by Josephine Cordero Sapién
03 Nov 2020
Alstom has won its first rolling stock contract in Romania and will supply its Metropolis trains to line 5 of the capital’s metro.
The contract has a value in excess of 100 million euros. Further options could raise that value to a maximum of 240 million euros. Metrorex SA, the state-owned operator of Bucharest’s metro system, has ordered an initial 13 Metropolis trains with an option for a further 17 trains – i.e. a potential total of 30 Metropolis trains. Each train will be six cars in length and have a seating capacity of 216.
Alstom will deliver the first unit in 2023. It will operate on the first section of the new Line 5, which opened in September 2020 using Bombardier Movia 346 trains from the Line 3. The following 12 trains will then be delivered right after the first train’s homologation.
“We are very proud of this award, especially as it will see Alstom trains running for the first time in Romania. Alstom’s world-class metro expertise has been appreciated all over the world over the last 30 years and now the Romanian passengers will be able to enjoy it as well. We are happy to see our leadership in train production, in addition to maintenance, recognised by our Romanian customer.”
The metro trains for Bucharest will have stainless steel car body shells measuring 114 metres in length and 3 metres in width. They will have a seated capacity of 216 but a total capacity of 1,200. The final colours and finishes are not yet set. These will be chosen with Metrorex SA during the design stage. The trains will be equipped with CBTC, making them compatible with modern trackside signalling technology.
To ensure efficient passenger flow the trains will have four double doors per car per side and large gangways.
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