Alstom has announced that it has completed around seven metro projects across three of mainland China’s top ten populous cities, namely Chengdu, Shanghai and Xi’an, in the last two months.

Alstom and its joint ventures in China, notably Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment (SATEE) and CASCO Signal, worked together on four GoA4 driverless lines, which recently entered passenger service.

These lines include Shanghai’s Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4) driverless metro lines 10 (phase two), 15 and 18, Xi’an Line 5 (phases one and two) to Chengdu’s metro lines 17 (phase one) and 18 (phase one), as well its first GoA4 driverless Line 9 (phase one).

Between December 2020 and January 2021, SATEE delivered its OptONIX and ONIX metro traction systems for 1,088 metro cars of four metro lines, Chengdu Line 9 (200 cars), Shanghai Line 10 (156 cars), Xi’an Line 5 (408 cars) and Shanghai Line 15 (324 cars).

SATEE completed the transaction with support from Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment (XAYEECO).

It also installed the train control monitoring system (TCMS) on Shanghai lines 10 and 15 and was responsible for the latter line’s train electrical design.

During the same period, CASCO deployed its Urbalis 888 signalling solution on six of these metro lines in Chengdu and Shanghai.

Alstom China and East Asia managing director Olivier Loison said: “We are humbled and excited for the various opportunities across major Chinese cities to provide a reliable, efficient and comfortable connectivity experience for their commuters. We remain committed to supporting the country’s bold ambition of urban rail transit expansion while delivering our service-proven and sustainable mobility solutions to even more travellers.”

Alstom has been active in China for more than six decades.

CASCO currently delivers 30% of the radio communication-based train control (CBTC) solutions.

On the other hand, Alstom has delivered traction systems for more than 40% of the GoA4 driverless metro lines in China and is presently delivering for the Nanjing Line 7 project.

The company has been designing and developing specifically for the Chinese market in 2009 and is currently operating 4,422 metro cars across six cities.

This past experience has helped Alstom to modernise and implement an upgraded OptONIX system for the four metro projects in Chengdu, Shanghai and Xi’an, attaining higher levels of energy efficiency and electrical braking while remaining 98% recyclable.

Alstom recently announced that it will equip around 13 DB Cargo’s freight locomotives of the EG3100 series with the latest ETCS signalling technology standard (ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2) for freight traffic between Germany, Sweden and Denmark.