- 2008 - World’s Best Metro
- 2008 - World's Best Driverless Metro
- 2009 - World’s Best Driverless Metro
- 2010 - World’s Best Metro
- 2010 - World's Best Driverless Metro
First Truly Driverless Metro in Europe with Unattended Train Operation
Copenhagen is a growing capital and has been reviewing future traffic plans accordingly. In 1996, Copenhagen chose the most sophisticated metro system yet seen in Europe, when the contract was signed with Ansaldo STS - ) for a driverless transit system across and under the city.
The Copenhagen Metro originally opened in 2002. Now, the system is complete: 21 km of high technology transportation connecting vital parts of Copenhagen and providing faster, safer and more convenient travel choices than ever before. The two lines feature 22 stations and take you from the Copenhagen Airport, across the city center and into the densely populated suburbs, crossing areas of new urban development.
The implementation of a new system in the middle of a larger city takes a lot of effort. The planning, construction, integration and testing have been strictly and mutually controlled according to the contract signed between the Danish authorities and Ansaldo. Around 800 contractual milestones and a dedicated, international team, lead to the Metro opening as planned, which, from the very first day, became an integral and much favored part of Danish public transport.
The overall principles for the Copenhagen Metro made by Hitachi Rail Italy are: light trains (39 m long) capable of high performance and high levels of comfort and safety. Executed with state of the art design, the vehicles are technologically advanced products with reduced life cycle cost. They have a modern and a linear design with wide interiors that provide a large number of passengers.
Copenhagen has been the first city in the world that introduced the Hitachi Rail Italy’s driverless metro. Brescia the first city in Italy. The other cities that introduced this technological jewel are Milan, Italy, Rome, Italy and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Honolulu, Hawaii. They will be followed in the coming years by Thessaloniki, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan and Lima, Peru.
The Copenhagen Metro facts:
- The Metro lines cover a total of 21 km, with10 km in tunnels and 11 km on elevated tracks and at grade
- 22 stations – 9 underground and 13 above ground
- 34 trains in total - each train is 39 m long and 2.65 m wide
- Each train carries up to 300 passengers and has room for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles
- Top speed: 80 km/h. Average speed including stops: 40 km/h
- The trip between two stations takes between 1 and 2 minutes. The trip between the 2 terminal stations, Copenhagen Airport and Vanløse, takes 25 minutes
- Headway down to 2 minutes in rush-hours. 15 minutes during nights
- Safety built-in: open passage and visibility all through the train, and electronic contact points at each door and on platforms to get direct contact with control room
- Video survey of stations and inside trains
The Ansaldo STS scope for the Copenhagen Metro includes:
- Rolling stock (designed and built by Hitachi Rail Italy)
- Control and Maintenance Center with service vehicles and equipment
- Automatic Train Control (ATC)
- SCADA (Supervision, Control, and Data Acquisition)
- Radio, Communication, PSIS (Passenger Safety and Information System)
- Power supply and Traction power
- Permanent Way
- Platform Screen Doors
- Obstacle Detection System
Services and implementation process:
- System design
- System and sub-system integration
- System level testing
- Safety assessment
- Operation and Maintenance for 8 years