Turin’s Infrastrutture per la mobilità (Infra.To) awarded Alstom a EUR 156 million contract to supply and install the driverless train-to-train CBTC solution for Turin Metro Line 1 and four new Metropolis trains. The contract includes an option for 12 additional Metropolis trains.
The contract, entirely funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, was signed by Massimiliano Cudia, the Sole Administrator of Infra.To and the President of Alstom Ferroviaria Michele Viale, in the presence of Stefano Lorusso, the Turin Mayor and Chiara Foglietta the Councilor for Transport.
Alstom will oversee the development, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of its CBTC solution to replace the current signalling system both on the existing line and aboard the trains of line 1 along the newly built extension, Fermi-Cascine Vica. The option also includes the introduction of the signalling system in the new depot under construction.
Turin Metro Line 1 is currently 15.1 km long and when completed will reach 18.5 km. The extension works include the construction of a 3.4 km western metro section and four new stations connecting Fermi (in Collegno) and Cascine Vica, in Rivoli, situated in the Turin metropolitan area. The entire line will provide connection from west to the city centre via the stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa.
The new Metropolis trains will have a total capacity of 320 passengers, who will benefit from greater comfort, as well as improved accessibility and passenger flow thanks to the presence of walkthrough gangways between carriages. They will provide a 10% increased space thanks to its design. Passenger information will be enhanced by multimedia displays and screens. The metros will be equipped with dedicated areas for people with reduced mobility and an integrated video protection system will contribute to the safety of passengers on board.
The existing 29 metro trains will be on board upgraded with the new electronic devices compatible with the CBTC system to continue the life cycle until the planned exhaustion.
The CBTC automated system for Turin’s Line 1 is based on the latest generation, fully driverless train-to train CBTC (GOA4 – Automation Grade 4). The new digital system will be installed by the end of 2024 when train frequency will be increased from currently 2 minutes (120 sec) to 80 sec. The new signalling system will also increase the availability, while reducing maintenance costs.
The contract will have a positive impact on the employment. Alstom will establish an office at Infra.To with a 10-people work group dedicated to Line 1, while 70 technicians will ensure the final assembly of some components of the new trains at the Collegno Technical District and the migration to the new digital signalling system.