Barcelona Metro Line 9, Spain’s first fully automated metro line, has now entered revenue service. Operation will begin on a four-kilometer section of line serving five stations. GISA, the administration in charge of infrastructure in Cataluña, IFERCAT, the owner of the infrastructure, and TMB, the operator, will have the benefit of a state-of-the-art signaling system fully designed, supplied, installed and placed to revenue by a joint venture of Siemens Mobility and Dimetronics (Invensys group).
When completed, Line 9 will have a total length of 49 kilometers, including 50 passenger stations, and will be the largest single mass transit line in Europe. This new line is set to become the main channel of Barcelona’s entire metro network, which so far consists of five existing lines and six railway stations plus the station at Barcelona Airport.
As consortium leader Siemens installed Trainguard MT CBTC, a system which brings the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) technology and enables a driverless operation. The scope of supply included both wayside and on-board equipment which runs the train in full automation, in perfect safety and without attendant personnel. Vicos CBTC was also installed for automatic traffic supervision – a product specially designed for CBTC technology. Siemens’ service-proven FTGS track circuits solution will be used for track vacancy detection. The relay interlocking Westrace was supplied by Dimetronics. The operation control center, including the SCADA and communication systems, comes from EMTE sistemas, one of Siemens’ major subcontractors.
The start of revenue service in Barcelona with Trainguard MT CBTC strengthens Siemens’ position as a leading supplier of ATC solutions in mass transit systems. Trainguard MT CBTC is already in service on Paris’ fully automated Line 14, on New York’s L Line as well as on lines in Guangzhou and Beijing, China. Trainguard MT CBTC is also to be used in projects currently underway in Algiers, Budapest, Helsinki and São Paulo and in the modernization of three metro lines in Paris.