Siemens Mobility has partnered with India’s Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for implementing a wide-ranging set of automated train solutions for phase two of the Bengaluru metro expansion project in Karnataka.
This is claimed to be the first CBTC project in the country with GoA 4, the utmost grade of automation that permits trains to be controlled and operated automatically.
The firm will deploy its communications-based train control (CBTC) system across 18.8km of the Yellow Line, which will have a telecommunication system, automatic train protection and supervision system, and electronic interlockings.
Due to the automated signalling and train operations, BMRCL will be able to operate trains 90 seconds apart.
Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter said: “Siemens Mobility is excited to partner with Bengaluru Metro Rail on this groundbreaking project that will provide this new rail line with the highest grade of signalling technology and automation services. Our state-of-the-art CBTC signalling at GoA 4 will allow trains to operate driverless, as they will be automatically controlled and supervised without any onboard intervention. This will deliver a truly modern system featuring superior availability, reliability and passenger experience.”
The CBTC system allows operators to maximise network capacity and throughput.
The radio-based technology lets system operators to securely increase the vehicle numbers on a rail line as it provides real-time data on vehicle position and speed conditions.
Commonly called the Namma Metro, the Bengaluru metro system is being constructed in stages.
Phase one became operational in June 2017 and has a daily ridership of 450,000.
The system serves almost 40 stations, covering 42.3km.
Phase two is currently under construction, which will cover approximately 72.1km with plans to add two new lines.
The 18.8 km Yellow Line will have 16 elevated stations.