• Operations control, communications and ticketing packages to be tendered separately
  • Firm recently renewed 5-year maintenance contract with the RTA
  • Thales supplies all or parts of the four-package systems to 5 rail schemes in the Middle East

Thales’ metro signalling system has been nominated by the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) for the route extension catering to the Dubai Expo 2020 venue. Other systems such as the operations control centre, communications and automatic fare collection (AFC) will be selected along with the winning consortium for the design and and build contract.

Signalling technologies comprise electronics for automatic train control and protection that are installed on board the rolling stock units. Similar solutions provided by Thales and its competitors generally comply with international standards and can be customised to work with any rolling stock provider.

In February 2015, the consortium of Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hitachi and Kinki Sharyo, and France’s Thales won the contract for the provision of systems package for the Doha Metro. Thales will be supplying Doha’s metro project with all four packages (signalling, operations control, communications and AFC). Earlier this year, the French aerospace and transport firm renewed a five-year maintenance contract with the RTA and Dubai Metro operator Serco for all four system packages.

In addition to the Dubai and Doha Metro, Thales currently supplies the following systems to specific rail schemes across the region:

  • Mecca Metro (Phase 1):  signalling, operations control centre, communications, AFC
  • Saudi Arabia North-South Minerals Railway: signalling, operations control centre, communications, AFC
  • Cairo Metro: Communications, AFC
  • Cairo Alexandria Metro: signalling and communications
  • Lusail LRT (Doha): Communications

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