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Guangfo Metro Line Furthers Integration of Two Cities

For the 32 kilometers long metro line linking the two Chinese cities Guangzhou and Foshan, Siemens provided signaling systems, automatic train control and propulsion systems.

Initial Situation

The Pearl River Delta in southern China is one of the most densely urbanized regions in the world, with the fastest growing economy in China. Guangzhou, Foshan and several surrounding cities are rapidly growing into one huge megacity. This has caused an increasing demand for efficient and reliable transportation to keep pace with the economic development and traffic growth. In 2010, the Asian Games were held in Guangzhou, with one stadium in Foshan, making a fast connection between the two cities indispensable.

The Project

The Guangzhou-Foshan Metro Line (shortened to “Guangfo Line”) was built between 2007 and 2012, with one section opening to traffic in October 2010, in time for the Asian Games. Comprising 32 kilometers and 21 stations, the line is the first intercity underground rail line in China. Carrying over 100,000 passengers per day, the 40-minute quick link has, in a short period of time, developed into the most widely used public transport between Guangzhou and Foshan. Running through downtown and to the suburbs, it has made traveling between the two cities fast and convenient, and successfully supported the huge transportation needs during the Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.

Siemens Solution

Siemens supplied the signaling systems, train control and propulsion systems for the new intercity metro line. The communication based train control system Trainguard MT helps to ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation. It is the most advanced modular ATC (automatic train control) system from Siemens. On the Guangfo Line, it ensures semi-automatic train supervision, precise stopping at platforms and, at the same time, high passenger comfort and convenience.

Siemens has also supplied Vicos OC 501 operations control system and a Sicas ECC computer based interlocking system as well as train control and propulsion system for 27 metro trains.