Ansaldo has won a contract to design and supply a communications-based train control (CBTC) signalling system for Phase 1 of Hangzhou Metro Line 2 in China.

The $13.2m contract has been signed as part of a strategic alliance agreement with Insigma (HK) United Rail Transportation Engineering in China.

The contract marks Ansaldo’s second metro signalling project in Hangzhou and eighth CBTC project in China.

The first phase of the Hangzhou Metro Line 2 will have a total length of 20.9 miles including 26 underground stations and will open in two stages.

"The contract marks Ansaldo’s second metro signalling project in Hangzhou and eighth CBTC project in China."

The 11.6-mile Southeast section will have 13 stations and is scheduled to open in December 2013, while the Northwestern section will have a length of 9.3 miles with 13 stations and is expected to be opened in December 2016.

Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT) won a contract worth RMB756m ($118.7m) from Hangzhou Metro in August 2012 to supply 27 train sets (162 cars) for the Hangzhou Metro Line 2 project between 2013 and 2016.

The company also won a $16.5m contract in 2010 to supply the CBTC system for 48km Hangzhou Metro Line 1.

Hangzhou Metro Line 1 is scheduled to be opened later in 2012, featuring 31 stations on a 48km north-south route, 41km of which will be underground.