French train manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a contract to develop and install an automatic pilot control system for Line A of the Paris RER.
The Paris RER is five express train lines, A, B, C, D, E, which link Paris city centre to nearby suburbs.
Under the €20m contract, which has been awarded by city transport operator RATP, the Ile-de-France region and transport authority STIF, Alstom will carry out detailed studies, the prototype development and equipment for the train sets, testing and project assistance.
The contract seeks to strengthen the performance and frequency of the RER A by transforming it into a heavily frequented regional line in Europe. The line currently transports 1.2 million passengers on a daily basis.
Alstom Transport France managing director Ana Giros said: "This new contract demonstrates RATP’s renewed confidence in us and illustrates Alstom’s ambition to reinforce its position in the signalling market."
The new automatic pilot will be integrated into the system for aiding control, usage and maintenance (SACEM), which continually controls the speed and interspacing of the trains to ensure the performance and security of the RER Line A.
Scheduled for installation on the fleet of 173 trains (MI2N and MI09) on Line A of the RER, the automatic pilot will deliver improved line regularity, save approximately 2min on the average journey between the stations of Vincennes and La Défense.
Work under the contract will take place at the company’s sites at Saint-Ouen and Villeurbanne, France, and will be performed until the commissioning of the rehabilitated line, which is scheduled for 2018.
Image: Line A of the Paris RER. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport / TOMA.