Alstom wins contracts for Beijing Line 6 metro

French power and transport company Alstom and its two Chinese joint ventures have been awarded two contracts by Beijing MTR Construction Administration, totalling €140m (£118m), to provide both advanced traction and signalling systems for the new Line 6 of the Beijing metro.

Beijing Line 6, which represents the longest metro line in construction in Beijing, is 42km long with 27 stations and runs through the city, starting from Wuluju in the West to Tongzhou New Town in the East.

As Beijing’s first metro line of large capacity adopting eight-car train sets, it travels at 100km/h with a three-minute headway.

The entry into commercial service of Beijing Line 6 Phase 1 is scheduled for 2012.