Korean city opens automatic light metro

THE first automatic light metro using Siemens’ Val system opened today in the Korean city of Uijeongbu, 20km north of Seoul. Line 1, which is U-shaped and elevated, is 11km long and has 15 stations. There is an interchange with Line 1 of the Seoul metro at Hoeryong.
The line will be operated automatically without drivers enabling services to be provided for 20 hours a day. Trains will run at 205-second intervals with the objective of carrying 3400 passengers/h/direction. The line is expected to carry 32 million passengers a year rising to 55 million by 2040, and two extensions are planned.

The line has been constructed as a public-private partnership. Siemens was the main contractor for the turnkey project, with GS, Korea, responsible for the civil works. Siemens supplied a fleet of 15 two-car Val 208 NG trains, and was responsible for the train control system, the control centre, and the depot.

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