Bombardier’s automated rail control starts operation on Delhi Metro Line 9
Latest addition to Delhi’s high-capacity metro network is equipped with the driverless BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 rail control solution
Bombardier Transportation, along with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), celebrated the opening of the first section of Delhi’s new metro Line 9, equipped with Bombardier’s CITYFLO 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) solution. Called the Grey Line, this 4.2-km line is the latest addition to the city’s metro system, running from Dwarka to Najafgarh, and connects to the city’s existing metro network, easing congestion and improving travel times in the western part of the capital. Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for India and Arvind Kejriwal, Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi flagged off the Grey line.
SS Joshi, director, rolling stock and signalling, Delhi Metro, commented, “The opening of Line 9 is another major milestone in the expansion of Delhi’s metro system which is significantly improving travel for commuters. I would like to thank the Bombardier team for their hard work and dedication in enabling us to successfully commission this latest line on the network.”
KD Sharma, chief signal and telecom engineer, Delhi Metro, also thanked and recognised Bombardier for successfully completing Line 9’s signalling works under very tight time constraints.
Rasmi Ranjan Ray, head of rail control solutions India, Bombardier Transportation, added, “Bombardier and Delhi Metro have been working together since 2007 to provide signalling and control systems on the network. It is a proud moment to see the second fully automated line equipped with our CITYFLO 650 rail control improving passenger experience in Delhi. We look forward to continuing to equip more lines with our advanced signalling to ensure safe and reliable travel for all.”
Since 2018 Bombardier’s proven CITYFLO 650 CBTC solution has been operating on Delhi’s 58.5-km Line 7, or Pink Line, which now handles an average daily ridership of over 200,000 passengers. Line 9’s opening brings the total of CITYFLO 650-equipped track in India to more than 60 km with a further 1.2 km stretch planned to open in 2020, also to be equipped with the technology.
Bombardier is actively collaborating in the Make in India programme by delivering rail vehicles, products and solutions that are developed locally, for both Indian and foreign markets. Bombardier has also been delivering rail control solutions in India for over 30 years and is DMRC’s largest signalling solution supplier. In addition to the CITYFLO 650 operating on Lines 7 and 9, Delhi Metro Lines 5 and 6 are equipped with Bombardier’s CITYFLO 350 signalling solution. Earlier this year, Bombardier signed a contract to supply another 40 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars, bringing the number of cars on Delhi’s metro lines to 816 – one of the world’s largest Bombardier-built metro fleets.
Bombardier has been investing in India for over 50 years. Bombardier has a well-established manufacturing operation, engineering capabilities, supplier base and over 2000 highly skilled employees in India.