Thales has secured a contract to implement a signalling system for the extension of China Steel ’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

This project follows the contract signed in April 2015 to design and manufacture signalling, and communications, as well as operational control centre (OCC) systems for the Danhai LRT project in Danhai, North of Taipei.

China Steel engineering division vice-president CC Cheng said: "We are pleased to award this significant contract in Kaohsiung to Thales as they have proven their strong capabilities in signalling through the current Danhai LRT project, which is working well on-schedule.

“As Taiwan seeks to modernise its transportation infrastructure, we are confident that Thales will be the best partner to deliver the solutions needed.”

"Thales will supply interlocking solutions, traffic light priority capabilities, and automatic vehicle localisation systems for the LRT."

Under the latest four and a half year contract, Thales will supply interlocking solutions, traffic light priority capabilities, and automatic vehicle localisation systems for the LRT.

The company will also be responsible for handling signalling.

With this contract, Thales will be able to retain its position as the developer of signalling solutions for Taiwan’s LRT. Furthermore, the contract will lead the way for future tramway projects in Taiwan and across Asia.

Earlier, Thales delivered various metro projects in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Mainland China.

The current line in Kaohsiung has 14 stations and the extension will add a further 23.

After completion, the line will be 22km and have interchanges at both ends of the two existing metro lines.