U3 success helps automatisation for the second time around

30 March 2009  •  Author(s): Dr. Rainer Müller, Managing Director, VAG

Immediately after the commissioning of the new fully-automatic U3 metro line, VAG Verkehrs-Aktiengesellschaft Nürnberg and Siemens AG, the general contractor, started to automate the existing Nürnberg U2 metro line (Röthenbach – Nuremberg Airport) in the summer of 2008.

As with the automatisation of the new U3 metro line, which started passenger operations on 15 June 2008 according to schedule, both corporations are breaking new ground. The U3 is Germany’s first fully-automated metro line, which also runs in mixed operation with the conventional U2 line on a shared track. The U2 line is the first conventional metro line worldwide to be rebuilt for automatic passenger operation – without interruption to regular operations. The conversion of the U2 line had been planned from the onset and will be carried out successively and train-by-train at the end of 2009.

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