French firms Alcatel-Lucent and Thales have been selected to supply a turnkey signalling solution for the Daxing line metro project in China.

The 22km-long 11-station rail line connects Daxing district in south suburban capital city Beijing with downtown through to the Beijing metro line 4 and is expected to enter service by the end of 2010.

Under the deal, Thales will supply its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control system for the metro line.

Alcatel-Lucent, through its Chinese subsidiary lcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, will provide network integration, consulting, design and engineering services.

The companies will work as part of the consortium with Beijing Hua-Tie Information Technology Development, under a contract with state-owned Beijing MTR Corporation.