CHINA: Shentong Metro Group has selected the Shenkai joint venture of its subsidiary Shanghai Shentong Consulting (51%) and Keolis (49%) for the operation of the automated peoplemover that will form the southern section of Shanghai metro Line 8. The contract signed on April 27 includes two years of pre-operational work and five years of operations and maintenance from opening of the line in December 2017.

The 6·6 km elevated alignment will run south from the terminus of metro Line 8 at Shendu Gonglu to the residential Pujiangzhen district with six stations. Construction started in January 2015.

A joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Nanjing Puzhen is supplying 11 four-car driverless Innovia APM 300 trainsets, Cityflo 650 communications-based train control and an operations control centre. Longer-term plans envisage the purchase of a further 10 trainsets. Each train will have capacity for 600 passengers and a maximum speed of 75 km/h.

The peoplemover is expected to carry 73 000 passengers per day, with services running at peak headways of 4 min.