Since September, Line 5 of the Ma- drid Metro has been using new rail signalling technologies developed by Siemens. Siemens’ Mobility Division has renewed the signalling between the Casa de Campo and Alameda de Osuna stations along a 23.2-km section of double track with 32 stations.
It has installed automatic train operation and protection equipment both along the track and on-board for 21 six-carriage trains, all 2000-series. In the first phase of the project, an automatic train protection and operation (ATP/ ATO) system based on speed codes was installed. The new signalling system, which replaces the old one installed in the 1950s and 60s, also has 12 Trackguard Westrace Mk II electronic interlockings, as well as Clearguard FS2550 track circuits, MD2000 electronic point machines and signals.
In the second phase, the signalling system will be developed towards the TBS 500 Distance-to-Go (DTG) automatic operation and protection system. Siemens has also carried out the work to integrate Line 5 into the Alto del Arenal Control Traffic Cen- ter, which uses Controlguide Rail 9000 technology, also developed by Siemens.