PR – A consortium comprising Siemens Mobility and the Chinese company Beijing Huatie Information Technology Development Corporation has been awarded a contract by Guangdong Guangfo Inter-City Co. Ltd (GFGS) for the supply of signaling systems for the Guang-Fo Line (from Guangzhou to Foshan).
The contract is worth around €32 million. Equipped with the most advanced signaling technology from Siemens, the first intercity mass transit system in China is scheduled to start operating as soon as the first phase has been completed in time for the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010. It is the sixth mass transit line in the region to be equipped with signaling systems from Siemens.
Around 32 kilometers long, this new section of line will have 21 stations and will connect KuiQiLu Station in Foshan and LiJiao Station in Guangzhou with each other. The project will be completed in two stages of construction. The section of line from Foshan to XiLang (first phase) is to open in October 2010 and the second section from XiLang to Guangzhou is set to open in December 2012.
Siemens is supplying the Trainguard MT automatic train control system (Communication Based Train Control System – CBTC), the Vicos OC 501 automatic operations control system and the Sicas ECC electronic interlocking. Trainguard MT enables “moving block” automatic train control by means of continuous bidirectional data transfer via WLAN.
The Trainguard MT system for the Guang-Fo line is the most advanced modular ATC (automatic train control) system from Siemens. In this project, it will ensure semi-automatic train supervision, precise stopping at platforms and, at the same time, outstanding passenger comfort and convenience. In China, this leading ATC technology is already being used for Metro Lines 4 and 5 in Guangzhou, Metro Line 10 and the Olympics branch line in Beijing, and Metro Line 2 in Nanjing.
With its Trainguard MT technology, Siemens is helping to meet growing transit needs in rapidly developing cities and represents a new standard in the area of step-by-step automation. The performance of mass transit systems is heavily dependent on the performance of the automatic train control system that is deployed in each case. As the extent of automation increases, the responsibility of the driver and operations controller is transferred to the system. Such an automatic train control system includes functions for the supervision, execution and control of the entire work process. It can be implemented with different degrees of automation: for example, driver-controlled operation, semi-automatic operation and driverless operation. An automatic train control system displays the current movement authority on the driver’s desk and continuously monitors the permissible speed of the train. Light signals are therefore rendered superfluous. The range of functions performed by automatic train control systems is designed to enable greater and greater cost reductions over time.