Production starts for new trains for Chennai metro phase II

Chennai Metro phase II Alstom has commenced the production of the Metropolis trainsets for Chennai Metro phase II at its state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Sricity.

This order aims to deliver 36 three-car metro trainsets capable of operating at a top speed of 80 km/h.

The project is valued at EUR 124 million, which also includes training of the personnel to Chennai Metro for operation and maintenance. With 25 KV power supply for optimal energy efficiency, Alstom’s Metropolis metros will ensure safe and reliable passenger transport for over 11 million citizens of the city. Additionally, the overall project will significantly contribute towards the socio-economic development by connecting key zones.

“CMRL will be introducing driver-less trains in Phase-II. These modern trains prioritize safety and passenger comfort, further elevating the commuting experience. We are happy that out first set of driverless trains will be manufactured near Chennai by Alstom. We look forward to operating these technologically advanced trains on the Phase-II network by end of 2025, marking a significant milestone for the city’s transportation infrastructure,” M.A. Siddique, I.A.S., Managing Director of Chennai Metro Rail said.

These trains are designed to run on the 26 km corridor, a section of Chennai Metro phase II linking Poonamallee Bypass to Light House via 28 stations of which 18 elevated and 10 underground. The production was commenced at a commemorative ceremony led by leaders from Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. and Alstom India.

The metro system boasts impressive features, including three-car trains accommodating up to 1000 passengers, ensuring a seamless boarding experience with wide internal gangways. The air-conditioned environment prioritizes comfort, with dedicated spaces for women and differently abled individuals. Dedicated to creating a women-friendly travel experience, the new metro introduces special features catering to the comfort and safety of female passengers. One entire car reserve 2/3rd of its space as a designated ladies’ section.

Perch seats will offer support for standing passengers, complemented by enhanced security through CCTV cameras. Safety remains paramount with emergency evacuation doors and strategically placed fire extinguishers. The system is equipped with obstacle and detrainment detectors for swift issue resolution, and it emphasizes sustainability with regenerative electric braking for enhanced energy efficiency. These driverless trains are equipped with advanced passenger announcement systems, ensuring timely updates and information dissemination throughout the journey. The new metro is set to redefine urban transportation with a focus on comfort, safety, and environmental responsibility.

These metro trains are engineered and designed to operate driverless with Unattended Train Operations (UTO). The metro coaches are equipped with Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP), along with a regenerative braking system, ensuring substantial energy conservation. Featuring GOA 4 driverless features, these trains will offer an environmentally friendly and comfortable metro solution for passengers of Chennai.


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