Metrorex, the Bucharest metro operator, awarded Alstom a contract for the supply of 30 six-car Metropolis metro trains which will run on the newly built Line 5. The contract includes an option for 17 additional trains, based on customer’s order. The manufacturer will initially deliver 13 metro trains in two lots, with a value of EUR 100 million.
EUR 240 million is the total value of the contract, that is Alstom’s first rolling stock contract in Romania. On 30 September, the Bucharest Court of Appeal (BCA) rejected the appeals filed by CAF and CRRC Qing Sifang Co Ltd. China regarding the decision to award the metro train contract to Alstom.
The first train will be delivered in less than 29 months and will run on the first section of the new metro line, between Raul Doamnei and Eroilor, including the Valea Ialomitei branch. The section was inaugurated on September 15, 2020. The other 12 trains of the first lot will be delivered immediately after the homologation of the first one, while the optional lot of 17 units will be delivered based on a firm request from the Bucharest metro operator.
“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,” said Gabriel Stanciu, Alstom Managing Director for Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova.
Each of the six-car trains for Bucharest will have 216 seats in a longitudinal seating arrangement and provide two special access areas for passengers with limited mobility.
The trains have a specific configuration, customised for Bucharest metro. The car body shells will be stainless-steel and will be 114 metres-long and 3 metres-wide. The Metropolis metro trains for Bucharest will have a total capacity of 1,200 passengers.
The final configuration, colours and finishes will be fully customised according to the requirements of Metrorex, to be established during the collaborative design stage. The trains will have onboard CBTC units, to be compatible with the latest trackside signalling technology.
Passengers will benefit from a range of innovations to make the journey more efficient and more comfortable, including internal noise attenuation, four double doors per car per side, large windows, LED lighting and real-time passenger information, such as dynamic route map. The trains have features that allow for optimum passenger flow with wide doors, large gangways and dedicated areas for people with disabilities.