Thales to accompany Hong Kong International Airport in its expansion programme

  • Thales has won two new signalling contracts in Hong Kong as part of the international airport expansion programme.
  • Thales will be responsible for the modification of the existing lines of the Automated People Mover (APM) system, which links the airport terminals and the Hong Kong SkyPier ferry terminal.
  • The new trains of the APM lines will be equipped with Thales onboard signalling systems.

HONG KONG, April 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Thales will contribute to the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport. With the construction of a new runway and a new terminal, Airport Authority Hong Kong is redefining mobility in and around this major transport hub. Thales, in cooperation with Niigata-Transys Co., Ltd. (NTS), an IHI Corporation Group company specialised in Transportation System, will play a key role in the project by extending the existing lines of the Automated People Mover (APM) system, a driverless train system that links the different terminals of the airport and the SkyPier ferry terminal. Thales will also supply all the signalling equipment installed on board the new APM trains.

Thales to accompany Hong Kong International Airport in its expansion programme
Thales to accompany Hong Kong International Airport in its expansion programme

Since it opened in 1998, Hong Kong International Airport has experienced strong growth and is now one of the world's busiest airports in terms of both passenger traffic and freight volumes. To meet the long-term air traffic demand which is expected to reach over 100 million passengers by 2030, the airport is about to expand into a three-runway system, including a new third runway and a new concourse to support the growth. This will mean modifying the existing transport infrastructure and rethinking mobility systems in and around the airport.

Thales has won two rail signalling contracts as part of this programme. The first contract involves resignalling the existing APM line to accommodate configuration changes and the relocation of the depot. This complex project will take seven years to complete and involves working on an operational system without interrupting services to users.

The second contract is for new trains that will be equipped with Thales's SelTrac® CBTC (Communications Based Train Control) solution. Installed on board the trains, SelTrac® is the central nervous system of the signalling solution, controlling train trajectory, speed and headway to ensure safety and maintain communications between the trains and the operations centre.

CBTC is the latest signalling technology for metro systems. It enables operators to control train movements accurately and safely, making it possible to run trains more frequently and at higher speeds. Thales's CBTC solution improves metro line capacity, efficiency, reliability and safety while reducing operating costs.

Thales CBTC signalling solution is in operation on 86 metro lines in 40 of the world's largest cities and safely transports more than 3 billion passengers per year.

"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," said Henry Cheung, CEO of Thales in Hong Kong.

About Thales

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster - mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8 billion in 2017.

About Thales in China

Thales provides innovative solutions for the infrastructure that forms the backbone of China's growth. The Group has been active in China for more than 30 years and is trusted partner for the Chinese aviation and urban rail transportation industries. Thales employs 1,300 people in China, 95% of whom are Chinese nationals.

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