Siemens has received a €30m contract from Hong Kong’s metro operator MTR for the delivery of IT and communication technology for the East-West Line.
As part of the contract, Siemens will deliver its Controlguide Station Management (CG STM) system, which will control and oversee functions including emergency call points, traction power supply, tunnel ventilation and overhead line fire detection, as well as passenger information systems and escalators.
The control system will be directly linked to the control centre to display a prioritised list of alarms or status reports on the monitors; if an alarm sounds, the system will deliver pre-programmed instructions to assist the operating staff.
Hong Kong’s East-West Line has been developed by connecting the West Rail Line to the Ma On Shan Line via the new 17km Shatin – Central Link, creating a continuous East-West link for automatic train operation.
The route, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2018, will cover 58km and serve 27 stations and would make it the longest of Hong Kong’s eight lines.
The new route forms part of the Hong Kong government’s plans to invest $2.9bn to address future public transport needs through the expansion of the rail network.
In 2012, Siemens received a contract for the deployment of control and signalling technology on the 47km North-South Line from the Chinese border to Hong Kong Island.