Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, TMB, selected Alstom to design and supply of 42 metro trains that will replace the older vehicles on lines 1 and 3. The value of the contract is EUR 268 million and envisages the delivery of 24 Iberian-gauge (1668mm) trains for Line 1 and 18 standard-gauge trains for Line 3.
Three companies participated at the tender that started in February. After CRRC Qingdao Sifang was excluded from the process because did not meet bid’s criteria, Alstom and CAF remained into the competition.
According to TMB, the offer submitted by Alstom had the higher score relating to the price, technical characteristics and delivery plan.
Alstom has committed to deliver the first two prototypes – one for Line 1 and the other one for Line 3, within 48 weeks after contract signing. Within 2 years, Alstom will deliver all 18 trains for Line 3 and within two-and-a-half years, the 24 trains to operate Line 1.
According to the specifications, the new trains have been designed taking into account sustainability criteria which includes lightweight carbody, low energy consumption, high recyclability degree and ease of maintenance.
TMB says that in parallel with the procurement process is managing the financing for the new fleet of trains through public credit institutions and private banks, authorized by the Board in December.