Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) awarded Siemens Mobility and Siemens Limited India a contract to implement GoA 4 automatic train operation for phase 2 of the Bangalore metro expansion project.
This is the first CBTC project in India with GoA 4, the highest grade of automation that allows for trains to be automatically controlled and operated.
Under the contract, Siemens Mobility will install its communications-based train control (CBTC) system across 18.8 km of the Yellow Line, which will feature electronic interlockings, an automatic train protection and supervision system, as well as a telecommunication system. The installation of GoA 4 automatic train operation will allow BMRCL to run trains 90 seconds apart, providing greater availability and an enhanced passenger experience.
“Siemens Mobility is excited to partner with Bangalore Metro Rail on this groundbreaking project that will provide this new rail line with the highest grade of signalling technology and automation services. Our state-of-the-art CBTC signaling at GoA 4 will allow trains to operate driverless, as they will be automatically controlled and supervised without any onboard intervention. This will deliver a truly modern system featuring superior availability, reliability and passenger experience,” Michael Peter, the CEO of Siemens Mobility said.
The metro system of Bangalore, commonly called the Namma Metro, is being built in stages. the first phase entered commercial transport services in June 2017 and has a daily ridership of 450,000 passengers.
The system covers 42.3 km and serves 40 stations, with lines running on the north – south and east – west axis. The Purple Line will provide transport connection on east-west route, while the Green Line is the north-south metro corridor. The two corridors, that will have a total of 61 stations, will meet at Kempe Gowda station and Kempe Gowda station is a two-phase interchange station.
The second phase is currently under construction and covers 72.1 km of line and add two new lines that will further extend the system on its existing grid. The 18.8 km on the Yellow Line that will be equipped with Siemens Mobility CBTC technology will have 16 elevated stations.