The CAF-Thales consortium has secured a $451.9m supply contract from the metro operator of Santiago, Chile, following a competitive tender process.

As per the agreed terms, the consortium will supply trains, as well as a Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) signaling solution to Metro Lines 3 and 6.

Thales’s Seltrac CBTC solution, which is completely automated, will increase the frequency of train services and therefore passenger capacity.

"We are adopting world-class best practice."

According to Thales, the Seltrac CBTC solution provides several energy savings functions including coasting, synchronised traction and braking, deferred start and restricted runs.

CAF’s new energy-efficient cars will provide an increased capacity of 260 passengers per car.

The CAF trains with Thales train control are expected to provide a passenger throughput capability of about 50,000 passengers per hour every day.

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Thales Chile country director José Antonio Pellegrini said: "We are very pleased that Metro de Santiago, with whom we have kept a long-term relationship, has relied on our solution for the implementation of these two new lines, in which the latest technology has been considered to provide a better service to users and with high levels of security."

Metro de Santiago general manager Ramón Cañas said: "The construction of Lines 3 and 6 was the greatest challenge that we have undertaken as a company, not only because we are building them simultaneously, but also because we are adopting world-class best practice. The bid put forward by CAF and Thales fully meets the scale of this challenge."

The scope of the contract also includes a 20-year maintenance agreement.

In addition, Thales’ CBTC Seltrac system has been proven on over 55 projects to date and operates on more than 1,300km of track in major urban centres across the globe, by carrying approximately three billion passengers annually.