Automated Metros supplement
In our latest free-to-view Automated Metros supplement, Rory O’Neill looks at the future for the DLR, Edgar Sée provides details of the automation of Paris Metro Line 4, and Peter Gurník discusses new functionalities towards higher automation levels…
- Heavyweight future for the DLR
In its 28-year history, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) in the UK has grown from its original feeder-link route between Tower Gateway/Stratford and the Isle of Dogs, into a reliable light-rail network serving 45 stations and capable of carrying 15,000 people an hour in each direction. Since those early days, expansion has been a key theme at DLR, with the network growing to match the huge investment in the east of London created by the Canary Wharf development and London City Airport. The number of vehicles has risen from 11 to 149; trains have been lengthened from one to two, then to three cars; the number of stations has increased from 15 to 45; and passenger journeys from six million per annum to over 105 million! Extensions have been made to the network to Bank (1991), Beckton (1994), Lewisham (1999), London City Airport/King George V (2005), Woolwich Arsenal (2009) and Stratford International (2011) making even more connections. And, according to Transport for London’s Director of the DLR Rory O’Neill, growth won’t stop there as their ambitions for the future will be supported by the new KeolisAmey Docklands franchise…
- Modernisation and automation of Paris Metro Line 4
Following the completion at the end of 2012 of the automation of Metro Line 1, the Board of Directors of RATP launched, on 28 June 2013, the automation project of Metro Line 4 – the second busiest line in Paris, with 740,000 passengers a day. For Intelligent Transport, Edgar Sée, Project Manager, provides more details about the line development which crosses Paris from North to South, connecting Porte de Clignancourt station in the north, to Mairie de Montrouge station in the south, and is part of the wider RATP metro modernisation programme…
- New functionalities towards higher automation levels
Over the past 50 years, there have been significant developments in mass transit signalling. As the technology developed, new solutions emerged, ready to answer to the increasing demands of customers. For urban lines, the capability of metro systems to transport large numbers of passengers in the shortest possible time has become the top priority. Since the first deployed project in 1980, Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) systems have become the most common choice for operators for new and expanding urban rail lines. These systems have not only brought high grades of automation into operations, including unattended operations, but have approached theoretical capacity limits. Technical Affairs Manager at UNIFE, Peter Gurník, discusses the EU FP7 project, Next Generation Train Control (NGTC), and its task to analyse the commonalities and differences of required functionality of both ETCS and CBTC systems…
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