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First trial of 4G LTE technology carried out on Paris Metro

Industry news  •  8 August 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Operator RATP and Nokia have successfully completed the first ‘real-world’ trial of 4G LTE technology on Line 14 of the Paris Metro.

Alstom selected by RATP to supply new trains for Paris metro

Industry news  •  2 February 2015  •  Alstom

Alstom has been selected by RATP to supply up to 217 MP14 metro trains for lines 1, 4, 6, 11 and 14 of the Paris metro in a deal worth over €2 billion…

The automation of Paris subway line 1 contributes to on-going modernisation

Issue 2 2012  •  25 April 2012  •  Gérald Churchill, Director of line 1 Automation Project, RATP

The Paris subway was built between 1900 and 1935. Its Operational Control Centre (OCC), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), controlled manual driving mode and new generations of rolling stock were commissioned between 1955 and 1990. The opening of line 14 (Météor) in 1998 initiated the transition between this first wave of modernisation and the second wave programmed over the period between 2005 and 2020.

The foundations of the new modernisation programme were defined in April 2002. They were based on new technologies, equipment modularity and interchangeability and factored in the lessons learnt from the line 14 operation. Within this framework the automation of an existing line was considered. However, although the creation of an entirely automatic under – ground line did not present a particular challenge, no network had ever launched a conversion project without traffic interruption.

The choice of an automatic line depends on the benefit brought by integral automation of train movements. The three main advantages, which are universally recognised, are:

Adaptability and the potential tailoring of the offer
Increase in commercial speed
Traffic reliability improvement.