Review of world news in the field of automation of urban rail transport
Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn have introduced automated electric trains that can be integrated into the schedule together with non-automated rolling stock. As part of the World Congress of Intelligent Transport Systems, this technology is being tested on the 23-kilometer section of the S-Bahn city railway with a deployed 5G network.
Four Bombardier Class 474 three-car trains (made in 1999) run on the section together with other trains in GoA2 / GoA4 mode, the intermediate car of which is equipped with ETCS train control systems and ATO guidance.
This € 60 million project has been implemented by Siemens, DB and the Hamburg authorities since July 2018. Four trains are expected to be commissioned at the GoA2 level in December this year.
This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.
Alstom has won a contract worth about €230 million for the supply of 15 unmanned metro trains with a 22 unit option, signaling systems, as well as the provision of automation services for Line 18 of the Grand Paris Express network, the first section of which is scheduled to open in 2026.
The rolling stock will be able to accommodate up to 500 passengers and accelerate to 100 km/h. At present, the company’s stock of orders already includes 25 six-car and 23 three-car trains for automated Lines 15, 16 and 17 of the same network.
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