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Paris Metro moves towards automation

  • May 13, 2020
  • William Payne

One of the oldest lines on the Paris Metro is being prepared for automatic train operation (ATO). RATP, the public transport company responsible for the Paris Metro system has opened a new operation control centre. The work was completed by Siemens Mobility working with the ATOS – Colas Rail Consortium, despite the Covid-19 outbreak.

Line 4, traditionally known as the Clignancourt – OrlĂ©ans Line, runs north – south through central Paris, and opened in 1908. Until recently, it ran the oldest trains on the entire Metro network, with some over 50 years old. At the moment, Line 4 has a length of more than 12 kilometres and consists of 27 stations. The line is now being retrofitted for full automation, and is expected to be completed in the early 2020s.

17 of the 27 stations have now been fitted with platform screen doors. The first automated trains are expected to run on the route later this year.

Teams from Siemens Mobility and its partners Atos and Colas Rail worked day and night for several months to get the new operation control centre ready for opening.

“This is a fantastic achievement, which highlights our capability to deliver on major projects for our customers, even in times of crisis. The Covid-19 situation made working conditions particularly difficult. Despite the lockdown, we were able to maintain the continuity of our operations, standing by our customer in every possible way. We adapted working areas to implement all required sanitary measures to protect the health and safety of our employees,” said Eric Cazeaux, President of Siemens Mobility France.