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Barcelona’s first driverless metro line enters service


Joaquím Nadal, Núria Parlón and José Montilla tour Line 9 during the inauguration of the first section on December 13.

SPAIN: On December 13 José Montilla, President of the Generalitat of Catalunya, inaugurated the first five stations of metro Line 9 between Can Zam and Can Peixauet.
He was accompanied by the Minister of Land Planning & Public Works, Joaquím Nadal, the Mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Núria Parlón, Vice-President Jose-Lluís Carod-Rovira, Minister of the Interior, Joan Saura, and Mayor of Barcelona Jordi Hereu.
Following a tour of Can Zam station, the VIPs rode the first train to Can Peixauet. Speaking at the inauguration, Parlón described the arrival of the metro in Santa Coloma as the start of a new era for the municipality, whilst Montilla described the fully-automatic line as ‘the best metro service in our country and one of the most advanced in Europe’.
Following the celebrations, Line 9 was opened to the public at 15.00. Official estimates suggest that 28 000 people had enjoyed a ride by the time it closed at 22.00. The 4 km section of Line 9 entered commercial service on December 14, with trains initially running at 6 min intervals between 06.00 and 22.00. Interchange with Line 1 is provided at Fondo.
Owned by Catalunya’s rail infrastructure authority Ifercat, the line is operated by TMB from its new control centre at La Sagrera. A fleet of five-car Metropolis trains is being supplied by Alstom whilst a consortium of Siemens and Dimetronic is providing the CBTC signalling.
The next section of Line 9 between Gorg and Sagrera is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2010. Once completed in 2014, the driverless line will be 47·8 km long with 52 stations.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.