Alstom Dispatches First Train for Paris Metro Line 15

The first metro train manufactured to operate on Paris’ new line 15 has left Alstom’s factory in Valenciennes.

On 20 June, the new vehicle commenced its journey towards Champigny-sur-Marne, where it will begin a series of tests.

Once assembled, the train will be comprised of six cars to accommodate up to 1,000 passengers. The new model features spacious carriages, air conditioning, charging ports and a video surveillance system.

The first line 15 metro train leaving for the Champigny-sur-Marne operations centre
The first line 15 metro train leaving for the Champigny-sur-Marne operations centre

The metro line 15 will consist of an eastern axis connecting Saint-Denis Pleyel to Champigny-sur-Marne and a southern axis between Pont de Sèvres and Noisy-Champs. Together, these axes will form a new 75-kilometre-long outer ring route around Paris.

This service will operate using 100% electric vehicles equipped with onboard intelligent systems. These systems will automatically determine factors such as the vehicle’s speed, while also obtaining diagnostic information to feed back to the maintenance teams.

Static tests for line 15 are scheduled to commence in mid-July, prior to dynamic testing taking place from November.

The southern axis is then expected to be commissioned in 2025, followed by the eastern axis in 2030.

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