Siemens has received a contract to provide signalling systems for the new metro in Nagpur, India.

Under the €40m contract, Siemens will equip the first two metro lines of the Nagpur Metro project with its Trainguard MT system.

The first line will connect the two main gateways of Nagpur running from Kamptee in the north of the city to Wardha in the south.

The second line will run east to west, connecting Bhandara and Hingna. The east-west corridor of the metro line will have 19 stations, and the north-south corridor will have 17 stations and connect with the city's airport.

Trainguard MT system uses communications-based train control (CBTC) technology to facilitate automated train operation.

"The contract covers installation of the Trainguard MT system on 38km-long double-track route, two depots and 23 three-car metro trains."

The contract covers installation of the Trainguard MT system on 38km-long double-track route, two depots and 23 three-car metro trains.

The CBTC solution allows trains to operate at headways of 90 seconds or less, Siemens stated.

The company said that Trainguard MT is a modular system that can be individually tailored to the railway operator's need. In addition, it can be used to implement semi-automated, driverless and unattended train operations.

Trainguard MT also uses European train control technology and is based on Simis computers.

According to the company, Trainguard MT uses Airlink, a WLAN-based radio communication system, for continuous bi-directional communications.