Wabtec Corporation won a EUR 60 million contract to supply platform gates to support Marseille Neomma metro automation project. The work will begin in 2023 and it is expected that the project will be completed by the end of 2026.
Wabtec’s Faiveley Transport, along with Eiffage Genie Civil Méditerranée and Eiffage Energie Systems Mediterranee, will supply Metropole Aix Marseille Provence with all the platform gates for lines 1 and 2 of Marseille Neomma that are being automated. As part of the project, Alstom unveiled the design of the automated metro which will enter Marseille metro services in 2023.
The project includes 29 stations and 62 platforms, each of which will be equipped with 12 sets of 1.7 m-high platform gates, emergency egress doors and fixed screens. The project provides a complete solution comprised of reinforcement of the platform edge to design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the platform gates.
The gates are designed to integrate the latest cybersecurity standards and customised to meet the architect’s brief on volume, shape and materials. In total, they will feature more than 200 digital information displays to provide a seamless passenger experience.
The gates are also designed to be environmentally sustainable. While in standby mode, the gates will reduce the energy consumption which is 7 times less energy used during active mode. In addition, up to 97 percent of the materials used in their façades are recyclable. The designed solution supports people with reduced mobility, thanks to a patented adjustable ramp system that reduces the vertical gap between the station platform and the train to a maximum of 4cm to facilitate boarding.
“Marseille Neomma metro is a good example of our ability to offer integrated, end-to-end solutions to our customers. The platform gates form part of a complete passenger transfer system, which we also are supplying Alstom with the onboard doors for new metro cars,” Lilian Leroux, Wabtec Transit President said.
Wabtec will retrofit the gates during the night a platform installing approach that enables the metro system to remain open throughout the project implementation. The solution is designed to be installed in under three hours overnight using a purpose-built work train. In addition, Wabtec will provide operator employees with training on door maintenance, enabling smooth running for the lifetime of the equipment.