· Transport operators in South Korea, Turkey and China will use Thales’ signaling technology to improve and upgrade the performance of their metro networks.
Thales will install the SelTrac™ communication-based train control system (CBTC) for the first phase of the M10 line in Istanbul, Turkey, the first phase of Nanchang Metro Line 4 in China, and the Incheon-Seoul Line 2 expansion project in South Korea.
Thales has signed three urban rail signaling contracts to supply SelTrac™ communications-based train control system (CBTC) signaling solutions for South Korea, Turkey and China. Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world are committed to advancing the development of major public transport projects, of which Thales technology will be an important part.
Incheon Subway Line 2 Expansion
Incheon Metro Line 2, as part of the overall Seoul Metropolitan Subway network, is currently undergoing modernization to improve network performance and reliability.
Thales has signed a contract with DaeaTi, a leading rail signaling technology company in South Korea, to supply new signaling equipment for the expansion of the garage section of Incheon Metro Line 2 to safely park six new driverless trains. Thales already signed another contract in 2019 with train contractor Woojin Ind, which will deliver trains fitted with Thales On Board Controller (VOBC) in 2021. Since the Incheon Metro Line 2 was put into operation in July 2016, the daily passenger traffic has doubled from 90,000 to 180,000, and six additional trains are needed to cope with this growth.
Thales has been cooperating with the city of Incheon and Incheon Transportation Corporation on the Incheon Metro Line 2 project since 2009, working together to provide better services for public transit travelers.
Istanbul Metro Line M10
The 7.5-kilometer metro line M10 with four stations will be the first metro line on the Asian side of Istanbul to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (Turkey’s second busiest airport). The Gülermak-YSE joint venture is the main project contractor, while Thales has contracted major construction company Çelikler Taahhut to install its SelTrac™ on the new M10 line connecting Kaynarca district and Sabiha Gokcen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey CBTC system. The Metro M4 line was previously equipped with Thales’ SelTrac™ solution, and the new contract will extend the technology to the new line.
When completed, the new line will connect the airport and major cities. By then, it will take only 13 minutes from the airport to Kaynarca, 46 minutes to Kadikoy and 1 hour to Yenikapı on the European side. This project is one of the key projects of the Turkish government to improve transportation in major cities. The main purpose is to achieve connectivity between major transportation hubs.
Nanchang Metro Line 4
Shanghai Electric Thales Transportation Automation System Co., Ltd. (TST – a joint venture between Thales and Shanghai Electric) will provide signals for the first phase of the Metro Line 4 project in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province in eastern China and the largest city in Jiangxi system. The first phase of the newly built Nanchang Metro Line 4 will run from Baimashan Station to Yuweizhou Station, passing through the main areas of Nanchang City and connecting 5 districts. The first phase of Nanchang Metro Line 4 has a total operating length of 39.6 kilometers, including 34.1 kilometers of underground lines and 5.5 kilometers of elevated lines. There are 29 stations, and it is the subway line with the longest line and the most stations in Nanchang.
Shanghai Electric Thales has previously delivered signalling systems for Nanchang Metro Lines 1 and 2, so it is very familiar with the Nanchang Metro network. With the Metro Line 4 project, Nanchang Metro is well positioned to continue to support the rapidly growing urban population.
Also in China, on April 23, Hangzhou Metro Line 16, which connects the urban area of Hangzhou and Lin’an urban area, was successfully put into operation. With its signal system technology, Shanghai Electric Thales ensures the safe and efficient operation of this high-speed subway line in Hangzhou, allowing local passengers to travel with peace of mind and enjoy their journeys. Thales’ commitment to China’s ground transportation has been confirmed once again.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been working with global partners in major cities such as Incheon, Istanbul, and Nanchang. Thales is committed to providing the most advanced SelTrac™ CBTC signaling technology. No matter which city, we will continue to provide customized solutions according to the needs of customers to help them provide reliable transportation services for passengers.”
– Dominique Gaiardo, Vice President and Managing Director, Thales Urban Rail Signaling