Brussel’s metro lines

Brussel’s metro lines

SYSTRA modernised two of Brussels’ metro lines

The SYSTRA-GESTE-TRACTEBEL Consortium won the contract for a consultancy assignment for the Brussels Metro Modernisation Programme aimed at automating two of Brussels’ metro lines.

With this contract, SYSTRA continued the cooperation with the Brussels transportation authority which started in 2014 with the design study for this project.

The Group thus reinforces its position as a leader in the market of automated metro engineering and the transformation of existing networks towards automation with CBTC systems (Communications Based Train Control).

SYSTRA, in a temporary commercial association with GESTE and TRACTEBEL, was awarded a consultancy assignment for the Brussels metro Modernization programme for the phase covering the roll-out of automated systems. With this contract, the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) has once again shown its confidence in SYSTRA with which it has worked since 2014 when it carried out the initial design study for this project.

The six year mission covered the detailed design through to commissioning. The supervision and testing of the signalling system and the new rolling stock will be key. Moreover, SYSTRA worked on the creation of a new depot, located at the Erasme station, the western terminal of line 5. The aim was for the infrastructure to be completed by mid-2018, when the new trains are delivered.

Two strategic semi-automated lines to increase the metro’s capacity

The Shas TIB decided to adopt computer-aided trains, using a CBTC system. The aim is to increase the frequency of trains and the capacity of Brussels’ metro lines while at the same time modernising and improving their security for passengers. With this automation, Brussels wishes to improve the attractiveness of its public transport in order to reduce pollution caused by automobile traffic, which is particularly heavy in the city centre.

Metro lines 1 and 5 were the first of the network of six lines to be commissioned in the 1970s and are strategic: they cross the capital from west to east and link the historic centre of Brussels with the European quarter. These are the busiest lines.

Optimal modernisation without interrupting service.

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