EUR100 Million Line 5 Bucharest Metro train supply contract awarded to Alstom (Romania)
Train manufacturer Alstom has secured a EUR100m contract to provide trains for Bucharest’s new Line 5. The six-car trains have been ordered by Bucharest’s metro operator, Metrorex.
Alstom will initially supply 13 of their Metropolis trains. Metrorex also has the option to purchase a further 17 Metropolis trains. If Metrorex purchases all 30 trains, Alstom will earn around EUR240m from the contract.
Alstom’s first Romanian contract
The deal is Alstom’s first railways contract in Romania, and comes after CAF and CRRC Qing Sifang Co Ltd made unsuccessful appeals against the award.
Each Metropolis train will have 216 seats and will provide two special access areas for passengers with limited mobility. With stainless steel car body shells, the trains will be 114 metres long and 3 metres wide, with a total capacity of 1,200 passengers.
The trains will have onboard CBTC units, to be compatible with the latest trackside signalling technology. Other benefits listed by Alstom include internal noise attenuation and four double doors per car per side as well as large windows. LED lighting and real-time passenger information will show things like dynamic route maps. The trains have features that allow for optimum passenger flow, like wide doors and large gangways. And they will have dedicated areas for people with disabilities.
Via a press release, Alstom’s Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova, Gabriel Stanciu, said: “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”.
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