Île-de-France Mobilités ordered from Alstom 19 additional five-car MP14 metro trains with driver’s cab for Line 11 operated by RATP. EUR 132 million is the value of the contract which is 100% funded by Île-de-France Mobilités and is part of a framework agreement signed in March 2015 between RATP and Alstom. The agreement covers the supply of 217 MP14 metro trains over 15 years, worth EUR 2 billion. This contract is part of the Île-de-France Mobilités strategy for the modernisation of all rolling stock on the Île-de-France Mobilités network.
An initial tranche of the MP14 contract included 35 automated metros for Paris Line 14, consisting of eight cars each. A first conditional tranche for 20 additional automated metros, consisting of six cars each, was exercised in January 2017 for Line 4. A second option of 20 additional five-car trains with driver’s cabs was exercised in February 2018 for Line 11. The design of the driver’s cab incorporates feedback from previous generations of cabs. Their design features the latest developments in ergonomics and has been validated by RATP drivers and occupational physicians.
“The progressive arrival of MP14 metros on lines 14, 11, and 4 (in that chronological order) will directly improve the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of passengers in Paris and the Île-de-France region. Alstom is delighted with the renewed confidence of its customers, Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP,” said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France.
The first MP14 eight-car trains were put into commercial operation in October 2020 on Line 14. About 20 automated metros for Line 14, consisting of eight cars each, will be delivered by the end of 2021. The first six-car automated metros for Line 4 are currently being tested. Production of the first five-car metros for line 11 began in the last quarter of 2020 and the first metro will begin validation tests on RATP tracks this summer.
The MP14 rubber-tyred metro train offers an unprecedented level of comfort and safety thanks to its interior layout and seats with a design based on the theme of the alcove, creating both hospitality and privacy.
Vast reception areas offer accessibility to all passengers, with dedicated areas and boomerang-shaped seats to improve the passenger flow and the capacity of the trains. MP14 also has LED lighting efficiently distributed throughout the entire metro to provide a sense of security while eliminating darkly shadowed areas. The supports and steadying points are compliant with safety standards and further increase comfort inside the train. Warm and cool ventilation helps to provide temperature balance, whatever the season. MP14 also provides comprehensive video protection and dynamic passenger information on board.
The metro trains have 100% electric braking system that recuperates the energy and re-injects it into the network as electricity, while limiting the emission of fine particles caused by the mechanical brakes. The system reduces the energy consumption of the metros, as well as air pollution, by up to 20%. MP14 is also 40% quieter than the metros currently in service on Line 11, with a 95% recyclability rate.