Siemens to Automate Mass Transit Line in Greater Seoul Area
Siemens has received an order from the local company Hyundai Information Technology (HIT) to supply automation and signaling equipment for the 23-kilometer-long line from Sosa to Wonsi. The order is worth around 20 million euros. The line is scheduled to be opened for revenue passenger service in autumn 2017.
The Sosa-Wonsi Line is the first to be constructed in connection with Korean Rail’s plans to expand its mass transit network in the Greater Seoul area. It will provide a connection to Wonsi New Port in Ansan, to the south of Incheon, and will branch off from the exisiting Seoul – Incheon Line at Sosa in Bucheon. This new line will serve a total of 13 stations, where passengers can transfer to the Seoul Subway Lines 1 and 4 and to the line to Ansan. The Sosa-Wonsi Line is part of the northern orbital around Seoul and is intended to reduce the volume of traffic in the city.
For this new line Siemens is supplying its Trainguard MT automatic train protection system with automatic train operation (ATO) function, the Airlink radio transmission system and the Sicas ECC type electronic interlocking. In addition, the line will be equipped for ETCS-Level 1 operation. This is the first time a mobility solution is being implemented in South Korea that will enable the continuous mixed running of mass transit and mainline trains while reducing the cost of investment and rail operation.