Zhengzhou Metro selected Thales SEC Transport (TST), company’s joint venture in China, to provide its TSTCBTC 2.0 signalling system for Zhengzhou metro Line 6. This is the first signalling project that TST was awarded in Zhengzhou, which marks the company’s business footprint expanding to 15 cities within China’s mainland.
The TSTCBTC 2.0, an innovative signalling system developed by TST, with complete intellectual property rights, has a dual CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) architecture. The system aims to achieve zero interruptions to operations by creating a high level of redundancy and availability. It also significantly simplifies wayside equipment and reduces life cycle costs, thereby greatly facilitating maintenance.
The Zhengzhou metro Line 6 runs from Jiayu Town station to Xiaoying station, with a total operational length of 39.2 km, of which 2.8 km elevated and 36.4 km underground section. The line will be served by 26 stations, of which one is elevated and 25 underground stations. The new line includes nine interchange stations. The first phase of the line is one of the key projects in the city’s urban rail transit construction programme which will significantly enhance the urban mobility. It will reinforce transportation links among the city’s Zhongyuan District, Erqi District and Zhengdong New District, while also expanding west to incorporate the Xingyang Donglin Lake District into the rail transit service area.
Zhengzhou, as the capital city of Henan Province and the core city of China’s Central Plains City Cluster, has a significant geographical advantage.
The system’s high availability and reliability have been verified on the Shanghai metro Line 5, the first metro line in China where operation, construction and renovation were fulfilled simultaneously. In addition, Shanghai Metro Line 14, the GoA4 FAO – fully automatic operation model line scheduled to enter into service in 2021, it is also equipped with the TSTCBTC 2.0 as its signalling system.
“The newly awarded contract demonstrates that TSTCBTC ®2.0 is not only recognized by the Shanghai market, but also by a wider Chinese market, indicating the great success of Thales’ strategy to localize R&D through the JV,” said Jérôme Bendell, Vice President of Thales North Asia and CEO of Thales in China.