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October 14, 2014

Siemens to supply automated transit systems for Paris line 14 extension

Paris transit authority Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has awarded Siemens a €45m contract to deliver train control equipment and a operational control system for driverless metro service in Paris, France.

By Samseer M

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Paris transit authority Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) has awarded Siemens a €45m contract to deliver train control equipment and a operational control system for driverless metro service in Paris, France.

Under the contract, Siemens will deploy Trainguard communication-based train control (CBTC) automation train protection system on the extension of the city’s driverless metro line 14.

The 9km southbound line is being extended by 6km and will have four new stations.

Siemens supplied automatic operation systems for the original line in 1998, making it the first fully automated metro line in Paris. The extended line 14 is expected to be commissioned in 2019.

"The 9km southbound line is being extended by 6km and will have four new stations."

Siemens said that driverless operation enables the trains to operate at shorter headways resulting in a 50% increase in capacity.

The RATP trains will have a service interval of 85s and it can be revised to accommodate additional trains.

The system is also capable of minimising energy consumption with the running profile designed for optimum utilisation of journey time.

Siemens has supplied Trainguard MT train protection system for the city’s Line 1 in 2011. The 17km east-west line is the oldest in Paris and serves 725,000 passengers a day.


Image: Siemens supplied its automated systems for Paris line 1 in 2011. Photo: courtesy of RATP.

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