Alstom launches new metro and signalling systems in Geneva

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Urbalis Fluence. Photo: Alstom Transport / Mille et une images.

A quick-build metro design and a new urban signalling system have been unveiled by Alstom at UITP’s annual transport conference.

Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom Transport, said “innovation is at the heart of our strategy” during the launch of the company’s latest offerings, Axonis and Urbalis Fluence.

Urbalis Fluence has been described as the first train-to-train signalling system.

The CBTC system, which is already destined for use on Lille’s Line 1, has been designed to bring the gap between trains down from three minutes to just one.

Alstom has said: “The new solution offers higher operation availability (24/7 operations) with extreme flexibility of train movements. Therefore in the event of incidents such as a station closure or a point failure, the solution allows the train to move back to the previous station or bypass the failed point.

“Passengers are no longer blocked between stations.”

The Axonis concept, which will be made available to customers by the end of the year, is narrower than traditional metro systems and, through Alstom’s Appitrack construction method, could take just three to four years to build.

Axonis. Photo: Alstom Transport / Meconopsis.
Axonis. Photo: Alstom Transport / Meconopsis.

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