Shekou Harbour Passenger Terminal with Huaqiangbei Business Street, will be 35.8 km long with 29 stations. Shenzhen Line 5, connecting Qianhaiwan Free Trade Zone with Huangbeiling, will be 40.05 km long with 27 stations. The headways of both two lines are designed to be 90 seconds.

“It is Alstom & CASCO’s first contract in Shenzhen. We are pleased to extend our footprint to this important market and present our strong expertise and leading products to support Universiade 2011.” commented by Kim CHAN, China Managing Director, Alstom Transport.

About Alstom Transport

With sustainable transport in mind, Alstom Transport develops and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and services on the rail market. Alstom Transport can manage an entire transport system, from rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has more than 26,000 employees. In 2008-2009, Alstom Transport's turnover was €5.7 billion and its orders increased by 9% over the previous financial year.

About CASCO Signal Ltd.
CASCO Signal Ltd. is a joint venture set up by Alstom Transport and CRSC Group. Its offices are located in China, in Beijing and Shanghai. CASCO has been supplying signalling systems and high technology services to the railway industry for over 20 years. It has handled a range of projects for the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR), within mass transit transport systems in several Chinese cities.

For further information, please contact:
ALSTOM (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Ms. Jenny ZHANG
Tel.: +86 10 8460 9000

ALSTOM (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Mr. Jiazhong MEI
Tel.: +86 21 6103 3983
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