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KONE Elevators and Escalators to Enable Smooth People Flow at Stations Across Ningtian Intercity Rail Line in Nanjing, China


KONE has won an order to supply 41 KONE MonoSpace® elevators and 76 KONE TransitMaster® escalators for the first phase of the Ningtian Intercity Rail Line in the city of Nanjing, China. The 45 km long rail line will link the Luhe and Pukou districts of Nanjing, the second-largest commercial center in Eastern China after Shanghai. The metro line will be composed of 17 stations, including eleven elevated stations and six underground ones.

The KONE TransitMaster® escalators that will be installed at the stations will be the first in China to be powered by the KONE Direct Drive(TM), an innovation that is up to 20% more efficient than conventional solutions. The most efficient drive in the industry, it minimizes overall energy consumption under highly variable traffic conditions, making it ideal for transportation hubs and other busy environments.

“We are honored that KONE’s People Flow® solutions have been chosen to facilitate safe and efficient travel on the new Intercity Rail Line. We believe that our proven expertise in public transport projects combined with our innovative and eco-efficient solutions helped us secure the order,” said William B. Johnson, Executive Vice President for KONE in Greater China.

Construction on the line commenced line in June 2012 and test runs of the trains are planned for April 2014. The official opening is scheduled for July 2014 ahead of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in August of the same year.

The main contractor for the project is China Railway Electrification Group Nanjing Co., Ltd., and the architects are from the Beijing Urban Construction Design Institute.

The order was booked in the first quarter of 2013.


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