Siemens Mobility announced on October 7, 2022, that it has won the signalling contract for Kaohsiung metro Yellow Line, in Taiwan. In a consortium with ST Engineering and Stadler, Siemens Mobility has been awarded an electrical and mechanical (E&M) turnkey contract to deliver the Kaohsiung metro Yellow Line, in Taiwan.
The turnkey contract has been announced by Stadler in September 2022 which will supply 25 three-car metro trains, while ST Engineering will provide the rail electronics solutions and above-ground train depot design, construction and equipment fit out as well as serve as the overall project. For Stadler this is the first metro contract in Asia.
Siemens Mobility will be responsible for the delivery of its state-of-the-art CBTC signalling technology with GoA4 functionality, which will allow for full automated train operations (ATO). Furthermore, the company will deliver its highly reliable and precise Airlink radio communication system which will facilitate the communication of wayside and onboard signaling equipment, that will be installed on the new trains.
“Our digitalised and automated signalling solutions will allow the Yellow Line to operate with an enhanced level of punctuality, availability, and passenger experience. It will also reduce the hardware employed along the line, making the system more reliable and easier to maintain,” Andre Rodenbeck, CEO of Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility said.
The new Kaohsiung metro Yellow Line will comprise 22 underground stations and 1 elevated station, and the 22.8 km route will inter-connect with the existing metro network. Once completed, the Yellow Line will provide a sustainable, safe, and highly reliable public transport system, connecting 6 essential districts, universities, and schools. This line will ultimately serve more than 40% of the city’s population.
The first phase of revenue service is planned for 13 stations and one depot in December 2030. The commencement of the entire route is planned for January 2034. The Yellow Line will provide a convenient transfer to the existing Kaohsiung Red and Orange Line, which were equipped by Siemens Mobility and entered operation in 2008.