A joint venture between Thales and Shanghai Electric known as Thales SEC Transport (TST) has received a new signalling contract for Line 14 of the Shanghai Metro.

The deal was awarded by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and forms a part of a pilot project to operate a driverless metro line using fully automated operation (FAO) and a highly integrated management system, which features both signalling and supervision solutions.

Thales CEO and North Asia vice-president Laurent Guyot said: “The Shanghai Line 14 project underlines the trust that Thales, SEC, and TST have built in China.

"The introduction of fully automated and driverless metro cars is expected to increase the frequency of services, as well as improve network capacity and operational efficiency."

“It demonstrates the great success of our strategy on localising R&D through our joint venture TST.

“This allows us to develop customised solutions in China with solid support from the Thales Group.”

The introduction of fully automated and driverless metro cars is expected to increase the frequency of services, as well as improve network capacity and operational efficiency.

The driverless line is scheduled to enter service at the end of 2020.

In addition, the network’s signalling system will be integrated with a supervision solution in order to provide a high level of automated control and increased efficiency.

A total of 16 urban railway transit lines are currently in operation across Shanghai, spanning a total route length of around 666km.

The 38.5km-long Line 14 will be the newest line in the network and will operate from Fengbang town in Jiading District to Jinqiao town in the Pudong New Area.

Line 14 is expected to feature 31 underground stations and be connected to at least 13 other lines across the network.