A well-connected tram depot for the Brussels tramway
The STIB (Brussels inter-community transport company) has called upon Mobility to contribute its expertise in railway signalling at its new tram depot to the south of Brussels.
This depot, designed to accommodate 75 trams of 32 or 43 metres in length and to enable maintenance work on ten or so trams at a time, will be equipped with a railway signalling safety instrumentation and control system. The STIB has set out stringent performance criteria in terms of safety levels, the number of trams able to travel simultaneously within the depot zone, response times and downtimes.
Mobility is to play a central role in this complex project, and will be working in collaboration with Cegelec Infra Technics, VINCI Energies’ Belgian subsidiary. Given the large number of vehicles able to travel within the depot and the number of manoeuvres possible, the depot will also be equipped with a computerised movement management and supervision system, so as to optimise the manoeuvring of the trams. The depot will be connected to the network via two entrance-exits linked to two separate lines.
As the project schedule is extremely tight (validation of the integrated system and commissioning within 12 months), Mobility has rallied a mobile project team with expertise in railway signalling and proven experience in the management of complex technical interfaces.