Chinese joint-venture of Keolis, Shanghai Keolis, was awarded a new 20-year contract to operate and maintain the new automated metro system of the Shanghai International Airport.
The new line will be put into commercial operation in 2019 and will connect the existing terminals (T1 and T2) to the future satellite terminals (S1 and S2).
With an average of 60 million passengers per year, Shanghai International Airport decided to extend Pudong International Airport to increase its capacity to 80 million travellers per year, and to build a metro line that would connect all four terminals.
The length of the new line will be 7.8 km and is equipped with CBTC technology, but will have a driver on-board (GoA2 operation), as the line is semi-automatic: the train operation where starting and stopping is automated, but a driver operates the doors, drives the train if needed and handles emergencies.
Line’s daily ridership is expected to be 250,000 passengers. The service headway at peak hours will be 4 to 5 minutes during off-peak hours. Built by the Chinese manufacturer CRRC, the metro trainsets are 94 metres long.
Keolis Chinese joint-venture is formed by Shanghai Shentong Metro Group (51%) and Keolis (49%).
This is the second automated metro project awarded to Keolis in China.