Thales has secured a new contract from the China Steel Corporation (CSC) for the planned Ankeng Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Taiwan, which forms a part of the wider transportation expansion plan in the Greater Taipei region.

The project is expected to help reduce traffic congestion in the metropolitan area and will be carried out under the planning of the New Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems.

Thales also secured contracts for Danhai and Kaohsiung LRT projects prior to the latest announcement.

Thales Integrated Communications & Supervision Systems vice-president Benoit Couture said: “This contract is a new demonstration of the commitment from Thales to enhance its skillsets and expertise in the Taiwanese transportation market, aligned with Thales Taiwan’s goals to strengthen its local industrial capabilities with our partner China Steel Corperation.

"We want to continue being recognised as a trusted partner to Taiwan’s transportation authorities as it works towards developing a robust transportation network."

“We want to continue being recognised as a trusted partner to Taiwan’s transportation authorities as it works towards developing a robust transportation network serving the needs of its growing population.”

Thales will design, develop and deliver the signalling, automatic vehicle localisation, priority management, passengers and security services, communications and Operation Control Centre (OCC) systems under the new Ankeng LRT contract.

All installation, testing and commissioning works related to the equipment and solutions will be performed within Taiwan.

The Ankeng LRT line is scheduled to begin operation in 2022 and will connect other districts and regions to the Greater Taipei metro network.

Thales has previously delivered several transportation projects in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and mainland China.