Alstom has begun manufacturing regional commuter and transit trains for the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut semi-high-speed rail corridor for Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Phase 1.
The company won the contract to design, build and deliver 210 regional commuter and transit train cars in May 2020, along with comprehensive maintenance services for 15 years.
Alstom will deliver 30 regional commuter trainsets of six cars each and 10 intracity mass transit trainsets of three cars each. In accordance with India’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision and the Make-in-India guidelines, all the RRTS trains will be manufactured in India, with over 80% of manufacturing taking place at Alstom’s factory in Savli, Gujarat.
This facility will produce the bogies, car bodies and undertake train testing. The propulsion systems and electricals will be manufactured at the company’s factory in Maneja, Gujarat.
“This project is a game-changer in India’s regional rail segment, benefitting millions of people and contributing towards socio-economic development. We’re happy to begin local manufacturing of these technologically advanced trains for the country’s first semi high- speed commuter service.”
Unveiled in September 2020, the new look trains have been developed with the vision of transforming the regional commute in India. The RRTS corridors will operate the fastest trains in India with a design speed of 180km per hour.
Alstom’s scope of work also includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of signalling and train control, supervision, platform screen doors and telecommunication systems for this 82.15km corridor.
This line will be the first in India to adopt the European Train Control System (ETCS) hybrid Level 2 signalling system; the core signalling and train control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).
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