A 16.5km-long M2 line of the Ankara Metro communications-based train control (CBTC) project in Turkey has entered into revenue services.
With 12 stations operational in discontinuous train protection (DTP) mode, Ankara Metro’s M2 Line opens after M3, the first of four lines of the CBTC project, was opened in February.
The M2 line runs from Kizilay to Çayyolu, Turkey, with a commercial speed of 80 kmph, and will be operated by state-owned company Altyapi Yatirimlari Genel Mudurlugu (AYGM).
The M3 line starts from the end of line M1 at Batikent to OSB Torekent in Sinçan, Turkey, and was built by a Spanish-Turkish consortium of Comsa Emte and Açilim Insaat at a cost of TRY216m ($99.1m).
CSR Zhuzhou received a $412.5m contract for supplying a fleet of 342 stainless-steel metro cars in August 2012, which will operate on lines M3 and M2.
The overall project to modernise the Ankara Metro network was awarded to the consortium led by Ansaldo STS and including Alsim Tesisleri Alarko Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS.
Ansaldo STS has been tasked to install the new lines M2, M3 and M4 with the new signalling systems and subsystems, CBTC, IXL Interlocking, automatic train control (ATS), and data communication systems (DCS).
The consortium will deploy the CBTC system on 144 trains and update the existing signalling systems on the M1 line, depot and trains. It will also deliver design, supply, installation, test and commissioning services.
Expected to be completed by the end of the year, Ankara Metro CBTC project also covers the opening of the fourth CBTC M4 line in 2015.
Image: Metro Ankara. Photo: courtesy of Ansaldo STS.