Alstom picks Thales to modernise Dubai metro signalling systems in UAE


Alstom and United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) have selected Thales to upgrade and extend the Dubai metro's Red Line ahead of the World Expo 2020 event.

Under the deal, Thales will provide latest signalling, integrated supervision, security, passengers’ services, telecommunications and fare collection technologies for the 15km extension.

The solutions to be provided by Thales will help optimise energy consumption, smooth passenger flows and improve information technology (IT) connectivity.

Named Route 2020, the extension will feature seven stations and is currently under construction to connect the existing network with the World Expo 2020 site.

Scheduled to enter service by May 2020, the extension will be used by the 25 million visitors expected to visit the international expo.

"The extension will be used by the 25 million visitors expected to visit the international expo."

Dubai’s Red Line started operations in 2009 and is currently using various solutions such as driverless train signalling systems, control centre, integrated supervision and communications, as well as passengers’ services, security and revenue collection systems developed by Thales.

For the metro modernisation project, an Alstom-led Expolink consortium, which also includes Acciona and Gulermak, will provide 50 new trains.

In October last year, the Expolink consortium signed a deal with RTA to design and build the extension of Dubai’s Red metro line.

As part of the €2.6bn metro modernisation project, the system of the existing line will also be upgraded.