Thales has secured two new signalling contracts as part of the Hong Kong International Airport expansion programme.
As specified in the first contract, Thales will provide signalling systems for Kong International Airport’s existing automated people mover (APM) lines, a driverless train system that connects different terminals of the airport and the Hong Kong SkyPier ferry terminal.
The proposed resignalling of the APM lines is expected to accommodate configuration changes and will see the depot relocated.
Scheduled to be completed within seven years, the project will involve working on an operational system without interrupting services to users.
Under the second deal, Thales will equip the new APM line trains with its SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution.
To be installed onboard the trains, SelTrac will act as the central nervous system of the signalling system.
SelTrac will also control train trajectory, speed and headway to ensure safety, as well as maintaining communications between the trains and the operations centre.
Thales Hong Kong CEO Henry Cheung said: “These new contracts consolidate Thales’s position as preferred provider of signalling systems in Hong Kong, where we have already provided signalling solutions for a dozen metro lines.
“The group also has valuable experience on complex resignalling projects that need to be carried out on extremely busy lines in operation without disrupting passenger services.”
The French conglomerate has partnered with Niigata-Transys, an IHI Corporation Group company, to implement the new contracts.
Hong Kong International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports in terms of both passenger traffic and freight volumes, is set to construct a new runway and a new terminal to meet its growing demand.
The expansion will make the airport a three-runway airport, as well as involve revamping the existing transport infrastructure and adding new mobility systems in and around the airport.