Metroselskabet and Alstom signed a contract for the mid-life fleet modernisation of the M1 and M2 Copenhagen metro trains. The EUR 30 million contract includes the renovation of 34 metro trains, which have been in operation for almost 20 years in the city.
The mid-life modernisation will begin immediately for a period of approximately three years. Alstom will perform the services in its workshops in the Rotterdam area in the Netherlands. The trainsets modernisation includes parts replacement along with interior and exterior renovation. It will improve the performance of the 34 metro trains and extend its lifetime by 10 years. This will result in a better experience for passengers commuting on the Danish metro network. Once the modernisation project is complete, the trainsets will be reassigned to Metroselskabet’s M1 and M2 lines.
“The deliberate choice of modernising the existing trains and postponing the purchase of new trains, allows us to continue our long-standing effort to minimise our environmental impact and contributes to fulfilling our commitment to providing sustainable mobility. In this regard, we are happy to announce Alstom as our partner on the train refurbishment project for the Copenhagen Metro. With their expertise in the area, we are confident that the metro system in Copenhagen will give passengers a better experience and increase the metro trains performance, when the modernisation project is completed,” Rebekka Nymark, Executive Director, The Copenhagen Metro said.
Copenhagen metro trains consisting of three cars are driverless and are designed to accommodate many commuters travelling short distances on the network. Each side of the train has six wide doors, and roughly 100 of the 300-person capacity is for seated passengers, the rest standing. The seats face each other except at the ends of the train where they are in rows so passengers can look out of the large front windows. There are four large ‘flex zones’ with folding seats along the sides, providing space for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles.
Alstom has been present in Denmark for 20 years, having sold over 500 regional trains in the country, as well as world-class signalling solutions. In Denmark, Alstom is currently delivering the ERTMS signalling solutions to Banedanmark for trackside in Eastern Denmark, and for on-board equipment nationwide. In June 2021, Alstom won the largest railway contract in Denmark’s history to supply 100 Coradia Stream trains along with 15 years of maintenance.