The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) awarded Alstom a EUR 106 million contract to design, supply and install the signalling, train control and telecommunication system for the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut corridor.
“As leaders in digital mobility, we are thrilled to receive this contract and provide India’s first-ever line with the future proof signalling system. Alstom sees huge potential for the technology in the Indian market,” Ling Fang, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia Pacific, said.
The contract includes the design, installation, testing and commissioning of signalling and train control, supervision, platform screen doors and telecommunication systems for the corridor.
This line will be the first in India to adopt the European Train Control System (ETCS) hybrid Level 3, a combination of ETCS Level 2 with shorter virtual section normally used in ETCS Level 3 for even higher performance. ETCS hybrid Level 3 optimises line capacity in complete safety by anticipating and adapting the speed of the trains through continuous train control and supervision via a radio-based signalling system. It is arguably the most efficient train control system in the world, bringing significant advantages combined with ATO in terms of maintenance cost and energy savings, safety, reliability, punctuality and traffic capacity.
A key feature of the regional rapid transit system is interoperability of all its priority corridors which facilitates seamless commuter movement across the corridors, without the hassle of changing the trains for passengers. ETCS signalling system will not only facilitate interoperability but will also ensure train movement at quick frequencies, thus reducing the waiting time for passengers. The contract marks a world premiere for the combination of the latest ETCS standard supported by the latest digital Interlocking and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) over Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio. The integrated platform screen door solution will also provide utmost safety to passengers.
The Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut RRTS corridor is India’s first-of-its-kind semi-high-speed rail line which will reduce the journey time between Delhi and Meerut to just 60 minutes, compared to the current 90-100 minutes. In January, NCRTC started the construction works for the 82.15 km railway line which will allow trains to run at a speed of 160 km/h.