SEOUL’s Sillim Line rubber-tyred metro opened on May 24, improving connections in the southwest of the city.

The 7.8km line runs from Saetgang on Line 9, via Daebang station on Line 1, Boramae station on Line 7, and Sillim station on Line 2 to Seoul National University station, serving a total of 11 stations. 

Test running on the line began in January. Services are provided with 12 three-car trains, with a maximum speed of 60km/h.

The line can carry up to 130,000 passengers a day, with services operating every 3.5 minutes during peak periods and between 4 and 10 minutes during off peak periods with an end-to-end journey time of 16 minutes.

The line is equipped with the Korea Train Control System (KRTCS), which allows fully automated unmanned operation.

The line is also equipped with an LTE-based train wireless communication network (LTE-R), enabling simultaneous voice, video, and data wireless communication between the trains and the control centre.

Namseoul Light Rail Transit (NSLRT), the Daelim-led consortium managing Seoul’s Sillim Line project, awarded a consortium of Hyundai Rotem and Gwangju Metropolitan Rapid Transit (GMRT) a Won 329.5bn ($US 304.39m) contract for the operation and maintenance of the line in January 2021.

Under the 30-year contract, Hyundai Rotem will oversee overall operation and maintenance, and GMRT will provide supervision and technical support.

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