BERLIN Transport (BVG) has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract worth approximately €200m to install CBTC on metro lines U5 and U8, which will enable semi-automated operation at Grade of Automation 2 (GoA2).

Siemens will install its Trainguard MT system, which is expected to offer a 30% increase in capacity, offering the potential to reduce headways to less than 100 seconds. Installation will take place on a total of 40km across both lines, covering all 26 stations on line U5 by the start of partial operations in 2029 and 24 stations on U8 by 2032.

Siemens will replace the existing signalling system, with work taking place while the lines remain operational in order to minimise disruption to passengers. This is the first deployment of CBTC on the Berlin metro network and BVG says that U5 and U8 were selected as the signalling system on both lines is due for renewal.

The agreement also includes “long-term” maintenance contracts.