Alstom receives contract for Toulouse Aerospace Express metro line

Alstom has been awarded the contract for the design, building and maintaining of the Toulouse Aerospace Express metro line in France. The new 27-kilometre line will be the third automatic metro which will serve the Toulouse metropolitan area by 2025. The contract was awarded by Toulouse Metropole and has a value of 470 million euros but can increase to 713 million euros if all options are included.

The Toulouse Aerospace Express project will consist of 21 stations and will serve the aviation labour group. The French city is known for its economic, liveliness and quality of life in the south region. The metro line will be built to drive an increase in the city’s appeal with the help of sustainable mobility. Additionally, the city of Toulouse regards this project to be the centre point of the city, which will also provide local employment with construction and maintenance activities of the line.

Transport System

Alstom’s Metropolis trains, Urbalis 400 CBTC and Hesop solutions will be the transport system to be integrated into the metro line. These systems will minimise waiting time in stations and reduce traffic frequency. There will also be an increase in the number of metro cars from 2 to 3 which allows for a capacity of 15,000 passengers per hour in each direction. Additionally, this design will not require to modify the current infrastructure.

The Métropolis trains will improve passenger experience, coordinate performance, allow for energy efficiency and ease of maintenance, which will also control life cycle costs. Passengers will experience a pleasant atmospheric journey with silence and an air-conditioning system. The train also has an integrated LED lighting system that adjusts to travel conditions, air filtration and antibacterial coatings for a hygienic interior.

The Urbalis 400 system platform is a CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) automatic solution which will establish safety, reliability and long-term durability of the train or control centre. The Hesop reversible power substation will supply traction voltage and recover braking energy from the vehicle. Included in the project construction will be a rail track which will reduce friction and fine particles.

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Author: Sarah Chebaro

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