India: Hitachi Rail to Supply Autonomous Digital Signalling for Chennai Metro

Hitachi Rail has been awarded a contract to deliver the digital signalling for Phase 2 of the Chennai Metro Rail Project in India.

Under this contract, which is valued at approximately 200 million USD, Hitachi Rail will supply and maintain its communication-based train control (CBTC) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems to enable the line’s metro cars to operate without a driver.

Hitachi Chennai Metro
Contract signing Chennai Metro

The CBTC system will automatically control the train’s traction and braking to ensure optimum speeds, allowing trains to run at up to 90-second intervals.

This will enable Chennai Metro to provide high-capacity and reliable services, while also increasing safety and delivering lower maintenance costs.

Hitachi Chennai Metro
Phase 2 trains will be able to depart, run at optimum speeds, and brake automatically, without the need for a driver

Chennai Metro will also use Hitachi’s ATO technology at the depot for the operation of doors and for passenger information and display systems.

Noriharu Amiya, Deputy CEO, Hitachi Rail said:

“We are delighted to bring our world-class signalling system to the Chennai Metro Rail Project.

“As a global leader in transport and technology, Hitachi Rail’s vision is to digitise and optimise every part of the public transport journey. By integrating our cutting-edge metro rail technology into Chennai Metro Phase 2 we can help boost capacity and support smoother, more reliable passenger journeys.”

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