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November 16, 2010

Siemens to build Rennes B Line

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SIEMENS has secured a turnkey contract worth more than Euros 200 million to build the second VAL automated metro line in the French city of Rennes. B Line will run for 12.6km on a northeast-southwest alignment, intersecting with the existing A Line at Gares and St Annes in the city centre. The line will have 15 stations and will be underground for most of its length.

rennes.jpgSiemens will be responsible for the entire project, from initial planning to installation of communications systems, control and safety systems, and the supply 19 two-car Cityval trains (pictured), each of which accommodate up to 100 passengers. The number of trains can be adjusted according to levels of ridership, allowing a peak service interval of 2.5 minutes.

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