Alstom has received a contract from public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) to provide its automatic train operation system I-CBTC to line 6 of the Paris metro in France.

The scope of the contract involves the delivery of an on-board system, which will carry out automatic train operation, and a radio system to transmit data between the train and the ground.

Alstom will be responsible for the development, validation, installation, testing and commissioning of both systems.

“We are delighted that the RATP has once again renewed its trust in our teams and our solutions.”

The Alstom solutions will be installed on 47 MP89 metros and 28 stations on line 6.

Alstom France signalling activity vice president Patrice Hassib said: “We are delighted that the RATP has once again renewed its trust in our teams and our solutions, after asking us last summer to provide the automatic operation for line 11 in two identical lots.”

I-CBTC is an interchangeable Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) -type automation system, which will improve the frequency of trains on the metro line.

Developed in partnership with the RATP, I-CBTC is capable of carrying out remote operating functions, monitoring safety in operations and controlling traction and braking systems to run the metros automatically.

Currently, around 130 MF01 trains on lines 5 and 9 of the Paris metro are equipped with Alstom’s I-CBTC on-board solution.

Three Alstom facilities in France will be involved with this contract. The Aix-en-Provence facility will develop the on-board system and manage the overall engineering of the project, while the Villeurbanne site will supply the equipment for the radio system.

Employees based in Saint-Ouen will be responsible for the engineering of the radio transmission system and ground-based equipment.

This facility will also carry out testing and commissioning activities.