French firm hired to work on Dubai Metro's 2020 extension

Thales says will provide signalling technology on 15km extension linking city to World Expo 2020 site
French firm hired to work on Dubai Metro's 2020 extension
By Staff writer
Mon 13 Mar 2017 02:03 PM

French firm Thales has been selected to upgrade and extend the signalling system on Dubai Metro's Red Line.

The company has been hired by Alstom, leader of the Expolink consortium, and Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) to deliver the systems’ extension as part of plans for the rail network to serve the Expo 2020 site.

The Red Line is one of the longest driverless metro lines in the world and will be used by the 25 million visitors expected at World Expo 2020.

The Alstom-led consortium Expolink, also composed of ACCIONA and Gulermak, last year signed a contract with RTA to design and build the extension of Dubai’s Red metro line and upgrade the system of the existing line.

Known as Route 2020, the 15km extension will include seven stations and is currently under construction to connect the existing network with the World Expo 2020 site.

It is due to enter into service in May 2020, five months before the Expo opens. 

In a statement, Thales said it will provide a driverless train signalling technology as well as integrated supervision, telecommunications, passengers’ services, security and fare collection systems. It said the solutions are designed to optimise energy consumption, smooth passenger flows and improve IT connectivity.

The Red Line (52km before the extension) was the longest driverless metro line in the world when it began operations in 2009 and passenger numbers have been increasing continuously. 

Thales said one of the challenges will be to complete the project without disruption to the metro’s 20-hour-a-day operation on the existing line.

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