The award was approved on January 24 following an international tender launched in September 2018. However, according to Portugal’s Jornal Económico, the contract was awarded before knowing the outcome of a judicial challenge filed by Thales and CRRC Tangshan.

The contract is for six years and five months and includes:

  • the supply of 14 three-car trains equipped with Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC)
  • the installation of CBTC on 70 existing trains
  • the implementation of Automatic Train Protection (ATP), Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) on the Blue, Yellow and Green lines of Lisbon’s four-line metro network
  • a three-year preventive and corrective equipment maintenance agreement
  • the supply of spare parts and consumables necessary for maintenance for two years, and
  • technical training for operation and maintenance.

Lisbon Metro says the CBTC system will replace signalling equipment dating from the 1970s and will allow continuous control of train movements and an increase in frequency and reliability. The metro also expects communication with passengers to improve by having a more flexible system as well as improved security systems and video surveillance.

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