Alstom site in Tarbes with roof solar panels, source: Alstom

Alstom trains will operate in Romania for the first time

Metrorex SA, stated-owned Bucharest Metro operator, has signed a contract with Alstom to receive 30 Metropolis trains. The contract is worth over 100 million euros and if extended can go up to 240 million euros. This is Alstom’s first rolling stock contract to be contracted in Romania.

The 30 trains will be set to run on Line 5, which has been newly built in Bucharest’s metro network. They will be delivered in two separate groups. The first group will be 13 trains that are worth over 100 million euros. A contract extension for another 17 trains can be declared in accordance to the customer’s order. The total value for the project could go up to 240 million euros.

First trains

The new operating metro line will receive its first train in less than 29 months. Once the first one is officially confirmed the other 12 trains will be immediately delivered. The optional 17 trains will only be delivered accordingly on request from the Bucharest metro operator.

The interior of each train will consist of 216 seats in a longitudinal arrangement. The train will also accommodate passengers with limited mobility and provide two special access areas. The trains are customized according to the Bucharest metro with a stainless steel car body shells, a length of 114 metres and width of 3 metres. The total capacity will be of 1,200 passengers. The colours and finishes will be finalized according to customer requirements that will be established at the design stage.

The trains will be equipped with the latest CBTC (Communication-based train control) units that are compatible with trackside signalling technology. The trains will provide passengers with comfort and efficient journeys. Passengers will benefit from an internal noise attenuation, four double doors per car on both sides, large windows, LED lighting and real-time information of their journey.

Author: Sarah Chebaro

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