The SYSTRA-GESTE-TRACTEBEL Consortium has won the contract for a consultancy assignment for the Brussels Metro Modernisation Program aimed at automating two of Brussels' metro lines.
With this new contract, GESTE continues the cooperation with the Brussels transportation authority which started in 2012 with the design study for this project.
« GESTE, in a temporary commercial association with GESTE and TRACTEBEL, has been awarded a consultancy assignment for the Brussels metro Modernisation program for the phase covering the roll-out of automated systems. With this contract, the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB) has once again shown its confidence in GESTE with which it has worked since 2014 when it carried out the initial design study for this project.
We are proud to be taking part in this major project which will help improve the mobility of residents in the Belgian capital by increasing the capacity of its metro network and by the acquisition of new trains. »
Michele Mossi, CEO GESTE Engineering
The six year mission of GESTE and its partners covers the detailed design through to commissioning. The supervision and testing of the signalling system and the new rolling stock, for which suppliers have already been chosen, will be key. Moreover, GESTE is working on the creation of a new depot, located at the Erasme station, the western terminal of line 5. The aim is for the infrastructure to be completed by mid-2018, when the new trains are delivered.
Two strategic lines modernised in order to increase the metro’s capacity
The STIB has decided to adopt computer-aided trains, using a CBTC system. The aim is to increase the frequency of trains and the capacity of Brussels’ metro lines while at the same time modernising and improving their security for passengers. With this vast program, Brussels wishes to improve the attractiveness of its public transport in order to reduce pollution caused by automobile traffic, which is particularly heavy in the city centre.
Metro lines 1 and 5 were the first of the network of six lines to be commissioned in the 1970s and are strategic: they cross the capital from west to east and link the historic centre of Brussels with the European quarter. These are the busiest lines.
Optimal modernisation without interrupting service
For Dominique Joubert, manager of the business unit "Urban" at GESTE Engineering and expert on the STIB project, « the main constraint with this project is not to hinder the daily circulation of trains. The migration’s steps from the old signalling system to the new have been meticulously studied. The testing phases before the on site installation will be reinforced and the work will be carried out at night. Finally, the interfaces of the modernisation program with the customer’s numerous other projects are placed under control in order to avoid risks of incompatibility during the commissioning. »