Alstom and its Chinese joint venture CASCO have been awarded two contracts by Shanghai Shentong Metro Co., Ltd and Kunming Rail Transit Co., Ltd, to supply advanced signalling systems for the 59 km Shanghai metro line 16 and the 42 km Kunming metro line 1 respectively. With these two contract wins, totalling €85 million, Alstom and CASCO are maintaining their strong presence in China’s 1st tier cities while expanding into 2nd tier cities.
Alstom, together with CASCO, will deliver the Urbalis CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) technology that is an advanced train control system which integrates network communications with data transmission by radio. The Urbalis CBTC system optimises the running speed of trains, permits the shortest headways between trains, and manages accurate station stopping, while ensuring safety.
Shanghai Line 16, formerly known as Line 11 South Extension, currently under construction, will run in Pudong New Area from Longyang Road to Lingang New in Lingang New City and is 59 km long with 13 stations. Shanghai Line 16 will operate at 120 km/h, the highest speed among metro lines in China. The line also features flexible train service configurations, which is the first time this is adopted by a metro line in China. The entry into commercial service of Shanghai Line 16 Phase 1 is planned for early 2013.
Kunming Line 1 is 42 km long with 31 stations, extending from Bus Terminal North in Panlong District to Kunming Radio and TV University station. Built in a plateau city located at an altitude of 1,900 m above sea level, Kunming Line 1 South Phase is planned to start trial running in 2013.
“These two contracts represent important milestones for Alstom as they demonstrate we are not only successful in the 1st tier cities in China; we are also becoming the preferred supplier in the 2nd tier cities”, Ms Ling Fang, Managing Director of Alstom Transport China commented. “Urbalis was first sold in China to the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou that are presently constructing some of the worlds biggest metro networks. Today many other cities, notably 2nd tier cities are developing or planning metro networks with several lines. We are confident that through our technological expertise, long-term partnership and localization strategy, we are well-positioned to benefit from the huge growth opportunities in the mass transit market in China”.
Alstom’s Urbalis technology was successfully installed on the driverless North-East Line of Singapore’s metro, the largest automatic metro in the world, in 2003 and is gaining momentum in China. Over the past 7 years, Alstom and CASCO have put into revenue service the Urbalis signalling system on 7 lines .
About CASCO Signal Ltd
CASCO Signal Ltd is a joint venture between Alstom Transport and CRSC Group, which has sites in Beijing and Shanghai. The company has specialized in signaling systems and advanced technologies for the rail & mass transit industry for over 24 years.
About Alstom Transport in China
Alstom's long-term co-operation with Chinese railway dated back in 1950s, when the company provided to China the first electric locomotive. Since then, Alstom Transport has become one of major foreign suppliers to the Chinese rail transport market, providing its state-of-the-art products and solutions ranging from rolling stock, signaling to infrastructure segments to China. Committed as one of the most reliable and long-term partner for Chinese rail industry, Alstom Transport presently has 3 operational offices, 5 joint ventures and 1700 employees in China.
About Alstom Transport
A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a complete range of high performance products: rolling stock, infrastructures, information systems, services and turnkey solutions. Mindful of operators´ ever more stringent profitability objectives and of their growing need for sustainable mobility solutions, we propose ecologically and economically efficient products and services to our customers. Alstom transport recorded sales of 5.6 billion euros in the fiscal year 2010-2011. Alstom Transport is present in 60 countries and employs some 26,000 people.
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