Bangalore Metro

Alstom’s CBTC system to help halve travel times

Alstom has been contracted to take full control of the installation of the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system for the upcoming Bengaluru Metro Phase 2, Reach 6, 2A and 2B.

In a contract with Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) worth €96.2 million, the French company will design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission the fully automated system, and will also train personnel and provide annual maintenance for five years.

The project is aimed at the three major corridors of the Bengaluru metropolitan region, with a combined line length of 80.39 kilometres, and a target of reducing travel time by at least 50% while reducing CO2 emissions.

Oliver Loison, Managing Director at Alstom India, said: “Alstom is pleased to continue its longstanding partnership with Bengaluru Metro. The expansion of the network is a boon for commuters as it provides fast, reliable, safe, and comfortable transportation while easing traffic congestion across the city.”

“We are committed to providing world-class efficient and sustainable mass transport system that caters to the special needs of Bengaluru and support the transition towards a sustainable future.’’

Alstom has over 30 years of experience in radio CBTC and has been chosen for 190 CBTC worldwide, 18 of which are in India. The Bengaluru Metro is the second-largest rapid transit system in the country.

Alstom’s CBTC Urbalis™ will offer the highest Grade of Automation (GoA4), otherwise known as ‘driverless technology’, across 50 stations and three depots.

The onboard automatic train control will interface with the rolling stock by BEML, a fleet of 53 trains in a six-car configuration.

To ensure passenger safety, full-height platform screen doors (PSDs) will be installed at all stations on two of the three lines. PSDs at underground stations can also lead to significant energy savings, by reducing the need for air conditioning.

Alstom is already working on another contract with BMRCL, providing traction and power supply electrification for the 33-kilometre extension to Bangalore Metro under Phase 2.

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